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Monthly Archives: March 2014

On Potting Puppies

Yesterday was gorgeous.  The puppies are depleted in number and there are now 6 still here, but it looks like they are all spoken for now.  This makes me sad as I have come to know these little personalities and they are all gorgeous little people.  But also, I am happy as they are all due to go to lovely homes where they will all be loved, which is what I want most for them.  Collectively they are very different to how they will be individually, and their characters and confidence here grow every day.  They are learning all the time and all experimenting together.  They play with their big sister who is their best friend!  I think she will miss them.

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She lets them win

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She finds the same things interesting

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Some puppies have been busy potting other puppies

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It takes a lot of sorting out to get this potting business just right

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I am sure I fitted in this yesterday?

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Endless funny incidents and then that gorgeous deep floppy sleep!

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Not Guilty

Besides having a very intermittent internet at the moment our appliances are mostly all poorly.  Today a long awaited visit from a washing machine repair man happened.  The company do not give a specific time to expect their engineer, instead giving a broad scope of about 6 hours during which time he will call.

So, I let the puppies out as usual and walked the dogs and fed everyone etc etc.  All clean and tidy and ready to start again.  I let out the puppies and THE MAN arrived.  Fortunately THE MAN likes dogs and has a sense of humor (essential).  He stood by the barn helpless with laughter as I tried to catch 44 puppies!!  9 pups turn into 44 whenever you want them in one place I have discovered!

Finally everyone in the kitchen.  THE MAN went about his work in the barn without help.  After a while I thought it was very quiet in the kitchen and decided to check on the pups.  Rearrangement extraordinaire!!  BUT you understand it was none of these…..

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Definitely NOT Doris

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DEFINITELY NOT Wurzel

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Nor Blue

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Certainly NOT Ivy

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Harris is no where to be seen?

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And everyone else has been sleeping ALL the time

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And having sister cuddles, so it simply could NOT have been Wilma.

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So how did it happen?

Nobody knows!!

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Parties

I started this post yesterday with the words ‘yesterday’!!  BUT the internet went down and then today we had a major long power cut and that, quite frankly, was that!!

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So now we have to try again and hope that this time things will happen in the right direction!

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Sunday was cold but mainly dry.  This was a good thing because my youngest grandchild was 2!  Actually she was 2 on Friday but she was happy to be 2 again here with us!!  We had birthday cake which was yummy………..

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We had balloons and lots of fun.  BUT the BEST fun was the puppies who were extremely pleased that Freya was 2 too!!  They joined in the fun and games with tremendous and undying enthusiasm! 

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The garden was full of children and puppies and lots of joyful noises.

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After quite a while everyone was exhausted, especially the grown ups, who dont look cute so I did not take any pictures!

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Yellow

Today is full of yellows!  Glorious sunshine and yellow yellow yellow!

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We went for a walk, time to think (for some…..)

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Time to reflect?

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Time for yellow.

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And for not yellow.

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And bursting forth (and no puppy pics included in this statement!!)

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Run for Shelter

Somebody keeps pouring puppies right under my feet EVERYWHERE I go!!  They are on the loose!  They can escape out of anywhere!  Some of them dig and some climb but they all see an open gate and literally pour through the opening in lightening quick time!  For creatures so small they have an impressive turn of speed already!

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They have found a boat!  This morning they had 2 in the boat and 4 dragging it round!!  They invent incredible games with so much vigor and enthusiasm.

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This afternoon I thought if I let them all pour out of their pen into the garden to have the run of the place they would get tired and we would get some peace and quiet! 

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Not such a great idea.

The only worn out ones are the people of the house and the big dogs.  ALL of us were terrorized into fleeing and climbing for peace.  4 dogs elevated to sofas begging to be let out of the garden into the furthest recesses of the house (not far) and 2 adults sitting cross legged on the kitchen table earnestly planning the next tactical move.  Planning to get from one side of the kitchen to the other now requires the training of the secret service and military precision with diversions in place.  It takes 2 – 3 adults to make a coffee now and as for loading the washing machine, well…..

Answers on a postcard if there are any bright ideas (if we ever get to picking the mail up first that is)!

Well its not raining at least!!

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Butter wouldn’t melt !!!

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Puppy Power

Once upon a time, five weeks ago to be exact, 9 puppies were born in Somerset.  The wind was howling and the rain was lashing, but these brave puppies decided to broaden their horizons and view a bigger world.  They were all perfect and beautiful.  There were 6 girls and 3 boys.

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As time went on these puppies began to learn all sorts of things.  They opened their eyes and began to see the world and each other.  They learnt how to stand and then how to dance and bounce (well nearly).  They learnt that a certain sound produced a paddling pool which was fun.  And then they learnt that the paddling pool actually had great stuff in it for eating!  They learnt to fight and play and be terribly brave about scary things like long grass and feathers and imaginary hiding things!

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They were visited by all sorts of people (mainly the sort with high voices) and they learnt that squeaking voices meant that you were in for a cuddle if you werent careful.  Cuddles interrupt a perfectly busy day and although they are not too bad, it really proves inconvenient as its so hard to remember what you were so busy doing before being lifted to the sky and cooed over.

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Four of the 9 puppies were picked and booked.  Now there are 3 little boys (possibly only 2) (lalalalalalalala ….. did I just say that out loud??????).  3boys and 2 girls.  Now if you need organising then 2 of the boys are your man.  They show me every morning how to muck them out, where the food should go and how quickly it should go there.  And they always rearrange the bed as I am incapable of finding exactly the right spot on my own, ever! 

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One of the boys is absolutely STUNNING.  He will make a good sized dog and is strong and intelligent and very very handsome.  The other boy is very very busy.  He has to do everything at a run and consequently has to catch up on sleep every now and then in order to keep the world running when he is up and about.  He is friendly and playful and very pretty.  The other boy (what other boy???) has picked me out and I am trying not to notice.  Somehow he always ends up with me.  From past experience boy dogs are loyal, extremely trainable, anxious to please, full of character and if you want a friend pick a dog every time!

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The girls.  Well these are both fine featured and will be absolutely gorgeous dogs, just like bitches should be.  They have fine bones and broken coats.  They are less bouncy and bossy than the other girls but form attachment easily.  These 2 will make very biddable dogs and will be easy to train, they are anxious to please. 

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Training these dogs is rewarding as they are very biddable.  They love a good bounce and a good game but equally love to sleep for hours on end stretched out on their backs (the world is a much better place upside down!).

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Spot the difference

WOW!!  What a sky

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Glorious palette

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Maybe a change in the muted colours of rain –

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The sun has been out and spring has crept in between the showers and everything feels more bouyant!

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Well almost, after a bit of thought maybe??

Never mind Crufts these are the BEST OUT OF SHOW!!!!

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In a class of their own!

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