Reggie getting his rumble back, puppies have got the Reggie rumble and thoughts on dog food and litters for 2014
Reggie seems nearly back to full health. He has finished the antibiotics, is eating and drinking with no vomiting and is getting back to his full playful self again. Thanks every one for emails and comments on wishing Reggie a quick recovery.
Yesterday saw Ysobel's pups reach eight weeks old and the vet visited to check them over and to start the their primary course of vaccinations and to get them microchipped. All went well and only a few whimpers as they had their injections.
Last night got this footage of the pups having fun with our oldest child Bert. Olive is having a right old time and slightly sticks out in the video. The youngest dogs are banished to the kitchen as you will see whilst the pups have out and about time in the home, as the juvenile dogs can get a bit to boisterous with pups this size. The old dogs just tell the young pups off, giving them a valuable lesson in dog etiquette, not every dog wants a pup in their face.
A few photo's of Bailey, Charlie, Dexter and Olive taken over the last few days.
Now news of things going on at Poundlane with the rest of the pack. Treacle who we kept from Dolly's litter is going on great, seeming fearless and Henry and her have become great friends and its funny to watch her tearing after him and when he gets a bit to much she knows that he can't get in a lot of places she can, so a quick dive under the car or behind the sofa when playing keep her out of Henry harm.
Treacle's Mum has decided to try and catch us out and has come on heat six months since her last heat, with all her other litters she has taken seven months before coming on heat again. Dolly will be spayed now in around three months time and become a grand old lady of Poundlane like Millie.
We have decided that on Smudge's next heat we will mate her with Reggie. Her next heat is due around December 2013, was thinking about leaving her until her heat in 2014 but the next heat would push the litter onto Christmas.
Yesterday when the our vet was here doing the pups she also checked her heart and no murmur could be heard by the vet, so she will now be booked up in the next month or so to go and visit the Cardiologist vet. Always let the GP vet check them before going to the Cardiologist vet, as if they have an easily audible murmur to my vet theirs really little point to the Cardiologist vet examining them.
We also then will book Smudge in for the MRI scan and will take Primrose along as well, maybe Belle and Toby depending on timing. We will get all MRI scanned but its working the logistics to do it, being that its a reasonable journey to Bristol to get it done and working school drop offs and pick ups, dogs and our work takes some juggling.
There's also a trip down to Tavistock to get annual eye tests done for Smudge and Reggie but will hope to tag a few more in on that trip. Other litters for 2014 we are looking at is Jessica (yet to put her on The Girls page, but she's in the blog and is Toby's sister) with Reggie being f1's 50% Cavalier, 50% Poodle, Belle with Toby producing f1b's being 3/4 Cavalier, 1/4 Poodle.
Then lastly we might look at putting Primrose with Henry. Henry is our Brittany and will be hip scored (hips are done at one years and over) but if Primrose's heat falls before he is over one years old, we might have to revise this and wait until Primrose's next heat putting this litter close on Christmas. This is obviously just our preliminary look at litters for 2014. Any one though who is interested in the cross between the Brittany and Cavalier litter we are proposing between Henry and Primrose it would be interesting to hear from you and you can contact me by phone on 01769 560969 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most will know that I have been trying to find a suitable dog food for the pack since leaving the Breeder Club at Royal Canin because of their sponsership of Bear baiting events in the Ukraine. Now I looked around and firstly went with Eden, which I had seen rave reviews about but also was aware of some saying it just did not agree with their dogs. Eden is a 80% meat dry food, so a lot more meat than other dry food products and a premium dry dog food. I have had a mixed bag response with feeding it to our dogs and our first litter reared on it. The problem is loose stools with some and I have had two people from our last litter report that they have had problems with loose stools on this food, which normally we might get the occasional report of a puppy with loose stools but not two on one litter and with a couple of our dogs not seeming to be able to adjust to this volume of meat in their diet I have decided to try another product, in fact two products. I have the adult dogs on Millies Wolfheart which is 60% meat 40% which I have been feeding now for two weeks and all solid on it. Ysobel and her pups have finished of a bag of Royal Canin starter I had before leaving Royal Canin and which has been mixed with Lily's Kitchen Puppy dry food and is a premium dry food. The pups are now on Lily's Kitchen fully and all poo is solid and they seem to be thriving on it. So at this time pups will be reared on Lily's Kitchen and adult dogs on Millies Wolfheart. I'm not in a hurry to join any Dog food company Breeder Clubs, although they give discounts for membership, the rules of membership make you their bitch, so to speak. Lol
Sorry for any confusion to people who have just had pups from me as they might feel that they have been guinea pigs but transitioning onto a different food for dogs, especially a pack can take time and a little tweeking to get it right for all of the pack. Eden I still think is a good dry dog food but not for all and that really goes for all dog foods, as they say, one mans meat is another mans poison.
All the rest of the pack are well and the last couple nights have got some nice photo's of the pack chilling out together. Look out for the well trained husband. You should see his sit and roll over, he'll do any thing for a good old tummy rub. Lol
Nearly forgot. I have got behind on emails and will hope to get back to every one in the next few days. I do try to reply every one. Thanks in advance for your patience.
“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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