Week 4 and the princesses are up and about, exploring the palace inside and out. They can run now, although they usually then fall over, often crashing into one of their sisters or falling right into their food bowl. They now come over to say hello when I go into their room in the mornings, asking to have a cuddle by chewing my leg, which is nice. They are not terribly interested in their delicious food, as they still much prefer milk, but since they are growing continually that doesn’t really matter. Luna really enjoys playing with them, as you can see and she is the most patient and tolerant dog you are likely to meet.
Week 3 and it’s feeding time at Penny’s Puppy Palace. The princesses are ready to try something different, although they always enjoy a good drink from mummy. They are up and about a bit more, although still enjoying a nice long sleep. They have met their new families for the first time over the weekend and everyone is very happy. Now all they need are cuddles and play – oh and lots more food!
Visitors are welcome from 20th August – 21st September – please pop in for a cuddle and to watch them play, we’d like to see you.
“Everybody admires our beautiful girl. Very vocal (she likes to join in our conversations), wonderfully sweet-natured, everything you would possibly want as your pet.”
[posted by Julia – Border collie owner and breeder for many years]
Two weeks old and eyes are opening – hello there! They are also starting to play a little with each other and to wobble about rather than commando crawling. Most of the time they are still just sleeping beauties. However, these puppies seem very noisy – they like to have a time in the middle of the day when they practise their barking, woofing or squeaking. Sometimes it’s been so loud we could hardly hear the Olympics! They have been round to see the vet today for a quick check-up, everyone is doing very well. We had to take them now as next week they won’t fit in the box, nor stay there!
One week old and they look and sound just like guinea pigs – about the same size, smooth and squeaky and snuffling away. They are doing what they should be, growing! All have doubled their weight in 7 days, bang on target. They still have their eyes shut and cannot walk, but they ‘scamper’ around in a very lively fashion.
Luna is, as predicted, a brilliant mum. She loves just hanging out with her babies, even when they are stuffed full and busy sleeping. She makes sure they have plenty of toys to snuggle up to, bringing in all the old teddies even after I had been shopping for new pink toys. Of course she doesn’t mind at all if they wander all over her, so although she keeps them beautifully clean, she might get some poo in her ear 😉
On Sunday 29th July and Monday 30th July Luna gave birth to 5 beautiful girls! All are chocolate and white and very nicely marked, very similar to each other. All have great homes already. Luna has been bringing her babies some toys to cuddle up to – not that she leaves them alone, even for a minute!
I am so thrilled to post this latest news of the star of my breeding so far (like it’s down to me 😉 ) Tracy and Tod went to the Witham Obedience Show today and Tracy sent me this message:
We have had an amazing day!! I feel totally shattered and I am still in disbelief………
Tod WON “A” AND “B” !!!!!!!
My B stays were first thing so I did them and then worked my B round. He did his send-away!!!! I felt like running up and rewarding him for that but knew I had to work the round. Fast pace was first, that threw Tod a bit and I thought his heelwork was slightly loose but then he made up for it by doing brilliant slow and normal pace. My left turns were a bit naff but that was completely my fault.
I then worked his A round, he worked really well and did super left turns. Both his scents were very good.
I can’t believe he has already got his first B!!!!
See you tomorrow 😀
So proud of them both xx
Thought you might like a few photos of Bella for the website. Great site and good luck with the new arrivals.
Ros, Nick and Bella x
Jill sent me this update this week about Symi:
Symi continues to thrive. He is not the biggest border collie, the vet says he will be petite. He jumps in and out of the boot of the car now which is handy as he weighs in at 13.6kg and hefting him up in the boot was beginning to get quite an effort. School is now on holiday and I think he rather misses the pupils as they gave him so much attention. Dog training is progressing, but he would rather spend the time playing with his mate Hugo at lessons than walk at heel! He is now easy to take on a walk and runs his way around the forest chasing the rabbits.
I asked Jill to write a little bit more about Symi in school, as Jill is a science teacher and takes him into school with her each day. This is her reply:
Symi stays in my lab during the day. The children are allowed “Symi time” as they call it for about 5 mins at the end of lessons if they have worked hard, which is usually every time. They know not to tease him and take him out at break times to play with him. He loves the nursery children and next term it is planned to take him into the nursery on a regular basis, but I have held back as being a puppy occasionally he can get over-excited. Without doubt he has had a very positive effect in the school and every prospective parent and child is brought to see him. His favourite group is the y7s. He has also helped when I have had children who feel the whole world is against them and everyone hates them. While they are talking Symi will sidle up to them wanting to be stroked – superb therapy as I can say “see Symi loves you” they then have to agree.
As he calms down and is not so prone to wanting to tear round the school, he will go to other classrooms. He knows the cleaner’s name and will seek her out when I ask him to when we arrive at school. This is true of a whole group of work colleagues and friends.
I know what you mean about leaving the dogs I hate leaving him even for the day.
I hope Luna is doing well
Good Morning Penny,
Glad to hear that Luna is expecting. More stunning puppies in the post!
We are absolutely ecstatic with Spoons!! He is growing up to be such an affectionate and gentle little fella, incredibly sociable and adores nothing more than being around people and other dogs. Whenever we take him out we don’t get far before other dog walkers comment on how handsome he is. In turn he acknowledges all the attention with a string of cute grumbles and squeaks.
Spoons is now in training for his Bronze Obedience Award, which he obviously loves, and we are both looking forward to starting agility with him in the future.
Spoons is playful, intelligent and his antics regularly have us both in stiches!! He trots like a show pony and is already demonstrating he has what it takes to be an agility champion of the future!! We are so proud of him and we can’t thank you enough for giving us such a cracking Border Collie.
We will definitely be asking you for another in the future.
Attached are some recent pictures of Spoons.
Lots of Love
Heather and Graham (Bristol).