All went well in Bristol yesterday with Teagol and Sasha. By the way they reacted to seeing me when I picked them up only 5 hours later, it was hard to believe that they had been under a full anesthetic, other than the tell tale bald patch on the top of their front legs. Now it is waiting on the BVA - CM / SM scheme to grade them, which can take up to a month or so.
I had a wonderful surprise to open my email inbox this morning to see Happy 1st Birthday Greetings! from four of Teagol's litter siblings.
"Jack would like to send Happy Birthday greetings to all his nine siblings.
He is having a great day; birthday frisbee arriving from Cooper, and a celebratory bag of prawn crackers from his other best friend Claude the cat.
Off to class tonight, he is the youngest and smallest but very keen to do well.
He had the snip and his extra tooth removed last week, all is going well but he still has to wear the collar. Hopefully only until Thursday.
Lots of love to all the family in Umberleigh (human and canine) and thanks to Ernest and Blottie, his parents!
Penny and Tony"
Looking longingly ( but it’s mine )!!😂
Skye didn’t miss out she had plenty doggy pampering 🐶🐶x
We have been counting down the days to Skipper's birthday since the children's birthdays in November!
It was lovely to see your message on your website wishing the whole litter birthday greetings.
I hope the Bristol trip went well. I have no doubt that Teagol's will all be as you wish.
Skipper is continuing to bring joy to all six of us (us five, and my mother next door).
He is a friendly, sociable, affectionate, adorable pet, and also a good running/ walking companion too. Thank you for breeding him!
Happy Birthday to all of his siblings!
Fiona & Joe & family in Oxfordshire x"
Hope you and all the family are well and looking forward to Christmas. Charlie has enjoyed his first Birthday (the photo was taken today) and hopes all his siblings have had a lovely time too. He really is such an affectionate, loving character; great temperament. He absolutely loves the beach and his runs at Beck Hole, exploring the woods! Good luck with the scan results.
Adrian & Sandra Berryman"
A little while before going up to Bristol yesterday, I had an email from Louise, who has Darla. Darla is from Bumble's litter of eight pups, so she is Lottie's litter sibling. Louise lives in the Bristol area, and thought I might like to pop in and see Darla while waiting to pick up the dogs from the vet. Unfortunately the timing was not right, but hopefully when we take Darla's sister up to be MRI scanned, March time on wards, we can make it a date then.
"I'm very sorry Jane, but that's a day I'm in London.
If you're in the area another time please let us know.
Darla is a joy every day. She's so happy and loves company. She's a bit bossy if she hasn't had enough physical contact and will jump up or sit next to me and pull on my arm to get me to stroke her.
She's got a particular happy walk when she knows she's walking off with something she's not supposed to, like Lauren's slippers, but is getting good at leaving things when she's told no, or giving up her treasure when asked.
She loves going for a walk and exploring and I now have an internal map of all the tiny holes she can sneak through. Once of them is into the local primary school field so if it's during the school day I have to be quick to get her back on the lead before she goes visiting.
She's made a huge difference to Lauren and we can't thank you enough for her being part of our family.
Hope we can meet up again sometime.
"Sorry I have not got back to you sooner Louise,
that's a shame that the timing does not work. I will be up again sometime March onwards to get Lottie MRI scanned. Hopefully I can pop in then.
Glad that she's making such a difference to Lauren.
Just before Murphy turned one yesterday, I had an email from Kath about him being neutered,
still loving the blog and anticipating Teagol’s MRI results in the next few weeks.
I’m attaching a couple of recent photos of Murphy in his element, and one of him slightly less happy, trying on his recovery suit, the day before his neutering.
Murphy was neutered on Tuesday, and seemed to bounce back from surgery. However, on Wednesday night he started to vomit and since then has had awful, bloody diarrhoea, every 3/4 hours. The vet seems to think it was an adverse reaction to the pain medication that I gave him on Wednesday morning. It’s called Meloxaid and is an anti inflammatory NSAID. I only gave him one dose and stopped as soon as the vomiting started. Apparently, it has inflamed his whole digestive system, though he’s not needed to be rehydrated and this afternoon has perked up a lot.
I just thought I should share because it might be wise for his siblings to be cautious about taking this medication, given that some dogs are totally fine with it and others react.
Love to all the family, canine and human, xKath"
medications are funny how they can be fine with one and not so good for another. The medication Meloxicam he was given, I have used on several of our dogs, I first used it years ago under the brand name "Metacam" for a dog with arthritis, and is often given to dogs after neutering and it is a drug often given after a bitch having a c-section, but I have heard of dogs getting an upset stomach with it. No drug is 100% safe, unfortunately. Thanks for letting me know.
Give him a big hug from us all, and I hope he is soon fully recovered
Jane x "
Someone's glad to see our oldest, Bert home for Christmas
Sasha will be travelling with Teagol tomorrow to also be MRI scanned on the BVA - CM / SM scheme. She was 2 years old back in the Autumn, and all going well with her scan results, we will hope to breed her first litter in 2019, putting her to Ernest around February time, when she is next due to come on heat.
Twelve months today it was Not long now and we were Just waiting for it to begin. Blottie giving birth to an amazing ten pups. Tomorrow I leave husband, David in charge as I set off early in the morning for Bristol with one of those pups, Teagol to be MRI scanned on the BVA - CM / SM scheme. She will be exactly 1 years old. The earliest you can scan them on the scheme.
So in case I don't get back here tomorrow, I'm going to wish her nine siblings Murphy, Skye, Jack, Harvey, Skipper, Fletcher, Ginty, Dimpsey and Charlie a "Happy 1st Birthday!
Hoping your families and you are all well, and all looking forward to your first Christmas together.
Things are very busy at the moment with the approaching festive season, and my grim determination to get out with the dogs and have some fun with them this Winter. Teagol has now done three days on a local small shoot our family have been beating on for a few seasons now. I have managed to get out on two Saturdays with Ernest, and he is proving to be a lovely little steady spaniel for flushing with. Teagol also is watching and understanding what it is all about, and has relished her times off the lead at the end of a drive, and has managed to come back without to much trouble.
There are another five days of the shooting season I hope to get out. I would love to get Blottie and her sister, Bumble out, but if Blottie cycles her normal 7 months, she could be on heat any day now. I did think about injecting her not to come on heat, but I don't like interfering with a bitch's cycle unless absolutely necessary. She is up pretty tight and fit at the moment, so maybe she might hold off until it starts to get lighter, and I let her down. Considering putting her on this time, but I would really like to get her daughter, Teagol's MRI results first. Teagol goes up with Sasha beginning of next week to Bristol to be MRI scanned (Teagol will be exactly one years old, and this is the earliest they can be scanned on the scheme) and it can take a month to get the grading results back from the BVA - CM / SM scheme. Fingers firmly crossed for Teagol's grading.
Sunday evening I started to make a treacle pudding for after roast chicken, to go to the cupboard after already doing the sponge mixture and find not enough treacle to do the pudding. Thankfully there was plenty of honey, and the combination went down well enough for son, Alfie to procure the last slice for his pack lunch box the next day.
Got a lovely 6 month update for Barney, who is Cooper's litter sibling (and now almost look like identical twins) who we also recently had a 6 month update for.
we thought you would like another Barney update now that he is 6 months old. He's doing really well and is a lovely friendly little dog, full of the joys of life and certainly keeps us on our toes! His coat is getting a bit longer but he doesn't seem to shed much at all. We went for his 6 month vet check today and they are very pleased with him. I'm afraid the errant testicle still hasn't appeared, but apparently it is quite low down now so there is a very slight chance that it might arrive in time for when he is neutered. If not they think it shouldn't be too difficult to remove. I've attached a couple of photos. One with his Daisy and one of him having fun in the dog exercise area at Roadford Lake. Unfortunately, soon after this was taken he managed to do a limbo dance and escaped under the gate, which we thought he was too big to do! His normally excellent recall went out the window and he ran off. Luckily he headed for the tea room and Tony managed to catch up with him there. Hope all is well with you and your family and the Poundlane Pack.
Kind regards Wendy & Tony"
"Hello Wendy and Tony,
great to hear from you now Barney is 6 months old. Cooper and him look so alike now, he has cast his fluffy coat. He was such a sweet puppy, and sounds like he is bringing you a lot of joy.
Looks like he gave you a bit of a scary moment at Roadford Lake, it's amazing how small a space they can wriggle through.
Thanks for the photos, especially the one with Daisy. They look good friends.
Will be interesting to know if the testicle does drop before he is neutered
Last night I watched the penultimate series of BBC One - Dynasties, which has been a wonderful series to watch. Last night we watched the story unfold of the Painted wolves,
"This episode features a painted wolf named Tait, matriarch of one of the last great families of this endangered animal. She has ruled her dynasty for many years on the banks of Zambezi river in Zimbabwe, keeping the peace within her sprawling family. But tensions are rising as Tait is growing old and her power is waning.
One of her daughters, Blacktip, lives close by. Her own pack is growing fast and they are running out of space. She urgently needs to get more territory so that her pack can catch enough food. But she has a problem, she is hemmed in on one side by human lands and there is only one way she can go to get what she needs - her own mother's lands.
Painted wolves thrive through cooperation. It is what had made this dynasty so strong for so long. A family feud could bring it to its knees."
Amazing footage as we watch the family struggles for territory with Blacktip losing one of her cubs to Hyenas, to then watch graphic footage of one of her cubs taken by crocodiles. So harrowing to film that is reported Dynasties: Brutal scene in Painted Wolves episode made director ill. Hard to watch, but a must do watch!
Just received a lovely update from Kim for Albie. Albie was one of seven pups in a litter born to Blenheim Lucy and his Dad is my sister's Poodle, Rollo, who is now around 12 years old and still going strong. I hope all his litter siblings Big Poppy, Little Poppy, Roxy, Bailey, Barney, Sammy and their families are all well, and I wish Albie and them all a "Happy 8th Birthday!"
I hope you are all well. Just thought I'd drop you a line.
It's Albie's 8th Birthday today, he is a fantastic dog , we will always be grateful to you, he brings us so much love & fun.
Thank you very much,
Regards Kim Warrington."
just saw your email come in, and made me smile. Great to hear from you and hope all is well with your family. Looks like TK Play is doing well.
Thanks for thinking of me on Albie's 8th Birthday. Give him a big hug from us all.
And below is a blast from the past. A photo of Albie aka Albert with all is litter sibling just before they started to leave us.
Took these couple photos of the dogs snuggled up together this morning. Anyone want to take a go at naming all seven, and the dog in the photo that is related to them all?
Interesting bit of interaction behaviour in the video between out male dogs. I had just got in the door from the morning milking, and was having a quick cup of coffee before getting on outside with the dogs, so the dogs have an air of excitement about them, as they wait for the off. Henry is playing with Ernest. Ernest is a very good social player within the pack, and knows it's a very good idea to keep the biggest kid in the playground on side. Ernest gives full submission to Henry and their is a lot of trust between them. Yes, Henry has his jaw at times right around Ernest's neck. Then Ernest's Dad, Toby seems to want to join in. Henry and him have a bit of a more grey relationship, and had a tête-à-tête once a couple years ago over a bitch on heat in the run area at the front of our stable block. Which ended with Henry pinning him to the ground. Hence since we make sure dead on heat bitches are kept right out of the way of the males, unless of course we intend to mate one with them. They have never fought since, but there lies an uneasy alliance between them, which can be seen subtly in Henry's hackles rising slightly at his back end, when Toby offers him the submissive gesture of licking his face, and when they part Henry looking at him doing a rigid tall stance.
Two weeks after the wonderful arrival of Blottie and Ernest's litter we had Blottie's sister Bumble on heat and she would be also mated with Ernest. This mating like Blottie's has a bit of a tale to it as well. Nine days after noticing her coming on heat, she was ready to accept a mating with Ernest, all went well. Once a bitch accepts a mating, we then introduce the dog to her every 48 hours, until she declines his advances. Three days after Bumble came on heat, Sasha also came on heat, and Ernest we had noticed really likes Sasha.
So when we went to do the next mating with Bumble in the stable next to where Sasha was kenneled, Ernest decided even though Bumble was trying to catch his attention, to go to the partition between him and Sasha and stand there whimpering for her. I had never had this happen before and was a bit perplexed. The next few days, with Bumble most certainly still happy for his attention, he would not entertain mating her, but look towards where Sasha was housed. Six days passed and I considered Bumble must have gone over her time to be mated, and letting her out, Ernest and her ran around the side of the house, and I then came around to find him tied with Bumble, much to my amusement. We then put them together 48 hours later, and she excepted one more mating. Her Grandmother, mother and sister have all displayed long estrus periods on heat and tend to have good size litters. Bumble though had been mated on her 9th day and then a massive gap of six days before being mated again. What was Ernest playing at? Would Bumble be pregnant at all? With such a big gap in mating, would we have missed her optimum time for mating? I worried that she may only be carrying one or two pups, which is never good, as dogs have evolved to carry multiple pups per pregnancy, one or two pups conceived most often they then grow to big due to the extra nutrition and more room to grow in, to be born naturally. I would rather we had missed her altogether, than just one or two pups in there.
Only time would give us the answers. Around 28 days from her last mating I could feel that Bumble was most definitely pregnant, and got her scanned. The vet said, "Be prepared for another good sized litter." So for all Ernest's refusals to mate with her whilst he was distracted by the whiff of Sasha dead on heat, he had caught her good and proper. Now we would have to wait for the birth to know, when he caught her. Bumble's pups arrived and working back the dates, he had caught her from that first mating. It had all been done and dusted after the first mating. Are we to assume Ernest new that, and that is why he did not want to mate her, whilst he could smell another bitch at her optimum time? We will probably never know, but it does make you wonder about the olfactory powers of dogs.
We kept one of the Blenheim girls from the litter, naming her Lottie.
As with Blottie's litter, her sister, Bumble's litter also produced a beautiful litter of spaniel type puppies, and over the last eight months we have watched Lottie grow in to a lovely dog, along with her seven litter siblings, thanks to regular updates from their families.
In Part three, the coupling of Treacle and Casper. Culminating with part four, where are we, and where do we go from here.
Interesting seeing Teagol lying beside her Grandfather Toby. You can see she has a longer muzzle and hopefully you can see that she has more length to her cranium. Fingers crossed for when we have her MRI scanned in a few weeks time.
Just to let everyone know that Sheila and Vincent have been keeping me updated on how Rowan has been getting on. He has settled in well with them and Charlie. Looking forward to them all visiting us next year to catch up in person. Below are some of the photos they have sent me over the past weeks.
“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 Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 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.