House guest, Ysobel has me on my toes, Royal Canin disappoint me, interesting e-petition, Dolly's pups over six weeks old and the old Lioness nails 45 years to the ground
Last night loaded up photo's and video but was so late when I had got that done, my husband suggested that I come back to it again today, so saved to drafts and finally stealing a moment to get it finished.
We have a house guest since last Thursday. Archie who is from Smudge's litter born last April. Angie and her family have gone to France for a couple weeks and only living in Exeter, asked if I could have him as they did not want to Kennel him. Angie he is a credit to you all. He such a well behaved sweet and gentle natured chap. He is a big boy for a Cavapoo but mum Smudge is a big Cavalier and with the Hybrid vigour you can get a bit more size than the parents, she and her mother have that easy gentle nature which is evident in Archie but the fact that he has a loving caring home is very evident as good nature needs good nuture.
Ysobel is now 8 weeks and 2 days from her first mating and she's got me on my toes, as her temperature has dropped from 37.8 to 37.2 and she is digging every where and when resting is intermittently panting, its cool here this morning and the other dogs are not panting.
Its a little early but in the past Ysobel starts showing signs a good 48 hours before birth but with her first litter she did deliver the litter five days early and five days early for pups is on the cusp of survival. Her litter that came early, five where born only three lived, one died because to premature and although born alive was just to immature to survive and the other pup born dead had been dead for a little while and was probably the reason she birthed prematurely and we think most likely that it had perished due to detachment of the placenta from the uterus wall which can easily happen if the bitch falls, jumps from a great height or is accidently bumped by another dog.
I'm probably just flapping but we will be keeping a tight eye on her from now and just hope she hangs on a couple more days.
I have had a busy week since last blogging and now with the children on summer holidays from school keeping up with emails is proving a bit hard.
I have also been busy finding a new dog food supplier after Royal Canin's disgrace in being found to of been sponsoring bear baiting competitions in the Ukraine. If you put in your search bar FOUR PAWS you will find on this animal welfare site all about their dicovery of Royal Canin's involvement.
I know that Royal Canin would not of knowingly sponsored such cruelty but its the fact they did not know that is the problem for me and the fact only after a lot of social media pressure they felt they should help the charity with saving these bears and the dogs. Bear baiting is illegal.
Below is the email I sent in reply to their email finally admitting responsibility and offering help.
the fact that you allowed this to happen and did sponsor bear baiting but did not realise you where sponsoring such things does not exonerate you from your crime (this is an illegal activity which you are involved in and you can colour how you like but the picture will still be the same) but actually makes it worse that you where unaware you where being seen to endorse these acts of cruelty. The fact that in the first place you did not have a robust criteria for sponsorship and the fact that is seems that you just fill in your form and then like candy you hand out sponsorship, shows that welfare for animals is not a priority for you but only the promotion and sale of your products, profit seems your only driver.
We all make mistakes in life and it is what we do when we make a mistake defines us as a good or bad human. Your first response has defined you to me as bad and only because of social media pressure have you now offered what should of been offered first not last and it has come due to being under pressure. Sometimes the ability to purge yourself publicly from the moment the mistake is known and to take full responsibility and to rub salt hard into the wound is seen as admirable but unfortunately you took the option to let your wound fester and you have allowed it to become infected. Please take a look at what is written below and the bit where you say "and of course the dogs", you made that sound like an after thought, Friday at 6.30 pm I presume you wanted to get home and get the weekend started, I bet the bears in the videos did not have as good a weekend as you have had.
So for me I ask that I am removed from your Breeder Club, as I have now sourced supplies elsewhere.
Mrs Jane Howarth
From: Royal Canin <email@example.com>
To: Mrs Jane Howarth <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, 26 July 2013, 18:30
Subject: Updated Statement
As I said yesterday, I wanted to personally keep you updated on the evolution of the current situation.
I am now in position to tell you that Royal Canin at corporate level are committing to help the bears and of course the dogs involved in this barbaric practice.
Once again, in the name of the company, I want to apologize for having our brand implicated in these events and I thank you for your support.
Royal Canin UK & Ireland
This email has been sent by Royal Canin. We are based at Oak Tree Meadow, Blackworthy Road, Castle Cary, Somerset, BA7 7PH, UK. Our registered company number is 2744493.
© Royal Canin SAS 2013, all rights reserved.
So after deciding to stop using Royal Canin I have entered the maze of finding a new dog food supplier. I've narrowed it down to two after many hours trawling the internet looking a various advice on food products and dog food analysis websites and will keep you posted on developments.
One thing I did find on my quest for a new dog food was a very interesting e-petition "Ban the sale of puppies and kittens without their mothers present", please if you care about dogs and the mothers of dogs and can spare a few seconds please click on this link http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49528 and sign this petition.
Dolly's Cavapoo pups are now over six weeks old and are either on the go or asleep, its like switch on and switch off. They are very cute and the last black pup has been named Sasha and at the moment our golden girl is being called Treacle by me because no one has come up with any other name. I think though that the name Treacle might stick though.
A fun video now and not only pups but some of the adult dogs feature in this one with a few seconds of Archie and mum Smudge, also the motley crew is Reggie, Belle and Henry and then the dastardly duo of Belle and Henry. Watch the video and hopefully that will make sense.
Last week was pretty special here in the UK, celebrating the birth of me. Lol. Yes, it was my birthday last week and now I am proudly closer to fifty than forty. Just a bit worried for a moment I might have to share my birthday but I'm born a Leo not a Cancer. I'm not that into astrology but did laugh the other day when my daughter read to me about people born on my birth date, "Although their successes may seem to be the result of careful planning, these are often more the rewards of unshakable optimism." That about sums me up, I think the person who wrote that might be my stalker or my husband. Lol
Any way like a proud old Lioness I just had to share the lovely photo of the my cubs taken on my birthday, by my husband. Can't believe how they are all growing up and they all came from me and must not forget with a little help from my husband as well.
I must get on now, as toilet roll is at a critical level, one toilet roll, six children and two adults you don't need to do the maths to know, I need to go shopping, urgh !!!!!
“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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