Apologies for such a delay – I will try and recap the past few months.
First things first I would like to introduce you to ‘Moss’ (pic below)the puppy we kept from Jazz’s litter ( see previous blog).He is now 6months and is a little star. Since my last blog I have been on a few more training courses –Roger Abrantes and John Rogerson to name a couple, not to mention ones that I have hosted through our sister company ‘Wholly Dog Events’ ( see Events/seminars page).
I promised to update you on how the case against the vets with regards to jazz was going. We have lodged a complaint with the RCVS and are currently dealing with the vets insurance company. Progress is very slow, and no matter what the outcome it will never bring our baby girl back but we hope to prevent it happening to others in the future.
More recently it was crufts, the highlight of my year. I was overjoyed to have both Merlin and Moss on Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme display teams so I was there all four days. I came away very tired and with an empty bank balance, but most of all both Merlin and Moss had a great time, so here’s looking forward to next year.
We have had some sad news about Merlin ( our Flat coated Retriever) was first diagnosed with Spondylosis ( fusing of the spine ) and since an MRI scan last week he has also been diagnose with degenerative disc disease – Merlin is not yet 4years old. The Vet has said it is very uncommon at his age and he is very unlucky to have both problems.
The Mri scan shows that a disc is out of place and putting pressure on his spinal cord. Merlin is booked in for Spinal surgery for the 18th of April.
On a lighter note I recently went to see a Miniature Longhaired Dachshund puppy with the intention of bringing her home to enable us to carry on our line by breeding in future.
The little bitch puppy was stunning at 5 ½ weeks very curious, sweet and outgoing – not forgetting the puppy breath ;). The problem was I felt nothing for her, the breeder was great, ticked 90% of the boxes I look for which is rare, but it made me realise that emotionally I’m not ready yet for after losing our wonderful Jazz. Having said that it is not stopping me researching breeders, litters, prospective pedigrees etc which brings me onto –
What to look for in a breeder /puppy when looking for a companion dog
( for reasons why these points are important please contact me)
Puppies should be reared in the house – not in a garage / kennel/ shed etc
Never take home an only pup ( only one survived, only one born)
Ideal litter size is 5 for a well rounded/ temperament puppy (but not a crucial point)
The mother of the pups shows no signs of illness, distress or spooking
The mother should be seen with the pups (not in a separate room to the pups)
Breeder should have carried out relevant health checks for the breed on both father and mother – this includes health checks for both parents of Designer breeds, labradoodles etc
The breeder should ask you about your lifestyle, work hours, intentions for the pup etc
The breeder should be able to tell you all about the breed but also should be asking you how much you know about the breed
Never take the last pup if you have only seen that puppy and not seen it with its litter mates
Try and view the pups before they are old enough to go to new homes, giving you a chance to avoid the temptation of those puppy eyes pleading you to take them home the same day despite many things that may not tick boxes above and below
It is very important to have plenty of toys in with the litter at all times
It is also important that at feeding times there are plenty more bowls than puppies (to reduce the chances of food aggression when they are older)
The puppies should have two separate surfaces in their pen/area this helps with toilet training to distinguish between places to toilet and sleep
Never take any puppy from a breeder who offers you or lets you take more than one from the same litter
The breeder should offer advice for the lifetime of the dog
Breeder should not have more than four separate breeds
If the breeder is breeding more than four litters per year they should have a licence and this amount of litters classes them as a puppy farmer avoid like the plague!
A breeder Ideally should breed no more than two litters per year, if that.
Pups should be weaned onto a wide range of different food to avoid allergies, puppies should never be weaned onto just one complete food
The mother of the puppies can separate herself from the puppies as and when she pleases (even if it is a shelf above the puppies)
The breeder should be able to tell you of all the places they have taken the pups ie in the car, the vets, the garden and also how many different types of people the pups have met, young, old, with hats, without, glasses, sticks, different races of people etc.
The breeder who only offers you a pup on breeding terms should also be avoided
Breeder can tell you about the different personalities of the pups and advise on which may suit you best.
Over and out until next time with updates of Merlin post op