Giving birth to a litter is always overwhelming, but a pretty special time to female dog owners! If you have witnessed one, then you know that there are very few things in the canine world that could even remotely compare to the beauty of a doggo mom-puppy relationship.
In March of this year, Tanya Dubbs, from Pocahontas, Virginia, was about to witness one herself, but little did she know that her mama dog, Namine, would end up making the headlines of the U.S. most popular news!
This two-year-old Great Dane ended up giving birth to an unbelievable 21 puppies over the course of 27 hours!
One Of The Largest Litters Ever
Tanya and her family were quite shocked when they realized Namine’s litter was exceeding all the expectations. Being one of the tallest dog breeds in the world, Tanya naturally expected a larger litter – around 13 to 14 pups maximum.
Even when they got up to number 16, she and her family didn’t believe that the total number would exceed two dozen, but after a long, 27-hour labor – it happened!
Unfortunately, two of the puppies passed away just a few hours after birth, leaving Namine with 19 of them.
Almost all of them weighed over a pound when they were first born, except two that were slightly under – one 94, and the other one, 98 ounces.
As there’s now a slight logistical problem with momma’s milk, Tanya makes sure all puppies are fed properly, and if some of them don’t get enough food the natural way, she supplies them with a bottle.
While this is a pretty amazing number and probably one of the largest litters in the world, the Neapolitan Mastiff, Tia, is still holding the world record, with 24 puppies born in one litter.
Last Year, She Survived A Life-Threatening Accident
This beautiful doggo mom has a unique story behind her. Last year, she ran away from the house overnight with her sibling, Malificent, and got hit by a truck, leaving her with her back and her eye injured.
“My sweet Namine and Malificent escaped this evening. Malificent came back… Namine has not. I was told that she got hit by a car,” Tanya posted that night.
Luckily, she got patched up sixteen hours later and suffered no life-threatening repercussions after all.
Living The Pawfect Little Life With Her Family
Tanya’s plan is to sell all the puppies since they’re all weaned by now. She’s planning to donate some of the money that she receives from selling them to Tazewell County Animal Shelter, in Bluefield, Virginia.
Luckily, Namine already has a big family of hoomans and doggo siblings so she won’t feel alone after all. She’s a big doggo girl that enjoys spending days with her loved ones, and even though her puppies won’t be there anymore, she’ll always receive lots of love!
But, receiving love isn’t exactly all she has in mind, as she’s quite a giver, too! Namine enjoys showing love to her hoomans, as well as taking care of the little ones! Just like all Great Danes, she’s a Great nanny to children, and she absolutely adores taking care of them!