Primrose this morning, enjoying the bright, dry start to the day. She is doing really well on her heart meds at the moment. You would not really know anything was wrong with her.
Millie turns 12 the beginning of the New Year. She is in good health, being on no medications. All going well in 2020, she could be hearing the pitter patter of the paws of her Great Great Grandpups. Fingers crossed!
The photos of Millie were taken last night.
It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas in our home, with me already making a couple batches of the beauties above, using Paul Hollywood's mince pies recipe. The children love them. One tip though, if you are going to give them a go. The more chilled the pastry is, the better the handling. I made the pastry for these a couple days before getting around to make them, and it was much more easier handling than just chilling, whilst you prepared the other ingredients.
Lottie hangs out with her maternal Great Grandmother, Millie
Our little cocker, boy, Puddin' at just over 7 months old, had his first day out on the shoot this last Saturday. I paired him up with steady but keen, Ernest, and he took beating all in his stride. Didn't mind the guns or the flags. Really pleased with him and generally how his temperament has developed. He's a pretty laid back little chap, with not to much or to little drive, and he takes everything in. He also is a very smart looking little chap when out moving about, He equipped himself so well out on the shoot, that someone enquired, that if I was to breed from him. They would be very interested in a pup from him.
Lovely update also last week came in from the Lasker family for Saffy. Saffy is from Casper and Treacle's litter born July 2019.
I hope you are yours are keeping well! Saffy is going from strength to strength and as you can see from her picture, has found her way up the stairs at last. Emmeline is thrilled! Saffy is such a confident little lady, adores her big lab sister Storm and is just a pleasure.
Love to you all, the Laskers x"
Lovely update came in last week from Jackie and Nigel for Eddie. Eddie is from Casper and Blottie's litter born March 2019.
Eddie is proving to be a wonderful loving dog. At 8 months he weighs 12 kg. At dog training he got a rosette for coming 2nd in basic training test. He loves the training and socialising with the other dogs.
He gets through dog toys really quickly unless they are made of rubber or plastic. So I just wondered where you got the green mint scented teething ring. He loved it and we want to replace it.
Hope all is well with you all.
Ps : loved seeing Henry leaping into your arms.
Jackie & Nigel"
he looks very much like his Mum, Blottie. The teething ring I got from Mole Valley farmers.
Thanks for the update.
Last Sunday, I met up with Christel and Flossie for a walk at Heywood forest with Lottie and our two youngest children. Flossie is from Casper and Blottie's litter born March, 2019. Christel kindly sent we photos she took of me with the children and dogs.
Last week I received an update for Tucker from Lisa. Tucker is from Casper and Blottie's litter born March 2019.
How are you? Loved the video of Henry jumping into your arms. Tucker also does some very impressive jumps these days. When he's a bit older we'll have to see if he's into some Agility work. I've attached a video from Tucker's daycare of him leaping over obstacles, taken by the brilliant woman who runs it. He still loves daycare. I think it makes such a big difference for him as he's a sociable fellow and he's a lone doggo at home. He seems to have a particular knack for getting along with dogs who don't tend to get along with other dogs. At daycare, he's managed to play with dogs who are normally aloof and this happens to us in the park too, much to the other owners' amazement.
We've also started 'jogging' a bit with him, because he's sometimes starting to pull on the lead while also not having his head in the game for training. By 'jogging' I mean we jog/sprint to keep up with him (he can be very fast) then stop very suddenly when he decides he needs to sniff and then mark things. So it's more like interval training, which is a great workout and a lot of fun. By the time Tucker is done with a 4km the other dogs will definitely know he's around, such is his thoroughness with marking.
Tucker has gotten even more cuddly with us, which we love and is so relaxing. He can still find it difficult to settle in one place for long sometimes. He'll often move from spot to spot to sleep every 10-15min. Is this something you've run into with your dogs? Do they grow out of it?
After a bit of an exhausting blip when he hit adolescence, he's sleeping well again in his crate overnight. We'd love to let him sleep on our bed a bit when we sleep in on the weekend, but he can't stay asleep in a spot for long, which makes it tricky. We think it's because he overheats under the duvet when he burrows under it, or even when he sleeps on top of it. (He also has several dog beds, as I keep thinking we'll find one he really likes, but he often prefers the floor!)
Unfortunately for us, the stage of teething he's at, with his adult teeth settling in, our floorboards and skirting boards are particularly attractive for him to chew. We have tried loads of different chews with him, but he continues to be very fussy about what he'll chew on. Are there any chews you'd recommend we try?
We paused alone time training when his overnight routine went awry but we hope to pick it back up in a couple of weeks. We hope to make more progress with it now that he's a bit older.
Otherwise training is going well, especially considering he's in the midst of adolescence. He can have days though where he's a bit deaf to us. He's also barked a few times if someone new visits the downstairs neighbours. It's quite impressive the scent record he has of who is usual versus not!
The photo of Tucker in the crate is in our car. He's amazing in the car these days. Goes straight to sleep. Took a lot of training to get to this point, but so worth it!
Thank you so much for everything.
Lisa and Tom"
"Hello Lisa and Tom,
good to hear how Tucker is getting on. I was out with his sister, Flossie on Sunday. Christel who has, Flossie, has been worried to let her off lead when out walking. So I arranged to meet her at a very good place for off lead walks, Heywood forest with one of our dogs. Lottie, who is very good at staying with you and recall. She was really good, much to the relief of Christel, who I think had been quiet worried about doing an off lead walk. So it is really lovely to see your Tucker out and about off lead. I think of this freedom (of a sort) for them, as a reward for putting up with us.
The lying with you only for a short while, will often be that they just get warm and move to a cooler spot, and part his age. I have some dogs that prefer to lie at my feet, at my shoulder or on my lap. Ernest is by my feet as I type this. Blottie his Mum loves it if you lie out and she can lie alongside you. As he gets older, he should settle for longer periods.
As for chews. I take the advice of long in the tooth Dental and oral veterinary surgeon, Fraser Hale and use the Knee-Cap Rule. “If you would not want me to hit you in the knee cap with it, do not let your dog chew on it!” For very small dogs, I say “if your dog would not want me to hit them in the knee cap with it, do not let them chew on it.”
This article https://www.preventivevet.com/dogs/popular-dog-chews-that-are-actually-dangerous-to-dogs written by a vet tells about what to not let a dog chew and what might be a good choice for a dog to chew, and I've attached Fraser Hale's advice about the Knee-Cap Rule.
I have always got on well with rawhide chews with our dogs.
Hope this helps.
Still milking and with a new parlour this year, where I milk around 110 cows. Going from a 8/16 to a 18/18. I put the first cluster on at 6 am this morning and turned the machine off at 7.30 am. Thankfully, where I milk there are no plans to milk more. The new parlour is to just be able to do what we already do better. The cows are now all fitted with pedometers, which really helps with heat detection, and you can more easily get cows that are bulling out of the way of the main heard until they calm down. You still got to use your eyes about the cows, but technology is another tool in the box.
Cows are not fussy when on heat and can seriously damage each other when bulling (jumping on each other), even I have had to fight off the advances of hormonal cows over the years. They don't seem to be species specific when the sap is high.
The video is the dogs, just as I have returned home from milking, being away for some 2 1/2 hours, but sounds like I've been missing for a month. Henry shows us at nearly seven, he's still got his Brittany bounce.
It's been very wintery the last week or so, here in Devon. The dogs are only to happy to sleep through the worst of it, in near the fire.
Husband, David over pancaked himself Sunday morning. The dogs sense his weakness and start to move in. Henry is positioned on the edge of a sofa. Look out for his Granddaughter, Lottie walking past on her hind legs. Henry being the tallest of our dogs, knows his best chance of getting something is to aim high. Once something hits the ground he does not bother to go for it, and just waits to see if another (in this case) piece of pancake is incoming.
Had a wonderful update come in a few days ago for Pi, the boy we re-homed
Hope you are all keeping well! Thought I'd give you a quick update a month on!
He is, I am certain, the most wonderful dog in the whole entire world! He's so clever, when I want to teach him something I show him maybe three times and
That's it - its locked in his brain. He is so calm and placid, he's the ultimate companion. My problem now is that I never want to go anywhere that I can't take him!
I went for dinner last weekend to a pub that allows dogs, he napped under the table on his blanket, no begging for food, perfect behaviour, and that's the first time we had done anything like that.
He's not wild about the beach, I think it's the open spaces and other dogs, so for now we walk along the cliff paths and woodlands, he's more comfortable with that.
We started out with him sleeping on the bed with me - I just couldn't resist the face and he's a brilliant snuggler. Over the last week or so I've slowly been moving him off the bed, and
the last two nights he's now happily in his own bed next to mine on the floor, all night, with no issue, except his snoring - he is a champion snorer!
I have also started leaving him alone in the house, we built up very slowly and are now up to 5 hours (with me going in to check on him and go out for a potty break after 3 hours) He's been absolutely great! Early on I almost lost a slipper, found it in his bed, suspiciously damp on one side, so I now make sure that if I'm leaving him the slippers are away. Other than that he plays with his duck and his chew toys. He's just, perfect, for lack of a better word!
He has picked up another kilo and is now 14Kgs, a very heavy boy, but healthy and loves a good run and a bit of game! As I type this he is asleep on my feet in the office... Bliss!
Hope you're all keeping warm!
Lots and Lots of Love from us both!"
“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
Hello, I am Jane!