Woofless Wednesday

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10 Responses to Woofless Wednesday

  1. paws2smile says:

    Fabulous shots! 🙂

  2. fredrieka says:

    I miss summer. You are a beautiful girl laying on your back. Looks like your ready to roll

  3. Kismet says:

    Thank you for the bird pictures.

  4. Two French Bulldogs says:

    It sure looks peaceful and serene there
    Lily & Edward

  5. I hear a picture is worth a thousand words, so you just wrote 11,000 words, woof! We love them!

  6. corkscot says:

    LOVE your pictures. There is a family with Marennas in California that just had 17 puppies.The pictures are adorable.

  7. Looks like a great nap after good times outdoors!

  8. Jan Sherrill says:

    I have finally found how to send this to you. Thought Jasper and Nellie would be impressed by
    this Maremma in California.
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    Sheepdog Gives Birth To Record-Breaking Litter of 17 Puppies
    Inside Edition By Inside Edition
    March 1, 2016 11:20 AM
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    A proud mama dog in Northern California recently gave birth to what experts say could be the largest litter of puppies ever recorded in the state.

    Stella, a Maremma sheepdog charged with watching over livestock for the Napa Grass Farmer in Fairfield, birthed 17 puppies about a month ago–but the congratulations are only just rolling in.

    Watch: Vet Cradles Scared and Crying Rescue Puppy Just Like a Baby After Surgery

    “We had an excellent vet deliver them because it was way more than we thought,” John Costanzo from Napa Grass Farmer told NBC Bay Area. “They all made it and are healthy.”

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    Jon Costanzo of Napa Grass Farmer shows off his litter

    The doctor said it was five more than he has ever seen in his years of practice as the biggest litter he had ever delivered was 12.”

    According to Constanzo, 17 is the largest litter he’s been able to find for the herding breed.

    All of the puppies are going to farms, Costanzo Costanzo told InsideEdition.com, because the Maremma is unsuitable as a pet.

    “Maremma’s aren’t bred for the home,” he explained. Originally from central Italy, the breed’s true name is Maremano Abruzzese.

    Constanzo said he’s no breeder and the litter came totally by accident. In fact, the father–a big cuddly guy named Orso, who they call Orsoino, or “little bear”–managed to leap over a 4.5 foot fence and squeeze into a closed barn to get to Stella while she was in heat.

    Watch: A Golden Retriever Gets Pulled From a 15-Foot Deep Sinkhole

    Costanzo has posted several photos of the adorable litter, as well as a video in which he demonstrates how he bottle feeds the puppies. He says he fed the pups himself to take some of the strain off three-year-old Stella.

    Stella, the gorgeous maremma #sheepdog #bewithmia #travel #pets #dogs #farm #organic
    A photo posted by Mia Estolano (@mia_est2013) on Dec 19, 2015 at 9:17pm PST
    “They’ve recently started drinking milk from the bowl,” the undoubtedly relieved Costanzo told IE.

    According to their website, Napa Grass Farmer is a “regenerative” farm, which they say means “putting more back into the land then you are taking out, making it better then it was before for future generations.”

    The farm raises chickens, turkeys, lamb and even water buffalo. They sell the meat from these animals to San Francisco Bay Area families through a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture.

    Constanzo wants all the people who’ve become so enamored with this hardworking breed and their puppies to know how valuable they are to his and his fiancee’s way of life.

    “For this type of farming, you need a dog to protect the animals from coyotes, skunks and sometimes possums.

    “For families in the Bay Area who want quality meat, we are here. We’ll love the animals; all they have to do is love the meat. And our sheepdogs are our partners in making that happen.”

    You can read more about Napa Grass Farmer on their website.

  9. Monarch butterflyies, forest, and rolling resting pups. Perfect ( And I thought that California dog mommy was a Maremma – thanks for the confirmation, Jan)

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