Jessica is Toby's litter sibling, so Auntie Jessica to Ernest and Lily, and also Auntie to the pups Treacle is carrying. Nearly eight years old and as fit as a flea, even though five years ago, due to an accident, she lost her left hindleg Jessica is home, and as I hoped, just after she came home from the surgery. Promptly hopping in the door and jumping up on the sofa, like nothing had changed. She's been just fine with three legs.
Ysobel's abscess, I first blogged about around a week ago, is healing really well.
Sadie and Obi's (who I blogged an update for yesterday) brother, Alfie has had his eye operation for cherry eye. A couple days after leaving us he developed it in one of his eyes, and unfortunately, although could be manipulated back in to position, it would not stay, so it needed to be surgically replaced,
Alfie has had his operation today for his eye and also been castrated. He seems ok just not that keen on the funny hat!!
Hopefully his eye settle and be normal again.
Looking forward to hearing your news when the puppies arrive. Treacle looks really well.
We met up with Obi & Sadie at the weekend. Alfie is big compared to them. They all played really well.
thanks for letting me know. Hope all is going okay.
I got an email from Claire with some photos of them all meeting up. Made me smile.
Keep me posted on his progress.
I just read this email from Louise, who had Mason from Ysobel and Reggie's litter 2011 Ysabel's Cavapoo pups have arrived !
Hope you don't mind me getting in touch with you after all this time and hope you are well. Just wondered if you still had Contact with any of masons brothers and sisters. Mason has not had the best of health, he had problems with his hip when he was a pup, but thankfully that hasn't shown any signs of returning. He has had on and off for years, stomach problems, he has a really sensitive stomach and went thro a bad patch of passing blood, but that settled with a special food, although still has upset stomach a lot. But more recently had problems with him so took him to the vets today and he has diabetes and is going in for glucose culture tomorrow and put on insulin. Ive done some Google searches on this this evening and a few say some dogs could be genetically prone to it, so was just curious if any of his siblings have suffered. I'm devastated for him, I'm sure he is feeling sorry for himself right now and Thinking why me, bless him, he doesn't seem to have much luck, but the vet thinks we've caught it early so hopefully finding the right insulin amount may be easier than most.
Louise Lawford "
sorry to here about Mason. I've not had any reports of diabetes, but diabetes in dogs has seen a rise with obesity in dogs. Some may be more genetically prone to this condition, and keeping dogs like that at a healthy weight will help them considerably.
We have seen a few pups over the years with sensitive stomach issues from this line. Although Ysobel is now 12 years old and is on no medications. She recently was bitten by something, which caused a nasty abscess on her back, and it has amazed me how well it has healed for her age. Mason's Dad, Reggie who is 9 years old, also has no health issues. I also have one of Ysobel's offspring to Reggie, that is now 7 years old, and she has never had any health issues, other than chipping her radius as a pup, due to getting her leg squashed by a door. None of seem have had problems with sensitive stomachs.
Have you got any photos of him? Would love to see him.
I can put this up on my website, if you want, to see if anyone else comes forward
"Thanks for replying Jane, I did see about ysabels, poor thing, but looks to healing well. I had a look thro some of your recent post, wasn't sure if you still had masons sister, Tinkerbell is that her name?
Mason was a little overweight, but not massively and the vets were never worried about it, we tried him on a different food last year which was great with his stomach issues but we started to notice he was putting on a bit of weight so changed it again but is now back to a weight he was before, and the vets never flagged about. You could post about it if you like, but you don't have to, I was just curious. Mason is a very cuddly boy and likes to be a lap dog even tho he is a little big to fit but he still tries, with both my daughters been off to uni over past 3 years, coming and going, think it throws him a little, he is quite needed with wanting to be with someone and isn't huge on being left for long, but I put this down to the house changing all the time with the coming being home for a bit then off again and work term time so he gets used to being with me in holidays.
I'd like to see any photos you have of Tinkerbell or his other siblings if you have any.
Thanks again for replying
This is Mason this morning, not had any breakfast as off to vets so a little sorry for himself x "
thanks for that. I've put it up on the website. If you go back through the blog using the search bar with his siblings names Otis, Tinkerbell, Sadie and Miss Kirkup, will help you find updates and photos for any that I have had. I must admit, with that litter, other than the first year or two, I've not heard that much from them since. You will find some though. I have though had regular updates from some of the pups from litters with the same parents post Mason's litter.
I've just realised my Belle is a year older than I thought. I did keep back a pup from that litter, that we called, "Belle." I've attached a photo for you just taken. She's a real sweetheart, super affectionate.
Hope all goes well at the vets with Mason.
Received a very nice update from Kathy for Saffy, who is from Bumble and Ernest's litter, born last year Just back from the vets. Next year we will hope to breed from Bumble again, most probably with Ernest again. The combination of 5/8 Cavalier, 1/4 Brittany and 1/8 Poodle (miniature) seems to produce a good looking spaniel type with a very soft nature.
I have been following all your blogs about Poundland spaniels. Blottie certainly had a lovely litter - and I hope the forthcoming litter goes well too.
Saffy continues to be lovely company - quite a quiet dog , rarely barks and very laid back - amazingly I can leave food on the table and it’s still there when I get back! Amazing - my last cavalier would have woofed the lot!
She is also pretty good on the whistle as long as I don’t overuse it! She is still v active when we are walking in the fields and on a mission to catch a swallow, which of course will never happen.
I attach a few pictures of her.
Thanks again for breeding such a lovely dog.
Got a lovely update a couple days ago from Claire for Obi and Sadie. They also have met up with their big brother, Alfie. Sadie, Obi and Alfie are from Blottie's litter born in March this year Blottie has nine little Blenheim pups
As a month has flown past since Obi and Sadie joined us, thought you would like a pupdate....
They are both well, still chasing each other around at 100 mph, plenty of 'nibbly faces' and growing rapidly, (especially Obi who is a tinker for stealing food and treats) Sadie seems to be the fussier one, so we have been trying out some new food.
We finish first set of training classes on Thursday, they have both done great and the kids have particularly enjoyed learning new tricks with them. We have done a lot of things separately to make sure they have individual time, teaching them walking to heal on-lead especially difficult with two!
Their recall is great so they have had fun first trips 'off lead' recently to places much loved by my previous Cavaliers, and they really loved them too.
We met with their big brother Alfie and owner Caroline and her children a few days ago for a nice walk in our local woods. Much chasing and paddling followed, they definitely remembered their litter mates!
Good luck with Treacles impending birth, and your other new additions Puddin' and Pi, very handsome boys.
Claire and family"
Treacle is now getting over 8 weeks pregnant, and today I caught a bit of video of her taking her midday siesta with the pack. The pups can now be seen moving around inside her, and it is now that although so near, these pups still are so far. Birth is a very precarious process, and it is now that a very watchful eye is needed on a bitch.
We are now getting in to the zone, where pups could arrive. Treacle is now 8 weeks since her first mating. Gestation for a dog is around 9 weeks, give or take a day for size of bitch, and size of litter they are carrying. Going from her previous two whelpings, we could have pups here Sunday. Her last litter she was mated from her eighth day of heat, over eight days, and came 62 days from her first mating. A close eye is now being kept on her. Bitches can whelp from 56 days on wards. The pups are moving vigorously now, and can be felt and seen moving.
Got some nice photos of Puddin' resting upsides Teagal. I take a lot of photos of the dogs. Seeing them together in photos is a good way to study them and use as a tool alongside seeing them together in the flesh for future pairings.
When I started this blog our second born would of only been 7 years old, now seventeen and over 6 foot tall. Our youngest son, took the couple photos below, as he thought it funny how diminutive Alfie makes his parents look, and he asked, "How did I give birth to someone as big as Alfie?" I replied, "Well, thankfully he did not come out that size."
Four days ago I blogged about Ysobel having an abscess from what looked like a bite mark for maybe a snake or small animal. On Friday I was booked back at the vets for a check up, and maybe surgery to help close it up.
Friday, it was looking so good, I was given the option of surgery or letting it heal without surgical intervention. Surgery would do the job quicker, but the vet thought if given a bit of time the wound would heal okay without it. I decided to go for the option of allowing her body time to heal it, and yesterday and today, you can see her body is doing an amazing job of repairing it, with a little help from me. Keeping it moist and dressed.
Interesting blog over at Terrierman's Daily Dose Problem Dog Foods?
The rise of reports to the FDA is worrying,
"Cases Reported to FDA
For the purposes of this investigation, the FDA defines a “case” as an illness reported to FDA involving a dog or cat that includes a diagnosis of DCM. Many of the reports submitted to the FDA included extensive clinical information, including echocardiogram results, cardiology/veterinary records, and detailed diet histories. The numbers below only include reports in which the dog or cat was diagnosed with DCM by a veterinarian and/or veterinary cardiologist. We did not include in these numbers the many general cardiac reports submitted to the FDA that did not have a DCM diagnosis. However, this case information is still valuable, as it may show heart changes that occur before a dog develops symptomatic DCM. (Please see the Vet-LIRN DCM Investigative Update for more technical information on the reported cases, including those without a formal diagnosis of DCM). Although the FDA first received a few sporadic reports of DCM as early as 2014, the vast majority of the reports were submitted after the agency notified the public about the potential DCM/diet issue in July 2018."
A few days ago, I received a lovely update for Ralphie from Peg. He is from Blottie and Casper's nine little Blenheim pups born March this year.
How are things with you? Lots of exciting changes it would seem, with new personalities and treacle expecting- congratulations!!
I'm sorry it has taken me so long to write to you with an update, Ralphie is doing brilliantly!! He has settled in so well, like he was always meant to be here.
Sadly my Dad passed away peacefully earlier this week. It has been a difficult time and Ralphie has been an enormous source of comfort.
So its a whole month that Ralphie has been with us and we have had so much fun! Trying to introduce him to a many different experiences as possible in these early days. Lots of dogs and other animals, towns with trains, noise and people, beaches, rivers and woodlands, lifts and the pub!
He is so incredibly bright and eager to learn. He loves the training we do and has amazed me with how much he can do at a young age! Hes sleeping quite well in his crate, still needs to get up once, but he's still young. I thought we were pretty much there with the house training he was already a superstar at it when he first came, but we discovered that he really doesn't like the rain. I opened the door for him one night, he usually trotted straight out and does what he needs to do, but he took one looks at the rain then shot back into the hall and weed there!!😂
We struggled a bit initially when he needed to be left alone, barking non stop when I left his sight, but we have worked on it and now he's very calm and settled when I leave the house. Oddly though he still goes a bit bananas when i go upstairs....I think hes so bright that he realises I'm still in the house and thinks he's missing out on something. 😀 But he is so very loving and affectionate, that I wouldn't have it any other way!❤
Attaching some photos for you. First bath, first paddle in the sea, lovely local woodlands and he really loves the swing seat in the garden. Hes really growing, colour lightening on his ears now and i think he may be able to jump our stair gates soon!😱
We are enjoying keeping up to date with all your news. Thank you for breeding us the most perfect pup!!
Love from Peg, Alan and Beth x."
great to here how Ralphie is getting on. Sorry to hear about your Dad. Thank you at this time for updating me on Ralphie.
No, they don't like the rain. It can feel like taking a step backwards. When it's tipping down and they really need to go, I use some old duvet covers in the doorway they go out to toilet from, so they have the option, and once dry again outside remove them.
Lovely to see what a handsome boy he is growing in to.
Love from us all
“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.