I've been meaning to do this blog for a day or two. Firstly the feeling like a bit of a fraud. I have a lot of regular traffic to the website from past customers and a lot of the traffic are those looking for a Cavapoo and it is the ones looking for a Cavapoo that make me feel like a bit of a fraud. You probably searched 'Cavapoo breeder' and here you are. Now although I have bred Cavapoos, they are not the be all of what I am doing and for the foreseeable future I cannot see us breeding any first cross litters, so for a lot of you coming to this website I'm not a Cavapoo breeder really.
The Cavapoo is part of a bigger picture, breeding a healthier Cavalier type spaniel and next year will see us taking a F1 (First cross) Cavapoo to a second generation. At this moment we are probably only going to be breeding one litter in 2016 and this will be a F1b litter. Our F1 Cavapoo Treacle, who's details can be found on The Girls page, will be mated, all health tests going to plan with Toby our pure Cavalier boy. Toby's details can be found on The Boys page. This will produce offspring that predominately look Cavalier, being 3/4 Cavalier and 1/4 Poodle. It will be surprising how quickly they will throw back to looking pure Cavalier, but they should be less exaggerated in the skull than a pure Cavalier. So we now start the journey to our next litter.
Last week rang the vet and booked in Toby for his annual heart check with the cardiologist vet, along with Smudge and Primrose who are now over 5 years old. Around 50% of Cavaliers have a heart murmur by 5 years old, so this is a big milestone for a Cavalier to pass, unfortunately for the breed. So I'm off to see the cardiologist vet on Wednesday morning next week, so fingers crossed.
Treacle should be on heat around Feb/March time, so pups on the ground around April/May maybe June if she heats late. If all goes well and this litter goes ahead we will hope to retain a male pup, which will then be used with our two Brittany/Cavalier bitches, Bumble and Blottie. If interested in this litter, no need to contact me now. Please read the website page Buying A Puppy From Poundlane This page will tell you how we run waiting lists etc.
The photos below were taken by our daughter Molly of Treacle and Toby on my lap and Treacle's parents Reggie and Dolly either side of me.
Lucy leaves us
Have just seen Lucy off. Lucy has been staying with us while Sue and Jim were visiting their daughter and her family in Australia.
Lucy as normal has been easy to care for and was very excited to see Sue and Jim when they turned up to pick her up. Hope the trip home is better than the one down. Sue and Jim got caught up in a lot of traffic, which we think is to do with it being, 'Black Friday' aka Trample total strangers to get subpar cheap goods day.
Make your cake and share it
My husband, David's 45th Birthday today and 16 years since I got down on one knee and I asked him to marry me and then that day we got married. It is that simple, if you want to just get married. It really does not matter who asks who when getting married. Just make sure if you are doing the asking that you really love them, warts and all, and if you are doing the answering saying, "yes", vice versa.
'Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It's all about the memories.'
- Buddy Valastro
A cow with bannas on its head
The children have finished their Dad's Birthday cake for tomorrow. A cow with what looks like bananas on its head, but I have been assured by the children, that they are horns. Made with love and a whole load of spittle and daub.
Thanks Margaret for this cute photo and caption for Bella, who's Dad is Reggie and Mum is Dolly. Born the 29th October 2011.
Adaptable Alfie in the Alps
I have received a lovely update from Joan and Colin, who have the very handsome Alfie. Alfie is Bumble and Blottie's brother and his parents are Henry and Smudge. He is from our first ever Cavalier cross Brittany litter born April this year. Alfie at this time is adventuring in the French Alps again with Joan and Colin.
I had a bit of trouble trying to upload Joan and Colin's update, so resorted to taking photos off the computer of the document and then uploading on here from photos.
Thanks Joan and Colin for such a lovely update. He does look very much like his old Dad.
Like mother, like daughters
“Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?”
--Jonathan Safran Foer
Dogs will fall asleep on anything
Blottie (Cavalier cross Brittany) decides that David's dealer boot looks a good place to perch her head and take a nap.
Whilst Blottie's sister, Bumble (Below) sleeps above her Dad, Henry.
Henry on the sideboard
I did learn one lesson whilst trying to film this. That it is confusing for the dog to be trying to film and give them commands at the same time, because you are trying to film, your body language is not so clear and Henry I know takes most of his cues from me from my eye contact and body movement. Yep, I said eye contact. Yes, I find that you can actually look your dog in the eyes without him/her thinking you are being aggressive or vice versa. There are lots of different types of eye contact and eye contact has a lot to do with what the rest of your body is saying and in what context the eye contact is in and that is the same for the dog.
The second jump you will notice I removed the vase off the sideboard and I got a couple treats, and Henry then shows us how good he is at catching as well.
Father and daughter
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.
- Edward Hoagland
Looking mad, being silly
Got home from milking this evening and after eating the lovely cottage pie my husband had made (as last night I had forgot to get a joint of meat out of the freezer to have the customary roast dinner on Sunday) and then sat down beside the fire and was a little bit of a piglet and polished off a scone with clotted cream and jam on. I was then reclining after my indulgence and rather full tummy, with the dogs and our daughter, Molly appeared taking photos. She got a bit annoyed with me, as the first photo, apparently I looked like I was mad. So she then told me to pretend I was asleep with the dogs, so I dutifully closed my eyes, opened my mouth and pretended to snore and got told to "Stop being silly, Mum!" Then in the last photo I managed to behave but Toby decided to act like he was posing for 'Playdog'
Good dog walking weather
An amazing Autumn sunrise here this morning. The sun did disappear for a while in to the dark clouds, but they have since dispersed and although a cut in the wind, it looks like it is going to be a dry and bright day. Good dog walking weather.
Primrose back in the pack
Primrose has now finished her heat, so Saturday was back in with the pack, along with Treacle, who has been keeping her company for the best part of her time kenneled outside whilst on heat.
Like father, like son
Got this sweet photo of Henry's son Alfie, sent to me this morning by Colin and Joan, watching his first snow in the French Alps. Seems Alfie takes after his Dad, who loves to sit watching from a window.
Alfie is from Smudge and Henry's Cavalier/Brittany litter born April this year, so is Bumble and Blottie's brother who also like taking in life from a window.
Just thought this blog is a chance to upload a track from 'The Jam'
End of the day
In the dry
Watching the rain
I decided to not go grocery shopping and just nipped to the local petrol station and full up the car, as the light came on this morning whilst ferrying the children to school and picked up a few bits and pieces to tide me over to the weekend.
Just bunged a couple tray cakes in the oven and came into the front room of our home, to get a lovely photo of Henry in his favourite place for watching and today he is watching the rain. There is plenty of it.
And before anyone says anything. That is not a Christmas decoration hanging from the curtain rail, but just a generic decoration our children made with wool balls (I've been told since publishing this, that they are not wool balls, but pom poms) they had made.
'A dog teaches a boy'
A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
- Robert Benchley
WWF Dog Wrestling
I also got a couple photos this morning of Dolly and Lucy waiting at the door, as I brought logs in beside the fire.
'The little furry buggers are just deep, deep wells you throw all your emotions into.'
By the fire
Under the paw
I received this lovely update from Rhian for Mollie, who is from Smudge's litter born in February, 2014 and our Reggie is her Dad.
'Hi there Jane and family
So sorry we haven't been in touch lately, we have been away every month so far in our caravan. Mollie has had a brilliant time, I think she must be one of the most travelled dogs and has done a lot of the U.K this year. She is so good that we take her into restaurants etc and she just sits under the table and no one knows she is there until we get up to leave . We have packed the caravan away now for the winter (we are fair-weather caravaners!!) but are on the laptop looking for next year's holidays.
I have just finished looking at your blog again and am exhausted just reading it, how on earth do you manage to do everything, I reckon you deserve a medal. You even make your own Yorkshire puddings (not an Aunt Bessie in sight) am I the only one who cannot make proper Yorkshire puds? Don't answer that!
Mollie is still a wonderful dog and we can't believe she has been with us for almost 18 months, she is such a character and makes us laugh so much. She has a toy box and knows the names of all of her toys, we bought her a new one yesterday and have named him Mickey monkey and at the moment she will not put him down, Mickey has become her best friend already (have sent you a couple of photos). Wherever we go we are stopped by people who want to know what breed she is, they think she is beautiful, which of course she is and we have to explain where she came from. She is so very well behaved and loves learning new tricks, but her favourite thing of all is running on the beach and playing with other dogs, she truly is a credit to you. Thank you so much. We still miss our Bobbie but Mollie has kept us sane and we don't know what we would have done without her.
Keep up the good work, love the blogs and seeing how all of her siblings are doing. Sorry the email is so long!!!!
Best wishes Rhian Russ and Mollie Moo'
Thanks Rhian for letting me know how you are all getting along and that Mollie has really been such a help since losing your old Cavalier boy, Bobbie. Thanks also for your kind comments and giving Mollie such a wonderful and loving home.
Two tri's try out the new dog bed
“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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