Yes, I'm going to be partying this weekend out with our youngest child's birthday on Sunday and oldest child's birthday on Monday, so a long weekend of partaying with the children.
Have had a bit of an amazing morning here in North Devon being the Vernal(Spring) Equinox (For most seen as the first day of Spring) coupled with a partial eclipse of the sun. Leaving home for school with the children with a heavy mist around 8.30am, we could still see the sun and because of the mist we could look up at it and see the start of the partial eclipse without burning our eyes out. The last few evenings on telly this eclipse lark had been getting on my nerves because like anything us humans have to go on and on and on about it, but funnily enough I was like an excited child this morning, as I noticed it and pointed it out to an equally excited six children in the car.
So I then moved the sandwich and got this photo of her concentrating on the sandwich. Why am I going to blog about Smudge ? Well, I'm going to stick my neck out. Thought I could feel she was pregnant a few days ago, but I'm pretty certain now and I can feel at least four marble like shapes, which are fetuses. In a few days time they became more of a mass and harder to distinguish individually by palpation. We will get Smudge scanned next week and that has just reminded me to ring the vets and get her booked in. The scan will give me more of an idea of how many are in there or it might make me look an idiot if no puppies in there. Let's hope Henry is going to be a Daddy.
With partying and cakes to make I had to go shopping this morning as well, after getting the dogs run out. I set off around 10.30 am with still a heavy mist seeping up through the Taw Valley, but on my return from Barnstaple some ten miles away from home. The mist had cleared and the sun was back to its full glory and I turned on the radio and popped in a CD tapping, nodding, wriggling about like I've got ants in my pants and singing along to 'Precious' and 'Life from a window' by 'The Jam', on the journey home along the beautiful countryside I'm lucky to live in, and you ever get those moments when you think "life does not get much better than this." Well I just had one, in that moment. Unfortunately I then arrived home and there was shopping to unpack, so my moment was short lived.
Just got down to have lunch and because I'm going to blog about Smudge, I thought I would try and get a photo of her, but she had other ideas as the photo above shows and nearly had my lunch. I had made it with fresh multi grain bread and had bought some very nice salted beef that was in there, so you can't blame her. As you can see when I have a sandwich, I use the old fashioned size slice measurement of doorstep when cutting it.
Before I'm off to partay the weekend away, I've one last bit. A couple days ago I rung up the British Veterinary Association (BVA) as it is now three weeks since Toby and Treacle were MRI scanned on the scheme. I was just hoping they could give me a time by which they think they will get the scans graded by, as Primrose should be coming on heat around the end of March beginning of April and with wanting to use Toby with her, it would be nice to know his grading before she is on heat. The lady I spoke to was very nice and got back to me later in the day, to tell me they hope to do the grading next week when two neurological vets will be at the BVA office to grade them.
Now this is the interesting bit on the 7th March I blogged about the Kennel Club putting £30,000 towards breeders putting forward scans that were done off the KC/BVA scheme for Chiar-like Malformation/Syringomyelia (CM/SM) screening before 2012 to be regraded on the BVA/KC scheme and to help them collect more data on CM/SM. I know it's only been around two weeks since the announcement, but you would think all those caring Cavalier breeders especially those who are members of the Cavalier Club UK would be beating down the BVA's door to share data about the breeding of Cavaliers especially if the data collecting is to help the breed.
Well, I asked how many scans are waiting to be graded and at the moment the BVA have only three scans to grade and two of those three are mine, so at the moment since the KC's announcement, it does not look like many breeders who did MRI scans before 2012 are going to be that interested in sharing data and helping to collect data about these health conditions in Cavaliers. I wonder where all those breeders are that the KC keep telling us they are working with to improve the health in the breed ? I think sadly they might only be in their imagination.
Please keep signing the petition asking the KC to make screening of parents of pups registered with them for CM/SM and MVD mandatory at :
“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 with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
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.