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10/28/2016 01:34 pm ET Updated Nov 04, 2016

Groomsmen Adopt Adorable Puppies Who Crashed Their Bachelor Party

Best. Bachelor. Party. Ever.

After a bachelor party, usually it’s the groom who’s making a serious, long-term commitment.

But after Michigan man Mitchel Craddock’s September bachelor getaway in the Tennessee woods, his groomsmen also found themselves newly devoted to a crew of stray puppies — and their mother — found in the forest.

Logan Wolf, Alex Manchester, Brent Witters, Mitchell Craddock and Dave Perkins hold puppies found in the woods at Craddock's
Trevor Jennings
Logan Wolf, Alex Manchester, Brent Witters, Mitchell Craddock and Dave Perkins hold puppies found in the woods at Craddock's bachelor party.

Craddock and his pals were cooking breakfast when a bedraggled, seemingly fearful dog showed up at the doorstep.

“She was very friendly but very skittish— I thought maybe she had been booted out of a house before,” Craddock told Michigan Live.

They gave her food and water so she kept hanging around the cabin, and they started calling the dog Annie, after Little Orphan Annie. They started to get even more concerned when they realized she had recently had puppies and noticed she kept running back to a certain spot near the forest.

The entrance to the den where Annie the dog was keeping her puppies.
Alex Manchester
The entrance to the den where Annie the dog was keeping her puppies.

After checking it out, they found that Annie wasn’t alone. In the woods was a den with seven puppies.

“We set each pup individually down in front of her, and she nuzzled their faces, and she checked out the pups, and to the person holding them, she gave the look of ‘It’s OK, I trust you,’” Craddock, whose wedding was Oct. 8, told ABC News.

Pups found in the forest during a bachelor party were adopted by the groom, groomsmen and their relatives.
Logan Wolf
Pups found in the forest during a bachelor party were adopted by the groom, groomsmen and their relatives.

Trevor Jennings, one of the party attendees, told The Huffington Post in a Facebook message that Craddock kept one puppy and four of the groomsmen — including himself — kept one as well. The other puppies and the mother were adopted by relatives of the groom and the groomsmen.

“All puppies are in about a five mile radius of each other and still see each other most weekends,” Jennings said.

The newly rescued puppies relax on a blanket.
Logan Wolf
The newly rescued puppies relax on a blanket.

His puppy, now named Gunner, is doing well in his new home, where he loves to play with Jennings’ other family dog.

“He is a very loyal dog even at such a young age,” Jennings said. “He stays close to you when he is outside and always excited to see me.

Gunner, the sweet puppy adopted by Trevor Jennings.
Trevor Jennings
Gunner, the sweet puppy adopted by Trevor Jennings.

And the initially-skittish Annie — now living with Craddock’s grandparents, along with one of her puppies — is much more comfortable now.

“She is very happy and well behaved and still likes to play with her puppies when she sees them.”

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