The first T is for Treacle. I got Treacle's MRI scan result on Saturday. Treacle has been graded CM 2 and SM 0c. The CM being 2 (All Cavaliers graded so far have been graded CM 2) with the second of our Cavapoos being graded starts to make me consider that this deformation to the back of the skull is a dominant trait. Although this type of grading would not express subtle improvements in the skull shape, as it just looks at one aspect. The good thing is we are not seeing any sign of SM. Treacle is now just coming up to two years old and we will re-scan her through her life. Her Mum at over five years old was graded SM 1a. Improvement can be seen visually with a lengthening of the muzzle, so better dental spacing of teeth and a longer nasal chamber for regulating body temperature. Also her head is less domed than her mother, also Treacle has a less severe stop (The meeting of the muzzle with the head.) than her mother Dolly.
The biggest difference though is the cranium width to length. Treacle's Mum, Dolly's cranium is around 9 cm wide to 8.5 cm in length and Treacle's cranium is 9 cm wide to 10 cm in length, so Treacle has gained 1.5 cm in length of her cranium. That is nearly an 18 % lengthening of the skull in the first cross. This creation of more length in the cranium, hopefully is a step in the right direction.
The link below you can find information about the BVA scheme for CM/SM and find out about the conditon, what the scheme is trying to achieve and the grading system used.
The second T is for Trifle. Yesterday was my father-in-laws 70th Birthday and we all were invited up to the in-laws home for a 70th Birthday Supper and I was asked to bring along one of my legendary trifles (What the're legendary for is on only a need to know basis), as requested by the father-in-law.
Trifle was duly produced and was eaten a lot quicker than it took to make, along with a lot of trifle jokes. Which I won't trifle on now, else you might want to gateau out of here.
The third T is for tiredness. After milking Sunday morning and then partying on through the evening at the in-laws, I was glad to get home, get the children to bed, have a shower and plant myself on the sofa between Millie and her very pregnant daughter Smudge. Smudge is now seven weeks pregnant and although looking very big, she still can jump up on the sofa for a cuddle. Luckily my husband did not take this photo ten minutes later, when I had fallen asleep fly catching, with a slither of drool hanging from the side of my face. Else this blog could of been called, 'The four Ts' with the fourth T being me looking a proper tw*t !
“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.