Abstemius's Fables (Sir Roger L'Estrange)
323. (not in Abstemius) A Bitch ready to Puppy.
A Big-belly'd Bitch borrow'd Another Bitch's Kennel to lay her Burden in. The Proprietress, after some Time, demanded her Possession again; but the Other begg'd her Excuse and Patience, only till her Whelps might be able to shift for themselves. This was agreed upon for so many Days longer: But the Time being expir'd, the Bitch that was Out, grew more and more pressing for her Own again. Why then, says the Other, if you can force me and my Puppies outof the Kennel, you shall have free Liberty to come In.
Possession is Eleven Points of the Law.
Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists: Abstemius's Fables by Sir Roger L'Estrange. Available online at Google Books.