Spotted a Red-tailed Bumblebee yesterday. Although said to be common, I can't recall the last time I saw one, before yesterday.
Looks like it could be another good year for blackberries for us.
With Roast chicken yesterday for dinner and roasting up two chickens, that made for plenty of chicken and gravy stock to make a vat of chicken curry up, along with some Naan breads with plenty of curry left over for another sitting or two.
And earlier today whilst I was outside getting the lawns cut and tending the vegetable garden with some of the children, our daughter Florrie rustled up another of her delicious Vanilla all butter sponges and some Chocolate chip cupcakes.
Litter siblings Bumble and Blottie are 1/2 Brittany and 1/2 Cavalier. Their Mum is Smudge and Dad is Henry. We hope to have our next litters from these two girls (the beginning of 2018) with Ernest our 3/4 Cavalier 1/4 spaniel boy.
Bertha is 1/2 Brittany and 1/2 Cavalier. Her Mum is Primrose and Dad is Henry.
Playing cards last night our son Bert has his seat kept warm by Henry, until his return. Henry loves cheese.
Interesting bit of video of Blottie and Bertha. Both are Brittany/Cavalier. Blottie is from our first litter of Brittany/cavaliers and is over 2 years old. She is an adult bitch and her mother Smudge and Grandmother are both high ranking bitches in the pack and she is proving to follow in their footsteps. Bertha is only 11 months old and up to a little while ago was still being allowed puppy privileges. Puppy privileges are when the adult dogs allow them a bit of slack, as they are only a pup and are in the process of learning pack etiquette. Now though, as the video will show, that time has passed, and she is learning that if a dominate dog wants something and gives you the death stare, it is in your best interest to give it up eventually.
Watch out for the funny moment Blottie's Mum Smudge looks to come past them and decides it's best to turn back and leave them to sort it out between them.
The way forward to stop dogs being bred to suffer with Brachycephaly, will need to come from legislation.
Interesting article published over at Dog World written by Dog trainer Kevin Colwill Back BVA’s brachy breed ban calling on the KC to endorse a measurement system for dogs skulls.
It is not just the muzzle that needs lengthening though, the cranium in brachycephalic breeds also needs to be lengthened. As the rise in popularity of brachycephalic breeds now brings in a substantial registery revenue for the KC, like the French Bulldog that now holds the number one spot for breed being registered with them. I cannot see the Kennel Club any day soon biting the hand that feeds them. The way forward to stop dogs being bred to suffer with Brachycephaly will need to come from legislation.
“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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