Wasn't going to blog tonight but then photo's arrived in my inbox of Hunny and Alfie. The in-laws have just left after coming for tea and exchanging gifts and just before the brussell sprouts get my full attention I thought I'll just get a quick blog in.
Hunny is from Smudge's bumper litter of nine pups born this year in April. Thank you Karen for the lovely photo and update on your Hunny which I have copied below.
Just wanted to say Happy Christmas from Hunny and family. Since having Hunny our lives have completely changed (for the better). She is so well behaved and friendly and loves a cuddle on the sofa whenever she is allowed! She absolutely adores walking on the beach which is only possible now that it's winter so we try and go every weekend. She is very good with other dogs too and likes nothing better than to go for walks with her canine pals!
We have been discovering 'dog friendly' hotels in the New Forest and in the Norfolk Broads and everywhere we go people comment on how pretty she is. She loves going away to somewhere different and is fine travelling in the car. She has been a great addition to our family and I can't imagine life without her now. We can't thank you enough for bringing her into our lives. Have a lovely christmas with your family. Thank you again for Hunny.
Best wishes from
Karen, Hunny and family. x
Lastly, is a beautiful photo of Alfie from Dolly's litter born back in October 2011. Thanks so much for this Gina and Tony and a Merry Christmas to you to Alfie !
My last milking tonight before Christmas and now time to relax (who am I kidding) as I sit here doing my blog and have just been handed my first glass of wine of the season. I got my last bit of shopping Friday and now hope to equal or even better my record of 2011 of not entering a shop for 10 days. I'm hoping relistically to get 12 days but I think I could stretch to 14 if I start cutting up Christmas cards for toilet roll. Lol
I'm going to start with a funny little story tonight (the wines kicking in). I milked either end of today and this morning I had a little mishap as I put the clusters on the first row of cows, I suddenly remembered I had not put the filter on in the Dairy, now I had a decision to make, A, turn the milk pump off and remove all clusters or, B, make a run for it into the Dairy and quickly put the filter together and secure it to the pipe before the pump clicks, with the first milk coming through. No brainer really, I ran for it and filter together standing on a bucket (parlour designed for someone slightly taller than me) just starting to screw the filter into place and I heard it, the pump clicked on and to those who know about milking cows, what happened next you will know but for those who don't, I got a baptism of milk or a more vivid image would be I turned into a rather unelegant milk fountain, (so this morning at 6am if you had entered the Dairy where I work you would of seen me standing on a bucket arms aloft with milk cascading over me, slightly a surreal image ) I was at the point of no return, so just had to get on with screwing the milk filter in place, luckily I wear full water proofs and a hat but still managed to get milk down my sleeves and some down my neck and a face full of it (I believe good for the complexion), so as I was milking tonight I decided to wait to put everything in the wash till after this milking and lets say when I arrived home tonight I was banished to the backhouse until I had removed all milk soiled items and put them in the wash, although the dogs where enamoured by the smell of odour de sour milk my husband was not.
Enough of my trials and tribulations whilst milking cows, as we are now on the eve of Christmas eve with children off the richter scale of excitement with threats of "I'm ringing Father Christmas if you don't go back to sleep," ringing through homes.
Yesterday all the dogs had Christmas trims, as I don't know if any one has noticed but down here in Devon we have been getting rather a lot of rain and that then means rather a lot of wet muddy dogs, so all have had under carriages and legs clipped and as you can see Reggie is sporting an all over and he has turned into a hot water bottle, as when he lies next to you now you can feel the heat coming off him and shows how much his big woolly coat insulated him. He is liking his new hair do, as although winter he does suffer a bit with the heat in the home, so now he is happy to lie on your lap all night without over heating.
Now for a very cute video of Smudge. Smudge is our wonder Mum who produced nine pups in her first litter back in April and she is Millie's daughter. Last night my son dug out an old Stylophone we have and we noticed Smudge doing the famous Cavalier head tilt to the sound of it. My husband calls Smudge "Old Duffer", as a term of indearment and if I sneak out of an early morning when my husband is going of to work at 5am, you will find him eating his breakfast with Smudge sat on his lap. He doesn't let me do that.Lol
WARNING: A Stylophone is being played in this video !
A night for head tilting, as next we have Alfie from Dolly's litter born back in October 2011 who Reggie is the Dad of. Thanks Gina and Tony for the lovely video and photo's of your Alfie. He is such a handsome boy.
Next is Archie who was born this year in April and thanks to the Lunn family for your festive photo's of Archie. Archie is from Smudge's bumper litter of nine pups with Dad being Reggie.
Now this photo just came into night of Dougle out and about today. Thanks Trudi for the photo and update. Dougle is from Millie's litter born this year in March being one of seven and Reggie is his Dad.
Now for three of the four pups that have just left us from Primrose's litter born in September. First is Archie and thanks Ann for these two lovely photo's of your boy. Next is Maisy looking all snuggled up and thanks Sue for this very cute photo and lastly is Jenson who had seemingly settled at night to having a little blip last night with going to sleep around 1 am and then awake again at 5.15 am. Thanks Nadine for your fun updates and photo of Jenson
Last of the photo's tonight is of Alfie and Kym. Now Alfie is pretty special as he is from our first ever litter of Cavapoo's out of Millie and is 3 years old and his Dad is my sister's Poodle Rollo. Gill then came back 18 months latter after getting Alfie to then get Kym from us and her Mum is Dolly with the same Dad as Alfie. Kym is a certified Dogs Helping Kids (DHK) trained dog for schools and if you want to know more about this charity the website is www.dogshelpingkids.co.uk. Tracey Berridge who started DHK is a local to me dog trainer with a very good reputation and has had a few Poundlane pups go through her puppy training classes. Thanks Gill for keeping intouch and the lovely photo's of your two stars.
Now I must retire, as the second and my last glass of wine for the night approaches me. I don't expect to get on here again until after boxing day. I have sent e cards to everyone and see some have not picked them up yet, so I will wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas !
I will hope to get a blog in before the New Year.
Jane x (That wine has really kicked in )
Well, we are now puppyless. Jenson left us on Saturday with Nadine and her family. Nadine has kindly sent me updates and pnoto's of him settling into his new home. He travelled well to London and has been a little noisy at night before going down to sleep. Keep the good work up Nadine and thanks for letting me know how things are going along.
I have only just stopped today looking out for not stepping on him, as he always walked right under me. Got a couple nice captures of him before he left, especially him sleeping head to head with his Dad.
No pups now until Spring, so a nice breather and a chance to get some work done around the home, walls to paint and hedges to lay.
Tonight I have an update on another of Fizz's f1b pups. Becky and Nick came to me earlier this year about having a pup and they saw on my blog about Fizz's litter that Reggie had fathered and had a pup from this litter that Sarah bred from her Fizz who we bred.
Sarah emailed me on Saturday to tell me one of Fizz's pups Charlie's sister Molly who Sarah's niece was in a photo on the back of The Guardian newspaper, as Sarah's niece had entered her for a photo competition in the paper.
Becky gives such a lovely account of Charlie I have copied it below.
I just thought I’d get in touch and let you know that Charlie Jones (one of Fizz and Reggie’s puppies born back in June) is doing really well and send you a couple of photos. I know Jane that you said that you were interested to know about his temperament as he’s a F1b. He’s such a loveable and lively character and so cheerful all the time that his good mood is really infectious. He’s so sociable that he won’t pass by anyone without saying hello so he’s got quite a fan base locally now. We are still taking him to puppy training classes, so he’s doing really well at sitting, staying, lying and coming back when he’s ready...He loves digging, trying to lick our cat and lots of cuddles. He was house trained really quickly and he’s not ever been aggressive at all.
We’ve had him clipped once and he’s booked in again next week, but he looks lovely with longer hair - even though it’s such a mud magnet.
Anyway, I hope you and yours are well and have a really lovely Christmas.
Thank you for Charlie, he’s been the highlight of the year and we’re all totally besotted.
Trish sent me today two photo's of Spencer looking very festive. Spencer is from Lucy's litter born last December and Dad is our Reggie. Thanks for the updates Trish and the sugar rush I'm going to get eating all that chocolate. Lol. Below is Trish's kind update and very cute photo's of a very handsome Spencer. Enjoy your first Christmas together !
Hope this finds you and the family well and looking forward to Christmas.
The house will probably seem quite empty this year after having such an abundance of house guests last year.
A couple of pictures attached of Spencer looking very handsome in his Santa hat.
He thought the Christmas tree was a great toy until we fenced it off. He is such fun and a joy to have around. We are so lucky to of found you and him.
We always have to look for him if we can’t see or hear him. He’s always up to some kind of mischief.
He loves underwear and socks, so these have to be right at the top of the airer or they will end up anywhere in the house or garden.
We do hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and a Very Happy New Year
Trish, Adrian and of course Spencer
Now Jenson has left we must get on and finish painting the living room which we have been trying to do for the last couple months, so we can get the tree up. We never put up the tree to early and will get into that this weekend, as first thing we do when the children break up for the holidays, so lastly tonight is a little fun with our children and me getting into the Christmas spirit (although you might suspect I had been drinking the Christmas Spirit) or as I put it making a fool of yourself, with Jessica and Belle making a fleeting appearance. Watch out for the little streaker Matilda and the choreography.
Look out James Arthur, being number one at Christmas might not be such a sure thing ! Lol
We only have Jenson now as his sister left last Saturday with the Pearce family. Thanks Linsay for letting me know you got home okay and hope all is going well.
Jenson leaves us this weekend and he will be missed, as he has settled in to life without his siblings. He did cry a little the first night sleeping in his crate on his own but now is happy to play with the other dogs and then happily settle on his own when left or at night times. He is a character and obviously keeping them on a little longer for someone brings even more of a bond, as you see more of their personality developing. Jenson is going to be not frightened of much and as you will see from the photo's tonight will sleep any where. He is a little fluffy sleeping beauty.
Thanks Sue for this video of Jenson's sister Maisy meeting Poppy who is Sue's friend Julie's Cavapoo who came from us last Christmas and Mum is Dolly. Maisy looks very happy getting out and about.
Now this is Millie who is from Smudge's amazingly big litter of 9 pups born back on the 27th April 2012. Thanks Alison for the update and lovely photo's of Millie and that she has brightened up your days.
Now you might think that's Reggie below but its not, its one of his sons but the Mum is a Cavapoo. So this is a f1b Cavapoo. The Mum is Fizz who's Mum is Ysobel and Dad is Rollo my sisters Poodle and back early this year Fizz came back to us for a couple days to visit Reggie. Sarah who owns Fizz very kindly sent me this photo, as I had said I would be very interested to see what they look like at adulthood. Obviously more like a Poodle but still very cute and there is still a bit of the Cavalier there. Thanks Sarah for letting me know how they are going on.
Life now gets a bit hectic at Poundlane with Christmas fast approaching and our children winding up like coiled springs. This afternoon we had our Christmas Church of England Primary School Fayre. We are a small school of around 50 odd pupils and although a small school we have very much a community spirit and it always amazes me the money we raise at all the events the school does. We had a first as a family effort winning the best decorated cake but not to worry I'm not going to turn into super competitive parent, although I have put a photo below of our effort.
The School Christmas Fayre marks the start of festivities for me and although I would not say, "I'm religious", but next week in the Church as the whole School performs the nativity, it would take a hard hearted person to be humbug and maybe for a second I might just say, "there could be a God."
Its officially Christmas in our home now and as for goodwill to all, well that's a given at any time of the year.
Primrose's Archie left us on tuesday and Ann sent me the photo below of him when they had got home with him. Archie is settling in well, being a little restless at night which is quite normal but that is getting better as he gets into his routine with Ann and Raph. Thanks for the photo and all the best with your Archie. I have'nt got around to emailing you both yet to thank you for the lovely brownies, which arrived just before I left for milking this evening and milking seemed to take ages tonight, before I got back home for a coffee and a brownie. Thank you Ann and Raph.
Like I say, "I don't take cards but all confectionary, flowers and alcohol gratefully recieved. I would like to say "Thanks to everyone for gifts past and present." I do joke that I could end up a diabetic alcoholic but luckily my husband helps with the alcohol and the children are only to willing to help with the confectionary.
We now have just Milly and Jenson. Milly leaves us tomorrow, so her last sleep with us tonight. Took this video at a rare dry patch of weather of them out on the patio, with Dad and Mum making an appearance.
Firstly tonight just to let everyone know I have got a new phone now after the pups chewed through the cable of the old one, so I am now able to be reached by phone again. Must admit I thought I was going a bit deaf when on the old phone but now with our new phone realise it was more to do with the phone than my hearing.
Maisy from Primrose's litter left us on Saturday and Sue has been brilliant in letting us know that she got home okay , travelling well and sleeping well on her first night away from her siblings. She has a new canine family as well as human and that is Milly. I think from the very cute photo Sue has sent me of Maisy and Milly asleep together, they are well on the way to being the best of friends.
Archie leaves us tomorrow and have got his things packed and ready for Ann and Raph, who I know can't wait to collect him.
Now for Birthdays and we have two litters that share the same Birthday being the 3rd December and both having the same Mum Lucy. Happy 2nd Birthday to Big Poppy, Albie, Roxy, Little Poppy, Bailey, Barney and Sammy. Now Happy 1st Birthday to Honey, Toby, Mojo, Spencer and Henry.
Below is Big poppy who is two today from Lucy's with Dad being Rollo my sister's poodle, litter born 3rd December 2010. Thanks for the lovely photo's and the update of her and that she is such a loved and very adored girl.
And here's Edward looking a very mischievous chap and he was one year old back at the end of October and he is from Dolly's litter with Dad being Reggie. Thanks Dawn for the lovely update and cute photo's.
Ted is from Cleo's litter born this year on the 4th April and he has just successfully got his Kennel Club Bronze award and is showing it off very proudly. Kathryn said Ted was doing really well but her email also had some sad news that Ted got attacked at the end of August by three dogs on the beach and it was touch and go for him for three days he had to stay in the vets on a drip and he is just starting to regain his confidents out and about. Thanks for letting me know how you are getting on Kathryn and Ted is certainly a handsome little chap.
Sadly this is not the first time I have had news of one of my dogs that I have bred being attacked by dogs roaming and not undercontrol by their owners. In Norway they have very strict leash laws that at certain times in public places dogs are not allowed to be off the leash and in some public places thay are never allowed off the leash. The law in this country is a dog has to be under control in a public place and if your dog attacks another dog or human then you cannot be seen to be in control of the dog and I would believe this to be breaking the law. I personally would not object to tighter laws on all aspect of dog ownership and breeding of dogs and it may seem a bit big brother but Norway have little or no problems with adandoned dogs, dogs attacking others or humans. The dogs right to a good life should be the first consideration, not the rights of a human to have ownership of a dog.
Lastly tonight is a very welcome update from the Fanson family who had a pup from our second ever litter of Cavapoos which we bred from Ysobel and the Dad is my sister's Poodle Rollo. She will be 3 years old on the 27th December along with her sister Fizz and brother Alfie, so an early Happy Birthday to you all.
These pups where born a little early with two being born dead and one of them had been obviously dead for a while and that is probably why she went into birth early. The cause of this pups death was probably as simple as Mum just jumping down or up and detaching its placenta and we where lucky to have three surviving pups from the birth, as around 6 days early, which is on the cusp of survival for premature pups. Although little the three of them where vigorous and Mum was exceptional in nursing them and we where very vigilante, so to hear from Ruby and see what a beautiful adult dog she has become after a bit of an uncertain start to life is a real pleasure. The three photo's they sent me are starting with her when they got her as a pup, up until her now.
Thanks for the beautiful photo's and update on Ruby and that she finally stayed still long enough for you to get some lovely photo's.
“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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