On Monday I received an update for Daisy who is from the litter we bred this year from Smudge with Henry.
I hope this message finds you all well. I thought I'd send you a quick update on how Daisy is getting on. Actually we should have called her Henrietta as she is getting more and more like her father every day! She looks a lot like him and is getting very leggy and seems much more like him facially than Smudge. She has also started "pointing" at things with one foot raised, which is brilliant to see. It's great to see those instincts coming through. A less desirable instinct is the digging! We've managed to divert her from the middle of the lawn to a more screened flower bed but she really goes for it!! We took her to Churchill's estate, Chartwell last week and, as well as trying to eat cow poo in a field, she dug a massive hole in the woods while the children were building dens.
Apart from that, she veers from being really obedient (doing an excellent "sit wait" while I'm loading the dishwasher, for example- which takes a lot of self-control on her part as she has a penchant for dirty dishes) to very cheeky, such as climbing on the kitchen table and running off with anything she can get hold of.
In short, she's a total joy and we're making the most of all these quirks of puppyhood before she grows out of this stage.
And later that day I received a further email with a couple photos of Daisy sorting her bed out.
"Action shots of Daisy deciding her bed was in the wrong place and needed to be taught a lesson!"
Then the day after receiving an update for Daisy, I got an email from Alison who has Millie, showing that it is a small world. Millie is from Smudge's first litter of pups with Reggie being her father, so making her Daisy's maternal half-sister.
Hope you and the family are well, I know Lynda has been in contact and we all look forward to seeing you next week.
We have just come back from our walk and met a rather cute puppy, we were asking the owner the breed and as soon as she said a Brittany spaniel knew it had to be one of yours !! So the attached photos are Millie from Smudge and Reggies 2012, litter meeting Daisy, was a bit hard to keep them still !! Looking forward to seeing daisy out and about.
See you next week, Alison and Millie x"
I then emailed Daisy's family to say I had heard about their meeting and got this reply from Laura who has Daisy about the meeting.
It was absolutely incredible meeting Millie and her mum at the woods. I can't even begin to think what the odds are of being on that particular path at that particular time and getting chatting. As soon as I said what the cross was, Millie's owner immediately asked if I'd got her from Devon and then said she'd been following her progress on the blog over the past few months. Just brilliant! We both agreed that Smudge's pups are the best (not that we're biased!) and credit Daisy and Millie's calm and gentle natures to her.
Thanks everyone for letting me know about this meeting and keeping me updated on how you are getting on. Next week Millie will be visiting us, as Allison is down here on holiday with her family, along with her Mother-in-law Lynda who has Maddie, who was from Primrose's litter of Cavapoos last year, with Reggie the Dad. They plan to pop in and see us next Thursday in the afternoon, which should be fun.
“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 Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
Hello, I am Jane!