Tucker is the next of Blottie's pups to leave us. He leaves for London tomorrow.
Ralphie got home safely with Peg yesterday, and I received a lovely email, and photo of him, making himself at home already.
Thank you so much for all the useful things and info, and for timing Ralphie's journey home so well. He woke just very briefly half way home, had a little sniff round then went straight back to sleep for the whole way home.
He seems to have accepted his new home pretty well. 2 wees and a poop in the garden, playtime and 2 good naps in his crate, and lots of fun outside. Hopefully he will be tired for tonight!
We are so thrilled to have him here!!
I have been a bit forgetful lately blogging, and forgot to blog that Bella got home safly, after leaving us last Thursday.
Thank you sooo much for Bella! She was a real treasure on the way home and no problem at all in the car. She slept most of the way and then all but demolished a chew for the remaining 20 minutes of the journey. Then once we got home she had some fun playing indoors and out, and was back and forth in her crate like a pro. Poor Foxy has taken a real beating!
But then came bedtime. How can such a little bundle of fun make such a pitiful noise - gentle whining to begin with followed by her audition for Hounds of the Baskervilles. I gave in after about 5 minutes though as I thought she'd been through so much today she deserved a break! And now she's curled up asleep on my bed as if she hasn't a care in the world.
Something tells me I may have made a rod for my own back, but I'm sure she'll settle after a few days and we're confident of better bedtimes to come!
I had to laugh when she met the chickens! She nosed up to their fence in her inquisitive way and one of them squawked at her - she jumped back on all fours at once and looked at me as much as to say "what was all that about"! Fun times ahead!
She really seems at home here if just a few hours are anything to go by and I'm so looking forward to this next phase of my life.
Belated 7th Birthday greetings for Millie, from Smudge's litter born 27th May 2012 Nine little pups all in a row
I hope you and the family are all well from your website I know that you are very busy.
Lovely to see Blotties pups thriving I can’t believe it’s been 7 years since I found you and gained a wonderful cavapoo, Millie, as everyone who is lucky enough to have one of your pups says they are just a joy to have we always have comments when we walk as to how lovely she is.
Millie really is loved by us all the only health issue we have is her itchy paws and ears I was interested to see that Lola has the same problem. I had planned to ask you your thoughts on Apoquel Millie has this as and when she has a bad breakout of itchiness, I have researched Apoquel and was not very happy with the potential side effects and the fact it suppresses the immune system which I believe could hide any other potential problems. From what I have read it appears not to have been tested for use over 30 days I am not comfortable in Millie taking this on a permanent basis. I have a number of sprays we use and I have changed her diet to try and help so most of the time it’s manageable. Would be interested in your thoughts on this.
Looking forward to reading how the pups get on in their new homes.
Alison and Millie xx"
great to hear from you. I understand your concerns about giving anything for a prolonged period that suppresses the immune system. I have read up about Apoquel, I suppose it's balancing how bad the itching is and effecting the dog's welfare. I suspect finding out what causes the itching to kick off, can go a long way to managing it without using medications. Apoquel sounds like it helps when a dog has a major itching crisis, but due to lack of data for long term use. I would personally be a bit cautious.
Thanks for keeping in touch over the years.
Love from us all
5th birthday greetings for Lottie and Dottie who are from Primrose's litter born the 9th/10th May 2014 It's six Thanks for keeping in touch over the years.
"Dear Jane and family,
I hope all is well with you there.
Yesterday was Lotties birthday, where on earth did five years disappear to!!!
Lots is fine, as usual my very loving, gentle and nutty little girl. She is so good and patient, letting me do anything, from checking her teeth- to even wiping her bottom- when necessary!!
Back in February, Lots was 'in the wars' - she'd been in my Mums garden and came back in with her face all muddy, we cleaned her up and I didn't think anymore of it till the next day when I noticed a nasty looking pussey wound quarter the way along her spine. Not knowing what it was, managed to get her to the vets (on a Sunday) and when my vet had shaved and throughly clean the area, we could see it was a bite mark ( could see the teeth marks!).
Lots had an injection and was on antibiotics for a week; it took another few weeks to completely heal; she has now got a little bald spot there but it doesn't notice too much!
Hope all the pack are ok and your current pups are growing up fast!
I enclose couple of pikkys of Lots yesterday.
Lots sends birthday wishes to her siblings for yesterday and today.
Best wishes and love,
Felicity and Lottie.xx "
"Hi Jane ,
Hope you and your family are all well , the puppies look bonnie and we have so enjoyed watching their progress on your blog .
So hard to believe Dottie’s five today , she is still such a wonderful bundle of fun ,and brings us a lot of joy . She’s well now but did have a bout of tummy trouble a few months ago, the vet did lots of tests all came back clear apart from a faecal result showing the presence of clostridium . Fingers crossed a course of antibiotics and a change of diet seems to of sorted it .
I took couple of photos today of the birthday girl , hopefully I’ll manage to send them successfully ! First one was at Hever Castle on our walk today , second one is Dottie with her new squirrel toy , last one having a cuddle ( she’s bit scruffy, due a haircut next week).
Love to you all
Sue ,Colin and Dottie xx"
Took these photos a couple nights ago and nearly forgot about them.
Ralphie left us this morning for Ivybridge with Peg. To think around seven weeks ago, I was nursing him, thinking he might not make it, after having some sort of stomach upset at eighteen days old. Four visits to the vets for fluids and antibiotics, with round the clock nursing, he pulled through, and what a little character. I wish Peg and her family all the best with Ralphie. They are going to have so much fun with this little chap.
Blottie's pups now 10 weeks and 4 days old. Ralphie will be the next to leave us, on Tuesday.
Just want to say, a big THANK You to all the updates I've had recently. Will get them up on here soon. I have just been very busy with pups and personal stuff. Always appreciate people keeping in touch over the years.
Judith came just now to pick up Bella, and they are now on their way to Wiltshire. Bella was one of the more reserved of the litter to start with, but is now one of the most independent of the litter. I hope she settles quickly in to her new home, as for Judith (although having many other animals), this is her first dog. I wish Judith all the best, and I'm sure she is going to make you the most wonderful companion.
Yesterday Blottie's pups reached 10 weeks old, and today were microchipped and had their second DHP vaccinations. Alfie who left the other day, and is only up the road, came down with Caroline to get his jab and microchip done. Alfie has been in the wars. The day after he left us, in the evening Caroline noticed, his third eyelid was looking a bit proud. Caroline contacted me, sending me a photo, as to what did I think. I reassured her it was not puppy strangles. I did wonder whether it was cherry eye, but in the photo I could not be sure. Caroline took him to the vet, and he has popped the gland out. I had a puppy a few years ago that had this condition, and massaging the gland back each time it popped out, it eventually resolved without surgery. I'm hoping this with be the case with Alfie. Caroline has been very good about it all. This is now the third issue on this litter, and I'm hoping the last. Don't they say, "Bad luck comes in threes." As much as I am enjoying these pups. I have to admit I have questioned wanting to go through this amount of stress and worry again, but you got to think, "onwards and upwards!"
Alfie left us on Friday, and just got this lovely bit of video of him with their other dog, Max. who is six years old They lost their older spaniel last year. I think Max is pretty chuffed with his new playmate. Made my day, this bit of video.
The video is from yesterday morning. I had not long got home from milking, and I was having a coffee, whilst checking my emails and noticed husband, David cuddled up with some of our dogs. Flossie (in the video) is the pup that I blogged about a while ago having puppy strangles. She is doing really well. Any lameness has totally gone, but we did have some more pustules develop around her eyes. We will hope in a few more days to start the weaning process off the steroids. Flossie has been a little sweetheart and certainly loves a cuddle up with the pack human and canine.
Alfie sort of left us on Friday. When I say, "sort of" I mean he has left us, but as he only lives (literally)
just up the road, so he will be coming back to get his second jab and microchip (as the vet forgot the scanner, to do them a couple weeks ago) on Wednesday, and for the next couple weeks. He will be with us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, until he is seven days after his second DHP, and Kennel Cough vaccination, and will be able to go to the day care Caroline as arranged for him whilst she is working.
Alfie weighed a whopping 5.5 kilos on leaving us. The biggest pup of the litter from the get go, but a proper softie, and already showing an aptitude for training. I wish Caroline and her family all the best with Alfie, and it will be interesting to hear if he shows any flare in the field, as he hopefully follows on behind their 6 year old working Springer spaniel boy, Max.
“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.