SANTA Paws made a surprise visit to one Huddersfield home this Christmas.
And he left behind a lot of hungry mouths.
Ten cuddly puppies were born at Damon and Anne Hever’s house in Almondbury on Christmas Day – which ruined the plans for a quiet Christmas dinner.
The new arrivals created a logistical nightmare for Anne as she prepared turkey with all the trimmings.
But thankfully daughter Chloe, 13, was on hand to look after the family dog Sasha as she gave birth.
Anne, a teaching assistant at Dalton Junior School, said: “I shouldn’t have bothered buying Chloe anything for Christmas because the puppies were by far the best present.
“Our son Sam said we should name them after Santa’s reindeers but we couldn’t remember all their names.
“And we don’t want the children to get too attached”.
The family’s two dogs – bitch Sasha, a Weimaraner cross and dog Bailey, a German Shepherd – are the proud parents.
Unfortunately one puppy died from the original litter of 11.
But the Hevers are hoping the rest of the puppies will go to a good home.
Damon, who plays football for Berry Brow, said: “They are very cute at the moment, they look like Sasha.
“There are four black ones and some have got white paws or spots, some are sandy-coloured and others are grey.
“There are six boys and four girls, I think they’re going to be quite big dogs.
“It’s a shame we can’t keep any of them, but we’ve already got two dogs.
“But they were a nice Christmas present.”
Damon was the first to spot Sasha was in labour shortly after 7am on Christmas morning.
The drama continued throughout the day and the last puppy was born at 4.30pm that afternoon.
The Weimaraner is a dog with a history dating back to the 16th century.
It was bred across northern Europe as a hunting dog, but has now become a favourite family pet – albeit one that demands a lot of exercise.
Call Damon on 07806 755551 if you’d like to buy a Christmas Day pup.