Bye bye Chester

One happy family

And they’re off!  Finally, all the Rainbow Litter are in their new homes, settling in and adapting to their new lives.  They have gone off happily and full of confidence.

I have now started writing about Ounce’s Adventures as she gets out and about and learns new things.

I’m also going to start a new blog about being a breeder, what that means and why I do it.

Please let me know what you’d like me to talk about in the Training Pupdates?  And if you SUBSCRIBE to the website, you will receive an email every time a new post is published, so you won’t miss it!

What Colour is She?

Adorable Puppy – What a funny colour!

Ounce has been out and about again this week, another agility lesson attended and another coffee shop enjoyed!  I was so busy paying attention to how I carried her and whether I had my purse, that I forgot how adorable she is, until everyone (and I mean everyone) in the cafe started oohing and ahhing.  But I was a bit taken aback when several people asked me what colour she would ‘end up’.  Er, the same colour as she is now?  Lilac and white was her colour at birth and that’s it.  Someone even said, will she be black and white? Lol.

Here is a picture of Busy at the same age.  First of all, she looks exactly like Pixie, doesn’t she?  (see below, last week’s post)

Secondly, she looks almost exactly like she does now, doesn’t she?  (Yes I know it’s a terrible, blurry photo)  Of course ears are a bit of a ‘thing’ in collies at this age, as they start to come up.  They change day by day, but hopefully end up symmetrical, although this is by no means guaranteed.  Just like their eye colour, collies are all about the variations.

Anyway, Chester and Ounce have had a great time playing, joined by their mum, who is loving having playmates.

We did some gardening at the weekend and Ounce was really helpful, as you can see.

Just took a final few pics of Chester, before he heads off on Friday.  And yes, he will stay this colour :p

Finally for now, I would just like to let you know I have updated quite a bit of the website, including the Home Page and the information about me, The Breeder, and Luna and Aura’s pages.

I have also created a new page, offering Equipment Advice for new puppy owners.  I am excited that I have been able to include links to my absolutely favourite bits of kit, including the beautiful collars and leads by Dogs & Horses.  I have been fortunate that they have made Ounce her very own grey collar and lead!  I’d love you to tell me what else you think a puppy needs?

Double Trouble

This is why it is not advisable to have two puppies at once!  They spend all day playing and running around together, getting up to who knows what.  But if you try and take one away to do some training, it is quite a challenge.  These two already don’t like being parted, and if they were together permanently, would become inseparable.

Fortunately, Dentbros Blue Monday** – Chester, is only here until next Friday, then he will be off having his own adventures.  Isn’t he gorgeous?  Just like his dad.  He’s a super boy, really easy going.

We said goodbye to Dentbros Black Betty** – Roxi, last Friday morning.

Roxi has gone off to a life of luxury in two homes, one local to me here and one in Essex. 

Here is Roxi with Maya.  Most of the pups from this litter will have other dogs in their family, which is great.

Over the weekend we had a lovely time seeing our nephews, who really enjoyed playing with the dogs and the pups.

Then bright and (very) early Sunday morning, Sarah and Hollie came to take Pixie home.

Dentbros Golden Brown** – Pixie.  Just like her mum.

So what now?  Well yesterday I snuck Ounce out for coffee with friends!  She really enjoyed herself and was as good as gold, so I think this is the beginning of a hedonistic new lifestyle for me and my puppy. I shall be continuing the pupdates, as I am hoping to demonstrate the training progress we are making, along with the adventures we are having!

And then there were four…

My Rainbow Litter are 8 weeks old today!  They are so fluffy and cuddly now, it’s hard to leave them alone :-).

We were pleased to see Charlie Brown, from Aura’s litter last year, who popped in with his family.  Part of the joy of being a breeder is seeing the pups as grown up dogs, doing really well and enjoying their lives.

I realise I have never properly introduced the pups to you.

This is Dentbros Back in Black** – LennyAnd this is his mum and dad, getting ready to take him home.

I already know that he is settled and happy, doing really well. Hannah has sent me some lovely feedback, which I have added to the testimonials page.This is Dentbros Blackbird** – Robbie.  Isn’t he stunning? He has gone to a very special and loving home, helping to look after bees.Now there are only four left, one of each colour.  I’ll tell you about three of them next week, as two are going over the weekend.  Chester is staying a bit longer, which will be good for him and for the remaining puppy..

Dentbros Lilac Wine** – Ounce.  I feel that I formally took ownership of her today, as she had her first vaccination.  Of course I’m keeping her!  She was mine from the minute she was born =D

 

7 Weeks Old – already!

It goes by so quickly and they change so fast.  They have been spending much more time indoors over the past week or so.  This is partly because the weather has not been so good, but mainly to make sure they are used to normal household life.  The cat (Tatsu) is very tolerant of puppies as he has been brought up with them, so he is a good introduction to cats – they are not for chasing!The pups have also been introduced to ‘strange’ dogs, as Archer was very well behaved when he came to visit with his mum.  Of course they are familiar with the other dogs in our household and so they know that not all dogs have milk(!), nor that they automatically love puppies – Sunny is especially grumpy, teaching them to have respect for their elders. I have been so pleased to welcome more visitors now the schools are on holiday, with these boys giving lovely cuddles.Roxi giving some love and Chester chillin’ as he does.Of course they have continued to grow – so I will have to make sure that they don’t escape over the wall.. And this time next week three of them will have gone!  Starting with Lenny..

Out and about

We have been extremely busy over the past week, getting out and about and meeting so many people! They went into school – boys on Thursday and girls on Friday.  As you can see it was the staff who were most thrilled to see them, although the children also loved having cuddles with everyone.  The pups were so good and Busy was her usual astonishingly calm self; she is a magical girl.On Monday we went to our local vet’s for chips.  Once again, cuddling was required.  They were very brave.  On Wednesday we went off to the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket for hearing checks.  They didn’t like the room being hot, but we got it done.Then today we have been to Davies Veterinary Specialists to have all their beautiful eyes checked, to ensure they have healthy eyes.  They have five blue eyes, five brown eyes and two that look green at the moment!  So now I have done everything I can to ensure that I am sending off healthy puppies.Then it’s back home for more playing!  They are very fierce.

Mainly though, they love a cuddle.

Robbie saying hello

Ounce’s ears are already coming up

cheeky Pixie

Laid back Lenny

And I saw a bit of magic today – Busy starting to play with Pixie.  It is so nice to see her engaging with them, not just feeding them. Six weeks old already – not much longer before they start heading off.