Category Archives: Puppy Colours

The puppy palace is having a spring clean.

There is no two ways about it – puppies smell. They may be sweet looking…….but not necessarily sweet smelling ;-)

Their beds and sleeping area have been heavily cleaned this morning. As they are getting bigger, Effie’s capacity to keep them very clean has declined and so now I must start to take over. Effie will continue to clean up after them, but as they start eating solid food, she will start to restrict her clean up operations to grooming them.  It’s not a nice job, but someone has to do it. Next week we will start to potty train the pups. This will not mean they will be clean by the time they leave us at 9 weeks, but it will help. The puppies will have their sleeping area and next to it we will leave some newspaper or puppy training pads. We will not change the pads too often, as we want them to associate the smell with urination, and their sleeping area as non smelly(ish). This is a first step towards them being potty trained. However, puppies will not be fully trained up to 6 months, because they will have small bladders and will need to relieve themselves frequently. The more vigilant and proactive you are in the first weeks of ownership will decrease the amount of frustrating accidents later on.

Well hello everyone - Miss Purple is a bit "hung up"

Well hello everyone – Miss Purple is a bit “hung up”

Mr Beige (Spot)

Mr Beige (Spot)

Mr Red - incredibly sweet face

Mr Red – incredibly sweet face

Mr Beige (Spot) on the move

Mr Beige (Spot) on the move

Mr dark Blue (The Bismarck)

Mr dark Blue (The Bismarck)

Miss Purple - with her arms in the air, like she just doesn't care!

Miss Purple – with her arms in the air, like she just doesn’t care!

Miss Green and Miss Purple having a snooze - again

Miss Green and Miss Purple having a snooze – again

Mr dark Blue (The Bismarck)

Mr dark Blue (The Bismarck)

Mr Beige (Spot) using Red as a pillow

Mr Beige (Spot) using Red as a pillow

Miss Green and Miss Purple snuggling up

Miss Green and Miss Purple snuggling up

Mr dark Blue - The Bismarck - food..food..yum yum

Mr dark Blue – The Bismarck – food..food..yum yum

Mr Orange and Miss Green

Mr Orange and Miss Green

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Mr Beige (Spot) on the way to the land of nod....

Mr Beige (Spot) on the way to the land of nod….

Miss light Blue - her legs are of jelly but she is walking!

Miss light Blue – her legs are of jelly but she is walking!

Mr Red - sweet little face

Mr Red – sweet little face

Mr Orange being squashed by The Bis - Oi you, shift that big bum!

Mr Orange being squashed by The Bis – Oi you, shift that big bum!

 

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Day six photos

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Effie cleaning the troops – its a bit like painting the forth bridge

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Effie is so tired

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Its a bit hot in here!

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Spot, Bismarck(upside down), the two girls Fushia and Miss Green

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Spot (male)

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Spot

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Mr Orange, Spot (male)

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Bismarck showing off – no paws needed!

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Mr Orange (male) Miss Light Blue

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Miss Fushia (AKA Big Bertha – second biggest pup in the litter)

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Spot leaning on Big Bertha

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Why call him Bismarck? Isn’t the year an I year?

What is she on about I hear you ask. No I haven’t lost my marbles – not yet anyway. For french pedigree dogs 2013 means that dogs must have kennel names starting with I.

So why refer to certain puppies as  Big Bertha or The  Bismarck  - well, because I can, and they seem appropriate names for the two. Their new owners will not doubt change them to something more inspiring.

Big Bertha is a whale of a girl, she is a stomach on legs, and she takes no nonsense. The Bismarck in full flow, cut swathes through anything in his way, nose sniffing the air, a veritable teat seeking missile. He is the biggest of the bunch, the strongest, and nothing, I repeat nothing stops him when he is on a mission.

Last year one of our new owners named their dog Beauchasseur Hiroshima – at the time  I was appalled, why name a dog after such a catastrophic event,  or were they just  anticipating the destruction of their home by said puppy?  It puzzled me for days, until, after talking with some french friends they explained that Hiroshima doesn’t  hold  the same connotations for the french, they believed that the puppy was named after a celebrated french film – Hiroshima Mon Amour (an anti war love story) – aha, light filled the darkness and all became clear. The name made sense.

When we got Poppy, I misunderstood Mum’s email explaining her kennel name – the email was titled ‘Introducing Peaches of the Morning Valley’. Who names their dog “Introducing Peaches” – I ask you, some people. But as usual, it was me who was wrong, her name is Peaches of the Morning Valley,  in Holland I isn’t this years letter, P is.  - Mum was only introducing Peaches(Poppy) to me – duh!!.

So roll on 2013 – and I. What fun can be had with these names  ie: “Beauchasseur Innocent until proven guilty” ( or perhaps it would be more accurate to say guilty until proven innocent), “Beauchasseur It wasn’t me”, “Beauchasseur Ichabod – I got fleas”, “Beauchasseur Icarus, I ran too close to the heatlamp”, “Beauchasseur Indiana Bones”.

The list could be endless. Mum usually makes sure I’m not allowed to name the pups – apparently I’m just not serious enough. Where owners reserve some way in advance we of course let them choose whatever weird and wonderful names they want. Suggestions are always welcomed!

Orange (boy) asleep

Orange (boy) asleep

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Big Bertha and The Bismarck racing for the milky bar

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Oh no – we’re going the wrong way – about turn

 

 

 

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Fridays Pups are full of milk and a little bit sleepy

SONY DSCThe pups are continuing to grow. We still have two camps of pups, the monster bunch and the tinyweenies . In the photo  above you will see monster girl (purple) who we call Big Bertha, Spot is a male and is going to be a dark golden, light blue (girl) is going to be cream, Teenyweeny (boy) beige – who is the smallest of the litter.

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Some of the boys. Orange, Beige (we call spot), Black (The Bismark) and Red.
Orange and Red are light coloured, Spot is the darkest followed by the giant. Bismark. Tinyweeny beige is taking advantage and gets to suckle without his brothers.

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Green girl – light in colour

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Bracken’s tempting fate – she has no fear ;-)

Bracken is the daughter of Jussi (Dewmist Sails of Satin) and Candy (Beauchasseur Catch a Rainbow) and she is having a couple of weeks holiday at Mums.

She has exhausted Poppy, chased Dolly round the bend and to date defied all attempts to trim her tail…….we still have time. Be warned Bracken, Shirley Scissorhands is ready for a challenge!

The dogs went for the daily constitutional, and as is their want, promptly jumped into the canal – Bracken is a natural water baby.  She is her father’s daughter, and loves to find leaves, sticks and other yucky items. She loves to share also….meaning she wants to share Jussi’s sticks, he’s definately not keen. She may be living on borrowed time, because her Dad is laid back about most thing, but he does like his sticks, bones and toys.

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