It was a story straight from the movies - and now there might be enough material for a sequel.
The story of the devoted mum and dad staffies - Lady and Tramp - who were taken in by a rehoming centre just days before Lady gave birth to six puppies, melted the hearts of Derbyshire Times readers last week.
Staff at Derbyshire Dog Rehoming in Old Whittington had presumed that when Tramp found a new home, the pair would be split up for good, with Lady going to a different home when the puppies had all been taken.
But now, just as the puppies open their eyes for the first time, someone who has expressed and interest in taking Tramp said they might consider keeping mum and dad together after all.
Manager, Jenny Mark, said: “I understand people really want to see mum and dad stay together but it would mean Tramp would have to stay in kennels for much longer and he needs a new home sooner than that really.
“However, we have just had some interest in him and those people said they might consider the possibility of taking Lady as well, so they might end up together after all.”
“As for the puppies, we have provisionally reserved a few of them and will be letting people view and reserve officially in a few weeks.
“They have just opened their eyes and are starting to look and wriggle around more now, which is lovely to see.”
If anyone can help the rehoming centre by donating food or with the cost of worming and vaccinations, the staff say it would be gratefully appreciated.
If you can help or would like to enquire about the puppies or any of the home’s other dogs, call 01246 456781.