updated 1/5/2007 2:42:21 PM ET 2007-01-05T19:42:21

A western New York family had a crisis on its hands when their dog died after giving birth to 14 puppies.

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A dozen of the Newfoundland-Saint Bernard puppies survived — but they needed milk, and fast.

Luckily, the Pufpaff family found a surrogate. A friend’s dog who just had puppies was pressed into service.

Laura Pufpaff says within hours, the motherless pups went from near death to completely healthy.

The friend’s dog is now mothering 20 puppies — her own eight plus the 12 orphans. Family and friends are pitching in to help. Things can get crazy at feeding time, when laundry baskets are used to lug the pups around.

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