As promised more photos of the arrival of Rosie's pups along with photos taken throughout their first day. Pups seem to all be doing okay and Rosie is being exceptional. Very laid back about it all.
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thoroughly to know price for 2021 and how we do things. At this moment I am more concerned about rearing the litter on, than homing the puppies.
This morning Rosie gave birth to her first pup at 3.10 am and the last at 6.37 am. She has had an amazing eleven pups. Three boys and eight girls. No tricolours, three black and white with the rest Blenheim. I will blog later with more photos. The birth was very calm and very quick, and with a couple pups needing assistance to clear fluid from airways it was not so easy to take many photos during the birth, but I still have a far few. Rosie has taken to being a Mum, like a duck to water. Simple amazing with fingers crossed all rear on well.
We also have been struck by tragedy this week with suddenly losing Smudge on Wednesday and is why lack of blogging as we came into Rosie's birth. I will blog about the passing of Smudge, when I feel up to it.
One of our children caught this photo (below) of mother and daughter resting after they had been on an escapade. Someone had left our gate slightly open. They were soon found in the woods across from us. Both chips off Millie's (Blottie's maternal Grandmother) block.
A couple weeks ago I received the photo (below) of a rather wet Bella. Bella is from Casper and Blottie's litter of nine little Blenheim pups
Hi Jane Bella's looking forward to a haircut on Thursday - same day as us! But she's clearly not worried about waiting for warmer weather - only a few degrees above freezing and she decided to go for a swim. And then promptly ran into a mud swamp. I'm sure it was just so she could have a warm shower. Such an intelligent dog you bred! Judith x
Got an up date for Otto a couple weeks ago at four months old from Helen. Otto is from Ernest and Blottie's litter of ten again
I've been meaning to email you for weeks and weeks, apologies for not being in touch recently.
We do check your blog most days though and it's lovely to see Rosie blossoming. We think she is one of the most beautiful and striking bitches ever and wish you all the best with her pregnancy and litter.
Our darling Otto is just the most wonderful family dog, everything we hoped for and more.
He is so trainable and happy to please. He LOVES water and even when it is freezing, he loves a swim. Such a game and enthusiastic dog, he loves being outside as much as possible, which is handy, as we do too! We do a lot of mud removal and towelling off in our house!!
We are very lucky that even during lockdown, we have been able to get onto Dartmoor lots, as well as all the local woods and fields. Otto is the perfect joyful walking companion and his recall is 99% perfect (unless he spots a squirrel....).
We met up with Saffy and Lara recently and I have attached a pic of the happy trio.
Hoping to meet up with his other siblings and their humans this summer.
All the best with everything,
Helen, Al, Romilly and Otto xx"
Rosie was mated over six days and is now 58 days from her first mating and 52 days from her last mating. Gestation for a bitch is roughly 9 weeks (63 days). Puppies can arrive from 56 days, but a week early they would be on the cusp of survival. Once they pass 8 weeks and especially carrying a large litter every day is a bonus to the survival of the pups. So you need to be careful with them, making sure they are getting good rest and don't get to involved in the hurly burly of the pack. Most bitches as they get close to their time slow up and don't need to much encouragement to rest. Rosie has stepped back from playing vigorously in the evenings as she did before pregnant and when the pack get ready to greet anyone coming home from work. She lies and waits for the returnee to come to her and give her a smooth.
Due to the timings of movement being felt and seen, I consider that Rosie has conceived to an earlier mating, than later mating and I would not be surprised to see her going into labour by the weekend. It is now a waiting and watching game. She has become very fussy about her food, as often bitches do as they come into the later stages. So it is offering her food, little and often with hand feeding them sometimes, to keep her calories up in preparation for the rigours of birth.
Update for Pablo came in a couple weeks ago from Ruth, as he reached four months old. Pablo is from Ernest and Blottie's litter of ten again
I hope you and your family are well. I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Millie.
I thought I’d give you an update on Pablo now he’s reached four months. He has completed his puppy training classes and is doing well with his basic commands; it helps that he is very motivated by food. Pablo’s had a couple of tummy upsets from eating dubious things on walks - I think he has found his calling as a rubbish collector! But his ‘drop’ has got a lot better since I discovered a tasty recipe for tuna fudge. He’s doubled in size since we picked him up and is around 7kg now. He is very sociable and wants to greet every person and dog we meet. He struggles to be on his own, so we are slowly working on getting him comfortable with that, but he’s sleeping through the night now.
Pablo is a lovely chap and is such good company, he always loves a cuddle or a game. He inadvertently took his first swim recently when he mistook an algae-covered stream for grass and leaped in (picture of a soggy, green, unimpressed puppy attached). He has become much calmer with the kids now and comes to comfort them when they are upset. We all love him.
We recently met for a playdate with his sister Laika and then his brother Rory. It was hard to tell if they remembered each other, but they certainly had a lot of fun chasing and wrestling.
All the best for Rosie and her puppies, she looks like she’s doing very well.
Just took this as the pups can now be felt moving easily and now you can also see them moving. It will be hard to see the movement I filmed as most is subtle tremors, but near the end you should see a very strong movement. Not to worry if you don't see anything at this stage. It's not a test or competition and in a few days time the movements will become easier to see on video, as the pups rapidly grow each day and there is less room for them. Rosie is doing well and I feel she is going to be a very good mum. Fingers crossed!
P.S, I do have rather a backlog of updates to get up on here and really appreciate updates for our pups. I will get them up as soon as I have time.
As Rosie approaches eight weeks pregnant, she is starting to really slow up and is finding it harder to get comfortable when resting. The most comfortable position for her now when sleeping is being fully stretched out. She also is starting to look for a place to have her pups. She is getting close to the stage of not letting her out of your sight for any length of time.
Yesterday, I managed to get round to giving Reggie and his daughter Treacle a haircut. Reggie is Ernest's Grandfather (his daughter Treacle is Ernest's Mum). So he is the Great Grandfather to the litter Rosie is carrying.
.Yesterday if you sat quiet with Rosie with your hand upon her side you could most definitely feel her pups moving. We thought we had started feeling movement a couple days ago, but sometimes it's wishful thinking, yesterday it was no mistaking that you can now feel her pups moving. So feeling movement puts her at around seven weeks. So I think we are into the last couple weeks of her gestation and she has taken from her earlier matings than later ones. She is now getting reasonably big, slowing up and getting fussy about her food, along with finding it harder to get comfortable when resting.
With Rosie getting into the last couple weeks of her pregnancy, we got the new whelping box up yesterday. This box is a bit bigger than my other one and is partner to the new pen I got last year. Not a cheap bit of kit, but these whelping boxes last many years.
I also have invested in new vet bedding, as some getting a bit threadbare. I ordered a rather a large roll made with recycled plastics. I don't think I will be needing any vet bedding for a day or two.
Ernest (Dad to the litter Rosie is carrying) enjoying the morning sunshine.
A few photos of the Poundlane pack taken yesterday. Reggie and his daughter Treacle are due a haircut, but waiting for the weather to warm up.
Lovely update for Ted from Lynda, who had also contacted me about getting Ted a canine companion. Ted is from Puddin' and Teagol's litter of seven tricoloured pups.
Your idea sounds perfectly sensible especially avoiding disappointment
We’re doing OK and apart from not being able to take Ted to the pub we have gone about our life going out and about (not wearing masks apart from in shops)
Ted is now full “teenager” but responsive to training as he’s a quick learner and eager to please - well most of the time 🤣
He is still food motivated but digestion seems good and so no trips to the vets for him since his puppy vaccinations and he certainly looks the picture of health with lovely bright eyes and a lovely shiny coat too. He loves running off lead in the woods and is very good at watching us and running back to check in constantly
so providing there is not an interesting bird to chase his recall is very good
Funny that from being the smallest born he is now the heaviest at 13.5kg!
Hopefully we can organise a get together for Teagols litter soon as we have stayed in touch which will be fun to see them all together again.
I will certainly keep an eye on the exciting pup situation as I look regularly at your updates anyway so please keep us in mind once the queue starts
As you know we were tempted to ask for two pups previously but we were also aware of so many people wanting so knew it was not possible at the time
I thought the photo of all the family of dogs was wonderful and I’m so impressed the way you got them all to pose!
Love to both you and the family of dogs
Received a lovely 5th Birthday greetings from Heather for her Albey and his litter siblings who all turned five years old on Friday. Albey is from Toby and Treacle's litter. Heather is a very talented self taught artist and illustrator. You can view her work on her website Munchkinmay
I can't believe our boy and his siblings turn 5 today, where has the time gone! Albey is a delight and brings us all so much joy everyday.
Happy Birthday Ernest, Lily and Barney!
Love Heather and Albey xx"
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