MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) - The famous "Suitcase 6" and their mother, Maddie, will finally head home Tuesday.
The dogs were unwanted a few months ago, when their owner zipped them up in a suitcase and left them to die, but Tuesday, there was nothing but love for them from people selected to take them home for good.
All the puppies received baths Tuesday morning in preparation of meeting their new families.
Six people were selected at random from a pool of more than 100 applicants. They all had to show up Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to finalize the adoption process.
"We're really excited. It's always fun to watch puppies grow up, especially when they come in so young, and to watch them grow up and to watch their appearances change. So we're really excited. They're definitely little cuties who are really happy their going to great homes," said Cyndi Condit, marketing and special events manager with the humane society.
Each person selected had a different strategy when it came to picking the newest member of their family.
"Whatever puppies were available, that we would pick whichever one was available. We didn't really put a preference on if we wanted a boy or a girl. We just said whatever was available," said Jackson.
The calls went out last week and the people who received them could not be more different.
Mark Taylor, from the Glass City, knew he was ready to open his heart after losing his dog and then his mother.
"She called and told me I was one of the lucky few that was selected, and I thought, 'Great!' I was ready. I couldn't sleep. I ain't slept in two days," said Taylor.
Taylor said he knew that was the dog for him the moment he walked into the humane society. He named his puppy Augustus.
Jennice Jackson, from Cleveland, was packing up her daughter for her return to the University of Toledo when she received the call.
"I was like, 'Wouldn't it be so funny if we packed you up and they called us and said that we got one of the puppies, and they said we had to come right back down here and pick up one of the puppies?' And they called," said Jackson.
Jackson, along with her fiancé and daughter, made the two-hour trip to Toledo Tuesday morning to pick up their puppy, whom they named Princess. They did not know what to expect, but they have officially fallen in love.
"She actually came right out of the cage and walked right up to my fiancé," said Jackson.
The couple said it is the beginning of a new tale.
"Princess will be out there running through the back. We got deer coming through the yard, and we got rabbits, and chipmunks, and squirrels. Princess is going to have a lot of fun. And it looks like we're going to have to keep a good eye on her too because she likes to move around a lot," said Jackson.