12-20-2010, 04:03 PM #1
Dog in Germany gives birth to 17 puppies
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WS's handy-dandy research tool says there are threads here that a MA Golden Retriever had 16 pups & a UK Mastiff had 24. Whew!!
I have raised enough furry & feathered orphans to know it is a full-time job. Hat's off to this couple:
BERLIN – A dog in Germany has given birth to 17 puppies, leaving their owner thrilled but fatigued after having to feed them with a bottle for several weeks because their mother couldn't cope with the demand.
Owner Ramona Wegemann said Monday she barely slept for more than a couple of minutes without interruption during about four weeks in an "exhausting" struggle to make sure all of the purebred Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies would survive.
She said when she was "finished feeding the last puppy, the first was hungry again."
Wegemann's dog Etana gave birth to eight female and nine male puppies on Sept. 28 in Ebereschenhof, which is near Berlin.
At least five times a day, Wegemann gave the dogs a bottle with special milk because their mother's nipples could have never coped with the demand, and when the puppies were not hungry, they wanted to be entertained, she said.
Wegemann said when dogs give birth to so many puppies several of them die within the first week. "But all of our puppies survived. This is incredible and wonderful," the 32-year-old added.
It was the second time that Etana gave birth. She gave birth to eight puppies in her first pregnancy, not uncommon for the dog's breed, Wegemann said.
"The birth of the puppies was very special. All puppies were born naturally, no cesarean was necessary," she added. It took Etana a full 26 hours to give birth to all of the puppies — and Wegemann was as baffled as amazed.
But caring for 17 puppies turned out to be a full-time job: Wegemann put her work as an independent animal psychiatrist on a hold and her husband took as much vacation as he could.
Their lives have been turned upside down by the puppies, and their living room is now occupied by a giant box that houses the puppies.
12-20-2010, 10:49 PM #2
12-21-2010, 02:15 AM #3
Oy...for both the birth mama and the surrogate mommy and dad. They have had a rough time to get all these beautiful puppies fed and brought this far. They are adorable! You can just smell all that puppy breath. With all those faces peering over the top it just makes you want to jump right in with them.Save the Earth! It is the only planet with chocolate.
Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, if you are not willing to move your feet.
12-23-2010, 11:23 AM #4
I saw this follow-up story....... thank goodness:
German dog to be neutered after 17-puppy litter
BERLIN – The dog in Germany that gave birth to 17 puppies will soon be neutered.
Owner Ramon Wegemann, who fed the puppies with a bottle for several weeks because their mother's nipples couldn't cope with the demand, made the announcement Thursday.
Wegemann says the 26-hour labor of the eight female and nine male puppies was very tiresome for the purebred Rhodesian Ridgeback and she does not want to endanger the animal's health with another pregnancy.
12-24-2010, 04:14 PM #5
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