Belle has now come on heat, along with Treacle. She only heated four months ago as well and often when bitches live together, once one comes on a domino effect starts and one by one the rest come on heat. Belle is now three years old and once we MRI scan her again the end of this year maybe the beginning of next, we will consider her breeding options. Doing the second cross, it's what you are trying to achieve. For me it's getting back towards the Cavalier, but with a better skull shape with a longer nose, reduction in coat and reduction in the ears and sitting a bit more like the Brittany, affording better ventilation.
Belle and Treacle are kenneled now until off heat. I hate kenneling any of our dogs, but if you don't want to disrupt the pack causing the male dogs stress and at the worse for them to fight with each other, you are best to kennel the females whilst on heat if you have more than one male dog. It also stops the bitches leaving blood around the home, leaving the pungent smell which awakens the males interest and can make the male dog start mark weeing all around the home. It can really stress a male to be kept to close to a bitch dead on heat, but they are not allowed to mate them and it does not matter if they cannot see them, as it's not the sight of a bitch that gets the sap to rise in a male dog, but the smell of the female on heat. It is believed a dog can smell a bitch on heat up to two miles away, so imagine how pungent the smell must be, when only a door separates them.
The photo below shows the three boys hanging out together, no doubt hoping they might get lucky in the next few days.
Today was the first day for two weeks that I did not have a child home being nursed through a bad cold that has picked us off one by one. With husband at work, I found myself home alone, well if you can call being alone when you also live with eleven dogs. I must admit it was bloody nice. I admit I actually am quite happy in my own company. My husband said to me a while ago, when he had been watching me outside from inside our home, going about my business with the dogs about, busy chatting to myself, "You know if anything happened to me, you would be quite happy on your own talking to yourself, wouldn't you ?" I had to confess, "You are probably right. As you know I don't have you about the place because I need you about. I only have you about the place because I want you about" We both laughed. Before you think that an awful thing to say, think about it. Would you prefer a partner to need you or want you ?
The slideshow was taken today whilst home alone with the dogs. Just after 2 pm sat to have my lunch and saw Jessica sleeping on the back of an armchair. Jessica has done so well after having one of her back legs amputated after an accident back in April 2014. It was just cute how she is asleep first with Henry under the chair and eventually he ends up beside her. Henry considers this chair a very good dog bed and is often found asleep in it.
The last slideshow is of Jessica sleeping with her brother on my lap last night.
“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.