Teagal, Millie's Great Granddaughter watching us eating breakfast this morning, now 18 months old.
Millie is one of our old girls, now over eleven years old. She is the Mum to Smudge, Grandmother to Blottie and Bumble, and Great Grandmother to Teagol and Lottie.
The Swallows that nest in our stables are back, after last year having their nest destroyed and their first five chicks of the season killed by Magpies. They regrouped and built a nest in the tack room, a shed which we use a lot. They managed to hatch out three more chicks and they all fledged before they started to migrate.
Back again in the tack room this year with a nest full of five chicks, which means us using the tack room as minimal as possible. Although, I think they have figured out we are not that much of a threat. Closer to us and the dogs, although the dogs pose a risk as their chicks fledge. I think they have weighed up the risk, and the bit of protection being nearer to us affords them, to predators like the Magpies. It's maybe worth it.
Rosie enjoys playing with our two new boys Puddin' and Pi.
Caught the couple photos below, this morning of Reggie watching the birds fly off, that he had just flushed out of a bush on our lawn. He is the Dad to Treacle, who is expecting our next litter. He will be 9 years old in December.
This morning I delivered Casper and Flossie to their new homes. Casper is the handsome Cavalier boy I bought in nearly two years ago, and I have had two beautiful litters from him, but unfortunately on each litter with two different bitches. He has produce a pup on each litter to around seven weeks go down with severe puppy strangles.
Puppy strangles is thought to have an hereditary component and with him producing a pup with this condition on both litters and the mums being totally unrelated, and I know there is no record of this condition with previous litters they have produced or three generations back on each bitch, we had to seriously consider that the problem is Casper's. Speaking with several vets, we decided the best outcome to stop temptation, as he is such a lovely dog, of using him again, was to castrate him, and then what to do?
We decided to re-home him, but it had to be right for him. Two weeks ago I visited Rowena with him, who has one of his daughters from Treacle's litter born last year. She only lives around 10 miles away, and on his visit. He had a lot of fun running around with his daughter, Megan and their older Labrador girl, Bridget.
So it was decided that in two weeks time this would become his new home. Two weeks is today, and I loaded up Casper this morning along with his sister, Flossie, who also today would be going to her new home permanently. She is the puppy on his second litter, to have puppy strangles. At just over 16 weeks old, she is over it, and now off steroids, vaccinated ready to make her new life with Christel, who only lives a couple miles away from Casper's new home.
I cannot say it fills me with joy re-homing Casper. He is such a sweet natured boy, and he has come to trust me. It does feel like a breaking of that trust, but I know the initial stress it will cause him will be outweighed by the wonderful home he has landed in. A lovely big house and grounds to roam in with two canine friends, to share it with, and Rowena who loves her dogs. and I know will give Casper the affection and care he needs. Thank you, Rowena.
I delivered Flossie to Christel this morning before delivering Casper, as these homes are only a few miles apart. It seemed madness for Christel to pick up Flossie this morning, and for me then to follow her most of the way back to her home to deliver Casper to his new home.
Flossie has been doing regular visits to Christel since around 12 weeks old, and it was lovely to arrive this morning and see how Flossie greeted Christel, with a wagging tail and excitement on hearing her voice. It's been a long haul, but we got there in the end with Flossie, and I'm pretty sure she is going to make a wonderful companion for Christel, and that Flossie is going to be a much loved, and I know long awaited arrival in to Christel's life. Thank you for your patience, Christel.
Monday saw me in the vets with Flossie, Puddin' and Pi. Flossie now over puppy strangles and steroid free, was checked over and at 15 weeks old had her DHP and first Lepto4. As she is now over 15 weeks getting a DHP, she does not really need to be given a second one as a primary dose. I spoke with Christel (who is having her) that evening. She will be going to live permanently this Friday with her.
Puddin' (our new Cocker boy), was having his first check over with our vet and recieved his second jabs, so hopefully we can be off on the lop with him this weekend.
Pi (our new Cavalier boy) had, had a lung infection, which I blogged about a while ago and had been off medication for a week. He was checked over. He is still making a bit of noise in his upper airway (which I was aware of and a little concerned about), so it was decided to give him a couple more weeks for things to settle further, before having his second jabs.
The three of them were very well behaved in the vets, with having a 6.30 pm appointment. It worked in my favour, as that is sleep time for them after normally a massive playtime.
Bertha who is from Primrose and Henry's litter 2016, who we had blogged about not breeding from and getting spayed, was spayed on Monday. She has had an upset stomach, which is from the combination of anesthetic and pain killer tablet rimadyl. It was in to the vets this morning for some help to calm things down. She's doing okay otherwise and some chicken and rice eat a couple hours ago has stayed down and not been evacuated either yet!
Treacle is now around 6 weeks pregnant. The gestation of a bitch is around 63 days, 9 weeks. Smaller bitches tend to whelp earlier, also size of litter they are carrying can be a factor in gestation period. If the bitch is carrying a big litter, they will tend to drop sooner rather than later, as a bitch carrying only one or two pups will tend to go later rather than sooner.
Treacle was mated over eight days of her heat, and from her first mating using 63 days, gives a first due date of the 8th July. From the scan and the size she is now, I would say, like her other litters, she has taken from around midway of her matings. So if she comes a couple days earlier, being a smaller bitch. I would say the 8th July will be pretty close to the time she will give birth. Obviously, I will be keeping a tight eye to her for the week prior to that date, so not to be caught out.
Treacle is very well in herself turning six years old last week, and looks more full at this stage than any of her other pregnancies. We could clearly see four on the scan, but the vet did say, "Don't be surprised if there is a couple more in there." Treacle is a tummy tucker when being scanned. Which is she pulls her tummy up, when the scanner is put on it. Which makes it harder to see more what is going on. With Primrose (another tummy tucker) in her day breeding, was scanned with one of her litters, and told three, for six to arrive.
Really looking forward to the arrival of Treacle's litter, and will we get another Ernest or maybe an Ernette? Would love a tricolour, but as long as everything goes okay with Mum and pups I'll be happy.
Another lovely update for one of Blottie's pups born this March. Eddie was one of two big boys of the litter, the other being Alfie, who Caroline told me now weighs 9 kg. Eddie was probably the most laid back pup of the litter and he looks so much like his Grandmother, Smudge in the photo of him sitting on Jackie and Nigel's sofa. Thanks for the Jackie and Nigel.
"Hi Jane and family
Just wanted to let you know Eddie is settling really well into his new home.
We are giving him as many new experiences as possible. So been to his first puppy training- which he enjoyed. He’s also walked around local town and doesn’t seem to be phased. Meeting a friend next week with her dog when he will be let off lead 🤞🏻.
Sleeping largely through the night and housetraining seems good. He enjoys being in the car.
He is growing well - now weighs 8 kg!!
So all your initial effort seems to be paying off.
Jackie and Nigel."
Received a lovely update from Judith on holiday here in Devon with Bella, from Blottie's litter born this March. Unfortunately, Judith popped in, when I was popped out to Bristol last week with Ernest and Lily for their MRI scans up at Bristol. Hopefully we can make a date in September.
"Bickleigh bridge, Instow beach and Bude. She loved it all - and she did jump off that rock into the water, but I wasn't quick enough to catch the look on her face!
Sorry we didn't get to catch up. I'll try and get a bit more organised when we're in Chagford in September and give you a call beforehand.
Love Judith x"
“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.