Managed to get lots done this weekend with the dry warm weather helping us get on with lots of outdoor jobs. We have managed to get are back paddock dog proof & have a half an acre safe area for the dogs to wonder in the daytime. We have 13 dogs all in toll & with Bobby leaving for his new home on this coming Sunday that will then be 12. We have 5 dogs which live kennelled with 9 dogs living indoors but during the daytime then all the dogs run together in the kennels & run area. The dogs mix together without any problems. Only when girls are in season we then seperate the male dogs & the in season female as the boys can frame up to each other which is only natural. The 5 dogs that live outdoors are Oscar who lives with Bonnie & Lucinda. Bonnie & Lucinda are sisters from the same litter so tend to always house together & then we have Rocco who lives with Dolly. Dolly has a very gentle friendly nature & really hit it of with Rocco when he arrived here so she seemed the natural choice to pair him with. All these dogs are housetrained & wonder are house when the weather is good but unfortunately the two boys will mark which is cocking their legs & doing little wees everywhere to mark their territorys & let other dogs know they have been there which makes it hard to let them live indoors.
Reggie has had a haircut & with him moving at a vital moment he has a higher than intended hairline on his head but it will grow out. My husband says he looks like Max Wall who was a comedian who had a funny haircut & walk. If you know who I mean then we are all showing are age.lol. Reggie other than the little mishap on his head was very good to trim giving him a number 4 all over. Reggie is a real character & think I may of got a little gem in him. The children love him & he has a very soft mouth but when playing does what you could call air biting & you can hear his teeth snap shut & I jokingly said "he reminded me of the little dinosaurs called velociraptor's so my son Bert has come up with the name Reggie Raptor for Reggie now, which I think sounds more like a rap singers name but Reggie seems to like being called Reggie Raptor coming eagerly to it when called but I think I might get a few strange looks shouting this name at the beach.
Millie is three weeks tomorrow from her first mating & do not want to be to confident but I think we may be hearing the patter of tiny paws in the not so distant future with Millie, so fingers firmly crossed. Millie had a bath to night, as on her afternoon stroll she found some badger poo to roll in. She is now spotlessly clean again & with the joy she has in having a bath & being rubbed of I wonder whether rolling in badger poo was just so she could have a bath.
Below is a video tonight of are three babies playing which is Smudge who is nearly one year old, Primrose who is 8 months old & Reggie who is nearly 4 months old. The play seems very rough but no one was hurt & this is how young dogs play together which is to me a joy to watch. Note Lucy who just walks into frame & how submissive Smudge is to her as she is nearly 4 years old & second in command in are pack. She stands over Reggie as if checking he is okay then turns away as if saying he's okay & then battle commences again. Lucy has adopted Reggie as he came to us just as her last pup left from her litter & I think she considers him her son as she cleans him & also plays with him like a Mum would with her own young.
I have split the footage into two videos to be able to put on my blog but they played for a lot longer than my footage breaking occassionally to have a breather & a drink from the back house. Be careful with the volume as it was windy & this sounds very loud on the video & also you will notice that Primrose likes to verbalise a lot when playing. Primrose is not a yappy dog other than when she plays which is quite funny to watch.
The three in the video are out for the count now fast asleep as I type this.
“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.