After taking three attempts to load up the video my enthusiasm to write a blog tonight as waned some what, so it's going to be just a puppy update tonight.
This last weekend the pups past seven weeks old and come this weekend they will be micro chipped and start their primary course of vaccinations.
They have now become really active and enjoy having adventures outside the confines of their pen and the patio. Characters are really starting to show, with Maddie being called Monster Maddie and Lottie is Lottie the licker.
The video tonight starts with some footage my husband, David recorded yesterday of Lottie and Maddie in the dog bed in the back house with an apparently out for the count Henry. Henry is very good with the pups and in the slideshow you will see some photos of Lottie snuggled up with Henry.
The rest of the video was taken this afternoon, mostly filmed by our daughter Florrie.
Been a bit busy and my email inbox has become a little burdened, but will hope to get back to everyone in the next few days and will back on here soon with a blog comparing the before and after when cross breeding and I have not forgot about measuring my dogs skulls and will hope soon to get those measurements done and loaded up. That's all for now, hope to be back soon.
Put that title, then googled the sperminator bit and found that a porn film was made with the name, The sperminator, which is no surprise, a site also exists called, Sperminator which is about the anaylsing of sperm and apparently their was a fertility doctor in the USA who was known as, The Sperminator and turns out his donors were just him. We jokingly call Reggie, The Sperminator, so, to hell with it, I'm going to run with that title, sorry if any offence to it, but none was intended and if offended maybe you need to get out more often. Hopefully it made most of you laugh.
Now down to business. I thought I would pop in a blog which further answers a question I was asked in the comments by Margaret a few days ago, How many pups has Reggie fathered now ?
So for those interested in statistics your in for a treat. Reggie has fathered 13 litters. 10 of those are with our girls, all being Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and the other 3 litters are with visiting bitches, one a Cocker Spaniel which had 7 pups and the other two bitches were first cross Cavapoos and were a litter of 3 and 5.
He has had two dead pups born, one the last pup from a litter of 9 and 1 from a bitch that went into labour prematurely the other 4 pups in her litter were born healthy, both seemed fully formed when checked over and it is thought they were still born due to the placenta detaching before being born.
Altogether Reggie has fathered 80 pups from 13 litters with 78 pups born alive and viable.
78 pups divided by 13 litters means an average of 6 pups a litter. Now for the interesting bit, from our 10 litters to just Cavalier bitches, Reggie has had 65 pups with 2 still borns, so 63 born alive and viable, so divided by 10 litters gives an average litter size of 6.3 pups per litter born alive and making adulthood. As the average litter size for a Cavalier is most often quoted as around 4 pups per litter and from our own records and experience I would say that 4 pups a litter on average is about right for the Cavalier, that the cross producing 6.3 pups per litter on average is over a third more pups per litter on average, or in percentage terms, over 33 % higher average litter size with the first cross compared with average litter size for pure Cavaliers.
So the question is asked, is hybrid vigour a factor as conception takes place ?
Now to answer this question simply I am going to say,"In my opinion, yes !" and to back my deduction of this is an article I found a while ago written by Per-Erik Sundgren in July 2006 and can be found on the website PawPeds at this link http://www.pawpeds.com/pawacademy/general/naturalprotection/
I have featured this article before. Read it and hopefully you will understand that giving the egg more selection at conception is of benefit to the bitch conceiving more viable healthy pups and with this cross because the Poodle male brings in sperm that carry a higher desposition for the longer nose, we have yet to have a pup born with a nose as short as the Cavalier mother, so straight away we see natural selection away from this manmade genetic exaggeration, which we know is proving to be of detriment to the dogs quality of life. To keep extreme exaggerations that serve no purpose other than we like looking at them, when they look like that, closed off gene pools with severe selection thus lowering of genetic variations is the way to statistically get high numbers within a gene pool of dogs looking the way we desire, for example flat faced with big eyes.
So, I'm going to finish on a question, should we close off gene pools, to keep manmade genetic exaggerations in dogs that serve them no purpose other than to lower their life quality ?
Primrose and her six Cavapoo pups are well and this last Sunday saw the sixth pup meeting his family and being named. We now have a Buddy, our first Buddy. All the pups are named now Lottie, Maddie and Dotty for the girls and Colin, Henry and Buddy for the boys.
Time is coming to get the pups out past the patio gates and out for a couple car trips. They are a lively little bunch and their characters are starting to show, with Maddie being the bravest of the girls, followed closely by Lottie and Dottie seeming at the moment the most gentle natured of the three girls. The boys are pretty evenly matched in bravado with maybe Buddy slightly the most adventurous when meeting new things.
The video tonight we have managed to catch the pups at a time when all of them are awake, hence the title of the video. At the start of the video, the excitement is because I had just stood filming for five minutes, well, thought I was filming, but just had it on standby. Also please excuse me saying the word "bloody." In Devon calling something, "A bloody fine thing", is a term of endearment.
On Monday I booked Dolly and Jessica in to be spayed today. Dolly is nearly seven now and is retired from breeding, so to stop the chance of an accident happening of her getting pregnant and her not having to kennel outside when on heat for around 6 to 8 weeks each year because we have three male dogs, we decided to get her spayed. Dogs unlike humans do not go through menopause, their fertility gets less and their seasons may be furthur apart and if a dog mates them there is every chance they will get pregnant and often because of lower fertility one big pup and ending up with a c-section.
Jessica has been spayed because she has had a leg amputated, she will now not be bred from and it takes away the risk with male dogs on the premises of her accidentally getting pregnant and she won't have to kennel outside because she won't have heats any more. When our bitches are on heat, they kennel outside to stop driving the males round the bend and to reduce the chance of an accindental mating.
Spaying at the moment seems to be getting a bit PC not to do it, as some think it is barbaric to remove the breeding organs of a dog. It does not effect the look of the dog, so has no effect on communication of a dog, unlike docking or ear cropping, so to compare it with those practices, as some do, is wrong.
Most people I know, although spaying is often sold to you on it's health benefits, will spay a female dog to take away the risk of an unwanted litter of pups, because you can be very careful and think you got your bitch over her heat without a blip, to around six weeks after her heat notice her stomach looking a bit full and remember that day you nipped to the shops and left the window in the kitchen slightly ajar because it was very warm and when you came back you thought the wind had blown it off the latch, unfortunately that was the neighbourhood lathario of the dog world who did that, when nipping in for a clandestine meeting with your bitch.
I have weighed up all medical arguements against and for spaying/neutering and my only concern is the age a dog is done. I would not neuter a male or female dog until over six months of age or the dog has done most or preferably all of it's skeletal growth and this does differ with the size of dogs, with the bigger the dog the longer it takes for them to reach full skeletal growth.
Dolly and Jessica are comfortably convalescing and will be crated together for a couple days, to keep them from over doing it. Dolly I can confirm today at a couple months off seven years old, still has no sound of a heart murmur and Jessica at two years and 8 months old is in good heart as well.
Thought I'd get this video up on the blog before the weekend, of Primrose's pups who will be six weeks old tomorrow. As one of the places I milk was picking up silage yesterday, instead of milking Friday evening, as I normally do I milked yesterday evening and my husband David was in charge of family humand and canine.
So the first bit of the video was taken yesterday evening by my husband and is the yet to be named boy with the camouflage collar chewing the foxy toy and then Maddie comes over and joins in with him and they have a little dispute over the toy.
When you see camouflage collar pup, who I refer to as Camouflage man with Lottie by the childs scooter that is from today and I started filming because they were both sitting on the scooter, but by the time I got the camera, I had missed the moment, but decided to keep filming.
As I film the two pups near the scooter you will hear a pup squeaking and that is Colin trying to sleep, but being kept on with by Dottie. We then see Maddie who has Roxy, who is a Moshi Monster, one of the childrens toys which they have given up to the pups. We then get a bit of rough and tumble with Maddie and Lottie over who's toy it is, with Granny Ysobel, Dad Reggie, Toby and half auntie, half sister Belle looking on from the patio wall. We also get to see big half sister Treacle playing with Henry.
Whilst I filmed this, Colin as his wet face shows had just had a suckle from mum and the end of the video shows him very much in sleep mode. Warning : Keep the volume down for the video especially at the end, as it seems the children were having, a who could make the loudest scream contest and I do say the word bugger in the video.
Hope everyone has a lovely weekend. Here in England this evening we are out of the World Cup, but as our son so eloquently put it, "You should never let an injured animal suffer, you should put it out of it's misery quickly", so thanks Costa Rica you certainly did that this evening for us, else we could of had our suffering dragged out until tuesday. Never mind, we got the Rugby World Cup to look forward to in the UK next year.
Too posh to clean up puppy poo, Treacle's siblings say a 1st Birthday "Hello !" Flora smells the flora, and after a hard days work !
It's been a busy few days here and finally got everything loaded up on the blog, so I can now start a written account of things that have been going on around the place at Poundlane. Last Friday I blogged and pre-empting the busy time ahead for the next few days, I did birthday greetings and wished all the fathers doing the Dad stuff a Happy Father's Day. This weekend that passed was a full weekend milking and is where I milk just under a hundred cows and as the cows are block calved, we are now heading very quickly towards starting to dry them off for the Autumn calving, so the milking is just two and a half hours in the morning and around two hours in the evening. This herd is a lovely herd of Dairy cows, really good herd health and although I know they appreciate me milking for them every other weekend, I must confess I appreciate milking for a farm that looks after their cows so well. Both herds I milk for luckily are nice people with nice cows and that makes working for them nice.
So both Saturday and Sunday saw me having a 5 am start and both mornings with the pups, I was greeted with a pen which is best described as poo city, not very pretty. Primrose has decided to decline from cleaning up after her pups, since they now are eating puppy food full bore, unlike most of our other Mum's who happily pick up the business until around 6 weeks, Primrose has decided five weeks is her drop out time from that duty. She is happy to nurse them still, but any thing coming out the back end, no way she cleaning that up, unless she grows opposable thumbs and I hand her a toilet roll. Lol
Well, I cleaned up the mess and washed a couple pups off, as they had decided tap dance through the stuff, as well. The amazing thing though is that Monday morning came and the alarm went off for my husband to get up 5 am and I jumped out of bed like a greyhound out of the traps ( My husband is a very tolerant man, but cleaning up a puppy pen of puppy poo at 5 am in the morning before going of to work for 14 hours, could try the patience of Job) to find a clean puppy pen, quickly put the pups out and since Monday other than the odd pee, we have had a poop free puppy pen. Hallelujah ! The pups seem to of got the hang already of going out side to poop and we are now just getting pees in the pen.
This weekend the Smelt family will visit us to see the last pup on this litter being the boy with the camouflage collar and we will hopefully have names for them all then. This last weekend saw the first two boys meet their families and they are now named Colin with the blue collar with a white stripe and Henry with the blue striped collar. The third girl is now named and she is called Dottie with the pink striped collar. So the names so far are Colin, Henry, Lottie, Maddie and Dottie.
The video was taken this afternoon and mostly done by our daughter Florrie who was right, it was Colin, I'm not very good with names and I get a sharp reminder from the pups, that wearing flipflops around puppies is not a good idea.
Last Friday as I said above I blogged Birthday greetings for Treacle and her siblings first birthday on Saturday. Treacle is from Dolly's with Dad being Reggie obviously born June last year. So next is greetings from four of her seven siblings. THanks everyone for emails and photos and good to hear all is well and how they have brightened up your world.
The first is from Michael who has Sasha. Thanks Michael and enjoy your holiday in Italy.
Yesterday was the first birthday of Sasha, the black Cavapoo we so happily got from you last year.
She is very loveable, and is very much one of the family - two grandparents, one daughter, and two granddaughters. Used to be well-trained, but recently has declined to be easily put back on the lead after going right around Hyde Park or Battersea Park or Kennington Park off the lead.
She is also a terrible thief, stealing clothes, shoes, toys, pens, bottles, etc,etc, from inside the house and carrying them triumphantly off into the garden, mostly to chew. And being very reluctant to give them back .
We have shorn her ourselves just recently, and looks fine. Is very healthy, though had a bad bout of gastro-enteritis which required two nights in a Vet hospital. Is on a diet of 100 grammes of Science Plan dry kibble a day.
Has been to Italy with us in the car, and is about to go back there for 7 weeks with us. No problems.
All the best
Now fora lovely update and photo from Karen, who had Darcey. Thanks for letting us know how she has helped you to recover.
Here is our one year old Darcey! It has been a fantastic year, from sitting nervously,contantly refreshing your blog page to see how many had been born, to today walking through the woods with one of our many new friends that Darcey "found' for us.
She is super well behaved, after a shaky start her recall is perfect and her only fault being her reverse recycling, where she takes everything out that you just put in!
After having a very bad start to the year being crippled with anxiety that was so bad I couldn't make it outside to the bin, my dog has helped me walk through the bluebells, speak to the numerous people we meet and has completely restored my confidence.
Thank you for our curly, muddy, cheeky, brave and funny Darcey xx
And here is Treacle's almost identical twin Dotty, who has helped Caroline's daughter over come her deep, phobia of dogs. Thanks Caroline for keeping me updated on your daughter and Dotty's progress together, means a lot to see them together in the photo's, especialy with your childrens smiling confident faces when with her.
Hope you, the family and pack are well! We are very excited about Dotty's first birthday tomorrow - she had a joint 'party' with a neighbour's puppy who turned one a couple of weeks ago, and she has lots of presents waiting for her in the morning!
We feel very blessed to have such an amazing dog - she is loving, friendly, cuddly, fun and more! There hasn't been a moment that I've regretted having her, despite all the hard work involved in having a puppy at times. We continue to go to training with her, and she is generally very obedient, and definitely seems to have an awareness of the situations she's in - behaving beautifully and being very calm when she needs to be, and mad as a hatter at other times. She loves her runs in the park with other dogs each morning, and recently in the hot weather she has taken to a little swimming in the lake.
Hope Treacle, and Dotty's other siblings have a great birthday!
Caroline, Simon, Annabel, Louisa and Dotty x
PS will send some pics in a minute
I will send you some recent pics
And last of the first birthday updates tonight is for Molly who I last saw flying off into the distance on her way to live in Jersey. Thanks Lynne and Andy for keeping me updated on Molly and good to hear she is getting over being spayed quickly.
Hope you are all well at Poundlane.
So Molly was 1 on Saturday, was lavished in playtime and cuddles! She is loving playing with her new birthday toys and all the old ones I have just spent an hour sewing up!
She was spade two weeks beforehand and recovered extremely quickly.
Here is a photo just taken, she is in anticipation of diving towards a toy I had just mended!
Lynne, Andy, Alfie & Emma
Last on updates tonight is from Lucy and Alan who had Flora from Smudge's litter born this year in February. I get lovely photos from everyone, but you get every now and then a real beauty, as we say in Devon and the photo of Flora below sniffing the flora is in that catergory. Thanks Lucy and Alan.
Just to let you know Flora is doing well - due to " graduate" from puppy training class this week!Have attached a couple of photos of Flora on a trip to Hever Castle taken this week , and just one of her with spring flowers from our first couple of weeks with her living up to her name. Hope all is well with you all.
Lucy and Alan
A quick end with a photo of my husband David taken Monday night after he had been milking each end of the day and in between ripping up one of the concrete yards were he milks to, as they are putting in a new parlour, a rapid excit 20/40. He milks at the moment in a 24/24 parlour, but hopefully with the rapid excit milking time will be quicker, mind he can on his own get 220 cows through the old parlour in three hours and it is a block calved, high yielding pedigree Holstein herd.
Any way back to the photo and that is him trying to stay awake watching some of the World Cup football with Jessica cuddled up with him. Jessica after having her leg amputated is doing really well. Time for me to get some shut eye now.
The sun has arrived here in North Devon and I write this just after midday, the sun over but still high, so the dogs are slumbering about me, most lying on the floor taking advantage of the coolness of the wooden flooring and the odd snore and sigh can be heard, a slight breeze disturbs the curtains from time to time and from my computer chair the view is just blue sky. I must not bide to long on descriptive text, as not that much time and a busy weekend ahead again with milking, visitors to choose pups and not forgetting Fathers Day on Sunday.
Sorry, but I have been a bit renege in my taking puppy photos over the last couple days, but there are some. Primrose's pups will tomorrow be five weeks old and are now happily making their way out on to the patio from the pen and can now find their way back in without to much squeaking. I seem to have a lull in photo taking around this age, I think partly due to them being at a half way mark of being up and about but for not very long periods yet, so awake photo's are still a bit harder to get and although sleeping photos are nice, it's nice to start seeing them in more action photos.
This weekend the first two boys will be picked and it will be nice to re-meet Andrea and her family tomorrow and meet Jenny and her family for the first time on Sunday. Looks like the weather is going to be good.
Last night I was busy out the back house sorting out laundry, when my son Alfie appeared thrusting the camera in my face and telling me to watch, I have to admit, I feigned interest and said, "Well, done, thanks for that," but really had not took in what he had been filming, until just now and realised my wonderful son had not only took a nice piece of footage of the dogs playing with his sister, Florrie, but he had killed two birds for me with one stone.
The film he so kindly done catches Treacle, Belle and Reggie playing together with our daughter, Florrie. Treacle is going to be one years old tomorrow, so nice to have a bit of footage of her to share on the eve of her birthday and her seven litter siblings birthday, Molly, Pippa, Dotty, Dexter, Darcey, Darcy without an e and Sasha. Hope all is well with all Treacle's litter siblings and have a lovely first Birthday. I'm here if needed.
If you have not already twigged, all the dogs in the video are related because Reggie is the father of Belle and Treacle, so what better a clip could you have than Dad playing with his children to wish all those Dad's out there doing their proper Dadly duties a Happy Fathers Day, keep the good work up, us Mum's might not often enough say it and thankfully like Dad's we get a day that kicks us up the butt to remind us to say, "you are an important part of the bringing up children equation," not as important as us mums of course, but you can't have everthing in life, only kidding. Lol
Reggie is a lovely dog and just because I don't bang on about him every five minutes does not mean he is not every much part of the family, in fact he is the lead male within the canine pack and as an alpha can go he is a positive one. He understands strategy and cohesion is the best way to be leader, people who think that alpha stands for aggression and fierce competitiveness, knows little about pack survival. To be the leader of the pack and be successful although you may have to stand your ground from time to time, getting the top spot in the canine pack is more subtle that beating up everyone else and watching an aplha in a happy pack of dogs is much the same as management in the human world, if your boss keeps hitting you over the head with a bit of two by four, are you going to work for her/him out of respect and give her/him your all, not bloody likely, but if your boss, pats you on the back makes you feel valued and your opinions are of worth, you are more likely to respect him/her and give when needed beyond the call of duty. That's more what an aplha is in the dog world, than a frothing at the mouth beast that rips the throat out of any one in the pack if it dare even look at them. Aggressions often in dogs is more a fear response than done for domination.
Recently I did something I am very ashamed of, I watched, The Millionare Matchmaker,( hang in there I will link this to dogs in a minute). I have showered vigorously since and the feeling of being dirty is slowly leaving me, because I did it more than once. If you have never watched this program showing at the moment weekdays at 2 pm on ITV2 and believe people are not that shallow, well watch a couple of these shows and it certainly will confirm that some humans are that shallow.
The matchmaker woman says things like this to the milloinaire men, "When you meet the woman, don't lead with your money," but they are millionaires using a dating agency called,"The millonaire matchmaker", so just that fact means it's pretty established that you are leading with your money before the woman meet you, pherhaps she should change the name to, "Maybe I'm a milloinaire or maybe I'm just a poor creepy guy." Any way less of how my brain works, the better, lets get to the link between this show and dogs, well it's the use of alpha and to any of you thinking about signing up for a date using, "The matchmaker millionaire", if the person they match you with says, he/she is an alpha, get the hell out of there, because it just means they are a horrible person. I watched one show were a woman millionaire said, "I'm an alpha and men can't handle that." No, you are not an alpha , you are just horrible. She was not an alpha because if she was, men would be eating out of her hand, she was just a horrid person, who spoke over you, had to beat you at everything and I hate to imagine her doing anything else, especially intimate.
Please being horrible is not alpha, being alpha is standing your ground when needed but being alpha is getting the best from others and in return respect. Rule with a rod and one day that rod wil be stuck somewhere you might not find to comfortable.Lol
Just going to add this bit on after publishing because I forgot before. One of the funniest thinks I found watching ,"The Millionaire Matchmaker", was men talking to woman that the woman had enormous surgically enhanced boobs very much on display and the woman would say if chosen, "What attracted you to me ?", the man says back, "Your personality of course," yeh, we believe you, thousands might not, but we know the truth is, he is actually repeating over and over in his head, "Don't look at her boobs, look at the face, look at the face, look at the face, Look at the boobs, not at the face, Oops ! look at the face, not at the boobs." I will stop now because I could get carried away and although I'm having a laugh this program also made me concerned for the human condition.
The last lot of photos on here are of my husband, David and Father to our six children (So lots of homemade cards and things made from toilet rolls for him on Sunday), after a long day at work getting lots of attention from the dogs, no doubt it's nothing to do with him eating his pasta bolognese supper. Look out for the guilty dogs, who had been out in the dishwasher licking plates before David arrived home, they are the ones you can see a slight tinge of red on their muzzles.
As you can see, Henry photo bombing photos with a Birthday Cake in it, is becoming a regular occurrence. I know he might happily eat the cake, but he also seems very interested in the candles when they are alight on the cake. If you look closely you will just see the top of Smudge's head just under his, but Henry has the height advantage. He is actually very good and I have yet to catch him nicking any thing off a surface, he just likes to see what we are up to and often when I am cooking and doing prep in the kitchen he will put his front two paws on the surface beside me and rest his head on them and intently watch me working away. The reason he does this is not because he is some how favoured over the other dogs, it's because he is the only one tall enough to do it.
This weekend coming we will see a milestone of one year reached for the pups from Dolly's litter last year, which includes our Treacle. I like to mark a year in pups that leave us lifes on the blog, as this is an important milestone to reach and to look at your dog and assess what you have achieved and if any areas of your dogs behaviour needs some time and work put to it. I also like it that you understand I'm here still if any thing goes wrong. Birthdays after one I'm happy to mention on the blog, if you wish to give me a gentle nudge, to remind me with an update on your Poundlane pup. So any siblings of Treacle, it would be nice to hear how you are as you reach your first Birthday.
At the weekend the three girls from Primrose's litter meet their families and two are now named. So we now have a Lottie who has the red collar and a Maddie who is wearing the green collar.
Lovely to re-meet and meet every one this weekend.
As promised yesterday more photos and a video to catch up with Primrose's pups, now thirty days old. It's only just the next day and approaching midnight as I type this, due to the video being a pain to load up, but we got there in the end.
Before we get to the video I have loaded up a group of photos our son, Thomas took of Primrose's pups all asleep in a row, which are very cute.
As it's so late this is going to be short and as this last bit involves a very chocolatey cake, sweet as well.
The link between the cake and video is our daughter Molly, who filmed most of the video of the pups having their first time outside and it's also her Birthday tomorrow and she was most definate that she wanted a hedgehog cake, so this evening after cooking the sponge earlier, we started the task of turning sponge and butter icing into a hedgehog. I've got the body and tomorrow it's a quick trip into town to get chocolate flakes and other confectionary to make spikes and facial features. Before we started on it, to get the artistic ideas flowing, I put in the Google search bar "Hedgehog Birthday Cakes," and went to images. If you want something to put a smile on your face and have a laugh with your children, I suggest if you have not already done so, you should search, "Hedgehog Birthday Cakes," some of the Birthday cakes obviously are done by perfectionists, but the fun ones are done by the ones who thought that a hedgehog resembles something the dog left behind after eating a bag of almonds and looks like it's on an acid trip. I'm just hoping the child that blew out the candles on that cake, is not having nightmares now. Lol.
Now this blog tonight can be taken tongue in cheek or for the ones, you know who you are, who have fallen foul of my rules of engagement, you can take it personally if you want.
Today I received a phone call and lets just say, "I could not help the gentleman", but the conversation gave me fodder for a quick blog about some of the things that do my head in when people contact me about our dogs. Warning: Does contain one inferred expletive.
1. Call me first as last. I will need to speak to you. So if contacting me first by email and then I ask you to ring me and you then email me again asking more questions, that can be answered easily by just reading the website, instant blacklisting. Shows that you have not read the website and cannot take simple instruction.
2. Read the website, especially the page, "Buying a puppy from Poundlane" before contacting me, Asking me where I am ? How much for a puppy ? Do you export pups ? etc, seriously this indicates that you have not read the website.
3. If contacting me by email rather than phoning, please try and type more than one sentance. I'm old fashoined, like to be addressed in the email, like Dear or Hello and my name helps and the fact that you then sign off with a regards or thank you is also nice.
4. When emailing using text speak, I'm probably not going to understand what you have typed. Lol and smiley faces I just about tolerate. What is that with you grown men, sending smiley faces ?Lol.
5. When contacting me your wealth and what status you think you hold in the grand scheme of things, really means little to me. I don't need to know how many homes you own and I don't need to know the value of the homes you own.
6. When contacting me by email for the first contact, don't send me an email that also shows me your work or status at work. It may be unintentional, but it looks like you might think being a CEO or working in Westminster might be a plus, believe me it's not.
7. Don't contact me saying, "I'm getting a puppy from another breeder and wondered if you could help us with rearing our puppy. The breeder ticks all the boxes, but we wondered what you feed your pups ?" If the breeder ticks all the boxes, why the f--k are you asking me for help.
Now I often help people who have got their pup home from another breeder and they are encountering problems and for some reason the breeder cannot be contacted, but when you have even not got the pup home and tell me the breeder, "ticks all the boxes" I'm going to tell you what we feed our pups, it's no secret, but I'm also going to question does your breeder really tick all the boxes ?
8. Don't contact me by email giving a specific date you want a pup, it don't work like that and you need to read up on some basic biology.
9. Don't contact me saying you are getting engaged and you want to get a puppy as a surprise for your fiance or it's a surprise birthday present. Not a good idea to surprise someone with a pup, as you might be surprised when they actually can't cope with it and you are taking the pup back to the breeder or even worse the rescue home.
10. and lastly for now. Don't embarrass yourself, by asking me, " How much deposit do you need, for me to move up the waiting list ?"
Good to get things off your chest and those ten rolled off the old grey matter so easily, I may revisit this subject again in the future.
I will blog tomorrow with photos and updates on Primrose's pups and the girls being chosen and named over the weekend. Long weekend and have done eight hours milking today, four hours each end of the day and two visits to view pups, we are a bit tired.
Forgot about this video sent to me a few days ago, just remembered it and finally got it to load up on the blog after several attempts. Thanks Lynne for this clip of your Kayla, who is from Smudge's litter born 24th February 2014. Kayla is a very pretty girl.
Although I blogged earlier, you can never get enough puppy photos, so emptied the camera again for some more photos of Primrose's pups all rather sleepy and are four weeks old tomorrow.
Also forgot to say earlier that Lucy arrived this morning as a house guest until around the 16th, whilst Sue and Jim go on holiday. As she was here around a month ago, the dogs really have taken little notice of her entry back into the pack. Have a lovely holiday Sue and Jim.
Primrose's pups are now a day away from being four weeks old and now when they suckle Primrose is almost submerged fully, looking under siege, by each little liege.
This morning I put collars on the pups and we have a pink collar, red collar and green collar on the girls and the boys all have blue collars with different patterns. For a few days the pups will be easier to recognise in photos before they got more hairy and then it becomes hard to see the collars. So as luck had it, I have managed to catch individual photos of all the pups and as the girls all get chosen this weekend, I managed to catch a nice individual shot of each of them with their eyes wide open.
Busy weekend here at Poundlane and will be nice to meet again one of the families having a girl and to put faces to the voices I have spoken to on the phone of the other two families having girls. So by Monday we should hopefully have names for all the girls as well.
Primrose's pups now twenty five days old, got a new bed today and it looks like they like their new bed.
Now I'm going to be a bit pretentious or at least try and review two things that have brought me great pleasure recently.
I like reading, in fact I really enjoy reading, but with a hectic life by the time I get to read, normally I'm holding my eyes open with match sticks and only manage around half a dozen pages and I'm away with the fairies (fast asleep).
At the beginning of the year I read a book called, "Deserter", by Charles Glass, it took me three months to read it, it is a good book about second world war deserters and my oldest son was constantly asking me when he could have it to read. Come the day I had eventually finished it, I duly handed it over to Bert and he read it in four days, "just showing off ,"I told him.
The book I'm going to review though is a little gem I found sniffing around the dog section in Waterstones and is written by Brian Sewell, a man known for his frankness, especially in the art world. The book is about the dogs he has had from childhood up until now and is called "Sleeping with Dogs."
If you like Brian Sewell, as for some he may be an aquired taste and you are not easily offended, this book will bring you joy in reading it and if you have gone through the grief of a dog passing away, you will relive that moment and feel an emotionally wave of empathy for him, as he matter of facts presents you with each dogs last days. My conclusion is that Mr Sewell gets dogs and closes on a provoking thought, what purpose does a dog serve ? and as Mr Sewell eloquently concludes, "please God, let me be mad."
The next review is a little off the unbeaten path I perverbally walk with dogs, but is another little gem that I found by chance and is musical.
Anyone remember that Passenger record played to death last year and is still doing the rounds at our local radio station ? If you don't let me remind you, it is called, "Let her go", well it got to the stage I was hoping not only was he going to let her go, but he might also go with her and I had got to the stage of turning the song off when it came on the radio, but then our oldest son's Birthday came and went in March and one of his friends gave Bert a CD being Passenger, All the little lights and there on the CD was the track that had become my nemisis song on the radio for the previous twelve months," Let her go," but I had moved on luckily and I have a new nemisis song on the radio now, so as we made the journey to school the next day, Passenger was our musical passenger.
Although most will of done this album twelve months ago and are on to the next thing, this is Devon and we like to take our time about things and this album fell into my lap by chance, because I'm not that keen on the song, "Let her go", to of bothered myself with investigating Mike Rosenberg, who is the founding member and after being a band of four, then two is now one Passenger, any further, so thank God that my son has friends with what seems reasonable music taste.
Love the music arrangements, soft and there is texture to this music through this layering of instrumental sound and it's easy to hear the words and sing along with. Touches on poignant subjects throughout and although it touches on lost love and self loathing as some of it's subject matter, it manages to lift the spirit rather than have you heading for the nearest tree bough with a chair and a piece of rope.
The last track is a great singalong track with the children in the car, windows wide open. As long as you don't mind the odd expletive, as there are a few especially in the last track, but I feel are in context to what is being got over in the song, then if you like folk type music, this album is worth putting up with the over played track, "Let her go." As you can tell I like this and I like it enough to bore you all with me liking it. I will finish now hopefuly while ahead.
Just finished our oldest daughters Birthday Tea and as usual photos with the cake and as seems to becoming the norm, Henry photo bombs the occasion. This time though my husband caught the just before he and another of our daughters decide to get in on the photo. Until I loaded them up on the computer I did not see Henry's nose lurking at table level and less obviosly another daughter is hiding just behind me, you can just see her hair, before the next photo they both appear.
Primrose's pups took to coming out of the whelping box so well, today I opened the puppy pen fully out, so now Mum can come and go with them as she pleases. The only thng is now it's a bit harder to get photos as they all get more active. They certainly are on the move now and also have been very interested in the food. Four weeks is around the time it is advised to introduce food and we play it by ear, with size of litter playing a part in the timing of food being offered. The bigger the litter, normally we will start offering food any time from three weeks old and this also depends on how forward the pups are. Primroses pups are forward and as six pups for this size bitch, is a good size litter, food was available to the pups since yesterday at twentyfour days old. The puppy food we use is Lily's Kitchen and only needs a bit of moisture to disolve in the mouth, so is easy for the pups to masticate and digest.
Already we can see they are eating some, not just paddling through it, as you can see the change in the colour of their poo. Mum has been brilliant in keeping the pups clean and as they go onto solids most mum's start to be less keen to clean up after their pups, you do though get the hardcore mum, who will happily lick up her pups deposits until the day they leave.
We try to discourage the mum from cleaning up behind the pups once they are happily going outside around six weeks old, as it's a bit past the call of duty. The way we discourage mum doing this is just to get there before her, with a piece of toilet roll to pick it up. Keeping the pups clean is very important, so they don't aquire the habit of eating their own feaces and if they see mum doing it at around six to eight weeks old, this can also cue them to do it, as learnt behaviour from mum, so another reason to discourage mum from this, once the pups are going outside.
Received a message from Caroline yesterday, who has Dexter from Ysobel's last litter born 31st July 2013 and is Charlie's brother who came to visit us last Saturday with Roxy. They look more like twins than litter siblings. Thanks Caroline for dropping me a line and sending me the photo of your lovely boy.
Just a very quick note to say I think Charlie and Dexter are a spitting image of each other. Even their characters are alike. I think they would love a play date!!.
Love to you all
Caroline & Dexter xx
This funny photo of Lucy a girl we rehomed a couple years ago with Sue and Jimarrived in my inbox today. Lucy stays with us when Sue and Jim go on trips away and this Friday she will be with us for a week or two whilst they pop over to Germany, I think it's Germany, sorry if I've got that wrong. Thanks Sue, it did make me chuckle, at first glance it almost looks like you have got her a space helmet. lol
Thought this would give you a chuckle!! See you Friday,Sue
Lastly tonight is an email that I just found in my inbox and is the Chester and Jake reunion. Chester and Jake are from Smudge's litter that just left us and luckily for these two boys, they went to families that are also friends with each other, so this Friday after being apart for nine days they got to meet up and have a sibling reunion and from the account of the meeting, they had not forgotten each other. Dogs recall each other mostly through scent and as the parting was only nine days, this would be within the bounds of the pups memory to recall each others smell to be familiar, so I do think that Chester and Jake genuinely recalled each other. Thanks Sarah for sharing their reunion and lovely to hear that Jake has his paws firmly under the table in your home and hearts.
Thought i'd send you this picture of Jake and Chester taken last Friday when we met up with Sarah, Roger and family. They had a great time together and seem to know each other from the start. Lots of play fighting and chasing each other was involved! Jake seems to be settling in well to his new home and is a lovely dog. We all love him!
Got home late from milking tonight, so a quick blog to catch up with Primrose's pups now twentyfour days old. Today I moved the whelping box out of the pen, so they now have more room to roam about in. They already have been licking at the puppy food and as they approach four weeks old we give them adlib access to food to start to reduce the pressure off the mum.
The footage is the pups getting used to their changed surroundings. Enjoy, I'm now probably going to fall asleep on the sofa, as I'm full as a tick after eating a rather large plate of delicious lamb stew and dumpling cooked by my husband from some of the leftover lamb and gravey stock from yesterdays roast. You know when you eat something and it's just really tasty, well that's what I have just had. I asked my husband what spices and herbs he had added , but he said, "none," as the stock already tasted so nice, he felt it did not need it, so my daughter Florrie cheekily piped up with, "then it tastes nice because of mum's stock, not your cooking."
Just after 8 pm husband came in through the door to the aroma of roast lamb wafting through the home, as we have not had a roast on Sunday now for the last two Sundays due to visitors and this last Sunday I did my annual clothes shopping and lunch out expedition with Florrie for her birthday (Having six children, having Mum all to themselves is seen as a treat ), I decided to pop a leg of lamb in the oven this afternoon before picking the children up from school.
Roast we normally do on Sunday because we are both home to get the mountain of vegtables that will be consumed prepped and obviously enough vegtables need to be done, so as bubble and sqeak can be made in a couple days time. Bubble and squeak, cold meat, a couple poached eggs with some chutney preferable tomato, is one of my favourite dishes of food.
Our two oldest children are just coming around to liking bubble and squeak, but the younger four are not so keen yet, but the up side is you should see how much veg they eat when we have a roast, in an attempt to thwart me having enough veg left to make bubble and sqeak.
So, my husband arrived home and much to his delight he had a plate of roast lamb being kept warm in the oven and as I did the grocery shop today, also a bowl of fresh strawberries awaiting him in fridge. As I was just clearing the last pots and pans away and cleaning down the surfaces in the kitchen, unusally I had no canine company, so looked in around to the living room to see that my husband sat at the table eating his roast lamb had every dog sat about him watching and waiting. I said to my husband, "You seem rather popular," he replied with, "I wonder why ?"
He is not a cruel man and when he had finished he did let them have his plate to give it a quick dog lick rinse, before going in the dish washer. My husband is as daft as I am with the dogs. When I was a young woman my mother once told me, "You are weird letting dogs lick your face, no man will ever want to marry a woman who lets a dog lick their face, " so, I guess I must be very fortunate to meet a man who does not think it weird for a dog to lick your face, or may be it is weird for a dog to lick your face, and my husband is also weird like me ? and two weirds make a right. Lol.
No pups tonight, they are all well and if you look in the photo below you will see mum, Primrose with her two feet planted on David's lap in prime position for the descension of his plate
“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.