Dolly although one of our smaller dogs is one of the highest ranking in the pack and in the photos she has placed of her own accord her half eaten carrot, just in front of her and with just a stare, no one will dare take it.
I thought to myself, "If only there was a heaven and I had the chance (just a moment would do) to say, "Sorry" to my old boy,"
It is the 29th February today, which only happens every 4 years. Find out here Why does February have 29 days every four years?
Sounds like they took this woman proposing thing very seriously back in the day.
Best be taking precautions if stepping out today and you are a bachelor.
Love is a funny thing though, Sometimes it can be staring you right in the eye, but you just have not realized it yet.
Here is a lovely update from Joan for Alfie, who is Harry's (who came back to us yesterday) brother. I did ask Joan and Colin if they might be interested in him, which why the email starts with Joan being "glad I understand." I thought it would be a bit early for them to be considering a friend for Alfie. The next bit of the email is about my reply to them about neutering. I said with it being a cross around the 12 month mark they should of completed their growth.
Joan also talks about his recall and I have suggested when back in England looking up a good Gundog trainer to help them with recall. In Gundog training the recall is central to any Gundog and they have the know how to teach dogs to recall in the most destracting of circumstances. Gundog trainers happily help with any dog, not just Gundogs, most do classes, idividual training or your dog can board with them to be trained. The Gundog Club is a good place to search trainers in your area if in the UK.
Thanks Joan for the lovely update and I hope you are having a lovely time in France with your family.
"Hi Jane thanks for the reply, I'm glad you understand.
Many thanks Jane too, this is our feeling about neutering . We read that for the Brittany it was best to wait until 14 months at least until bony plates are fully fused so that is our aim but we do waiver for a bit earlier at around 12 months on occaisions! He hasn't shown any unwanted sexual behaviour to anything other than a soft toy and he isn't cocking his leg yet, but he has started a bit of scent marking outdoors.
Alfie is a lovely, intelligent dog, and we love him to bits. He just loves to be taught tricks, he will sit, wait, lay down with minimum command in fact sometimes I just have to look at him and wait and is keen to learn new commands such as tapping with a paw and ringing a bell. I have even been able to teach him things without any words at all and just reward the required behaviour. He loves treasure hunts and hide and seek, but it is out in the open ground where it all goes out the window, all focus goes and smelling and running takes over and he ignores us. We are lucky to have a tennis court here at the chalet and he loves going in there and digging and jumping in the snow and will spend ages just running around being happy, fetching ball.
I think he has done a good job of training us! as he loves to steal an item of clothing, shoes slippers hats gloves.....and run around with them. We do a trade so I think he has got us sussed, so the next stage is to slowly withdraw the trade and get him to give to order.
Our grandchildren love him to bits. Our two granddaughters have him worked out and the youngest age 6 handles him very well and he loves them.
He is a bit of a jumper tho' he escaped the puppy pen when very young by jumping over.... the child gate was the same challenge that he managed, so now we have a double height gate for when he is left alone at the chalet as we leave him in a bedroom. He also jumps up when greeting people which we are working on!
He certainly keeps us on our toes! But he is a very a affectionate companion. I have been able to trace another lady in America who has a cavalier /brittany cross but that is the only one I have been able to find.
Well we have had two full days of pouring rain now so a lot of the snow has gone at our level, but just behind us it is possible to see the snow falling at a slighter higher level that becomes rain at chalet level of 1000m.
Best Wishes, It's great reading your blog Jane!
Love Joan and Colin"
Harry last night discovered his Dad, Henry's favourite place to sleep and lying there reminded me of the adage, 'Like Father, like son.'
Yep, apparently according to two practicing small vets the price of morality is £200 and of course small animal vets would know because my are they so full of that moral servitude. The're always speaking up for those poor struggling to breath brachy breeds and they put hardly any mark up on products they sell, because they is so full of morality. Lol
"Why the giving small vets such a hard time, Jane," you might ask. Well, lets start at the beginning, which would be just over a week ago I got an email from someone interested in our Cavalier cross Brittany breeding, asking, "if you were planning on breeding any further litters of Cavaliers X Brittanys?" I replied "at the moment we do not have definite plans for the next litter of Brittany/Cavalier pups. We are considering the prospect of breeding another litter, which might happen this year. I would keep looking elsewhere and keep half an eye on our website for developments." They did not reply my response, as most normally do and the 'up your own arseometer' did crackle at the fact that in their contact email they said, "We are both small animal vets, so you could be assured they would be very well cared for!" Sorry, there is a little more to having a dog than sticking a thermometer up their arse, but hey, I was probably not going to be in contact with them ever again.
A couple days passed and I received an email from Calvin and Nic, who have one of our Cavalier/Brittany pups born last April. After a lot of soul searching they felt best that they re-homed Harry. Reading the email I immediately rang them and had a long chat with Calvin. Calvin was very honest, the problem was not the dog, the problem was as Calvin said, "We realize now that we are not a dog family." When a dog comes into your family, you also have to come into their world and you have to find a middle place together. Bringing a dog in to your home things will need to change. Personally I don't think that Calvin's family are not a dog family, I think maybe they got a dog at the wrong time. We all make mistakes and as I have said before, "Once you make a mistake, it is admitting it and then what you do about that mistake that defines you.
The fact that Calvin and Nic came back to me and we are working through this for what is best for Harry, rather than just dumping him at the local rescue center says a lot to me. I've spoken with them and I know how bad they feel about this and shaming is not my game, but I now know two more people who's game it is, because stupidly I ignored the crackling of the 'up your own arseometer (That is rarely wrong)' and thought, "What about those two small animal vets that contacted me a couple days ago. They might be worth contacting about this." I told Calvin on the phone that, "I might know someone who might be interested in him." I then asked them how much they wanted for him. Calvin was not concerned with money , but I told him that they should ask a price for him, because he is only 11 months old and a healthy, good tempered dog, that is social with children people and other dogs and also house trained, crate trained and basic command trained. He is not a rescue with no history. He asked what price I thought and I said, "£400 was fair and would be more likely to find him a good home." I also told him that I would happily have him back and pay them for him myself.
So I said my goodbyes and left it that I would contact the vets, that could be interested. They got back to me and were interested, so I spoke with one of them last Sunday morning about Harry and how much I thought was fair for him. Let's not forget they had contacted me about getting a puppy from me at £850 and they are both vets. So I gave them contact details and left the ball in their court. They contacted Nic, Wednesday this week and arranged to see Harry on Sunday, but they then rang Nic back today questioning "the morality of them selling Harry when re-homing him." Sorry, pardon me, did I hear that right. Nic emailed me telling me this, so I rang her. Apparently they were prepared to give £200 for Harry to cover his neutering. Thankfully Nic had a very good reply, "What is the morality difference between giving us £200 or £400? " Well said Nic. It is no more questionable selling a dog, when re-homing them, than someone re-homing a horse asking a price or selling a tank full of tropical fish after you decide you can't keep them. Harry is not a rescue dog, he is a bloody bargain of a dog.
Unknown to the two vets though. is I'm a person who puts her money were her mouth is, and Calvin, Nic and me had a back up plan. Harry is coming back to me tomorrow and I am only to happy to give them £400. Personally I question the morality of two people thinking they can try to use shame to get a couple hundred quid knocked off the price of a dog, that is already a bargain. But what would I know about morality, I ain't a small animal vet.
And here is Harry. Some lovely photos Calvin sent me of him at 11 months old. He is neutered. If interested in him please contact me first by email at email@example.com to arrange a time to talk on the phone. I will be questioning our morality though and asking £400 for him.
“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 Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
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