Miley the Dalmatian has 18 reasons to be a happy mama. She recently gave birth and broke a record for the number of puppies in a litter; to everyone's shock, she gave birth to a whopping 18 puppies. Yes, you heard that right!
Miley even surpassed Perdita's litter of 15 in the Disney film, “101 Dalmatians.” Miley’s owner, Cecilia Langton-Bunker the breeder, was shocked at the large litter, twelve females and six males. Cecilia said she “couldn't be happier with the litter” and said it was “absolutely superb.”
She continued, “We realized when the last one was born we had something amazing.” Cecilia, who runs CC Dalmatians, said, "Initially the vet said there was going to be three, but I knew there would be more than that and thought there would be 15 or 16.” Wow, what a shocker to get 18 adorable puppies. They are well on their way to their 101 goal... kidding!
Just for fun, here are some facts about 101 Dalmatians that you may not know:
1. There are 6,469,952 spots in the film. After counting all of the spots in the film, frame by frame, it was determined that there are exactly 6,469,952 of them in the movie. While 72 belong to Pongo, and 68 to Perdita, the rest belong to the puppies. Each of them has 32.
2. The story is based on Dodie Smith’s own experience. Dodie Smith, the author who wrote the book that inspired the film, actually had nine Dalmatians–one of which was named Pongo. She came up with the idea for her novel after one of her friends casually noted, “Those dogs would make a lovely fur coat.” Also, the birth of fifteen puppies seen in the film actually happened in her own life.
3. All of the dog barks were actually recorded by a human. Much like the lion roars in The Lion King, 101 Dalmatians’ barks weren’t actually those of an animal. In fact, it was Clarence Nash, the voice actor famous for playing Donald Duck, who created them all.
4. Only six of Perdita and Pongo’s 15 puppies have names. Even though Perdita gave birth to 15 puppies, the only names noted in the film were: Lucky, Rolly, Patch, Penny, Pepper, and Freckles.
Back to Miley and her record-breaking litter. All of the puppies were sold early on and Cecilia said, “I expect to get an empty-nest feeling when they all start going to their new homes...because this is a very special litter."
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