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Phew!! Almost there……………..

Almost there!  Pups have been leaving for their new lives with the remaining ones mourning their loss.  Fewer pups I thought would be less trouble, but they have more space and are bigger and bolder and…………!

Its exhausting having pups.  I don’t think there is a good time of year.  They are a huge amount of fun alongside destructive, messy and exhausting, and thats before the accidents happen!  They do not have any sense of self preservation and even when you imagine you have everything covered, they will find a way to fall over, bash into each other and generally create havoc.

Then they sleep.

 

A lifestyle choice definitely.  Accessories come cheaper and in less destructive forms.  A puppy is a challenge in just about every possible way.  They will test you to the limit everyday.

Then they sleep.

I can see that life may develope into something resembling normal.  Except that ‘normal’ will now include a small challenge (I say small, but legs are growing at an alarming rate…there must be giraffe in the mix…).

I finished something!!!!  Just have to say it once more.  I FINISHED something!!!

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So, slowly I am developing some ideas into reality and plans afoot include new dyeing plans, new designs AND an exhibition next year.  Well if they dont all get eaten by sharp small teeth that is!!

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Happy Tails

Nearly at 7 weeks!  So, CHALLENGING………….

Beautiful little characters and only 2 not reserved.  Possibly only 1 as lady viewing tomorrow.

Just play, play, play………….. and sleep, sleep, sleep

STITCH

ECHO

NATO

BALOU

HARRIS

BOBBY

MERLIN

ANNIE

LUNA

Thats it for now!

Changing Scale

Well here we are at 6 weeks!  Unrecognizable chaos reigns.  I am being held responsible for changing the scale of just about everything.  Gaps have shrunk, heights lowered (a positive improvement), and the empty flower pots (well they are empty now) get stuck!  Swinging between hilarity and despair with no middle ground this week.  Pups from 5-8 weeks are pure hard work.  Also, thankfully, they are very funny.

We have 3 pups left looking for homes now.  More people looking this weekend.  Lets hope the little hooligans will not intimidate them.  As a collection they are formidable these days, haring round at high speed and then forgiven as they crash out in littered piles just where they drop.

Just a note to add…..Life in the form that we know it has been suspended until further notice………….One day normal stuff will return and relative peace descend once more.  It will won’t it??

Helpers

9 little 5 week old ‘helpers’!  Hummmmm……..

We have beaten up the dustpan and brush, thankfully this will now no longer cause problems.  The brush took some beating but finally was submissive and now lies quietly mangled as a warning to any further attempts to introduce such creatures.

There have been a few attempts from plants to intrude and wave in the wind, but we are now in no more danger from these silent intruders.  Phew!

Photographing busy people is sooooo hard!  I introduced a couple of new toys and limited the number of puppies to 2 in a brave attempt to get some pictures.  The success rate varied.  The toys came off worse.  This was preferable to the mass escape this morning.  All 9 puppies swarmed round the entire garden dragging dust sheets, compost bags and garden tools with them.  The result was an hours peace to clear up the devastation while 9 babies slept off their intense activity.

Keeping this family cool in the heatwave has been a nightmare.  Full time activity and not much else has been done this week.  Temperatures were dangerously high and trying to keep everyone hydrated and cool was such hard work.  Play times were 5.30am and 11pm.  The rest of the time was inactive.  However, we now have cooler temperatures and full activity has resumed!

Pictures of Balou.  Balou is very blonde and not as red as he looks on my laptop.  This little chap has a lovely longish coat and is very pretty.  He is very friendly and playful.

Bobby.  This is my favorite in the litter.  Such a solemn puppy.  Everyday he has trouble with his legs.  By the evening he has mastered where to put them, in what order and more or less what they are useful for.  Every morning he has to re-organize them because they have grown!  Poor boy its all so confusing!

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Stitch 1.  This pretty girl is bold, confident, playful and intelligent.  That is a polite way of saying she is soooo naughty!  She is an escape artist, bounces on everyone to get them up, constantly lively and playful.  She is sweet natured and extraordinarily pretty!  (She has to be!!)

The next 2 are Harris and Sika.  Harris is the longcoat chap.  He is stunning!  He is spoken for.  The only smooth coat in the litter is Sika.  I LOVE this boy!  His conformation is beautiful and he is a balanced, happy, friendly boy.  He will be a dog who will be stopped in the street to be admired.

Next along is Merlin.  Merlin is the darkest in the litter with a very long coat.  Merlin is confident and considered.  He will play with the best but the ‘ideas’ are generally not his!  Sweet little chap who will be absolutely gorgeous!

Annie and Tabitha next.  Tabitha resembles a tortoishell cat in colour.  She is so so pretty!  She has a thick long coat.  A balanced person, good all round really.

Annie is the reddest in the litter, the others all favor blonde.  She is another good all round puppy.  Not a ringleader.  She has a good coat, thick and long, and a very black nose.

Finally Stitch 2.  Totally gorgeous!

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So!  The puppies are now interviewing!  They will change in the next 3 weeks of course, the blonde ones will get blonder and coats will grow etc.  But now they are 5 weeks they are beginning to show how they will be.

Nothing else this week!  Life will return to ‘normal’ soon!

Four and a Half Weeks and Growing…..

Pups are growing and adventuring now.

Playing at eating………….

Playing at playing………

Looking cute!!

This is how I found Granny

And mum

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Pictures speak volumes!

Other work:  Sorrell dyeing, blanket patches and sketchbook.

To be honest most of the time is taken up with canines at the moment and to finish this week here are some portraits of some of the pups:

This boy we call Bobby because it rhymes with Dobby, his grandfather.

Tabitha who is behaving beautifully this week!  No longer the mischief maker.  Very friendly and fun with a beautiful coat.

Balou!  Mr I AM JUST SO COOL!!

Bye for now!

ooopppssss!!

Not sure why the pics in the last post did not appear but think I have sorted it?

3 Week Characters

How quickly things change.  The weather in particular.  The pups as a good second.  Politics and current affairs.  I can not bring myself to talk about the awfulness recently in London and Manchester.  Grief and horror do not even come close.

Life continues albeit with more grey.  Things that are important we hold a little closer perhaps.  I am grateful for the things which make me smile.

At 3 whole weeks now we have little characters forming, opinions being voiced and bouncing being practiced.  So many legs and tails these days!

As you can tell, taking photos has become nearly impossible!  They are way too busy to pose!  So my solution is one at a time;

This little boy reminds me of his grandfather.  He is pretty and very serious!

This little girl is adorable.  Chestnut at the moment.  A sweet person, not a trouble maker – so far……

This stunning boy has the longest coat in the litter.  He is again, a sweet person, not a trouble maker, not too opinionated…….yet!  He is paler than his look-alike sister.

Another little boy.  Very pretty this one very gentle and sweet person.

Well, what can I say?  She is strikingly pretty, and has to be!  We have nick named her Tabitha as she looks like a tortoishell cat and sounds like one at times too.  This little girl is first up, last back and has opinions about absolutely everything, whether asked or not!  She is a character!

Merlin.  He is spoken for.  He is playful but not pushy, he is very drawn to people and loves cuddles!  I think he will be spoilt!  He is lighter than he was but has a gorgeous coat and dark markings.

The first pic shows the correct colour.  This girl will be blonde.    Mrs playful and curious.

The blondest in the litter.  This chap will have a long coat and he is so so pretty!  Mr laid back.

This girl is reserved.  No name yet.

Phew!  Does that make 9 or 28?

Other things, here is the Euphorbia dyed fabric which is amazing!

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Here are other plays;

And to prove that officially hats are no longer my only nervous habit!