Best Friends

Congratula­tions times 11, Laverne


WHEN LAVERNE ARRIVED at the Sanctuary, she was heavily pregnant, and everyone wondered how many puppies she would have. She was, shall we say, very round. “She looked like she had two basketball­s in her stomach,” says training and behavior specialist Haylee Heisel. She could barely fit through the dog door.


Four hours after she arrived, at 2 p.m., Laverne had her first puppy. Some of the staff stayed up with Laverne through the night, ready to help, as puppies were born one after the other (after the other, after the other).

By 11:30 that night, their curiosity was satisfied. Laverne had 11 healthy,

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