Spring is in the air but being British & very mistrusting of are weather I approach March with caution as the old saying about March "in like a lion out like a lamb & if in like a lamb out like a lion". This old saying means if the start of March is good the chances are the end is going to be bad & vice versa. So I would prefer going into March like a lion & hopefully out like a lamb so spring would soon be here.
Today was almost spring like being very mild & the birds chirping away, so got some nice photo's of some of the dogs outside for a change.
Have treated all the dogs with Advocate today a spot-on product for treating dogs for fleas, ticks, lice, mange, earmite, lung worm, heart worm & many intestinals worms but not tape worms. I thought I have noticed earmite activity in a couple of are dogs in the last couple days & with having more than just a couple dogs the best why I find to get this under control is using Advocate or Stronghold which are the same product but different brands. Earmites can life in a dogs ear quite happily causing them little problem but in some dogs they can irritate them really bad or at times of stress like pregnancy or being ill they can multiple in the ear to cause a problem. If your dog is scratching at their ears more than usual, shaking their head more than normal & you notice a brown waxy discharge that is a bit smelly from their ear then the chances are it is earmites, if you are not sure a quick check at the vets will confirm if it is earmites or else an ear infection. An ear infection you will be prescribed antibiotic ear drops or ointment but for earmites you can treat with ear drops or a spot-on product like Advocate or Stronghold both methods should clear the problem but the spot-on product is one treatment which will protect your dog for around 6 weeks from getting earmites again.
With Roxy leaving yesterday we now have no pups of are own for a while now. We are waiting for Bonnie to come on heat next with her sister Lucinda not far behind her. This would hopefully be pups born the end of the spring early summer which is a lovely time to have pups as the weather is more in your favour.
We do have Reginald are baby Miniature Poodle to house train & teach him the basics of being a well behaved boy. This break in are pups gives me a chance to also put some training & work into are other dogs especially are two young girls Primrose & Smudge. Smudge is already showing great trainability & is good at recall, sit & walking to heel, she also will jump things on the command "up", she is a bit of a natural & looks to you for instruction. The next stage for her is stay command & then sit & stay command at a distance which is fun teaching them & such a joy when you make the break through & they do it. Primrose is a bit more of a quirky one who needs a very soft approach she learns quick but is a little more scatter brained being a little younger than Smudge. Primrose just needs a little more time to be a baby before putting to much pressure on her as training a dog should be fun & some dogs like children are very attentive & just want to please, some are a little more easily distracted but given time with kind but pursuasive tuition they to can be just as rewarding to train & maybe more rewarding because it has taken a bit more work on your behalf.
The children have been on half-term break at the moment & it is lovely that my children share my love of animals. My two oldest have been taking some of are dogs for walks upto the village which kills two birds with one stone or maybe three birds as the dogs get exercise, the boys get exercise & they also get a chance to see some of their friends during the half-term holiday so all are happy & tired.
“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.