Alfie sort of left us on Friday. When I say, "sort of" I mean he has left us, but as he only lives (literally)
just up the road, so he will be coming back to get his second jab and microchip (as the vet forgot the scanner, to do them a couple weeks ago) on Wednesday, and for the next couple weeks. He will be with us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, until he is seven days after his second DHP, and Kennel Cough vaccination, and will be able to go to the day care Caroline as arranged for him whilst she is working.
Alfie weighed a whopping 5.5 kilos on leaving us. The biggest pup of the litter from the get go, but a proper softie, and already showing an aptitude for training. I wish Caroline and her family all the best with Alfie, and it will be interesting to hear if he shows any flare in the field, as he hopefully follows on behind their 6 year old working Springer spaniel boy, Max.
Blottie's nine pups are now a couple days over nine weeks old. Full of live, and wanting to explore further and further. All have had at least two car trips, and all seem pretty okay with travelling in a car. We have now just started doing a bit of getting them used to the lead attached to their collars, and getting them used to the idea of being on the lead.
Photos are from today, and we have had a mostly dry one, but still a bit chilly for the time of year.
Yesterday was not very nice here with very heavy showers throughout the day, sometimes with sleet. Blottie's pups keeping themselves occupied with some chews.
Blottie's nine pups sleeping. Not long now until they start to leave us.
Alfie's very lucky, because he is only going to be 5 minutes away. Caroline, who's family he will be joining, has been visiting us each week now since he was around 4 weeks old. Today she picked him up, to spend a couple hours in her home and to meet their other dog, Max. Max is a 6 year old working Springer Spaniel. Caroline's husband uses him for shooting, mostly rough shooting. Alfie will hopefully follow in Max's footsteps. Will be interesting to see how he fares in the field.
Apparently, he took it all in his stride, and pretty quickly made himself at home at Caroline's, even going outside of his own accord to have a poo. So did not disgrace himself.
You may notice no Alfie. That is because this morning whilst these photos were being taken. He was visiting his family to be (who are just 5 minutes from us), for a couple hours.
Last Saturday, I got sent 7th Birthday Greetings from three of Smudge and Reggie's Nine pups born 27th April, 2012. Sorry for not getting the updates on here until now. So a belated Happy 7th birthday to Smudge's Nine little pups all in a row ! Archie, Lola, Ollie, Crumble, Hunny, Dougal, Tiggy, Darcy and Millie. I hope your families and you are all well.
"Lola - 7 years old today!"
just wanted to say hi and to thank you so much for Lola. She’s 7 years old today from Smudges litter of 9 cavapoos - I can’t tell you how much happiness she brings us. She makes us laugh every day and is such a complete joy.
Everyone comments on how well behaved and intelligent she is, in fact we have to spell so many words out when talking! She senses how people feel and reacts perfectly- she truly is incredible and so very loved.
She’s really well - a couple of years ago, tests proved positive with allergies to grass, trees, dust, pine etc, but she takes daily Apoquel which works well and she has no itching/licking issues now thank goodness.
She loves chasing squirrels (another word we have to spell out!), loves to chase a ball, seems to know the time of day and nudges us if we’re late especially with her food(!)
Lola really is such a special dog and a truly loved member of our family.
Sue and Vince Tovey (Congleton)
"Happy Birthday Ollie 7 today"
Hope you are all well at Poundlane, I've just had a quick look at your blog and can see the lovely new pups - congratulations.
I can't believe that Ollie is 7 today, the years have flown by !! The reason for getting Ollie (a cross breed) was because both my previous cavaliers died from mitral heart disease at 7 yrs. I am keeping everything crossed that his mixed genetics give him a longer lifespan.
I truly believe that your dedication and hardwork to breed a healthier cavalier type spaniel is so important - they really are such lovely little dogs.
My very best wishes to you all
Sharon & Ollie xx"
"Happy 7th birthday to my brothers and sisters , love Archie"
We can’t believe that our gorgeous boy is 7 today! Wishing all his siblings a very happy birthday too! We love all those puppies... and all the Poundlane pack! A very special bunch .
Big hugs to everyone, love the Lunns and Archie xxxx
Birthdays are very tiring ! "
Last Saturday saw the annual visit from Sheila and Vincent with Charlie now 13, who is Dad to Smudge and Primrose, so maternal Great Grandfather to the litter we have now. They also now have Rowan aka Jim, who is the pup that had puppy strangles last year. Now nearly one years old, he has grown in to a very handsome young man.
Rowan getting ragged by our young girls Teagol, Lottie and Rosie.
Rambunctious puppies this morning as we eat breakfast, soon to have their little wings clipped for a moment, as I wait for the vet to arrive to do their microchips and start their primary course of vaccinations.
I have had a very hectic few days, with Charlie and Rowan visiting, and with five visits from families having Blottie's pups. We also have had an issue with one of Blottie's pups, Flossie, she has Juvenile cellulitis also known as Puppy Strangles. The same condition Jim had last year. Different mothers, so I think we have a problem with Casper, as this condition is thought hereditable as supported by an increased occurrence in certain breeds and by familial histories of disease. Flossie we have caught really early, because of having the previous pup with the condition. She has expressed it around the same age as Jim and very much like Jim, with just one pustule on her eyelid first, and then developing severe lameness with noticing some pustules starting to develop in one ear. She has been on steroids since Sunday, and has steadily improved. We are keeping a tight eye on the others, but none are showing any signs. We can not deny that this points firmly to Casper and we will not be breeding from him again. Sadie, the puppy we were planning on keeping from this litter will be going with her brother, Obi to live.
The first pup you could be forgiven for thinking it might just be bad luck, but when it occurs again. You have to look yourself firmly in the eye. Such a shame, he is such a sweet natured dog and does produce very good looking pups. If though the person who had him up to nearly three years old using at stud was aware of this issue, and still sold him on as a stud dog. Well, they should be ashamed of themselves. I have spoken with the lady who is meant to be having Flossie, and with the families that have visited us over the last few days, but anyone having a puppy from this litter that is concerned. Please do not hesitate contacting me, and I can explain further and I'm sorry for any distress hearing this may cause. The rest of the litter are well and Flossie is getting back to her old self.
The photos and videos are from the last couple days. I have a bit of catching up with updates, as three updates from three of Smudge's pups, born seven years ago last Saturday to get up here, and also Charlie and Rowan aka Jim's visit to report on.
Blottie's pups reached 7 weeks old this last Tuesday. I've been a bit busy to get on here. All is well with them all, and this weekend we hope to have a visit from their Great Granddad Charlie who is now 13 years old. Busy weekend with Charlie and Rowan aka Jim here tomorrow, and two families visiting us on Sunday for a second time to play with their pup, before they are ready to leave us
Yesterday we started doing car trips with them. With Bella being first, as she will be first to leave us.
Today Alfie and Eddie had a trip together.
And this is some of them playing tug of war just now in front of our woodburner.
It is actually Sadie and Bella in the video, although I say, "Megan and Esme." For some reason I keep calling Sadie, "Megan." Esme and Bella at a first glance are pretty similar.
Teagol is back in the pack after being one heat recently, along with her Auntie Bumble. A couple days ago we had an accident with her, being a good 22 days on heat. I introduced her back in to the pack, and all seemed okay. Fed the dogs and then let them out, to then hear the unmistakeable squeak of a bitch and dog tying, to find her tied with her Dad, Ernest. Can't believe I got caught out like that again with Ernest , it seems he is certainly not going to miss anything. Accidents do happen, but they can be sorted out. Teagol has had the two jabs (at 22 days on, I doubt she would of conceived, but I would not risk it), and I'm just short of £88 lighter to make sure nothing comes of their union.
“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.