Archive for October, 2007

New pup pics

Monday, October 29th, 2007

8 pups aged 16 days

Pups are now 2 weeks old, eyes are open and those little wobbly legs are getting a good workout.  Took hubby and of course the girls,( like I could go without them)  to see the pups today.  They are so cute and growing  fast that its a good thing that our breeder encourages visits because I could just hear our youngest exclaiming the day we went to pick the puppy up that it wasn’t little any more and we didn’t want it. I think she was quite convinced it would stay the size of a hamster!

Confused Cat

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

A must see – even for dog owners!

Cat & Dog Bunk Bed

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

Puppy Pics

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

Gabby and pups close upGabby and 8 babies

We had a sneaky peek at the pups on Monday.  Here are some pics for you to enjoy!

Birth Announcement

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Puppies were born today!  I’ve been a bit obsessive with checking my email every few hours to see if there was any news but finally today there it was with a piccie too of mum and her 8 pups, 4 girls and 4 boys all  healthy. So cute! Pics coming soon.

Getting excited!

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

Pup could be born any day now and I don't know who is more excited me or the kids. Alright I confess, me! Pup feels like its here already though with the countless questions about what we'll teach the pup to do and how to stop stuff like mouthing. I had wanted the kids to be heavily involved with the whole process and for everyone to be prepared.  We've spent so long deciding when to get another dog that by the time pup gets here all the excitement and the silliness will be gone, well that was the plan.  Even knowing my daughters as I do, I wasn't quite so prepared for the sheer volume of questions.  So on that topic, a great book can work wonders. My eldest is 8 and has been reading Puppy Training for Kids by Sarah Whitehead, which was very gratefully pinched from Sandra before she had even the chance to read it.  This book is aimed at 9-12 years old but is very easy to read and well laid out. It does rely heavily on clicker but alternatives are given.

Been in touch with our breeder to check how 'mum' is doing who is hoping for any day now as her behaviour has become more soppier than usual, if thats possible. Hopefully my next blog here will be to tell you the pups have been born.

Stirling Puppy Farm

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

I was shocked and upset to read the press reports from Stirling Sherriff Court regarding the conditions found when vets and council officials visited Woodside Farm, Touch just outside Stirling.

“More than 30 dogs were found in cramped, filthy cages”

Officials found “shovelfuls” of rat droppings, food infested with bluebottle larve, a disconnected freezer full of decaying offal”

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We all too often read of the horrors to be found in puppy farms but am shocked to find this has been going on in the local area.

Meet the Family Pt 2

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

And finally, Midas. My lovely old boy. We got Midas when he was a year old from someone who couldn’t cope with his behaviour any longer. I guess, Midas is the reason I became more interested in training and behaviour because he did come with a lot problems to sort out. He’s 13 now.


Meet the Family Pt 1

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

We are pretty ordinary really with myself, my hubby, two girls aged 3 and 8, two cats called Fizzy and Lily and a Cocker Spaniel called Midas who’s 13. Looks a lot when its all written down like this but our home is quite relaxed.


Fizzy Fat Cat

This is Fizzy and she is a British Shorthair. Fizzy will be 5 in November and is very typical of the breed, quiet and reserved, very much a lady and definetly a mummy’s girl!
We decided on the British Shorthair as our first foray into cat ownership because of the temperament traits and Fizzy has lived up to those ideals.

The nutter! This is Lily, again a British Shorthair but this time the colourpoint variety. If anybody had told us the colourpoint gene could have such a profound effect on personality I wouldn’t have believed them. Lily is just a year old and is probably the most outgoing cat I have ever come across. My daughter is a huge Harry Potter fan hence the name.