Finally got a bit of footage of these three playing. I noticed Smudge giving the cue to her daughter Bumble for a bit of playtime and managed to get all the other dogs out the way without stopping the play and then rush and got my camera to catch a couple minutes of their playtime. Notice at the beginning of the filming Bumble comes along the wall and if you look closely you will see her hackles up (the ridge of hair along her back standing up) her Mum and sister Blottie are behind her and I'm just hoping the play is still on and thankfully it is, as Bumble drops from the wall and they resume the chase. I have always noted that daughters for the best part will play respectfully and submissively with their Mum even if like Blottie and Bumble they are bigger than their Mum.
Smudge is nearly 7 1/2 years old now. I always laugh and refer to her has my Clumber Spaniel cross Cavalier girl because of her heavy set, but she is a pure Cavalier and although chunky looking, if you run your hand over her back her ribs are easily felt and she has waist when viewed dorsally. She has though been a phenomenal stock bitch carrying 3 litters producing and rearing all of her 24 pups with seemingly little effort, with her first litter being 9 pups, second 6 pups and last litter another amazing 9 pups. All born good sized, not one misle draft (runt) pup amongst them and she never needed any help rearing them as she always had loads of milk, but unfortunately her fertility producing big litters and her prowess producing milk for her pups has left her with a bit of a lowered undercarriage.
Look out for Blottie at the end noticing a fly and catching it.
“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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