Today we got to meet Little Poppy Plater, she is one of Lucy's Cavapoo pups who is now 5 months old. Mick & Debbie whos family she is part of now came to are home for a visit today with their very special whirlwind of a girl Poppy. She is such a beautiful colour, really cute & playful & now while typing this I have realised I took not one photo of her whilst she was here, luckily Mick keeps sending me photo's to share on my blog so hopefully they will send me some of the ones they got of Poppy with her Mum Lucy today. Poppy looks so happy thanks Mick & Debbie for taking the time to let my family & me see her again.
Now the not so good news about Oscar, as it turns out from his semen sample that he only has around 42% normal sperm & a dog should be around 75% to 80% normal sperm for good fertility. My vet has told me from advice from a Canine fertility specialist that the cause will be most likely from an infection sometime in his life anywhere in the body which probably did not make him ill but has left him producing more than normal abnormal sperm & they do not know what causes this to happen & in most cases will not reverse its self. We have never had him ill & infact he his a very fit & healthy young man but the prognosis for him is poor & he will more than likely keep on producing more abnormal sperm until he becomes totally infertile. I could retest him every 3 months for the next year to see if he does improve rather than decline but as no signs of infection present now this is a long shot. We could still use him until totally infertile by using artificial insemination so we would have to get his semen from him then remove abnormal sperm & then pipette into the girl but I decided on Thursday after talking to the vet that neutering Oscar was for the best. Oscar was neutered yesterday which was a hard decision as Oscar is about as good as you can get to look at for a black & tan Cavalier & he also has the most wonderful temperment. Oscar after his little operation though is doing fine not really noticing anything missing. Oscar is being rehomed with Marian hopefully who has already meet Oscar, as she was listed on his first litter & on learning that Bonnie was not pregnant said that she would have an older dog if we ever rehome any of are older dogs. Marian has had Cavaliers before & has an old dog now who will be company for Oscar. Hopefully Oscar will leave next weekend to have a chilled out life with Marian.
We have not had much luck with are male dogs lately but thats the nature of the job & you have to take the rough with the smooth. Certainly having the rough times makes you appreciate the smooth times even more so, so roll on the smooth times.
“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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