By Danielle Chavira

TAMPA, Fla. (CBS4) – Emergency responders in Tampa can now add “experts in puppy delivery” to their resumés.

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Ellie (credit: Tampa Fire Rescue)

Crews responded to Tampa International Airport on Friday when a pregnant service yellow Labrador named Ellie went into labor.

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(credit: Tampa Fire Rescue)

The agency tweeted the whole ordeal giving the public a first-hand look at the miracle at gate F79.

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(credit: Tampa Fire Rescue)

With no time to waste, medical experts started helping Ellie deliver eight puppies — seven boys and one girl.

Dad, Nugget, who is also a service dog, was only inches away showing support for Ellie.

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(credit: Tampa International Airport)

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Nugget (credit: Tampa Fire Rescue)

As expected, the unexpected birth caused the family to miss their flight, but they say they’ll make the trip on the ground with now 10 dogs in tow.

Danielle Chavira is a digital producer for CBS4. She’s an avid runner and novice flyfisher. Connect with her on Twitter @danielle_c8.

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