This morning I delivered Casper and Flossie to their new homes. Casper is the handsome Cavalier boy I bought in nearly two years ago, and I have had two beautiful litters from him, but unfortunately on each litter with two different bitches. He has produce a pup on each litter to around seven weeks go down with severe puppy strangles.
Puppy strangles is thought to have an hereditary component and with him producing a pup with this condition on both litters and the mums being totally unrelated, and I know there is no record of this condition with previous litters they have produced or three generations back on each bitch, we had to seriously consider that the problem is Casper's. Speaking with several vets, we decided the best outcome to stop temptation, as he is such a lovely dog, of using him again, was to castrate him, and then what to do?
We decided to re-home him, but it had to be right for him. Two weeks ago I visited Rowena with him, who has one of his daughters from Treacle's litter born last year. She only lives around 10 miles away, and on his visit. He had a lot of fun running around with his daughter, Megan and their older Labrador girl, Bridget.
So it was decided that in two weeks time this would become his new home. Two weeks is today, and I loaded up Casper this morning along with his sister, Flossie, who also today would be going to her new home permanently. She is the puppy on his second litter, to have puppy strangles. At just over 16 weeks old, she is over it, and now off steroids, vaccinated ready to make her new life with Christel, who only lives a couple miles away from Casper's new home.
I cannot say it fills me with joy re-homing Casper. He is such a sweet natured boy, and he has come to trust me. It does feel like a breaking of that trust, but I know the initial stress it will cause him will be outweighed by the wonderful home he has landed in. A lovely big house and grounds to roam in with two canine friends, to share it with, and Rowena who loves her dogs. and I know will give Casper the affection and care he needs. Thank you, Rowena.
I delivered Flossie to Christel this morning before delivering Casper, as these homes are only a few miles apart. It seemed madness for Christel to pick up Flossie this morning, and for me then to follow her most of the way back to her home to deliver Casper to his new home.
Flossie has been doing regular visits to Christel since around 12 weeks old, and it was lovely to arrive this morning and see how Flossie greeted Christel, with a wagging tail and excitement on hearing her voice. It's been a long haul, but we got there in the end with Flossie, and I'm pretty sure she is going to make a wonderful companion for Christel, and that Flossie is going to be a much loved, and I know long awaited arrival in to Christel's life. Thank you for your patience, Christel.
“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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