One week old and the children have named them all. The girl is "Ebony", and the boy with a white tip to his tail is "Bruno", with the other boy being called, "Frankie." Starting to get nice and podgy now.
3rd Birthday greeting from Sasha and Bertha's litter brothers
"Harley at 3!"
I hope all is well with you & your family? Lovely to see that your new litter have arrived, although it sounds like it was a little traumatic? I hope the temperature cools a little for them & Treacle soon, it's been so hot here. Neither Harley or I are big fans of the high temperatures.
I've been keeping an eye on your blog this year & it's been interesting reading all about all the dogs & all the new puppies. It's nice to see photos of Harley's sisters, Bertha & Sasha to see how they're doing. I was glad to read Bertha has recovered well from her surgery.
It's hard to believe that the girls, Harley & Barnaby are 3 now. I don't know where that time has gone, I still remember reading about their birth on your blog with such a sense of excitement (& trepidation!) that one of those tiny pups was going to be mine.
Harley is still very well & seems to enjoy life! He still goes to daycare & by all accounts has a wonderful time, I'm very lucky to have such a brilliant group of people I can trust to look after my boy when I'm at work. There was a Spaniel Meet Up there on Sunday which I used as a birthday treat for Harley! It was lovely to see him running around and showing me all his human friends.
As Harley still hasn't shown much interest in retrieving anywhere other than the garden, we never went back to gundog training. I wanted something else to do together though, so a couple of months ago we started agility. Harley absolutely loves it! He's so enthusiastic on his runs, is so fast & has just taken to it brilliantly. I'm so glad as I wanted something to make us feel a bit more of a team & to help him focus on me a bit more whilst we're out.
We had a lovely holiday in Derbyshire with my parents last month & Harley took it all in his stride, settling into the cottage & a different routine in no time at all. I think he enjoyed having more people around to play with! I was so pleased with him as our cottage backed onto a National Trust parkland.....full of sheep & lambs. The previous year he'd been a real handful around sheep, but this time, he was much better (unless they decided to move) & by the end of the week we could walk within a few metres of the sheep without Harley bothering too much at all. He's definitely calmed down a lot now.
I'm constantly learning with Harley but I do feel that we're at the stage where we pretty much know how each other work now! I'm still reluctant to let him off the lead very much, which I feel bad about, but back in February (just when my confidence was growing in having him off lead) Harley took off into the undergrowth on a walk & I lost him for almost half an hour. I was so upset & it really knocked my confidence. His Brittany nose is a real pain! I have Harley on a long line or extendable lead so he gets to have a run & I'm working at building my confidence back up with him off lead. I think agility is helping...
I've attached a few photos of Harley so you can see how he's grown into a very handsome chap! People seem surprised when I tell them his age, he has still got a puppy look (& attitude) about him! We’ll be having a long walk before it gets too hot then a lazy afternoon in the garden for his birthday, which Harley will hopefully enjoy.
Wishing you all the best with the new litter. Thanks, as always for my boy, he's very loved, not only by me, but also my parents (so Albey's Heather painted a super portrait of Harley for my parents Christmas present).
Sarah & Harley xx"
"Happy 3rd Birthday to Harley!"
His two sisters are still like two pups, although off the lead Bertha is really good. Her sister, Sasha though is a bit more hair raising when you first let her off the lead, and we make sure she is walked with either her sister or with other dogs we have with very good recall. She has always come back, but we have had a anxious moments waiting for her return.
Hope you are having a lovely day together.
Love from us all at Poundlane
"Birthday greetings from Barnaby"
Hope you and family are well. You must be very busy with all those beautiful pups! Just wanted to send birthday greetings from Barnaby on his 3rd birthday. As you can see from the photos, he is still a very handsome boy indeed! He’s keeping us fit as he loves long walks, and with all the running through the woods and jumping like tigger through the long grass, he must cover 10xs the distance we walk! Luckily he loves fetching a ball so, if we don’t have time for a 5 mile walk, we can wear him out playing fetch. When at home, he likes to relax on his back with his legs in the air, preferably on our laps!
He really is a lovely family dog and we can’t imagine life without him.
"Happy 3rd Birthday to Barnaby!"
great to hear from you and that Barnaby is such fun. Funnily you say he loves fetching a ball, as his brother, Harley has shown little interest in playing fetch.
Hope you all have a lovely day with Barnaby, on his 3rd birthday.
Love from us all at Poundlane
Treacle's three pups turn a day old. Pups are born with eyes and ears closed. They locate Mum by smell and touch. Eyes open by two weeks old, but are unable to fully focus until around 28 days old. Ears start to open around the same time as their eyes. They also should double their birth weight by the time they are one week old.
This morning just before 9 am, I knew things were not going as they should, and I was in the car with Treacle, on the way to the vets. Treacle's first water bags had appeared with a couple gentle strains, and an hour or so later the water bag of the first pup appeared. Unfortunately, after half an hour of straining, the pup did not arrive. Examining her, I could just feel the tail and toes of the pup, it was coming backward, and not far enough yet to be able to give a helping hand. I waited a further half hour, and Treacle did no further straining in that time. Normally, on examining them, it should set things off a bit again, and on examining her, when she strained, I could feel it was not as strong as you would expect.
Last time four of her five pups were born backwards, and I must admit she had me a bit worried the time it was taking to have the first pup, but then he came and the rest followed pretty quickly. This time with the first pup coming backwards, she was not to be so lucky, and she had tired, before she could expel him.
I rang the vets, and the vet examined her, confirming my findings, and said, "We could opt for oxytocin, and see how it goes, but with her tired and this is only the first pup, I would consider doing a c-section. It's up to you." I had no questions, and said, "C-section it is. She strained just now in that half hour trying to get this pup off, as much as I would expect a bitch to strain for a whole .litter." The c-section went well, unfortunately we lost the pup stuck in her birth canal, but the other three are well.
Just picked her and her pups up, and I had not asked sex or colours of the pups, when they rang me up, to tell me how Treacle was, and when to pick her up. So imagine my surprise, after Toby with her last time, the litter was two Blenheims, one ruby and, one black and white pup, to move back the cover of my warm box in the vets to be greeted by predominantly black pups. The one that did not make it was a black and white boy (I think Ernest is a one off). The other three are a predominantly black girl with white to each of her paws, and a bit of white on her chest weighing nearly 8 ounces. The other two are black and tan boys with a bit of white to their chests, with a bit of white on some of their paws, one of the boys, has a white tip to his tail and he is a whopper at 11 1/2 ounces, with his brother not so big, but a big pup for the size of Mum at 10 1/2 ounces. With only three pups, these are going to be mighty spoiled for attention, I'm afraid.
Photos are of them just back from the vets, and also a cute bit of footage of them suckling, only a couple hours born. Treacle might look a bit spaced out in the video after her c-section, but she's very taken with her pups and already very attentive to them. She has ten teats, so they are going to be spoiled for choice. Time to sit back and enjoy watching them grow with fingers crossed!
Last night we had a bit of digging and bedding up from Treacle, and today her demeanour as changed. Not much longer now, I feel.
Our youngest just came in excited and asked me to look at some photos she had taken, of what at first she thought was a bit of stick stuck to the side of our home. It is an amazing Buff-tip moth.
Treacle has now noticeably slowed up in the last couple days, as her pregnancy gets towards full term. I've been sleeping on the sofa the last couple nights, near the whelping pen, to keep an eye on her, and she is happy to sleep in the whelping pen now, away from the rest of the dogs. Which is a sign things are moving along. She's uncomfortable in the fact that she is now heavily pregnant, but she's yet to show any real signs that she is starting the process of going in to labour, although I would not risk leaving her unattended for any length of time at this stage.
Ysobel's abscess is healing well since finding it 13 days ago and leaving a pretty big hole between her shoulder blades after treating with anitbiotics for 5 days. She is now without a dressing on it, as the would is nearly there.
Bertha is now recovered from being spayed and her upset stomach. Bertha and her sister, Sasha will be 3 years old on the 15th July. So an early 3rd Birthday greetings to their two litter brothers Harley and Barnaby. Hope you and your families are well.
Got a very nice email yesterday from Judith, for Bella. Bella is from Blottie's litter born March this year, Blottie has nine little Blenheim pups.
Exciting day today - Bella took her first proper swim! She's been off the lead for a few days now at this place and loves watching the other dogs jump in, but this morning she took the plunge herself with a good few feet of doggie paddle. Very proud of her. And typical of such moments, I didn't have the camera to hand! At least she washed those muddy legs!
And are those legs long! I think she's favouring her grandad Henry. She's very lean though, and still a picky eater, but happy enough at 6.5Kg earlier this week.
Thank you again for this bundle of fun! And sooo looking forward to watching Treacle's progress.
Love Judith x"
thanks for the update on Bella. Great to see her off the lead, and sounds like she is a chip off the old block. Her mum loves water.
Leg length to back length, she certainly looks more miniature Brittany at the moment. It's interesting to see them grow, especially when they fall abroad (Devonshire for fill out), which happens as they approach two years old. Teagol from Blottie's litter has fallen abroad in the last few months and looks a bit less leggy.
Took this bit of video of Treacle resting midday today. I catch one big movement in her tummy, but evenings are when the pups seem to really get on the move. We are having a heat wave at the moment, so having to be careful with Treacle. We have cool flooring (wooden and clay tiles) for her to lie on and fans going to make it more comfortable for her.
Jessica is Toby's litter sibling, so Auntie Jessica to Ernest and Lily, and also Auntie to the pups Treacle is carrying. Nearly eight years old and as fit as a flea, even though five years ago, due to an accident, she lost her left hindleg Jessica is home, and as I hoped, just after she came home from the surgery. Promptly hopping in the door and jumping up on the sofa, like nothing had changed. She's been just fine with three legs.
“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.