Thanks for the emails I have been receiving from people concerned about the weather we have been having down here in the Southwest of England, we though have been very lucky so far, being in the North of the county of Devon and the worst damage has been to the South of Devon and through to Cornwall. We are also lucky that our home is on the side of the valley, as we say in Devon, "in the lew of the hill", so we have little risk of flooding and we don't suffer to much when the wind gets up. It has been raining all morning here again and yet again a change of clothes was needed after getting my outdoor work done, including trying to exercise the dogs, they have even started looking at me just before we venture out, as if to say, "do we really need to go out in this, maybe we will just cuddle up by the fireside."
Last weekend on the Saturday we had a visit from one of the families waiting to have one of Smudge's pups. It was very nice meeting Lucy and Alan. The slight irriatable throat I had when they visited us, by Sunday turned into feeling like I had swallowed a bucket full of brambles and my voice had almost totally gone. The children have had something about but with me it really seemed to attack my throat. Losing my voice amused my husband somewhat and later in the day and I had remembered on my weekly shop to get a couple bottles of beer for him (each week I always say as leaving, "Any thing I really need" and husband ever hopefully says, "Beer"), he cheekily said, "bottle of beer and a mute wife, what more could a man want." I did though remind him that although I had lost my voice, my feet where still in perfect working order to kick him up the backside.
Monday I was expecting a visit from Sarah who also is waiting on Smudge's litter but I had to cancel due to the fact that my voice was so bad and we might of had to conduct the visit by me answering questions by writing them down. Sorry about that Sarah. I am feeling a lot better, a little croaky still but the otherside of it but now one of my children is home from school today with sickness and apparently that's been doing the rounds in school, lets hope its just the one and keeping fingers crossed my husband or I don't go down with it. Poor Molly she's fast asleep by the fire at the moment with a couple dogs cuddled up with her, looking really washed out.
Smudge is now seven weeks pregnant and this weekend will see us getting the labour ward up and running for the onset of labour, she is looking big but I don't think she is quite as big as last time but its hard to really compare unless a big difference. At the weekend she will start sleeping in the whelping box over night and it will keep her away from the rough and tumble of sleeping with the pack, which can become uncomfortable as pregnancy gets near the end and lowers the risk of getting bumped or her tummy accidently jumped on and onsetting labour to early.
Ysobel is now off heat and that will see Ysobel and Primrose back in the pack, as when bitches are on heat we kennel them out the back of the property in our stables with corral area. I don't like having dogs outside but when on heat it would drive the males mad having them indoors with them and the risk of the children opening a door and the dogs mating when you don't want them is to high. Primrose has been out with mum for company, we hope for Primrose to be on heat around March time, shes just gone out of coat a couple weeks ago and I would expect her to be in full coat by March coinciding with coming on heat.
I must get, as I have a most important job to do and that's having a cuddle by the fireside with my not so well little daughter, along with several of the canine family members. I moan sometimes about keeping our multifuel burner going but when the rain is beating at the door and the wind whistling all around there's no better place to be than beside the fire.
“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.