We are sharing a wonderful story of a therapy dog who has given birth at the departure gate of the airport. This story originally appeared at American Web Media. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and are defined but not covered or protected under the Federal Housing Act or Americans with Disabilities act. Therapy dogs are just one type of therapy animal. Some mental health challenges and psychiatric disorders are known to respond well to therapy dogs.
This Labrador Retriever opted to pull the ultimate stunt just past the security gate. Fellow travelers were confused when the Yellow Lab, Eleanor Rigby, suddenly lied down and refused to move. Everyone around her including owner Diane Van Atter and her husband, Golden Nugget were preparing to board their flight to Philadelphia. But the next moments are amazing and it surprised the people around.
As the dog quietly started to whimper, it became clear that Eleanor was actually going into labor right in the middle of the departure gate. The airport’s crowds slowed down to witness this amazing development as Tampa Fire Rescue rushed to the scene. This mother was catching every one’s attention and no one wanted to move, they stand still to watch the heart warming sight.
Eleanor Rigby was going to produce 8 puppies in the departures gate over the next 3 hours, all the while Golden Nugget was feeling proud to be a father. The unexpected delay caused the entire family to miss their flight, but this miracle of birth was more worthy and joyful.
“I was here since puppy five,” a fellow traveler shared. “It’s on Instagram. We’re getting a lot of likes.”
After the whole process was over, the two years old lab had delivered eight healthy and cute puppies with the help of the helping hands of quick-thinking fire and rescue crew that had reached there on the spot. This incident brought happiness around and it seemed that every one there on the airport was spell bound.
“They have our names of course!” paramedic Natalie Brown. “And of course, the last one’s Natalie, it’s a girl!”