Stew Monday again and certainly a good day for stew and to line the stomach properly, Steamed Toffee pudding for afters.
When your vet says, "See you next month!" Do you wonder if you really need to be treating a dog every month for internal and external parasites?
The Terrierman's Daily Dose blog Year Round Dosing for Big Veterinary Profits gives you his thoughts on the overdosing of dogs.
It's been raining and wind been blowing all weekend here in North Devon and the Taw river is rising.
With the wet weather comes a lot of wet dogs to clean up after. The photo below shows the pack waiting and watching me getting dinner ready, after I had returned from milking this evening.
Roast beef, with enough for stew on Monday.
I opened an email this morning from someone trying to sell me webdesign (I get loads of these) and they basically told me as usual that my website has so many problems, hence how they easily find it and thus contact me. One big problem is that it apparently reads like 'an encyclopedia.'
I don't think this person must know what an encyclopedia is or I suspect has not got a clue what the website is about, although they claim to of read it, because if this is what my website is like. Then personally that is more than I hoped for when starting it.. The dictionary definition of the word encyclopedia is a comprehensive reference work containing articles on a wide range of subjects or on numerous aspects of a particular field, usually arranged alphabetically.' I need a bit of work on the alphabetical bit, but other than that I think my website reading like 'an encyclopedia' is a positive, not a negative. It's a website about dogs and breeding them, what do they expect it to read like, a romantic comedy. a melodrama or maybe a suspense thriller?
I've been meaning to do this blog for a day or two. Firstly the feeling like a bit of a fraud. I have a lot of regular traffic to the website from past customers and a lot of the traffic are those looking for a Cavapoo and it is the ones looking for a Cavapoo that make me feel like a bit of a fraud. You probably searched 'Cavapoo breeder' and here you are. Now although I have bred Cavapoos, they are not the be all of what I am doing and for the foreseeable future I cannot see us breeding any first cross litters, so for a lot of you coming to this website I'm not a Cavapoo breeder really.
The Cavapoo is part of a bigger picture, breeding a healthier Cavalier type spaniel and next year will see us taking a F1 (First cross) Cavapoo to a second generation. At this moment we are probably only going to be breeding one litter in 2016 and this will be a F1b litter. Our F1 Cavapoo Treacle, who's details can be found on The Girls page, will be mated, all health tests going to plan with Toby our pure Cavalier boy. Toby's details can be found on The Boys page. This will produce offspring that predominately look Cavalier, being 3/4 Cavalier and 1/4 Poodle. It will be surprising how quickly they will throw back to looking pure Cavalier, but they should be less exaggerated in the skull than a pure Cavalier. So we now start the journey to our next litter.
Last week rang the vet and booked in Toby for his annual heart check with the cardiologist vet, along with Smudge and Primrose who are now over 5 years old. Around 50% of Cavaliers have a heart murmur by 5 years old, so this is a big milestone for a Cavalier to pass, unfortunately for the breed. So I'm off to see the cardiologist vet on Wednesday morning next week, so fingers crossed.
Treacle should be on heat around Feb/March time, so pups on the ground around April/May maybe June if she heats late. If all goes well and this litter goes ahead we will hope to retain a male pup, which will then be used with our two Brittany/Cavalier bitches, Bumble and Blottie. If interested in this litter, no need to contact me now. Please read the website page Buying A Puppy From Poundlane This page will tell you how we run waiting lists etc.
The photos below were taken by our daughter Molly of Treacle and Toby on my lap and Treacle's parents Reggie and Dolly either side of me.
Poor boys, no wonder they can't keep still in the video, when they tell you "It's so hard to sleep, I got the shits on the floor" and also, "In the back of the cab" Poor cab driver, He must of regretted that pick up.
I thought this was some sort of comic spoof send up of Christmas, but as I watched I realized she was serious. I think the Spanish version of the advert adds even more humour to the moment.
"No, I suspect it falls well within the realms of believability."
Loaded up a video for the Vax cordless vacuum the other day, which I do find funny, but is rather long winded. Found the advert that they are running in the UK on the television at the moment which I find hilarious. Have these ladies all got dilated pupils? They sure love their vacuuming. Lol
Have just seen Lucy off. Lucy has been staying with us while Sue and Jim were visiting their daughter and her family in Australia.
Lucy as normal has been easy to care for and was very excited to see Sue and Jim when they turned up to pick her up. Hope the trip home is better than the one down. Sue and Jim got caught up in a lot of traffic, which we think is to do with it being, 'Black Friday' aka Trample total strangers to get subpar cheap goods day.
My husband, David's 45th Birthday today and 16 years since I got down on one knee and I asked him to marry me and then that day we got married. It is that simple, if you want to just get married. It really does not matter who asks who when getting married. Just make sure if you are doing the asking that you really love them, warts and all, and if you are doing the answering saying, "yes", vice versa.
'Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It's all about the memories.'
- Buddy Valastro
I was not looking for this, just stumbled on it by chance. He was/is a member of the Shurah council, the official advisory council of the Saudi monarchy.
For some reason I find this hilarious. These woman seriously need to get out more often or have just been vacuuming all this years the wrong way.
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Just got in and was playing with Henry and thought I'll film him doing what Henry is very good at, jumping up anywhere you tell him to.
When you see him being asked to jump up on the sideboard, please don't think naughty dog, because that would be you thinking that Henry thinks that what he is jumping up on to is a sideboard. For him, it is just somewhere I have given him the command to jump up on to. He never goes up on the sideboard without being commanded to.
The second jump you will notice I removed the vase off the sideboard and I got a couple treats, and Henry then shows us how good he is at catching as well.
'November 2015: Denmark Kennel Club proves a rigorous mandatory MVD breeding protocol works. In a November 2015 article, a team of Danish and Swedish cardiologists (A.C. Birkegård, M.J. Reimann, T. Martinussen, J. Häggström, H.D. Pedersen, L.H. Olsen[right]) report that the Danish Kennel Club's 2001 mandatory MVD breeding scheme has reduced the risk of having a mitral regurgitation murmur caused by MMVD by 73% among 997 cavalier King Charles spaniels.
Denmark's MVD breeding guidelines are:
1. Dogs examined at 1½ years of age or older were approved for breeding until 4 years of age if cardiac health criteria were fulfilled.
2. To continue breeding after 4 years of age, the dogs had to be reexamined. In January 2007, an additional restriction was added, requiring a reexamination after 6 years of age for male dogs.
3. At all examination time points, dogs were excluded from breeding if they had MVP (mitral valve prolapse by echocardiograph) grade 3 or a mitral regurgitation murmur grade 3 or higher.
4. The degree of MVP was assessed as:
• Grade 0 (≤1.5 mm as the sum of the maximum protrusion of the cranial, caudal and coaption point of the mitral valve according to annulus plane)
• Grade 1 (>1.5 and ≤4.5 mm)
• Grade 2 (>4.5 and ≤7.5 mm)
• Grade 3 (>7.5 mm).
5. Dogs with grade 2 murmurs were excluded if they had:
• MVP grades 2 or 3;
• Mitral regurgitation murmur of 1 at a maximum combined with a MVP grade 2 at a maximum; or
• A grade 2 murmur combined with a degree of MVP not above grade 1.
• Before 2007, dogs with a grade 3 MVP were approved if they had a murmur grade not above 1.The researchers concluded:
"Our study shows that a breeding scheme based on cardiac auscultation and echocardiography markedly decreased the risk of having a mitral regurgitation murmur caused by MMVD after an 8- to 10-year period. The reduction in risk was only significant for offspring where both parents had been approved by the breeding scheme (PB), not for offspring where 1 or both parents not were approved by the breeding scheme (non-PB). The risk of having moderate to severe MVP (MVP > 1) was not decreased after the 8- to 10-year period, but PB had lower risk of MVP > 1 than did non-PB within the years 2010 and 2011. ... A mandatory breeding scheme based on auscultation and echocardiography findings significantly decreased the prevalence of MMVD over the 8- to 10-year period. Such a breeding scheme therefore is recommended for CKCS."
The petition the kennel club stop registering cavalier king charles spaniel puppies unless their parents are mri scanned and heart tested is now over 21,000 signatures and with the Danish Kennel Club study being published on using a MVD protocol since 2001 showing a very significant reduction in the risk of having a mitral regurgitation murmur caused by MMVD by 73% among 997 cavalier King Charles spaniels. the KC have given a reply:
The cage is being rattled slowly though and I received this email a couple days ago from the KC about them and the BVA wanting to collect information about why some breeders are testing and some are not for CM/SM:
'Dear Mesdames Howarth,
The Kennel Club and the British Veterinary Association would like to gather information from UK breeders of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels on why they do, or do not, test their dogs for Chiari malformation (CM) and syringomyelia (SM), as part of our wider research into health testing across the board.
All breeders who have bred a litter since 1st January 2012 are invited to take part in this short survey which only takes a few minutes to complete.
To access the survey, please click here.
We would particularly like to hear from those who do not (or do not always) test for CM/SM, as well as those who do not (or do not always) use the BVA/KC CM/SM scheme.
The survey will remain open until midnight on 6th December 2015.
You will not be asked for any contact details, so the answers you provide will remain completely anonymous and confidential. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete.
You can read further information on the BVA/KC CM/SM Screening Scheme here.
The Kennel Club Health Team'
I have done the questionnaire. So we got to keep the pressure on. Please sign the petition at
― Samuel Butler
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.
On this page you can find out what we are getting up to and the day to day issues our dogs encounter. I also post stories about my work as a relief milker of cows and life in general.
You can also find regular updates here on how our pups are getting on in their new homes.
To contact me my number is 01769 560969 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org