Dolly has come on heat finally so we will be looking forward to the patter of tiny paws in the near future. This will mean pups ready for homes over the Christmas period which is not always the best time for some but for some it is a good time due to the holidays. Dolly will be walking out with Reggie as Reggie is over 8 months old & is very interested in the ladies so I have high hopes for this union. To see Dolly's last litter of Cavapoos take a look at "The Girls" page. For more information on Reggie please take a look at him growing up on "The Boys" page.
We will hope to see Ysabel on heat any day now & this would be a litter ready for home January 2012 with then Lucy who should have pups ready for homes early March 2012. So after no pups for the last 8 months we will be busy the end of 2011 start of 2012.
Husband watching the football on bbc1 or Soccer if your in America so thought won't be missed so get a quick blog in.
The last blog was caught short due to my husband arriving with our fish supper after a day out with the kids & not eating since late morning & it was gone 9 in the evening, the heady smell of battered cod with vinegar on it reminded me that I was hungry. They went down a treat as could not remember the last time we had takeaway fish & chips.
Enough about my eating habits & on with the blog.
A week ago tuesday we took Lucy, Ysabel & Dolly for their annual eye test at Tavistock with Reggie coming along for his first eye test. Although Reggie is gene tested clear that he does not carry or get Prcd a form of Proggrresive Retinal Athrophy there is another type they can get & at the moment the only way to check for this is by annualy eye testing them.
All the Cavalier girls where found clear of Cateracts & Myfocal Dysplacia which are the two eye problems which Cavalier's are tested for. Reginald was also found to show no signs of PRA in his eyes. So in high spirits we came back. My husband came with me having a day of work & with our three oldest children with us as we stopped up on Dartmoor giving the children & dogs a good run with then stopping at Torrington common for a ice cream & another chance to have another walk. Very lucky in the area we live with having some really stunning countryside around us.All the dogs enjoyed their outing with Reggie taking it all in his stride.
Another thing which we have decided is that we our only going to bred the cross with the Miniature Poodle & a month ago rehomed Rocco a Toy Poodle boy we had. He has gone with an old friend of one of my sister's & has settled in really well with their other little dog. We decided this as we feel the Miniature cross produces a family size dog robust enough to take the handling of young children as any good Toy Poodle breeder would tell you that they are unsuitable with young children & crossing them with the Cavalier tends to produce a dog that I would feel unsuitable for family life with young children. If we carry on to breed F2 Cavapoos it will be the Miniature cross that I feel offers me the type of family dog I wish to breed in type & health.
Smudge is finally off heat & we can stop playing musical chairs with the dogs. Just waiting for Dolly & Ysabel to come on heat & really looking forward to seeing what Reggie can produce.
The photo's tonight our a selection of sleeping Cavaliers & Cavalier's & Reggie begging from my children eating cake, look out for the sleeping Reggie chilling with my daughter Matilda. Looks like the footballs finished & husbands fallen asleep. Better go & wake him.lol
Tired but happy I blog tonight after a day of fun, fierce competition & face painting at Chittlehamptons annual Flower Show, Fete & Family Dog Show. We arrived a little late with are children & three dogs Millie, Primrose & stalwart Pupster. This was Primrose's first exscursion into the show ring but took it all in her stride & although she missed the Pedigree Pup class she entered the Open Pup class to be placed second & then won the Prettiest Girl class. Millie missed the Non- Sporting Pedigree class fortunately, as I am sure Millie thinks she is a sporting & would of been dissapointed to be entered in a non sporting class if she knew. lol. She claimed second place in the Open Pedigree class against some good competition because even if she may not be what wins in the Championship shows she is confirmationly hard to fault & if you had the breed standard beside you as you examined her you would be hard to knock her even with her ears trimmed.lol. Pupster just missed out in the veterans. Must of been fixed.lol. Bert & Pupster had fun in the child handler getting a special & then me being able to tease our oldest by telling him we always thought he was a bit special & now we had it confirmed.lol.
My fish supper has just arrived so will be off to eat, drink & make merriment after a fun but tiring day or maybe just fall asleep. Photo's of are fun below.
Lovely day here today in North Devon & with North Devon Show on today just down the road from us they are very lucky as the weather has been very up & down the last couple weeks. North Devon Show is a local Country Fair & a lovely place to catch up with friends & what their upto in the rural spread of North Devon but this year although having good weather this may stop several agricultral families from attending as with on & off rain for the last couple days & then a fair day like today most including my husband will be busy trying to literally make hay while the sun shines.
The hot weather today sees our dogs all lay strewn about the place as the sun passes over. The children are also seemingly taking a breather after lunch & the mornings escapades, so I have snatched a chance to blog & share some lovely photo's of Millie, Smudge & Lucy watching my husband eating his tea a couple nights ago.
You may notice rather a lot of photo's of Millie as to me she is almost the perfect Cavalier in my eye but to any one showing Cavaliers she would not be. To me she is what a Cavalier was in the time of King Charles II. She is so elegant, very loving, loyal & is a phonomenal little hunter. She will work a hedge or cover as well as her bigger counter parts the Springer or Cocker Spaniel. She is a joy to watch & has a beautiful shape, fearlessness & fluidity in her movement. In her daughter Smudge we have all Millie's qualities bar one which is Smudge has taken her Father's Charlie's handsome head, so is not so elegant in her head as Mum but using the right dog with Smudge in the future I hope to maybe reproduce Millie's elegant head.
The children are starting to stir, so time to go. Enjoy the photo's !
Just caught a moment to blog as been a bit hit & miss lately with missing being the case most times. The school summer holidays are upon us here in the UK, so my children are rampaging around are home building dens & creating endless works of art. My children are very lucky that they live in the countryside, although they sometimes do not always feel that but I am sure like my siblings & myself will look back on their childhood & actually then appreciate the freedom they had.
Primrose came off heat a couple weeks ago which was nice then to see her & Reggie back together as friends but we now have are other young girl Smudge on heat. This is Smudge's second heat & she is now 14 months old & her last heat was just over 7 months ago. I was hoping she was going to be like Mum & cycle only every 12 months. Smudge will not breed until past her second birthday, so we will be taking great care in keeping Reggie & her apart.
Below are photo's of Roxy after having a full body clip. Roxy is from are last litter of Cavapoo's & is now 8 months old, she was spayed a couple weeks ago & Tracey tells me she is doing fine & is back to herself very quickly. Roxy is a very pretty girl & Tracey she is a stunner ! Thanks again for some more lovely photo's of your beautiful girl.
Below are photo's of are pack with a couple of Lucinda who is a Mum I rehomed a couple months ago & she came back as a guest for two weeks as her family went on holiday. She settled back in quickly but was very pleased to see Sue & Jim when they came back to pick her up. Lucinda will be back with us in November for two months as Sue & Jim go to Australia to visit their daughter & grand children.
We are now awaiting Ysabel & Dolly to come on heat & we can then hopefully look forward to are first & last litter of 2011. It has been strange not to have any pups around yet this year & am looking forward to using Reggie for the first time soon as he has such a sweet nature & lovely looks that he must be sure to produce healthy well balanced individual pups.
In the photo's below you will notice some off are Cavalier's with trimmed ears, as I have now trimmed all their ears out as ticks have been a real pain this year as well as earmites & trimming the ears really help to combat both these parasites whilst also allowing the ear better ventilation. Pupster sports a full clip which he carries off well with his coat like moleskin when clipped, as tricolours & black & tans do look nice clipped but blenheims tend to looked washed out if clipped right out as the under colour is much lighter than the top coat colour.
Must go now as the children offered to make me a drink & sounds like a slight disaster may off happened in the kitchen.lol. Enjoy the photo's !
“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!