It has been very cold hear today but dry & lovely & bright with the sun out all day. Got some nice photos of the Cavaliers today & Rocco are young Toy Poodle who is black & stands just under 11 inches so a large Toy at the maximum height. He carries black, brown, red & apricot colours in his genes so hopefully crossed with a Cavalier will be capable of breeding deep reds, black, brown & golden apricot colours. Rocco has just past a year old so now can be Optigen tested which is taking a blood sample & then sending it to the Optigen Lab in America were they will check his DNA to see if he carries the prcd gene which causes 75 % of Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) in Toy & Miniature Poodles. Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is when the retina of the eye degenerates & causes eventual blindness & can blind some dogs by the age of 1 years old. If Rocco carries this gene he will be nuetered so not used as a stud dog. If he carries the gene it does not mean that he will get PRA but he will stand a good chance of having some or maybe all of his offspring with this disease of the eye. So he will be tested in a fortnights time & although he comes from clear parents this is good but not a gaurantee as mutation in cells are possible even if parents are clear, so offspring from Toy or Miniature Poodles of clear parents should still be tested if being used for breeding.
Charlie my Blenheim (brown & white), Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is now 5 years old having had his 5th birthday on the 19th January 2011. He is now on the 15th February being cardiologist tested for his heart. His heart will be scanned & although his heart is making no sound of a heart murmer at this age it does not rule out that he may not have the start of Mitral Valve Regurgitation (look at Health of Cavaliers" page). With a heart scan the vet will be able to see if Charlies heart is firing on all cylinders & if every thing looks healthy for the forseable future then he will be listed on the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club listings for Cavaliers over 5 with clear heart scans. These listings are very important for breeders as the more health info collected then hopefully improvements can come in the breeding of the Cavalier & although eradicating heart murmers is not possible but to make it an old dogs disease as it should be is acheived in my life time I will die a happy person. Not all Cavaliers get heart murmers but far to many do & far to many at an early age. I know all to well that it is hard when you put your heart & soul into a dog & then a couple years down the line it turns out to carry or have a genetic disorder to then nueter that dog but to improve these breeds & to stop heartache for owners in the future dog breeders need to be putting health first as watching a young dog dying from heart failure or the pain caused & eventual death from syringomyelia is not one that needs to be repeated over & over again. I will be a little on tender hooks for the next few weeks waiting to know the results of these health tests of are two boys but I know what needs to be done if negative results & I hope to put my money were my mouth is & do the right thing.
On a lighter note Roxy & Sammy have been getting used to not having all their siblings around & because they have Smudge & Primrose to terrorise I think that they have not been over concerned or noticed that they are missing 5 siblings. Sammy will be off to his new home with Rachael on Saturday but as I said before we have the fun of Roxy's company until the end of February so hopefully Tracey will get a pup who sleeps through the night happily in its crate on its own. Although Tracey don't hold me to that one.lol
There are advantages to picking up your puppy last in the litter, as that pup will have a few days with the breeder getting used to sleeping on its own so will be part way to ajusting to life without its siblings. Crying when a puppy is left on its own is one of the most common things I get asked about from people who have a pup from us. There is no magical wand to wave with this problem I am afraid it is a cruel to be kind answer. When you put the pup in the crate or kitchen to go to bed if they cry leave them any going back to them or even just putting your head round the corner to see if they okay will only be seen as a reward for crying so will intensify their crying. Most pups if got into a routine of play, going out for a toilet & having a winding down time once left & the house in darkness & quite will in normal circumstances only cry if left alone for around 20 to 30 minutes although will feel longer as you anxiously wait for them to stop. A tip hear is to read a good book or put a pillow around your head while waiting, reading the book will help the time pass faster & then you will suddenly realise the crying has stopped. Occasionally you get the persistant pup who can last a bit longer but if tired they will go to sleep unharmed & will still love you & be over joyed to see you in the morning. Normally a couple days to a week & most pups if left & got into a routine will not persist with crying & will happily except the sleeping arrangements. Another tip is to always use a command phrase such as "into bed" or "time for bed" so eventually your pup will recognise this command & will when hearing this will go to their crate or into the kitchen to their dog bed. When this happens it gives you such a feeling of acheivement & although I have been around dogs for many years little moments like this are still very special its the moment the penny drops & all that work & positive praise pays you back.
“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.