Latest puppy update – wet pogs


Daisy and Gracie For those that read this blog regularly you’ll be aware that not only is Gracie beset with hip trouble, her sister has also recently developed a limp. Daisy’s x-rays revealed nothing but what they called growing pains in her front legs, thank goodness. But she also has a certain hip laxity which shouldn’t be there, so we’ll have to watch it and just cross our fingers she grows out of it.

One pup with full blown hip dysplasia and the other one with a limp and potentially the same trouble down the line. It looks like we won’t be able to breed from either two, which is a shame because that was my plan.

This pic (shown left) makes me smile – Lauren took it and I said it looks like an album cover! What would it be called I wonder, if it was their debut CD?

This pic makes me smile – Lauren took it and I said it looks like an album cover! What would it be called I wonder, if it was their debut CD?

I’ll have to rethink my plans for continuing breeding puppies in a few years time then. No problem, it’s not a big deal, it’s just that’s what I did several times with the other older two, Holly and Patch and enjoyed it enormously. There's nothing like cute little puppies to make you smile.

Holly had a litter of eight not long after I left QVC the first time round in 2001, from which we kept Patch – will try to dig out a clip or a pic. My kids remember those puppy months with real fondness – like I do from my childhood when my mum bred poodles! OK they’re not everybody’s favourite dog, but they’re still cute as puppies!

Have you ever bred puppies? Which breed? I don’t recall a single problem with any of Cindy’s six litters so maybe I should have stuck to poodles instead of hip-dysplasic Labradors! Anyone want to swap a chocolate Labrador? NOT REALLY! I'm joking – wouldn’t swap them for the world!

The pogs have been washed and groomed

Daisy having a bath Anyway, after the relatively good news from the £400 worth of x-rays, I treated us all to a visit from Ben the dog groomer who also does the ‘dog listener’ training I’ve mentioned on a previous blog. It was my treat too because there's so much effort involved in shampooing and drying four dogs! Daisy and Gracie are seven months now, and even more cuddly now they’ve been completely washed and brushed.

I do it myself sometimes but it’s such a big job and it’s not great having to take them upstairs in my old cottage to the bath. It was nice to have the convenience of all the hair and mess being kept out in Ben’s van. Not sure Daisy felt the same way initially though!


Once they were done they all smelt tremendously of wet dog, but at least it was a world away from how they smelt when they had been in the rain, or been for a ‘plosh’ in the nearby stream, which they all do regularly! Daisy seemed rather pleased with herself afterwards too – and was sooooo soft and cuddly, bless her.


Anyway there’s a lot more to talk about, having had a week off, but it’ll have to wait or I’ll fill up poor blog lady Lauren’s time with all my work instead of just sharing her!

Hope you enjoy the week – am on a lot late at night usually and am looking forward to some wonderful shows, including Diane Gilman 8pm on Tuesday 26th October. Watch out for me in jeans – a rare occasion but hers are such a great fit!

Best wishes


Craig and Charlotte in The Sun newspaper P.S. Well done to my lovely mate Craig Rowe for his Charlotte Church shows last Monday They even made the TV pages in The Sun! See, even some of the big stars love to come on QVC. Apparently Charlotte’s nan watches QVC, so hi to Charlotte’s nan!


  1. Louise October 25, 2010 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    As I may have mentioned, I used to breed boxers. I stopped when the animal welfarer law was introduced banning the docking of dogs’ tails. A boxer is an especially boisterous dog and so the probability of it breaking it’s tail is quite high and, consequently, quite severe. With me it is not a cosmetic thing but a medical issue. I have seen it being done, and it does not hurt the puppy at all, being done at 3-4 days old. An elastic and is placed on the tail and, within a day or two, the end of the tail falls off and the mum either eats it or I found it and disposed of it. I would love to start breeding again but, with work and living with my mum, it may not be too practical. I totally agree with you, there is nothing like seeing a litter of pups; it is difficult to actually sell them. In fact, the last litter we bred, Rosie had eight and we kept four of them! In total we had Oscar and Rosie (mum and dad), four kids (Jack, Romeo, Delilah and Caspar – who I still have along with Osar), and Flash (no longer in this world, unfortunately)who we had before Rosie and Oscar et al were even thought of!
    if I move into my own place, I think I would consider breeding again, despite the issue with the tail. Money is secondary isn’t it? It’s the pleasure and experience one achieves as a breeder that makes it worthwhile, and giving someone else the opportunity of parenting a pup you have helped bring into this world.
    Hope both your young guys keep well. Hugs and sloppy kisses from Cas and Oscar.
    Take care and keep well. Speak soon.

  2. Gayle Metcalfe October 26, 2010 at 12:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, hope the growing pains go soon for poor Daisy. Shame you won’t be able to breed from them :-( I am trying to work out whether to breed from my youngest at the moment! I haven’t had her spade yet as she is such a beautiful lab with a fantastic tempremant!! Got lots of time to decide (and test to do to!). Love the videos of the girls being bathed! Had mine groomed by my local mobile groomer and it was so funny! The oldest (4) went it first and the puppy (18mnths) came out to watch and they were so funny together with the little one looking on as if saying “oh whats going on in there then!” and they both managed to stay in the doggie dryer (with tails between legs!!) Love seeing and hearing about your beautiful girls.
    Gayle x

  3. nigel October 26, 2010 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    So you’ve trained them to play musical instruments and sing now ? Thats clever !!! Guess Holly and Patch will be the Manager and Roadie.
    How about ” Walkies? ”
    Take care, Nige

  4. Jean October 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Sorry to hear that Daisy has a limp, lets hope she will be okay. And hope Gracie is going on alright. They look adorable, but then I love labradors, and as I mentioned before I have nine of my own, the oldest two are going on 14 and the youngest three, which is two litter brothers and their litter sister, which I bred are going on two and a half. Yes I agree with you puppies are adorable, I love the smell of puppies and horses. It looks like they enjoyed their baths. Several of mine get very wet and muddy out working, I must admit I dont bath them very much so as not to take the oil out of their coat. They get a good rub down when they are really wet, and have their dog coats on. Anyway Debbie I hope all turns out okay with your two.
    Love Jean X

  5. Jean October 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Debbie,
    I forgot to mention you looked great in your Jeans, I loved the colour. Mind you my daughter and I were only saying the other day how smart you always looks.
    Love Jean x

  6. debs flint October 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    nige – dont know about musical instruments – apart from wind section! They’re pretty good at that! lol.

  7. Marion October 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm -  Reply

    You may be disappointed not being able to breed your dogs Debbie but there are so many dogs already being bred and not all of them manage to get loving homes despite what they cost. We look after our son’s German Shepherd Nell during the day whilst he is at work. She is black and long haired and weighs almost 7 stone of solid muscle. She gets very smelly by getting into mud and water when she is out for a run, not a bit ladylike. Bathing her has to be planned like a military operation but we always seems to still manage to get very wet ourselves and a soaking bathroom. German Shepherds are prone to hip problems. Nell is getting a bit stiff now as she is almost 7. We give her green lipped muscle tablets which were recommended to us by a police dog handler.

  8. debs flint October 30, 2010 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    Louise – thanks so much for your lovely long comment. Yes I do remember you breed boxers! But I didn’t realise you’d kept most of them! You must need the ‘furminator’ – our amazingly brilliant dog brush which I just took delivery of today! I’m going to collect it all for our vacuum demo’s – lol!
    Hug hug

  9. debs flint October 30, 2010 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Gayle – hope your hip scores go well! Turns out Daisy’s left hip is also a tiny bit out of kilter too – we’re hoping she grows out of it for her sake anyway!
    Love your doggy grooming story – if you ever get a video on you tube, email in the link! Lol
    ps again – look out for the furminator brush!

  10. debs flint October 30, 2010 at 10:48 pm -  Reply

    Nige – my mate Kevski the Omniscient said the ‘album’ should be called ‘Lab-bey Road!!’ Best one I’ve heard! lol

  11. debs flint October 30, 2010 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    Jean – thanks so much for your thoughts! NINE!! Where do you keep them? I know what you mean about their coats – before now I’ve only bathed them with shampoo once a year! Otherwise it’s been the local lake! Lol. And yes, puppy breath is the best! As my kids would agree… Ahh memories!!
    Ps thanks about the jeans, I love them – Diane Gilman – she knows figures for the more curvy ladies for sure!

  12. debs flint October 30, 2010 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    Marion – seven stone! Gosh what a handful! Your poor bathroom. Interesting about the muscle tablets – how long before you noticed a difference and what was it?

  13. Jean November 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    You asked me where I keep all my nine labradors, we have a block of kennels, which can be seen from the kitchen window, so I can keep an eye on them. They love being outside, each have a dog bed inside the kennel and another one outside in their run. The border collie which I did not mention lives indoors with the two cats. Life would be so dull without the animals, they give you more love than most human beings. In fact I prefer them to most humans.
    Love Jean X

  14. debs flint November 3, 2010 at 12:34 am -  Reply

    Jean – do you heat their kennels? to what temp if so? Also – are they in individual runs rather than in two’s or threes or what? Plus, – how much space is in the run? As you can see I”m trying to work out what to do long term with mine. It wouldnt be so bad if Patch didn’t have a bit of a flatulence problem! eouwwww!

  15. Jean November 9, 2010 at 8:35 am -  Reply

    With regard to my kennels I have a block of four, which consist of a kennel which is 6′ high, 4′ across and 4′ long, they each have a run attached which is 8′ long and 4′ wide, and the runs are covered so as to not make it to hot in summer and they dont get wet in the winter. There is plenty of room for them to have a bed in the run and one in the kennel. I also have a further three kennels outside with runs. My golden oldies as I call them have runs in the stable block. They have wooden boxes which are up off the ground full of shredded paper. The ones outside have tuffie beds in their kennels. They did have the original tuffie beds, but they tried to pull the beds which are like long mattresses out through the square in the door so they could lie on them in the morning (they are not stupid), with the door being shut there was not enough room, this meant they ended up ripping a corner, and whoops what is that, oh it is stuffing, this looks good, you should have seen the kennels and runs, it looked like it had snowed, in fact one of my bitches would pull all the stuffing out if I went out without her. When I came back she would look at me, as much as to say thats what you get for leaving me behind. I got fed up with putting the stuffing back, so I then purchased them the stronger tuffie bed, which is rounded so that they cannot chew the sides. They love them. The beds are made in Scotland, expensive but well worth it.You just hose the beds down, they cannot go in a washing machine. If I can be of any further help please let me know. I cannot imagine the flatulence is welcome.
    Nearly forgot, no I dont heat the kennels, they seem to have thicker coats living outside. Mind you they still get the same love and attention as if they were inside, a cuddle and a bonio every night before they are shut up.
    Love Jean X

  16. debs December 4, 2010 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

    Jean – found your reply at last! Thanks so much! I like this idea! Maybe one day I’ll move house so I can recreate what you’ve done! I’ve temporarily put mine into the little outhouse which is like a room at the end of the kitchen extension but just outside the back door – but have cut a hole in the door so keeps cold out, plus put a radiator inside, so they don’t shiver! Holly the oldest doesn’t think she’s a dog, she thinks she’s a human, so she’d rather live in the kitchen with me!
    Daisy, the devil dog, pup number one, thinks anything in her reach is there to be chewed, and that has included puppy pads which also made the garden look like snow!
    Come the spring, I’ll rethink, but for now, it’s too cold to worry further – thanks for all your tips and will look out for the tuffie beds!

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