Mitchel Craddock, a Vicksburg, Michigan, resident, turned his bachelor party into a dog rescue mission during a five-day trip to the Tennessee wilderness.

During the bachelor party, a dog approached an open door of the group’s cabin, smelling bacon, but refused to come inside. “She was very dehydrated, hungry,” said Craddock, “I mean everything we gave her and out in front of her she gobbled up as fast as she could.”

After feeding the starved dog, now named Annie, they noticed she exhibited strange, territorial behavior. “There was one spot in the woods if anything went by there she would leave us and take off barking and going crazy,” Craddock continued, “she would go to that spot and then she would eventually come back. We connected the dots, we put everything together and we found a giant hole in the ground. So one of my friends went in head first, we found these puppies we started pulling them out.”

Seven puppies in total, the eight men coincidentally had one dog for each of them to bring back home. Taking care of the dogs for the duration of the five-day trip, each animal was treated and brought back to health after being fed and cleaned before being taken to a veterinarian back home.

Craddock, owner of a chocolate Labrador Retriever, had initially not intended to keep a dog, but his fiance insisted on keeping one. The heartwarming story of Craddock and friends saving Knox, Bear, Daisy, Gunner, Brimmy, Finn, Rose, and Annie can be viewed below.

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