Our son Alfie took this photo of me after eating my soup and the pack starting to move in. It has been very cold again today here in North Devon and after waking up this morning with bad bed hair I decided to restyle by wearing a fleece hat most of the day. Which has left me with a rather fetching central parting.
Got home from milking this morning and caught this bit of footage of Ernest playing with sisters Bertha and Sasha playing in the November sunshine. Frost last night, but although cold it's bright and lovely weather for walking dogs.
In the video I mention having a coffee and some toast. When it's very cold in the morning and I'm milking I tend to have two breakfasts. A coffee and a bowl of cereal before I leave for milking and a coffee and a bit of toast when I get back, or else by lunchtime my stomach is creating 'ell of a din. That reminds me. I must put marmalade on the shopping list.
Some photos of Sasha who came back to us yesterday Just maybe some things are meant to be Very sweet today when she meet up with Mum Primrose who is now enough off heat to be back in the pack and indoors.
Had a phone call yesterday from Stephanie who had Sasha from our last litter of Brittany/Cavaliers. She had made the very hard decision to ask me to have Sasha back. Pays not to over analyse things when they don't work out. It is now doing the best for Sasha. So Stephanie brought Sasha back today. I know if someone decides to bring a puppy back to me, they do it after a lot of soul searching and honestly, feeling like they have failed, but the failing would actually be to carry on with something that is not working out for the both of you. I try to make the transition as easy as I can, so we can all move on knowing the puppy's best interests are being served.
I know it would of been a long drive for Stephanie back home after dropping off Sasha, but we all make mistakes in life and as I've said before, "It is the manner in how we handle the mistakes we make that defines us." Thanks Stephanie for getting back to me and giving me the chance to have Sasha back, she truly is a credit to you. The children are over the moon, as she was their favourite of the litter and she will be staying put with us now. I'd be a fool to fight it. Just maybe some things are meant to be.
It was also our Wedding Anniversary, seventeen years and although milking either end of the day, I took the morning milking off this morning so we could go out for a meal without worrying about having to get up real early the next day. We eat at the newly refurbished The Park Hotel. The food I could not fault to any degree that would not sound pretentious, but maybe due to being newly refurbished, the ambiance was a bit clinical as was the service. The Maître d' was a little tense and abrupt in her manner seeming to lack natural rapport that a head waiter should have with customers and was reflected in the rest of the very young staff, but as I said before, "this might be due to the newness of the place." You can have the best food and surroundings, but get front of house and service wrong and you will struggle to get a return and word of mouth trade. Last night there was a lack of warmth at The Park Hotel which may be just a teething problem as it finds it's niche in the market. Maybe though, there is a big market for cold clinical eating out and I'm the problem. Lol
Micky from 1930 is certainly a finer dog than the German Shepherd we see today.
It's been a day or two since we have seen a sunrise. I milked this morning to return home just after 8 am to see the sun rising from the front of our home.
A couple weeks ago the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee published a report Animal welfare in England: domestic pets report This report and most importantly it's recommendations could have a very big positive impact on pet welfare in the UK, but unfortunately as Claire Horton Chief Executive of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home says in her article Changing The Lives Of Tomorrow's Dogs "the chances are that you haven’t heard this news - because instead the headlines have been firmly fixed on EFRA’s recommendation (from a much divided committee) that the RSPCA stops prosecuting animal cruelty cases.
The attention paid to this very small part of the EFRA report risks overshadowing all the positive outcomes that could come from the whole document."
I wrote the blog So you want a puppy for Chiristmas a little while ago about the Dogs Trust's report the puppy smuggling scandal and I had not yet read the EFRA recommendations. Seems we agree that there is a simple cure to the importing of puppy farmed puppies. They say "The Pet Travel Scheme is providing a vehicle for the illegal importation of puppies. The Government must ensure that negotiations regarding our future relationship with Europe include this issue. The age at which dogs are allowed to enter the United Kingdom under the PETS system should be increased to six months, thereby reducing their commercial value to smugglers. And I said in my blog, "There is a simple answer to this problem. Only adult dogs (At least 6 months and over) can travel in and out of the UK without being quarantined."
Please read the EFRA report Animal welfare in England: domestic pets report and if you want to see change for the lives of tomorrows dogs, let your local MP know how you feel about this report and it's recommendations. You can find out who your MP is and their contact details here
“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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