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17 Jun - Firstly, Happy 9th Birthday to Ella, Poppy and Ace for tomorrow.

Secondly, the wait is finally over as starting at 0430 followed by almost a day at the Animed out of hours clinic Crystal is now the proud mummy of six boys ~ five Black & Tans and one Tricolour ~ not one girl.

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21 May - Happy 6th Birthday to our very own Crystal and her brother Max. The days are now getting few for said Crystal who is due to give birth anytime from Friday onwards.

21 May - Well Kevin from Fairgolden Ultrasound and Microchipping came around this morning to scan Crystal who proved to be as awkward as always ~ although she laid their comfortably still as always it turned out that one horn has the pups up high and the other has the pups low. The results should be interesting as Kevin could see three in each horn ~ so that's 2 pups in the first litter, 4 pups in the second litter and a possible six in the third litter and one more litter allowed ..................

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6 May - Good week/Bad week - Tuesday/Wednesday with no hot water but British Gas engineer turned up 0830 Wednesday morning and did not leave until nearly six hours later bless him. Identified the fault straight away which, because BG insisted the diaphragm is changed rather than the complete unit, took over two hours of struggle then when he turned the system on other seals failed because it was reaching the proper pressure. So the poor man had to dismantle it all again and replace the complete unit after all, and to make a bad day worse for him when he turned the water stopcock off it shot water everywhere because a nut holding the valve split - which he thankfully had a spare for in his van. All we have got to say is "Well done Dave from Home Serve/British Gas!"

That was the bad, now for the good. Friday we picked up Abbie from Gill's and what a darling she is - a credit to Gill and Pete Babb coping with ten puppies in litter and having them all survive to go new homes. It's going to very, very quiet (and clean smelling) in their house - they'll wonder what's wrong; it's quiet enough after five or six leave, after ten the silence is going to be loud. Not a murmur out of Abbie when she had her first jabs yesterday until the cold hit that is and even then she was quickly over it. She already insists on going out at 0500 for a widdle break but objects most loudly to going back in her pen. If you have ever seen those pictures of a wolf howling at the moon with it's head perpendicular to it's body - that's Abbie, and just as loud!

As well as Abbie we now also have four other puppies as part of the household - compliments of the local garden centre. Looking around, as you do, and we discovered CKCS puppies by Vivid Arts. No Black & Tan unfortunately and e-mailing the firm produced no results whether they did one or not - so it was a case of buy two Ruby puppies and then take all four down to Poppies Workshop and do a paint job to turn a Ruby into a Black & Tan and convert the greyish colouring on the Blenheim and Tricolour into proper Cavalier puppy colours. So now they are on the front wall with the three adults painted over the years that our daughter obtained from Wilco but we have not been able to get another one to make the set.

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Puppies with the adults on the wall
Puppies in the workshop

30 Apr - And just to show you should not do things in a rush I should have wished Bella and Honey a Happy 10th Birthday for today! Thanks Becky for pointing out the error in my maths.

29 Apr ~ Happy 8th Birthday to Bella and Honey for tomorrow ~ where do the years go? Hope the girls enjoy plenty of birthday treats. As for us, only five sleeps until Abbie joins us ~ although what she'll think when Crystal and Ziva are chasing Katie around the circuit and putting her in her place Lord only knows.

22 Apr ~ Another day closer to Abbie joining the fold and here is a couple of mobile phone pictures of the young lady in question from when we went to visit. Plus Mariam and Sarah have given us permission to copy some photo's of Hamlet and Prince from their Facebook pages so I have updated those two gentlemen's photo pages accordingly.

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20 Apr ~ Happy 4th Birthday to our own Ziva and to her brothers and sisters, Nero, Honey, Izzie and Murphy for today. To prove everybody wrong at the end of Katie having her season she brought Crystal in a month early and so we had to go and see our friend Chutney in High Wycombe on Tuesday ~ now we wait and see if the portent is good and some little black and brown paws will join us for the summer.

8 Apr ~ Well, now that the pups are safely in their new homes, the new roof is on the bungalow, Easter has passed and our 45th wedding anniversary has been duly celebrated I have been able to do a bit of sorting out of the website so as well as Prince and Hamlet having their own Pedigree and photo pages I have been able to tweek a few changes to the photo pages for Bumble, Charlie(2),Chunk, Cilla, Crystal, Diesel, Hendricks, Izzie, Jasper(2), Katie, Lucy, Matsy, Murphy, Nico, Oscar, Bertie)2) (Roberta), Rosie, Teddy(1), Willow, Zak, Ziggy, Ziva and Zolo. Just a few photo updates to incorporate in one shot ~ you'd think I'd learn by now and update them when they arrive in the in box or via facebook!

4 Apr ~ Ours is a very quiet house, ours is. As usual still finding it strange without Hamlet and Prince around to add to the madness of the household. After choosing a bevy of photo's Prince and Hamlet now have their own picture pages (as well as pedigree pages) and mum Ziva has her new page for pictures of the litter. Just follow the appropriate link buttons above.

30 Mar ~ Happy 7th Birthday to Bertie, Queenie, Timmy, Buster and Oscar for today ~ all from Willow's 1stlitter in 2011.

Meanwhile ~ Hamlet and Prince have now had their first jabs, been microchipped, their eyes checked, paperwork done and had a nice shower ready for the off tomorrow for their journey's to their new homes. As usual it is going to be very strange getting used to the quietness without the boys play fighting and wanting their food.

22 Mar ~ Firstly, Happy 7th Birthday to Teddy (2), Riley, Holly and Charlotte for today and secondly R.I.P. to Poppy (3) ~ all from Jade's litter in 2011. Also R.I.P. to our own Sasha taken from us far too early at seven years of age.

We have now the Kennel Club paperwork for Prince and Hamlet so off we set down the M27 to Havant and Optivet Referals to have their eyes tested ~ little realising that the Kennel Club had changed the goal posts again and that puppies now have to be microchipped before eye testing. So a wasted journey on top of yours truly spending 40 minutes in the dentist's chair whilst same fought to extract a tooth that was infected. Unfortunately same tooth broke in two and part of it had fused into the jaw. Definitely not a happy place yesterday ~ especially whe there was the usual multi-vehicle collision on the M27 meaning fastest speed for 5-6 miles was between 0 and 8 MPH. Never mind at least they had their vet checks and first innoculations today.

17 Mar ~ Well good news for Jack and Jimmy but bad news for those people unsuccessful for giving them new homes as they have now been 'spoken for'. Jack is now Hamlet and Jimmy is now Prince with just a fortnight to go until they travel to Dunstable and Fareham which in the great scheme of things also means busy, busy for us as the pups also need to have their eyes and hearts checked, vet checked, first innoculations and microchipped and all paperwork done ready for the new owners.

13 Mar ~ Jack and Jimmy are now offered for sale to caring homes. Speaking of the boys they have adapted quite well to investigating the patio in spite of the weather and are progressing admirably with their weaning with ever increasing amounts of kibbles to fill their little bellies. At the minute they are at the play/fight hard, eat quick and sleep lots stage.

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