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Ready to board a flight to Philly, a service dog gives birth to 8 puppies instead

A service dog went into labor at Tampa International Airport just before boarding her flight to Philadelphia.
A service dog went into labor at Tampa International Airport just before boarding her flight to Philadelphia. Tampa Fire Rescue

A service dog went into labor at Tampa International Airport just before she was scheduled to board her flight to Philadelphia.

Ellie — short for Eleanor Rigby — welcomed seven boys and one girl. By the 2-year-old yellow lab's side was the proud papa, Nugget, who's also a service dog.

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A service dog went into labor at Tampa International Airport just before boarding her flight to Philadelphia. Tampa Fire Rescue

The puppies were delivered by Tampa Fire Rescue, who chronicled the entire delivery on Twitter.

"Tampa paramedics do it all! [Paramedic] Larry Glanton and Lt. Natalie Brown teamed up to deliver the 8 puppies ." the department wrote at about 4 p.m. Friday.

In a video, a relaxed Ellie can be seen nursing her pups as her owner sat by her side.

"Ruff day for this mama at Gate F80!" posted Tampa airport officials.

Yes, the litter missed the flight. The family, puppies and all, will be driving to Philadelphia instead, about 1,000 miles.

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