To all our prospective new owners in 2018 A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR.
Every week we receive phone calls telling us sad stories of puppy farms, un-licenced breeding and associated health problems.
Whilst no one can ever give a 100% guarantee of a healthy dog, following and going beyond recommended guide lines can go a long way towards it. ALL of our bitches and ALL our selected stud dogs are hip/elbow scored, eye tested every year and comprehensively DNA tested.
We believe our pups are worth waiting for. We understand the urgency behind every request and will never promise what we can not deliver. With five litters expected in 2018 and three in 2019 all requests will be met and we look forward to placing a puppy in the homes we have approved.
We will be keeping a puppy from ARWENS first litter and donating one to VETERANS WITH DOGS. We will be keeping a pup from COCOAS last litter and BRONWENS first.
For us, the next few years will be very busy. In this respect we have been very lucky in finding TERRI. She has a degree in animal management and is working closely with us to learn the theory and hands on skills of breeding. She totally supports our ethos and will hopefully continue long after I am gone. This means there are now three of us and with support from our friend Brian, Joy and I can once again do a little travelling in quieter periods. In future we anticipate an average of three litters a year.
We will always do our UTMOST to accommdate our dogs when owners require BUT ask that we are given as much notice as possible especially during holiday periods.
Walking dogs IS NOT a simple task. These days too many uncontrollable dogs are off lead and whilst we only EVER take two out at a time we are constantly scanning for potential problems which we recognise from experience whilst attempting to give our own dogs an enjoyable walk.
We have now entered the 21st century and are able to accept credit and debit cards although we still prefer bank transfer.
Frederick, Joy. STELLA, ARWEN, BRONWEN, ISLA, COCOA, HEAVEN.
ISLA IN SEASON.
Pregnancy progressing well. Second scan Thursday 21st. LARGE LITTER IN EVIDENCE. ALL LOOKS NORMAL. Vet happy with progress.
Pups due 6th January 2018. Away 3rd March 2018. ALL CHOCOLATE.
THREE DAYS TO GO ALTHOUGH PUPS DOING A RAIN DANCE LAST NIGHT. TERRI’S BIRTHDAY ON 5TH-PUTTING MONEY ON ISLA GIVING BIRTH IN THE MIDDLE OF BIRTHDAY DINNER!
Showing early signs of coming in to season. Watch this space! Trip to Wales on the cards very early in the year! We will keep one of this litter.
COCOA Next in season May/June .Pups due early Summer. We will keep a pup from this litter.
HEAVEN will be in season April 2018. Pups June. Away August 2018 All black litter.
BRONWEN. In season November 2018. Pups away March 2019..hip score 10 in total. Elbows 00. We will keep one of these to be called BETHAN.
HEAVEN IN SEASON November 2018. Pups away March 2019. Last litter from her. We will keep a pup from this litter.
ARWEN second litter end 2019.
As soon as the season starts we wait 11 days and then she will have a blood test to confirm ovulation which, in her case is always day 12. They are then scanned again two weeks later to get a vague idea of numbers and see that things are developing normally.
Another room has been converted as an overflow whelping room and a medical floor will be put down shortly.
Busy time ahead.
We are always upset that we cannot fully meet the demand for our dogs which is why we will only guarantee a pup if we know that within the time frame we have given that guarantee can be honoured.
With this in mind, within the next twelve months, and spread evenly throughout that time, we will be having 5 litters. Two chocolate, two black and one mixed.
ALL those waiting patiently for a pup will have one in that time.
Allocating pups is always a nightmare. Even though the bitches are scanned twice prior to giving birth we cannot predict sex or precise numbers. We take the date of booking a pup and then juggle to achieve the best outcome once we know sexes and numbers.
Please bear with us. We believe our pups are worth waiting for.
We are always in the hands of nature.
We look forward to welcoming many more new owners over the next few months and promise the same level of service and commitment that we always give.
We have decided to donate a pup to an ex RAF officer suffering from PTSD. Having visited Veterans with Dogs in Devon a few weeks ago I was totally inspired by what they do. My Grandfather put his age on in 1914 and at 14 years of age was a front line stretcher bearer.
In his memory, and in total admiration and gratitude to the officer that ran the two theatres at Camp Bastion we will be also raising funds to assist with training costs. The pup will be called Higgins in memory of my grandfather John Higgins RAMC.
Perhaps I am living in a parallel Universe. On the 10th March 2017 I presented Arwen to our vets for hip and elbow scoring. Arwen was born on the 11th March 2016 so was 365 days old which, when I was at school is a year. The guidelines from the BVA clearly states that the dog must be at least one year old-she was. When our vet sent the x rays up for scoring they were rejected on the grounds that the dog must have had the anniversary of its Birthday! They offered an unofficial scoring on their headed paper which the Kennel Club would not publish or she would need a retest. As this is done under general anaesthetic I have NO intention of repeating the process for a second time as it always carries risks. Tried to point out to BVA that she was a year old but all they said was that their data base would throw out any submissions not conforming to their anniversary statement. NO WHERE in their guide lines does it say this. I have now taken legal advice and have written to the BVA COUNCIL asking that common sense should prevail. As of now I have yet to receive a reply or even an acknowledgement.
If there is anyone else out there to whom the same has happened, and I believe there are many,