It’s been five weeks since the the Bullmastiff puppies on the cover of our “Happy, healthy pets” special section were born in a Placerville home amongst a litter of 15. The Mountain Democrat first published a photo of the newborn, lengthy litter with their 1 1/2-year-old mother Buffy. Today, they’ve all grown under the guidance of Buffy and father Maximus, residing with Jeanette Bornstein and her two kids.
“All 15 survived,” Jeanette Bornstein said May 21. “It’s been four weeks as of today and tomorrow.”
The birth started at 8 p.m. one night and finished at 6 a.m. the next morning, said Bornstein, who along with daughter Kaitlin Stainbrook, played the role of midwives, helping Buffy throughout the night.
“We were fine with five,” Bornstein told the Mountain Democrat when announcing their birth. “Then we were OK with eight, and then there were 12 and she was still pushing.”
When the final tally reached 15, 12 girls and three boys, Bornstein knew she had her hands full. Along with Stainbrook, and Jeanette’s son Andrew Bornstein, the trio has nurtured the pups to a healthy beginning, despite several challenges.
“The feeding process is a big challenge,” Bornstein said. “At first, they had to be fed every two hours. We were rotating bottles for them. Now it’s like a feeding frenzy.
“They found their voices, have teeth and started eating food. It’s kind of a mess. They are making a mess. But they are actually doing really well, and are all fat and healthy.”
Now Bornstein wants to find good homes for the puppies. With three adult Bullmastiffs at home, the upkeep of an additional 15 dogs has become too much.
“We want to adopt them out to good homes,” Bornstein said. “This was kind of unexpected. We prefer they went to good homes. We want to keep them all, but that would be impossible. They are all my favorites.”
For more information on the puppies, call Bornstein at 916-662-2654.