Back to school, Molly finally flies the nest, Ysobel's pups get outdoors and Henry learns about wasps
All children back at school today, very weird coming home to an almost silent home, so finally found the time to get on with a blog. I started the blog around 11 am this morning but the computer decided to play up, so I tackled it again at 2 pm and was able to get a couple videos done and edit photo's and then load them up on the website and then have to pick children up from school.
The last week has been busy with pups on the ground and getting the children ready to go back to school. Our youngest has now started fulltime education, so for the first time in thirteen years five days a week between 9 am to 3.30pm I am childless. People jokingly have said to me, "What are you going to do with yourself ?" My reply is , "I'm going to do all the things I normally do but uninterrupted." That was the hardest thing when I first had children the realisation that things take longer when someone cannot wipe their own bum. Lol
The last pup of Dolly's to leave us left on Friday finally ! I say "finally !", as we had a couple false starts before the Cutland family could finally fly over from Jersey to pick her up. Last Wednesday was arranged to pick her up and Andy was flying into an airstrip at Eggesford just up the road from us in a friends private light aircraft but due to fog on the coast the flight was not worth the risk, so Andy and Lynne had to console their children and a flight looked possible for Friday, arriving around midday at Eggesford.
Friday arrived and also arrived the news that the original pilot booked would not fly again due to a risk of a thunder storm but Andy did not give up and he found someone willing to fly him into Exeter Airport at around 5.30 pm, so finally at around 6 pm I arrived at Exeter Airport with Molly and Molly took flight.
Two of our children came with me to deliver Molly to Exeter Airport and we waited and watched Molly depart into the sky but just before that an Easyjet went past and took off and it did worry me that Molly might of been frightened by this, as so loud and as the light aircraft took off I felt a little emotional worrying that it might be very stressful for her and it was the first time I had watched one of our pups leave us in this fashion.
Molly on the car trip to Exeter and in the airport before boarding had appeared to be taking it all in her stride and when walking back to the car the lady who seemed to be orginising the private flying part of the airport remarked that how relaxed the puppy seemed, saying, "as most pups when they get to the airport are already very stressed before even flying."
We use Adaptil now when pups are leaving us and spray it on bedding a couple days before leaving and then spray it on snuggle toys and in Molly's case towels that where used in the car for her whilst travelling, that towel then went with her on the flight to Jersey and I do think it really helps to keep them calmer and also the fact that we gave her a good play before leaving and as they go into sleep mode you then get travelling.
Exeter is about fifty miles from us and I think Andy made it home with Molly before I got home, as I noticed a miss call from them when I came home, so ramg them to make sure Molly was okay and found out that Molly had been very good and had slept most the journey through the air to Jersey and since have recieved this email,
As promised a quick update on how Molly is doing.
She is doing absolutely brilliantly. Yesterday evening after flying into Jersey she had a good sniff around the ground floor, drank some water, had a little food played with the children then fell asleep. She cried for about 10 minutes when we went to bed and dimmed the lights but then she slept through to 6.30
A quick visit outside produced a wee then breakfast was consumed and a poo followed. A good sniff around the 1st floor then it was off to watch Alfie play football for his school. After a couple minutes from getting out of the car she was loving being able to investigate the great outdoors. A meeting with a small 5 year old male dog produced perfect behaviour.
She is such a credit to you and your family. She has settled in so well. She loves playing with the children and is equally happy lying on our laps having her tummy tickled. She has the most lovely character. She has taken a particular liking to Alfie's slippers and keeps burying them away in her bed.
So to sum up, things have gone far better than we could have ever imagined and this is in no doubt down to the way you have brought her up. We have had quite a few visitors today (not all invited but somehow just managed to turn up on Molly's first day here!) and they have all commented on just how chilled she is.
Thanks so much for everything, we are loving having her as a member of our family. Already, we couldn't imagine life without her.
Many thanks again Jane.
Our best regards
The Cutland family.
Thanks Lynne for that and below the last photo's I got of Molly and you will see that her chilled temperament may be something to do with her Mum, who as the photo's show Molly climbs all over her trying to chew her collar that I have just put back on her, Dolly shows her tolerant and relaxed temperament.
Next a couple updates of Dolly's pups. With first Darcey 1. Thanks Karen and hope all is still going well.
Just a little note to say how our first week has gone, Darcey is doing so well, she has had a grand total of 2 accidents, she sleeps from 10 to 5 and then goes out for a wee and then back for another hour! We have given her two walks today, we are lucky to have a large wood at the end of the road, both walks ended up being double the length we intended as so many people wanted to hold her, stroke and kiss her!
I cannot thank you enough for the start you gave Darcey she is so friendly to young and old, dogs and people, it makes our job so easy. It can be quite difficult to keep going everyday when you are in constant pain but our little curly girl shines a very bright light into my life. Please thank your wonderful kids for looking after her and making me secure in the knowledge that when my nephews and niece come tomorrow she will be nothing but perfect.
Next is some lovely photo's of Dext snuggled up with his big sister Luna. Luna is from Dolly's litter in 2011. Thanks Debi. Lovely to see them so close already.
All going well here, just wanted to share a couple pics.
Lastly on updates is from Darcy two. Thank Julia and hope the puppy training classes are going well.
just to let you know that Darcy has settled in very well, she sleeps through the night with no accidents!we took her onto Plymouth Hoe yesterday, so she saw the sea for the first time.She loves sitting on the edge of the top deck looking out over the garden, watching the birds and Squirrels.she is walking well on her lead, and we are going to puppy training lessons on Wednesday.She has ruined my flip-flops and Steves shoe laces! but we couldn't imagine life without her.
We will keep you updated on her progress.hope the family are all well,
love Julia, Steve, Emma and Megan
Now for an update on Ysobel's pups who are now 5 weeks and 5 days old. Ysobel has done these pups so well and she has gone into full moult now and her coat is quite sparse in places. Bitches very much like humans whilst pregnant bloom and have beautiful hair and after the pups are born any time from 4 weeks omwards they will moult, some moult a little but some can almost go bald but this is quite normal and as long as not itchy or the skin sore it is just a normal after giving birth moult.
The girl is now named after Fay visited us last week and she is called Olive. My first Olive and it suits her and the children enjoy calling her it. So it is Bruiser Bailey, Dexter Dolittle, Charlie Titch and you guessed it, Olive Oil.
This video is of the pups at five weeks old and the background noise is two friends of our two oldest children had cycled over to us and I think we where under siege by the sounds of it.
This video shows the pups on the patio for the first time at 5 weeks old. Molly and Treacle from Dolly's litter are also in this video and you can see how much growth the pups make from 5 weeks old to pups nearly twelve weeks old.
Lastly a couple funny photo's. One photo shows what happens after a long day working, then a good dinner and a hot drink and the other shows Henry's swollen lip after trying to nibble a wasp. Its the second time he has been stung in as many weeks. The first was he sat on a wasp on the lawn and it stung his back foot, which swelled a bit and he cryed a little but he was okay and the second was a wasp in the living room window and he could not resist but try and nibble it. He was a little sore and swollen but thankfully not to much of a reaction that we needed to take him to the vets. I think though he has learnt that yellow and black strippey things are not good, as today he saw a wasp in the window and I noticed he noticed it but gave it a wide berth.
Hope to get all up to date soon on updates in my inbox and email enquiries and start putting down thoughts on litters for 2014 now I've got nothing to do with all the children at school. Lol
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― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
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