I generally dislike anthropomorphizing dogs that way. I don't think of them as my children. What I love most about dogs is their essential dogness. Beyond that, relating to dogs like your children can be psychologically unhealthy: I once read an article by a smart psychologist explaining that, given their short life spans, it means you'll go through the severe emotional trauma of burying a child once every 15 years.
So I didn't instantly understand what the vet meant. So she tried the more direct approach.
"She's pregnant! With six puppies."
After a long pause, she added: "And they're already fully formed, 10 to 14 days away from being born."
To say that this shocked me is an understatement. I had noticed that the dog appeared fat but assumed she was just bloated with a distended stomach, due to hunger. By now, I had already accepted that we were going to keep her. But "her" now meant "her and her six puppies."
I then realized that I'd have to call David and tell him that I hadn't picked up one dog that day after all. I had effectively picked up 7 dogs, thus instantly doubling our dog count from 7 to 14. Let's just say he wasn't quite as understanding as the first time I called him that day.