Ysabel's little girl Primrose who we kept back from Ysabel's litter of all girls is nearly 11 weeks old now & had her second vaccination this morning at the vets as I also dropped Dolly & Charlie of to have a dental done today. Dolly & Charlie we aquired as adult dogs both of them had plaque on their teeth at an early age & today I took them in to be put under sedation to have this plaque build up removed.
Dogs teeth can be helped to be kept clean by brushing them just like a human but lots of dogs do not like this process, so ways to minimilise plaque build up is to make sure your dog eats a good healthy diet trying not to allow them to eat sugarey treats such as biscuits & food from your plate or in my case my childrens plates & to allow access to things to chew on like raw hide chews & butcher bone, also there are lots of chew bars & bone that can be found in your local pet store or supermarket.
If your dog gets alot of plaque still get it removed by your vet as a very big build up will end up with your dog with rotten teeth, gum disease & even worse liver or kidney damage because the muck coming away from really bad teeth will end up in their stomach with the body struggling to process it through its system & then slowly posioning them.
Got a sleepy photo of Smudge below she is nearly 6 months old now & is such a lovely girl & is best mates with Primrose who she plays so gently with. Smudge gave us a scare a while ago when she had a week of having seizures but after blood tests etc we still did not know what was causing them so the next thing would of been a MRI scan but we decided to give her time & she has been 2 months now without a seizure & is on no medication. We think now that maybe she had a blow to the head which may of caused a slight bleed & her body has been able to repair with hopefully no lasting effects. So fingers crossed every day she goes without a seizure is another day into the clear.
Bobby is now 9 months old & is a very pretty handsome young man who has really started to notice the girls & has now mastered cocking his leg with out nearly tipping over.
Took some pretty photo's last night of Ysabel & Primrose together. Primrose is crated at the moment & Mum happily sleeps with her & still lets her have a little suckle at nearly 11 weeks old. Around 14-16 weeks we stop using the crate & a pup is strong enough & confident enough to sleep with the rest of the pack in the dog beds in the kitchen & utility. Crates are good if used properly. To shut a dog or pup in a crate all day or for very long periods in the day is cruel & all you will end up with is a very timid or aggresive dog who will lack social skills. We use a crate for pups from around 4-6 weeks of age until around 14-16 weeks for their safety & as a tool to teaching house training. Primrose & Ysabel are only shut in the crate last thing at night when it is sleep time, otherwise in the day they can go in & out at their free will & when Primrose & Ysabel want to sleep the crate is were they go through choice because they see it as their den.
Put a couple photos of Pupster in giving me a funny look & then falling back to sleep. He is 6 & due to losing his mate Smidge who was 13 earlier this year he is are oldest dog here & is a lovely old grumpy thing. He has been castrated so is a pure pet & he is an old growler. He has a funny old growly thing he does whether he is happy or grumpy. Got to love him though as he also is a real hunter & is brilliant at locating & digging up moles on are lawn & will dig out & dispose of rats like a Jack Russell.
Will have to go & pick up Dolly & Charlie now as vet has just rung & they are ready to come home. Have booked Lucy & Cleo in for Friday for their scan to see whether they are both pregnant so will be keeping fingers crossed for Friday.
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“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.