Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Eighteen Dalmatians

"It's a pity dogs can't count," said Mrs Dearly.

But Pongo could count, perfectly. He went downstairs with his head high and a new light in his fine, dark eyes. For he knew himself to be the proud father of fifteen.

The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

Button from Somerby in Leicestershire has gone three better than Pongo's Missis with a litter of 18 puppies. There is a video of them on the BBC website.

The Leicester Mercury tells us that Button is the daughter of one of the dogs who appeared in Disney's 101 and 102 Dalmatians films. And that the largest known litter of Dalmatian puppies is 19.

1 comment:

dreamingspire said...

And the other proud father (Button's owner) was shown bottle feeding them and commenting on having to undertake that duty in the wee small hours of the night.