On the 29th March I blogged about a future litter that Reggie is the father of. The mother although bred by me is not owned by me. Toni who owns Poppy the mum came back to me to use Reggie as stud for Poppy. If you are interested in this litter you will have to contact Toni at email@example.com
The next litters we breed will be the first cross not f1b. Sorry if this has confused any one .
Just a quick one. Was outside with the dogs tending our chicken and my Mum shouted to me from the window that my brother Peter's wife Wendy had just rung to say, "Peter has just finished the 6633 Ultra in joint third place." Just showing that although my brother is doing a very individual sport, you can take the team player out of a team but you can't take the team player out of the player and I'm in no doubt he has driven on the other gentleman (who he did not know before this race) he has walked with for the last nearly eight days, as he has driven on my brother. So pleased they finished together after reading reports of their progress over the last week together. I now though have a greater challenge grocery shopping on Easter saturday ! lol
Just when I thought I had wrapped the blog up for the Easter I then get some cracking photos sent me and news of Reggie becoming a Dad again soon, so have been compelled to come and share photos and news of Reggie's up coming litter.
Thanks Sue for these stunning photos of Maisy and your other dog Milly. Maisy is from Primrose's litter born back in September 2012 with Reggie the Dad.
Happy Easter to you all ! Thought you'd like to see a couple of updates of our gorgeous Maisy, who continues to bring joy to us ! Recently had a couple days on Dartmoor which she loved.
Best Wishes, Sue x
Next piece of news is Toni emailed me to confirm that Poppy is in pups to Reggie.
Details are below if interested in this litter which will be ready for homes around end of June time.
Poppy is from Lucy's litter born December 2010 and her Dad is my sister's Miniature poodle Rollo. Poppy is now around five weeks pregnant and has been scanned confirming pregnancy and that she is carrying at least four pups.
Our Reggie is the Dad, so this will be f1b Cavapoos and below is an f1b Cavapoo from a litter that our Reggie fathered back in the early part of 2012 and this is what Poppy's pups will look like as adults. I would expect cream to apricot coloured pups from this union.
Going back to the Poodle with the second cross should reduce further the chance of health problems common in Cavaliers and keeping the low/non moulting aspect but will look more Poodle.
Poppy is a healthy, active, lovely tempered girl and loves children especially and has been easy to train and will hope to pass these traits onto her pups. Dad Reggie really needs no introduction and is proven to produce healthy pups that are active, out going and love humans what ever size.
If interested in this litter that Toni is breeding from Poppy, please contact by email first at firstname.lastname@example.org and if any one on my waiting list is interested in this litter, I will not be offended if you contact Toni and she can help you. Just let me know !
Happy Easter again !
Firstly tonight a big thank you to donations to my brother's charity page as he is so close to finishing the 6633 Ultra, all going well he will hope to be finished tomorrow. First time he has raced this distance and in the unforgiving climate of the Arctic, so if he finishes this at his first attempt and being nearly fifty I think that is some going. Donations can still be given at www.justgiving.com/Peter-Hawkins4 and if you go on this link www.6633ultra.com/index.html you can find out how he has been doing.
Easter is upon us and my is it cold here in the UK. Last night when I went out last thing we where having a flurry of snow but we have had snow later than this and love the way the doom and gloom merchants start ranting about the end is near because of snow in March but I think if we dig around we will find that we have had such inclement weather in the first week in May and that would be in my living memory. The planet has always been ever changing, I'm not excusing the fact that we are not doing it much good but snow in March is not really that unheard of. I was foaling in a maiden mare back in March 1999 with snow on the ground outside and we had to rug the foal even though indoors, as it was so cold.
The dogs though love this cold dry weather and today with all children at school as our youngest does two days a weeks before starting full time in September, I was faced with a dilemma this morning, do the grocery shopping or go for a long walk with some of the dogs. I think most will know what I chose, so I will now have to for my sin, go shopping over Easter facing the Easter crush, we could survive on food in the house but toilet roll levels have become dangerously low.
Its great to watch the dogs frolicking around in the chilly wind, seemingly not feeling its ice cold grip and when we get home, no drying and trying to clean the mud off. When I've been at work milking you can almost feel the calories burning off as you try to keep warm, that's one good thing with this weather if you work outdoors, you can eat very well and not put on an ounce.
Have a couple photos tonight of our dogs and a sweet video of Dolly cleaning Ysobel's ear. Dolly likes the ear cleaner I use to cleanse their ears with and when I do Ysobel's ears, she is happy to let Dolly lick them afterwards. Ysobel does look like she is really enjoying the experience. Thats what friends are for !
Next we have a video and photos of Jenson who is from Primroses litter born September 2012, so is now around 6 months old. Thanks Nadine for the update on your lovely boy.
I hope all is well with you and your mum is all better now?
I thought I'd send an update on Jenson.... he is 6 months old now. He had his 6 month check the other day and all is well. He is a very healthy, growing pup.
A few photos are attached. Some of his first proper haircut. He was as good as gold, even though it took nearly 2 and a half hours!
He is very much settled into our family life. It is hard to imagine what life was like without him!
Jenson is still a very lively dog, but endears himself to all that meet him.
He is very loving, he has the soft, soppy side of a Cavalier and the mad side of his Dad, Reggie all mixed into one!
Take care, love,
Video of Jenson
We also have a cute photo of Poppy from Dolly's litter born October 2011. Poppy was born only weighing four and a half ounces, around half the average weight for a cavalier pup. She was one of eight and although born small was certainly not a runt and thrived and was one of the most out going of the litter. The only problem Julie has had with her is her anal glands filling and after visits to vets that considered that the opening to her glands where high thus causing her to not be able to empty them enough by just going toilet, it was suggested surgery may be the best option to remove them. Julie though got another opinion and changed her diet and when her glands filled was told to not empty them and see how she went and it seems to be working, so fingers crossed. If a dogs glands fill very often, it can be a good idea to change diet to something that helps the stool to stay firm and a more natural diet with less fat may also help. So I have attached Julie's funny email and hope this might help any one else who has a young dog with this problem, as some times over vigorous emptying of glands can cause more harm then good when a puppy.
Thanks for this Julie !
We are all well here - hope you all are too. Am attaching a recent photo of Poppy in her favourite spot lying on the back of the sofa where she keeps an eye on everyone going past. Her very comfy dog beds are pretty much ignored by her but luckily the cats seem to like them.
Poppy's anal glands have not had to be emptied since starting the new raw diet (end of October) so I am beginning to feel pretty confident that she no longer has a problem. I had to make an appointment at the vets a couple of weeks ago for something unrelated and when I gave the receptionist her name she said 'Is that anal gland Poppy?' When we went in to see the vet the vet said 'Ah - anal gland Poppy'. Poor thing, despite being the most friendly, beautiful dog in the area it looks like she will be always be known as Anal Gland Poppy!
She gets to see her half sister Maisy two or three times a week - I must get Sue to send you a video of them playing - they are quite mad together. Maisy is now the same size as Poppy but her paws are much bigger so I think she might still have a bit of growing to do.
Wishing you all a very happy Easter - I bet there is a lot of chocolate in your house at the moment! We are off to the Yorkshire Moors so Poppy will enjoy the country smells and probably find new exciting things to roll in. She is going to the groomers tomorrow so will be extra keen to get rid of that just washed smell.
Love Julie x
Lastly tonight I've found another good read "The Genius of Dogs" by Brian hare and Vanessa Woods. Last weekend with our oldest sons birtthday, Bert and me made a pilgrimage into Barnstaple to Waterstones to pick up a book I had ordered for him and could not resist a look around. Yes, we are the odd people you see in the back of book shops sniffing books, unfortunately my son is also inflicted with my habit of touching and sniffing books, infact I now believe this must be a genetic inherited condition . My son in Waterstones approached me with an open book and his first words are, "Take a smell of this book, Mum," I reply , "Shh, not so loud," but take a quick sniff and agree that the book does smell rather nice. If the book is leather bound and embossed, I may be transfixed for some time.Lol
Anyway we found this book "The Genius of Dogs" which is recommended read by the author of "In defence of Dogs." Its hot off the press and I'm just getting started on it and is proving to be very readable and smells good too. If you want to get a deeper understanding of your dog this book and "In Defence of Dogs" will go a long way to helping you.
Time now to wish everyone a Happy Easter holiday and lets hope it warms up soon, as I know some ladies (cows I milk) who would love to get out on the green stuff.
Tonight I'm rattling a begging bowl for charity. The two charities are the Antony Nolan Trust and Tuberous Sclerosis Association. My brother Peter is in Canada at this time after flying out there last week from the UK to run in the 6633 Ultra which starts on the 22nd March 2013 and if you want to know what this is click on this link www.6633ultra.com/index.html and you will see what my brother is about to undertake and he will hope to finish on Good Friday 29th March 2013. You see my brother has had a son with leukemia and his life was saved by a donor of bone marrow through the Antony Nolan Trust and whilst this son was under going treatment for leukemia his wife and him found out one of their other children has Tuberous Sclerosis and if you go on this link www.tuberous-sclerosis.org you can find out more about this condition. They have five children and they have held it all together through the hardest of times and balancing all this with running a successful business which they started from scratch. Peter turned 49 on the 13th March and has had cartilage surgery on both knees from wear and tear from his rugby days and a few months ago he was thinking his knees might of had it but he wants to give something back and a little of this will be a personal goal for him. Peter has set up a page for each charity on Just Giving and if you click on this link www.justgiving.com/Peter-Hawkins3 you can read more about what he is doing and if you would like to help get him up to his target of £500 for each charity when he sets of on the 22nd March 2013, you can donate on that page, I think that is going to give him a real boost before setting off, as his wife has told us, "He is feeling a little nervous right now." So please if you could spare a little for these charities we would be much obliged.
Begging bowl put down now , as below we have photo's and email update on Bayley from Glenda. Bayley turned one year old on the 19th March and is from Millie's litter with dad being Reggie. Thanks Glenda for letting me know all is going on so well with your Bayley, he certainly is a chip off the old block.
I thought I would give you an update on how Bayley is doing, one year on. He has brought us such happiness and is beautiful boy not only in looks but also in nature. He is a very good and clever little dog, and is very eager to please. I am not sure if he is fully grown yet. A few weeks ago I had him neutered, and my friends and family were concerned that it would change his personality. I am pleased to say, there has been no change, maybe he is a little more cuddly. He’s trying to sit on me as type this......... I still look forward to reading your blog and can’t wait to hear your decision about any new puppies. I enclose some photos for you taken at the week-end. I hope your Mum is on the mend and the family are all well now.
Keep up the good work.
Glenda & Barry xx
Just finished emailing everyone on the waiting list with their number and its been a busy day. Yesterday when I promised to email every one on my waiting list I forgot about Charlie visiting us today with his family Vincent and Vincents Mum Sheila. Charlie is Primrose's and Smudge's Dad and I will be putting him back on 'The boys' page, as when we rehomed him at just over 5 years old, I took him off that page and so often get asked how he is doing, so I will put him back on that page under 'old boys'. As Sheila put it, "he may not live with you but he certainly is still in your life."
Sheila and Vincent took on Charlie for me after he had his heart examination over five and had a very subtle heart murmur, the start of Mitrial Valve Degeneration (MVD) and now just over two years later and Charlie now seven years old, his heart murmur has stayed stable and thankfully his MVD is not fast onset of this condition.
Sheila and Vincent took on Charlie understanding his condition having had Cavaliers before and that I would need an annual update on Charlie's progress and they have become a regular fixture on the calendar now each Spring to visit us from Reading.
Today they came for the annual pilgrimage with Charlie and they arrived at around 4.30pm leaving at around 9.30pm. Its always fun when Vincent, Sheila and Charlie visit and the children have been ticking off the days until their visit.
Its our youngest childs Birthday on Saturday and our oldest childs Birthday on Sunday with our oldest child hitting his teens at 13 years old and on asking him what he wanted for his Birthday, he was adamant he wanted chicken. We needed to replenish our chicken run, so my son has his chicken, so after Vincent, Sheila and Charlie had the grand tour of the chicken and my son proudly gave them some of their eggs, my husband then arrived home early from work for us to all sit and have a rather lively supper with much eating and talking. Eating is always a lively affair in our home with six children and tonight with two more places at the table to add to the mix it certain lived up to being a lively affair, if you like to eat in silence best stir clear of our table. I am the youngest of six and remember one of my sister's bringing home her boyfriend who is her husband of some 24 years now and he is a one chick (only child). The first time he meet us all was at the dinner table and sat in stunned silence at how noisy we are, talking to each other, over each other and we could have three or four conversations going on at the table at the same time. He was used to eating in mostly silence. Obviously it did'nt put him of my sister though. Lol.
Today I also recieved an interesting email from another Cavalier breeding who has come to a cross road much like I did four years ago. Was a bit emotional reading this, as totally understand where this person is coming from and that I suspect is wondering if they are doing the right thing crossbreeding. I say, "You have let in the light !" I will be contacting them and hopefully we can be supportive of each other. I will leave you with below with the email they sent me obviously with their name excluded and I'm off to recharge my batteries, all this entertaining takes it out of you.
Hello to you.
I have just seen your website, and am amazed that I am in a very similar position to you.....in that I have bred Cavaliers for some years in our home, and am beginning to despair about the health problems that these little dogs now have. I have just, for the first time, used a poodle on one of my girls; something I never thought I would do. Like you, I do all the health checks, and was actually at Downs 2 weeks ago with my 3 girls (still waiting for results while one of the girls is really in season!) I have not used them before, and have been to Cambridge Veterinary College, or Chester......and so far have had no problems with SM.
I have just given up my Assured Breeder status, as it seemed absolutely pointless to me as I was never checked out, and was doing more than required already with my dog care and record keeping etc. And that was before I got the letter from the kennel club that told me I was going to have to re-apply to stay part of something I had already paid to join – not to mention the patronising way that it explained all the new required things that now had to be done......that I was already doing anyway!
I hope you are lucky with your SM results – I don’t like this waiting game, but it has got to be the way forward for the breed.
I could go on and on with Cavalier issues..........and Cavalier people........but at least I’ve got some of it off my chest!
Sorry that I have not emailed all yet about the waiting list for our next litters but had some extra work come up at the weekend and Monday was spent playing catch up on the domestic front and today have milked either end of the day and then I had to choose between visiting a friend who has just come out of hospital after hip surgery or emailing, I'm afraid visiting my friend won. I will glue myself to the chair tomorrow and get every one up to speed. I'm going to say "promise", so now I will have to get it done tomorrow !
I have come on here tonight, as just eat my supper and thought, "Millie's litter from last year must be nearly one years old soon", looked through my book and yes, they are one year old today. So a Happy First Birthday to Bayley, Lottie, Lola, Lindsay, Ruby, Meg and Scrappy. Hope all is well with you all and your familie's.
Below is an email update and photo's of Tiggy from Jean. Tiggy is from Smudge's litter of nine pups born last April, so not long before their first birthday. Thanks Jean for your lovely comments and thankyou for giving Tiggy a lovely home and letting me see what a handsome chap he has grown into.
I hope all is well with the family, this is Tiggy one of smudges puppies, he is such a sweet little dog who is always full of energy and fun and never stops running around and playing, the families socks are always going missing and are usually found with Tiggy !
Tiggy has made a new game up while being outside, if he spots a feather instead of going to see what it is he has decided to jump at it to see if it moves!
it will be nice when it starts to warm up so he he can stay outdoors
Thankyou for letting us have the opportunity to enjoy such a wonderful breed of dog.
Nearly a fortnight since I last logged in and a lot of water has passed under the bridge. My Mum finally home from hospital and the sad passing on of my husband's Grandmother which was sudden but not a shock, as she was just short of 90 years old.
The first body of water that I'm going to tackle is Crufts 2013. As the title of my blog may suggest "Am I bovvered !" or should I say "Should I be bovvered with the Kennel Club." They bowed to the Breed Clubs or are we to believe in 12 months that the 15 high profile breeds have got their houses in order. I watched the first day and saw the Hound group and the Basset and Bloodhound it could be seen both had reddness to the eyes indicating ectropion or entropion or even both conditions of the eye.
Then I watched the Toy Group and the King Charles going forward to the final of Crufts. So with this group win, showing support for breeding severally deformed dogs. I may not gain many friends saying this, but in my world breeding a dog with a flat face or such a short face, thus making it struggle to regulate its body temperature, in breeding a dog with a severe deformity is wrong. We know now how important it is for a dog to have a certain ammount of length to its muzzle and we know that dogs that have flat faces suffer at a lot higher level with health problems with breathing, controlling temperature, brain and skull problems and eye problems. So do we stop breeding dogs like this ? The answer is "obviously not" and at Crufts if you get the measure of deformity right, you will get a prize for it and if a male dog you will make a pretty penny from studding this dog and if a bitch, her pups will sell at a premium.
Now I liked the dog that won Crufts, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen because covered in mud running around a field this dog looks like a dog and could pass for just a mutt. I know someone who has one of these and they are really nice characters.
This year the Kennel Club decided to hold the final of Scrufts at Crufts. Now don't get me started on the name Scrufts, what fun mixing the word scruffy and crufts, we should be garteful for the few crumbs the purest throw us. Scrufts is a fun mixed and crossbreed dog competition with qualifiers run up and down the country with the final normally held at Discover Dogs, Earls Court later in the year. I have in the past questioned why it should not be held at Crufts and by the back lash of the purests, I now know why it has not been done until now.
Wow !, did the pure breeders get upset about this and apparently lit up Twitter with much vitriol against the Kennel Club for joining the final of Scrufts with their quest for the holy grail, a ribbon from Crufts. So now Crufts is a bit more like the FA cup, it don't matter what league your in, you get a chance at a ribbon at Crufts.
Now I gather the purests disgust was mainly vented at the financial investment they put in to producing a champion. Now the winner of Scrufts 2013 will leave with its owner much the same as it came but you qualify a pure breed dog for crufts it will up stud fees for your dog or the price of a puppy from your bitch, so the winners of the pure classes at Crufts will of left this year being worth more in pounds and pence for their owners and believe me there is big money thrown around at the top end of the purest dog market. Male dogs can be big earners especially now artificial insemmination is being accepted on a world breeding stage for dogs.
Crufts should be a stage that all dogs can be seen and the enjoyment of owning a dog should be shared regardless of parentage. Now I am an assured breeder with the Kennel Club for breeding Cavaliers and recently they have added some more rules to their assured agreement, which are vet checking pups and keeping records of breeding dogs such as heat cycles, litters and recording name and addresses of people you sell pups to etc. All these things I do already, so no problem there but I recently rang the Kennel Club asking if there was any point to me being an Assured member still due to the fact I was now only crossbreeding for the forseable future and they don't have a crossbreed register, not one that records parentage of crossbreeds. Now I then got told that any dogs I breed because I am an Assured breeder should be registered with them and that my crossbreed pups should be registered with them. I replyed "they are not pure Cavaliers and I am only registered as an Assured Breeder of Cavaliers and you don't have a cross breed or mix breed register." The lady then said, "We have the Activity register for cross breeds." I replyed "the Activity register is really for people wishing to compete in agility, flyball etc. Its not a register for the breeding of a dog and you won't record the breeding of my dog, so it seems you are getting money from me for nothing." Then I went on to say "As I read my Assured Agreement it only is for my breeding of pure Cavaliers and I will not register my crossbreed pups on your Activity register, it brings nothing to the table for me or my dogs but as you are telling me if I don't do this I am breaking my agreement with you which I don't believe is the case, so it might be best if I withdraw my membership of the KC Assured breeder Scheme." Then she asked that I write to the Kennel Club with my concerns and said "That there is talk of a crossbreed register in the future." I hope this is the case and I will be getting down to writing to the Kennel Club and challenge being told I have to register my cross breed pups with them when I am only an Assured Breeder pure Cavaliers. My renewal of membership is June or not as the case may well be.
I think we can move on now after my Crufts rant for the year and this last Tuesday saw me setting of with Ysobel and Dolly just after 6 am to Bristol for their MRI scans. I went on my own with them and found the Downs Veterinary Clinic without getting lost and without a sat nav. The night before I set off I had a crash course in how to use my husband's mobile phone, as I don't use one and I needed it, so they could ring me when the girls where ready to leave the vets. For the MRI scan the dogs are fully anesthetized, so I dropped them of around 8 am and was told it would be after midday to pick them back up. Due to it being so windy and cold I had knocked the idea of going for a walk with some of our other dogs, so found a cafe just outside Bristol and had a big breakfast, toast and marmalade the works and done something I have not done for a while, read a news paper, well read it without falling asleep or hearing the words "Mum, can you help me." I must of looked very content, as two gentlemen sat opposite me commented on the fact saying to me, "You look like you really enjoyed that." I replied with a most definite "Yes" and then had a good laugh in conversation with these two gentlemen, who I think where father and son, they did tell me they are baliffs, the size of both of them I was not going to dispute this fact. The older one told me a funny joke which I have heard before and is not a bad joke but also is a joke that shows how we can see things so differently. The joke envolves a dog, so I think its allowable and it is a clean one, so I will have a go at telling it.
Young lad goes off to buy a sheep dog and ends up in a farm yard and the farmer says, "I've got just the dog for you and it can walk on water." So the young lad goes, "Show me this dog." So the farmer picks up a stick, calls and throws the stick out onto a pond. Around a corner of a shed appears a sheep dog and he tiptoes across the pond and brings the stick back to the farmer. The young lad gets very excited and says "I''ll take him, my Dads going to be so proud of me."
The young lad arrives home with the sheep dog and his Dad asks if he found a dog and the young lad goes "Dad, watch this !" The young lad picks up a stick, calls and throws the a stick out on to the pond and the dog tiptoes out over the water and retrieves the stick. The young lad's Dad turns to him and say's "Son you've been conned. That dog can't swim !"
Luckily the vets must of took pity on me being the furthest away of the dogs they where scanning and just before midday, I got a phone call from them to pick the two girls up and got home just after 2pm. Will not know any thing for a day or two, as the scans are sent to the British Veterinary Association (BVA) to be looked at by a board of vets and its around a four weeks turnaround for results.
All the dogs are well at the moment and we finally have a break in bitches on heat as Primrose has now just gome off heat, so now the two boys can be back full time in the pack. We are now just waiting on Dolly any day now to come on heat.
The weather here is up and down, with one minute doors open sun flooding in with the dogs catching the rays. Then the next minute,batten down the hatches against the chilly wind. Today its dark and damp.
I will be intouch with peoples number on the waiting list, as have now got replies back , so will hope to do over the weekend.
Just a bit of fun to end on. Last week a very old pair of my trouser's ripped at the knee. Now I am one for comfort and I have a hat I wear milking that is now coming up to 20 years old and I have repaired to almost new several times and I know of some who covet my hat and if it disappeared I would know where to look. Lol. Any way I wrote a poem about the trouser crisis,
The Trouser Crisis !
I have little use for a diamond ring,
but hand me a pair of comfortable trousers
Well, thats another thing
I've had a crisis, you see !
A faithful servant, my trousers have ripped at the knee
To discard such comfort in the bin,
would truely feel like commiting a sin.
So, gently I place them on the table,
with my needle, threaded, ready and able
In I go, patch and pink thread
and resuscitate them from the near dead
Averting near disaster,
with a patch as big as any plaster
Wipe the sweat from my brow,
I think I've done now
As good as new,
with a little added character too !
Had one of those days when you get everything done you set out to do and more. Even got to get out with my oldest child this afternoon to the river with Millie, Smudge, Ysobel and Dolly and unlike when I broke my last camera managed to get some video footage of them and camera still in tact. My son Bert who came with me, if you are wondering is messing about with a sling shot he has made from an old belt and some string, so he got to collect an arsenal of suitable pebbles and some target practice in. I was impressed, as it worked and he could get the pebbles to go right over the river and I imagine the farmer who I know who owns the field will be wondering at harvest time later in the year, why he has so many stones in one part of his field.Lol
Took a while to upload these and now a bit later than I like to be on the computer, so this now will be a quick blog.
Warning : Keep volume down, as my voice and whistling may hurt your ears otherwise.
The first video is Smudge enjoying all the smells, as especially as we have Roe Deer around at the moment but she does manage to keep her ears open but only just !
This is them all just enjoying the water.
At this time Smudge is on the lead, as she does go deaf if in a group but you can see how these dogs where bonnie little hunting spaniels. Very good for flushing.
Exactly Dolly, what are you rolling in ? It was where a fox had marked the tree and you will see her remove something from the tree and then rolling in it. It was a tiny piece of dry fox poo. Thankfully it had lost any smell my nose could register.Lol
In this last video Ysobel just disappeared and as I walk over calling you will see the steepness to where she suddenly disappered but returns up the easier route. Showing that Cavaliers are fearless little spaniels if allowed to be.
We are loving this dry weather at Poundlane at the moment and its hard to believe not that long ago the river Taw was over its banks and the damage of the water can be seen in the bareness of the banks, as the mass of water from the moors came through it and flattened and ripped out a lot of the brambles and gorse bushes along the banks. We never walk near the river when its running high for fear of a child or dog slipping in but it always amazes me how people with their children and dogs will crowd down to the river to watch it at close quarters, when it is at its most furious.
Now, it is way pass my computer curfew !
“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!