Millie with her Great Granddaughter, Teagol
Henry is always very good with puppies. He looks like little Barney's bodyguard.
Caught this bit of video earlier of Teagol and Lottie playing, joined by their Dad, Ernest, paternal Great Granddad, Reggie, maternal Granddad, Henry, and their paternal Great Auntie Belle. Watch as Great Auntie Belle put Henry in his place, as he tries to be amorous with her.
We have had not had a Sunday Roast for several weeks, as far to hot to eat to heavily, but the temperature dropped a tad over the last few days, and time for a midweek roast.
Yesterday I woke up to go milking and it was dark, and I thought I had put the alarm on wrong, but it was just a very dark over cast sky, and as I eat breakfast it started to clear out as the sun started to rise.
Lovely 2nd Birthday update for Barnaby from Georgina. He is from our Brittany/Cavalier litter born in 2016. Primrose is his Mum, and Henry his Dad One day under their little belts. He is our Bertha and Sasha's litter sibling and along with his two sisters and brother Harley turned two years old a few days ago.
Just wanted to send 2nd Birthday greetings from Barnaby. I’ve attached a clip of us at our agility class which we started in February. At the moment we’re having a slight sausage issue, as in Barnaby won’t budge unless I get the sausages out! Most of the other dogs are happy to have just one treat at the end of the course but Barnaby thinks he deserves a treat for every obstacle!! I’m not sure that we’ll ever get to competition level but it’s fun trying!
Hope all’s well with you. Can’t believe how busy you’ve been-all those gorgeous puppies! They really are a handsome bunch!
thanks for that lovely bit of video of him. His sisters, would easily do agility. I"ll have to get a bit of video of Bertha jumping our patio gates, up on the blog.
Good to hear from you as he reaches 2 years old, and to see and hear things are going well. Love the bit about the "sausage issue" I wondered where that was going for a minute.
Give him birthday hug from us all at Poundlane
Got this nice bit of video footage of Saffron, a couple weeks ago from Kathy. Sorry for not publishing it until now, it got buried in a flurry of emails. Saffy is Lottie's litter sibling and Teagol's cousin.
I tried to send this earlier- I thought you might like to see Saffy standing stock still in the garden.
Really interesting post on skulls. I suppose the litters will vary and some will be ok and some won’t . If you want to scan saffy I am happy to drive over.
Ps met Hannah and Bertie- he has really grown and is a lovely dog."
she definitely points for a second or so. Just a flash of the Brittany in her. She looks very happy as she runs up to you.
I think with the skulls, some I hope will have their mother's full improvement, no chiari-like malformation and some will still have improvement from the Cavalier skull, but maybe have mild chiari-like malformation which will make them far less likely to develop syringomyelia, especially with the improvement to the front of the skull with a longer muzzle and less severe stop than a pure Cavalier.
I go to a Bristol surgery for the MRI scanning, and it does include the dog being put under aesthetic to be scanned. You can't do them until at least one years old. If you are happy to have her done, it would be interesting to get as many scanned as possible from this mix. I can get in contact when I am going to book her sister, Lottie in. Would you consider breeding from Saffy? She is a really nice type.
Glad to here you finally met up with Hannah and Bertie. Do you think there was any recognition between Saffy and Bertie?
I hope all is well with you. I thought you might like to know that Dylan is doing really well, getting out and about, meeting other people and dogs – and we love him to bits.
As you see, the fox toy is still a favourite - although we’re a bit worried about the streetwise local foxes who have run off with some of his other toys.
thanks for the cute bit of video of Dylan. Good to hear things are going well.
Yesterday the vet visited us and Treacle's five pups all had their microchips done, and four of them had their first vaccinations of their primary course. The vet felt it okay for Jim to have his microchip done, but we won't start his vaccinations until fully recovered from the Juvenile Cellulitis (Puppy Strangles) he has had. He is doing well, and he is now on just half a Prednisolone tablet a day, and all going well in a weeks time after seeing the vet again, fingers crossed that this length of treatment will of been enough for him.
A bit of a drama at the end of this video, Bumble had caught and killed a short-tailed vole, that although numerous is very important.
Lovely update arrived from Sarah yesterday for Harley. He is from our Brittany/Cavalier litter born in 2016. Primrose is his Mum, and Henry his Dad One day under their little belts. He is our Bertha and Sasha's litter sibling and along with his two sisters and brother Barnaby turned two years old today. Happy Second Birthday to Harley and Barnaby!
Just a quick email to let you know that Harley has recovered very well from his surgery and has been an absolute star with his cone (as you can see from the attached photo!) He's spent the last four days at my parents as the vet suggested Harley didn't go back to daycare until this coming Monday. I've missed him so much, but he's had a super time & has been looked after very well! It was lovely to see him again today & I think he was pleased to see me too.
I also wanted to wish Bertha, Sasha and Barnaby a very Happy 2nd Birthday for tomorrow from Harley and I. We're still at my parents so Harley will have his birthday celebration here - I've already seen the birthday cupcakes that have been made for my boy - he's a very lucky pup!
hope you had a lovely day with Harley on his second Birthday.
Good to hear he's recovering well after being neutered.
Give him a big hung from us all at Poundlane
Milking Time by Brigid Shelly
It's been a while since I wrote a "Bringing in the cows" blog and at the moment in our area we are suffering from a bit of a drought. We had a very wet Autumn, which meant Dairy herds bringing in their cows a month earlier than usual, and then a wet Spring, turning out was near on a month later than usual as well, and with all the Winter fodder cleared out and many Dairy herds draying in high priced fodder for the last four to six weeks of their cows being in, many are struggling now with everything being scorched off. Tales of Dairy farms around here at the moment that have already used up their first cut of silage. Normally in our area a farmer gets around three cuts of grass silage. The first cut this year a bit late due to the wet Spring, was good, the second for most was not to bad, but those who went a bit later in the Spring for first cut, have struggled with the very hot weather to get a very good second cut, and as for a third cut, that ain't looking very good, unless the weather breaks pretty soon. With already some using up their first cut of silage, many Diary farms around here are going to struggle to see this Winter through financially, let alone feed their stock through this Winter.
The farm I milk for is okay because it does one simple thing, it does not overstock. The farms you will see now struggling are the Dairy farms, that are overstocked. If you have so many acres of ground year in year out with the fluxs of weather, you have to keep the number of stock you can sustain year in year out. If you have a bit of a longer Winter and the last six weeks you are having to buy all your stocks fodder in, your farm is overstocked.
Cattle feeding by John McCartin
The farmer I work for is often being told he is under stocked, and he could easily keep more cows, farm his land more aggressively, but guess what, he's weathering the storm we have at the moment. At the moment he's in the process of renewing all his cubicles to actually have less cubicles (he already has more cubicles than cows), but better ones and a better feeding alleyway for his cows. He extended his dry cow shed last year, not to keep more cows, but to keep the ones he has now better, and to make moving them around easier. This is sustainable farming and is reflected in the high welfare of his stock and the quality of the end product, the milk the cows produce.
And that brings me to Michael Gove Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He recently released his vision the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit saying, "The public has an expectation of high animal welfare standards and consumers want to know what they are buying. We want to safeguard the welfare of our livestock, building on our existing reputation for world leading standards."
Welfare of livestock costs, but further big mergers of food retailers recently such as Tesco and Booker and Sainsbury's & Asda mega merger under this governments watch, can only lead to further squeezing of the farmer which will equal drops in welfare of livestock. Apparently, food retailers don't already run a monopoly between them, but if you produce something and the business you supply tells you what you are getting paid without any discussion, drops the price without any discussion. That ain't going to feel like a free market. That feels like a price setting monopoly and that is how things are at the moment for British Dairy farmers, and have been like since they disbanded the Milk Marketing Board setting the vultures of predatory capitalism free on the farmer. Farming is a corner flagstone of human existence. It is to important to be picked over by vultures.
Brightening things up a bit. Recently our fifth child Molly finally reached the height I had stipulated a couple years ago, that once she attained she could come milking with me. She has intermittently begged me over those couple years to come milking, but my hand has gone to my shoulder, and she fell below the height. So with great excitement, after I had asked who I work for if I could bring her milking, she came with me a couple weeks ago. Finally reaching the stipulated height. That height means she's less likely to get kicked in the head, and she can actually be of some use to me in the parlour.
She thought it, "awesome"and the cows really "awesome", and very big close up. She also thought one of the cows, that is predominantly black and very pregnant looked like a big beetroot. So I have now found myself calling that cow, "Beetie." She is a very sweet cow, that comes back in the end of the parlour after being milked, licking up any cake that has fallen from the troughs. So now only one left of our children to reach the stipulated height.
A few weeks back we also had A-level students from a local public school visiting the parlour for their business studies. The amount of giggling seeing milk coming out of a cow's teat, and the obvious disconnect many of them had with where there food comes from, I'm pretty glad we have not dropped the voting age yet to 16.
Recently two articles have come my way about cows, and beggars the question are cows the cuddliest or deadliest? Cow cuddling and The deadliest animals in America, A bit of both is the answer. They say, "Keep yourself to the front of a horse, and a back of a cow," which for the best part will keep you out of trouble with these two animals. The other bit of advice to heed with cows is, "Don't put yourself between a cow and a hard place." Anyone who's worked with cattle for a long time, and has an ounce of self preservation, will of had that moment when you are moving cattle and you know they ain't stopping, and you just best get out the way, and out of the way, means not up against something hard. Bulling cows are the worst. A cow on estrous, is a cow with only one thing on her brain, such is the sexual drive at this time and at this time, if she's coming towards you with intent, you best get out of her way, unless you want around 750 kilos baring down on you.
As for cuddling cows. Yes, cows can become very tame, and seek you out for a scratch and a rub, not so sure they are overly in to cuddles. I would imagine public liability insurance will make it out of the reach of most peoples pockets here in the UK, and remember cuddling is a two way street. Has anyone asked if the cows want to be cuddled?
So anyway, time to wind up. We are now rolling towards Autumn calving, which is frightening. Where has the year gone. From 112 cows, only 70 cows now coming through the parlour. I enjoy the little breather, as milking only takes not much more than an hour or so, but I know calving is around the corner, and the fun of starting the next cohort of first calvers. The mornings are drawing in, and with the heat we have had lately, Winter may be more welcome than usual. You can't work yourself cool.
Cow and calf by Bonnie Mohr
The people who visited Jim and were hoping to have him, have decided not to. I understand totally and I wish them all the best in finding their next canine companion. It was a hard one, as they booked a week ahead to meet him. When he had no signs of any problems. I would of rather no one had visited him until I got him over what at first was thought just a stye on the eye, let alone finally finding out he has Juvenile Cellulitis (Puppy Strangles), which you can read about on the blog Hitting the nail on the head with Bailey aka Jim, but on telling them about the stye on his eye, and him starting to show a limp walking. They still wanted to meet him, which made it very hard for them, when we discovered it was a bit more than just a run of the mill infection.
I feel the prognosis will be good for Jim, one of the biggest strongest pups of the litter, and we have really got on top of this quickly. Now it's getting him fully recovered, which will be hopefully two weeks, but maybe a month of steroids. Then the first real test of any on going immune issues, I would imagine, will be microchipping and starting his vaccines. We get him through that without a problem, I think we are looking at this just being a blip and someone eventually getting a really nice companion/family dog. He really is a very gentle, sweet natured puppy. I would keep him, if I did not have so many, and if push comes to shove, I can make room for him if needed.
Photos are of him this morning under our Willow tree on the road to recovery.
“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.