Lost German Shepherd Turns Up 600 Miles Away From Home

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About two weeks before Christmas, Deacon, an 85-lb German shepherd, went missing from his family home in rural Stuart, Va.
During the first couple of days, Pamela Holt, her husband Keith, and their daughter Brooklyn, 3, weren’t terribly worried because they figured their nearly two-year-old pet was running in the fields behind their home.

“We have a lot of land and thought Deacon might be enjoying the outdoors,” Holt, who works as a teller for SunTrust bank, “But we soon got worried and called the area dog warden, the pound and the sheriff’s office. After two weeks, we gave up, fearing he had died or was stolen.”Deacon, a gift from Holt to her husband Keith, a teacher and football coach, had become a beloved family member, and everyone was upset. But a curious call in late February from a man in Deland, Fla., changed everything.

“A male voice on the other end said he thought he may have Deacon,” Holt “I was angry at first and thought he was a prankster trying to play a joke on us … I nearly hung up on him.”The man, who said he was from Animal Control in Deland, told Holt he was looking at her dog. Holt said she thought Deacon was dead. But when he asked her if the dog’s name was Bruno, Holt went crazy with joy.
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Sweet Pea With Her Twenty Puppies ……Set Breed Record

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Christy Six had gotten exactly 11 hours of sleep from the time her dog woke her Sunday morning to Thursday afternoon.
Although she knew her 145-pound Cane (pronounced Kayna) Corso was about to give birth, neither Six nor the gentle Sweetpea knew she was about to have what could be a record-setting litter of puppies.It was the first litter for Sweetpea and her mate, Bruno, another of Six’s Corsos.The 2-year-old Sweetpea started labor early Monday morning.
”She saw the first one, then the second and looked at me as if to say, ‘What’s coming out of me?’ ” said Six, a University of Akron student who has experience as a veterinary technician.

The final X-ray prior to the birth, taken Nov. 30, indicated Sweetpea would have as many as 10 puppies, Six said.
”When No. 18 was born, I yelled for my mom. Not really, but I should have,” the 30-year-old Sharon Township resident said with a laugh. Over the seven hours, Sweetpea would give birth to 20 puppies, vying with a record for the number of live, natural, surviving births.

” It may be a record for the breed, but in terms of survival, it is amazing. It is truly uncommon to see a litter this size survive,” said Dr. Carlos Pinto, reproduction specialist at the OhioState University College of Veterinary Medicine.According to various Web sites, the size of Sweetpea’s litter is not as large as the 23 puppies reported in the Guinness Book of World Records to several dogs, but many of those puppies did not survive.

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