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Its not all been about puppies! Training as well

Although  there are lovely puppy pictures thats not all thats been happening. Mum has been concentrating on getting Dolly through her Epreuvre B and A – which she has been successful on – yippee. Dolly is proving quite talented and got her Epreuve A – a la’Anglais (without a lead) and she will be going on to training for live bird trials. So fingers crossed. Picture of Dolly taken at her Epreuvre A by Serge Cse (Facebook)

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Beauchasseur Hugo the Highlander has had a good year also. His owners have taken him to expos and he has achieved his TAN and Epreuve B. He has also passed his hip, elbows and eye tests – Well done Hugo and his devoted human family – the Islers

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Last litter of 2014 – Thank God

I love puppies, don’t get me wrong, they are lovely, but they are very time consuming and they need constant cleaning and attention and with one litter born in November and another in January, our last one in April has me totally exhausted.

Our last planned litter for 2014 was for “Candy” Beauchasseur Catch a Rainbow.

Candy has been living in the Uk with my daughter and her husband and baby. She is a very calm, soft girl that hides a backbone of steel, a quiet alpha girl – I never guessed she was in charge until about a month ago – you could have knocked me down with a feather.

She will be 6 in August and she has only had one litter, so we really needed to get on with another one or decide not to breed from her again. Given her pedigree and show success and not to mention she has great hips, elbows and clear from eye problems,free from PRA 1&2, and ICta – it was a no brainer. Mum of course wanted a replacement of Fig – who is retired from showing. Fig is Candy’s dad and she researched the line to look at doing a line breed, rather than outcross. Basically she was looking to get puppies with a broader head, Candy’s body and personality

So we decided on Shadow “Beachcomber Billy” he is a golden Golden and has the calmness, personality and typical broad head Mum was seeking. Of course he has perfect hips and elbows, is clear of eye problems and PRA etc..

So Mum and Candy packed their bags for a romantic interlude in the Netherlands (Candy had the romantic interlude with Shadow, I have no idea whether Mum did or not  - if she did, she isn’t telling ;-) )

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Candy had 8 puppies, 2 girls and 6 boys. Unfortunately one of the girls did not survive. They are great puppies, vocal and full of life but not aggressive. They are very fluffy and look like they will have show potential.

Puppies at 7-8 weeks – 2 males still are available -so if you are interested get in contact

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A busy New Year for 2014 – and a new litter

No sooner than 2013 has finished and Evie’s pups have departed to their new homes – rather too quickly for me we have a new litter of puppies. Sometimes we just can’t arrange these things conveniently – nature takes its own course. Chorale is now six and we wanted to breed from her one last time (it will be her third litter). So it was a now or never decision. So “now’ arrived and so have her little monster puppies…

Of course they aren’t monsters – they are just quite a bit bigger than our previous new born litters. Its five days in now and 2 are hitting the 800g mark… Chorale is doing a great job feeding them..

So who’s the father I hear you ask? Well is “Ever” For Ever of Lanson Fields… he is a silky fur ball of a Golden – really sweet, a real cuddler….yes you guessed it he’s that type – he makes a great carpet in front of the fire. Elegant, good looking, not too precious to get his feet wet, Ever is a lovely family dog. He has success in the ring  twice voted best young male, 3 CAC’s (Country competition rather than International shows )and a BOG (best in group).
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We selected Ever, because between the two of them we thought they would produce healthy, very laid back affectionate family dogs – show quality would be a plus, but our main aim was  a family mutt (who is posh of course!)

Chorale is a lovely soft dog, she loves been stroked and fussed over, she loves the odd treat or three…. she does talk though – she is the Golden Retriever version of Victor Meldrew… she just can’t stop mumbling n grumbling at the other dogs – she swears she human – with a slight halitosis and hair problem. She is a dog who has her Greta Garbo moments when faced with the Beauchasseur pack “I want to be alone”  but she has a heart of pure gold and loves human company and kids (and refrains from mumbling and grumbling with us). She is a great mother, attentive, generous and protective – who could ask for more.

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4 days later

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She had a bit of a long labour and unfortunately lost one of her puppies because of it. However she has 6 pups (2 boys, 4 girls ) who are positively fat and wriggling with health.

These babies will be ready for their new homes around the 12 March.

 

 

 

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Week 5 Puppies

Well they keep on growing – and we now starting to see their individual characters coming out. The most boisterous are Orange, Purple and Blue. Miss Green is a gentle soul, but confident and friendly. Yellow is very friendly and always rushes to say hello, Pink also but not so confident as Lottie.

Evie is really struggling to keep her weight up – she is hungry all the time. We have increased the puppy solids and decreased her time feeding the pups – but its hard for Evie, she just loves being a Mum and she is driving me crazy trying to get into the pups to feed them, then 10 minutes later desperately needing to escape them.

Popeye and Poppy love the new additions – Popeye isn’t sure what to do with them, but thinks they look like fun or perhaps scooby snacks. Poppy is madam laid back – she lets them climb over her and doesn’t twitch….such a laid back girl. Evie isn’t so keen on Popeye near the pups (do dogs do telepathy?)

Jasper – the red setter has made himself scarce – he doesn’t seem keen on pups until they are about 8 weeks and he can play with them without getting savaged by Mum. Chorale, thinks all the pups are hers and has been trying to steal them off Evie – a few tense moments, say no more!

A few pictures throughout the week

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A Puppy update

The puppies are now nearly 4 weeks old… they are big monsters now, eyes open, ears cocked and teeth pushing through the gums. They are exhausting poor Evie, she now has to come away from them to get a bit of a rest. They have just started eating small amounts of solids and luckily everything seems to have gone well (weaning is another danger time for pups, where problems in the digestive systems can become evident). Tuesday they will have their second worming and the next 4 weeks will be a flurry of boisterous pups and piles of poo! ;-( Evie will pretty soon give up on her maternal cleaning duties – seems fair, there is only so much a girl can stomach.

 

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Remember, remember the 5th of November – Guy Fawkes – hell no! Evie’s puppies have arrived!

Why is it that whelping always seems to  be a drama! Poor Evie started her labour on Monday, but still hadn’t produced any pups 24 hours later. So with a vet’s strike pending and no further progress in her labour we took a reluctant decision to have a caesarean. Thankfully with hindsight  it proved to be the correct decision for both pups and Mum.

Evie is a lovely, calm but energetic dog (if that doesn’t seem a bit contradictory). She has a very sweet temperament and is an excellent family dog – not that that stops her from hunting moles, chickens etc… She is lovely to walk with off the lead and a total nightmare on the lead – but hey life ain’t perfect.

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Evie’s boyfriend was Elliot (Zampanzer Step by Step) a very handsome chap, he lives in Spain and so in September Evie and I went to visit him. Evie did her best to deflate his ardor, with some timely growls and  staging a sit down whenever he approached. However, success ensued and Evie became pregnant.

Elliot is a very gentle and affectionate chappy, he has a very soft character and Paco his owner clearly has a very good relationship with him. Elliot is also a distinguished lad and is an International Multi Champion (Portugal, Spain and Gibralter). A handsome Golden, who has already produced some lovely pups.

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Anyway in a miserable howling storm, Evie produced 2 boys and 6 girls. Despite it being her first litter and the discomfort of a Caesarian she has proved to be an excellent and conscientious mum.

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The puppies were born a good size and have grown very well in the last few days, they range in colour from creme to dark golden -so something for everybody ;-)

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La rentree – back to the blog!

I have well and truely neglected this blog over the last 3 months – I blame it on the other half and child and too much to do in the summer holidays.

I thought I better give an update on Effie’s pups. Their owners have been giving me regular updates and have been posting pictures. All of them are beautiful, strong minded and affectionate!

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Ixo at six months, trying to hide the holes he has been digging!

Ixo at five months, trying to hide the holes he has been digging!

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Izzie at 5 months – full of pep and sometimes obedient!

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Isabel at 5.5 months on holiday

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Clancy – video of him swimming

Clancy has been going to puppy school and has weekly classes, he is pretty well behaved. In addition he goes to doggy day care (hee hee) and goes regularly with his owners to the gun club – he has just  gone fly fishing with his owners as well – good lad.

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Unfortunately, I haven’t had any recent news of Inzo.

 

 

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Championnat de France – Marseille – 1 June

Mum once again loaded up the camping car, and went off to Marseille this weekend. After the exhausting Regional Elevage outing on the 20th – she restricted herself to 2 dogs.

Dolly Bolly (Hello Dolly de la lande d’Argos) and  Dolly’s  grand father Jussi (Dewmist Sails of Satin). Dolly was entered in Junior class  (9mths to 15 mths) and Jussi into working class.

We were hoping for excellent on the reports – it is a step up from our normal outings and we got them for both dogs. The judge does have a preference for dogs with colour – both Jussi and Dolly are very light coloured. However, her comments were fair and we were delighted with the outing. Dolly is getting more experienced in the ring and not doing bad for her third outing.

Dolly wasn’t placed but was marked as excellent against the standard and received some very nice feedback from the judge Mme Rault. “Excellent subject, Well built,pretty feminine head. Excellent pigmentation and expression, excellent angulation, aplombs and feet. Excellent top line in static stance. thoracic cage well developed, with short loin. Very elegant in her movement”.

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Jussi did very well, he was placed 4th with an excellent report: Good overall construction – cream coloured. Today, he isn’t in good coat condition. handsome head, Excellent expression. Good neck, excellent top line, deep chest well descended. Excellent angulation, Excellent soft movement.

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Well done Mum, and many thanks to Sally Schofield (Hareswith) for showing Dolly.

Well done to her also for Woody who was placed 2nd in the Young male category.

 

 

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Photos of Ioury this week – 11 weeks old

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Quelques petites nouvelles de Ioury, qui grandit à vue d’oeil, c’est impressionnant . Il fait ses 11 kgs … Il est super gentil, et très malin, pour observer tous mes comportements . Cela se passe très bien,  Je l’ai entrainé plusieurs fois par jours pour ” assis – couché ” qu’il à très vite appris.  il répond à son nom et revient vers moi dans le jardin. La propreté évolue aussi chaque jour .  la semaine passée, il sautait beaucoup en mordant les pantalons et les manches des vêtements, mais il le fait moins maintenant . je le trouve très équilibré dans son caractère, il n’est ni peureux, ni énervé . Nous faisons des promenades à pied chaque jour, il a bien intégré le transport en voiture, et rester seul de petits moments. je suis vraiment très heureuse de l’avoir à mes côtés.

Golden Retrievers can be pretty mouthy, all of them do it to a greater or lesser extent.

Ioury’s owner has been very responsive in discouraging the jumping up and also the nibbling of trouser legs etc.. She has also been doing 10 minute training sessions on basic obedience throughout the day.

Its a lesson better learnt young, rather than when they are 35kg and firmly established in this habit. People forget or perhaps don’t know puppies at the start of their new lives with you are full of joy and mischief and that can equate to hard work for  a short period. Like babies (human) a puppy is natural in its responses to things, they like to play, they like to chew – they don’t realise that the piece of wood they have been left unsupervised with is a precious heirloom – so beware, if you would not leave a toddler in a room unsupervised – don’t leave a Golden Retriever puppy unsupervised without expecting consequences ;-)

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Puppy pictures

A few pictures from last week – puppies in their new homes:

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Look I’m not touching the wires!

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Not IKEA again, driver – take me home!

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IXO – well you did say lie down!

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Beat that – I can read Le Monde any day of the week – who needs training!

 

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Its been a while

The week has passed in a flurry of inactivity and general moans about the weather. At the weekend Isobel departed to her new home – I can’t tell you how much I have missed her. She was a bundle of raw energy and talent – ready to learn and very affectionate. I still find myself calling her in with the other dogs…. my last baby….

I think she is going to be happy with her new owners and their two french bulldogs – I think Isobel might learn some manners from them ;-)

As I was in the area for the meeting, I met up with Izzy’s owners to talk through training techniques and give them some tips on training- puppies are like toddlers immensely rewarding but intensely infuriating if you can’t find  a way to communicate effectively. Izzy is a sweet lively  and very intelligent girl, who is in the process of learning the basics as are her  new owners. Training a puppy isn’t difficult, but it does take perseverance and patience. Keep up the good work…. !

Most new owner underestimate the work needed in the first month, but I promise, the investment  in time/training is worth it, the hard work  will  mean that you will benefit sooner and for the life of the dog from a happy, stable dog that you can take anywhere.

It is why I advocate that all new owners take their dog to puppy school as soon as they can after their vaccinations.

On Monday we had the Regional elevage meet at  Labrugiere. We entered  four dogs: Fig (7 year old male), Jussi (5 year old male), Dolly (1 year old female) and Poppy ( 5 months old).

It was a good meet, there were lots of quality dogs there. The father of our recent litter Cheek to Cheek Blue Dream won Best in Show – well deserved.  All our dogs were marked as excellent and in the case of Poppy in puppy class very promising:

Dolly (Hello Dolly de la Lande d’Argos, grand daughter of Jussi) won the female young (jeune) class: The judge tends towards the lighter coloured Goldens and luckily for us, Dolly was to his taste.

His comments were: Excellent light female, well constructed, good neck, pretty head, excellent pigmentation, good expressive eyes, excellent top line, excellent tail  (ie not too high or low), good angulations front and back, excellent movement, I would like the back to be firmer, excellent presentation and exhibition.

Dolly also beat her brother Hyperion to the title of best Jeune overall. Well done both of them.

Jussi (Dewmist Sails of Satin) was entered in the working class – he was marked as excellent and came second. The judge’s comments were: Excellent light coloured dog of 5 years, with and excellent temperament and disposition ( the dogs had been hanging around for over 5 hours by that time). Excellent construction and proportions. Excellent top line, Very handsome head with excellent masculine expression and sweet. Good neck, I would like to see better angulation at the shoulders, Good rib, Good tail, Excellent fur quality. Excellent movement, joyous and elegant with good impulsion.

Well done  Jussi – he is just starting to mature; Thanks Henrik and  Dewmist!

Fig (Tenfield Border Racer) – entered into open class, Fig is such a good dog, he is a real trooper and an elegant gentleman. He did really well as a dark dog in an ocean of blonde. The judge despite his preference for a different type of dog was very complimentary about Fig and in fairness we cannot argue with some of his comments. Fig gained an excellent and was placed third. The judge’e comments: Very handsome dog of 7 years – Golden. Good substance, well constructed and proportioned. Excellent temperament. Lovely head, Expressive eyes, well sculpted head, I would have preferred a better presentation (Fig was hopping about a little, after being presented last, and losing patience – so fair comment).

I prefer a larger and stronger dog in the open class. Excellent top line and tail. Excellent movement, excellent disposition in the ring, excellent head and tail.

Fig is the ultimate poser, when he is in the zone, he looks superb – but he is a smaller model Golden (totally in proportion, but he isn’t a large chappy). I was  so pleased that he got placed, he is a class act.

Good job  Kim Ellis at Tenfield

Last but not least was our Poppy (Peaches of the Morning Valley) entered into the Baby class. Pops is a big girl for 5 months, between a Spanish judge and Mum’s stress Poppy was recorded as being 4 months old (she is big for 5 months and would be considered giant for 4 months). Poppy was judged as very promising and was placed 3rd. Judge’s comments: Impressive 4 month female with lots of bone and of substance. Very pretty head with magnificent pigmentation and eye colour. Good neck and front angulation. Good top line, I would prefer that the rump was a little higher. Excellent movement, Good impulsion but I would prefer the  movement behind to be more typical (not sure what this means) Shoulders need to be more firm.

Many thanks to her producers (Ans) of  the Morning Valley

Dolly also performed well for her TAN (Test of natural ability) – she did really well and earned her TAN – well done Dolly.

 

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Isabel training

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These little videos show some conditioning exercises with Isabel. The first two show the  recall, sit, down and stand commands. I do these exercises frequently throughout the day, she is doing these from desire to be petted or rewarded with a croquette, I am not pushing her into positions. Her responses become more automatic over time the more these are practiced, and the food rewards are reduced or replaced by praise or strokes.

These are “must do” exercises and are very easy to do with these puppies.

 

Video 3 shows a daily touching exercise – where she gets used to me touching her ears, face, checking her teeth touching her all over, usually I would touch and massage each foot and tickle and massage her belly. This position for a pup is quite stressful, they are very vulnerable, so it builds trust, relaxes them and prepares them for vets visits or for other people touching them.

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Its time for training

Now that the pups are settling into their new homes I am concentrating (as I hope are the new owners) on the very important tasks of training Isabel and Poppy. Poppy at 19 weeks has already got a good command of the basics and is very laid back. She has developed and unfortunate habit of jumping up – which I am working at discouraging by making her sit on command and rewarding that behaviour.

Poppy is great on the lead, she doesn’t pull and meanders behind, we are encouraging her to walk to heel. Poppy will virtually dance on her head if there is a treat involved, so positive reinforcement with Poppy is never a problem. However, our main challenge is getting her to stand, she will be going to first shows soon and we want her prepared ;-)

Isabel, is great. I am lucky that most of the training that new proprietors have to do, is done for me by Effie and Jasper. They play with her and she learns dog behaviour and good manners. They also make sure she knows she is the youngest and least important in the pack. I have had only one instance of testing her status in the first week after Ioury left, that was quickly corrected and she has been very well behaved since. Obviously, I mean, well behaved for a puppy :-)

Since Ioury left I have gently started a daily routine with Isabel. In the morning she is let out of her crate and she is encouraged to go for a pipi. After we humans are fed, I then feed the dogs, they all have to be seated, and are fed in order, Jasper, Effie, Poppy then Isabel. It has only taken Isabel a week to understand that she has to wait for Poppy to start before I will give her the signal to start to eat. Poppy however, is a total nightmare, she understands sit, and wait, but cannot understand that she has to wait for Jasper then Effie before I will give her the signal. I thought Effie was a gannet, but Pops can only be discribed as food motivated and lacking patience. We will get there, she may be truely blonde, but I have faith …….

They all go out for a play whilst I clean up and poop scoop, then throughout the day I do a variety of 10 minute exercises with Poppy or Isabel on some fundamentals. The recall, sit, lie down, heel and stand. Isabel is doing very well on all of these,mainly because she gets treats, which I am now slowly withdrawing. She is pretty reliable on her sit, stand and getting better on her lie down and heel but her recall depends on distractions. I am just starting in the stay command and have had some success, but its not reliable yet. So when her recall is near perfect – we will start some dummy training.

So far, I haven’t had the usual problem of mouthing or nibbling fingers, she knows that I will give her a stroke or a tickle when I ask her to sit, or she will have her belly rubbed if she lies down. She is totally discouraged and distracted with a chew squeaky toy from nibbling or chewing anything human or any  furniture in the house. She has been removed from the house if she ignores the off command, for 10-15 minutes.

It hasn’t stopped her hijacking my boots or Max’s slippers and trying to take them into the garden. When we had visitors today, she forgot herself and got overly excited with someones laces, but the off and sit command put an end to it and she was diverted to another toy.  I guess so far I have been quite lucky. Fingers crossed that it continues.

I have been putting her on the lead and running her around the garden, from time to time she has decided that she would prefer to take herself for a walk and will try and take the lead into her mouth and walk herself around, she does walk nicely next to me or behind me. Well, I will have to work on this tendency, but I hope we will be sorted by the time she can go outside our garden.

Isabel has a very strong retrieve instinct and likes to carry things in her mouth, if a ball is thrown she will go and get it and bring it back. I have great hopes for her as a trialler. Isabel is a very thoughtful girl, she looks, listens, calculates the odds and then takes action – I think she might be a very special girl – but then I am biased.

Ioury and Clancy I know have been doing some training as well – well done with your successes.

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The Pups progress and News

I have been receiving news from the new owners of Effies and Blue’s litter and how they are adapting to their new homes.

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Clancy has been out and about in Switzerland, seen his new Vet, is now a Swiss citizen with passport. He is learning to master the lead, but has perfected the “sit”and apparently the “hurry up and get my food” bark. It seems these pups like their food and I already know that they are strong willed.

Izzy has settled into her new home, and has attached herself to the mistress of the house, here is what her owner says ” sa 1ère nuit Izzie a pleuré à 2 reprises, ma mère est allée la rassurer et elle s’est arrêtée. Son doudou a été très utile!

Elle mange bien.

La 2ème journée s’est très bien passée, elle s’adapte vraiment bien à son nouvel environnement.

Elle suit ma mère partout. Elle est très curieuse, et n’a pas du tout peur.

Elle est aussi très joueuse, et rapporte plein de choses!” et Mercredi ”

Elle a bien grossi!
Elle a des petits moments de folie puis tout d’un coup “tombe par terre” et s’endort:-)
Elle n’est pas du tout peureuse, elle a même son petit caractère et est assez têtue!
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IXO – He is settling in, relaxed on the lead, not scared of anything, cars or big dogs

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Inzo – I don’t have a picture of hime but its seems all is well with him and he has settled well into his new home.

Ioury – “Ioury a bien fait connaissance avec sa nouvelle maison . pendant le transport, il a un peu aboyé, mais il n’était pas effrayé . Je lui parlais, et il s’arrêtait ensuite, je l’ai laissé aboyer, et il s’est arrété tout seul.  pour le reste  aussi, il a été super !!!  ballade dans le jardin, maison …  Le soir, j’avais à donner un cours de yoga, et je l’ai emmené avec moi ( encore un peu de voiture, mais c’était proche ) . IL est resté allongé  ou assis tranquille  à nous regarder pendant tout le cours, comme s’il connaissait çà depuis longtemps.
Et le plus magnifique, c’est que cette nuit, il n’a pas pleuré du tout, dans sa ” chambre “. J’avais fermé un peu les volets, il s’est endormi sur sa couverture et j’étais assise dans un fauteuil pas loin . Puis je suis partie sur la pointe des pieds, fermé la porte …. et il a dormi jusqu’à 8 heures ce matin . Peut être la nuit prochaine sera différente ? Mystère …
Pour faire connaissance avec les chats, quand je suis arrivée avec Ioury, ils étaient dans la maison, ils n’ont pas été très contents, puis ils se sont calmés . je ne les laisse pas avec Iui  pour le moment , car je crains qu’ils ne cherchent à le griffer . Ils sont partis se promener à l’extérieur maintenant, et ont pris de la distance .  Tout est très harmonieux.
Merci à vous de l’avoir déjà bien éduqué, il marche à côté de moi très tranquillement . Ce matin, j’ai essayé aussi avec un collier et la laisse, sur le chemin, il marchait très bien aussi sur le côté” .

Isabel – she missed her siblings straight away, but was comforted by her Mum and the other dogs, she has spent the last few days helping me in the garden, helping me brush the floor (well attacking the brush). She loves chasing Jasper – who loves running away from her. Effie takes great pleasure in playing with her and we have started some individual obedience training with her. She sits nicely, and is learning the down command. I hope by Saturday we can start on the stay command……. This will be useful when trying to feed her. ;-)

 

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Helsy – the sister of Hizzy and Hugo

Its been a few months since we heard about Helsy, but we received some news yesterday from her master. Helsy was quite a calm pup and was selected by her new owner because he was a first time Retriever owner and needed a dog that would be calm, as she would need to be able to go to work with him. These photos were sent in November 2012 when Helsy was about 13/14 weeks old.

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We received a recent up date with pictures of Helsy (who is nearly 9 mths) She looks very like her mother;-)  Her master says “Je vous envoi ce mail pour vous dire qu’ HELSY est magnifique, elle se porte trés bien. Je n’aurai révé mieux. Je vous ai mis quelques photos d’elle en piece jointe. Elle est tré obéissante et sociable, elle me suis partout et ça se passe trés bien.

Well done Frederic for training her so well – Bravo!

 

 

 

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Je vous souhaite une bonne journée et je vous dis a bientot.

 

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Ixo has landed!

Oh joy – I have received some news of Ixo and some photos ;-) It looks like everything is ok and he isn’t too stressed. As his new owners say’s

L’arrivée d’Ixo dans notre maison s’est très bien passée.
Ixo est un petit chien très équilibré, gentil mais aussi avec un caractère
bien affirmé.
Il a beaucoup d’appétit (il dévore), sa nuit s’est bien passée (il a un peu
pleuré au couché mais il a dormi dans sa niche avec son doudou et son jouet)
Il s’est réveillé à 6h00 ce matin et nous lui avons ouvert à 7h00.
Que de joies à notre vue ce matin.

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Four gone and two to go..I’m feeling a bit stressed.

The last two days have been a little full on. The pups need to be prepared for their new homes.

First to go was Clancy, his new parents drove from Switzerland to get him – I just knew that he was going to be cuddled most of the way back (dog cage – what dog cage). Image 1 Image 4

He arrived in his new home – and he got settled in very quickly,. Yes you are seeing a massive bed for a small puppy. Yes, that is  his name stitched on it……visions of diamante collars and doggie boots have just flitted through my mind – she won’t go that far – will she? One happy puppy.

ImageApparently, Clancy did a bark and he did cry a bit, but once settled seems to have sussed that he rules the roust and has his new owners running around after him. He expects his food to be served on time and if it isn’t served to his satisfaction he lets them know………..

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It looks like Clancy is settling in well, and it really lifted my spirits to see him looking so confident.

Three other dogs left yesterday, first was Ixo. He has a placid temperament and simply a very beautiful dog, but he was a little scared – so fingers crossed that he is settling in well.

Then off went Izzie, she was calm and happy and apparently travelled well in the car and arrived at her new home, but was somewhat stressed at the other end when she realised she was in a new home and that her brothers and sisters weren’t there. Its easy to forget that these pups are the equivalent of a 2 year old child when they go to their new homes. I suspect Izzie will take some time and lots of patience and  love to settle in over the next few days. Its stressful for the pup, and the new owners – but it will be worth it.

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and last off was Inzo (The Bis), he was quite laid back and sleepy, happy to be cuddled – so again we hope to hear how he is soon. I have to say Mum out Natalied Nathalie (Clancy’s owner), apparently she has a hidden stash of dog nappies – yep, dog nappies (just like baby ones but with a hole for the tail). She kept very quiet about them, I had never seen them before and until Inzo departed I had never seen a dog in one!

 

 

 

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Isobel my little punk rocker is waiting for her new home

 

 

 

Isabel is a lovely young girl , she has a lovely joyful nature, she loves to play and is very affectionate. She is a sociable girl and is usually the first to greet me, she is curious and an intelligent girl. She will be a Golden girl when she matures, probably not as dark as her mother, but not as light as her father – somewhere in between.

She has a good strong body, nice head and pretty face.

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Well, its getting near that time when some people are going to be very happy – and I might be a little sad…

At the end of the week, some of Effie’s and Blue’s puppies are going to go to their new homes. They have all been vaccinated, prodded and poked by the veto and given their health certificates and electronic tags. I can’t believe its gone so quickly.

So here are a few pictures of them at my mothers house in Cauhape.

Ixo on a mission

Ixo on a mission

Clancy

Clancy

Inzo looking at the other fighting for the ball.

Inzo looking at the other fighting for the ball.

 

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Clancy

Ioury and Ixo

Ioury and Ixo

Clancy and Izzie

Clancy and Izzie

Clancy and Ioury

Clancy and Ioury

Clancy - you cutie

Clancy – you cutie

Ixo, Clancy and Isobel do battle for the ball.... and the best girl wins!

Ixo, Clancy and Isobel do battle for the ball…. and the best girl wins!

Isabel - I got more balls than them ;-)

Isabel – I got more balls than them ;-)

Izzie watches from a safe distance

Izzie watches from a safe distance

IXO

IXO

Izzie loves jumping as Inzo watches

Izzie loves jumping as Inzo watches

Isobel has found an old bone, Ixo and Clancy decide to investigate

Isobel has found an old bone, Ixo and Clancy decide to investigate

Ixo has won the bone!

Ixo has won the bone!

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IXO

Ixo copying the others

Ixo copying the others

Inzo (Bismarck) hiding under a rock

Inzo (Bismarck) hiding under a rock

Ioury being chased by Izzie

Ioury being chased by Izzie

Clancy guarding Ixo

Clancy guarding Ixo

Clancy and his best playmate Izzie

Clancy and his best playmate Izzie

Ioury

Ioury

Izzie being silly

Izzie being silly

Izzie,Ixo,Clancy and Ioury at the back

Izzie,Ixo,Clancy and Ioury at the back

Oh dear Izzie - you might really be a true blonde

Oh dear Izzie – you might really be a true blonde

Ixo - the dirt searcher

Ixo – the dirt searcher

 

Clancy is the KIng of all he surveys

Clancy is the KIng of all he surveys

 

Inzo (The Bismarck) walking the walk.

Inzo (The Bismarck) walking the walk.


Video of Inzo (Bismarck) with my son and Cosi (Effie’s mum)

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IXO

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Green Clancy and IXO’s tail

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Green and Clancy

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Clancy – Let me in Mum – I fancy a drink!

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Ioury and Clancy trying to get into their pen (Mum’s inside with Green)

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Poppy fighting IXO and Silver

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IXO pretending to be “sage”

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OK troops follow the dark one!

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Poppy – you are too old for this!

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Poppy, Clancy and IXO – we know its IXO because his tail curls up!

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Clancy – temporarily defeated…..

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Form an orderly queue please!

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Silver – I think!

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The Bis and Silver in background

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IOURY – just mooching

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IXO with IOURY on top of him.

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IXO

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Clancy – you are lucky I didn’t turn on he electric fence!

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IXO

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IXO exhausted

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IOURT – not exhausted

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Effie trying to hunt moles – with her entourage hunting teats.

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Clancy – gotta have a scratch

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IXO – balls

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IXO and retrieving!

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The Girls just aren’t playing ball – and they all could do with a wash

I have shown some pictures of the boys being “stacked” – so now its the girl’s turn.

They are all a little bit dirty, and wriggly… but here goes

Miss Silver

 

MISS SILVER

MISS SILVER


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Miss Green

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Both are growing well and happy girls. Miss Green is more reserved than Miss Silver, but is sociable and interacts with all the pups well and has no fear of the Bis and will challenge him and even win – bravo Green. Miss Silver actively seeks out company and likes playing, she is very affectionate.

 

 

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Puppies are sunbathing and learning some names

The puppies are healthy and lively – with the weather being better, they are outside during the day – in the shade.

They like the grass and I like it that I don’t have to clean up so much when they are outside ;-) I have done several video shots of various pups. They are short segments as they are taken on an iPhone.

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