You might see the title of this blog and you would be right in thinking Jane is not very happy with the Kennel Club (KC) and that she disbelieves their statement they boldy have printed on the second page of their Assured Breeders Scheme (ABS) application form and is used on the home page of the KC to promote the scheme they now have "My KC" pages for ABS breeders and I'm also going to add my disbelieve of the KC's statement on their home page of their website saying, "We are the UK's largest orginisation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs." Why do I disbelieve these statements ? Just look at the statements they look like they have been pulled from the Tony Blair's and Alastair Campbell's master classes of spin. Do bad shit and do some good shit and hopefully people will be blinded by the good shit, especially if its thrown in their eyes. "Wow Jane, stop ! You have just been a bit political there and maybe you are just making me feel a little uncomfortable, after all, all I just want is a dog." " What kind of dog do you want though ?" Maybe like a lot of people you want a dog that can breath and after playing with for five minutes on the lawn, your dog is looking at you blowing instead of you watching them collapsing in a heap struggling to catch their breath. Maybe you might like a dog that can happily communicate with other dogs, it has a tail, a nose and ears it can be moved independantly and maybe you might just like a dog that can make it to ten years old without already having heart disease, cancer etc. So if you maybe want your dog to have some of the attributes I have just mentioned, you might want to carry on reading, but for those who just want a dog to look cute, not be any hassle and are not worried by big vets bills and watching a dog die at a tragically young age, then you are going to want one of the disabled dogs being bred in there droves under the Assured scheme, so you probably ain't going to want to read on and I suggest you get straight onto the KC website and click on "Puppy Finder" and your away.
Lets get back to my disbelieve and this stems from rule 2.7 of the Assured Breeder Scheme, " 2.7) Not use ABS membership to promote the breeding of crossbreeds or mixed breeds. Breeders who choose to breed crossbreeds are eligible to join the scheme, providing that they fulfill all other requirements, but must not make claims that they are unable to substantiate regarding the outcome of the puppies and therefore must not use their status as an Assured Breeder to promote the breeding of dogs that may be an unknown quantity. The ABS is designed to promote good breeding practice, which includes encouraging the breeding of dogs of suitable temperament, type and physical characteristics to enable buyers to select a suitable dog. Where breeders choose to mix breeds or types of dog, the temperament and physical traits may be more difficult to predict and therefore it is more challenging for Breeders to achieve the aims of the ABS." Now I can't believe any legal mind was used to write rule 2.7 of the ABS, this is breed club placating by the KC and we must ask how did this openly prejudice piece of crap ever get past the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) because as I hope to show and explain it is racism and saying that they think that cross breeding makes type and temperament less predictable than breeding pure, makes my back crawl because it stinks of the Victorian era and the fear of mix race offspring in humans and has no science to back the reasoning of there rule 2.7. At a guess, I would think they got this past the UKAS because they have little knowledge of dog breeding and the KC chucked a load of good shit in their eyes, you know, they banged on about health tests, their involved in and money they give to dog welfare charities and I would not be surprised if the UKAS then said, "If you want to lynch some of those cross, mixed breeders, as you have so much good shit, I don't expect we would notice."
Lets look at the KC 's worries about mixed race dogs, Yes I said, "race", we use the friendly term cross or mixed instead of race, so pure breeders don't feel so racist when knocking what we do, a bit like they like saying, line breeding instead of inbreeding.
Lets look at my dogs first. The Cavalier within its breed as the abilty to be anything from 5 kilos up to 13 kilos in size and 8 to 13 inches at the shoulder. We have four different colour types in the breed and some combinations like Blenheim to Blenheim almost certainly you should get all Blenheim pups but genetics likes to mess with our heads from time to time and I know of a Blenheim to Blenheim mating throwing up all four colours and I have seen pups from a Cavalier litter at adulthood from the size of 8 kilos to 13 kilos and 8 to 13 inches at the shoulder. The only time I see real uniformity is when bloodlines are very tightly line bred or as I like to give it its true name inbred (Line breeding is inbreeding, calling it line breeding is a bit of that old spin and makes it sound nicer, who likes to think the Dad of their pup is also the Uncle and Grandad of the pup, some bloodlines you only go back just four generations and you can see one sire appears six times in the family tree, this is not uncommon especially if you have a low founder population like Cavaliers and if you went back to 1942 when it was split from the King Charles with only five sires founding it, Dad being brother, Uncle and Granddad to its offspring would of been common place). Cavaliers as well should have a happy go lucky attitude to life and like everyone and should not be nervous but I have meet Cavaliers that display the full range of temperaments from nervous to aggresive but you might say, "That's more to do with the owner than the breeding of the dog", and I would reply, " Exactly !", so we have just dispelled that predicting a puppy's nature is easier than if a cross or mixed breed and that a lot of a dogs temperament is going to stem from nurture as well as nature. So hopefully I am starting to show that actually within a breed we have variation (unless very linebred) in type and temperament that is not that predictable as the KC like to make you think pure breeds are.
The Poodle (miniature) can be from 11 to 15 inches in height ( I have seen this size Poodle a lot taller than 15 inches though) and comes in a vast selection of colours without mentioning parti because the Show brigade do not like the parti Poodles (lots of falling out about parti marking within the Poodle brigade, so I will leave that well alone) and temperaments for Poodles range from gay abandonment to frightened of a fly's shadow. So again we see the Poodle has variation and like the Cavalier this can be though vastly narrowed if the dog is very inbred because that is what is achieved by inbreeding, it starts by getting an exaggerated trait and then to standardise it or make each dog look the same in a breed but has not be proven to predict any more accuately temperament than if cross breeding. The temperament of an adult dog stems partly from nature and as most now agree largely on, from life experience, nurture.
Now lets look at the dogs that I have bred from cross breeding the Cavalier with the Poodle (miniature). We breed two colour golden or black, both colours can have white pointing, which is a bit of white on the face, chest, feet and tip of tail. The pups at adulthood are from 7.5 kilos upto around 13.5 kilos and at the shoulder they stand from 10 inches to around 13 inches but we have one from one of our largest bitches that is around 16 inches at the shoulder. The temperaments have been reported as mad as a hatter to the most laid back, thankfully no problems with aggression have been reported back to us. So the cross breed seems to be throwing up no more variation than seen in each of the breeds used and the temperament issue of nature is if you have parents regardless of breed that are sound in temperament with good nurture that is what the pups should aspire to. So I hope to of now shown that predicting a dogs type and temperament is not suddenly going to be any harder to predict by cross breeding, so denying a breeder to be unable to sell its cross breed or mixed breed puppies through this scheme because they consider that the Assured Breeder would "promote the breeding of dogs that may be of unknown quantity", is based on prejudice not facts.
The next part of their reasoning for their prejudice against cross or pure breeding on the ABS is "The ABS is designed to promote good breeding of dogs of suitable temperament, type and physical characteristics to enable buyers to select a suitable dog." So does this mean they think cross breeding cannot produce dogs like that ?I'm with them on good breeding of dogs, that is what we want whether pure, cross or mixed. Note no mention of breeding for good health in amongst temperament, type and physical traits. The biggest part of the dog world is dogs as just pets, so for most temperament is going to be a priority with health and physical characteristics like four legs, tail, ears and a muzzle might also be on the list of must haves, one thing your not going to be worried about is whether he/she could strutt its stuff at Crufts. Your needs are probably going to be far simpler, such as it can fetch a ball, lick a childs tear away and for some in the night, you put your arm out and they are their, you are not alone. For a lot of us dogs are not about pedigrees not about standards they are an enigma, I actually find it incredible hard to quantify my relationship with dogs and somethings are just best being and really don't need to be explained but need protecting. The KC excluding breeders of cross breeds to promote good breeding of cross or mixed breeding of dogs on the ABS is showing they are not "dedicated to protecting the health and welfare of all dogs". The ABS seems it is dedicated to the wealth and outdated breeding ethics of pure breeders.
The scheme has seen some recent changes and now rather than inferring they check every breeder, they are actually checking each breeder as they breed, so if you get a puppy on this scheme now the breeder should be able to show you a form signed by the KC that they have been checked, if they have not got this, either they are not even on the scheme or they are yet to be checked, so should not be selling the pups under the scheme. The check though is a ticking box exercise and with the Cavalier breed still not having to mandatory do health tests for hearts or for the condition Syringomyelia, its not very focussed on breeding for health in this breed.
They had actually only checked around 3% breeders on the scheme just before Christmas 2013 and then the blog Pedigree Dogs Exposed, exposed a breeder that was on the KC, ABs that is now being taking to court for welfare issues with their dogs, French Bulldogs, so suddenly in the New Year without any consultation with ABS members the KC has changed rules to every breeder being inspected before a pup leaves them but one problem seems they have implemented this without the infra structure to carry it out quickly enough for members, as this article in Dog World shows http://www.dogworld.co.uk/product.php/107634, some breeders on the scheme have puppies ready to leave them but are still waiting to be inspected to fulfill selling the pup on the scheme.
You can read about ABS French Bulldog breeder welfare case and the lack of breeding checks by the KC at http://pedigreedogsexposed.blogspot.co.uk look at the blog for December and you will read about the cruelty case and findings for how many breeders have actually been checked so far on the scheme. It makes for sad reading.
They have also put the fee up and this will cover the cost of checking breeders every three years, I think if you are breeding every year the check should be annual and I also think if breeders are going to enter on such schemes they should also sit a written test about breeding and the breed or type of dog they are breeding. Race horse trainers have to do exams now to train horses and this was brought in because of welfare issues in training yards because some trainers lacked basic horse management skills, so I think this would be a good idea for people wanting to gain kudos on such a scheme, so the KC does know they have basic dog management and understanding of dog breeding and not just that every three years they can know how to use a vaccum cleaner and can shampoo a dog before a KC visit.
I have now accidently loaded this up and have yet to finish it and edit it and because I have published it the only way I can take it down is to delete it, I'm not going to do that but I will be back later to complete it, so hope it makes sense so far.
Sorry about the little blip but had to do the school run and in my haste published instead of saving as a draft, but I'm back now.
As you can see I can drift in my writing, so lets try and summaries so far. Now I have no problem with the KC being a dog registery for pure breeds but when they start trying to be the abiter of all that is dog and we look at the mess that pure breeds are in from to small gene pools and breeding dogs so disfigured conformationally they struggle to function as a dog and these dogs where and are still winning ribbons under the KC, I find it hard not to pop my head over the parapet and say, "Wait a minute, you say all dogs, all dog breeding you are dedicated to the health and welfare of, I'm afraid I beg to differ." So at this point we have to say, "KC if you want to be the abiter of all dogs, stop sitting on the fence and openly accept that cross and mixed breeding has a place in the tool kit for breeding dogs."
See unlike most involved in the KC I have seen cross breeding happily excepted in other species and practiced cross breeding in other species, so I am not afraid of it and see and know it benefits. God damn it, even the thoroughbred (tb) horse industry except it and you can get a scruffy old pony of unknown heritage put it to a tb stallion and it is then registered on the Non-tb register and believe it or not you can then race that half breed against pure tb's without having to desex it either (in the USA cross breed dogs are now allowed to field trial, believe me a lot of the pure dog field trialing brigade where not happy when this was allowed (in the UK cross breed dogs are still not allowed to field trial) and I think to placate them, one rule of them competing is a cross breed can only field trial if desexed), then breed the offspring back eight times to tb and you then get on the tb Stud book as a pure tb. So the tb industry happily except cross breeding with no problem, farming excepts cross breeding with no problem and most horse breed societies run part breed registers alongside their pure breed registers and accept cross or mixed breeding as a tool alongside pure breeding to breed animals and actually the KC except cross breeding but not openly and in a way not many people know about. Now if I see a dog and buy it without known parentage but it looks like a Cavalier, walks like a Cavalier and talks like a Cavalier, I can apply to the KC for that dog to be registered as a Cavalier, it will be inspected and if it is thought of good enough type, it then will go on the register as a foundation dog of unknown breeding, my Brittany Spaniel, Henry has dogs like this on his pedigree only four generations back and allowing dogs on the registery like this was explained to me as "helping to open genetic variation" but it makes a joke of the pure aspect and knowing health issues within a breed, as the KC does not want cross and mix breeding being promoted on the Assured Scheme because its such a mixed bag , you don't know what you are going to get but yet I can get a so called pure breed and like Henry he has four generation back on his sires side, all are of unknown breeding, so that potentially that makes Henry a cross breed and four generations foundation dogs crossed to pure Brittany's that means Henry is 1/8 unknown breeding. he is a cross breed but this is where it gets even more farcical with the KC, if I took one of my Cavalier's crossed with a Poodle and crossed back until the dog was only 1/8th Poodle and produced all proof of parentage and health tests, the chance that dog gets on the Cavalier breed registery would be almost next to impossible and you have more chance trying to get a dog on with unknown parentage. With cross breeding as we saw with the LUA Dalmatians http://www.luadalmatians.com/History.html , after first being turned down by the American KC, it took the man 14 generations for the UK KC would except them on the register to much whaling of dicontent from the UK Dalmation breed club. The Dalmatian cross was done solely to improve health and if the KC had not excepted these dogs on the register, I think they would of lost total credibility in the dog welfare world. So as we see the KC does except cross breeding but not openly and it is and has excepted cross breeding, why can it not be promoted under the KC, ABS ?
Now just under two weeks ago I had a chat with Bill Lambert on the phone about rule 2.7 of the ABS. Bill Lambert is one of the head honchos in the KC, ABS. The funny thing is that I rung up the KC about the rule and Bill Lambert was not available to talk about this and the lady on the phone told me she would get him to ring me, I just commented jokingly, "That he probably did not wish to speak with me after past communications we have had," and hilariously the lady translated what I said to Bill Lambert as, "He won't want to speak to me because he is frightened of me." So the day after I rang the KC, I noticed several missed calls from a mobile number I did not recognised and then an email from Bill Lambert telling me he had tried to contact me several times and could I contact him, so I did and his first words where, "I was trying to get hold of you because you said, "I would be frightened to talk to you", but I assured him that was not what I said and we actually had a pleasant conversation and he actually complemented me (well, I thought it was a complement) on the fact we could have a pleasant conversation about cross breeding, unlike when he discusses this with most pure breeders. I bite my tongue rather a lot and maybe Bill Lambert bite his tongue a little bit as well. Bill Lambert,I could go on about things said but I actually feel sorry for the chap, if ever someone was handed a poisoned chalace, this chap has and the vitriol he has to deal from most days from pure breeders about cross breeders, that he told me about and I don't doubt that for a second, I even go as far as to say, " He might deserve a medal for receiving vitriol beyond the call of duty." so I'm going to give bashing Bill Lambert a miss and safe passage to you and lets hope Bill Lambert can be brave and wipe the vitriol down each day and do the right thing for dogs and not the easy route of letting the bullies win.
Bill Lambert did say though that I can be an ABS member but I asked, "How does that work with a breeder who only is doing cross and mixed breeding for the forseable future ?" Bill Lambert really could not answer that. The fact that you breed cross breeds, how can you even be on the scheme with rule 2.7 because if someone comes to your home under the ABS looking at a pure litter and you also have a cross breed litter, do you have to hide them and then if they ask you about cross/mixed breeding, if you believe its a good tool to use in breeding dogs can you say this or do you have to tell the client rule 2.7 and answer their question with, "No comment", so you don't breach your ABS agreement. For me all the breeding I am doing at this time I'm not allowed to promote under the ABS, so how can I be a member of something that I cannot promote what I do under it ? So I'm going to have to tell the KC to kiss my arse on that one. Lol
Now I'm going to have to wind this up, my bums gone numb. KC either your a pure breed register or your a register for dogs ? Simple, drop rule 2.7 it stinks and make the ABS about good breeding not pure breeding.
I'm going to end on a passage from "In the defence of dogs", by John Bradshaw who is a biologist who founded and directs the world renowned Anthrozoology Insitute, based at Bristol University and has studied the behaviour of domestic dogs for over twentyfive years. The passage is from Chapter 10, "Problems with Pedigrees", and I could of choose a passage about how much we have reduced genetic variation in the domestic dog by pure breeding but the passage I choose is about how we have disabled the ability of dogs to communicate with each other :
"Selective breeding has also damaged dogs' abilities to communicate with each other. Since communication is crucial to harmonious social interaction, dogs whose reportoire of visual signals is restricted are intrinsically penalized. Those whose intentions cannot easily be gauged are often avoided by other dogs. Others, having been on the receiving end of unexpected aggression because they could not read another dog's intentions, become anxious towards all other dogs.
Indeed, the structures that the wolf uses for visual signalling have been drastically altered by the extremes of body conformation introduced by selective breeding. Jaws have ben shortened, facial expressions hidden by loose skin or obscurring hair, ears permanently pricked up or hanging heavily, coats lengthened or made wiry so that hackles cannot be raised, legs shortened so that the dog cannot easily crouch, tails curled or docked. These changes have had a davastating effect on the visual signalling repertoire of many breeds: some, such as the Cavalier King Charles spaniel, seem incapable of emitting any of the wolf's visual signals (which number over twenty, at a conservative estimate). They no longer have access, therefore, to the primary mode whereby pack members can communicate with one another." by John Bradshaw, from the book "In the defence of dogs"
A few fun photo's the children took this evening of some of us trying to look like the evil nemisis of the KC. I'm only joking ! Nice one showing the scar on my nose, by the time I was twenty, I managed to break and split my nose open twice, you should of seen the other person though, and a couple of Smudge sleeping through the fun , now around five weeks pregnant.
Start tonight with a lovely capture of Jessica, who now at two years old and is Toby's sister, is yet to have a bit about her on "The Girls" page. Her Grandfather on her sires side is the same as the Grand father on Smudge's Dams side, so Smudge is her half cousin and Millie is her half Auntie and I think you can see the family resembalance with them with the very broken coated markings and like Millie and Smudge, Jessica loves hunting.
Just loaded photos on to computer to find this cute photo of her. So asked who took the photo and turned out to be our oldest childs handy work, when he got out the shower last night and threw his towel off, it landed on Jessica, so he quickly got this photo.
Smudge was scanned today and is most certainly pregnant. The vet scanning her said, he was not confident enough to say eight, as the vet did when scanning Smudge with her first litter but she certainly is carrying at least six pups. It was this vets first time meeting Smudge and he commented on how good tempered and calm she was. I told him to remember this if she comes in for a c-section because with her last time and when her mum, Millie whelped the vets where concerned that they where maybe low on calcium because they where so layed back and run tests to check their calcium levels, as to much calcium can stop a dog contracting , not enough can stop them contracting as well, but both times tests confirmed Millie's and Smudge's calcium levels where okay.
We will play it by ear with Smudge and monitor closely as she approaches labour. Each stage needs to be noted and the time lapsing between each stage to ensure the save arrival of her pups with the minimal stress for Smudge. We will give her every chance to birth naturally, as we know she can expel the pups easily enough if she can have strong enough contractions, as she birthed her first pup on her last litter but then she just stopped having strong enough contractions due to a very stretched uterus with another eight pups inside her, which is a very big litter for a Cavalier especially when all her pups where a good size.
With her looking so pregnant already I think we are in for a good size litter again or six very good sized pups, which will lessen the chance of all being born naturally as the uterus is stretched to accomadate so many pups, its a double edged sword. Smudge is obviously very fertile but her ability to conceive so many is deterimental to her uterus and causes inertia which is the uterus being stretched to an extent it is then hard for it to contract enough to expel pups. I think we are looking at Smudge's last litter and we will hope to keep one back from this litter. I was just hoping that she might of just been able to have had one more litter in a couple years time with Henry, they look very good together but if another c-section and a large litter I think Smudge will of done more than enough. Her daughter we hope to keep will then may be a girlfriend for Henry in the future.
I have sent out an email to everyone waiting on this litter and thanks for all the replies, now its just a waiting game and watching Smudge bloom.
Smudge is very well in herself and the photo's are taken of her today.
Lastly a photo taken tonight at supper. As I pushed my chair back I noticed Treacle with her Dad, Reggie position under the table ready for any spillages and you might notice Henry staking out the corner of the dinner table. We where having lamb stew which did smell very nice and I know I'm biased because I cooked it but it did also taste very nice and six children with clean plates is either a miracle or it was good stew. Talking about stew reminds me about something my brother, Peter once said to our mum. Peter's wife had a dinner party and my Mum asked what they had eaten, Peter was struggling to remember the name of the main dish and try as he might he could not recall it and said, "It had a fancy name Mum but to you and me, Mum, it was beef stew."
Little chance to blog at the moment but just wanted to let all concerned know that Smudge is due to be scanned on Monday morning. I have yet to get round to speaking with everyone on our waiting list and have taken on fourteen people when I know I said, "Only ten."
Its been a hard week contacting people to let them know thay did not make the waiting list this time and I am still getting equiries although the waiting list is closed at this time.
Unfortunately I have to have a cut off, so that I can manage the list without it taking to much time away from my family human and canine. We don't have any help around the home, other than a lovely chap who cleans our windows around every six weeks (extravagant I know but we have got big windows), my husband and I are both chief cook and bottle washer together, so time or spare time can be a precious commodity in our home with six active children and eleven lively dogs, taking on any more than fourteen people on my waiting list would be spreading ourselves to thin. We may open the waiting list again the end of Feb beginning of March depending on how many pups Smudge has and how many people are still remaing at that time on the waiting list.
I will hope to get in contact by phone with the last few people on the waiting list in the next few days and apologise for not yet contacting you but I will . Smudge as I said above is being scanned on Monday morning and as it is already obvious she is in pups at just four weeks gone, this will be a scan more to get an idea of how many pups she is carrying. She was four weeks from her first mating this last Thursday gone but I like to go a few days over twentyeight days for the scan, so we get a good scan and heart beats can easily be detected for each foetus.
Smudge's abdomen on palpation, it can be felt that she is pregnant and the tell tale string of what feel like peas/marbles in a row can easily be felt, also you can see that her abdominal area is looking more filled than her usual tucked profile. She looks very well in herself and seems full of beans but has started to go off her food a little, as she is normally a total pig and will eat anything, so she is already having her meals split, from one to three aday in an attempt to keep up her nutrition as the pups grow. I would think we are probably looking at a good size litter again from Smudge, she did have nine last time which is a very big litter for a Cavalier. I will be in touch with all on the waiting list for this litter with details of the outcome of the scan and will then post on the blog and will get on with the blog titled,"My KC, My Arse !" and will fully explain the title.
The rest of the dogs are fine and we think we have Ysobel coming on heat and we are going to let Dolly have another heat, which will be from next month and then we will get these two old girls spayed together later in the Spring when the weather will be cleaner after having the operation. For us spaying the old girls with having males around stops the risk of them accidentally getting pregnant and gives the boys less to worry themselves about.
Lastly a few photo's of the Poundlane pack over the last week and sitting here doing this I'm going to get my haircut, as I'm having to keep blowing my fringe out of my face or keep pushing it back over with my hand. Hair is a bit of an encumbrance which a person can easily show his/her level of vanity, especially men can show how much time is spent looking in the mirror when they have a beard, to the extent the beard is sculpted. Lol. I might of just lost a few viewers there.
Quick blog tonight to let everyone know that waiting lists are now closed and over the next week I will be in contact with people who have emailed me whilst the waiting list was open and catch up with emails sent before this period. Any one though who has previously contacted me and I have spoken to on the phone, if still interested can you please contact me by Monday.
Waiting list is open. Sorry I did not get back yesterday, as went milking yesterday evening to find the milk pump in pieces and some young lad scratching his head doing repairs to it who is from the firm who maintain the Dairy Equipment on this farm I milk for. He then put the pump back together and I started up the machine to hear a hissing coming from the pump and the young lad realised he had forgot to put the seal in, so he had to take it apart again. The farmer I work for was not amused and the poor boy I think was aware of this which I don't think was helping him do the job any faster. Me, I wasn't worried, can't be helped and before you think I earnt an extra hours pay, I'm afraid not, I just get paid per milking. Needless to say I rolled in the door just before 9pm last night, kissed the last two children going to bed, eat my tea (lovely beef curry cooked by my husband, who learnt from the master.Lol. Two things you should teach a child , how to cook and a sense of humour and if you give them a really good sense of humour they might get off without knowing how to cook, having a sense of humour can get you out of a lot of tricky situations) and promptly fell asleep. Woken by dogs licking my nose, occasionally if I'm lucky its my husband licking my nose.
Today I also had a bit of fun, well in fact at the time it did not feel that fun. I was in the kitchen around 2 pm making a sandwich for lunch and noticed my sister Jill walk past the window as she was returning our Mum to her annexe after taking her shopping. I waved and thinking she was parked at the gates said, "I will just get the dogs in out of your way, so you can bring your car in." She replied, "Sorry Jane, I did not know you had any dogs out and I have left the gates open." Action stations I had four dogs at large Treacle, Henry, Dolly and Smudge. We live rurally and it was a good day for scent, I thought I'm in for a long walk and with May's down the road shooting nearby today and with sheep all around us at the moment, some heavy in lamb I was worried. As I walked out the gates, leads in hand and treats the first to return was Treacle. I then crossed the lane and walked down two fields which is very often the route taken with the dogs but no luck. My sister meet me at the bottom of the lane with her car and told me Dolly had returned, so we just had Smudge who I know from past experience is hard core selective hearing when a good scent is about and Henry who may be about to have a baptism of fire holding on to Smudge's skirt.
Jill then dropped me at the top of Pound Lane and I told her to go on home and not to worry. I walked down calling and whistling and from this vantage point I could see down through the valley, looking for stock grouped up as a clue to them being or have been there. I got to our home, came in through the gate and heading towards the door to get the car keys to go and see the May's who where shooting to make them aware of the two dogs out and to drive up the lane parrallel to ours, to walk the big area of woodland across from us, which is a place they like to go but I suddenly heard heavy breathing behind me and to my utter relieve, it was a very muddy Henry closely followed by an even mudder Smudge, looking very happy with themselves. Rang sister who was also relieved they where back. They had come from the lane across from us and with the mud I imagine had run through our neighbours woods that are quite boggy. Thankfully they must of heard my whistling and had returned. Lots of hugs and treats.
Treacle and Dolly where okay. Treacle I think must of been distracted by cat poo by the smell of her breath when she licked me, Yuk !, so must of missed the move off, hence she returned quickly and her Mum is luckily just a bit of a home bird.
That must be one of the worst things with dogs, when they have eaten cat poo and they bound up to plant a lick on you and you catch the whiff but the reflexes just are not quick enough to stop the plant and you then spit and wipe your mouth furiously for the next few minutes, then keep catching a whiff of cat poo for the rest of the day. Oh, the joys of keeping dogs.
If that has not put you off having one then if you wish to go on our waiting list send us an email from today, even if you have before today or have spoken to me about out litters this year and let me know your interest and a little about you and I will contact you back to let you know if you are on the waiting list. if you are on the waiting list I will then need to speak with you, so it may be best to give me your number and a good time to ring you. We will take at this time ten people on over the two litters for 2014.
We get a lot of interest for litters, in fact I find it hard to cope with the demand, its hard not being able to help people and turning them away. I appreciate that a lot more people are trying hard to do the right thing and find a puppy from a good breeder be that a pure or cross breed puppy. The market is flooded with bad breeders and unfortunately the supply from good breeders does not meet the demand now for people who are doing their home work and trying to not feed the bad breeding of dogs. So it is not a reflection on you if you do not get on our waiting list and please be patient and you will find a pup from a good breeder, please do not drop your expectations and then you will of helped to improve the breeding of dogs. Little acorns can grow into big trees, never underestimate the greatness of a small deed.
My next blog will hopefully see me back on form, beating back the winter blues and the title came to me after a conversation with Bill Lambert (who is one of the top people in the KC for the KC Assured Breeder Scheme) on Monday about rule 2.7 of the Assured Scheme and it being discriminatory and the title is, (WARNING : Look away now if easily offened )"My KC, My Arse !"
We will include my spin on the cephalic index and a clear explanation to what it is especially for Bill, who told me, "I don't really know about brachycephalic breeds, its not my area." Seems that Bill thinks the cephalic index includes the length of the nose and also the eight GP vets he spoke to about it but they have made the common mistake and including the nose in their idea of brachycephalic, thinking dogs that are brachy only have flat noses but including the facial feature of the dogs muzzle/nose is called the Craniofacial ratio but the Cephalic index is comparing just the cranium width to length. Is this a mistake one of the top people of the KC Assured Scheme should be making ? Problems with brachycephalic breeds are big problem in pure breeds, so really I think Bill should be making it a priorty to get up to speed on the cephalic index before the next conference. The clocks ticking for most brachycephalic breeds and if they are to move forward the KC need people going to research conferences up to speed on the subject being covered or you have to ask what is the point of them being their ? If you as a team leader for the KC Assured Scheme don't know basic anatomy of the skull and what the cephalic index is my hope is very much dented for any real improvement for brachy dogs by the KC before it is to late. Breeding brachy dogs is a big welfare problem in dogs and needs to be adressed as so.
I will include Belle, Smudge and Primroses grades after their MRI scans and at this time I am trying to get hold of caliphers to accurately measure all are dogs craniums, tryed the doctors who live next door and they did not have one (what they about ?, their doctors, they should have the whole tool kit. Lol), have seen something that shows you how to make up some DIY ones, so might go down that route if the vets can't lend me a pair. Also need to chase up the British Veterinary Association on stats for MRI scanning of Cavaliers, might not be any yet as the scheme has only been running just a couple years under this new grading system but worth an ask.
Ending on one of my scribbles which is about a little dog bred with a flat face, big bulging eyes and no tail, yes, dogs are bred like that. Hope you get the irony of the poem.
Please stop anthropomorphising me,
I'm a dog can't you see !
It's not good for me to have a flat face,
or bulging eyes that eclipse half that space.
I'd also like a tail to wag to and throw,
when I'm out on the go.
See other dogs can't work me out,
no tail to show them what I'm about.
I try so hard to wag my tail, but alas to no avail.
Dogs approach me at the park,
I try to wag at them not bark.
They just pass me by, carrying their tails up high.
If I where you I then would cry,
but I must wait for my sleep,
and then, dream that I can weep.
I'm still alive with a big apology for not yet opening the waiting list for 2014 but will hope to get back on here tomorrow with news on that but tonight just wanted to clear up the inbox and get the last of the updates received over the Christmas Holidays up on the blog before next Christmas comes around. Its now 10.45 pm by my clock so I will get a wiggle on as a 5 am start tomorrow morning.
The first update is from Charlie who is the Dad of Smudge and Primrose and you can find out about him on "The Boys" page under "The Old Boys".
Thanks Vincent and Sheila for the lovely update. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and we all hope to see you all in the Spring for a catch up.
Yes, you have the right email address:-) We hope you are well & have not suffered to much with the less than nice weather. Charlie says a HUGE woof to you all. He also asked that I include a few photos of him on his travels. He loves the camera. He seems to have gained a taste for Marmite & likes to show off with his very own jar of Marmite XO. Mum & Charlie in the pub. We got to meet a life sized Lego R2-D2, which Charlie could not contain himself. He desperately wanted a photo taken with him, so here it is.
I have just realized what time it is. I can hear some foot steps on the roof, followed by some jingle bells. I got to go to bed, before I am found out.
Lots of love & woofs.
Charlie, Sheila & Vincent.
Next is from another Charlie and his canine companion Roxy's family. This Charlie is from our last litter in 2013 with Dad being Reggie and Mum is Ysobel. Roxy is from the first litter from Lucy born the end of 2010(Find her on "The Girls" page under "The Old Girls") with Dad being my sister's Poodle Rollo. Thanks for this Tracey and all the best to you all for 2014.
I hope you have all had a fab Christmas & here's hoping 2014 is a healthy & happy one for us all... Roxy & Charlie still continue to get on like a house on fire there is never dull moment! Hoping to give Charlie his first run on the beach on Sunday as we plan to go & see my parents who live walking distance from the beach. He is a dear little soul & the both of them are definite head turners getting comments wherever they go! A few pics for you to enjoy & we wish you all a very happy new year!
Tracey, Paul, Jodie, Roxy & Charlie Titch although not so Titch anymore!
Now is a lovely photo and greetings from Maisy's family. Maisy is from Primroses first litter born September 2012 with Dad being Reggie. Thanks Sue for the cute photo of Maisy and have a great 2014.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2014. Can't believe we've had Maisy for just over a year! We love her to bits!
Love Sue x
Last but not least is Archie from Smudge's first litter of amazingly nine healthy pups, who came into the world in April 2012. Thanks Angie for the kind comments but his Mum Smudge, his Granny Millie and his Grandad Charlie and his Dad Reggie have to take a lot of the credit for Archie's temperament. Nature or nurture, well its a big dollop of both because if Mum ain't got a good nature the pups will lack the nurture in the early weeks. Seeing Mum being relaxed and happy with humans sure helps to get a pup with that demeanor. Thanks again Angie and have a wonderful 2014.
Happy new year to you all! it sounds like you had a lovely Christmas. Your photo by the tree is lovely. Reggie looks like he is smiling!
When we read the update from the other Archie's family , Jon asked me if I was sure that I hadn't written it, because it sounds just like our gorgeous boy, and Exmouth is his all time favourite place too!!!
Here is Archie relaxing after a long run on Exmouth and a swim with the seagulls....
He is a typical Poundlane amazingly chilled dog! You seem to weave your magic on all the pups when they leave you!
Wouldn't it be great to have a Poundlane reunion! We often wonder how all Archie's brothers and sisters are!
Anyway, Archie is sitting patiently looking at me for his walkies, so will stop here!
Best wishes and love from Angie, Jon and Hannah xxx
Now 11.05 pm so I'm getting off to bed and will hope to get on here tomorrow with news on waiting lists and other things which may be of interest.
Busy festive week and the weather has been atrocious. The wet weather when you have dogs makes for a lot of laundry. We go through loads of towels and old bed linen just drying them off each time we venture out, so most days we have had two loads in the washing machine before starting on the childrens laundry. The dark mornings make getting up for milking harder, I must admit this morning the milking parlour was the best place on the farm, as I watched from the parlour door the farmer I work for and his father outside in the rain (coming down like stair rods) getting the rest of the work done on the farm, I considered myself quite lucky at that moment.
Reggie has had a good Christmas with Smudge coming on heat and he got his Christmas present on Boxing Day with a romantic date with Smudge. I had the results of the MRI scans just the day before Christmas and will go through these in my next blog, as just want the get some statistcal figures from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and will tie it all in with a blog on skull shapes (Cephalic Index).
Kept Smudge coming on heat before Christmas quiet as did not want to be inundated with inquiries over the holiday period and will look to open waiting lists the end of next week once the children are back at school. I have had a few inquiries about our dogs over the Christmas Holidays and these I will get to next week or you can try to ring me if you wish next week.
Thanks for emails wishing us a Happy New Year and I have a few more emails with updates received over the Christmas time and will get them up soon on the blog. Tonight I have put up photos of our dogs over the Christmas Holiday. Apart from the rain we have had a lovely Christmas and everyone has been very content with what Father Christmas left in their pillow cases. The dogs have enjoyed having a bit of turkey in with their dinners and some cranberry and turkey treats I bought for them from Lily's Kitchen.
It is now 2014 and having milked yesterday and then this morning, so I now finally have got to toast the New Year in this evening with my husband and children and a chance to get on my blog and for now all that's left to say is, "A most warm wish from Poundlane that for all, 2014 is a Happy one !"
“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
Hello, I am Jane!