So right now many of us are coping with the kids at home. Suddenly you’re the parent, teacher, everything. How many could you handle?
Imagine having 15 of the little tykes running around.
Spare a thought for Tracey Salter and her bitch Eminence (known at home as Tiggy), who has just graced the world with a litter that may very well be a record: 15 pups – seven girls and eight boys – and all survived.
Tracey’s not holding back with her excitement. “People keep telling me it’s a record!”
“It was a really difficult process. The vet’s amazed Tiggy made it through. She had kidney failure as well, and spent five days in ICU, but she’s home now. She’s lost a lot of weight, but she’s on the mend.”
“She’s not strong enough to look after her babies. It’s a shame, because she’s really starting to look for them. They’re with a lady who has two dogs and they’re rearing and feeding them. I’m really lucky in that sense.”
The pups are being looked after by an unlikely pair. The two dogs taking over duties are Penny (raced as Thriller Love) who provides the feed for the litter (and seven pups of her own!), while other duties are taken on by Ally, a Scottish Terrier. “This is a terrier who’s never had pups, but she treats them like her own. It’s just incredible.”
Just when the story can’t get stranger, surrogate mum Penny (pictured above) is also a half-sister to the litter’s sire, Moriera.