Got home from milking just now and walked up the drive to check all the dogs were in before opening the gates and husband, David whipped around the back of the house and passed me the camera to catch this photo of the dogs waiting for me, along with one of our children. LtoR: Toby, Henry, Treacle, Dolly (Slightly obscured), Ysobel, Jessica, Primrose, Blottie, Bumble and Belle
Joan and Colin had one of Smudge's nine little Hudges (Not so little now though) born last year in April. They have a place out in France in the Alps region and send me updates of Alfie and the goings on in the Alps, which I feel are to good not to share.
seeing poor skunky bear made me laugh quietly as it looks like the some of the huddles have a great need to eat their toys! Alfie has skanky teddy which he loved so much he has to eat a little bit of it every day so i'm on daily patch up duties. The lovely rabbit you gave him as a puppy now bears no resemblance to a rabbit, having no ears, no face, and is covered by layers of Colin's old walking socks so all that is left is the squeak! It must be in the genes.
I find now thats its best to give him nothing with stuffing.... the best toys for him being kong squeaky balls inside a sock and tied at the end! He loves to play and spends quite a lot of time tossing his toys up and then pouncing on them... a joy to watch.
He is enjoying his quartering activity up here in the mountains especially after a nice snow fall.I tried to film him yesterday, but my camera failed me... the batteries don't like cold so I need to get some special ones for cold conditions. Today we have full sun and blue skies, snow at our level has gone as quickly as it came, but on the mountain just behind us there is still and icing sugar dusting.
We had a spectacular avalanche near us last week, you wouldn't believe the noise it made.... deafening , all safe for us tho'. Colin is outside now building a high retaining wall of local rock so I hope we have no more snow as he's determined to get it finished.
The scenery this time of the year is spectacular as the shadows are very sharp and the grass is so green. The fields are full of yellow flowers, lots of dandelions but also celandine, coltsfoot, yellow anemones and masses of cowslips and primroses. and when they are peeping through the snow it's beautiful
There has been a lot of animal activity around us this spring. Last week we had 5 massive wild boars on the hillside opposite us, and we.ve also spotted eagles, buzzards, chamois, ibex and lots of small spring birds, crested tits, marsh its, blue tits, great tits, chaffinch, cuckoos, We even had a couple of swallows doing a reconoitering exercise last week but they departed very quickly as the flies will only arrive here when the cows come us! I'm in my element here with binoculars and telescope at the ready!..... spring has definetely arrived! Hopefully the cows will come up next week, they are out in the fields at the foot of the mountain already, and the goats are out in the village.
We are a small scale cheese farming village mostly, although we get a lot of walkers here too, as well as parapenters. The mountain behind us is called "The Tournette" We are even having the Tour de France come through the village this year which will be brilliant! We aim to be here for that! The village is called Montmin and it has its own small website with some nice photos.
I remember reading one of your blogs from last year that one of Alfies litter mates spent some time at Annecy last year too, but I can't remember which one it was, and that he swam in the lake. I would love to contact his family to find out where they managed to let him swim, as a lot of the beaches around the lake don't allow it... it would be good to know for us.
In the meantime back to work doing some bread and cake baking for our visitors arrival this weekend.
Love and best wishes to you all
ps I'm loving the baking and cooking blogs. It looks like Florrie has a real talent.
Joan and Colin and not forgetting Alfie x"
I just received this video of the cows arriving today from Joan.
Alison sent me Birthday greeting yesterday for Millie's eight siblings who turned 4 years old on the 27th. Millie is from Smudge's first ever litter of Nine pups.
Thanks for the update and photos Alison. It was lovely to see you last year along with your Mother-in law who had Maddie from us. Hope you are all well.
Hope you are all keeping well it's lovely seeing the new puppies growing.
Cannot believe Millie's now four the time has flown, wishing her siblings a happy birthday xx, have attached some recent photos and found some of when we visited you last year with Maddie.
She is still a constant delight and as the days and years go by the rules of the house seem to be diminishing she gets away with more than the children !
Look forward to continuing to see what's happening at Poundlane.
Bye for now
Alison and Millie xx"
| || |
A few photos of Treacle's pups now at 20 days old and looking very Cavalier. They are starting to get more lively by the day and more noisy as well.
| || |
Treacle's pups this morning in the video are now 20 days old and as you will see, not much getting ready for school was happening.
We put toys in with them for the first time this morning and the video is them playing with them for the first time.
And you will see contrary to rumours, that the big Ruby boy does do more than just eat and sleep.
I had to be to cricket practice with our son, Thomas tonight by 6 pm, so Florrie offered to get supper cooked and Bert helped her. Florrie made with help from her brother, Bert, a Spicy Potato and Vegetable Soup sprinkled with fried pieces of spam. She also made a batch of White Bread rolls to eat with the soup by the time we got back from cricket.
Henry's Skunky Bear is no more. Our son, Thomas brought in his remains just now. The culprits for this distruction our Henry's daughters Bumble and Blottie. The last time we saw Skunky Bear was with Harry.
| || |
Joking aside and if you are taking your first visit to this website and wondering what the hell you have been watching in the video. What you are seeing is Imprinting (of a young animal) come to recognize (another animal, person, or thing) as a parent or other object of habitual trust.
Just found this lovely 4th Birthday greeting email and photo in my inbox.
Can't believe Ollie is 4 already. I sang happy birthday to him, but he didn't look that impressed :)
Thanks Sharon. It really is four years ago Smudge had her first litter of an amazing Nine pups. Hope you have a lovely day and also wishing all his litter siblings Archie, Crumble, Millie, Hunny, Dougle, Lola, Tiggy and Darcy a lovely day on their 4th Birthday. Hope they and their families are all well.
| || |
When you look at a group of photos like this of Henry with his daughters, Bumble and Blottie, you get a feeling he knows how to work that camera lens.
Received a lovely photo today from Julie who has Poppy, who is from Dolly's litter born back the end of October 2011 Dolly amazes us again ! and opposite is a photo of Poppy at around right weeks old, just before she left us. She is also from the first litter that Reggie ever sired.
She is a full sister to Treacle, who is the Mum of the pups we have at the moment, but from the litter previous to Treacle, so she is now Auntie Poppy.
The picture of Tilly looking out through the cat flap made me smile. I then looked down to see what Poppy was up to and she was gazing deeply into the fire. It's really cold here today so I'd put the fire on - she will always find the warmest spot in the house and, like the cats, will usually be found lying in a patch of sunlight if the fire's not on!
Loving the pictures and videos of the pups.
| || |
Treacle's pups now at 17 days old show human voice recognition and will playfully interact with us.
The video shows how interactive they are becoming and also how they are becoming more mobile by the day.
| || |
Anyone who has been following this litter since birth will of seen the phenomenal growth pups make in the first weeks of life. Sixteen days ago these pups could not see or hear and were three times smaller than they are now. They could just drag themselves about. Now they can see (Although a bit blurry until around 28 days old), hear and can now wobbly walk and can get in a sitting position to poo.
I also got this funny photo of Tilly, Alfie's litter sibling. Karen had sent me photos and an update for Tilly yesterday on her 1st Birthday, telling about how Tilly likes to put her head through the cat flap and just stand there. Here is Tilly doing just that. Thanks Karen, it did make Molly smile.
I've attached a photograph for Molly.
Sometimes Tilly will actually sit down to make herself more comfortable!
Hope you all enjoyed celebrating Blottie and Bumbles birthday.
| || |
This morning Treacle's pups had their last dose of their first time being treated for worms. You might wonder how pups get worms at this age and the source is Mum. They can get them from her whilst developing in the uterus and from her milk.
Even with worming the Mum you don't get rid of everything and we are learning that having a certain amount of Worms can actually have health benefits.
The problem is when the balance is wrong and with pups, worms can multiple quickly because they do not have a fully developed immune system and can cause them life threatening health issues, so it is very important to worm puppies.
― Samuel Butler
Hello, I am Jane!
You might of guessed, I love dogs. My family and me 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.
On this page you can find out what we are up to.
Watch our litters growing day by day.
Also regular updates on how our pups are getting on in their new homes.
If you want to know more about what we are doing, you can ring me (Jane) on 01769 560969 for a friendly chat.