Medical technology has come a long way in recent years. Remember the days when an ultrasound showed little more than a fuzzy sketch of what was growing inside mom? Today, ultrasound technicians are able to deliver 3D images of babies and watch them moving around and even waving. Technology has evolved immensely in recent times. And this helps reduce the risk of something going wrong during childbirth. But medical technology is not always correct. Sometimes mistakes are made. And when they happen, all the family planning that was done can be turned upside down. That’s what happened with this dog gave birth…
Because Romy the Irish Setter was getting very big, her owners wanted to make sure she safe. They took her to the vet and had an ultrasound conducted. The ultrasound revealed nine – count ‘em – nine puppies growing inside this one mom-to-be. And ultrasounds never lie, or at least that’s what Romy’s family believed before she went into labor.
Ten hours of labor later, Romy’s owners Natasha White and Alicia Copping could not believe what they saw in her litter. It was nothing like what the ultrasound had predicted.
Nine puppies had been born. But Romy was not finished with birthing the babies. After the ninth, a tenth came. Then an 11th, a 12th, 13th, 14th, and finally an adorable 15th baby. The ultrasound had been totatlly wrong!
“We thought: When will this end?” said Natasha. “We were in shock when she kept going. We thought ‘oh crikey’ how is she going to get the last few out but she did it.”
Contrary to what you’d probably think, the last puppy was the largest. When he came out, Romy was exhausted and had no energy left.
“She was very tired by the end of it. We gave her a walk round the garden after her 10th one. Then after two hours the others came out,” said Natasha.
The fifteen puppies include 10 girls and 5 boys. They all weight between 0.6 and 0.75 pounds. After just a week, they’ve all doubled in size and are very healthy.
The new mom is exhausted. She doesn’t even have enough nipples to feed all the babies at the same time. Now both owners are working tirelessly to assist Romy in her motherly duties. And although they have yet to open their eyes, they keep demanding milk every two hours all day and night long.
Because Romy does not have enough energy to care for so many puppies, she can’t produce all the milk they need. The owners are offering her some relief by using a bottle when needed to help her out.
The owners plan to keep one of the puppies but plan to find a loving home for the remaining fourteen little bundles of joy.
Natasha and Alicia need help naming the puppies. They want their names to start with the letter “R” and be inspired from fairy tale characters.
“We’ve named the smallest pup Rosie but we would love some help on naming the others,” Natasha said.
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