A couple updates first tonight. Oliver shows us his new family member and Archie his nephew shows us his first haircut.
Oliver is Smudge's brother and was three years old on the 17th May and his Mum is Millie with Charlie his Dad. Thanks Madeleine for sharing this lovely photo of Henry and Oliver together. Henry was born on Boxing day and is Madeleine's first child. Cavaliers are such lovely dogs with children and Oliver is living very much up to the reputation of his family and is very gentle with Henry. Email and photo below.
Oliver was 3 yesterday!
How quick has that gone!
Our baby Henry is doing really well and Oliver is the wonderful gentle boy I always knew he would be.
We go for lovely walks with the pushchair and Henry is fascinated with Oliver.
Hope you and your family are well.
Next tonight is Archie who is OLiver's nephew, as his Mum Smudge is Oliver's sister. Archie has just had his first haircut and thanks Angie for sharing his experience with the dog groomers. Sounds like he has his Mum''s and Gran's laid back outlook to life.
Hope all going well there! Just thought I would send you a photo of Archie after his first haircut yesterday! I took him to a brilliant groomer in Talaton and she has a really relaxed set up there. Nearly booked myself in for a pamper! She said he was the most well behaved dog she had ever had for his first experience! Has to be something in the Poundlane water! He did look shell shocked for the rest of the afternoon!
We are off to walk on Exmouth beach now so am hoping that with the combo of him being camouflage sand coloured now, and a new spring in his step, he is still a good boy and remembers his recall !
We really enjoy seeing the photos and hearing what all his siblings are up to!
Wouldn't it be great to have a reunion one day!!
Take care and look forward to seeing you all in July!
Angie and co xxx🐶
Now for some Poundlane news. Dolly is now around six weeks pregnant and looking like a normal Cavalier would at full term (gestation is 9 weeks for a dog ). I think we might have one or two more than the six we saw on the scan.
Ysobel came onto heat last Thursday, so we will hope for Reggie to be whispering sweet nothings to her at the beginning of June .
We have Smudge on heat at the moment but we will not be looking to breed from her this time.
Millie is well after being spayed and in the photo's below you will see she has been enjoying cuddles with our children in an upturned wheelbarrow.
We have a lovely little collection of photo's tonight and we have Smudge sporting her new hairdo courtesy of our daughter Molly. I came in from milking to find Smudge with green hair and my husband laughing told me he had found Molly who is nearly six colouring in her head with one of those fat crayola felt tip pens. Molly said, "She let me do it Mum and I think she likes her new hair colour." I suspect she did like it, as it felt like being stroked and dogs don't really care what colour their hair is.Lol. A testament though to her good temperament with our children.
Below are also photo's of Smudge fast asleep in the doorway to the kitchen and she happily stayed there as I was geting supper ready, with me having to negotiate her each time I went from the kitchen to the dinner table. I didn't have the heart to wake her when she looked so peaceful. She woke up though when I stepped over her with the pot of lamb stew we had for supper. Her nose soon woke her up then.
Thankfully no red face tonight after predicting Dolly is in pups. Dolly was scanned today, we have around six pups. Last time she was in pups the scan confirmed around six and we had eight live pups. Scans are not exact but let you know a pup either way the size litter you are having which does help in preparation for the birth and the scanning comes into its own once the mother is whelping (in labour) and if you think all is not well.
I will be contacting every one waiting on this litter in the next couple days to confirm your interest still.
Millie was spayed today and also had a dental whilst out to remove a bit of plaque build up. Keeping a dogs teeth clean is an important part of keeping a dog healthy and makes it a more pleasent experience when they kiss you. Lol
Millie has come through her surgery fine and is enjoying all the attention and being waited on paw and paw.
A bit coincidental tonight with Millie being spayed we have an update today from Millie her cavapoo grandaughter. Millie is from Smudge's amazing litter of nine pups born last year on 27th April and Smudge is our Millie's daughter.
Thanks Alison for the sweet photos of Millie and your update. Always nice to hear all is going well with a Poundlane puppy.
Hope you and your family are all keeping well, just thought I would say hello have been meaning to do so since her birthday , Millie continues to be an absolute delight after reading your blog seems to be that you are as good as your word all your pups have flourished from the care and love that comes from poundlane.
I always knew I made the right decision travelling so far to have Millie I have seen mums at our school that have Cavapoos they come from the same breeder but would appear that she has bred twice in one year from the same bitch - although changed her name but not her phone number! Had a chat with the groomer who had commented on what good condition Millie's coat is in compared to some of these pups from this rather uncaring breeder, she also seems to have a much nicer temperament too commented on by the vet and groomer.
Millie had a nice birthday walk at our local woods whilst we had a birthday breakfast she had a birthday bone.
As you can see by the photo she makes herself very comfortable on the settee and is also a great help when I leave the dishwasher door open.
Bye for now.
Alison and Millie xx
What a miserable wet day and so cold. I milked this morning and this evening put a polo neck back on under my fleece when I left to go milking after feeling some what chilled this morning. After ceremoniously removing my milking hat whilst milking at the weekend to herald in summer, my fleecy hat is now firmly back on my head again when milking today and looks like I might be employing my thermal vest and long johns again if this weather keeps up.
Yesterday with Tilly our youngest daughter, I set off to Tavistock with Dolly and Ysobel for their eye tests. Both have the all clear, showing no clinical signs for either multifocal retinal dysplasia or hereditary cataract. We enjoy our little trips down to Tavistock to see Chris Warren, always an interesting chat with Chris Warren and on the way back yesterday a stop on Dartmoor, the dogs had a run and then a stop at Sourton for a quick coffee and a bacon and egg butty for me and a sausage butty for Tilly at Woody's Diner. Tilly does make me laugh so and yesterday as we sat eating our butties in the car parked up at Sourton I switched on the radio and the CD player was on and out blasted music and Tilly said crossing her legs and turning towards me with a serious look, "Mum is this Barney and the fish ?" I laughed and she did, as it was Hootie and the Blowfish which I have told her the name before, she obviously remembered the fish bit though and spent the rest of the trip back to home, asking me several times, "What are they called again Mum ? " If you have not heard of Hootie and the Blowfish and you like rock, country or folk they might be worth looking up, I was introduced to their music by chance by a friend back early in the nineties.
A couple updates tonight as well with the first being from Sue with two photo's of Maisy who is from Primrose's litter born back in September 2012 with Dad being Reggie. The photo's show Maisy pre haircut and then post first haircut. Let hope the sun comes back soon so Maisy can enjoy her cooler haircut. Thanks sue for the sweet photo's and update of your Maisy.
Hi Jane- thought I'd send you some updated photo's of Maisy. As you can see her fur has grown a lot and as it looked like we were heading into summer we decided it would be kind to get her trimmed! We took her to the local dog parlour (!) which she loved! Before and after photo's below.
She's absolutely adorable and continues to bring us all so much joy! She also LOVES her regular walks with her half sister Poppy.
And next is a couple very cute photo's of Big Poppy's pups, who are now around three weeks old. Big Poppy we bred and Toni had from us as a puppy . Toni came back to me to use Reggie and breed one litter from Poppy now she is over two years old. Toni's family are keeping one and the other two are already spoken for. Look out now their mobile Toni, the real fun is about to start. Thanks Toni !
Puppies are doing well, and poppy :) they are all toddling around now and very cute, I will send you a couple of photos
I came in the door tonight from milking with my oldest son excitedly showing me this very cute video he took of Millie having a mad moment. Get the right dog and put time to them and they are such an asset to the family. Millie and our oldest son have such a close friendship and without sounding to soppy, its a lovely thing to watch them together, especially when they are unaware I'm watching them.
Times flying by here at Poundlane and tomorrow morning after dropping the children to school I will be zooming over to Tavistock to get Dolly's and Ysobel's eyes tested. The two conditions Chris Warren will be looking for in Cavaliers are multifocal retinal dysplasia and hereditary cataract. Chris Warren is on the BVA/ISDS/KC eye panel and one of 30 vets in the UK that test under this eye testing for inherited diseases scheme for breeding dogs.
Both the eye conditions that Cavaliers are tested for are seen in all dog breeds but are seen in Cavaliers at a higher rate. Although this test can only tell you if your dog has the condition and not whether they will develop it or carry the genes to pass it to their offspring they have over time with breeders that use these tests reduced the occurance of these two eye conditions. Hopefully it won't be long before we have a gene test for both these eye conditions.
Keeping this a bit short tonight as my internet connection is going on and off like a whore's draws at the monent. Sorry if that offends any one but that best describes my internet connection over the last couple days, due to us living in a valley and it being very over cast at the moment. Its already gone off three times whilst trying to do this tonight and, back again, it just went again then, blue cloud above me now and pulling out of my hair about to start.
Dolly I'm pretty sure is in pups, as on palpation of her stomach at 21 days pregnant the characteristic bead of puppys can be felt like peas in a pod and she is booked to be scanned Friday morning (I'm going to look a bit red faced now if the scan confirms the opposite of what I think I've felt) and Millie is also booked into the vets that day to be spayed and her teeth cleaned (dental).
Now I'm going before my connection goes and leave you with a video of Jessica and Toby who are siblings. They where playing on the lawn madly but by the time I found the camera they had just stopped.
Now I'm going to quickly press publish and cross my fingers !
“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 (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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