The 2-year-old yellow lab, Eleanor "Elle" Rigby, (named after The Beatles song of the same name), gave birth to eight puppies - seven males and one female, according to the Tampa Fire Rescue.
Apart from the fire department, a professional nurse who was present at the airport also helped out, although she had to leave in the middle of the delivery because her flight was about to take off.
Service dog gives birth to 8 puppies at Florida airport gate
They missed the flight, and for the next three hours created a fuzzy spectacle as crowds gathered with phones trying to capture the scene.
Her name is Ellie, and she caused quite a stir on the concourse today as she unexpectedly went into labor.
Ellie the service dog was accompanying a passenger en route to Philadelphia when her litter decided it was time to make its entrance into the world. "Every time she's ready to deliver another one he starts jumping around", James told Tampa Bay Times.