NASHVILLE -- Some men return from bachelor parties with secrets.
But eight men from Michigan who attended a bachelor party in Tennessee had no choice but to be honest about the female who crashed their party.
Vicksburg resident Mitchel Craddock said he and seven friends were on a five-day, four-wheeling party in the woods near Huntsville, Tenn., last month when a skinny, flea-bitten dog approached their cabin door.
"My buddy was cooking bacon, burning it so we had the door to the cabin open," recalled Alex Manchester. "Next thing, we look over and she's just standing there. We couldn't get her to come inside. She was just watching us as we ate breakfast with the door open."
The dog wouldn't come inside, but scarfed down the leftover breakfast the men gave her.
Eventually they began petting her.
"It took a few minutes for her to gain our trust but from then on she was our best friend," Craddock said.
The dog, he said, was malnourished and the group could tell she recently had pups because her nipples were out, but they weren't producing milk.
So the men ventured out on a mission to find the litter.
Down a dirt road from the cabin, they found her seven puppies in a den protected by briers.
"We could hear them whimpering," Manchester recalled. "Mama showed up and was actually helping us get the dogs out. One by one we grabbed them and handed them out."
Craddock says the puppies looked like they were 5- to 6-weeks old and were very healthy.