Our mama passed while giving birth her uterus ruptured, while the vet was sewing her up she sadly had a heart attack , she Was 8 years old and our Newfador got her pregnant because of our st. bernards age this was unintentional she had 12 pups 9 made it at first . We had to bottle feed them and help them potty We lost two more pups , one due to meningitis, U Of I did Autopsy it was Not contagious, and an actual exact cause was unknown , one other pup later had to be put to sleep she had liver and digestive Issue as well as some chest / rib deformity, and would have seizures often This was very hard For our family as we spent so much time being The mama they had lost , feedings starting every two hours then four hours ect... now 7 pups very healthy just had the 6 week vet visit last week are doing great The biggest is now 11.6 pounds Our runt was at 9 pounds Im sure they are Bigger ever now last weight check . They have been off the Bottle feeding for a week and half or so a couple Were A little slower , and they get their softened Iams puppy chow and Puppy formula In a bowl and are doing Great . Its been alot of cleaning And care and bathing making sure they were safe and could not be outside on the ground Or on a floor where people shoes had Been walking until they were old enough to get the 6 weeks shots , to proptect them from any and all sickness They could Get and maybe not make it through sinse they did not get the mama colostrum and milk they Did not have as strong of immune Systems that could fight off parvo and other things ect.. if they had got all the nutrients and such from her but they have the first puppy shots and are Great we can take them outside And play and teaching potty time. We Love them all and we miss our St. bernard Athena So much But we took care of her babies For her and still are They are adorable And healthy growing and Fun. I am keeping One And my 18 year old Is Keeping one As well and another Is Going to be Homed With my 13 year olds dad . So we get to keep them close to us We love this . It has been an expensive Experience and alot of time But the reward Of these pups And to have athena Live on Through them It is All worth it. Thanks for Letting me share our story maybe It will in some way help others.