Sorry it's been a few days since I last blogged. The stomach bug that my daughter had been home with last week from school, had managed to jump ship and take sail in me. Felt rough yesterday morning when milking and last night just made it through milking to get home and all hell let loose and it was unwise to be more than ten paces from a toilet. I felt sick, but thankfully all purging has been downstream.
Must be something pretty virulent, as I can't recall feeling so rough for a long time. Takes a lot to stop me and although I got up first thing this morning with David to let dogs out and tend the pups, I went back to bed and surfaced again around 11 am to find a pile of notes beside the bed from our youngest children, wishing me better soon and telling me how much they love me. Seeing their little worried faces as I surfaced from the bedroom, helps you stop feeling to sorry for yourself. My children are not used to Mum, not being up and busy.
Anyway less of the self pity and I'm back on the blog tonight for a puppy update. Friday saw us get the pups out on the patio for the first time. We have now fitted up a ramp and the pups already amble in and out of their own accord. These pups do seem pretty forward as litters go. They are now just over four weeks old at thirty days old today.
The photos are from the last four days and as they develop you can see that all have a good length of nose, but still look like Cavaliers. I suspect most of these will make Mum's size and some in between the size of Mum and Dad. I reckon if you crossed these pups back to a Cavalier, you would have Cavalier types that no one would argue are Cavaliers. Using a little sperm from another breed to add more genetic diversity, exactly what is the problem ? Out there though are the dog racists (race or breed, two words that mean practically the same) who will be disgusted by cross breeding. Breed though is just a group of animals in a a species that humans have decided to genetically shut off, so I'm a human just opening the door a little wider, because this breed needs some fresh air.
All the pups are now in the collars I bought just over a week ago and at that time were a bit loose on them. So the boys are all wearing dark brown collars with white hearts on and two of the girls are wearing pink strip collars and the other two girls are wearing brown collars with pink circles on.
“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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