I received this lovely update just over a week ago from Liza for Harvey. Harvey is from one of Smudge's litters. Born in February 2014, with Reggie his Dad.
I've been meaning to drop you an email all summer and before you know it we are in October.
Firstly ...I love the new look website ! I really do enjoy being able to check in and see how you are all getting on - the pups have been so lovely to watch.
Harvey is just over 18mnths old so I am still clinging on to him being a puppy, where has this time gone? Anyway as I always say he is such a beautiful boy and he is doing really well and we have had an amazing summer - we drove through France in June for two weeks so Harvey now has his passport and we have just returned from the Lake District. The highlight of the holiday was swimming every day in Lake Annecy with him - I've always wanted to be able to swim with my dog to it was very special and great fun. The weather was quite hot so when I managed to keep him out of the water for a 10 min break I then worried about sun stroke for dogs …hence he is wearing my baseball cap while he dried off in the sun. I thought he'd only keep it on for a moment but he decided to fall asleep with it on in the end.
Harvey is ball mad and he is restricted to having a ball only on his morning mon-fri walks otherwise he becomes too obsessed and does not interact with anything or anyone. The 2nd image is where he smuggled one on in rush hour on the tube and dropped it at someones feet to throw it. He always manages to find a ball on a walk and a victim to throw it for him. He has worked out that if he drops a wet soggy ball in any of the girls at work designer handbags they scream are very quick to fuss and throw it for him. He has mini haircuts as I like his hair looking a bit messy and natural - we all think he has Dolly Partons hair/wig on the top and Kenny Rogers beard !
He is such a happy dog, is kind and likes to have fun, he loves all dogs and is always up for a play. Apart from a ball his other love is food so I have to be quite strict with him as he is always getting caught with his head in the bin or stealing food out of peoples bags at work. He gets up to two hours of walks a day, hardly any treats and is in fairly good shape and he wieghs 14.5KG which I know is heavy for the breed. Everyone asks me if he is a cockerpoo as he is quite solid, I never thought he'd be as big but I would not have it any other way now. I remember emailing you saying my vet had joked about him being a 15KG dog …well he is nearly there.
Nothing more to report on except he is in good health and having a lovely time …no more holidays this year but hopefully northern Spain next year.
Best wishes all the best
Liza & Harvey x"
Thanks Liza for letting me know how what a wonderful dog Harvey has grown in to. Sounds like he takes after his Mother getting caught with his head in the bin stealing food and after his Dad when it comes to retrieving, although Harvey's Mother does have a brother called, Oliver who I believe is an obsessional ball retriever.
“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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