Frantic owner has 16 puppies to look after

Great Dane’s great litter

STEPHANIE PINO, top, has gone through 1,600 training pads and hundreds of dollars of nutritional supplements for the brood born to her Great Dane, Kyla. See slide show at GJSentinel.com.



Before Kyla gave birth, Stephanie Pino thought the Great Dane looked like a white cow with brindle spots.

Pino knew Kyla’s litter was going to be large, but she had no idea how large.

After about 20 grueling hours of labor, Kyla gave birth to 19 puppies on Sept. 11. Sixteen of the puppies survived and are happy, healthy five-week-old bundles of joy at 12 to 15 pounds apiece.

“They just kept coming and coming and coming, and we were like, ‘Oh my gosh,’ ” Pino said.

She had to deliver some of the puppies after the mama got too tired. Even the dogs’ veterinarian was shocked at the size of the litter, Pino said.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the record number of puppies in one litter is 24. a It just so happens that also was a Great Dane litter.

The Pinos are overwhelmed, to say the least.

“We were not prepared for two and a half litters worth of pups,” Pino said.

They prepared for maybe 11 or so puppies.

Feeding, training, cleaning and caring for 16 puppies is draining, both physically and financially.

The puppies have gone through 1,600 puppy training pads, on which dogs learn to do their “business.”

That’s 32 bags of 50 pads.

During the first weeks, the Pinos supplemented the puppies’ diet with $200 to $300 worth of formula for puppies.

Pino said she’s spent her nights sleeping in a recliner so she can be near the puppies, especially since they’ve learned how to escape from their pen in the dining room of her Fruitvale home.

The head of the puppies’ daddy, Haze, is bigger than the entire body of one of his offspring. Haze weighs in at more than 200 pounds. When he stretches out, he’s roughly seven feet long. The Great
Dane is one of the tallest dog breeds in the world.

The Pinos live on 2 1/2 acres of land, so there’s plenty of room for the dogs to roam and play.

There are 10 male and six female puppies, each with corresponding blue and red collars. Their coat colors range from black to harlequin (white with spots) and blue with spots.

Each puppy has a distinct personality, Pino said. Not all have names, but four do.

Frank, named after Frank Sinatra, has blue eyes and is the loudest of the bunch. Penelope is an escapist and has a piggish face. Ocho was the eighth puppy born alive and has a spot on his foot that looks like the No. 8. Pearl starts fights, but doesn’t finish them, and she was once the whitest of the bunch.

The Pinos want to sell the puppies to good owners for $500 apiece, once they turn 10 weeks old. To inquire, call Stephanie at 250-7738.


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