As the first bit of the blog title suggests, I hit Monday morning running, such has been my vigour this morning, I even managed to mop all the floors about the place before lunch time. Smudge, Primrose and Toby are booked in now on the 10th December to have their heart examinations at Abbotskerswell Veterinary Centre with Dr Mark Patteson. I found out today that my vet can do Henry's hip x-rays, so he is booked in this Wednesday to have his hips x-rayed and then they will be sent to the British Veterinary Association (BVA) to be graded. If you go to this link http://www.bva.co.uk/uploadedFiles/Content/
you can read about hip dysplasia and hip scoring and the scheme.
Now for a bit of ranting about a couple things that have been niggling me. I really do like narrowing down my clientele, so here we go, hang on to your hat.
Firstly London posse we need to have words. Now before I get into my pace, I'm going to say, "I do have some really nice people from London who have dogs from me." This though is for the ones who seem to be confused about the geography of the UK. Now North Devon is not in Outer Mongolia, it sits just above Cornwall and is just below Somerset and Dorset in England. Now I have lost count of the amount of people who have contacted me from London who happily jet across the world, but a trek down to Devon seems to be a problem and think this distance may allow them to skip the formals and go straight to just picking up puppy when ready, it don't work like that. I have people that contact me from a lot further away than London and they seem to not have such a problem as the London posse in coming to visit me, even if you live in the Kensington area and feel the need to keep repeating the fact you live in the Kensington area throughout our conversation. So please stop playing the, your so far away card, because I will play my Rhett Butler card, "Frankly, my dear , I don't give a damn."
First rant done and dusted and now to this. I got contacted by someone a couple days ago who was waiting on a puppy from a breeder and unfortunately the puppy had died (It happens sometimes and even to good breeders) before they picked it up. Now I'm really sorry for them, but you know this is life and in the email to me, the lady tells me she's looking for "an apricot bitch in the Spring" (that just happens to be when I said on my website recently, I'm breeding a litter again), but sorry you are not, because if the pup just died, you were looking to have one now, but you have pitched at my next litter and then give me the ego stroking blah, blah look at other breeders but keep coming back to me and then you cut to the chase, "I would be more than happy to give you a deposit to secure a puppy." I don't operate like that and find it insulting to be offered money to secure exactly what, a puppy that has not only yet to be born, but yet to be even conceived. I know others operate in this manner with the spiel of "these Cavapoos are very popular, so you will have to give me money now" but if their popular and sell easy surely that counters that point, if you are let down then someone else will be easy to find to replace you. The reason they ask you to part with money before you even set foot on their place, is your more likely to buy the puppy even if you then visit the pup and don't like the setup, because most won't want to lose their deposit and if you decide to not have the pup you lose the deposit, they are quids in with an extra couple hundred quid earned from that pup.
The other thing I do not like about the offer of money at this stage, is the fact that it might infer that for money I might give a preference to someone over another who may already be before them, I don't operate like that, I know others do, but I don't. This is my reply to the lady minus her name.
sorry to hear about the loss of the puppy and unfortunately I cannot help you as we do not plan pending health tests to breed any Cavapoo litters in 2015, we also now only open waiting lists as we know bitches are confirmed in pups and would not take any money on a litter until born and at least two weeks old and most certainly would not let any one jump the queue due to being offered money up front. How can you secure a puppy which has yet to be born ?
Please be careful as at this moment you are obviously upset by the loss, which could make you vulnerable to buying from a bad breeder, you have already contacted me and without meeting me or my dogs offered me money, so please slow up. You will find a pup, your family need to understand that this is life, all count to ten, dust yourself off and proceed with care again.
Really sorry I cannot help you at this time and wish you all the best in finding a pup, but please be careful, some dog breeders would skin their own Granny if they thought you would buy it and often come over as likable characters until you start scratching below their well polished veneer.
I hope that she has not been offended by my reply and actually really listened to what I'm saying in it. Unfortunately I fear she may of not and unless people really take care and show some patience in getting a puppy, you are fodder for the puppy farmers and one could say you may deserve what you get, but does the mother of your pup deserve the life she will get or should I say the lack of life she will get to provide your desire for a pup now. Good things are always worth the wait. Patience is a virtue and as they say, "You can lead a horse to water, but can't make it drink," but if you sit on that old grassy knoll by the waterside and wait for a while, they will drink eventually.
Good to get things off your chest and lets proceed with my next rant and is part of the title to the blog, "You're only supposed to read the bloody website !" Now for film buffs you will know what I'm doing there, but for those who are not or are just a bit to young to know, this is a play on what Michael Caine says in the film 'The Italian Job',"You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off !"and if you imagine saying it with a cockney accent it's funny, well, in my world it is. Now why would I exclaim, "You're only supposed to read the bloody website !" because it tells you most of the things you should know and at the moment if you read the bloody website, you will know that we are not breeding any Cavapoos in 2015. I have now put up litters for 2015 on the 'Future Litters' page after blogging about 2015 litters a week or so ago, so really no excuses now. Is it really to much to ask you "to read the bloody website ! "
For all the patient people who have read the bloody website, I look forward to hearing from you at the appropriate time or not as the case might be after reading this blog and as you have read the website, you will know when that is. Lol
Now to lament about something I saw on Friday, apparently named 'Black Friday' or should it be called 'No Dignity Friday.' I turned on the telly at lunchtime to catch the news and saw it. We certainly are not all the same, well looking at that lot, I bloody well hope not. I lament,
Darkness falls upon us, the veil of Black Friday
When people think they get a bargain, and go out of their way,
to bite, punch, kick and plunder, grab then pay,
for something they really don't need, anyway
Gone is their dignity, they leave that at the door,
of the supermarket or high street store
Materialistic whores !
Fill up your trolley, more, more, more
Did you think I would finish on such a grim note ? Tilly and Henry having a cuddle today. Tilly appeared earlier in the kitchen , just before dinner and was just in her underpants, I asked her, "Why are you just in your underpants ?" She replied, "My feet are sweating." Lol
“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.