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Sometime last night or this morning, our Rottweiler-mix, Pepper, gave birth to ten puppies under the back porch of the team house! Although we intended to breed her sometime in the future, her first heat snuck up on us, and in spite of our best efforts . . . well, you know the rest of the story.

The puppies may be from our male rottweiler, from our male lab-mix, or from some other unknown dog. Happily, Pepper seems to be a natural at mothering, and she’s not had any difficulties dealing with her big batch of babies so far. Large black dogs are in good demand around here, so we don’t expect to have any trouble finding homes for all of these pups.

Pictures will follow, although my past attempts to photograph black dogs have been disappointing. We’ll see what I can do.