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
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!
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!