Joey, a tiny West Highland terrier is the proud father of 11 puppies, after he somehow managed to breed with Zara — a Rottweiler several times his size. The puppies have been given the name “Wotties”.
The dogs’ owner, Teresa Patterson, from England, was as surprised as anyone and says she was unaware that her dogs had mated until the puppies were born. However, after giving birth, four-year-old mother Zara lost interest in her puppies, leaving one-year-old Joey to take care of them.
Unfortunately, four of the puppies died when Zara refused to feed and Ms. Patterson had to step in. She fed the seven surviving puppies Weetabix and scrambled egg to keep them strong, and gave them Horlicks to help them sleep.
But with Zara not interested, Ms. Patterson was forced to put out an appeal for homes interested in adopting the “attention-seeking” youngsters via a charity.
Her sons, Jonathan and Matthew, had already taken one puppy each from and the remaining five have found new homes.
1. Rottweiler Zara, right, and white West Highland terrier, Joey, mated to create a ‘Wottie’ cross-breed.
2. Owner Teresa Patterson, from England, was surprised the dogs had mated and was unaware it had taken place until the puppies were born.
3. Ms.Patterson had to feed the puppies Weetabix and scrambled eggs when Zara (left) refused to feed them.
Ms. Patterson said:
We got Joey in May and it must have happened straight away but we didn’t think it would have been possible. Zara didn’t know what to do and I just started screaming when the puppies started popping out…
I was completely shocked, I didn’t think nature would let this happen but at some point it did. The puppies have a lovely temperament like their parents. They are high maintenance as they want attention all the time.
One of the puppies, Sparkie, which our son is having, follows me everywhere I go. But this won’t happen again — Joey will be going to the vets soon.
Victoria Lowe, who adopted one of the puppies, now called Lola, when she was ten weeks old, said:
Everyone we meet is fascinated by Lola and it is all a bit of a mystery as to how big she will grow. She is so full of character and gets up to all kinds of mischief.
The Kennel Club, which registers around 250,000 puppies across 212 breeds every year, said they had never come across a “Wottie” cross-breed.
4. Zara, four, gave birth to a litter of 11 puppies in the summer, but left Joey, one, to take care of them.
5. Sadly, four of the puppies died and Ms. Patterson was forced to step in when Zara refused to feed.
6. Ms. Patterson has ruled out a repeat incident, saying she will now be taking one-year-old Joey to the vets.
7. Ms. Patterson (right) brought Joey into her home in May, and Zara gave birth to the litter of 11 puppies in July.
Source: The Daily Mail.
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