Six Months Old – and growing fast!

Haven’t they grown!  This is what a six-month old Border Collie should look like 🙂  Some really lovely comments as well:

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This is boring, let’s go! Charlie at 6 months

“Charlie is awesome, very much the teenager. Currently with a dog sitter until next week, so crossing my fingers that he won’t have acquired any new bad habits (beyond chewing absolutely everything). He’s a good boy :)”

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Ebbie – golden girl

“Ebbie is doing very well, she is full of beans and is loving her longer walks now she is six months. She is adored and given lots of love and cuddles on an hourly basis. She has us all in fits of laughter and is a real character. She adores my niece and all children adults and dogs for that matter.”

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Still a bit of growing to do Ebbie

“Flynn has settled in extremely well.  He is good friends with our two cats, our existing dog, and the horses – one horse in particular is besotted with Flynn and we use Flynn to keep him calm at events – see pic.   Our only issue with Flynn is he is eating our sofa……it looks like something from the local tip now!   John takes Flynn to weekly dog training sessions, and John said after the last class “it’s almost embarrassing having a collie because he’s so clever and obedient”.   Recall is good, but we took advice from the puppy class to reserve tuggy toy for times when it looks likes recall might fail, to entice him back.  Works well.   He’s not food motivated at all.

“Flynn’s a really handsome and affectionate boy, we adore him, as do the extended family and a lot of our friends!   His coat is so gloriously thick and glossy with an enormous basil brush tail.”

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Keep calm and trot on – Flynn at 6 months

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Thornton – lovely boy

Thornton called in to see us on Saturday – such a beautiful boy and very polite!  He is obviously so loved and has an amazing life, out and about all day every day, running with the tractor or helping out in the garden with some digging 😉

I have been extremely lucky to have such amazing homes for this litter.  (Beck is currently away with her family)

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Thornton – a classic collie

 

 

 

Week 8 – Going, going, gone

Away They Go!

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They had lots more play together

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Hey Thornton, what’s up there?

Bags packed

Bags packed

Last nap with their siblings

Last nap with their siblings

Bye Ebbie

Bye Ebbie

Bye Beck

Bye Beck

Bye Charlie

Bye Charlie

Bye Victor

Bye Victor

Bye Thornton

Bye Thornton

Can you see five very happy new owners?  Can you see five loving homes?  It is hard sending them off and I will miss them, but I think this is the best job in the world; raising beautiful border collies, bred for better temperament and health. I wish I could have more puppies, but I put my heart and soul into giving them the best possible start in life and it is hard work.

The new adventure begins!

The new adventure begins!

Pupdates: “Beck settling in very nicely. Happy in her cage, business outside, seems really happy and playing nicely with the boys. You have prepared her well and she is delightful.”

“Ebbie has had a very busy day, we visited my dad, my sister and niece and now she has fallen asleep on the floor in the front of the TV whilst watching the Football with Rose and I. She loves classical music and have found that this relaxes her instantly, she despises car journeys, but wait for it………whines to go outside and then goes to toilet every single time – wow! I’m sure it’s not meant to be this easy, but it’s testament to you and your hard work Penny. She is absolutely beautiful love her to bits.”

Wishing them all lots of love and happiness in their new homes. x

Week 7 – Causing Mayhem!

Seven-week-old Border Collie puppies are full on!  They need to come out and about and be part of ‘normal family life’.

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“Rescue me please mum?” says Busy.

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Helping with shoelaces

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pulling tails

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“What are you doing up there? Can we join in?”

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“I’m sure I can get up there” says Thornton

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And she’s off! Ebbie tearing around on the grass

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Lots of visitors means lots of attention for the girls

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Dentbros Echo Romeo – Thornton

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Dentbros Kilo Juliet – Ebbie

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Dentbros Foxtrot Lima – Beck

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Dentbros Charlie Bravo – Charlie Brown

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Dentbros Victor Tango – Victor

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And relax (for a little while)

Week 6 – Playtime!

Here comes the sun, and here come the puppies!

IMG_0056At six weeks of age, the pups are robust, energetic and playful.  They are now spending lots of time in the garden, running about.IMG_9986Their owners have been visiting again and getting to know their puppies..IMG_0002 IMG_0020It’s been great to see those relationships forming, that’s what makes it so special for me. IMG_0026We have had lots of other visitors, so they have received plenty of cuddles.   I do love having children round to play.

IMG_0048Although sometimes they struggle to take the puppy off their parents!

IMG_0050We tried to take a ‘family photo’ at the weekend – even with four of us it was rather a challenge!IMG_0046They do really love a cuddle though.IMG_0052And then they go back to sleep once again and all is quiet, for a little while…IMG_9998I would like to say a big thank you to all the friends and family who have visited and helped to make these puppies the confident, outgoing, people friendly dogs they will become.  We are now pretty booked up for the remaining two weeks.

Week 5 – Maximum cuteness?

No words needed!

IMG_9903They are so fluffy and so cuddly now, but also, very bitey and scratchy!  Starting to cause mayhem wherever they go as well, testing out their needle sharp teeth. IMG_9917Of course it doesn’t put everyone off.  Those who know puppies know that they are still fun to play with, but that they still have quite a bit of growing and growing up to do.IMG_9893We really love having visitors, particularly small ones.  The puppies are also given the chance to talk to ‘men with beards’ (aka my sons) as per the Kennel Club socialisation programme. 😉

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They are really out exploring the garden now and we are starting to see lots of play fighting, sometimes with fierce growling and barking.

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They are enjoying their toys, too, although really, sticks, leaves and old yoghurt pots also make great toys.IMG_9857

In the end though, they are just busy growing and being really, really cute!IMG_9855

Week 4 – Hot to Trot

Time to Play

IMG_9785It seems as though it has taken ages for the puppies to get to this stage, but it’s actually been four weeks – quite a transformation in such a short time! They are at maximum cuteness now, trotting about (still not exactly running) and jumping on each other.  They are starting to explore a bit more, being more adventurous. IMG_9790It’s a big old world out there, but it won’t be long before they are happily gardening (I’ve made a special bit of grass they will enjoy digging up 😉 )

IMG_9787They are starting to properly interact with the other dogs and to say hello to the cat (I missed the photo op this morning). They still mob their mum though, when they can.

IMG_9788Then it’s back to bed for a bit more sleep, wherever they land…

IMG_9786..usually in a pile, they don’t care.  They are loving cuddles with visitors more and more and as you can see they are already bringing happiness.

IMG_9778 IMG_9775NB: The puppies are all now reserved for lovely homes. They do benefit from as much cuddling as possible though, so please pop by if you have time?

Week 3 – which one would you choose?

One Boy Remaining

Two smart boys

Two smart boys

This weekend the delighted puppy owners have visited their babies for the first time.  They are lovely and were so pleased to meet their puppy.  Decisions were made, taking account of the needs of owners, matching them to the best pup for them.  This time round I have had a number of enquiries for girls, but not so many for boys.  I therefore have one of these boys remaining – which one would you choose?  Of course they are both beautiful – typical border collies! Bred for better temperament and health 🙂

IMG_9686As you can see they have grown and are becoming increasingly soft and fluffy.  Their personalities are starting to shine through (can you spot the cheeky monkey?)

IMG_9659 (1)They have started to try out some real food!  Their teeth are coming through so they had no trouble chomping on this.  They still mainly feed from Aura of course.

IMG_9706They’ve been out in the sunshine, having a picnic!  Not long till they start running around outside.

IMG_9647Children are now welcome to visit – the more the merrier!  I like my puppies to have plenty of exposure to children from an early age, as this definitely makes them more confident and outgoing with children as they grow up.

IMG_9667Hard to resist when they are this cuddly 🙂  Please get in touch to arrange your visit, or to apply to be the proud owner of the remaining boy – you’ll have to be quick!