Why do it?

Dentbros Chippy Hackee (Chip) with his family

Dentbros Chippy Hackee (Chip) with his family

Dentbros Mr Pricklepin (Pudding) with his mum

Dentbros Mr Pricklepin (Pudding) with his mum

Dentbros Cecily Parsley (Wispa) with her mum

Dentbros Cecily Parsley (Wispa) with her mum

Dentbros Appley Dapply (Bea) with her mum

Dentbros Appley Dapply (Bea) with her mum

Wispa already well settled on day 1

Wispa already well settled on day 1

Bea with the rest of her family

Bea with the rest of her family

Pudding with his dad and brother Toggle (from my 2nd litter)

Pudding with his dad and brother Toggle (from my 2nd litter)

Chip enjoying his new garden - plenty of work to do!

Chip enjoying his new garden – plenty of work to do!

What could be more fantastic than producing a puppy who will give so much joy and pleasure to their family?  Producing four of them, of course!  (Well 31 of them altogether)  The questions I am asked the most as a breeder are “How do you let them go?” and “Aren’t you sad when they leave?”  The answers I always give are “Easily!” and “No!”  Hopefully these pictures show why.  As I said on the last pupdate, eight week-old Border Collie puppies are hard work, so that is one reason I am pleased to say goodbye.  But the main reason is that it is just so lovely to see so much happiness on those faces and know that I have done the absolutely best job that I can.

Today I received confirmation that my Assured Breeder Assessment visit was deemed to be ‘Satisfactory’ (it’s the highest you can get – the Kennel Club are demonstrating evidence of all criteria, so it’s not possible for them to add value judgements).  I am proud of the quality of my breeding work and I know that my puppies will be the best that they can be.

Girls gone, boys being boys

I spy with my little eye...4 puppies?

I spy with my little eye…4 puppies?

I'm such a big boy now

I’m such a big boy now

Last night altogether

Last night altogether

Wispa settling into her new home

Wispa settling into her new home

and Bea very confident in hers

and Bea very confident in hers

Happy 5th Birthday Luna!

Happy 5th Birthday Luna!

Two down, two to go!  I was due to be away this weekend so I let the girls go at 7 weeks, because both homes have other collies and lots of experience (although I’m not sure they realised exactly what they were letting themselves in for!)  They have both settled in really well and are obviously very popular 😀

I have the two boys until next weekend. They are hard work now, as they play for most of the day and can be very destructive, if they are not managed!  Because they live in my house, not outside or in kennels, they have plenty of space to run around and of course they do get frequent cuddles and interaction.  I am working through the Kennel Club’s Socialisation Plan, which suggests activities for the first 16 weeks (after which, according to the BBC2 programme “6 Puppies and Us” they are no longer able to learn anything! Don’t get me started :-/) so they have met people with beards, hats and high heels for example (and very fetching Jamie looked ;-))

Gardening time!

This cotoneaster is much too bushy

This cotoneaster is much too bushy

everyone knows roses need a good hard prune

everyone knows roses need a good hard prune

I'm the sweetest

I’m the sweetest

no, I'm the sweetest

no, I’m the sweetest

actually, I think you'll find I am the sweetest

actually, I think you’ll find I am the sweetest (and naughtiest!)

looking a bit bigger now! A quick snack before lunch

A quick drink before lunch – they just about still fit

Our first trip in the car

Our first trip in the car

A huge hit with the vet staff

A huge hit with the vet staff

"hey Busy, come under here with me"

“hey Busy, come under here with me” whispered Wispa

"oh bother, I don't fit like I used to" says Busy

“oh bother, I don’t fit like I used to” says Busy

Lovely to have so much sunshine at this time of year, so the pups are able to get into the garden to play – not so nice for my plants perhaps!  They love charging about and playing hide and seek, chase and peepbo – all the games that babies love to play.  They come tearing over when I call them, “Puppy puppies!” and they are even starting to learn their names.

This morning they went round the corner to the vet’s for their microchips and general check-over.  They were as good as gold and extremely popular 🙂 Not much longer now..

Playtime!

I'm going to eat you up -

I’m going to eat you up –

- you're so tasty!

– you’re so tasty!

tickle tickle tickle

tickle tickle tickle

Wispa likes a bit of thigh

Wispa likes a bit of thigh

Busy playing with Pudding (see the tail going?)

Busy talking to Pudding (see the tail going?)

Outside bundle!

Outside bundle!

Keep still so I can show everyone how handsome you are Chip

Keep still so I can show everyone how handsome you are Chip

And she's off

And she’s off – busy Bea!

still a bit of growing to do...

still a bit of growing to do…

These are terrible photos, sorry everyone, but they are much harder to photograph now!  Especially since I don’t have an actual camera and have no clue what I’m doing.  I’m also much busier now, as they are more demanding and we are having lots and lots of visitors!  We had a party on Christmas Eve, just a few local friends and neighbours, but it was another new experience for them.  They are now going outside several times a day and spending more and more time playing, with each other and with Luna and Busy, who are teaching them good dog manners.

Puppy Sandwich?

a brother makes the perfect cushion

a brother makes the perfect cushion

leave your foot still for a moment and you will be slept on

leave your foot still for a moment and you will be slept on

being weighed?  Time for a quick nap

being weighed? Time for a quick nap

mummy makes a great place to sleep

mummy makes a great place to sleep

just hanging around

just hanging around

falling in love

falling in love

is this my best side?

is this my best side?

out and about, Busy waiting to play

out and about, Busy waiting to play

hello there

hello there

How big?  Looking more like puppies now – they continue to put on 100g per day!  They are properly up on their feet, with some scampering about, starting to explore the corners of the kitchen.  Busy is very excited to have playmates and is already enjoying their company.  Aura is less sure, princesses like to hog all the attention 😉

Their owners have all been to see them and we are more or less sorted with who is going where.  It’s very hard to decide and inevitably everyone likes one more than the other (can you guess?)  Choosing names is an ongoing discussion as we need a ‘set’ of Kennel names AND their pet names, which may or may not be related.  I tried to register them with the Kennel Club yesterday and have had to change one of the names as a result – we’re getting there, but if you have any suggestions, do pass them on.

I posted a video clip on Facebook the other day, but you have to ‘friend’ me in order to see it.  One day I’ll get to grips with setting up a YouTube account…  I’ve had so much wonderful feedback from the previous puppy owners – it’s great to be in touch with them to hear and see how they are getting on.  Toggle from the second litter came to visit on Sunday as he is getting a nephew to play with 😀

 

Yum Yum

it's a hard life, but someone has to do it

it’s a hard life, but someone has to do it

This week they have been practising eating real food.  It’s more for fun as they still have plenty of milk at this stage.  They continue to change enormously, day by day.  Having their eyes open means they can start to be aware of their surroundings and their faces change and begin to take on a more dog-like appearance.  They are becoming more sturdy on their feet, although they are so fat that running is not yet an option.

grrr, I'm going to get you - because you taste nice

grrr, I’m going to get you – because you taste nice

no you can't have any, it's all mine

no you can’t have any, it’s all mine

sweet and gentle

sweet and gentle

fingers are tasty, but not that filling

fingers are tasty, but not that filling

boys for the boys and girls for the girls!

boys for the boys and girls for the girls!

gosh this eating business is such hard work

gosh this eating business is such hard work

getting stuck in

getting stuck in

Hello world

Hello everyone

Hello everyone

pretty girl

pretty girl

picture of contentment

picture of contentment

Luna snuggling up

Luna snuggling up

just a bit more please

just a bit more please

a spot of elevenses

a spot of elevenses

A spoilt princess

A spoilt princess

Eyes are opening and they are up on their feet, staggering around like drunken puppies.  They are so contented they still don’t do much, but we are just starting to see some interaction with each other and with Luna.  They are more confident in the way that they move around – they certainly know when Luna is there!  Sometimes we hear the odd little ‘woof’, but generally they are quiet – they never cry when they are hungry, because Luna feeds them so often.

We’ve had a few more visitors during the last week, which has been lovely, so they’ve been cuddled by a variety of people and are happy to have that interaction.  Aura does not like to be left out, so I have to give her a cuddle as well, which she always loves!  Remember to let me know if you would like to come and see us – the more the merrier 🙂