This morning just after 6 am saw my husband and me set off to Bristol with Treacle and Toby to have their MRI scans on the BVA/KC scheme (Information about this scheme can be found on yesterdays blog). Millie also came with us, as we planned to go to Blaise Castle Estate (which is in Bristol and is a lovely place to walk dogs) to pass the time whilst waiting to pick Treacle and Toby up.
The weather was a bit dire, but for dogs, wet means more scent, so Millie was not perturbed by the damp and mud. She even got to chase a squirrel up a tree.
In the above slide show you will see Millie back at the car from her walk looking very wet and muddy. Then miraculously a few hours later after a rub off with a towel and a sleep in the back of the car whilst we got a bite to eat, she is clean again.
The video is Millie and me showing David, my husband that we had gone the right way and eventually getting back on the right path. We had decided to walk up over the top of Blaise Castle Estate which found us on the border of a golf course and when my husband took the video he had for the last five minutes been saying, "I'm not sure we are going in the right direction ?"
Hopefully in the video you can see how wet it was. I was wearing a waterproof coat with a quilted jacket underneath it. By the time we got back to the car the arms of the quilted jacket were saturated right through. Luckily we had come prepared for the weather with towels, spare coats and tops loaded in the car before leaving home.
We picked up Toby and Treacle from the vets around midday and got home just before 2 pm. Toby and Treacle after their anesthetic are a little tired. They have had a little supper and now are happy to be sleepy heads together. Now it's just a waiting game for the grading by the BVA of their MRI scan images.
Belle and Treacle are now both off heat and Monday came back into the fold, back in the pack. Lovely to have the two of them back indoors and as you can see by the photos below taken Monday night. Belle resumed her place around my husband, David's neck whilst he eats his dinner. David when he come's home from work around 8 pm does not like to sit alone at the dinner table, so sits in the armchair to eat dinner, so he can irritate me and talk to me about my day and his, weirdo. Lol
Tomorrow will see me setting off to Bristol in the morning around 6.30am to get Toby and Treacle to the Downs Veterinary Practice by 8.15 am for their MRI scans on the BVA/KC CM/SM Scheme which information about can be found at http://www.bva.co.uk/Canine-Health-Schemes/CM-SM-scheme/
My husband, David has taken the day off and arranged his parents to come over in the morning to do the school run for us, so he can come with me and although the weather forecast is not good, we plan to take Millie as well and spend the time waiting to pick Toby and Treacle up (after they have recovered enough from the full anesthetic they receive to be MRI scanned) at Blaise Castle Estate taking Millie for a long walk and having a bite to eat.
We won't know anything from the scans for a month or so, but tomorrow once they are scanned we reach the point of no return and this is another reason why very few breeders are using this scheme, because it is the point of no return. The result is made public and can be found on the Kennel Club website.
If you scan off the scheme (Not many are) the result is only between the vet who did it and you. If a bad result you can still use the Cavalier without anyone the wiser and if asked if MRI scanned you can lie that the dog has not been MRI scanned and be a denialist like Sheena Maclaine the Chairman of the Cavalier Club and tell a perspective puppy owner that, "You do not believe the head shape is the issue." It's known as blagging it and dog breeders are very good at it.
If you scan on the BVA/KC scheme you have nothing to hide behind, the result will be out there for all to see and unfortunately I feel one of the main reasons why so few have used this scheme. Pure breeders ain't so keen on transparency, truth often is a bitter medicine, but a medicine that needs to be taken if Cavaliers are to become healthier.
Please keep signing the petition for mandatory screening for MVD and CM/SM in Cavaliers registered with the KC at
Another 1st Birthday greeting from one of the pups from Smudge's litter born a year ago today. This time it's from Mollie.
Hi there Jane
Just wanted to send a little Happy Birthday wish to Mollie's brothers and sisters, we can't believe how quickly the time has passed, it seems like only yesterday that we picked up this little bundle of fun, and she is still the same, she is really funny and very wicked and she runs rings around Bobbie who lets her get away with it!!!! As you know Bobbie is our Cavvie and he is almost 11 years old and so is slowing down a lot, and so she knows she can beat him to the treats every time. But she loves him to bits and licks his face constantly.
A message from Mollie now.
Happy Birthday to all of my brothers and sisters, we're 1 year old today. I have had such a busy day playing with my toys that I will have to have a sleep in a minute, but not before I say Happy Birthday everyone and I hope you are having a nice day today. As you can see I have brought most of my toys in to play with. I will get my Mammy to send you a photo of me and my Bobbie.
Lots of love
Thanks Rhian for the Birthday greeting from Mollie. Hope you all had a lovely day on Mollie's 1st Birthday. Rhian and her husband Russ are coming to North Devon on holiday at the end of March and hope to pop in to see us with Mollie and Bobbie. Look forward to seeing you all then, Rhian.
Keeping in touch after having a pup from Poundlane, is optional. I understand that life is hectic and if the time not sending me an update means more cuddle time with your pup/dog, then I can hardly complain, as no news is often a sign of good news.
Keeping in touch does though not have to be photos or even a five page essay, often the short and sweet update can be the most profound. A few days ago I recieved this email :
I bought a Cavapoo from you nearly three years ago now and I just wanted to tell you what a total joy he has been Milo is a warm, affectionate and delightful dog. He has transformed my life and the lives of many other people.
Best wishes with your next litters,
Thanks Kathy for such a lovely update on Milo. Milo is from Cleo's litter born back in April 2012 and you can find out about Milo and his siblings being born on the blog "Surprise !" 4/04/2012.
Cleo is my Mum's dog and she lives with her in her annexe just across our patio. Cleo is now six years old and thankfully very well in herself.
Kathy is a teacher in an all girls school and she lives on campus with girls that board at the school, so Milo I suspect does not lack attention. Having talked with Kathy about the pupils she lives with and teaches, her message although short it is very sweet. Thank you Kathy, lovely to hear that Milo is proving to be such a positive addition to your life and the lives of others.
Got home from milking this morning and after doing the dogs which included letting Henry and Smudge have some loving up time together, I found this email and photos in my inbox.
I hope you're all well. I notice that Smudge is going to be a mum again!
I can't believe it was a year ago that I was watching your website waiting for news of the pups' birth!
Kayla and I would like to wish all her litter mates a very Happy 1st Birthday.
Thanks Lynne for reminding me, for some reason I had the 28th in my head, but looking at the diary, it's the 24th. So it's a big Happy 1st Birthday greeting to Kayla and her litter siblings Mollie, Flora, Chester, Harvey and Jake. Wishing you all a lovely Ist Birthday and hope all is well with you all and all your families.
Today Smudge has been mated for the first time with Henry (Take a look at the "Future Litters" page for more info on this union). Followers of this blog will know Henry well and know this is his first time being used as a stud dog. Henry is nearly two years old and when bringing on a male dog as a stud dog health is of course important but also on an equal par must be temperament and often as not a good tempered male dog will make a gentlemanly stud dog.
I'm not going to go into the finer points about Henry's exploits today with Smudge because that's between them, me and the four walls around us, but I will just tell, that his calm approach to the job, especially waiting to become untied from Smudge was impressive for a young dog being used for the first time. Always a relief to know that a young dog is up to the job. He will be mated with her every other day now until she goes of her mateable period during her heat and this can vary from bitch to bitch, some just are on for a couple days and some can be mateable for a week or so. Now it's fingers crossed he's fertile.
Funnily now, he's watching my every move and following me around like a shadow, along with Reggie as he always does when bitches are on heat, because he now like Reggie knows that I'm the gate keeper. Lol
Primrose thankfully seems to be holding off coming on heat. She is due around the end of March, but with three of our bitches coming on heat a couple months earlier than expected, I was worried, she might follow suit. She is as tight as a button and she's just gone out of coat, which would bode with coming back into coat in a few weeks time and then coming on heat the end of March. So fingers crossed. If she comes on heat now before Toby is MRI scanned and we have his grading, we would wait to her next heat. This would then mean puppies around the end of the year going into Winter, which is a bit of a pain, but hopefully she will hold off coming on heat before we get Toby's MRI scan grades.
Now for a funny story about working in the animal sex industry. Believe me if you are at a do and someone asks you what you do and you reply, "I work in the sex industry," they always say, "Pardon," so you follow, "To be correct, the animal sex industry." They then will say, "Pardon" again. Lol
Some will know that I have worked a lot with horses and that includes working in one of the biggest horse studs in the South West. I have also owned my own stallions and one of my sisters has a small horse stud, breeding competition horses mostly eventing, showjumping types.
When I was working for the horse stud. One day we were bringing in mares to tease up, which is when you bring a mare near a stallion with a barrier between them and the stallion will be able to sniff the rear end of the mare safely, to see if the mare is ready to be served.
I was trying up a mare and she was dead on ready to be served. The person who owned the stud, Graham, told me, "Put her in a stable, Jane. I have got to ring the owner, as they want to see her served." I then replied, "That's a bit weird, what they going to film it ? and laughed. Graham replied, "He got given the mare by his brother to breed a foal and wants to see the process from start to finish." I put the mare in the stable and got on with my work whilst Graham went indoors to ring up the mare's owner.
Graham returned and said, "They will be here in about an hours time." The hour passed and the man who owned the mare turned up in a brand new Range Rover with a woman who spent most of her time giggling and leaning into him lifting one leg, which amused Graham and me. Graham directed them to where we covered mares and he walked back round the barn towards me smiling like a Cheshire cat and said, "You were right, Jane, they want to film it."
Graham thought this funny and told me to lead the mare up into the barn and as usual he would follow on with the stallion.
Now I go into the barn and notice the owner of the mare with his lady friend leaning into him giggling with his camera yet to have the camera lens cover removed. I positioned the mare, and then myself facing away from them, pulling my collar up and basically trying to obscure my face. I could hear the roar of the stallion and the clatter of his feet, as he approached, less than a minute later the job was done and the mares owner had not even managed to get the lens cover off his camera. He said, "I did not think it would be that quick." I don't know what he was expecting ?
Graham thought it a funny old job and after they left without any video footage of the event, Graham asked me why I seemed to be hiding my face during the process and I told him, "You don't know where that sort of footage could end up." We both laughed. I will tell you though that the stallion that day was an experienced old boy in his early teens with the name Rapid Pass and you could say, "He was not just Rapid by name but also Rapid by nature." Lol
It's half term for our children at the moment and yesterday whilst eating breakfast I remembered the three youngest were booked in with Ann for a haircut at 11 am. Ann who cuts our hair has a salon at her home and her husband Rob retired from farming a few years ago now. Rob is my husband David's Dad's cousin and I milked for Rob up until he retired. They had a high merited genetic herd and one of the first farms in this country to bring over and use Canadian Holsteins in their herd.
Rob and Ann now live in a bungalow that is within easy walking distance of the river Taw and a walk that I often take the children and dogs on by the river. Yesterday it was glorious here in the morning, so I decided to load up all six of the children and two of the dogs Millie and Henry. I dropped the three oldest Bert, Alfie and Florrie at Umberleigh next to Murchs Antique Emporium and Murch Bros. Murchs Antique Emporium and Murch Bros are two businesses at Umberleigh bridge that sit at the entrance to the walk alongside the river and the Antique Emporium happens to be owned and run by my husband's Uncle Pat and Murch Bros is my husband's second cousin Antony's business and he is an agricultural engineer. I told them to go for a walk and if I was not back before they came back, to go in and see Uncle Pat and take a look around the emporium.
I went off with Henry and the other three to get their hair cut, being not even a minute drive from where I dropped them. I arrived at Ann's and my appointment was for 11 am and due to a lovely older chatty lady who was also a relative of some sort to my husband, Ann
did not start on my three until 11.15 am. I had kept Henry with me due to knowing that Rob would be interested in seeing him. Rob regularily shoots and up until a few years ago always had his own gundog. The last one was Belle a lovely Springer Spaniel.
Ann told me Rob was at the village hall painting scenery for the pantomime they have each year in February for charity, but he might be back soon, as lunch time was approaching. Ann was cutting the second child's hair and Rob then walked by the door, seeing us he then came into the salon for a chat and I mentioned Henry and then he said, "Go get him, I want to see him." He walked out with me to the car to get him and Henry was quietly waiting sat in the back. I opened the boot and put his lead on and then I saw it. Rob was totally taken by him and hands straight on him. Dogs know friends and Henry happily let him stroke his head and put his hands across his back. He commented on what a lovely head he has and what a lovely looking dog. Henry is looking very fit and tight at the moment.
Rob then told me to take him in the salon to see Ann. Henry meet Ann and she also admired him. I then let the two youngest go off outside leading him around their garden and chatted further with Rob and Ann, whilst she cut the hair of Thomas the last one to have their hair cut. Rob told me how he had watched a display many years ago of a Brittany working with a Falcon and how impressed he had been with them as a working dog. Just looking at Henry he said, "I bet he can motor and cover the ground." I said, "Yes, you have to be brave with him and trust your recall and luckily he is very good." Rob was taken with Henry and I could see in that moment he missed having a dog about. I did mention he hopefully will be a father soon. Lol
By the time I left Ann's it was midday and I found the other children looking around Pat's Emporium and our oldest Bert was talking to Uncle Pat, who had given him an old book about antiques. We then got Henry out and all went for a walk along the river Taw. The video is part of the walk. I must admit time ran on and we did not get lunch until gone 2 pm, but you got to get out with all the children when the weather is good, as today it's been a really dull old day, raining for the best part of it.
I'm going to share with you now something I find very funny although this might be quintessentially British humour, but I find it bloody hilarious. Last year I discovered a comedy character "Count Arthur Strong", he has been on Radio 4 for sometime, but now has been brought to the television screen. For some unknown reason the BBC show the series at an unearthly hour. It has no bad language that I have noticed and is not sexual. Our oldest two children love watching it on BBC iplayer. So if you are not already familiar with Count Arthur Srong you can discover him here at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04xwh7r
and I seriously advise watching this episode http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0517t4d/count-arthur-strong-series-2-4-stuck-in-the-middle
Series 2, episode 4 'Stuck in the middle' is still available to watch on iplayer at this moment and this episode made we laugh so much, I coughed nearly all the way through it, because it was shown when I was struggling with the recent virus that has gone through us all and the slightest hint of laughing would find me coughing for the next five minutes. You might recognize the take off of the film 'Misery.' But be warned you may have to be British to get the full flavour of Count Arthur Strong or you may need to wear a pair of incontinence pants whilst watching him.Lol.
Just took a look at the facebook page "Cavaliers Are Special" to see these very interesting statistics for litters being registered with the Kennel Club (KC) from parents under 30 months old when mated. Remember the world recommendations and the KC recommendations for breeding from Cavaliers to help with improving Mitrial Valve Degeneration (MVD) in the breed is not to breed from a Cavalier until 2.5 years old, which is 30 months old.
These statistics speak for themselves. They show that show breeders in general are taking very little more care in breeding Cavaliers, as those who don't breed for the show ring and categorically shows that the KC should be making it mandatory that Cavaliers should not breed until 2.5 years old and that they must be Cardiologist Vet examined before being bred from to register litters with them.
Ten years ago the Cavalier Club brought in breeding recommendations for MVD in Cavaliers and the figures above show that as I have said before (Not to put too fine a point on it) "That breeding recommendations are as much use as pissing into the wind."
Keep signing the petition please :
Just worked out an interesting statistic from the statistics for litter registering of Cavaliers. Over the last four years the average litter size for Cavaliers for all litters registered is 3.8 per litter and for Cavalier Club members the average litter size is an even more dismal 3.6 pups. It was 4 (Which is not brilliant) and looks like it will at this rate soon be an average of 3 or even below. Fertility is a big pointer to breed health and a big red warning light that you are doing something wrong. How wrecked does a breed have to be before the KC and breed club wake up ? From where I'm standing the answer looks like, "Totally !"
Wow, I am about to sin big time and I'm going to let you read this and guess my sin, and at the end tell you why I think I have sinned.
Let's get sinning. Now stop it, you know who you are, sending me emails with compliments in. "I think you're unique" in deed, I suspect you say that to all the dog breeders.
Now why should you stop complimenting me, making my head swell ? Firstly because I have had to have all the doorways widened in our home, but secondly and on a more serious note, the sun don't shine out of my arse, once you blind yourself with sunshine from the posterior you take your eye off the ball. You stop asking questions and then you set yourself up to be exploited or others to be exploited (This can apply to all walks of life), believe me some of the people in dogs would skin their own Granny, if they thought you would buy it as a coat for your pooch. Make me work for my audience with you, as much as I will make you work to get one with me.
This is my perspective on sun shining out of my arse. I'm using the medium of Bill Withers and the not so good Lord. I've reworked the Bill Withers classic "Ain't no sunshine." You are going to have to be very familiar with this song to really get the rest of this blog, so if not take a look at this YouTube video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIdIqbv7SPo to get up to speed or if familiar with the song, just enjoy and reintroduce yourself to Bill Withers awesomeness. Now for my reworking of a classic.
Ain't no sunshine from her arse
It's always warm where she sits down
Ain't no sunshine from her arse
Whenever she goes to the loo
Wonder this time how long she gone a be
Wonder if she gone a flush
Ain't no sunshine from her arse
And I'd give it ten minutes
Everytime she goes to the loo
And I know, I know, I know, I know
And so on and so on.
Now all I need to do is get hold of Bill Withers and I think we have got ourselves a number one. "What's that I hear you say ?" "From where I'm standing the only thing coming from your arse is a number two." "Cheek of it, and to think you get to read this without being charged."
That came to me in the shower last night whilst talking to the not so good Lord. The Lord he told me, "Jane, you must lead the people to the sunshine emanating from your arse." I told the Lord, "I have seen what comes out of my arse and it ain't sunshine." Why the Lord did laugh and wet himself a little. "So much for intelligent design, Lord" I said, which made him laugh even more.
"Ah, Jane" the Lord said unto me, "Where did it all go wrong ? All I wanted was some company." I asked the Lord, "But ain't you omnipotent or some such thing ? Can't you just wave a hand or something ?" The Lord sat down on the toilet and looked up at me, wiping a tear from his eye and said, "You know Jane, as much as I like our chats and my do you stick it to me some times, making me the Lord, question my own conscience. The problem is I don't exist." He was gone. And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know.
Figured out the sin ? Of course it was desecrating the song "Ain't no sunshine" Please forgive me Bill Withers.
And the moral of this blog is, "Beware sunshine emanating anywhere, other than from the sun." Lol
Got a wiggle on today publishing a blog this morning after coming home from milking and receiving an email about the Swedish Kennel Club and Cavalier Matters/Rupert's fund research into Cavalier head shape and syringomyelia. All my Cavaliers eligible or just on the cusp of five years old, their heads have been photographed as asked for and emailed off to see if they can help in this research. Here's the link again to the research firstname.lastname@example.org
This has killed two birds with one stone, as these photos I can use when I get around to finishing the blog I'm doing about head shape and to include the heads and measurements of our dogs heads.
I had a quick look around the internet to see if the UK Kennel Club have put any thing on their website about this research and nothing on there, which is understandable, because with the about of money they have been raking in off this breed over the years, they should be doing more than they are. Mind the Scandinavian countries when it comes to dogs and evolution in breeding from them, they are already up off all fours, the UK Kennel Club are still swinging from the trees and I'm afraid the good old USA are still trying to figure out how to get on to dry land. There are some very enlightened people in the USA and lets hope they can flourish and be heard over the thrashing of others (Primarily AKC), as they try to drag them back from dry land and stop them trying to evolve.
Then I took a look at the Cavalier King Charles Club UK at http://www.thecavalierclub.co.uk/start.html and they had a bit on it, but ruin it slightly for me when they say, " If you wish to remain anonymous and your email address identifies your kennel you can either ask a friend to submit for you or you can email to the email@example.com who will forward without your email address." So much for being open. I wonder why some would want to be anonymous ? When it clearly states, "The identity of participating dogs will not be published."
Let me take a stab at this one. Say you have a stud dog , many championships under his belt and at six years old he is still doing the business and you put him up for this letting them know who you are and it comes back that he has pretty bad CM/SM, it's going to be harder to keep using him, than if no one knows who the dog is or who he is owned by and there's always a risk of them old whistler blowers fronting you out, if names and to many details are recorded and that just is simple not cricket, old chaps. Probably best just not to submit any dogs and carry on as before.
Until the Cavalier Club can be more open and force members to be so, the breed will struggle to move forward. We all make mistakes and people are pretty forgiving if they think you have learnt from them and are then trying to put them right. Cavalier Club, it's time to take them on board and do what's best for the dogs, not members reputations. Would be interesting to know how many members of the Cavalier Club submit dogs to this research. Seeing as Sheena Maclaine the Chairman of the Cavalier Club recently said in a Daily Mail article about Cavaliers that "she does not believe that head shape is the issue." I pretty much suspect that not many dogs from the Cavalier Club membership will be submitting dogs to this research, as in breed clubs they tend to pretty much all read from the same hymn sheet.
This is the link to the article that Sheena Maclaine denies the head shape is the issue : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2908952/Born-life-pain-look-adorable-spaniels-loved-owners-including-Strictly-s-Craig-Revel-Horwood-cynically-bred-horrifying-defects.html#ixzz3RqowXWiw
I thought it interesting to let you see the photos now and hopefully encourage others to get on with sending photos of their Cavaliers to help in the research.
The first photo is Dolly she will be eight years old in August. She was last MRI scanned at 5 years and 7 months old. Her grade is Chiari-Like Malformation (CM) 2, Syringomyelia 1a. She was heart examined over five as free from a heart murmur. At seven she still has no sound of a heart murmur.
Millie has never been MRI scanned, as started to scan our dogs when she had stopped breeding. She is seven years old and just before she was five a murmur was heard on her heart by a cardiologist vet. Two years later the heart murmur has yet to progress and she shows no symptoms of heart failure yet.
Smudge is Millie's daughter. She is five in May and December 2014 was examined by a cardiologist vet and no murmur could be heard. She has been MRI scanned at 3 years and 5 months. Her grades are CM 2, SM 1b.
Ysobel is eight this May. She at just over five years old was diagnosed with a heart murmur by a cardiologist vet. At seven years old now, her murmur has not progressed and she shows no symptoms of heart failure yet. Ysobel was last MRI scanned at the age of 5 years and 10 months old. Her grades are CM 2, SM 0a.
Primrose is Ysobel's daughter. She will be five in August. She was examined by a cardiologist vet in December 2014 and no heart murmur could be heard. She was last MRI scanned at the age 3 years and 2 months old. Her grades are CM 2, SM 0b.
To understand more about CM/SM and the grading for CM/SM on the British Veterinary Association (BVA)/Kennel Club (KC) CM/SM Scheme go to the BVA website page http://www.bva.co.uk/Canine-Health-Schemes/CM-SM-scheme/ and click on the links.
Now not to make anyone feel guilty, but I did all those photos, sent them off and still got time to peel and dice carrots for dinner, so what you waiting for ?
Lets have a laugh at my expense before finishing on another ask. This photo turned up today from nowhere seemingly. I thought this photo did not exist any more (or I hoped it did not), but seems my mum has been hiding it away and my children found it very amusing.
Yep, that's me at fourteen in a dress and not only a dress but a bridesmaid dress (Remember this was the early eighties) looking really happy about being a bridesmaid for my oldest sister at her first wedding. Some how she managed to wrangle two Church weddings, you think she might of learnt from the first one, that time, energy and finance could be spent doing a lot better things in life, but such is the desire for humans to display, each to their own I suppose. Lol
Being a bridesmaid put me totally off the idea of ever having a wedding (also the three other weddings my sisters had between them after this one, watching the stress it can cause, only confirmed my feelings even stronger), which I suppose could be seen as a plus, to the torture I endured that day, but I cut a good deal though with my mother to be dressed up like a dog's dinner and that deal was to have all my hair cut off.
Up until then my hair was cut by my mum and was a third way down my back. It was the time of the New Romantics, short hair with big fringes. Although after just one day with the big fringe I was sat back in the hairdresser's chair to have that cut off as well. Don't like needless, needy (in the sense of attention beyond the norm) or fussy. Could of been worse though, the dress could of been pretty pink. "Now where's those matches." "You daft moo, you have just published it on the internet." "Duh !"
Please keep signing the petition https://www.change.org/p/the-kennel-club-stop-registerin-g-cavalier-king-charles-spaniel-puppies-unless-their-parents-are-mri-scanned-and-heart-tested
I think we are going to learn something from this about the UK Kennel Club. We are going to learn exactly how many horror stories in a breed it takes for the KC to do nothing. Thanks to all that have taken the time out to read and sign the petition and to share their own personal experiences of living with a Cavalier with CM/SM or MVD and in many cases both. Please share the link and keep up the pressure.
Just got home from milking this morning to find an interesting email from Madeleine, who had Oliver from me over four years ago and Oliver is Smudge's brother.
Don't know if you heard but Dr Claire Rusbridge is doing a study into the links between head shape and CM/SM.
They are looking for 5 year old cavaliers. I'll be sending in Oliver's photos as by the time they get to selection in sure he will be almost if not 5 already.
They are also accepting photos and existing scans (If done after 5yrs) to the study. http://clarerusbridge-news.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/calling-over-5-year-cavalier-owners-in.html?m=1
Thought you might be interested. I had a quick look on your page I see Smudge and Henry are to mate. I also would love to see those puppies. Very exciting. Good luck.
I've been busy. We have 2 boys now. My Henry is 25months and baby Edward is 4months. They are keeping me busy and Oliver is stealing biscuits from Henry at every opportunity! Lol.
Hope you and your family are well.
Thanks Madeleine. So please if you have a Cavalier over five years old and is well enough to go under anesthetic to be MRI scanned, go to the link in Madeleine's letter or go straight to the University of Surrey's website at http://cmsmresearchsweuk.se/ which gives you more information and the email address to send photos to the Swedish Kennel Club. This is offered for free, so please help if you can.
If you are not from either country mentioned, it may still be worth contacting either Claire Rushbridge or the Swedish Kennel club, to see if you can participate. If you have a Cavalier over five which has been MRI scanned already they may be happy to see this imaging and include this information in the study. Every little bit helps.
P.S, T'is the season, as people start to see the shoots of spring arriving, they start to think about getting a puppy. My email inbox (even after my rather rude blog for Valentine's) keeps steadily filling. I will get back to everyone, if none urgent not straight away, but you will get a reply. As usual I will ask that you please read the website, as most questions can be answered by doing so. The "Future Litters" page will tell you what we are doing in 2015.
Treacle came on heat as most will know a couple weeks ago, then Belle and last night after noticing the male dogs sniffing around Ysobel a bit more than usual the last couple days, Ysobel is on heat. Ysobel will be spayed in the Spring when the weather is more clement. Ysobel is eight years old in a couple months time and getting the older bitches spayed means they are not at risk of getting pregnant in their latter years and due to not coming on heat, never need to be kenneled outside.
Finally today after thinking Smudge was looking a bit swollen and the male dogs have been sniffing around her as well for a couple days, a bit more than usual, she has started to bleed. Heat is taken from the first day blood is seen, although rarely bitches can have silent heats when they show no outward signs of cycling, but can still become pregnant. Bitches are normally happy to be mated around the 11 to 14 days of their heat, although this can vary with bitches a few days either way.
So we are through the starting gates for 2015. Really looking forward to her union with Henry. I have high hopes for this litter.
"Oops there goes another rubber tree plant." Check out Frank Sinatra singing the motivational song "High Hopes" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOI_SnESqhk sure to put a smile on your face and if not, I would check your pulse, as you might be dead. Lol
Just tried to get a nice photo of Reggie for this blog with me. Started off not to bad and then Reggie goes for the lick and Henry decides to photobomb and join in. I'm not sure what you would call that photo, but I have got a very clean face now. Lol
Reggie became a Granddad around four months ago.
A couple years ago someone locally asked to use Reggie on a Cocker bitch and Darci below is from that litter. Wendy contacted me after getting Darci, wanting to know about Reggie, especially as she planned to breed from Darci. Around four months ago Darci produced a litter of F2's, as she used a Cockapoo stud dog and Ziva is who she kept back and is Reggie's Granddaighter.
Ziva weights nearly 5 kg. Is very good. Takes after her dad, stubbon, so I had to rethink the crate, she now sleeps under my bed next to Darci!!!!
She is as good as gold, no wees at night. I tried leaving her in the kitchen when I was out but she managed to 'climb' over the 3.5 ft gate!!!!! but as she doesnt chew or wee or poo. I have decided to let her have the run, she has a treat toy that she shares with mum that keeps them occupied for a while, then I think they just sleep.
They go to the moors for a good run most days, her recall is great she ignores the sheep which is always good, goes after a ball as long as its not thrown too far and is totally cute as a button.
I have trained her to recall to a whistle, saves me screaming against the wind on the moor, her reward for retuning is cooked garlic liver ( cheap liver, cut up small, covered i garlic powder, baked till hard in oven, keeps for weeks,) they do anything for it. Also a clicker, I use that at the same time as I give her the liver.
Hope alls well with you all. The other pics are January, she has grown quite alot since these were taken.
'lov n hugs'
Thanks Wendy for the update on Reggie's daughter and granddaughter. Lovely to hear how well they are getting on.
Warning : This blog is not going to be about dogs and some may find it very rude, Advisable to read this blog before your child does or you may have some awkward questions coming your way.
Valentine's is nearly here and what have the lovely people given us in Hollywood this Valentine's Day ? "Fifty shades of Bullshit", sorry, I should of said, "Fifty shades of Grey."
I have not read the books, but have heard people talking about them. I have come to the opinion it is basically porn given the title erotica, to make you feel a bit more high end of the market. If you don't like men looking at porn, is it okay for you to be doing so ?
I'm going to give you a Devonian spin on "Fifty Shades of Grey." Try and read it imagining a Devonian accent.
"Christian had been pestering me like a badger for anal. Finally I relented and told him, "It's your lucky day boy, how about a bit of anal ?" My you would of thought all his Christmases had come at once. I told him, "Hang on tiger, I'm just going to ladies room to get myself ready." Back I came, as proud as can be, wearing my strap on. Christian was bent over the dressing table and glanced over at me and his face, funnily seemed to go fifty shades of grey.
Not wanting to miss the opportunity I saw before me. I was behind him quicker than a rat up a drain pipe. We won't go into the fine detail of what happened next, but for all Christian's screaming and shouting , "No" (You know what you guys are like, "No "obviously means "Yes") throughout the proceedings, I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Christian though is not so keen on anal these days, which is a shame, as strap ons ain't cheap, but I suppose I can always hang my coat off it." Lol
So for all you ladies out there this Valentine's with male partners that keep badgering you for anal sex (It ain't my cup of tea, but each to their own), surprise your man this Valentine's. I mean really surprise him. He won't know if he likes it unless he tries it, and for all you guys badgering ladies for anal sex this Valentine's, just be careful what you wish for and you never know you might like it or you might need councilling afterwards. Lol
I just read that to my husband at work, over the phone. He thought it was funny and he said, "Go on publish it." Hope you all get the subtext. Any complaints need to be to my husband David. Lol
Most will know that I have been putting a link on my blog lately to a petition to the Kennel Club (KC) for the mandatory screening of Cavalier parents for CM/SM and MVD. The KC gave a reply to the petition back in November 2014 and I thought it might be interesting to take a closer look at the reply. The KC's reply to the petition can be found here www.thekennelclub.org.uk/press-releases/2014/november/kennel-club-response-to-cavalier-petition/ and the petition link can be found at the end of this blog.
Now this is my dissection of their response.
Well, there you have it Cavalier owners, the onus is on you to health screen. So the problems in this breed which the KC has been aware of for several years and had done next door to nothing about until they became epidemic in the breed and basically they had an arse whipping in Pedigree Dogs exposed with, the problem is you terrible Cavalier owners that are not doing your bit. Shame on you. Lol
Let's actually see if breeders are doing their bit ? With 90,000 Cavalier pups being registered with them over ten years, so lets take the breed average for litters of 4, which makes around 22,500 litters born and registered with the KC. Now lets say each bitch had 4 litters over the 10 years, so divide 22,500 by 4 and then we have the figure of 5,625, so I think we can say that over the period of 10 years the KC has taken registery of litters from around 5,625 Cavalier bitches, so an average could be arrived at over 10 years around 563 Cavalier bitches have puppies registered with the KC each year. In 2012 only 200 Cavaliers had been screened on the CM/SM scheme and now in 2014 only a further 22 Cavaliers have been scanned on the scheme, so I would pretty much say with confidence that the problem is with breeders not the public in health screening. Four of the Cavaliers since 2012 screened on the scheme are mine, so I know only 18 other Cavaliers were screened on the scheme amongst other breeders in the last two years. The KC tells us, " The CM/SM test costs around £500, and is complex in inheritance, so the Kennel Club needs to work collaboratively with breeders who are passionate to improve their breed's health, to ensure that EBVs and more health data can be generated in the future." Could the KC tell me (taking me out of the equation), with only 18 Cavaliers scanned on the CM/SM scheme in the last two years, where are all the breeders they are working collaboratively and passionately with for the breed ? I think the answer to my question above is, "No, breeders are not doing their bit."
The KC also says, "The Kennel Club can only consider making a health scheme mandatory if the disease and its inheritance are understood, so that the results can be usefully used by the owner, and advice on how to reduce the risk of inheritance can be given." and "In addition to requiring an understanding about the mode of inheritance, the Kennel Club can only make health tests mandatory when it officially records the results, and the breed club scheme for MVD does not fall into this category." Bullshit, you are a club, you can make the rules, as long as they are not against the law, so you can make tests mandatory for what ever reasons you see fit and the reasoning would be to collect badly needed data to help improve understanding of the conditions and help towards improving them in the breed. You even tell us you need more data to improve things. Duh ! The two eye conditions that are mandatory to examine Cavaliers for on the Assured scheme. The examination only tells us the dog at that moment in time shows no clinical signs of the condition, but does not tell us if the dog will develop it in later life, or if the dog is carrying the genes to pass the condition on, also we do not know the genetic markers for each condition. If you apply the KC's logic above, on you need to understand the disease and it's inheritance, then why are eye testing Cavaliers on the Assured Scheme mandatory ? Hip Dysplasia is also mandatory for some breeds on the Assured Scheme and it's genetic markers or mode of in inheritance is not understood ,and how much is inheritance and nurture is very much debated, but the KC have made it mandatory in certain breeds, so really counter their reasoning with this condition as well.
The KC then tells us"In the last ten years the Kennel Club has registered around 90,000 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels but so far we have only had 700 surveys returned to us." They also say "The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has invested more than £30,000 on projects that will help us to improve diagnosis of CM/SM and of other ways to collect data about its prevalence,"
Now lets look at the figure of 90,000 Cavaliers registered with them over ten years. The registery fee for pups is £15 per pup, so we are looking at just from pup registering a figure of around £1,350,000, then we say around a fifth of pups are kept by breeders (Which is probably much more than are kept back by breeders), so that leaves a figure of around 72,000 pups being sold and then if all those pups then have their ownership changed with the KC at £15 a puppy, we are looking at a further £756,000 over ten years. Thus making a grand total of around £2,106,000 in registering and change of ownership of Cavaliers with the KC. The KC also has other products they sell. If changing ownership for another £6 on top of the £15 for change of ownership you can get an official KC 5 generation pedigree, so the figure I have is more likely to be under than over from what they take from the registering of Cavaliers with them.
That £30,000 they brag they have invested on projects to improve diagnosis of CM/SM starts to look pretty bloody paltry, when they have been taking over £200,000 a year at least from this breed in registery fees alone. 'Just adding this bit after publishing. The KC are a registered charity (They obviously worked out giving a bit to research and dog welfare charities amounts to less than the tax they would have to pay), so they pay no tax. They are a club not a bloody charity and the money they give to research and dog welfare charities is mostly to sort out problems that have been caused by encouraging irresponsible breeding, by happily registering the pups from it.'
Yes, KC we know that you care so much about Cavaliers, so much that you allow the registering of three litters in fifteen months from Cavalier bitches ( Read my blog on the 4/02/2015 ) and the bitches are only just over the recommended age for breeding from a Cavalier, which is 2.5 years old after having the third litter being born. Could you explain exactly where your care starts and ends with a breed ? I'm a little confused !
Please keep signing the petition at :
Now I'm a realist and as much as I would like to see both CM/SM screening and MVD screening for Cavaliers made mandatory by the KC, I think that realistically the one to go for is MVD first and to get MVD screening mandatory and then go for CM/SM screening. Just to make a start, I would like the KC, to say, " A Cavalier litter registered with them can only be from parents that are at least two years old and have been examined by a cardiologist vet within 6 months prior to the litter being born. Is that really to much to ask ? I have asked them a few times now, but the same old, "I will put your suggestion forward." Guess what happens then ? Bugger all (nothing) !
Time for the darkened room again !
Me back baking might not seem all that big a thing, but it means I'm finally shrugging off the not very nice cold I have had. The last two weeks, I've spent managing to keep the troops fed at meal times, but doing any baking I have not felt up to and to be honest, with the rest of the family not so well, it probably was not worth doing.
Anyway yesterday saw me come home from milking in the morning and a brisk cold sunny morning walk with the dogs, set me up to get out those baking trays and to get them lined and greased up. Just when I was about to finish, I thought I fancy a scone, so quickly got a batch done up. Scones as most will know are a staple part of the diet for a Devonian and I believe the Cornish after a pasty are partial to them, but unlike us Devonians who logically put our Clotted cream on first, then jam, as you would if you were using butter then jam, the Cornish put their jam on first and then cream. T'is next door to witchcraft I tell you. Lol
Also the reason for doing scones, was I had spied a tub of clotted cream in the fridge that needed using up, when I say, "Needed using up." The cream was dated as being used by the 23rd January and yesterday was the 7th February. Clotted cream in the fridge for this amount of time without being eaten shows how lacking in appetite we have all been. It smelled okay and no mould on it, not that mould stops me, that can be scrapped off as you well know.
I took the first try of it on a slightly warm scone and has I stuck my spoon in to retrieve some, it took me back to my childhood, because unlike the clotted cream that most will find on the shelf in the supermarket, this cream had matured and was like the clotted cream my Mum used to make, because it had a crust and underneath instead of being runny as most clotted cream you get now, it was solid and spread like slightly soft butter, proper clotted cream, you could feel your arteries furring up as you eat it, bloody delicious, I tell you. Lol
We still only have two bitches on heat being Belle and Treacle, who have surprised us by coming on a couple months before expected. Primrose is worrying me a bit, as the male dogs have been showing her a bit of interest, which often means they are near coming on heat. Primrose by her normal cycling should come on heat March/April, but with two bitches coming on early, this might make others follow suit. This causes a problem with Primrose, as we want to mate her with Toby and he is not being scanned until the 26th and probably won't know anything from the scan for at least a month or sometimes more. If Primrose comes on earlier than anticipated I will cross that bridge when/if I come to it.
Smudge should be coming on heat any day now and she is looking very well, in beautiful coat and with this dry fresh weather along with her mum, have been very playful and frisky. Dogs like dry, bright, cold winter days. The whole pack has enjoyed the sun on their backs the last couple days.
Really looking forward to the union of Smudge and Henry. It's just a waiting game now for Smudge to give the go ahead to proceedings.
Just got these couple photos of the boys who are watching, sniffing and waiting for need of their services.
I got home this morning from milking and I don't mind admitting I was bloody cold, well, my feet were cold. Just got the sock to boot ratio wrong this morning and suffered with cold feet all the way through milking. So, when I got home, I parked myself beside the fire to warm my feet up and eat a bowl of porridge that my husband had prepared for me. I could not quite manage the whole bowl, so Millie kindly cleared the rest for me, hence in the photos below you can see she has a bit of a porridgey face.
After cleaning the bowl thoroughly enough that you could of placed it back in the cupboard none the wiser, she jumped up to show me her appreciation and Molly one of our daughters caught the moment on camera, with the last photo telling me to look up at the camera. I looked up to give a lovely display of my wrinkles, something I tell you I have worked hard to attain. Forty-six years of out in all weathers, walking and riding into the rain, into the wind and into the sun rising.
Now before you all go rushing out to get some, you will need to know the only way you can truly get them is from the passing of time. So make sure you enjoy the time passing, you start life like a blank piece of paper and your face will tell the story of your life.
Don't tinker with your wrinkles
Let them be free, for all to see
Wear them with confidence, and with pride
Angry, happy or surprised
Showing that you are very much, still alive !
Just changed the word tinkle to tinker in the blog title and the little poem, as in Devon we use the word tinkle to also mean the same as tinker, but I realised that most think tinkle means to have a wee, so thought it best to use tinker instead. Lol
As I have got my appetite back with the coming back of my sense of smell and taste, I'm ending on the trifle I'm going to get stuck into tonight when I come home from milking this evening. We just had poached salmon for lunch and often on a Sunday, I eat so well the main, I can't face dessert and eat mine later for tea. So, I'm off now for a ten minute lie down with the dogs and varies children probably climbing over me, then off to milk and home to a bowl full of the beauty below, with no doubt several dogs watching me. Hoping that I have misjudged the amount I've put in my bowl. Lol
Belle has now come on heat, along with Treacle. She only heated four months ago as well and often when bitches live together, once one comes on a domino effect starts and one by one the rest come on heat. Belle is now three years old and once we MRI scan her again the end of this year maybe the beginning of next, we will consider her breeding options. Doing the second cross, it's what you are trying to achieve. For me it's getting back towards the Cavalier, but with a better skull shape with a longer nose, reduction in coat and reduction in the ears and sitting a bit more like the Brittany, affording better ventilation.
Belle and Treacle are kenneled now until off heat. I hate kenneling any of our dogs, but if you don't want to disrupt the pack causing the male dogs stress and at the worse for them to fight with each other, you are best to kennel the females whilst on heat if you have more than one male dog. It also stops the bitches leaving blood around the home, leaving the pungent smell which awakens the males interest and can make the male dog start mark weeing all around the home. It can really stress a male to be kept to close to a bitch dead on heat, but they are not allowed to mate them and it does not matter if they cannot see them, as it's not the sight of a bitch that gets the sap to rise in a male dog, but the smell of the female on heat. It is believed a dog can smell a bitch on heat up to two miles away, so imagine how pungent the smell must be, when only a door separates them.
The photo below shows the three boys hanging out together, no doubt hoping they might get lucky in the next few days.
Today was the first day for two weeks that I did not have a child home being nursed through a bad cold that has picked us off one by one. With husband at work, I found myself home alone, well if you can call being alone when you also live with eleven dogs. I must admit it was bloody nice. I admit I actually am quite happy in my own company. My husband said to me a while ago, when he had been watching me outside from inside our home, going about my business with the dogs about, busy chatting to myself, "You know if anything happened to me, you would be quite happy on your own talking to yourself, wouldn't you ?" I had to confess, "You are probably right. As you know I don't have you about the place because I need you about. I only have you about the place because I want you about" We both laughed. Before you think that an awful thing to say, think about it. Would you prefer a partner to need you or want you ?
The slideshow was taken today whilst home alone with the dogs. Just after 2 pm sat to have my lunch and saw Jessica sleeping on the back of an armchair. Jessica has done so well after having one of her back legs amputated after an accident back in April 2014. It was just cute how she is asleep first with Henry under the chair and eventually he ends up beside her. Henry considers this chair a very good dog bed and is often found asleep in it.
The last slideshow is of Jessica sleeping with her brother on my lap last night.
The Kennel Club, the largest orginisation in the UK for the registration of purebreed puppy farmed puppies
I'm fuming, I'm so upset. I know the Kennel Club (KC) on the one hand as their website says, "We are the UK's largest organistation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs", try to make us believe they care about dogs and on the other hand happily take registration from puppy farmed puppies, making them the UK's largest organisation for the registration of purebreed puppy farmed puppies, but when their lack of moral fibre effects one of your own and the facts are in black and white starring you in the face, the KC true morality is laid bare and the conclusion can only be that the KC does not care about the health and welfare of dogs, it only cares about the KC's status.
You may want to know why I am so mad and I will tell. Late morning I turned on the computer to check my emails and opened an email saying,
I been trying to get in touch for a while…. Luckily we have had the pleasure of one of your dogs become a member of our family, the lovely lottie – Sweet dreams matilda.
I just wanted to have a chat as we are also small hobby breeders and have kept 2 wonderful puppies from her.
Innocent enough you might think, I could recall the pup, but not the name of the person contacting me. So I rang her, with a bit of curiosity about me. Elle turned out to be a lovely lady and we spent over an hour chatting. Lottie the pure Cavalier she has, I bred back in 2009 with Dolly the mum (Her first litter) and Charlie the dad. The people who bought her from me came from Weston-Super-Mare, just above Bristol in the South West and Lottie is now in Rochdale which is right up North. Giving Elle the name of the person I sold Lottie to, it was not the same as the people she got the dog from, so Lottie has traveled a little.
Lottie is now over five and has had four litters of pups, one litter with Elle and she has kept two back from this litter. Elle is a small hobby breeder and health tests her Cavaliers. Now for the bit that has made my blood boil with the KC. Four litters by the age of five, does not sound so bad, until you know she has had the first three litters by the age of 2 years and 7 months old, and from the first litter at 14 months old, she had three litters in 15 months, all registered with the KC and until Elle got her, she had not had any health tests.
Elle did not realize on first getting her that she had bred three litters, she found this out and gave me the timeline for them and remember the KC registered each litter. The first litter was born on the 22nd April 2011 when she was 14 months old, 7 months later she gives birth to her second litter on the 22nd November 2011 and then 8 months later gives birth to her third litter on the 22nd July 2012, giving birth to 4, 4 and 6 pups, altogether 14 pups. If that don't stink of puppy farm or backyard breeder, then the pope is not Catholic.
What did the KC do ? Flag this up to the local council as a concern. Contact the breeder with concerns. Refuse to register the pups, because breeding without a gap of twelve months. No, they did nothing. Sorry, I forgot, they did do something, they kept taking money to register the pups. Bastards ! So much for health and welfare, there old KC.
Lets look at the "Breeding Dogs Act 1973" you can find the full act at this link : http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1973/60
In 1973 for licensing of commercial dog breeding "F5 (h) that bitches do not give birth to puppies before the end of the period of twelve months beginning with the day on which they last gave birth." Some 42 years ago it was thought wrong to breed from a bitch before a period of twelve months had passed between litters. So can someone tell me why the KC are still openly taking registration from dogs breeding 3 litters in just over twelve months, let alone just two, with only 7 months and 8 months inbetween the litters and by doing so they are openly supporting unethical breeding while purporting to not ? Please can anyone answer that one for me.
Thankfully Lottie has found a good home and is a testament to her mum's and dad's, health and good temper, to of come through breeding so intensely at such a young age, so well. Elle told me that Lottie is a lovely dog and the two pups she has kept, I have asked, if she breeds from them in the future, I would be interested.
I rang the KC and asked about Lottie's breeding and was told, "It's not against the law." Yes, KC why bother with morals when it's not against the law. I caught you KC, bang to rights.
The ending to this blog asks ; How many Lottie's are there out there ? How many litters are the KC registering like the above each year ? And how many are as lucky as Lottie ?
Now for the darkened room and to sit and bang my head against the wall.
Rescheduling, the cheesecake tells a story and when is it okay to deliberately breed a dog with a disability ?
Busy weekend, which is nothing unusual in our home and Sunday saw the start of February with Treacle surprising us by being on heat. She was only on heat four months ago, her mother could heat sometimes this close, a month earlier and I might of been worrying about pyometra (uterine infection) which can often occur around three months after a dog has been on heat and can at first be mistaken for a dog coming on heat. Last heat for Treacle, we did have the accidental mating incident with her Dad, Reggie and she was injected to not retain any pregnancy if it had occurred, so this might be one reason she has cycled a little earlier than expected, as well.
Treacle was booked in with Toby to travel to Bristol on the 11th for their MRI scans and this will be when she will be around the time of her heat she will be at her most acceptable of a male dogs attention, so I think it a bit much to expect Toby to travel to Bristol with Treacle flashing her eyelashes at him all the way, so we have rescheduled the MRI scanning to the 26th February. We are not breeding from Treacle at this time, we may consider options for her in 2015, all going well with her MRI scan and other health tests.
The photos are of her taken this morning with me by our daughter Molly, who is still home from school getting over this awful cold we have had go through us all.
Managed to get five of our children out of the six of them off to school this morning. All of them are carrying the tail end of the cold that has struck us all down one by one, but Molly who has had it the worse is still home and I just want to see her get her appetite back. Yesterday was Sunday and most Sundays we have a roast which is followed by dessert. Yesterday because I have yet still to get my full taste and smell back, I decided to do a cheesecake, as quick and easy to do, but as you will see in the photo below taken today. The cheesecake has yet to be touched and that tells you how unwell we have all been feeling. Normally I would expect half that cheesecake to be gone in the first sitting and yesterday when offered, no one felt up to the challenge, not even my husband, who normally if you put chocolate in or on anything, you're pretty much guaranteed he will eat it. Looks like Toby might be in for a treat (Take a look at blog entry "Naughty Toby" 20/1/2015). Lol
Most I hope who read this blog are aware of the documentary "Pedigree Dogs Exposed" and Jemima Harrison who helped make it and narrates the documentary. Hopefully you will be aware of her blog "Pedigree Dogs Exposed - The Blog" as I have from time to time mentioned it and linked it.
Recently she blogged about a crossbreed dog called Rami, pictured below who is in a rescue home looking to be rehomed, it is not known if he was deliberately bred or is from an accidental litter. Jemima Harrison posted Rami's photo on her facebook page and asked people what they thought of him and many presumed he was a deliberate cross, so the way he looks prompted mostly outrage.
Read the blog at this link http://pedigreedogsexposed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/is-this-really-pits.html#comment-form
Hopefully you will of read the blog and also the first comment on the blog. For me the nail is hit firmly on the head. So the answer posed in the title of this blog, "When is it okay to deliberately bred a dog with a disability ?" The answer is, When the dog is given a history, a job (even if both are more myth than fact) and a pedigree as long as your arm." Of course the answer should be never !
If you already have not looked at the petition I have been posting on my blog recently at https://www.change.org/p/the-kennel-club-stop-registerin-g-cavalier-king-charles-spaniel-puppies-unless-their-parents-are-mri-scanned-and-heart-tested
Please take a look and if you agree sign it and if you have had or have a Cavalier please leave a message about your experience of life with your Cavalier, in the box asking "I'm signing because." Thanks to all those who have already taken time to sign and leave a message.
“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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