father, Golden Nugget, were waiting to board an afternoon flight home to Philadelphia when the dog went into labor.
The puppies' father, a yellow lab named Nugget who is also a service dog, was also at the airport at the time of the birth.
The puppies were delivered by Tampa Fire Rescue, who chronicled the entire delivery on Twitter.
An airport spokesperson told Fox 35 that a woman and her daughter were flying from Tampa to Philadelphia. "Paramedics Larry Glanton and Lt Natalie Brown teamed up to deliver the eight puppies". They were aware that Ellie was pregnant, but didn't realize how far along she was. (Tampa Fire & Rescue/ Twitter) The adorable pups were all delivered safe and sound.
'Ruff day for this mama at Airside F today!' Tampa International Airport wrote on its Facebook page.
Van Atter said Rigby was still training as a service dog to help her with mobility and pain issues.