The Bitch and Her Whelps

: Aesop's Fables

A BITCH, ready to whelp, earnestly begged a shepherd for a place

where she might litter. When her request was granted, she

besought permission to rear her puppies in the same spot. The

shepherd again consented. But at last the Bitch, protected by

the bodyguard of her Whelps, who had now grown up and were able

to defend themselves, asserted her exclusive right to the place

and would not permit the shepherd to approach.