Weather has been a bit damp the last few days which is never good when you have hairy dogs as the other evening with rain hammering down & me outside the back door dressed in waterproofs enthusastically calling for them to come out of the house for a walk they all gave me a look of " are you mad woman ". Did get them out eventually though but you know it is not good weather when even your dogs do not want to go out in it. We go through loads of towels this weather as you really do not want aload of wet Cavaliers rampaging through your home, luckily all are flooring is either wood or ceramic which is a real help in the war against dog hair & accidents.
Managed to load all the children up with husband & go to the bonfire & firework display at Torrington Rugby Club we did all get abit wet & cold but the overall feeling was that the children enjoyed it & the youngest was awe struck watching it as it was her first firework display & she is 20 months old now. Then on Sunday the two oldest boys were both playing for Barnstaple at Bideford Rugby Club so up early to do the dogs & although abit cold but at least the rain stayed away & I had a morning watching under 9s & under 11s rugby which I quite enjoyed.
Yesterday though it rained most of the day & the temperatrure has decided to drop so there is a chill to the rain now which seems to go to the bone. The dogs were happy for a short sharp exercise & Pupster really enjoys the rub down when he comes in with his funny old growling he does whether he likes it or not. Pupster has established himself now firmly has top dog since Smidge tragically left us back in the summer ( see "In Loving Memory" page ). Notice in the photo below how he is positioned above Millie & Smidge this is not just chance just like Smidge he now positions himself when resting in a look out or dominant position. It is quite interesting to see him develop within the pack as when you lose a high ranking member of a dog group it can unsettle the balance slightly but if you are a strong human leader & you have a dog pack member who can quickly come up & take over from the the dog that is gone things stay settled. My husband works for someone on a Dairy Farm who keeps working collies & working spaniels. A while ago their old dog died who was the one who kept order but after his death two of the dogs have kept fighting which did not happen when the old dog was alive & now because they seem not to be able to sort out a pecking order they have had to take one away from the farm to live with the owners father. This just shows how within a domestic dog pack that losing a dominant member who keeps order can unsettle the rest of the pack if another dog can not establish order quickly after the other dog goes. A top dog can be very subtle in how they exert their athourity with just a glance or stance they can convey their leadership.
Lastly Lucy is really blooming & is now around 35 days in pup, she is already obviously showing & is sleeping loads & I am having to be careful that she does not put onto much weight as she is abit of a pig & could easily get abit portly which would not be good for her when giving birth.
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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.