What can I say about Millie, she is almost the perfect dog, gentle, loving, friendly with everyone and everything, laid back and has begging 'off to a T', but she is a right royal pain in the arse for beggaring off hunting. Below that elegant regal look lies the hunting heart of her distant cousin, the wolf.
These last ten days, not once not twice but three times she has wound up Toby and somehow scaled a now solid wood fence four foot high around our gateway into our property (our home is slowly resembling Fort Knox) and this is not a trot across the field for a few hours and home for tea (all our other dogs, if they go hunting without Millie, they will return a couple hours later), no, where would the fun be in that, these excursions are all night affairs and the next day a phone call from a neighbour who has the two of them asleep on their doorstep. If I totted up the amount of wine, chocolates and apologies I have handed out over the last seven years of having Millie in my life, I would lack enough digits to do so.
Her most recent excursion was Friday night, when I had gone off with our oldest son Bert to his cricket awards and AGM at 6.30 pm. My husband had worked because he had already taken a day off earlier in the week to attend a funeral of an Uncle and he arrived home at 8 pm and let the dogs out of the house not thinking in the dark Millie and Toby would go off, but I think because I was out, they decided that I was probably hunting and they would join me. The next day around 10 am my sister Sarah had rung my Mum and told her that there was two Cavalier spaniels sat on her neighbours doorstep and wondered if they were mine.
I jumped in the car laden-ed with a bottle of wine from the fridge (yes, I now keep a wine supply especially for Millie beggaring off) and ready to offer apologies on behalf of Millie and Toby, but when I got there and saw my sister first, her neighbours were not home, but that had not stopped Millie sitting on their doorstep looking up with her begging eyes, because as I walked around the back of the old Farmhouse without her knowing I was there, I spied her sat at the back door looking up at the door with her begging eyes, waiting. You see Millie often has not just been allowed into peoples homes, when she has beggared off, but often gets a bath and fed, so I consider nowadays, when out hunting and she feels tired, she just looks for the nearest hotel, I mean home and sits on the doorstep looking up until she is taken in and then I come and pick her up, she's got it sussed.
When I pick her up now though at seven years old and hunting alongside Toby who is just three, she is a very tired girl and struggles to even jump in the car. I can't be angry with her, but just hope one day she might grow out of it. Lol
Now for news on litters for 2015, because recently my email inbox has been inundated with Cavapoo inquiries. After a lot of thought we have decided on two litters for 2015 and we have decided pending health tests, that we will not be breeding any litters of Cavapoos in 2015. Yep, I am mad and like having rags on my arse, it's not what you wear, it's the way you wear it. Lol
Yes, if I was in it for the money, I would just keep on churning out Cavapoos, lovely dogs and a money spinner, hence so many backyard breeders, puppy farms breed them and oversea dog dealers (one of the many scourges of the earth, I think this last year someone was trying to deceive me, to get a dog from me for an overseas dealer) are interested in them
Must be mad, so in 2015 will see our first cross of the Cavalier with the Brittany hopefully ! I say, "Hopefully !" as we have to get a few health tests done before the go ahead.
We hope to cross our Cavalier bitch, Smudge with our Brittany Spaniel, Henry. Smudge will be on heat around Feb/March, so this litter will be ready for homes roughly around Julyish time. Smudge now needs to be heart tested and eye tested before we go ahead with this mating. Smudge will be five years old in May and she was MRI scanned just before four years old, so under the MRI scanning guidelines does not need to be scanned again until over five years old. This will be Smudge's third and last litter. The only health must it seems for Brittany Spaniel's is having them hip scored and we will get Henry done.
Henry and Smudge are both lovely tempered dogs and naughty Millie is Smudge's Mum and Smudge like Mum does enjoy chasing rabbits. Smudge is a very laid back Cavalier and with Henry's gentle nature, but we must remember he is very much a working breed, that the offspring from this litter will make lovely dogs for active people and families, who want a dog that enjoys being out and about, but also enjoys being cuddled up with you by the fireside. If interested in this litter, please take a look at our, "Buying a puppy from Poundlane" page for details of how we run waiting lists etc.
The next litter we hope to breed for 2015 pending health tests, will be a pure litter of Cavaliers from Toby and Primrose. Toby is now three years old and will need to be MRI scanned, eye tested and heart examined before we use him. Primrose will need to be heart examined and eye tested also, but was MRI scanned just before four years old and will be five in September 2015 and under guidelines does not need to be MRI scanned again until over five years old.
Toby and Primrose are lovely Cavaliers and we hope to get a lovely litter with these two, with hopefully Toby bringing a bit more height onto Primrose. Primrose will be on heat next around March/April 2015, so this litter would have pups ready for homes around Augustish time. If interested in this litter please take a look at our page, "Buying a puppy from Poundlane", for waiting list information etc.
If both litters go ahead, we will retain from both litters and will retain pick of litter for ourselves from both litters.
Let's end on a pudding. Steam pudding season has started in our home, or in other words, winter is here. I made the childrens favourite steam pudding today to accompany roast dinner. The mother of all steam puddings, Treacle Pudding.
Above and below are the before the children attack it and after the children attack it. That lonely looking last bit of Treacle Pudding got put in with the roast dinner scrapes and the dogs had it.
I did manage to get some and I don't think I'm going to need to eat now for a couple days. I did milk this evening, so have worked a bit of it off and I've just had an apple for my tea and I'm now going to have a few grapes aka a glass of wine. Don't worry with Treacle Pudding in your stomach, there's no risk of the alcohol getting into your bloodstream. 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.