Bella's siblings left us yesterday, so last night Bella slept in a crate for the first time on her own and we did not here a peep.
Last night around 11 pm she settled herself down in the crate to sleep and I just shut the door as I went to bed and then this morning at 5 am, as my husband was back to work this morning after a week off of milking cows and I woke her and put her outside for her ablutions.
Bella is off to have her second Lepto4 vaccinations tomorrow and then off to her new home on Wednesday.
Henry decided he liked the look of Bella's crate and tried it out for size, but I think it is a bit small for you Henry.
Nearly forgot. I had a lovely update for Bella's siblings who left us yesterday about how their first night away went and asking how Bella was getting along without them.
Just thought I'd let you know that Rose and Bertie went to bed fine last night in their crate.
There was 2 mins of crying and nothing more. They also had a clean bed morning when we let them out of it!
Today Mike and Jonathan took Bertie for a drive to Pets at home while Rose stayed at home with Jenny and I. Rose was fine, and Bertie thoroughly enjoyed exploring Pets at Home and waited for everyone to greet him! It will be Rose's turn next to go on a little outing.
They are both eating ok and very politely take it in turns to eat from the same bowl, although I've put 2 bowls out.
They both love the duck toy you sent them! It's their favourite!!
How were Bella and Primrose after Bertie and Rose left? We were thinking of them and your family.
Thanks Paula for letting me know how they are settling in. Sounds like they are enjoying their new home with you all. You are in for some fun with the two of them.
This year saw our first litter of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cross Brittany Spaniel pups and for me it has proved to be a Grand Alliance. To get the title of this blog you will need to understand a bit of European history and thus why the orange and white coloured Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are called Blenheim.
Here you can find out about the Battle of Blenheim https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Blenheim and how it prevented the collapse of the Grand Alliance, the European Union of its day back in 1686. This union ended because us British got dissatisfied by how much money we were putting in to it and it will be interesting to see if history will repeat itself.
John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough was instrumental in victory at the Battle of Blenheim and it is from this battle that stems the tale of the Duchess of Marlborough stroking a Blenheim coloured Spaniel bitch's head whilst waiting for news of her husband from Blenheim. The bitch was pregnant and then produced a litter of pups with an orange thumbprint on each of their heads and thus the legend of the Blenheim thumbprint was born and until this day it is still thought desirable for a Cavalier of Blenheim colouring to have this thumbprint marking on its head.
The spaniels bred by the Duke were originally known as the Marlborough Spaniel, but with the building of Blenheim Palace
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blenheim_Palace as a reward to the Duke, somewhere in history the Marlborough Spaniel became the Blenheim Spaniel, eventually being unfortunately merged with the King Charles, being bred a lot smaller in frame and with the flat faced breeds becoming popular in the Royal courts during the Victorian era, we see the shortening of the muzzle until almost into non existence.
The 1st Duke of Marlborough was an English soldier and statesman who must of been a pretty astute fella because he managed to serve under five monarchs with out losing his head, dying in his bed at the age of 72, for his time that was no mean acheivement https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Churchill,_1st_Duke_of_Marlborough
Many think Marlborough is the greatest British commander in history and some are not so taken by him, but this may be more to do with where their politics lie. Marlborough was ruthlessly ambitious, relentless in the pursuit of wealth, power and social advancement, which with many earned him a reputation for being greedy and mean, but he probably was made of his time. The historian George Trevelyan says of Marlborough, "nearly all other statesmen of the day were engaged in founding families and amassing estates at the public expense; Marlborough only differed in that he gave the public much more value for their money" Although one could argue quite robustly, that not much has changed there then, when you look at some in high office today. The beast may change, but the nature rarely does.
The family type spaniel we are trying to breed at Poundlane are more reminiscent of the Marlborough Spaniel and the Toy Spaniels of the Royal Courts before the influence of the flat faced breeds. Toy Spaniels it is thought from the time of King Charles I and King Charles II were influenced by Far East dogs such as the Japanese Chin and Pekingese. This may be the case later on in their history, but I would put my money on the Papillon and Phalene having a lot of influence in Toy Spaniels of King Charles I and King Charles II time, due to the head shape being spaniels with most defiantly a length of muzzle, but a lot of the King Charles Spaniel's history is conjecture, as most breeds are, but that won't stop a breeder spouting out the history of a breed like it is totally factual. Most breeds histories are word of mouth sprinkled with a good measure of fairy dust.
This painting is of the Blenheim Spaniel in 1816. It is very much like the Marlborough Spaniel, but we can see a reduction in leg length ratio-ed to back length. These were small cocking spaniels that were very sought after, as they worked seemingly indefatigably in dense cover flushing anything and everything. Used in packs, but apparently prone to breaking. Breaking means they would bugger off on a jolly, oblivious to the huntsman's cries. Sounds like a few of my Cavaliers still have the Blenheim Spaniel very much about them. Lol
Then fast forward to 1898, the Victorian era and we can see what showing is starting to do to the Blenheim Spaniel and the idea of closed off gene pools. These Blenheim Spaniels are notably smaller and many of them you can see the muzzle is disappearing, as they start to be primarily a lap dog and certainly at this time looking at these dogs that the flat faced breeds like Japanese Chins and Pekingese are influencing the look of them and as the Pug become ever more popular in Victorian England we start to see their influence as well on the Toy Spaniel.
By the end of the 1800's the King Charles Spaniel has lost its muzzle and has been turned into a shadow of its former glory and prowess as a spaniel in the field.
The English Toy Spaniels of King Charles I and King Charles II did not originally have a flat face, as we are lead to often believe and did not look like the King Charles Spaniel we see today. The photo below is a young King Charles II with two of his sisters, with the type of Toy Spaniel he was brought up with and looks nothing like the King Charles Spaniel we see today or neither the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was an attempt to get back to what you see in the painting above sitting at the knees of King Charles I's three oldest children, but it has become stagnated and halted by one simple thing, a closed off gene pool. When the Cavalier separated from the King Charles around 1942, it only had five stud dogs to move the breed forward and the inbreeding that took place and still does, has now caused that much damage to the general health of this breed, it is questionable without looking outside the closed off gene pool, that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will soon be bred into its own extinction in the foreseeable future.
At Poundlane we are trying to move the Cavalier in to the 21st Century, breeding from a widened gene pool to create a small/medium spaniel type dog, being less exaggerated in the head and going back to the more elegant and refined head of the Marlborough Spaniel, reduce the heavy coat and improve the all round structure of the dog, so it is a spaniel that could do an occasional days work in the field still, whilst retaining what really makes a Cavalier special that sweet, friendly, gentle nature that make them such a wonderful companion dog.
Six years ago I crossed our first Cavalier with a Miniature Poodle and this produce a lovely litter of fluffy family dogs and although I think the Cavapoo is a lovely sweet little dog. I did not see the Cavapoo as the end game, but rather a stepping stone in the game. From the Cavapoo litters we have bred, we have retained one Cavapoo bitch, Treacle from a litter bred in 2013. Our Miniature Poodle, Reggie is Treacle's Dad and Treacle's Mum is Dolly and she is now eight years old without a heart murmur, being Cardiologist examined over five without a heart murmur. Treacle was MRI scanned last year and has no sign of Syringomyelia (SM).
Then three years ago after trawling through breed after breed, researching, I set my heart on the Brittany Spaniel as the other breed to bring in to the mix. Henry came in to our lives just over two years ago and my research proved me right, unless I have just been lucky with Henry. Henry has been a joy to have in our lives and his colourings and type seemed ideal to cross with our biggest Cavalier bitch, Smudge.
One of the most important things Henry brings into the mix is his temperament. Brittany's seem not as driven as working Cockers and Springer Spaniels. They love to run and if they can have a good run out every day you have yourself a very gentle, sensitive souled, loving spaniel. I also hoped that with his less exaggerated head this cross would improve the skull shape of the Cavalier more than the first cross with the Poodle. The Poodle improves the muzzle, but the cranium is still more brachy than I hoped for. I'm glad we never used the smaller Toy Poodle as a cross, as I can imagine that little improvement will be achieved with the cranium size using such a small breed of dog, as a cross.
Spring this year saw our first litter of Cavalier cross Brittany pups arrive. A whopping litter of nine vigorous pups, Blenheim in colouring with five of them with the distinct Blenheim thumbprint on their heads. Five boys and four girls.
As they grow you can see the vast improvement in the head conformation and at just over four months old now, they have no where near the profuse coat of the Cavalier and seem to all have the lesser moulting single coat of the Brittany. The temperament of them is very laid back, active when on walks, looking like a type that could easily be at work in the field flushing and retrieving being very biddable, thus showing a good aptitude to being trained and above all of this retain that gentle loving a cuddle temperament of the Cavalier.
We have kept two girls back as potential brood bitches, Blottie and Bumble. So now the next stepping stone. We have just had our Cavapoo bitch Treacle on heat and on her next heat, just before she is three years old, we plan to mate her with our pure Cavalier boy, Toby. This will produce what is called an F1b litter. The offspring from this pairing will be 3/4 Cavalier, 1/4 Miniature Poodle. Litters I have seen with this ratio of Cavalier and Poodle, revert very quickly back towards the look of the Cavaliers. We hope that from this litter, to keep back a male pup as a potential stud for our Cavalier/Brittany bitches Blottie and Bumble in the future and this would produce in the future pups that are 1/8th Poodle, 2/8ths Brittany and 5/8ths Cavalier.
See, having a bit of Poodle in a Spaniel is not a new thing, you just need to take a look at the Irish Water Spaniel thought to have Poodle in it and then to go back to two breeds not around any more the Norfolk and English Water Spaniel.
Both these breeds were thought to have Poodle ancestry and are thought to be ancestors of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Ever wondered where some Cavaliers get their very curly profuse chest hair from ?
So for 2016, at the moment we only have plans for one litter of pups and that is from Treacle with Toby. With her just gone off heat, she should be on again around Feb/March 2016 and the next stepping stone starts to be laid down.
So we just have Bella now. The last to leave us of our 2015 pups. She leaves us on Wednesday and I know that there is three excited boys waiting to play with and love her, and I think also, a very excited Mum of those three boys.
She is a real little sweetheart, which I think can be seen in the photos of her. We are fascinated by her ears. I said to my husband the other day, "I'm not sure who's ears they are, because by the size of them and the size of Bella, I don't think there hers." Lol
Bertie and Bumble left us this morning with Paula and her family for their home in Chiswick, London. Bertie and Bumble have been such cute and sweet natured pups to rear and I'm sure they will have wonderful lives with Paula, her husband and their two children. It seems very puppy quite here now with just their sister, Bella.
And I have just received an email from Paula to tell me they got home safe and sound with no major problems.
Just wanted to let you know that we had a very good journey back!
The pups slept for 2.5 hours then we woke them, spent an hour at the services and then they slept for another hour, and then we were home.
They are now busy checking out our garden.
Thanks Paula, any problems, you know where I am.
The time is near. Tonight is Primrose's Cavalier pups last night altogether. Tomorrow morning Bertie and Rose will join the Read family heading back to London and then we will just have Bella, who will leave us on Wednesday morning.
We took them down to the river this afternoon again and I wish I had taken the camera, because we took Henry and it was hilarious watching them trying to keep up with him in the long grass.
The last couple days there seems to of been a lot of wasps about and Dolly seems to like destroying them and from what we saw today, she must be immune to their sting, as she swallowed one and then puked it back up. So I thought lets get to the vets, she might of got stung by it, but she just wagged her tail and trotted off, none the worst. Kept an eye on her, but nothing.
On the other hand, this morning I was checking my emails. Thought I had an itch on my left wrist, did not look down and went to scratch it and it turned out to be a wasp, that then stung me.
Yesterday I stumbled across an article and when it starts with this opening statement "'I get rid of dogs as soon as they stop being cute puppies': Brazen confession of the woman who's got rid of FOUR dogs in four years"
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3213491/I-rid-dogs-soon-stop-cute-puppies-woman-s-given-away-FOUR-dogs-four-years-brazen-confession-ll-enrage-pet-lovers.html#ixzz3kD3SkY3W
You just think to yourself, just more troll journalism, should I even give this person any more oxygen for their fire, but I read the article fully and there is something here to be learned and a message.
Shona Sibary is pretty stereo typical of a certain type I often get contacting me. These are the ones I hope that I filter out with my system for finding homes for our puppies. The price normally moves them on. If that don't work, the having to wait certainly will.
Shona Sibary is a Puppy Farm Feeder and also is a handy person to off load puppies for the backyard breeder. It is obvious from her article and the description of her interactions with the breeders of the puppies, she has bought from both and the puppy she talks about buying from a Council Estate and wonders if it is what she has been told it is, I would pretty well expect to be a backyard breeder and then she buys a puppy from an Eastern European factory worker, who’d brought the puppy over from Lithuania, so not only is she a Puppy Farm Feeder, but most probably feeding the mass importing of Puppy Farmed puppies from Eastern Europe.
Shona tells us how she has paid over a £1000 for four puppies, she certainly is buying from the low end of the market and then bangs on about the money she has spent on them, even down to getting a canine behaviorist specialist for one. One thing is interesting is the fact that she has had a long term relationship with a Labrador called Oscar who died from Cancer, so why in the last four years has she taken to buying pups and when she has trouble with them that she can't handle, they are pushed up the road ? She ain't no dogamist.
Maybe if you were a psychologist you might find it interesting to look at the age of Shona's last child of her four children, which is around 5 years old. Shona is now a woman coming in to her mid forties, so these pups have started coming in and out of her life, as the breeding herself part of her life has probably stopped, just saying, "Maybe she likes the whole baby thing of bringing something home new and the buying them loads of new stuff. Some woman, really get off of that thing with babies and maybe the puppy thing is filling this hole for her in her life. I'm not saying it is right, but it might go some way to why she keeps repeating the behaviour. She has an addiction to the feeling of bringing home a new baby, but she has replaced this with a puppy."
As you can see I'm no psychologist and I might be better explaining why she ends up with dogs she cannot cope with, because the other issue here after being a Puppy Farm Feeder is people who over dog themselves. This means you buy dogs that are totally unsuitable for you. Shona is very keen on telling us how much she spends on her dogs, but we don't hear anything about how much time she spends before getting a dog, researching the best type of dog to fit in to her life and displays certainly no patience in wanting to wait for the right dog. Here lies her flaws. When buying a dog, you want to consider several things size, temperament, expense, training them, amount of exercise needed to keep them sane and have you time for all this, really have you got time ? Time is probably the most important thing to your puppy. Looking at the types of dog Shona was buying, none of the above had been considered, she just went for aesthetics. So often the look of dog someone would like does not fit in to the reality of their life. How many people I know who buy the status symbol dog to only find it months later ripping their house apart and they can only walk it at midnight because of fear of it attacking any dog it meets, that is the reality for a lot of dog owners, so it's an advert in the free ads or a quick trip to the dog rescue home to off load and start all over again, some learn, but like Shona only to often they don't and so the cycle goes on.
When Shona tells us about her dogs behaviour when moving to Devon, she ought to be utterly ashamed. She was allowing her dogs to run around the Devonshire countryside killing sheep, three on toll that she knows about. One was carrying twin lambs and this written about with a comic air and she sounds almost surprised that if you have two badly trained dogs it is worse than having only one. Dogs don't kill adult sheep cleanly, those sheep would not of had a very quick end to their lives. They normally run them in to the ground and then the sheep exhausted they start attacking the soft tissue areas, often a sheep can have most of their stomach pulled out by a dog attack and still be alive. I know because I have seen first hand the damage to sheep attacked by dogs. Awful to think the suffering she inflicted with her dogs on those poor sheep. So Shona then tops this off with an anecdote about her daughter being concerned saying, "If I’m naughty, Mummy, will you re-home me, too?"
She finishes the article with a quote from Beverley Cuddy, editor of Dogs Today, saying about her admission: ‘I’m speechless when I meet people like this. Dogs are family and you don’t give up on family. It sends shivers down my spine.
‘The problem is when you get a puppy, it’s ready to learn. If, in its first home, the dog doesn’t learn and hasn’t become sociable, when it enters the rescue world, it’s a dog with a whole lot of problems, a dog that’s not easy to love.
‘Even if you find it a new home with other people, very often it will ricochet several more times around other owners and rescue centres unless it comes across a wonderful person willing to spend time to undo those mistakes. It will be very hard to rehabilitate.’
I'm horrified by Shona's article, but not surprised, she is among many who behave like this with dogs and shows that people really need education about getting a dog. Shona is the classic example of little thought or research put in before getting a dog. Dogs don't thrive on having the best dog bed, the most fashionable dog food or the biggest wardrobe, no dogs don't thrive having money thrown at them. Dogs thrive with being with you and trained, which means you need to give them the most valuable of things time and patience.
Maybe rather than everyone using up their time venting there anger at her, maybe we should be thinking how can we stop this happening over and over again, because actually for all Shona's joking in the article and seemingly making light, I think she is ashamed and I think she does starts out with good intentions, not really educating herself to what she is taking on. The guilt of failing one dog, may also be part of why she repeats the behaviour, hoping to exonerate it by doing good with the next one. She has got a lot of people talking about this. I bet most of us know someone like Shona, maybe instead of shaming her, we ought to think about educating people better about getting the right type of dog and making them consider if it is really the right time in their life to have a dog.
Just got in from going out this evening for a couple hours with my husband, David. The do was at what used to be David's local, The Bell Inn, Chittlehamholt. David's cousin Rob had come home from Exeter for his 40th birthday and had invited family down to The Bell to celebrate it with him.
I was driving, so I have strictly been on the orange juice, whilst husband had a couple pints with family and old friends.
Just having a coffee and thought I would take a look at photos on the camera and noticed that the photo taken of us by our daughter, Florrie before going out had been photobombed by not just one dog, but three. Toby by my feet, Reggie just behind us and Belle's head just peeping out beside David's elbow.
I have been a little behind in getting Primrose's pups out in the car and with only a couple days until Bertie and Rose leave us, this afternoon we loaded the three of Primrose's pups up in the car for a little road trip and as they have had their 2nd Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvo (DHP) vaccination over a week ago, I decided to stop off at the river and also give them their first run about off the property.
In the video you can see that they are pretty ready to explore the world. They meet two Labradors, took it in their stride and they did look very cute running about in the long grass.
I have yet to have a Cavalier that travels bad and these three arrived home from their first road trip without one speck of sick in the car.
If you have every dreamed of exploring England and creating amazing family memories or even creating more amazing family members, now is the time to load up the wheelbarrow.
It's your lucky day, because let Poundlane introduce you to the Swiss Army Wheelbarrow. At first glance it looks innocent enough. Just a wheelbarrow, with a bit of chipboard over it beside a red box, but add a bit of inventiveness and this beauty can be transformed in to this. The ultimate tool to surviving in the wilds of England.
Here we demonstrate the wood storing capabilities of the Swiss Army Knife Wheelbarrow. Not only do you have all that room to use on top of the hand crafted chip board surface, but this then creates a vacuous space underneath and with that hand crafted chip board lid, it also creates a dry space, so keeping wood dry for use as kindle. No more damp kindle for you, your camp fire will be burning in the worst of the English summers.
If you want to double up the surface space of the Swiss Army Knife Wheelbarrow and become the envy of everyone on the camp site, there is the Swiss Army Knife Wheelbarrow's ergonomically designed companion, the The Swiss Army Knife Upturned Red Box.
If though you are planning on exploring Australia, you might prefer one of these.
As I said in an earlier blog today at our executive meeting, that after lunch we would "operationalize tents" We now have our children's tents operational.
Every summer they camp out on the lawn with the intention to camp out all night, but as I told Laura who has Daisy in an email earlier, what happens when our children camp out on the lawn on their own, "Normally what happens is an owl farts in the hedge around midnight and they suddenly decide on a mass migration back to their beds in their bedrooms. Will be interesting to see if any of them make the night. Lol"
I have just warned them that if around 11 pm if they think they hear rain, it will more likely be the dogs relieving themselves against the tents, just before they go in the utility to sleep for the night. Lol
Blottie and Bumble's sister Daisy has been out all weathers and Laura as been sharpening up her recall.
Well, the bad weather you've been talking about has certainly made it to the South East - it's been dreadful here. As a taste for the months ahead, Daisy and I have been out whatever the weather (much to her disgust) and she's getting much better with her recall again now. I've attached a short video of the two of us in the driving rain at the park this morning. We had it to ourselves apart from a dog walker who was struggling to control 9 dogs, ranging from a Dalmatian to a Dachshund.
We've also joined a spaniel walking group, which meets in different locations around Kent. We had our first outing with them at the weekend and it was fabulous to see probably 15 people and 25 spaniels of different varieties all walking along together. Everyone commented on how well the cavalier/Brittany cross has turned out in Daisy, both in her looks and in her character. I was really proud of her calm confidence in such a big group. I wondered if Alfie's owners might be interested in coming along to one of the walks when they're back in the UK - some of the routes aren't too far from them I think.
I hope all is well with you.
Thanks Laura for the update. Daisy is becoming very attentive to you. I have contacted Joan and Colin and I have just received a lovely reply to your invite to Alfie to join the spaniel walking group, along with an update on what Alfie has been doing whilst in France from Joan.
"Thanks Jane, all good here.
Alfie is doing well although he's had a bit of a setback with training as we ve had my three grandchildren staying too, which he loved. They went back yesterday so we re back on track with clicker training now. The funny thing is that Alfie just can't make out what s going on with the cows all around us. Their bells ring constantly and their colouring is identical to him. He is very curious but is quite happy just to sit and watch them.
We ve had some lovely experiences with him. Things you woudn t normally get a chance to do in the UK. No 1 was going with us to Geneva airport to meet the family. you see lots of dogs there of all shapes and sizes. He was on his best behaviour, very calm and walked beautifully through crowds of busy people with trolleys and children. He was very admired and complimented how good he was. No 2 was going to an adventure park for a picnic where the children were climbing though the trees and descending on zip wires then watching the parapenters (paragliders) jumping off the hillside into the blue beyond and meeting more dogs and children. No 3 was going into Annecy to the lakeside and seeing birds and ducks and generally just watching the world. The only thing to mar the visits is that he is still travel sick everytime. I'm assured he'll gradually grow out of it so fingers crossed...( it seems to be the bendyness of the mountain roads that set him off.... motorways are fine).
At the moment he is doing a mountain walk through the forest, with my husband, which he loves, while I m supposed to be doing hoovering and clearing up!
He also now sleeps in a crate and is quite happy with it. It was a matter of necessity as the 2nd night here he jumped out of his puppy pen, but with the crate he settled immediately.
I would love to meet up with Daisy's family when we get back... I had noticed they couldn t be too far from us as the Ashdown forest is barely a stones throw from us.So I'd be glad if you passed the message on for us.
Better get on with the hoovering now before they get back as it takes twice as long with Alfie "helping" me!!!!
Love Joan and Colin"
Thanks Joan sounds like Alfie is having a wonderful time in France with you both. He sounds like a very loved and lucky dog.
The two Cavapoos below I have received updates for are full siblings, but not litter siblings. Darcey is from Dolly's last ever litter born June 2013 and Bella is from the litter before born near the end of 2011. Reggie is Dad to both of them and Bella is from Reggie's first ever litter.
The first update is from Karen, who has Darcey and now also has a little canine friend for Darcey called Milo.
"Hi Jane and all at Pound lane
After much thought and research we have got a little toy poodle called Milo, as you can see Darcey thinks he is the best thing since sliced bread! Milo also hails from Devon this time from Ilfracombe.
He has been a great addition and is almost as sociable as Darcey, his toilet training has been a bit more trying but we just followed the book you recommended - The Perfect Puppy and he's getting there.
Today we took them both to Brighton and it rained heavily so Milo whined the whole time, he is not as Bear Grylls like as Darcey!
Hope you are all well, I am looking forward to my first art show which I am convinced would not have happened without Darcey building my confidence. I best go and feed the 'poo crew as they are called in our house.
Karen, Neil, Carys and the 'poo crew xx"
Thanks Karen for the lovely update and great to hear about the arrival of Milo in Darcey's life. You are so going to enjoy watching the two of them together. Good to hear from you and wish you every success with your first art show.
The next update is for Darcey's sister Bella from Margaret.
we all love Bella more than anyone can say. She is the topic of conversation with friends and loved ones and I don't know why - adores, loves children (may have something to do with your wonderful training with your six beautiful children).
Her intelligence is astounding and we understand her language and she under-stands a lot of what we say and how we say it. She still prefers people and children to other dogs apart from her boy friend a grey miniature poodle and any cavalier King Charles spaniel she sees. How does she know she is half of one.
Bella is predictable and continues to be at nearly four a very special member of our family. I thank the day I found your website
Kind Regards to your family and all the gang. I still read your blog and drool over the puppy videos and photos.
Photo 1 Bella birdwatching on holiday in Northumberland
Photo 2 Bella fast asleep in the caravan after running on a huge beach in Northumberland.
Thanks Margaret for the lovely update for Bella. I know you so love Bella and that she is such a special member of your family. Great to hear from you.
My husband, David and me are having some time off paid work this week. So, this morning after I had run the dogs out and we had all had breakfast we found us having an Executive Meeting (Mum And Dad sat having a cup of coffee together) to pre-plan (If you can actually do that) for the day. First thing on the agenda to discuss was the transitional functionality of our lawn mower. The lawn mower had broken the other day and David has now got the part to repair it today. He told me he would re-mobilize the lawn mower this morning, optimizing its output by incentivizing the children 110% in getting the lawns mowed before lunch.
Whilst David was synergizing the children I would leverage my talents getting the vacuum cleaner out and bring to the table my food technology skills. Then after lunch we would paradigm shift are attention to our children, move forward and tee off with an holistic approach to enabling them to operationalize their tents.
In other words my husband will be mowing the lawns and I will be doing the house work this morning whilst the children drive us crazey, without any exit strategy. Lol
Photos are from the meeting this morning attended also by Primrose's three pups and their Auntie Jessica. The holes in the knee area of David's trousers are not a fashion statement, but are from wear and tear.
Blottie and Bumble's brother, Bertie who is staying with us at the moment whilst his family are on holiday, because they have an elderly dog sleeps in a crate at night. So not to get him out of his bedtime routine, we put up a crate for him next to the Primrose's pups and he has his own bed and blanket in it. At night he is shut in and is a very good boy. We don't hear a sound from him and in the daytime we leave the crate gate open and when he wants a nap, he will choose to sleep in the crate, but sometimes he has been having company.
It has been a bit miserable here in the UK over the last few days, with a lot of rain. It is my husbands fault as he announced on Friday he was taking this week off, then down came the rain. Yep, we don't plan much ahead and I milked through the weekend and as the family I milk for were away, I also had the job of putting their two horses in and out for them. This morning I was milking and then asked if I could not milk for them Friday and Saturday, due to husband deciding to take week off, only telling me Friday evening. Luckily they have nothing on, so husband and I after this evening have until next Monday before we do any paid work. David rarely takes a whole week off . We were hoping to finish painting the outside of our home, but it has yet to be dry for long enough to start up painting.
Yesterday with the children getting a bit of cabin fever from the weather, we threw caution to the wind and headed out with the six children to Instow beach in the afternoon bringing along Millie and her two Granddaughters Blottie and Bumble. This would be Blottie and Bumble's first trip to a beach.
I took Millie with them, as Millie is spot on when recalled. Her daughter, Smudge who is Blottie and Bumble's Mum on the other hand can be a bit hit and miss. She always comes back, but often in her own time, whilst you have kittens.
It was windy at the beach, but from the noise on the video you might think we were walking in to a hurricane, so it might be best to keep the volume down when watching. In the video you will hear and see me recall Blottie and Bumble. As they approach me I ask my son, Bert to take over the recall, get them to sit and treat them. I could not do it easily, because I had my hands full with children's discarded clothing. Millie rather crashes the whole situation but they they do eventually sit and have a delayed treat. Not the best footage of recall and sit on the internet. Lol
I could go in to the do's and don't's of recall and the sit command, but as I have said before, "I don't confess to being a dog trainer" and I'm not going to start now.
Millie does show us a lovely balance on her hide legs, then in to a sitting position. Millie normally only has treats to get her to walk on her hind legs, hence the way she behaves and my son is not used to training two dogs together and just needs to learn to have the treats ready before the dogs arrive expectantly at his feet.
I love this footage because it is Granny Millie out with her Grandchildren. I think Millie is looking pretty good for a nearly eight year old Cavalier who has also had three litters of pups. Her Grandchildren are growing in to beautifully athletic and hopefully healthy dogs. Really enjoying watching the development of this cross between the Brittany and Cavalier. They are lovely tempered and I think they are good looking dogs, not that I would be biased or anything and blow my own trumpet. Lol
Bertie arrived yesterday evening for his two weeks stay, whilst his family are on holiday. Bertie is from Henry and Smudge's litter born back in April this year. We originally named him Freckle Nose because his nose was not fully pigmented black as quick as his siblings and as you can see now he does not have a Freckle Nose.
Bertie has settled right back in with the pack and as you can see from the photos is a very handsome chap. Really pleased how well this cross with the Cavalier and Brittany spaniel has turned out.
Also managed to get some video footage of Bertie playing with his sister Bumble.
I'm now off to do an afternoon milking, then back just after 6pm, when our house guest for the next two weeks will be arriving. We have Bertie aka Freckle Nose coming to stay with us while Emma and her family go on holiday.
Bertie aka Freckle Nose is Blottie and Bumble's brother being from our first litter of Brittany cross Cavalier pups born April this year.Henry and Smudge are his parents. Looking forward to seeing what a handsome dog he is growing in to and posting photos of him with the Poundlane pack over the next couple weeks.
Yesterday I also received a lovely email from Alfie, who is Daisy's brother, so also Blottie and Bumble's brother, sunning himself in the French Alps.
"Hello Jane and family,
I'm having a lovely holiday in the mountains. Wish you were here.
Love from Alfie ♥️"
Thanks Alfie. With the weather we are having in the UK at the moment I wish I was there.
Yesterday I got the lovely photo below of Daisy, who is Blottie and Bumble's litter sibling from Henry and Smudge's litter born this April.
Thought I'd send you this picture I took of my three girls in the Ashdown Forest (otherwise known as the 100 Acre Wood in Winnie the Pooh). We had a fabulous walk there at the weekend. I've realised, however, that I need to do some more work on recall as Daisy has fallen into some bad habits now she has realised that other people and dogs are probably more exciting than me! I think I'm going to have to find more enticing treats!
Thanks Laura for such a lovely photo of all your girls. Clicker training or whistle training are good aids to use in sharpening up recall.
Yesterday I took Primrose in to the vets. A couple days ago I had noticed she had been closing one eye slightly, but at that time no injury was visible. The next day I noticed a very small pin prick of white on the lower side of her left eye ball. She did not seem that bothered, I thought it would not need veterinary intervention, but yesterday morning it was obvious that the eye was causing her a lot of irritation and I got her in the vets to get some old jollop to help with the pain and some drops to help with inflammation to the eye.
I knew going to the vet, that the eye was not that bad and for me it was just about making Primrose comfortable, while it healed. Irritation of the eyes from an injury or eye condition is very painful and can make life very miserable. The vet said, "I will need to see her in a weeks time to check the eye again." I just nodded, but they know full well, that if the eye is okay, I won't be seeing them in a weeks time. If she still has a problem with the eye in a weeks time, believe me I would of been back before then.
Primrose's Cavalier pups are now over ten weeks old and not long now before they leave us. The slideshow is of the three of them over the last few days.
The video is some footage our son, Thomas got yesterday with my old camera, which has a mind of its own when trying to film with it.
“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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