AN EXTRAORDINARY Rottweiler dog in Hucknall has shrugged off tragedy to take on the role of surrogate mother — to a litter of corgi puppies!
Heavyweight Keri, who is owned by Amanda and Steve Powell, of Watnall Road, was expecting a litter of her own and everything was running smoothly.
Sadly, four of the six pups died during a traumatic birth. The owners were left devastated.
But just three days later, Keri got the chance to amaze Amanda and Steve, who run the Nottingham Canine Hydrotherapy Centre.
For their prized corgi, RedRed, went into labour unexpectedly.
RedRed also endured a tough birth and was unable to feed her young.
In stepped Keri who, remarkably, allowed the tiny corgis to feed off her.
Even after RedRed returned to fitness, the pair have worked as a “little-and-large team” to make sure the puppies have the best start in life.
“We are so proud of them, particularly Keri,” said Amanda, who founded the hydrotherapy centre with Steve ten years ago at the family home. The centre helps rehabilitate dogs that have suffered injuries.
“Both Keri and RedRed have been fabulous. It is an incredible position to find ourselves in and we can’t praise the dogs enough. Keri went from losing several of her puppies to working hard to help another dog’s babies survive.”
Although heartache struck for Keri with her own litter, she still has two puppies who have been happy to share their mum.
When RedRed went into labour, she too was in danger of losing most of her litter.
The first of the corgi’s pups was delivered at Watnall Road. A second was delivered by Steve’s daughter, Tracey, at the roadside en route to the vet’s, McPherson and Partners, in Rainworth.
Unfortunately, that one didn’t survive. So a decision was taken to perform a Ceasarean section and the rest of the babies were delivered.
It was because of the operation that Red Red was unable to suckle her young.
Thankfully Keri was on hand to help.
Amanda, who has bred dogs for 25 years, said: “So many times, Rottweilers get awful press. We have lived with them as a breed for more than 26 years now and have never been let down by our dogs.
“Nor have we failed to be amazed at their wonderful behaviour.”