Be­lea­guered Ber­nese gets help nurs­ing 11 or­phaned pups

Lethbridge Herald - - HEADLINE NEWS | CANADA & BEYOND -

The Vic­to­ria Hu­mane So­ci­ety says two sur­ro­gate mother dogs have been found to share a lit­ter of 11 golden retriever pups whose mother died dur­ing an emer­gency cae­sarean sec­tion.

So­ci­ety ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Penny Stone says the own­ers of two larger dogs, whose pets are also nurs­ing pup­pies, came for­ward in an­swer an ap­peal from the so­ci­ety.

She says the own­ers agreed to add the or­phaned pups to the lit­ters be­ing nursed by their dogs and the two moth­ers “have taken them on as their own.”

It’s a re­lief for the so­ci­ety and for Pretty Girl, a Ber­nese moun­tain dog that had been nurs­ing a lit­ter of nine pups and then took on the dou­ble duty as sur­ro­gate mom to the 11 or­phaned re­triev­ers.

Stone says 20 pup­pies was too much for one dog but now “ev­ery­thing is go­ing great.”

Be­cause the re­triev­ers are only days old, Stone says it will be some time be­fore they are ready for adop­tion.

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