Covid has made its way through our home, with only David (husband) at the moment not getting it. He has been given a wide berth and it is weird staying at least 2 metres from your husband and if any closer I am wearing a mask and have sanitised hands. Being double vaccinated and flow testing negative with no symptoms. He has been able to keep working, although only on one farm where it is all field work at the moment.
Our six children have all got over it, not much more than a cold for them all. Three of them had received one vaccination and nature decided to give them the other. David and me are both double vaccinated. As I am chief cook and bottle washer, it was going to be almost a given that I was going to come into contact with Covid. I spent a week testing positive with very mild symptoms and a couple days ago Covid decided to ramp it up, which did coincide with after me painting the utility room. It is so boring being confined to barracks, so I thought I would use the time to get some of those jobs done that you keep putting off. So a faint line on a rapid flow test, changed to a dark red line and I felt rough with a bunged up nose and a sore throat, which has now just gone to being an irritable throat. I'm hoping this is it and a few more days and our home will hopefully become Covid free.
Well that's enough of my woes and what for the future of Poundlane. July saw the tragedy of losing Teagol (daughter of Blottie and Mum to Polly) and a few days after her death, I had her Mum Blottie booked into be spayed. Blottie (who is a first cross Brittany/Cavalier) turned six in April with having her daughter Teagol, and Teagol already producing Polly for us from her first litter. I did not see the need to breed from Blottie again. Losing Teagol suddenly changed things and I put a stop to have Blottie spayed the end of July. Giving me a chance to think things over. I did not want to base my breeding on grief. Only having Polly to carry on that line feels a bit precarious and once I had spayed Blottie, that would be that.
So after much thought, I have decided that Blottie will breed one more litter, her fourth and last litter.I have only bred four litters from two bitches in the past and this was because they were exceptionally easy whelpers and fertile girls. Blottie ticks both those boxes and she will also have to pass a heart examination and other relevant health checks. All going well she will be paired with Ernest (our beautiful 3/4 Cavalier and 1/4 Poodle (miniature) boy), who also will have to pass his health checks as well. He turned five back in the Spring. Blottie is due to come on heat around December time. Hopefully a Spring 2022 litter. As soon as I get over Covid, I will get health examinations booked and start the ball rolling.
So it's back to the future for our next litter!
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“Humans are aware of very little, it seems to me, the artificial brainy side of life, the worries and bills and the mechanisms of jobs, the doltish psychologies we've placed over our lives like a stencil. A dog keeps his life simple and unadorned.” Brad Watson, Last Days of the Dog-Men: Stories
Welcome to this blog. I am Jane, a hobby breeder, situated in North Devon, England, UK (map at bottom of page ,shows where we are) on a quest to breed a healthier small spaniel similar to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
WE DO NOT EXPORT PUPPIES
Why I don't export
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