Maggie the dog was staying at Barkers Pet Motel and Grooming in Alberta, Canada, while her owners were on vacation. During that time the motel also took in two abandoned puppies. The 9-week-old pups, named Hannah and Kari, had recently been rescued by the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS), and they needed a place to stay until they found foster homes.The puppies were understandably scared to be on their own in an unfamiliar kennel, and in the middle of the night they began whining. Maggie, who had a litter of puppies herself before she was adopted, felt her motherly instincts kick in, and she managed to escape her kennel by pushing aside a water bowl attached to the kennel door.

Pet motel owner Sandi Aldred and her son Alex, who also works at the motel, noticed Maggie’s escape on the surveillance cameras after they’d gone home for the night, so Sandi returned to make sure everything was okay. She noticed the dog was lying in front of the puppies’ kennel and appeared to be trying to comfort them.”She kind of directed Sandi to the puppies’ kennel so Sandi let her in and she was being really affectionate,” Alex told ABC News. “Sandi stayed in there for about 15 minutes and then said, ‘Well it looks like they need each other,’ and then let Maggie stay the night in their kennel. When we came back in the morning they were all still cuddled up together.” Deanna Thompson, who works at AARCS, also told ABC News that she’s not surprised at Maggie’s motherly act, especially since the dog recently became a mother herself. “It’s innate in a lot of female dogs, especially if they’ve had a litter in the past,” she said. “It’s just in their nature. We’ve seen it in a lot of dogs even with male dogs, when they hear other puppies crying they want to console them and make sure they’re feeling safe.”