I received today an update from Tracey for Bertie who was from our Brittany/Cavalier litter from last April, so our Bumble and Blottie's brother. Before Tracey meet him and named him, he had rather stolen my heart and I had called him, Mushroom, due to a button of brown on one of his ears, so Button Mushroom. Mushroom works his portfolio and my heart If Mushroom had been a girl I certainly would of kept him, but he found his place in Tracey's family.
How are you? Sorry it's been so long since we've updated you but we've had a mad few months!
Bertie is doing very well - he couldn't be more loving and affectionate. He's been a real comfort this week as we sadly said goodbye to our cavalier Rosie who was 11 and a half.
His recall is still very hit and miss and we mostly use a very long training lead so he gets a run as he's gone missing too many times! His hunting instinct is very strong and he's tracking the whole time !! I think that must be the Brittany side of him.
The cavalier side wants to say hello to everyone we meet and he's so lovely with children.
Here are some pics of him with his doggy friends
Love Tracey xx"
And my reply to Tracey,
sorry to hear about Rosie, she looks a very special old girl. Never easy saying Good bye.
The recall with Bertie is more likely from his Mum. Smudge can have very selective hearing and has a very strong drive to track prey. Henry although a working breed, has a very good recall. Funny with the two girls we kept. Bumble's recall is spot on and when out she is glued to us, but Blottie was okay and then went through a phase of trying us, but seems to of turned a corner and is getting back to coming most times of first call.
A really good place to get for help with recall is a Gundog trainer. If you want some help with his recall you can find a qualified Gundog trainer in your area through the The Gundog Club — Gundog training for pet and working gundogs
Thanks for letting me know how Bertie is and that he is a help after losing Rosie.
“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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