As I loaded up all the updates from my inbox yesterday, in came another update which was a bit special, because it also reminded me that our Primrose turned four, a few days ago, as it was from one of her sisters from her litter, Foxy. So a belated Happy Fourth Birthday for the 19th August for Primrose and her three litter siblings, all girls, Foxy, Millie and Maisey. Hope you are all well and had a lovely day.
Foxy is a bit special, as when we had her and Tracey had already visited to view her and they had picked each other, I then just before she was six weeks old noticed what felt like an inguinal hernia in her groin area. The vet confimred my suspicions and at six weeks old she was booked in to repair the hernia, as these types because of their position and risk of prolapse of the bladder etc are best done sooner than later, it was then on return from the vet, that I them had to break the news to Tracey and she was still happy to have Foxy after I explained everything. Thankfully all went well, Foxy was amazingly brave at the vets and had a fan club by the time I picked her up, on the afternoon of the surgery being perfomed in the morning and came home and seemed to be totally unaffected by the whole experience. She healed really well and very quickly, and then she went to be in Tracey's care, were she is a much loved part of her family. Foxy's story from discovering the hernia to it's operation and Foxy leaving with Tracey can be found on the blog at "Inguinal Hernia" 27/09/2010, "Foxy" 30/09/2010, "Foxy the little star" 04/10/2010, "Foxy fighting fit" 06/10/2010 and "Fiesty Foxy leaves for her new home with Tracey" 19/10/2010. Thanks Tracey for getting intouch to let me know how you all are and thanks for the lovely photos of your special little Foxy.
It feels like only yesterday that foxy came home and it has been a fun filled four years. foxy is a little character a very fun loving and very affectionate little girl. Very much mummy's girl. She has brought so much joy to my life and the lives of the people she meets. We are blessed when we are in the company of such beautiful animals....
I thought I would send some pictures for you to see how foxy is doing. Foxy does enjoy being around people and other dogs and likes to be in the thick of it. lol
I hope you are all fine and well
Next is an update from Janet, who has Henry who is from Lucy's (The Old Girls) second litter with the Dad being Reggie, born December 2011. I had to check that date again, as could not believe that Henry is coming three years old, is it really that long ago ? Thanks Janet for the great photo of Henry showing his obvious disdain that you are watching the tennis, rather than watching him, mind you, he has figured out a way you can do both, by the looks of the photo. Lol
Sorry I have not sent this photo sooner, but the summer seems to have been rushing by, I thought you might like this photo of Henry getting bored with me watching the tennis at Wimbledon!!!
I hope all is well with you and your family.
The next update is a two in one and the first part is an email from Lynda who has Maddie from our last litter born 9th May this year from Primrose and Reggie the Dad. Thanks Lynda for letting me know how much Maddie has brought into your life and all is going well.
The next bit is an email from Lynda's daughter, Alison who has Millie, and Millie is from Smudge's whoping first litter of nine pups born April 2012 with Reggie being the Dad again. Thanks Lynda for the naughty photos of Millie and Maddie together trying to do the job of the dishwasher.
It is now a month today since I collected Maddie from you and I thought you might like to know how she is doing. She has settled in (or more like taken control) so well. I can't imagine my life without her now. She has been clean since day one which is a blessing and those early days of not sleeping are well behind us. Most nights she goes in her cage without a murmur. The kisses I get in the morning are fantastic. She doesn't like being left but I know she soon settles and never notices I have returned until I enter the kitchen.
She is still a character, is very determined, and I have to laugh when I correct her she acts like a sulky teenager. She almost shrugs. It is so funny. All the grandchildren adore her. I have never had so many sleepovers. Millie and her get on like a house on fire. I wonder if they sense they are half sisters. We have let her off the lead when we are with Millie and she comes back when I call her. I'm not sure of letting her loose when I am on my own though.
She has been to the beach which she loved, visited my elderly aunt who adored her and is drooled over by all my friends who have met her. She starts her doggy training classes this weekend which will be interesting.
I promised you I would give her a happy life and I'm pretty sure she is happy. I certainly am. She has given me that purpose in my life that I needed and I thank you for your part in that.
Keep up the good work!
Best wishes to you all,
We hope you are enjoying the summer just thought we'd send you the latest photos of Maddie and Millie as you can see they are best buddies !!
Maddie started puppy classes today and is keeping Nanny busy.
Bye for now,
Alison and family x
The next update is a quick email from Colin's family to say all is going well with him. Colin is from our last litter this year born the 9th May and Primrose is the Mum with Reggie the Dad. Thanks Andrea, hope all is going well in the US for your daughter and look forward to seeing Colin on youtube.
Just a very quick email to let you know how great Colin is doing. Now with us just over 2 weeks and from the second night as slept through and we’ve only had 1 little accident. He is totally adorable and has charmed even the hardest of hearts. He’s so easy with
everyone he meets and has made great friends with my in-laws very large black lab and my sister’s 18 mo old Golden Retriever – (his body guards!) We’ve been to one puppy party and he starts puppy training classes this week although he can already do sit, stay, off and recall pretty consistently. I’m off very early tomorrow morning to take my daughter to US for uni so Daniel and husband in charge. Daniel loves him of course and has started building a ‘Colin the Cavapoo’ youtube channel.
Will send some photos when I get back but just wanted to let you know what a joy he is.
Another update from our last litter born this year from Sue and Colin. Thanks for letting us know your vets view on spaying, it's good to talk to your vet about this, but also good to look around at information available from other medical sources to make your final decision on the timing. This vet mentions spaying a bitch before the first heat and surge of oestrogen, and this is to lower the chance of breast cancer, but some may argue that the breast cancer risk is that low, that the importance that some believe that this oestrogen surge is to quality bone growth, outweighs the breast cancer risk argument. It's good to put some leg work into making this decision as not only is the choice made from medical reasoning but also enviromental issues, such as living in a heavily dog populated area and/or having an already over sexed male dog living next door. There is no black or grey with when to spay, it's what you think is best for your dog and your dog's circumstances. Thanks Sue and Colin for letting me know all is going well and sharing your vets advice on spaying.
Just wanted to let you know, our first visit to our vets with Dottie went very well.The vet was so taken with her i almost had to wrestle her out of the vets arms to get her back! Given a full bill of health and the vet was so impressed, for once seeing a puppy from such a responsible breeder.
I noticed on your blog that Kaylas owner was in a dilemma about the best time to have her spayed.I was also surprised when my vet said that the new advise is to recommend that it is done before the first season,aprox 6mths. Apparently its so they don't experience that first surge of oestrogen, so giving them protection from
developing breast cancer.The vet said that there are some
exceptions a few breeds not suitable and if the puppy has had some urine infections, then they would recommend after the first season.Don't know if that information may help her with the decision.
Although Dottie has only been with us for just over a week now,it feels like she has always been here.We are delighted with how quickly she has settled in.I'm amazed how she even sits before her dinner is put down,thank you Jane for all your hard work,its really
given Dottie such a good start in life.
Sue and Colin
Another update from our last litter for this year and this is from Lottie who left us on the same day as Dottie above did. Felicity has Lottie, but this lovely email is from her Mum, who came with her when she came to visit us to view Lottie and pick her up.
Daphne asks if acorns are poisonous ? Yes they are to dogs, there not overly sure what the toxins in them are that cause the problems to dogs, but they do and it is also advised not to let dogs drink from puddles of water or water troughs that oak leaves are or have been soaking in. There is also slow build up acorn poisoning which is where the dog eats the occasional acorn seemingly without any health effects at the time, but over time a toxin build up eventually can start to effect their health, so be careful with acorns, if they eat them whole they tend to pass them undigested and cause little problem but best to avoid them altogether. Thanks Daphne for letting me know how you are all gettong on with Lottie.
Morning Jane – its 8.30am on Friday.
How the week has gone by.
Felicity just texted me saying she is ‘going walkies’. It was a lovely surprise that Lottie asks to do her toilet outside, as Felicity and Sue have already said.
Lottie is a great puppy with such a personality and knows what she likes especially ‘cuddles’ and sofas. Must say she has sharp teeth! The three of us went for a really long trot round yesterday morning and in the evening, and Lotts looked at other passing dog walkers but did not go near the dogs.
This tired us out more than Lottie, especially after the few disturbed nights. However, Lottie loves her squeaky toys, running round and round the garden chasing her ball, trying out the growing flowers and happy digging holes in the garden where allowed.
She is learning to ‘sit’ at the roadside before we cross over and sit before any treat. Just a query – are green or dried up acorns poisonous as the tree nearby is starting to shed some? We don’t encourage her to eat them of course.
Thank you again for all you have done (and to Primrose as well)
Best wishes – Daphne.
Last update is from Mollie, who is from Smudge's litter born this year on the 24th February with Reggie the Dad. Mollie had just had her first haircut and was ready to go on holiday. Thanks Rhian for letting me knoa all is well with Mollie.
Mollie wanted to send you a little photo of her first haircut.
I had my first haircut today and I was very good, the water was very wet and I didn't really like it but I was very well behaved, and I suppose to look as good as this I will have to put up with it. I want to look lovely to go on holidays on Sunday, they even put a pink bow in my hair which my mum and dad thought was quite funny, but I got fed up and took it out after a few hours. I will try to stay clean for a little while but I may not!!!!
Lots of love to all of my brothers and sisters.
Wow, I have cleared by inbox to just four emails, it's late, so I'm off to join the boys in dreamland.
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