As most know we lost Millie earlier this year and she was exceptionally close to our son Alfie. His birthday the beginning of October and a month before it, he just said (whilst looking at a painting of some of our dogs), "I wouldn't mind a painting of Millie."
I thought, I know just the person for that job and contacted Heather who is Munchkinmay. Heather's family have Albey, who is our Ernest's litter sibling from Toby and Treacle's litter. Heather sent me some lovely photos of Albey (below) taken this year (looking so much like his niece Lottie) and also although busy, would try hard to get a painting of Millie done for his birthday.
Heather got it done in time for me to give it to Alfie on his birthday. He was very touched by Heather's likeness of Millie. Millie now takes pride of place in his bedroom. You can see Heather's creative process and end result below. Thanks Heather!
I have commissioned another painting from Heather. A group painting of our dogs, which she hopes to start for me in the New Year.
Five month update for Hope from Helen. Hope is from Ernest and Rosie's litter of eleven pups.
I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. Here are a few photos of Hope at 5 months old. She's doing very well, seems to be starting to master loose lead walking at last!"
Lovely update for Oscar from Lynn. Oscar is from Ernest and Rosie's litter of eleven pups.
We’ve followed your family’s trials and tribulations over the last couple of months and it sounds like it’s been a difficult time. Here’s hoping that things are now improving for you all.
We’ve loved seeing all the recent news from Rosie’s litter families and thought we’d share an update for Oscar.
Physically, he was one of the bigger pups and he is certainly growing at a fast rate. He’s now just under 8kg and 37cm high at the withers but nicely slender. Noticeably, he is very long in the body. He is a lovely looking pup, his markings are now a deep glossy red and he gets so many admiring comments when we are out and about.
He is super smart which is both a blessing and a curse
Training is going very well, he walks nicely on the lead, recall is great and he understands many commands. We still have a lot of work to do on inappropriate jumping and climbing (we think there’s some mountain goat in there somewhere), and he can get very barky at times so that’s another work in progress.
He would eat 24/7 given a chance so we do have to monitor his food intake carefully.
His two favourite activities are eating any bit of wood he can find or picking up feathers. We managed to do our first seaside trip this week and he loved digging in the sand but was petrified of the sea!
As first-time owners we are learning every day which can be exhausting, but he is a wonderful little chap, with such a huge personality that we can’t imagine life without him now. He chats away to us all the time, making hilarious grunts and squeaks and it amazes me just how much of his communication we are able to understand.
Keep the updates coming folks as it’s so interesting to see how all the siblings are developing.
Lynn & Graeme"
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Our breeding dogs are multi generational extensively health tested. With all our breeding stock having recommended and relevant DNA tests for their breed/breeds. We also have breeding stock annually eye examined on the BVA Hereditary Eye Disease Scheme for dogs, MRI scanned on the BVA scheme using the BVA chiari malformation /syringomyelia breeding protocol, and heart examined using The Kennel Club Heart Scheme for Cavalier King Charles breeding protocol