At the moment I am growing in concern about how those awaiting a puppy from Blottie's litter are going to be able to choose a puppy from her litter and will then be able to travel to pick the puppy up. Three on the litter reside in Devon, one on the border to Somerset, which reduces the issue being that close. The rest are further afield in tier 3 and 4 areas. I have several more families awaiting a puppy from us residing in Devon, but they were further down the waiting list (I now regret doing), as looking at it logically at this time it would be a lot easier for the pups to home them closer to us, as I did with Teagol's litter. I am caught between logic, morality, law and knowing that those awaiting a pup from Blottie's litter families will be mortified to not be able to get a puppy now.
In Devon we are at tier 2 (with infection rate rising), which means, even if I allowed a visit, it can only be conducted outdoors socially distancing. It's winter, so viewing pups like that is not possible, as it would seriously compromise their welfare. So the only option at this time will be to do it from videos, photographs and by what I can tell you so far about each pups developing personality. I can offer a one off live video link around six weeks old for each family to choose their pup and then keep following the development of their pup on the blog. I will expect you though to pick the puppy up in person by the time the puppy is 12 weeks old, I can stretch to 14 weeks if needed. I will not allow the pups to be taken by pet courier to their new home even in these times.
At the moment I am reserving the little girl I have referred to as "Little Dot"she is tiny compared to the rest, she seems to be hitting all her development goals. Due to her diminutive size, I would though prefer her to grow on further and be checked over thoroughly by my vet before looking to find a home for her. I have only so far taken nine people on this litter, so no one is missing out.
What I would like is for those on this litter further afield to consider the above and whether they are okay with choosing their pup like this and consider that they will be able to travel and pick the puppy up in the time above? It's a hard one and if I was hard and just applied the logical mind, I would drop those further afield off this litter onto the next litter (we have hopefully late Spring, ready Summertime) and put in place those that are within the county of Devon, but I know that leading with just my head will break the hearts of some. So those I have contacted about this litter and are waiting on a pup from Blottie, have a think and then please contact me in the next few days to let me know how you feel about things. You can ring me on 01769 560969 for a chat about the above or email me if you prefer. Midday is the best time to catch me by phone. Thank you!
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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