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Puppy breath! Raleigh dog gives birth to 16

Posted October 8, 2014

— Taking care of one new puppy is a lot of work, but a Raleigh family is getting a crash course in dealing with multiples thanks to a record-setting litter.

Three weeks ago, Naia, a labrador, gave birth to 16 puppies, more than double the average litter size.

"It was a shock," Dawn Parry, Naia's owner said.

Parry and her husband, Bobby Parry, worked around the clock in the first few days, bottle feeding the puppies every two to three hours to assist 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 Parry said she and her husband were willing to do whatever they needed to in order to keep 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."

Naia has also been working hard. She's been eating 15,000 to 20,000 calories per day, about 10 times the average amount. She gets a dozen eggs, goat milk, dry food and 10 to 15 cans of puppy food. She's also gotten some fancier meals.

"Chicken and rice, and we did pheasant and rice," Dawn Parry 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."

In the last few days, the puppies started eating solid food.

According to the American Kennel Club, the national record for a litter of Labrador puppies is 19. Naia's brood ties the North Carolina record.


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  • kendra2 Oct 8, 2014

    Makes me sad that folks use animals - who have no voice - as a means to make money. I understand these people are asking &1500 per pup? And meanwhile, adoptable, lovable, loyal shelter pets are put to sleep. Every. Single. Day. Please... Spay/Neuter & adopt a shelter pet.

  • MissH Oct 8, 2014

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    98% in-bred pit bulls? What shelters did you volunteer at? That is not true of any shelter in this area.

  • USMC Vet Oct 8, 2014

    Bless their heart for assisting the mama dog so diligently so that all the puppies had a good chance to survive. It's very hard work.
    Our biggest litter was 12, and even that was a job.
    Been there myself with orphan puppies (someone stole the mom right after they were born) and it's an around-the-clock job.

  • luvstoQ Oct 8, 2014

    Wow - poor mommy!!! ;-)

    Labs are wonderful - ALL of them - could care less about bloodlines, papers and registrations! Would have no desire to 'show' any of them - just a great family pet!

  • Cindy Rose Oct 8, 2014
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    Did a little research; these babies are out of my price range...$1500 a piece. I'll have to go with a pound puppy.

  • Cindy Rose Oct 8, 2014
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    I'm not concerned about bloodlines; I'd love to have a silver lab. Best dogs in the world! Good mama with good owners. Good job!

  • Southern Girl Oct 8, 2014

    All I can say to the new Mama is bless you! They are so cute, and she is a beautiful Lab.

  • Cabe Merritt Oct 8, 2014
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    I have volunteered at a few animal shelters and 98% of the dogs are inbred pit bulls. I don't really care what you say.

  • Burke Evans Oct 8, 2014
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    As a former Lab owner, you also have to understand that Labs do not get full...ever. They will not stop eating as long as they have food unless they are sick. I'd hate to have to feed 17 of them!

  • fifefan4life Oct 8, 2014

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    That is a very ignorant statement. I have seen dachshunds and yorkies and plenty of labs in shelters. I have not, however, seen an inbred aggressive dog in a shelter. I walk and handle all the dogs there, too, so my statement is true and not ignorant since I have firsthand knowledge and you obviously do not.