Wanted: Homes for (very) large puppies
NINE very large puppies are looking for a home after two-year-old St Bernard Amber succumbed to the advances of rescue Spanish mastiff Aston.
Sue Medland (54), the dogs’ owner, said that the litter had come as a surprise and that her household had been transformed by the arrival of what she affectionately described as a ‘pack of young hooligans’.
Five weeks old on Saturday, the puppies are now reaching an age where Mrs Medland is starting to think about rehoming them. ‘We are managing for now, as we have a large garden, but we are looking to rehome all of the puppies,’ she said. ‘Since they are so young, we have not yet pushed for homes for them, but I do already have people waiting to come and see them. And I will also want to see if they are suitable owners. These are big dogs, and you need to have the space for them.’
Both Mrs Medland and her husband work full-time, meaning that they have to rely on a ‘puppy camera’ during the day.
‘We have a puppy camera set up in the house now, so that my husband, my son and myself can keep an eye on them during the day,’ she said. ‘My husband and I each took a week off work when Amber had the pups, and I slept downstairs with her for the week before she gave birth and the week after.’ Feeding has also become a round-the-clock endeavour, as the Medlands help to support Amber in providing for the hungry puppies.
‘We feed them at around half past five in the morning, again at lunch, after work, around ten in the evening, and sometimes even in the middle of the night,’ Mrs Medland explained.
Amber’s mother, Beau, made headlines on Valentine’s day in 2017 when she gave birth to 11 St Bernards in Jersey. There are three bitches and six dogs in Amber’s litter. Anyone who is interested in potentially providing a home for one of them should email Mrs Medland on firstname.lastname@example.org.