Primrose and her six Cavapoo pups are well and this last Sunday saw the sixth pup meeting his family and being named. We now have a Buddy, our first Buddy. All the pups are named now Lottie, Maddie and Dotty for the girls and Colin, Henry and Buddy for the boys.
Time is coming to get the pups out past the patio gates and out for a couple car trips. They are a lively little bunch and their characters are starting to show, with Maddie being the bravest of the girls, followed closely by Lottie and Dottie seeming at the moment the most gentle natured of the three girls. The boys are pretty evenly matched in bravado with maybe Buddy slightly the most adventurous when meeting new things.
The video tonight we have managed to catch the pups at a time when all of them are awake, hence the title of the video. At the start of the video, the excitement is because I had just stood filming for five minutes, well, thought I was filming, but just had it on standby. Also please excuse me saying the word "bloody." In Devon calling something, "A bloody fine thing", is a term of endearment.
On Monday I booked Dolly and Jessica in to be spayed today. Dolly is nearly seven now and is retired from breeding, so to stop the chance of an accident happening of her getting pregnant and her not having to kennel outside when on heat for around 6 to 8 weeks each year because we have three male dogs, we decided to get her spayed. Dogs unlike humans do not go through menopause, their fertility gets less and their seasons may be furthur apart and if a dog mates them there is every chance they will get pregnant and often because of lower fertility one big pup and ending up with a c-section.
Jessica has been spayed because she has had a leg amputated, she will now not be bred from and it takes away the risk with male dogs on the premises of her accidentally getting pregnant and she won't have to kennel outside because she won't have heats any more. When our bitches are on heat, they kennel outside to stop driving the males round the bend and to reduce the chance of an accindental mating.
Spaying at the moment seems to be getting a bit PC not to do it, as some think it is barbaric to remove the breeding organs of a dog. It does not effect the look of the dog, so has no effect on communication of a dog, unlike docking or ear cropping, so to compare it with those practices, as some do, is wrong.
Most people I know, although spaying is often sold to you on it's health benefits, will spay a female dog to take away the risk of an unwanted litter of pups, because you can be very careful and think you got your bitch over her heat without a blip, to around six weeks after her heat notice her stomach looking a bit full and remember that day you nipped to the shops and left the window in the kitchen slightly ajar because it was very warm and when you came back you thought the wind had blown it off the latch, unfortunately that was the neighbourhood lathario of the dog world who did that, when nipping in for a clandestine meeting with your bitch.
I have weighed up all medical arguements against and for spaying/neutering and my only concern is the age a dog is done. I would not neuter a male or female dog until over six months of age or the dog has done most or preferably all of it's skeletal growth and this does differ with the size of dogs, with the bigger the dog the longer it takes for them to reach full skeletal growth.
Dolly and Jessica are comfortably convalescing and will be crated together for a couple days, to keep them from over doing it. Dolly I can confirm today at a couple months off seven years old, still has no sound of a heart murmur and Jessica at two years and 8 months old is in good heart as well.
“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
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