A little while ago someone contacted me about one of Blottie's pups. They started by telling me to "hold my hair on", as they lived in France. Which means they had read that I don't export puppies. So I sent them back an email, which I thought was polite, saying, "Sorry" and just reiterating what is stated on the website, and I received a reply telling me that was okay, "They would find a more courteous breeder." More like find a lick their ass breeder, I thought, but I bit my tongue and replied asking, what exactly was discourteous about reiterating what was already stated clearly on the website, and would they like to know "why I don't export?"
They replied, with no apology for calling me discourteous, but with what made me think that they think I only sell my dogs to people who are English. They thought that although they lived in France, them being English would be okay. She did end with saying that she would like to know why I don't export, but felt it "best to leave it at this." So I did not reply her again. I did though think that maybe I should write a blog, so people know the reasons why I do not export puppies.
There are three reasons main reasons for not exporting and I will list starting with least important to most:
1. I just can't be bothered with it.
2. Vaccination burden on a puppy.
So first we have, "I just can't be bothered with it." Why would I want the hassle of exporting, when I can easily home pups within the UK? Maybe Kudos, so I can say ,"I have pups here, there and everywhere." Not really bothered by that kind of thing. You might say, "But Jane, what about helping another breeding project with your gene pool of dogs?" Well, if that became the case. That's why we have Artificial insemination, so you can bring overseas genetics if needed in to a breeding program. I prefer natural service, but when distance is a barrier, that is where Artificial insemination comes in to it's own, but it is unfortunately, now being totally overused and misused in the dog breeding fraternity as it has been misused in most other species we have used it with.
Secondly we have, "Vaccination burden on a puppy." Talking to vets, most do not like doing the rabies jab (which they have to have to be exported) until the puppy is at least 4 months to 6 months old, some prefer the pup to be 12 months old. It is a more high risk vaccine and if the pup has a reaction to it, it can be life threatening and you will be left with an immune compromised pup.
Thirdly there is "Aftercare." This is the help and back up I give when a pup leaves. If problems occur and I have to have the pup back. This normally occurs in the first year of the pup leaving me. If you are a UK resident living the most of your time in the UK, helping with any problems and having the pup back is made so much easier and far less stressful for the pups.
I have pups in all sorts of family configurations, you don't have to have a UK passport. One of the reasons I keep my pups priced middle of the road (my husband, David is always badgering me about the amount I do in breeding each litter I should charge more), is to not make getting a dog from me something exclusive. All you got to do/have to get one of my pups is read the website, a few manners about you, be mainly living in the UK for at least the first year of the pups life (I don't ask people to hand their dog back if they move abroad after getting a pup from me), time, patience and lastly, but most importantly, a lot of love to give them.
Milking this morning the farmer I worked for offered me seven pheasants that he had shot whilst I was milking for him. These pheasants are being shot out of season because they are coming in to the silage pits in large numbers potentially causing a health issue for the cows as they shit everywhere. The farm I milk on sits between two shoots and pheasants coming in to food storage areas and damaging freshly sown crops is a problem each year as we come in to the Spring.
So this morning I arrived home with seven pheasants, which I stripped off just the breasts, putting the rest of the carcass of each bird where I know foxes cross over the back of our property. Those foxes are going to think Christmas and birthdays have arrived at once when they cross up there tonight.
The breasts I then slow cooked with a chopped onion, some garlic cloves, a jar of sun-dried tomatoes, herbs and chicken stock for six hours. This evening I then made a slow cooked pheasant lasagna. Pheasant does work really well in lasagna.
Sat down for super just now and thought all the dogs were in, to then finish dinner and heard a scratching at the back door to find Ysobel and Toby plastered in mud. They had been out the back of our property where we have rats digging in to a bank, trying to dig them up.
To understand my amusement at this letter from my vet you will need to read the blog Prevention is always better than cure.
Lovely one month since leaving us update for Skye from Jean.
Incredibly 1 month now since we brought Skye home to join our family, its flown by .
She has settled really well . VERY energetic convinced there's whippet in there somewhere !!!!!!! Does she ever move like lightening . LOL . She has an interesting howl (not much of a bark) . Incredibly loving and loves snuggling in as we all do she's adorable , although does like to eat the back door mat .
She travels really well in the car (crate in the back ) no issues at all just snuggles down. for the last few nights started to crate with no issues .
As one of your previous blogs said and we all agree thank you for breeding such wonderful contented family pets , we feel privileged to have one join our family .
My husband has a different outlook on shopping now , something I thought I'd never see.
Every where we go he is stopped with admiring strokes, hoo's and arrs ! ! (At Skye) how pretty she is and love her markings , he laps it up .
Thank you Blottie and look forward to seeing your sisters pups characters grow .
Jean and Family
really great to hear how Skye has settled in so well with you.
Thanks for the kind comments on the dogs we breed, but is also a privilege to be able to home our pups with families like yours Jean. That are so committed to caring for and giving our pups such wonderful lives.
Love the photos of Skye looking very serious.
Love from us all
And then a lovely little update on Skye meeting the children at Jean's Grandson, Toby's nursery.
Sorry you prob fed up by now hearing of Skye but just had. To say Toby was greatly excited this morning . We where asked to take Skye into nursery (about 20 3-4 yr olds ) . Turned into a question and ans session!!!!!!!
When Toby was asked how Skye behaves he when into graphic details (as only s 4yr old can ) how she poos and wees a lot !!!! the children loved it then all came up one by one for a stroke . Skye took it all in her stride being a local celeb . Fabulous photos where taken for there puppy project , unfortunately I was not able to bring them away to (protect the other children )!!!!!!!
it's really lovely to hear all about what you are getting up to with Skye, I'm not fed up with hearing about her adventures. Toby's nursery sounds like really good socialization for Skye. Good to hear she was so well behaved.
Shame you could not share the photo, but I understand.
Charlie left us last Saturday morning for North Yorkshire and I've had a few emails from Adrian and Sandra to let me know how he is getting on.
Just to let you know we had a very good journey back home, home by 4.30pm and Charlie was an absolute star. No sickness at all and he was very calm, slept a lot of the time. He's had his tea, been to the toilet out in the garden and had a good play. I'll contact you again soon to let you know how he's getting on.
The Berryman gang X"
"Thanks Adrian and Sandra,
for letting me know you all got back safely. I hope he settled responsibly well last night for you.
Look forward to hearing how Charlie is getting on.
Have a wonderful Mother's Day!
Thanks for your email, I had a lovely Mother's Day and hope you did too! Hope you're all well. Just a quick update to let you know how Charlie is getting on. He seems to be settling and adjusting to all the changes pretty well. We've had a little bit of whimpering over the first couple of nights (to be expected); the first night I slept near him for reassurance and he did settle better last night. You're right, he definitely likes to try and eat anything he gets hold of, leaves, coal (we have a coal fire), bulbs, etc so I've been monitoring him well! He's weeing and pooing outside, I'm watching for the sniffing cues and getting him outside. We've had a couple of accidents but I think he's doing well. He's a very affectionate, loving boy and everyone he meets thinks so. We had him to the vets yesterday and he was very happy with him, no problems at all. He's been up to the school several times and waited at the gates with Adrian, while I take Tom into school, meeting people and other dogs and, with praise and some treats, seems to have been fine with it. I'm going to be taking him to some classes soon so will let you know how it goes. He is a lovely boy, we think he's great!
The Berryman gang.x"
he sounds like he is settling in well to his new world. Hope the puppy training classes go well.
Charlie seems to be settling in well. He's meeting other dogs and is enjoying his walks !
A couple of photos attached.
Adrian & Sandra"
"Thanks Adrian and Sandra, for the photos. Looks like he's made himself at home.
Keep the good work up.
Caught this video of Blottie playing with her daughter Teagol, who is now 13 weeks old today. The video was over fifteen minutes long, so edited a few minutes off the beginning and have had to split in to two videos over two blogs to get it up on here.
Blottie has been an amazing first time Mum. Hard to believe watching her in the videos that 13 weeks ago she naturally whelped ten pups and has reared all of them with ease. Just watch how she interacts with her pup, using her mouth and every limb to manipulate and often frustrate her little attacker. She is a great teacher and Teagol is proving to be an eager pupil.
Dimpsey left us yesterday and Anne let me know they got home safely.
We had a good journey home Dimpsey slept most of the way , we stopped at Taunton services and she had a good pee and a little play . She has done several more pees up the garden plus one enormous poo . She has an extremely good appetite , ate all her dinner and has had a good drink , at the moment she has settled with a chew , She’s a star .
I’ll send another update tomorrow ,hopefully we will have a fairly peaceful night but it is bound to be very strange for her ,
And this evening I received another update, on Dimpsey's first night and day in her new home.
You are breeding wonderful family dogs Jane , I can’t thank you enough , we all love her to bits
The photos are of Dimpsey loving my grandson
Many Thanks Anne Blackman"
that is great news. Sounds like she is settling right in.
Thanks for the photos, and hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day with your new family member.
Love from us all at Poundlane
August 2017 it was Poundlane Momma Dolly's time to go. We have though gained two new Poundlane Mommas in Blottie and Bumble. With Dolly being the paternal Great Grandmother of each of their litters.
Long live the Poundlane Mommas!
Three generations of Poundlane Mommas Lto R: Blottie (3years old and Smudge's daughter), Millie (10 years old and Smudge's Mum), Bumble (3 years old and Smudge's daughter), Ysobel (11 years old and Primrose's Mum), Smudge (8 years old and millie's daughter), Primrose (nearly 8 years old and Ysobel's daughter) and Treacle (5 years old and Dolly's daughter)
The last pup of Blottie's litter of ten pups has just left us this morning. Skipper has been a super sweet pup to rear. He has a real softness to him. I'm sure is going to make a wonderful family dog for Fiona, her husband and their three children. I wish them all the best with their new family member.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with The Poundlane Mommas March 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.