Category Archives: Litter 6 – April 16

Pupdate week 5 – A-Z litter revisited

Week 5: No words needed!

I thought it would be nice to revisit some of my pupdates – as many people who follow this website won’t have seen these before.  The litter pupdates are taking a bit of a back seat now, as I try to write more and more about training and behaviour issues.  But it is still important to see the story of how puppies grow and develop, which is what I try to do with the pupdates.

week 5These dogs are now 2 years old: Aura’s litter.  Here’s what I had to say about them:

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They are so fluffy and so cuddly now, but also, very bitey and scratchy!  Starting to cause mayhem wherever they go as well, testing out their needle sharp teeth. week 5Of course it doesn’t put everyone off.  Those who know puppies know that they are still fun to play with, but that they still have quite a bit of growing and growing up to do.IMG_9893We really love having visitors, particularly small ones.  The puppies are also given the chance to talk to ‘men with beards’ (aka my sons) as per the Kennel Club socialisation programme. 😉

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They are really out exploring the garden now and we are starting to see lots of play fighting, sometimes with fierce growling and barking.

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They are enjoying their toys, too, although really, sticks, leaves and old yoghurt pots also make great toys.IMG_9857

In the end though, they are just busy growing and being really, really cute!  If you want to see their full story, go to the litter 6 – The A-Z Litter blog.

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Reunion: Puppy Party time!

Reunion: What do you call a collection of collies?

A family of course!  I was thrilled yesterday to see at least one puppy from each of my 7 litters at our Puppy Reunion party.   One of my puppy owners had asked if he could come and visit, so I tentatively asked if anyone else would like to come along.  Many of them said yes and we ended up with 10 of my puppies, (plus Sunny of course).  Oh and Blake and Maya came too, along with all the families.

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Running around – it’s a pack!

We started off by having a bit of a run around.  Then a dip in the lake.  Followed by a discussion with some swans – yes that was you Charlie!

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The most handsomest Charlie Brown
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Symi the water dog!

Symi is used to the water, as he goes out on mum and dad’s boat, as well as up in their plane – he’s a well travelled dog.

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Which way do we look?

Photo shoot

We started trying to get a group photo.  I think a collection of collies is actually called a ‘chaos’ – what do you think?  How many can you see in these pictures?  Not quite everyone made it…

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So many cameras!

Can you spot Blake?  He has the same dad as Luna, the amazing Wizard, who is also great-granddad to Ounce.  so family from another dad.  He’s Charlie’s big brother now, lucky boy.

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Bea and Charlie – aunt and nephew

These two were great buddies.  Bea is from the Beatrix Potter Litter and Charlie is from the A-Z Litterpuppy reunion

Roxi and Symi – niece and uncle

Black and whites

Roxi is Ounce’s sister.   At just 11 months, I can easily see that she is exactly like her mum, Busy.  Not just in looks – slight and petite, but also incredibly like her in temperament.  Roxi was quiet and unassuming, happy to stick to big sister Maya and her mum and dad.  But she loved having fuss from the children and you could see that just like her mum, she would be a brilliant therapy dog.

Symi is from the Poker Litter and to me he looks so much like his mum, Sunny.  He has lived a life of such adventure and is a lovely boy.

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Dexter – Busy’s brother

Love those eyes!

Dexter is Busy’s brother, from the Fairytale Litter – can you see that he has the same eyes as Busy?  His older brother Copper (Symi’s full brother) is the same.  Dexter seemed to me very much like his brother Jumble, whom I see on a regular basis.  Hopefully we can get them together in the future.

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Chester and Ellie – the blue boy

Last but not least, we have Chester, Ounce and Roxi’s brother from the Rainbow Litter  He is the only blue and white I have bred (so far) and he is looking super.  He and Roxi were hard to capture on film, as they are young and busy.  They both have some growing up to do, so it will be really interesting to see how they mature.

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The whole gang – spot the odd one out!

Yes I do realise it is a terrible photo – you can’t see Busy and Ounce is looking at her sister.  Have you ever tried to photograph 13 dogs?  But there we have it, from left to right, Symi, Bea, Chester (with Ellie), Dexter, Charlie, Busy, Aura, Luna, Ounce, Sunny, Roxi, Blake and Maya.

Next time…

How many collies can we gather together if we really try?  I have produced 42 pups so far, with all but two still alive.   I’m already excited to see what we can achieve at the next reunion.  And a big thank you to everyone who made it yesterday.  I am so very proud to have bred these fantastic dogs.

I just want to finish by saying that if you are planning a get together in Milton Keynes, I recommend the The Caldecotte as a venue.  There is plenty of parking, easy access to walks in all directions.  Plenty of seating outside, a play area for the children.  The food is not haute cuisine but the chips ordered yesterday looked pretty tasty.

Ask for help?

You are very welcome to contact me to ask for my advice.  I can help you with a variety of issues and problems around getting a dog and suggestions for tackling training issues.  Go to the What Dog? page for more information on my new service.

Please let me know if you have found this post helpful?

Remember..

Please CONTACT ME if you want to know more about me and my dogs?  And feel free to COMMENT if you want to tell me what you think.  If you want to know more, why not FOLLOW ME?  Then you will receive an email when there is a new post.

Six Months Old – and growing fast!

Haven’t they grown!  This is what a six-month old Border Collie should look like 🙂  Some really lovely comments as well:

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This is boring, let’s go! Charlie at 6 months

“Charlie is awesome, very much the teenager. Currently with a dog sitter until next week, so crossing my fingers that he won’t have acquired any new bad habits (beyond chewing absolutely everything). He’s a good boy :)”

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Ebbie – golden girl

“Ebbie is doing very well, she is full of beans and is loving her longer walks now she is six months. She is adored and given lots of love and cuddles on an hourly basis. She has us all in fits of laughter and is a real character. She adores my niece and all children adults and dogs for that matter.”

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Still a bit of growing to do Ebbie

“Flynn has settled in extremely well.  He is good friends with our two cats, our existing dog, and the horses – one horse in particular is besotted with Flynn and we use Flynn to keep him calm at events – see pic.   Our only issue with Flynn is he is eating our sofa……it looks like something from the local tip now!   John takes Flynn to weekly dog training sessions, and John said after the last class “it’s almost embarrassing having a collie because he’s so clever and obedient”.   Recall is good, but we took advice from the puppy class to reserve tuggy toy for times when it looks likes recall might fail, to entice him back.  Works well.   He’s not food motivated at all.

“Flynn’s a really handsome and affectionate boy, we adore him, as do the extended family and a lot of our friends!   His coat is so gloriously thick and glossy with an enormous basil brush tail.”

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Keep calm and trot on – Flynn at 6 months
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Thornton – lovely boy

Thornton called in to see us on Saturday – such a beautiful boy and very polite!  He is obviously so loved and has an amazing life, out and about all day every day, running with the tractor or helping out in the garden with some digging 😉

I have been extremely lucky to have such amazing homes for this litter.  (Beck is currently away with her family)

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Thornton – a classic collie

 

 

 

Week 8 – Going, going, gone

Away They Go!

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They had lots more play together
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Hey Thornton, what’s up there?
Bags packed
Bags packed
Last nap with their siblings
Last nap with their siblings
Bye Ebbie
Bye Ebbie
Bye Beck
Bye Beck
Bye Charlie
Bye Charlie
Bye Victor
Bye Victor
Bye Thornton
Bye Thornton

Can you see five very happy new owners?  Can you see five loving homes?  It is hard sending them off and I will miss them, but I think this is the best job in the world; raising beautiful border collies, bred for better temperament and health. I wish I could have more puppies, but I put my heart and soul into giving them the best possible start in life and it is hard work.

The new adventure begins!
The new adventure begins!

Pupdates: “Beck settling in very nicely. Happy in her cage, business outside, seems really happy and playing nicely with the boys. You have prepared her well and she is delightful.”

“Ebbie has had a very busy day, we visited my dad, my sister and niece and now she has fallen asleep on the floor in the front of the TV whilst watching the Football with Rose and I. She loves classical music and have found that this relaxes her instantly, she despises car journeys, but wait for it………whines to go outside and then goes to toilet every single time – wow! I’m sure it’s not meant to be this easy, but it’s testament to you and your hard work Penny. She is absolutely beautiful love her to bits.”

Wishing them all lots of love and happiness in their new homes. x

Week 7 – Causing Mayhem!

Seven-week-old Border Collie puppies are full on!  They need to come out and about and be part of ‘normal family life’.

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“Rescue me please mum?” says Busy.
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Helping with shoelaces
pulling tails
pulling tails
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“What are you doing up there? Can we join in?”
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“I’m sure I can get up there” says Thornton
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And she’s off! Ebbie tearing around on the grass
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Lots of visitors means lots of attention for the girls
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Dentbros Echo Romeo – Thornton
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Dentbros Kilo Juliet – Ebbie
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Dentbros Foxtrot Lima – Beck
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Dentbros Charlie Bravo – Charlie Brown
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Dentbros Victor Tango – Victor
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And relax (for a little while)

Week 6 – Playtime!

Here comes the sun, and here come the puppies!

IMG_0056At six weeks of age, the pups are robust, energetic and playful.  They are now spending lots of time in the garden, running about.IMG_9986Their owners have been visiting again and getting to know their puppies..IMG_0002 IMG_0020It’s been great to see those relationships forming, that’s what makes it so special for me. IMG_0026We have had lots of other visitors, so they have received plenty of cuddles.   I do love having children round to play.

IMG_0048Although sometimes they struggle to take the puppy off their parents!

IMG_0050We tried to take a ‘family photo’ at the weekend – even with four of us it was rather a challenge!IMG_0046They do really love a cuddle though.IMG_0052And then they go back to sleep once again and all is quiet, for a little while…IMG_9998I would like to say a big thank you to all the friends and family who have visited and helped to make these puppies the confident, outgoing, people friendly dogs they will become.  We are now pretty booked up for the remaining two weeks.

Week 4 – Hot to Trot

Time to Play

IMG_9785It seems as though it has taken ages for the puppies to get to this stage, but it’s actually been four weeks – quite a transformation in such a short time! They are at maximum cuteness now, trotting about (still not exactly running) and jumping on each other.  They are starting to explore a bit more, being more adventurous. IMG_9790It’s a big old world out there, but it won’t be long before they are happily gardening (I’ve made a special bit of grass they will enjoy digging up 😉 )

IMG_9787They are starting to properly interact with the other dogs and to say hello to the cat (I missed the photo op this morning). They still mob their mum though, when they can.

IMG_9788Then it’s back to bed for a bit more sleep, wherever they land…

IMG_9786..usually in a pile, they don’t care.  They are loving cuddles with visitors more and more and as you can see they are already bringing happiness.

IMG_9778 IMG_9775NB: The puppies are all now reserved for lovely homes. They do benefit from as much cuddling as possible though, so please pop by if you have time?

Week 3 – which one would you choose?

One Boy Remaining

Two smart boys
Two smart boys

This weekend the delighted puppy owners have visited their babies for the first time.  They are lovely and were so pleased to meet their puppy.  Decisions were made, taking account of the needs of owners, matching them to the best pup for them.  This time round I have had a number of enquiries for girls, but not so many for boys.  I therefore have one of these boys remaining – which one would you choose?  Of course they are both beautiful – typical border collies! Bred for better temperament and health 🙂

IMG_9686As you can see they have grown and are becoming increasingly soft and fluffy.  Their personalities are starting to shine through (can you spot the cheeky monkey?)

IMG_9659 (1)They have started to try out some real food!  Their teeth are coming through so they had no trouble chomping on this.  They still mainly feed from Aura of course.

IMG_9706They’ve been out in the sunshine, having a picnic!  Not long till they start running around outside.

IMG_9647Children are now welcome to visit – the more the merrier!  I like my puppies to have plenty of exposure to children from an early age, as this definitely makes them more confident and outgoing with children as they grow up.

IMG_9667Hard to resist when they are this cuddly 🙂  Please get in touch to arrange your visit, or to apply to be the proud owner of the remaining boy – you’ll have to be quick!

Week 2 – We can see you now!

Eyes open, up on their feet and ready to go!

This week has seen a significant change in the pups.  They are now very definitely either asleep or awake and when they are awake they are already quite lively!

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This photo was taken yesterday, can you see how much they’ve grown? IMG_9587Already showing a good taste in music and enjoying cuddles with friends, while Aura looks proudly on.IMG_9602I’ve nicknamed this boy Charlie Brown, as he is the only chocolate boy.  Homes have not yet been confirmed for all the pups, but this will almost certainly be sorted by this time next week.  If you’d like to visit but are worried you might be tempted to have one, please don’t be!  I am very fussy about who goes where – collie pups are not for everyone.  If you are interested, please see my FAQs page for more information?

IMG_9608Otherwise, I do hope you will come for a cuddle?  It’s lovely to catch up with friends while being entertained.  I shall be needing LOTS of children to come now, so please get in touch?

Week 1 – All about the weight gain

How do you go from this…

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to this, in one week?  Simple, your mum feeds you, constantly.  These puppies have easily doubled their birth weights, in one week, which is pretty impressive, isn’t it?  Aura has been feeding, and feeding, and feeding.

IMG_9520After the first few days, there started to be a few gaps between feeds – Aura still enjoys coming out for a walk with the others.  When she gets back the pups all stuff their faces again. Then collapse in a ‘drunken’ heap, lying wherever they stopped.

IMG_9524Aura doesn’t mind if they are sprawled over her feet.  Of course she needs plenty to eat, so I’ve been giving her four big meals per day, with added protein, such as tuna or chicken. Yummy – perks of the job!

IMG_9538Feeding is hot work, so she likes to cool off.  She does love her babies though and will snuggle up to them.

IMG_9539Spending time around them, it is amazing how much they do, wriggling about, squeaking and snuffling (they sound like guinea pigs).  They can’t see or hear, but they know where Aura is and they find each other to cuddle up.

IMG_9542We’ve had some visitors already and so they are already getting used to being handled and experiencing different smells and sensations.  I tidy their toenails so they don’t scratch Aura when feeding – they don’t like that much!

IMG_9541Next week their eyes will open…   Do let me know when you would like to book a visit?