Had two lovely emails from Albey's family today. Albey left us on Sunday. The first was from Heather, who I had contacted due to problems with transferring ownership on the microchip data base. Petlog who is run by the Kennel Club and who is who my vets use now for recording microchip details, decided just before the law changed that all dogs must be microchipped to totally change it's website and now to check details and transfer ownership you have to sign up to a load of terms and conditions with them and then open an account to be allowed to transfer ownership (I did not know this prior to the microchips being implanted or else I would of looked elsewhere). Other microchip data bases have not changed their usage of their data collection or transferring of ownership and they do not ask you to sign up to a load of terms and conditions so you can just access your dogs microchip details to transfer ownership, since the new legislation. What's going on? I think it's called taking advantage of legislation and creating a captive audience to market products to. Sorry I forgot it's the Kennel Club, well it must be about dog welfare then, not.
Anyway I tried to do the account and got told up to 5 days to be verified, verified reasonably quickly, but at the moment I cannot access any of the pups I had microchipped details to transfer ownership for Albey. Ringing no one answers the phone, emailing you get an automated reply. THis is meant to be an emergency service for lost pets. But I've thought outside of the box and printed off the 'Transfer of keepership form' to be used if you have not got the online Petlog transfer code or the original Petlog documentation cannot be provided. As I cannot access the online Petlog transfer code and I have been unable to get through to Petlog for help I've filled this in with a letter explaining why I have done this and that by sending them this I am fulfilling my legal obligation to inform them of change of ownership. We will see what happens.
No problem, I've passed the message onto Mum about the microchip.
I've attached some photos of Albey from yesterday and this morning. Yesterday he had fun playing with some water, he made his face all wet! We then found out when drying him that he loves to play with a towel! This morning he met the rabbits up close, he wanted to play with them to much but with a bit of work we had a calm-ish interaction between them. The rabbits seemed to quite like him! In the photo of Albey standing with his harness we think he looks quite like his Daddy Toby!
He's fast asleep now after all the excitment of this morning... looking oh so very cute!
The second email is from Heather's Mum, Beth who's computer had broken down, but is now up and running again.
We now have the computer back up and running!
Heather past on the message about petlog, sorry to hear it's a pain to sort this time with the changes in the law. Not to worry about it taking 5 days. His chipped registered on their machine at the vet visit as Albey :-)
Heather has done me proud letting you know how Albey's settling in. I think she is enjoying updating you, alongside watching his siblings on your blog. It feels like a lovely progression in his and his families life.
I'd like to add my delight at having Albey and to thank you not just for the care that's gone into his breeding but also all the extra details you go to make the progression in your pups lives run smoothly. The vet commented at what a lovely healthy pup he was and seemed visibly impressed by his paper work and us having details about everything he asked. I felt quite proud and wanted to share that with you.
Albey is a lovely boy and we see more of his character coming out as he relaxes. He's having to learn that people are the ones to play with and not all theses exciting new beasties. He's been so good, as he clearly what's to chase them all! The cat's have actually been really good as they are scared of him. We're managing to keep it all controlled while they all adapt, with everyone getting lots of individual attention. I'm really pleased as to where we are, considering it's only been a few days.
Very happy to say Albey hasn't yet had an accident in the house, thanks I think to a combination of your hard work, lots of people around to observe him and the weather. He's getting there at night too, I've not left him alone yet, but he is sleeping shut in his crate near by me for about 6hrs without any fuss now, which I'm chuffed over. The first night was hardest for him and I used my fingers through the crate bars to comfort him when he whined, but he would resettle. The next two nights there was minimal whining and huffs of resignation. Last night I heard him checking I was there occasionally than settling back to sleep. I'm glad I'm doing it this way as I know he's ok and each night has been an improvement, plus I've had good blocks of unbroken sleep myself.
Albey shows delightful spaniel poses, can be a soppy softy or a complete looney when he has a crazy five minutes and we're loving everyday with our new boy!
We can't say thank you enough, but Thank You!
Beth, Neil, Heather & David. x"
Always nice to get feed back from when people take their pup to the vet. Good to here that he is being so good with the house training. We had Ernest do his first whine at the door yesterday to go out for a pee. Which is always a bit of a special moment with a pup.
Albey looks so much like our Millie (Millie looks very much like her Dad) as a pup, funny how her Dad, who is Toby's paternal Grandfather has come out in Albey.
Those are super cute photos of Albey, especially the one where he looks very wet. He does look like Toby in a photo of him about the same age standing on our sofa, if I recall rightly with out looking. Thank you both for rather spoiling me since Albey left with photos and updates. You can never get to much.
“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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