Barbara Bush had a news flash aboard Air Force One en route to China from Japan: Millie, her Springer spaniel, is expecting puppies between March 15 and March 20.

"I'm a nervous wreck," she told reporters Saturday and said she planned to take Millie to the veterinarian next week to discuss "home delivery" in the White House."You know where she sleeps," she added with some trepidation. (Millie sleeps in the same bed with the Bushes.)

Mrs. Bush said Millie is one of nine puppies and expects she will produce a large litter. But don't write for a White House dog. The puppies will be going to family members.