A family in Raleigh, North Carolina has a large and new bundles of joy! Just last week, we brought you the news about the Parry family’s Stonewater Labradors. One of their Labs gave birth to North Carolina’s largest litter of Labrador Retriever puppies!
The family’s Lab, Naia, gave birth to a total of 16 puppies – that is more than double the average litter size.
“It was a shock,” Dawn Parry.
She and her husband, Bobby Parry, worked ona schedule for the first few days. They bottle fed the pups every two to three hours to help Naia.
“It’s been really busy. I’ll make bottles and Dawn and I will switch shifts,” Bobby Parry said. “So I’ll leave her a note, ‘Hey, all the silver boys have been fed, you’re up.’” And then I’ll go shake her awake.”
Dawn said she and her husband were willing to do everything they needed tokeep the puppies healthy.
“We worked very hard, but we wanted them to be healthy, and it was not acceptable for us to lose any of them,” she said. “We tried our best and we just got really lucky.”
The Labbie mommy has also been working hard. She eats 15,000-20,000 calories each day — about 10 times the average amount. She also gets a dozen eggs, goat milk, dry food and 10 to 15 cans of puppy food. Shealso eats some fancier meals.
“Chicken and rice, and we did pheasant and rice,” Dawn said. “We cook stuff in the crock pot and give it to her. As much as we give her she eats it. She loves it.”
The puppies started eating solid food a few days ago.
According to the American Kennel Club, the U.S. record for the largest litter of Labrador puppies is 19. Naia’s litter holds the North Carolina record.
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