Yes, first-time parents Miley and Astro were expecting a litter of puppies. Fortunately, throughout the nine-week gestation, Miley remained healthy, and she was nurtured through a near-ideal pregnancy by owner Jade Martin and Langton-Bunker. Only one thing about the whole experience proved to be less than perfect, in fact, and that was the initial scans of the swollen Miley that had been carried out by a vet.
That original ultrasound showed that Miley would give birth to just three puppies; Langton-Bunker was skeptical about the news, however. Speaking later to local TV station 9 News Melbourne, she explained, “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.” She then added, “Normally, Dalmatians have eight to ten puppies, and first-time moms usually have less.”
However, even armed with this expert knowledge, Langton-Bunker failed to predict what would happen at the birth. Indeed, in May 2017 at Ballarat Veterinary Practice, three-year-old Miley would prove everyone’s opinions wrong.