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Old 21 March 2008, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Cervus View Post
In the original book by Dodie Smith, Pongo has a litter of 15 with his mate, Missis. The humans (the Dearlys) call their vet and other dog owners, looking for a possible "foster mother" because Missis doesn't have enough milk. As it happens, one day they find Perdita lying out on a country road, emaciated and abused. She has recently given birth and still has milk left, so she is nursed back to health and then gradually introduced to some of the puppies.
That makes so much sense - I was thinking the other day that "Perdita" must mean "little lost one," and now I know why.
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