A 1956 children's novel by Dodie Smith, alternatively titled The Great Dog Robbery.Pongo and Missis are a pair of married Dalmatians who have just become the parents of a litter of fifteen. They belong to a newlywed couple, Mr. and Mrs. Dearly, who live in a tiny place near Regent's Park. Their domestic happiness comes under siege, however, when Cruella de Vil, a Rich Bitch and distant acquaintance of Mrs. Dearly (with an inordinate love of fur), attempts to buy the puppies. When she's told that they're not for sale, she hires thieves to kidnap them. When Scotland Yard is unable to find them, Pongo and Missis set out to rescue their puppies themselves, following a tip gained through the secret, nationwide "Twilight Barking" network of dogs.The anxious parents find that Cruella has imprisoned their puppies in her country estate (along with 84 she had previously acquired), with the intent to skin them and make spotted Dalmatian-skin coats. Pongo and Missis rescue them all and return home triumphant with 97 puppies in tow. A rescued nurse-dog and her long-lost beau round out their numbers to 101, and the Dearlys end up buying the same country estate where the pups were originally held prisoner.The book was adapted several times by Disney into 101 Dalmatians. Dodie Smith also penned a lesser known sequel, The Starlight Barking (1967).
The 1956 children's book and its 1967 sequel contains examples of: