Category Archives: Litter 6 – April 16

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.

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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 5 – Maximum cuteness?

No words needed!

IMG_9903They 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. IMG_9917Of 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!IMG_9855

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?

 

 

New Arrivals!

_DSC7192I am delighted to announce the safe arrival of 5 beautiful puppies from Dentbros Princess Aurora (Aura) x Jupavia Made For You (Zuri), born on Sunday 24th April, 2016.  We have two girls and three boys, all healthy and thriving.  The girls are both chocolate and white, as is one of the boys, with the other two boys being black and white.  All are beautifully marked, with very classic collie markings. _DSC7188Aura is a fantastic mother, as I knew she would be!  She is very calm and relaxed, while also being extremely attentive.  _DSC7190The other girls (Aura’s mum, granny and aunt!) have all popped in to have a look.  And of course we have to spend lots of time gazing..

_DSC7194We have already had visitors!  Very happy to have had my mum here for moral support and friends who know Aura well have popped in too.  Thank you Ben Sibley for these brilliant photos!

_DSC7171We need lots of visitors over the next 8 weeks, so I shall expect to see everyone I know at some point.  Of course the owners will be coming to visit a number  of times, once we know the puppies are all healthy.  I need lots of children to come and play, with adults of all ages.  This makes sure that the puppies grow up to be happy, outgoing, confident dogs.  I do ask that we only have adults who Aura knows for the first week or so, please.

Just let me know when you’d like to come?  Obviously it can get pretty busy at times, so bear with me, but I’m sure there will be cuddles for everyone!  See you soon 🙂