Camera day :)

It was a quiet day here so I went a bit mad with the camera. We had a very quick trip to Dartmoor,  as it was a bank holiday we thought it would be busy so we only took Eliza and Tiffany, as it happens it wasn't that busy and we could have taken everyone, but the two that went were very happy with the arrangement.

The puppies are still little black blobs, but they are definitely getting more mobile and have started to get up on their legs a bit. Today they were given ID collars, the boys are wearing the blue, grey and white collars. We are still waiting for the right home for the last boy.

The grubs are also coming along well, the female kitten is still available.

I feel that seeing as Fawlty is the father of all this years kittens he ought to have a picture or two here, he obviously took the picture shoot very seriously and managed to have a dust bath in every grubby forgotten area of the garden that he could find!

And last, but by no means least, the father of the pups, Cash, who had a bit of agility practice in the garden today with my daughter.

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The Incredibles

Dime and the bigger pups are thriving, Jack Jack is hanging on in there and although I am not optimistic about his chances we are trying, and where there's life there's hope. This litter have been named after characters from the film The Incredibles as we felt it was incredible that Dime had 8 puppies hidden in a not particularly huge bump, and incredible that after a prolonged 1st stage labour resulting in a C Section we came home with Mum and 8 live puppies. We have Jack Jack, Bob, Lucius and Buddy(possibly Syndrome, not sure which yet) the girls are Helen, Violet, Edna and Mirage. They will have ID collars in a few days, currently they are far too small for them :)

We currently have 2 boys available, please feel free to ring for a chat should you be interested.

The webcam is now up and running (link top right on this page), it will usually be on from about 10:30 am to 10:30pm, the volume is muted.

Edited on 1st May to say that despite our best efforts Jack Jack quietly slipped away yesterday evening.

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Not quite as planned.

Dime started 1st stage of labour in the early hours of Sat morning, to cut a long story short, as I haven't seen my bed since then, her labour just didn't progress. After speaking to the vet we decided she needed to be seen. We got to the surgery at about 2:30 where she was examined and found to have a puppy in the birth canal, but too far in for the vet to help it out. Dime was given a shot of oxytocin and within half an hour she delivered the tiniest standard puppy I have ever seen, weighing in at just 140gms I expected him to be stillborn, but he came out with a heartbeat so a little bit of work got him up and running.

After another hour Dime was still not really making much effort at pushing so the decision was made to perform a C section. I was expecting a small litter of maybe 5 or 6 but she has a family of 8, 4 girls and 4 boys.

Dime is home now, she is still pretty groggy but is currently laying nicely with her pups, who are all eager to feed. The tiddler, christened Jack Jack (explanation will follow after I've had a snooze) is going to need help and a good dollop of luck if he is to have a chance of surviving, but he is currently active and he has taken a little formula...

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I have my eye on you

Puppies are now 12 days old and most have opened their eyes :) We are still waiting for the right home for our last boy (please note I would prefer him to be homed in the UK as I already have one puppy being exported). They are pretty nifty on their feet now and have already started making their way off the bed and onto the newspaper for a wee.

Beetles kittens are just so outgoing, the little girl is currently available, please note that I am happy for an initial contact to be made via email or text, but after that I will need to speak to those who are interested, I will not take deposits for my puppies or kittens to people that I have not chatted to.

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Life goes on.

Firstly I would like to thank my friend, Manda, for this beautiful portrait of Purdie, it was a wonderful, if heartbreaking, surprise.

Walks seem really odd without our guardian, silly things like not opening the door in the van for her (she had her own easy access section to travel in) hurt. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I miss having to hoover up her hair on a daily basis. But life does indeed carry on and as always the remaining crew demand and deserve my attention.

We are still waiting on the girls to come in season (I'm getting impatient as it's been a while since we've had puppies!), hopefully it won't be much longer.

We have still had our regular walks, despite the wet weather, and we managed a beach walk just after Christmas which we always love, especially at this time of year when the fields are so muddy.

This years kittens are now young adults, Beetle is definitely the most bonkers of them all but all are fabulous interactive pain in the neck cats :)

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The end of an era. I don't have the words to express how special this wonderful girl was. I knew that at 13 years old our time together was limited, I had no idea it would be this soon. R.I.P my beautiful soppy girl.

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Agility dogs

After a long winter break (ground was far too wet to safely run dogs) Eliza and Cash have restarted their agility training, just feels so good to be back out there working with them and I know that they really enjoy it to. My sister visited this weekend and she was good enough to take some pictures for me.

 This photo made me laugh, we started with the jumps low to warm Cash up, he still jumped full height!

Dime is approaching her due date now, she has filled out nicely though she is not huge, I am guessing 5/6 puppies which would be a lovely sized litter.

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Sunshine, at last

Firstly I would like to thank everyone who has contacted me about Dollar, I was overwhelmed by all the kind words via personal messages, sympathy cards and comments both here and on facebook, each and every message helped.

At long last winter seems to be behind us, it is so good to see the sun again. The dogs had a blast on their walk today, all were clipped and bathed yesterday so were feeling good :) Dime is filling out now, not huge so we are hoping for a nice but manageable litter.

Beetles grubs are doing really well, both are currently available.

The Monsters inc kittens are living up to their names are proper monsters, cracking little kittens. They had their 1st vaccinations last week so just 2 weeks before they leave for pastures new.

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Puppies won't be long :)

Dime is in early labour, lots of panting and restlessness. Cam will go on once things start to get interesting, this could be in half an hour or tomorrow morning. I will take this opportunity to mention that whilst it is normally an incredible experience witnessing the birth of new life, it will be messy and things can and do go wrong.

It's now 7pm and not much to report, she is managing to relax between episodes of panting.

8am Sunday morning and she is taking her time, this stage can last up to 48 hrs so no cause for concern at the moment, just a little impatience (and a lot of tiredness) on my part :)

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