For pet owners, the arrival of a new litter of puppies is always an exciting event. But for one Dalmatian owner, the birth of her dog’s latest litter was nothing short of miraculous.
As the proud owner of a prestigious breeding program that has produced numerously titled and championed dogs over 27 years, Cecilia is the definition of an expert when it comes to handling situations like this.
In other words, Cecilia knows just about everything there is to know about Dalmatians. So when she decided to breed a litter, she chose her titled show dog, Miley, to be a first-time mom. After careful consideration, she chose Astro Wonder Boy to be the stud.
Cecilia Lanton Bunkergot of Ballarat, Australia loves Dalmatians.
After a long 14-hour labour, the Dalmatian surprised her owner by giving birth to a whopping 18 puppies – a number that is highly unusual, even for large dog breeds like Dalmatians.
The proud owner, who had been monitoring her dog’s pregnancy closely, was amazed by the sheer number of puppies. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw all of them,” she said. “It was such a surprise, but also a blessing.”
The breeding took and like all responsible breeders, Cecilia provided Miley with veterinary care throughout her gestation period. With the help of x-rays and ultrasounds, her vet speculated that Miley would have 3 pups. As time passed Cecilia sensed that the count was off. However, Miley continued to be healthy and happy and that was the most important thing.
After her gestation passed, Miley began her labor and Cecilia called on the team of veterinary nurses that she had on standby to help ensure safe delivery. After the 3 predicted pups were born with no sign of stopping, Miley’s delivery team was shocked to deliver pup after pup. For Astro’s part, he must have been a true Wonder Boy because Miley gave birth to 18 healthy puppies to the surprise of everyone.
The birth of so many puppies at once is a rare occurrence, but it’s not unheard of. In fact, Dalmatians are known to have larger litters than many other dog breeds, with an average litter size of 6-8 puppies. But 18 puppies is still a remarkable feat, and a testament to the resilience and strength of the mother dog.
Caring for such a large litter can be a challenge, but the owner was determined to give each puppy the best possible start in life. She worked tirelessly to ensure that they were all healthy and well-fed, and even enlisted the help of friends and family to care for the puppies around the clock.
There are so many pups she needs the assistance of owners Adam and Nicola Morley, and their three sons, to feed them. Button and the Morleys work in shifts 24-hours a day: Button feeds one group of pups, while the family feeds the other two, then an hour later they swap.
As news of the Dalmatian’s remarkable litter spread, people from all over the world were amazed by her story. Many were moved by the dedication and love that the owner showed for her dogs, and saw the birth of so many puppies as a symbol of hope and new beginnings.
For the owner, the birth of the puppies was a reminder of the beauty and wonder of life. “It’s amazing to see how much joy and happiness these puppies bring to people,” she said. “They remind us that even in the midst of difficult times, there is always something to celebrate and be grateful for.”
The birth of 18 puppies may have been a surprise, but it was also a miracle – a testament to the power of life and the unbreakable bond between humans and their animal companions.