Busy couple of days retrieving Cavaliers from the local countryside as we have Roe Deer around at the moment one whiff & they are happily of in hot pursuit although only in their dreams will they ever catch one but it is a joy to see them working as a pack & I admit I love to see dogs working.
Also at the moment have had the clippers out tidying up ears for winter as I keep my Cavaliers ears trimmed underneath for good ear ventilation & it does work.
Lucy is now around 3 weeks hopefully in pup, she is a maiden girl which means she has not had pups before.She is already showing a change of demeanour & her teats look more pronounced & pink but always careful not to get to excited yet as bitches can have phantom pregnancies which is were the bitch shows all the early stages of pregnancy but is not pregnant, they can even produce milk sometimes it can be signs of a hormonal inbalance but my vet told me that it also in some bitches is a throw back to wild dogs or wolfs were the Alfa female would be normally the only bitch to reproduce in the pack & to insure survival of all her cubs the other bitches will produce milk to help feed her young as well which if true just shows what team players dogs are & in my mind makes them even more amazing.
Due to the interest in Lucy's hopefully future litter we will scan her at 28 days to confirm if she is pregnant as to be totally sure by just looking at the bitch I would not be happy to say for shore until they are 42 days in pup. Scanning a dog is much the same as for woman. The vet will normally clip the hair of the abdominal area first & with gel on the end of the scanning instrument will gentle put pressure on her adomen & work around the area of her uterus to hopefully catch an image of a pup feotus at this stage it will be the size of a pea so it is quite a skill to finding them & it is also interesting to see & recognise organs inside your dog. This process can be done from 28 days to confirm pregnancy & to roughly know how many pups they are potentially carrying.
Madeleine thanks for your photo of Oliver swimming. Oliver who is Smudges brother & Millie is their Mum. Madeleine took Oliver to this session in the pool after being offered it at her puppy training classes & took them up on it when she noticed at the beach that Oliver seemed a little frightened of the water.
Another way to encourage a dog into water is to get in yourself or find someone with a dog that your dog enjoys the company of & that dog also loves water as normally when one goes in showing what fun it is the one not so sure most often soon follows.
Nice to know that this sort of thing is out there if your dog is not to sure of water & hopefully it helps. Madeleine is going to let me know if it helps Oliver. Always fun to hear from Madeleine & to know what Oliver & Madleine have been up to. Oliver certainly does not lack having an interesting life & Madeleine has gained I know a very valued little friend in Oliver. Looking forward to the next Madeleine & Oliver adventure. Always a pleasure Madeleine.
Vanessa sent me these cute photo's of Alfie a couple days ago. He is one of Dolly's Cavapoo pups. He has had his second vaccination around a week ago so it is save now for him to venture out & about now. Look out were Vanessa lifes Alfie will be hitting the streets no one will be safe now from his cutness & irrestible character. Vanessa will have to give twice as long to get anywhere on her walks now due to the attention that I know Alfie is going to get. Good Luck Vanessa ! Looking forward to seeing & hearing about Alfie getting out & about.
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Alison who has the gorgeous Maddie who's Mum is Millie & Dad is Charlie sent me these couple photo's of Maddie looking so much like her Mum. Millie has really stamped her litter of 6 Cavaliers she gave birth to back in May with not only her looks but also her well mannered & loving temperment. I am fast realising that I am lucky to have Millie Maddie's Mum as she is to me everything a Cavalier should be robust, athletic with a temperment that could warm the hardest of hearts, as it is always nice to see grown men fall for her charms & no one yet who comes to are house seems able to resist having a cuddle with her when they meet her.
Maddie seems to have inherited Millie's charm & she to when out is a magnet for attention & cuddles from complete strangers but that is the beauty of a good tempered Cavalier there is always plenty of love to go around. Look forward to hearing from you again & hopefully we will meet up for that family reunion with the dogs soon Alison.
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Thanks Julie for your lovely comment on my blog & the photos you have already sent of Millie obviously making her self at home especially on your favourite cushion. Kezi looks like very interested in her new friend & I am sure they will become the best of mates. Will look forward to hearing from you again in the future.
Millie the last pup of Ysabel's to leave us as we are keeping back one of these pups for our selfs left for her new home with Julie today. Millie is a gentle very pretty little girl who will join Julie's young family & will also have a canine friend in their other Cavalier so will not want for play mates. Will look forward to hearing about how she gets on.
This is are last litter of Cavaliers for 2010 but we hope to have a litter in the spring out of Bonnie with are lovely boy Oscar these should be solid coloured & you can look on the "Future New Arrivals" page if you want to know more about future planned litters.
Foxy one of Ysabel's girls left today with Tracey. Foxy is abit special as whilst in my our care she had to have a little operation to repair an inguinal hernia that she had. She had the surgery & was so brave & took everything in her stride at the tender age of 6 weeks old. She is a character we have added Fiesty to her name calling her Fiesty Foxy. We will miss her shooting around the front room but know in Tracey & her partner that she has gone to a good home were she is going to be so loved & will have two new feline friends who I am sure Fiesty Foxy will win over with her cute little ways. Look forward to hearing how they are all getting on in the future.
Madeleine has sent me an update & photo's of Oliver who is Smudges litter brother & who's Mum is Millie. All Millie's pups seem to be taking after Mum with a shallow stop & abit of length to the nose. The breed discription of this dog is to have a shallow stop but alas not so many as there should be actually have this as in recent years for what ever reason it seems the trend to breed the Cavalier with a deep stop & ever shorter muzzle or nose. I wonder whether some of the problems occuring in the skull & brain of this breed are linked to this fact as a deeper stop does give less room in the skull.Also the size of the Cavalier trying to breed them smaller & then losing the robust sporting look of this attractive little dog, as also it is known that breeding smaller that the brain is staying the same size but the skull gets smaller so I feel that a Cavalier with a shallow stop, abit of length to their nose & abit of size to their body gives them a chance of being a healthier dog. My theory is not very appreciated amongst some but hopefully the prove is in the pups we breed.
Oliver is proving to be everything Madeleine wanted in a Cavalier. She hopes he will become her running partner & being a sporting & athletic Cavalier type I think he will be keeping her fit chasing after him in the future. Always a pleasure to share photo's Madeleine especially with Mr Giraffe.
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It is the long wait now to see if Lucy is in pups. We really do not treat them any different at this stage but just make sure that they do not get over stressed about anything but as you will see in the photo below Lucy is a pretty chilled out girl. By 42 days though a bitch if only carrying a small litter should be starting to show with rounding behind the ribs, her teats start to get bigger & sometimes clear thick discharge is seen from her vulva as long as not smelly, discoloured or bloody this is normal, this is mocus coming away from her cervical plug which gets replaced.
Just got Lucinda to come off heat now as we are not mating her this heat & hopefully will not have be juggling dogs around making sure there are not any meetings in draughfty gate ways & an unexpected litter. The boys have already started to be more amiacable with each other & tetesterone levels are lowering.
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Today the first of Ysabel's pups left for her new home. Poppy who is now going to be called Maisey has gone to join Linda who came to us for a pup after her sister-in-law had a pup from us earlier this year. Linda was so full of joy as she lost her last Cavalier 8 years ago so this was a big step getting another one after the heart break of the loss of her last Cavalier, as these little dogs are such beautiful dogs not only to look at but to live with. They give love & just absorb all the love you give them, they really enjoy human interaction.
I know that Maisey is going to be so loved & there are going to be some really excited Gran children who really want to meet Maisey.
Got these photos of Smudge earlier who is 5 months old now & is so much like her Mum Millie it is frightening. She not only looks like her but also has a strange attraction to the bath when someone is in it just like her Mum does. The photos show her just sitting by the bath whilst I bath the children & a couple of times looked like she was going to jump in & join them, this behaviour is just like her Mum.Pherhaps they would like to be water retrieving dogs.lol
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The time has come for Ysabels pups to fly the nest. Ysabels 4 girls had their first vaccinations today & were microchipped. They are 8 weeks old tomorrow & the first pup will leave for its new home tomorrow, so tryed to get their last photo all together which is easier said than done. Yet again the time has flown by but we are keeping one back from this litter called Primrose who is a real little cutey.
The photo below from the left at the back is Poundlane Daisy Buttercup, Poundlane Foxtail Lilly & Poundlane Pretty Primrose. In the front center is Poundlane Miss Millie.
Had a very hectic last couple of weeks as 3 of are girls decided to come on heat, so has been a juggling act to make sure that the wrong dogs do not end up together. Then I had a phone call & Daisy joined us as her owner Lorraine wanted to use are dog Charlie on her. Daisy is a very petite Tricoloured Cavalier & putting Charlie on her will hopefully produce a very pretty well marked pup.
Daisy stayed with us for a week going home this last Saturday. So last week we were juggling 4 on heat dogs but Daisy has been a credit to her owner & other than giving her a bit of love & cuddles every day she really just fitted in & we did not really notice the extra head.
Lucy are 3 year old Blenheim Cavalier has finally come off her mateable peroid of her heat & she has gone to my sisters Miniature Poodle Rollo to hopefully produce a litter of Cavapoos. From this litter we would expect all the pups to be a Golden Apricot colour with bits of white, so fingers crossed & hope she is in pup. This will be her first litter & she is a strong robust looking Cavalier so hope this is reflected in her off spring.
Due to the interest in this litter we will scan her at 28 days to confirm pregnancy but by 42 days a bitch even carrying a small litter you would know they were in pups as they would have a distinct filling behind the ribs.
Rollo comes & stays with us when we have a girl for him so we have had another guest staying but after being with us a week his services were finally not needed any more this morning & my Mum delivered him home to my sister. Rollo enjoys his little overnight stays with us, must be the company I think. He is a character & now after using him for the fourth time he knows whats going on & when I pick him up in the car he jumps in beside me with gay abandon & great expectation. He is rewarded for his good behaviour with his favourite treat a girl friend.
The other girl we have had on heat is Lucinda but she had a litter early this year so she has to be kept well away from the boys. Hopefully next Spring she will get it together with Oscar are Black & Tan Cavalier boy as she is Ruby we will hope for a litter of Ruby's & Black & Tans.
So I have had a couple weeks of the boys all getting a bit wound up but finally the girls are nearly all of heat now so hopefully the tetesterone levels will lower & the boys will chill out with each other as when there are no bitches on heat all the boys are happy in each others company but once a girl starts to come on heat that can change & even the most matest of boys can get a bit uptight with each other when the sap rises but thankfully it all gets back to being mates when the girl goes off heat.
A bitches heat lasts around 21 days & you should count the first day of heat as when you see blood. Around the 12-14 day is normally when a bitch is mateable but occasional bitches can be earlier or later in their cycle but the majority would fall between the 12-14 days. The bitch though should be kept a tight eye on through out the whole heat so that you do not end up with an accidental litter or pups that do not look like the Father you thought she was having pups with. A bitch can concieve from several matings so it is possible for a bitch to have pups in a litter from more than one Father.
Very busy weekend what with one of my boys 9th birthday in the middle of the week & on Sunday we took him & friends to the cinema & then to the park & had a picnic, so was really pleased that the weather was lovely yesterday afternoon as it looked a little dodgy in the morning like it might rain so spent most of Sunday running around after children instead of dogs. Was nice to get home though & husband contained are children whilst the dogs & I had a quite stroll up the road.
Actually I am very lucky as all of are children love animals & the two oldest love to walk the dogs as they are strong enough now to control them. So at the weekends I have my little helpers or should I say little huggers because to a Cavalier having touch & contact with humans is what they seem to thrive on & when my children are around they get plenty of that.
Ysabel's pups are now 8 weeks old this Thursday & will start to leave for their new homes we are keeping one of these back & she is Primrose. All four of these girls are very pretty little Cavaliers & Charlie yet again has marked them all very well but Ysabel must also be given credit as she is a very pretty dainty girl & Charlie with his stockyness will have put a bit more substance into the pups as with Cavaliers it is not nice to see them bred to petite & almost frail looking as they should be robust little sporting dogs.
Got a few nice photos of the girls last night & now my captions are working again, so click on photos to see full size & also know which pup is which.
The last one of Dolly's Cavapoo pups left Saturday morning for its new home with Fiona & husband. They already have another small dog so Harper will have a doggy company as well as human company. Harper is sure to have a happy & active life with Fiona & will give in return lots of love & playfulness.
Dolly had self weaned all her pups by now & has not been unduly worried by them slowly flying the nest. The Mums always seem to know it is time for their babys to go but you do wonder what they think.
Only one Cavapoo pup of Dolly's left now, as Kym left on Thurday with Gill who already has Alfie a Cavapoo boy who is just over 1 years old & is from are first litter of Cavapoos. It is lovely when someone come back to you again after having a pup from you as it does make you hope that you are doing something right. Kym the pup Gill choose is a lovely little gentle girl who should make a good friend to Alfie & will look forward to photos of them together.
The other pup who has gone this evening is the one & only Cyril who is now going to be called Patch. Carolyn & husband who have a young family are having Patch join their family & he is sure to give them lots of fun & lovely memories in the future as he is such a gorgeous fluffy chap. Will be looking forward to hearing what this little chap gets up to.
In the photo below is Patch doing what he does well sleeping.
Took this video last Saturday when all Dolly's Cavapoo pups were still with us. Dolly's & Ysabel's pups although 10 days apart are now able to mix together & Ysabel's pups who are the younger ones can now hold their own with the Cavapoo pups of Dolly's. We have two crates side by side now in are living room & the pups in the day can wonder in & out onto are patio at their own will. When I took the video both litters that is 11 pups had decided to all go to sleep together in one crate & it looked so cute I thought it would be a nice moment to share. Both of the Mums are still allowing their pups little suckles from them & they do not seem to mind who's pups they are feeding.
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Another of Dolly's Cavapoo pups left us today. Alfie has gone to join Vanessa & her family. Alfie is a teddybear of pup, very confident but also gentle & loving. He is the biggest of Dolly's pups & also he has a big personality. Vanessa I am sure is going to have loads of fun & laughs with Alfie. They have had Cavaliers before so are experienced dogs owners & have gone for a Cavapoo due to them having a higher chance of not having the health problems that Cavaliers can have. Vanessa I know is going to give Alfie such a wonderful life & I am sure she will be rewarded with a artful & loving Alfie who will bring great joy into her family. Looking forward to updates on this rascal of a chap.
Foxy is going on fine after her surgery & to be honest you would not know that she has had surgery other than a little scar in her groin. She has taken every thing in her stride & it has not fazed her at all. The temperment of both parents she has obviously inherited as both of them are good tempered. Took the photos of Foxy today so you can see she is fighting fit.
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Foxy Ysabel's little girl had her surgery today to repair her Inguinal Hernia & my Mum dropped her at the surgery this morning at 8.30am & was told that they would ring me when it was all done & when she would be ready to be picked up. They thought it would roughly be around 2pm. Foxy is a fit & well pup other than her hernia, she is 6 weeks & 4 days old so my only worry was her age as the surgery was reasonably routine so the wait seemed a long one up to 1.40pm when the phone went & I was told all had gone well & that I could pick her up around 4pm.
Picked the children up from school & zoomed on out to the vets to see Foxy & pick her up. When they brought her out to me other than a dressing on her belly she looked like a fit & playful pup ready to go, she was not stressed at all & has taken it all in her stride. We kept her quiet for the first few hours home but she is now back with her sisters as the vet said that she did not really need to be restricted in her play but to just keep an eye on the incision & she will be checked up when she is microchipped & vaccinated. Modern anaesthetics are so good these days as years gone by it could take longer to get over the anaesthetic then the operation. Although I must stay vigilant over Foxy that she does not get her incision infected I hope that she is well on her way to being in Tracey's arms soon.
Got this lovely photo of Foxy with her Mum only moments after being home & note the little bit of hair missing on her right front leg were she had her aneasthetic given into the vein. She is a little star.
Today two of Dolly's pups have left for their new homes. The first one was Ruby with Susan. Susan has been looking for the past year for the right pup so I know that Ruby is going to be looked after very well as also Susan is a pet sitter in her own home, so she has a vast experience & knowledge of alot of breeds & decided the Cavapoo would be the right choice for her to have a pet of her own again. Ruby is going to have a very interesting life with friends of the canine type staying for their holidays in her home. Will be looking forward to updates on this little girl & to hear what she is getting upto with Susan who I am sure is going to give her such a caring & loving home.
The other pup to leave today was Tinkerbell who was the smallest born of these pups weighing in just under 4 oz or around 100grams when born but although still the smallest she is no push over & is a proper little cutey. Darren & rachel bring her into their young family were she is sure to be loved & cherished as a member of their lovely family. This is Darren & Rachels first family dog so it will be a steep learning curve to start with but they are more than up for the challenge & pups are like a child what you put in you will get back maybe not straight away but it will happen & before you know it you have a lovely dog & all the hard work will of been worth it. Will enjoy seeing the up dates on Tinkerbell & all of Darren & Rachels childrens interactions with her.
Busy weekend & Dolly's pups have started to leave for their new homes. Yesterday Lola was the first to leave us with Alison & will be joinong a family that also has another dog who is a Cavalier girl & unfortunately her sister died a little while ago so Lola is going to be welcome company for Lilac & lots of fun for the rest of the family. Lola is sure to bring lots of fun to this family & in return Alison & family are going to give her a loving home to grow in. Look forward to hearing from you in the future & photos of Lola growing up.
“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
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.