The annual carving of pumpkins and eating of their flesh is upon us
"As the global battle against malaria stalls, scientists may be adding a novel tool to the fight: sniffer dogs. In recent tests trained sniffer dogs successfully diagnosed malaria infections simply by sniffing samples from socks worn briefly by children from a malaria endemic area of West Africa, according to a new study."
Lovely update from Kathy for Murphy, which I mentioned a few days ago on the blog Just Murphy. He is Teagol's brother from Blottie's litter of ten pups
just a bunch of recent photos and videos showing the fun we are having with Murphy.
The river video was taken just a couple of days ago - we’ve been having such glorious weather. And the final photo is Murphy’s homework for his teenage puppy class. He really is a very good boy - getting there with lead pulling, definitely good at leave it and wait, and recall is good unless we are in the vicinity of birds or squirrels - so we make sure he’s only off the lead when we are well away from roads.
Lovely to watch his family and the Poundland project thriving. He is giving his great auntie Florrie a kiss in the third photo...
Auntie Florrie is a Cavalier I bred in 2010, and is Kathy's friend Amy's dog.
wow, he is a very handsome chap. I can see he's Mum and also his Great Grandmother Dolly in the photo of him outside looking at you with a slightly tilted head.
Nice to see he likes water. He comes from a family of kin swimmers.
Thanks for sharing
Received a lovely update yesterday from Margaret, who has Bella and Lizzie who came in to Bella's life last year. Bella is from Dolly's litter of eight Cavapoo pups born back the end of 2011 Dolly amazes us again, and yesterday she turned 7 years old. So a big "HAPPY 7th Birthday to Bella and her seven litter siblings Cyril, Betsy, Alfie, Edward, Poppy, Chilly and Luna. I hope your families and you are all well.
We have just got back from our walk to celebrate Bella's seventh birthday. She is very well, fit and happy. She plays with Lizzie and is so good natured never getting cross with the little devil that is Lizzie. We popped into a local garden centre where she knows bonios are served. We had to put up with coffee and cake.
Where have those seven years gone. Bella and Lizzie are great mates and Lizzie has helped Bella gain confidence in all aspects of life.
Attached a photo taken this morning. Lizzie being attached to Bella's tail is the norm! Flingit is Bella's favourite game, she is still ball obsessed.
Margaret Stephen Bella and Lizzie"
and a Happy 7th Birthday to Bella. Wow, it's seven years ago she was born, and seven years ago just before Christmas that you picked her up with Bob, and if I remember rightly we had snow on the ground. That was the first and last time I bred puppies to leave at Christmas.
Lizzie looks a live wire and sounds like she has been the right tonic for Bella.
Great to hear from you, and thanks for keeping me updated on Bella and friends over the last seven years.
Love from us all at Poundlane
Jane x "
Chocolate fork biscuits are an easy biscuit to make, so a great biscuit for children to enjoy making
We just run Teagol with her mother, Blottie this morning and I caught this lovely photo of Teagol. The weather although cold is bright, dry and lovely for walking the dogs. Our daughter, Florrie is going to take Teagol beating with her this season. All going well, this little spaniel could make a fine little flushing spaniel.
Just a few photos of Teagol, her Mum, Blottie and Rosie up in the woods this morning
David borrowed his Dad's truck to get the tractor home. Sisters Bumble and Blottie jumped up in it hoping for a ride.
Yesterday husband, David took our son, Thomas to pick up his Birthday and Christmas present, an old compact tractor we had managed to find for a very reasonable price. It was Thomas's Birthday on Thursday, and things conspired that we could not pick it up then, and Thomas had no idea he was going to get it. So on his birthday, I just put a photo printed off of it in his birthday card, and below the photo it said, "You pick me up Saturday. Happy Birthday!" We nearly had tears, tears of joy and he's not stopped talking about the bliming thing since.
Treacle (the daughter of Dolly) has just come on heat for the first time after giving birth to her second and last litter of pups this year in May. She is now retired from breeding and we plan to get her spayed before she has another heat. She has given us Ernest (more than I could of wished for), who in turn has already gifted me with Teagol and Lottie.
The Poundlane pack just watching my husband, David driving out of our property
Now around four and a half months old, Rosie is very much part of the Poundlane pack
I found the photo below, this morning in my email box. Kathy had sent it with some other photos of Murphy (He is Teagol's brother from Blottie's litter of ten pups) and a video of him, I will publish later, but so taken was I with this photo, as I saw Old Dolly looking at me, I have put this one up now. Dolly is Murphy's paternal Great Grandmother. We lost her last year to cancer Dolly's time to go, and seeing a glimpse of her there for a moment, brings a wave of mixed emotions of sadness that she is not here with us still, and wonder at seeing her beauty and temperament still shining through. At the moment I have been putting a lot of thought in to what next at Poundlane, and just seeing her for a moment has really helped.
A newspaper reports on how more dog breeds such as the French Bulldog which are bred with the disease Brachycephaly as part of it's defining looks, are helping vets to put their children through private school "Local Vet Quietly Cheering After Yet Another French Bulldog Pup Turns Up In The Neighbourhood" and after reading the article, before angrily emailing me, remember it's satire.
A Specialist vet studies bacteria cause of Alabama rot. Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), commonly referred to as Alabama rot was confirmed in 112 dogs across 31 UK counties in 2016, and has a mortality rate of 80%, since it was first detected in 2012. What causes it is unknown and this vet needs help in her reasearch;
Dr Macdonald is receiving funding for her work from the New Forest Dog Owners Group, and is appealing for help from UK vets.
“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!