December 5, 2015, the world got a little bit sweeter. That’s the day that Velma, a 4-year-old Great Dane from Alabama, stunned her owners Josh and Terri. You see, Velma was pregnant, and they expected her to give birth to a litter of 10. But imagine their surprise when they learned Velma was pregnant with a whopping 19 puppies! Averaging one puppy per hour, the entire birthing process took about 19 hours in total. Incredibly, all of the puppies are healthy, happy, and oh-so-adorable.
Keeping one baby fed is difficult enough, let alone a pack of 19 huge and hungry Great Danes, which is the largest known dog breed in the world.
Just wait until you see how Velma nurses her newborns…
On December 5, a 4-year-old Great Dane named Velma gave birth to a staggering number of puppies total of 19 to be exact. This family ties the largest known Great Dane litter in the United States.
Owners Terri and Josh of Alabama were stunned when the puppies “just kept coming,” after a 19-hour-long birthing process. After all, they only expected Velma to deliver about 10!
All of the puppies are healthy and happy, and Terri says each one is precious and unique. Velma is also doing great.
However, nursing the brood is a whole other story…
Great Danes grow rapidly and so do their food needs.
Velma has proved to be a wonderful mom, but she simply cannot nurse all of the puppies at once without it looking like an adorable yet chaotic game of musical chairs. So, Terri and Josh have stepped in to help feed the puppies every 3-4 hours. Velma’s milk supply is supplemented with goat milk and Esbilac formula. Half comes from Velma and half comes from the formula.
It’s common for Great Danes to deliver litters of 8-10 puppies. However, a litter of 19 is nearly unprecedented.
This is truly a family of cute, cuddly miracles!
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