Today I have mostly been ferrying children to school and then back or exactly that's what I was doing until lunch time. No sooner had I delivered our children to their Primary and secondary schools, I was rung to pick them up again, as we where getting a few snow flurries. The secondary school is over 8 miles away and Primary is around a mile. I don't mind if they close the school or open them but it is slightly annoying when they open and then close an hour later. I think they slightly panicked, as the weather forecast said "turning to rain later" and it has, we still have a little snow around just hope it does not decide to freeze later as our lane will become very hard to negotiate. Apparently we might have floods this weekend. Mother nature she knows how to put us humans in our place.
At the moment we have girls coming on heat all over the place. With Millie on heat a week ago and Jessica starting her heat the beginning of the week and Belle starting her heat today. None of these girls we want to mate, as Jessica and Belle are only just over one year old and Millie, well Millie is Millie and rises up a slight quandary for me.
Millie has come on bag on 12 months from her last heat and its now after this heat do I neuter her or wait until next year and breed one more litter from her. Millie has had three litters and two she has ended up with a cesarean. The restriction to two cesareans for registering litters by the Kennel Club I believe is right and I believe this is an attempt to cut back offspring from dogs which pysically can not give birth either because the pups have to big a head to pass through the bitches pelvis or the bitches pelvis is to small for a puppy to pass through. It is a subtle way by the Kennel Club of trying to curb breeding from dogs not capable of giving birth due to exaggerations in their physique and hopefully this will bring about although slowly a correction of these exaggerations in look, that cause such misery in the lifes of certain breeds.
Now Millie has proven she can give birth, giving birth to her first litter of six pups okay and her second litter three pups where born and then one came backwards with legs back and got stuck. Her last cesarean, she was carrying a litter of seven good sized pups and gave birth to the first and was not proceeding and we believe this was caused by inertia of the uterus, which is where carrying a big litter her uterus would be stretched so that it would of stopped it being able to contract hard enough to expel the rest of the litter, so Millie's problems stem from an unfortunate bad presentation and her good fertility carrying a large litter. She is anatomically correct but has had bad luck.
My quandary is do I breed from her again, as if she heart scans clear over five and she is such a lovely type and her temperament is the best you can get, can I justify going against myself, to get some more of her offspring for me to retain. She is in good health and you would not think she had, had three litters, especially three big litters of pups and she is in her element as a mother. I have another twelve months to stew on this one and talk through with my vet.
I think I made a mistake the other day saying that Dolly and Ysobel are being heart checked on the 9th Feb when it is the 6th Feb. When these tests have been done, I will be chasing all interested parties up for these two future litters.
Just thought I would put in a couple photo's of the Taw Valley from our home looking out towards Exmoor during this snowy time, which on a clear day we can see the top of Exmoor.
Now to a couple snowy updates with firstly Hamish out in his first snow, who is from the litter my Mum had from her little Cavalier Cleo and Dad is Reggie and was born April 2012. Thanks Alie for the lovely photo and update of Hamish. He certainly has a bit of the Teddy Bear about him.
I thought you might like an update on Hamish. As you can see he is fit, well and very lively. He is the most adorable, loving and entertaining dog and has all who meet him falling in love- yes even the husband!! Hamish is so laid back and content and has brought so much joy to the family. I don't know how we could ever thank you and your mum enough for entrusting us with one of her puppies, Hamish really has completed our family. Thanks again love to you all.
Next is Ollie enjoying his first snow and he is from Smudge's litter of nine pups born April 2012 with Dad being our Reggie. Thanks Sharon for the cute photo's and update on Ollie. He certainly going to feel the difference now he's had his haircut finally.
Lots of snow. Ollie loves it and is probably very happy - he was booked into the pouchy parlour today for his first (and much needed) trim. Needless to say was cancelled and he keeps his rug a bit longer haha
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Ollie had his 1st hair cut yesterday and as he was getting a bit knotty had to be cut more than I would have wanted. He looks so different and skinny (bless).
Have had to invest in a new coat for him. Its like having another child haha
Now for some snowy photo's of the Poundlane gang. Dogs really love the snow and will eat it and roll in it with equal pleasure.
A little video of them enjoying the snow with Smudge leading the chase and they did run around for another five minutes but my camera went on the blink and needed charging.
Lastly to night some good old cupboard love. My husband when working arrives home sometime from 8pm onwards and eats his supper with the dogs. If I tried to lick his nose whilst eating, I don't think he would be so enamored.
A little add on. Message for Jim and Sue,
Lucy is really well and happy and you can see her above in photo's and video. David has tried to return your texts but won't send for some reason, so hope you can see this message on here. Hope the move is going well and you are all okay.
“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.