Still milking and with a new parlour this year, where I milk around 110 cows. Going from a 8/16 to a 18/18. I put the first cluster on at 6 am this morning and turned the machine off at 7.30 am. Thankfully, where I milk there are no plans to milk more. The new parlour is to just be able to do what we already do better. The cows are now all fitted with pedometers, which really helps with heat detection, and you can more easily get cows that are bulling out of the way of the main heard until they calm down. You still got to use your eyes about the cows, but technology is another tool in the box.
Cows are not fussy when on heat and can seriously damage each other when bulling (jumping on each other), even I have had to fight off the advances of hormonal cows over the years. They don't seem to be species specific when the sap is high.
The video is the dogs, just as I have returned home from milking, being away for some 2 1/2 hours, but sounds like I've been missing for a month. Henry shows us at nearly seven, he's still got his Brittany bounce.
It's been very wintery the last week or so, here in Devon. The dogs are only to happy to sleep through the worst of it, in near the fire.
Husband, David over pancaked himself Sunday morning. The dogs sense his weakness and start to move in. Henry is positioned on the edge of a sofa. Look out for his Granddaughter, Lottie walking past on her hind legs. Henry being the tallest of our dogs, knows his best chance of getting something is to aim high. Once something hits the ground he does not bother to go for it, and just waits to see if another (in this case) piece of pancake is incoming.
Had a wonderful update come in a few days ago for Pi, the boy we re-homed
Hope you are all keeping well! Thought I'd give you a quick update a month on!
He is, I am certain, the most wonderful dog in the whole entire world! He's so clever, when I want to teach him something I show him maybe three times and
That's it - its locked in his brain. He is so calm and placid, he's the ultimate companion. My problem now is that I never want to go anywhere that I can't take him!
I went for dinner last weekend to a pub that allows dogs, he napped under the table on his blanket, no begging for food, perfect behaviour, and that's the first time we had done anything like that.
He's not wild about the beach, I think it's the open spaces and other dogs, so for now we walk along the cliff paths and woodlands, he's more comfortable with that.
We started out with him sleeping on the bed with me - I just couldn't resist the face and he's a brilliant snuggler. Over the last week or so I've slowly been moving him off the bed, and
the last two nights he's now happily in his own bed next to mine on the floor, all night, with no issue, except his snoring - he is a champion snorer!
I have also started leaving him alone in the house, we built up very slowly and are now up to 5 hours (with me going in to check on him and go out for a potty break after 3 hours) He's been absolutely great! Early on I almost lost a slipper, found it in his bed, suspiciously damp on one side, so I now make sure that if I'm leaving him the slippers are away. Other than that he plays with his duck and his chew toys. He's just, perfect, for lack of a better word!
He has picked up another kilo and is now 14Kgs, a very heavy boy, but healthy and loves a good run and a bit of game! As I type this he is asleep on my feet in the office... Bliss!
Hope you're all keeping warm!
Lots and Lots of Love from us both!"
And I also got an update for Alfie's (previous blog) litter sibling, Ezra at the weekend. Very much like his brother, Ernest, but in black and tan, instead of black and white.
I hope this finds you well.
Just a quick email with a recent photo of Ezra. He is doing really well, has started puppy classes which he enjoys and this past week he saw his first cow and also a hedgehog in the garden...all very exciting!
Lovely update arrived at the weekend for Alfie from Toby and Treacles litter, born the 09/07/2019. Unfortunately, I was unable to load the video up, but he looks to be growing in to a good looking young man with eyebrows to die for!
Just wanted to send you a little update, Alfie has settled into family life really well. We have been enjoying are walks around the local duck ponds and Alfie has made lots of friends!
He has also starting attending puppy training classes with my 6yr old daughter Holly and I and he is coming along really well. He especially loves the playtime at the end of class when he gets let off the lead with other dogs!
I’ve attached a latest photo and a video for you.
Hope you are well
Puddin' our little working cocker boy nearly 7 months old now, and looking to be an under 10 kilo dog at maturity, has the making of a true "Pocket rocket," as called by Chris Warren, when he checked his eyes a couple weeks ago. He asked me if he was a "Working cocker?" I said, "Does he look like a show cocker?" He then took a good look at him, and smiled. I got him up on my lap, and he checked his eyes, and after telling me, he's eyes were okay, he said, "You can leave this one here." He seemed rather taken with Puddin'.
Ernest has been showing Puddin' the ropes out in the woods, and I hope Puddin' can prove to be a pocket rocket like Ernest, come the first beat of the season for us the middle of November.
It is a roll of dice with Cavaliers with Mitral Valve Disease (MVD) when you get that first sound of a murmur. Primrose's Dad, Charlie is over 13 and has only just started heart medications, her Mum, Ysobel's murur was first detected at just over 5 years old, and she is now over 12 years old and has yet to show any signs of Chronic Heart Failure (CHF). Unfortunately, her daughter, Primrose has not been so lucky. A slight murmur detected at just over five, and she turned 9 years old in August. All seemed well, she then had a problem with what was thought mild collapse of her trachea, which has settled down. Her heart murmur was getting louder, but the vet still considered her in good enough health to do a dental if I wished.
Then a couple weeks ago I noticed her Respiratory Rate at rest was increasing, and around 10 days ago I took her to the vets, and what I suspected was diagnosed. She was accumulating fluid on her lungs. She has entered the CHF stage. So she has now been put on Vetmedin and frusemide. By the next morning the frusemide had really done the trick, and a few days later on visiting the vets again, he was happy to give me a prescription for three months of Vetmedin and frusemide. I of course had to ask for a prescription. If I had got the Vetmedin from the vet it would of cost me for 90 x 1.25 mg tablets £53.43, but on the internet I sourced the same amount for only £18. With £12 for the prescription and £2.99 for post and packaging, I still saved £20.44. That's around a 200% markup at the vets for Vetmedin from what you can source it for over the internet.
She is doing really well at the moment on her medications and you would struggle to know anything was wrong with her, at a glance, until you place your hand against her rib cage over her heart. We now are in to How long is a piece of string? territory, but I know one thing, which I told the vet, as he spoke about the plethora of drugs we could use to give Primrose more time. "It's not about quantity now, it's about quality!"
Ernest lying in the doorway of the utility yesterday evening with his Dad, Toby resting his head on him. Toby will be 8 years old in November.
From left to right: Teagol, Teagol's paternal Granddad, Toby, Teagol's Mum, Lottie, and Teagol's potential suitor, Puddin' ?
Flossie (Casper and Blottie's litter 2019) has settled back in well, as she stays with us for a few days while Christel visits family. She still has tear stain due to a scarring of her tear ducts after the puppy strangles she had. Christel told me, that the opthamologist vet has said, to wait until she is fully grown, and then if the scarring has not settled down enough to resolve the tear staining issue, surgery to reduce the scarring is an option.
“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 Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane!