Margaret sent me these lovely photo's of Bella at 11 weeks old. She is from Dolly's last litter & sounds from Margaret as if she is everything she hoped for & maybe more. She seems to be showimg Margaret her quickness to learn, that she is very brave for her age & the most important thing is that Bob gets on with her who is their 12 year old Cavalier. Thanks Margaret for keeping me up to date & her voice I do not know where she gets that from as not Mum or Dad are very verbal but we did notice that when she played she liked to speak.
I have been a little naughty today contacting a local breeder of Cavaliers that I go back with a little way The first Cavalier we every bred from came from this lady & was a beautiful blenheim girl called Jemima who on meeting my husband to be for the first time when she was 7 years old fell madly in love with him. My husband reciprocated this love & after her passing I suggested naming our first girl Jemima but David said "No, as there can only be one Jemima !"
Well, she had two very nice 8 week old Cavalier pups & my quest was a blenheim or tricoloured boy as potentially a stud dog, so to cut a story short I left with a beautiful tricoloured boy & his sister the beautiful blenheim girl.
They have settled in well tonight with lots of cuddles from my children. They are two robust pups very well marked. The boys breeding works well with my bitches & a bit of tricolour in your bleneim lines from time to time keeps good colour in the blenheim offspring.
The girl was just to good to be missed & she will hopefully make a quality Cavalier like her brother hopefully will.
They are called Jessica & Nathaniel. Nathaniel is a nice name but not such a good calling name, so with our children's help in choosing a name we have decided to name him Toby.
So look out Reggie theres a new boy in town !
Lucy's Cavapoo pups are now 6 weeks old & are into everything. They are very clean going through the night from 11pm to 5am with out a murmer & will squeak when they wake up to go out. Its a bit chilly but with their fluffy coats to help them keep of the winter chill & it dry they like going out on the patio. With the wind today they have had great fun chasing dead leaves around & each other.
They now can hold their own against Belle & she is allowed to play with them now. We have given them a little trim today around their eyes & bottom as this helps them keep clean in both places.
Belle had her second vaccination on Thursday with the vet checking her leg & all looks okay. She is off pain relief & just limps occasionally now.
Millie also visited the vet for her heart to be listened to & no sound of a heart murmer could be heard. She was eye tested last February & catching me out coming on heat a bit early will be eye tested again the 7th February with her daughter Smudge also being eye tested with her. Tavistock is were I go for eye testing just this side of Plymouth so a good 2 hours driving round trip but we cross Dartmoor which is nice to take the dogs for a walk on.
Lucy's Cavapoo pups will be making their visit to the vets on the 27th January for their check up, first vaccination & will be microchipped. Less than two weeks to go before they start to leave us which is hard to believe.
Lastly the two lovebirds Reggie & Millie who are very much in love at this time, so fingers crossed !
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Did not realise the time as it has been a week since I last blogged. Some bad news & some good news to come.
I will get the bad news out of the way first. The lovely stud dog I had found, alas I will not be getting now as last Saturday evening recieved a phone call from the lady's husband saying "They were sorry but a muddle had happened & his wife did not realise he had already sold the dog to his friend & this would enable them to still use him for stud in the future as they lived close by." I said biting my tongue "I was very disappointed but thanks for ringing me." Bear in mind the deal for me to buy him had been made last wednesday evening & it had took until saturday evening to tell me of this, so me thinks this might not be the total truth.
This dog was for sale as for the classic reason that they live in a suburb & already have three girls & then decide to get their own stud dog & what happens next is every time a bitch is on heat the dog wants to mate them & with not enough room you are either going to end up with an unwanted litter or a very distraught dog. I have aquired to stud dogs over the years for the reasons above.
I think someone locally after she agreed for me to buy the dog approached them & said they could still use him so best of both worlds. I am very disappointed but also understand their dilemma as it is hard to find nicely marked Cavalier stud dogs but still leaves me without a Cavalier stud dog, sorry Madeleine. The search resumes.
Millie who is on heat now & we hope to breed from this time with Reggie is nearly ready to cuddle up with Reggie as who could resist his woolly charm. They have been doing little love dances together as she tests his suitability as a mate & this is such a pretty part of the courtship which is not much talked about but is very important part were the male dog shows his apptitude, social skill, strength & breeding prowess to the girl.
Primrose has come on heat a couple days after Millie & luckily Millie has distracted Reggie from her but care has to be taken as we do not wish to breed from Primrose yet.
Reggie is pretty relaxed about the girls on heat & is like an old pro & knows the right time, so does not wind the girls up prematrurely trying to mate them & does not threat or stress out about it showing that he has a very sound temperment.
Lucy's Cavapoo pups are just over 5 weeks old now & photo's of them are over the last 7 days. We only have the girl without a name at this time & she wears a yellow collar but is pretty distinct with her four white feet & white around her nose. The purple collar boy is Henry, red collared boy Toby, orange collar boy Spencer & the green collar boy Mojo.
The good news tonight is Belle's prognosis after her injury to her leg. The specialist orthopedic vet feels that we need to keep a close eye on it & if it shows signs of deformity like bending unaturally at the end of the radius she may need surgery later on but as she is so young he feels that this is a slight possibility & feels that she is more likely to make a full recovery without surgery. The letter was written much more technically than I have put it but the gist of it is we have a very good chance of a full recovery. So fingers crossed !
Lastly tonight are photo's of Otis from Ysobel's litter & Luna from Dolly's litter. All is going well & thanks for the photo's. I also had a lovely update from Dawn who had Edward from Dolly's litter but at this time I can not figure out how to get them on my website in the format you sent but thanks for the lovely photo's & update & will hope to figure out how to get the photos on here. Thanks to everyone who has talked to me on the phone & emailed since having your pups from Dolly & ysobel & wish you all the best with your new charge.
Dolly's & Ysabel's Cavapoo pups have except Belle all left now for their new homes. The vet has no news yet about Belle's leg from the orthopedic vet which I take as no news is good news but will be on the phone yet again tomorrow to chase them up. No doubt the bill will arrive on time !
Tonight two very cute photo's of two of Millie's offspring & Smudge's siblings Oliver & Maddie.
Madeleine says hello for Oliver & they are both well. Alison says that Maddie loves it in her box as whilst playing with it over the holidays they plonked her in it & she loved it. Thanks for the lovely photo's !
Michelle picked up Tinkerbell two days ago & she & Charley her two year old Cavapoo seem to already be hitting it off. They have slept together on their first night happily & Tinkerbell was clean. Looks like your off to a flying start Michelle & thanks for the photo's of your two together.
All of Lucy's pups are chosen now & we have two names so far with Spencer with an orange collar & Mojo with the green collar.
Some good news for a few people tonight Millie has decided to come on heat two months earlier than usual. Millie comes on heat every 12 months so far in her life, but we had noticed Reggie sniffing around the girls a bit more eagarly the last couple days thinking maybe Primrose or Smudge might be coming on as due any day now but checking Millie to & thought she was a little swollen. Today she has just started to bleed. Millie is normally mateable around 12 days so this means pups born around the middle of March ready for homes roughly around the beginning of May. So fingers crossed that Reggie & Millie hit it off.
I finally after 11 months have found a Cavalier stud dog to buy. I will not be picking him up for a few weeks as he is a 10 hour round trip to pick up & with pups on the ground cannot do this until they leave, as the older dogs it is easy to get one of my family to come over & look after for the day but it would be unfair to leave the responsibility of a litter of pups as well.
He is a hansome boy from his photos & just hope he lives upto this when I first meet him in the flesh. He is a true broken coat as well with the silky bright white that the Blenheims should have. He is 18 months old heart & eye tested & is proven being used at 12 months & with a pup from his first litter having success already in the show ring. Was losing hope of finding a Blenheim boy & a little excited about this chap. I'm calling him my belated Christmas surprise !
Finally a few photo's of the rest of the pack taken over the last ten days. They have been playing a bit of second fiddle to the pups lately so I thought it would be nice to see a few old faces tonight.
We are now down to two pups left from Dolly's & Ysabel's litters. The two left to leave are from Ysabel's litter being Sadie & Izzabel. Sadie leaves tomorrow to join her new family & Izzabel we have decided to keep. As we already have her Mum with the same name but just spelt differently we have decided to call her Belle which I think means beautiful in french.
I am so very sorry to the people who were going to have her but I have done what I feel is best for Belle & we are fully comitted to her as she becomes a fully fledged member of our pack. We hope to have news from the orthopedic vet tomorrow whether any surgical intervention is needed but I am positive & how she has been improving on the leg feel mother nature given time with lots of TLC will be the best medicine.
The updates on pups leaving are already steadily coming in. A couple teething problems must be expected but with a bit of positive support from me & perseverance from each family these can be soon overcome.
Louise has told me Mason is settling in but is a bit nippy. Pups explore their world with their mouths & will try to nip & chew your hands just like they would a toy. Pups can be trained not to do this.Louise you are doing everything right just keep at it & you will be on top of it before you know it.
Poppy's family have sent me some lovely photo's of Poppy as she explore's her new world. Julie rang me to tell me they are getting on well but was a little worried that she might not be eating enough. This is a very common worry with a new pup & maybe in the first days in their new homes they may be so interested in everything new around them that they lack concentration to eat but as long as they are energetic when awake, bright, sleeping well & growing they are getting enough to eat. Julie when she sent me these photo's has said her eating has picked up as they have found out she really likes chopped ham & have been adding a little to her food which has encouraged her to eat more. & are not worried about this now. Julie said she has amazing ball control for a 9 week old puppy !
The photo's below are hot off the press as just about to publish blog & noticed a new email from Tony & Gina who's family Alfie has joined. He was the first to leave of the litter just before Christmas & at 9 weeks old is dry through the night & sits on command. Tony & Gina are first time dog owners but I know with the energy they are putting into Alfie he must be thinking they are old pros. Keep the great work up Tony & Gina.
Thanks everyone for the beautiful photo's & letting me know how you are getting on.
“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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