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.
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)