Puppies are popular - and all gone

Ten adorable bundles of joy whose frantic arrival hit the headlines earlier this week are still keeping their proud owner busy.

Ten adorable bundles of joy whose frantic arrival hit the headlines earlier this week are still keeping their proud owner busy.

Steve Blyth has been overwhelmed by dozens of calls and letters from people keen to own a black labrador puppy since we told of mother Bramble's lengthy labour in a car, a car park, a vet's and at home in Bramerton.

The story was also featured on TV and in national papers, prompting a surge of interest in the pedigree pups - with each prospective owner disappointed.

“I've had a lot of calls but all the puppies are taken,” said Mr Blyth, who expects to part with all but one of the puppies in eight or nine weeks.

“Friends and people I know in the village said they had wanted one before they were born. I wanted to make sure I gave them to people I know and they will all be within five or six miles of the village.”

The builder has had letters from the UK and Ireland, including one simply wishing him good luck, and another from a woman who claimed she would be able to give a puppy lots of fresh air and walks in Hyde Park, London.