Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Buns in the oven

Spirit is 6 weeks pregnant today, I took a picture of her just 3 days ago and thought that she looked like she may only have a few in there.

However, 2 nights ago she literally ballooned and these were pics taken today, I now suspect that there is a good sized litter cooking in there, looking forward to meeting them all, on or around the 22nd March.




Friday, 24 February 2017

Life's a beach

Today I had arranged to meet Clive and Alison with Morse and Crichton at Bigbury today but as I was pulling up to park I realised that in the car next to us contained Sarah with Alice and Evie, so this morning turned into a mini Itzapromise meeting :) Unfortunately I didn't get any decent pics of Morse as he was convinced that Spirit was still the sexiest poodle alive (despite her telling him, in no uncertain terms, to take a hike!) and spent most of his walk with his nose up her bottom, which doesn't make for the best pic, lol. It was lovely to see everyone and the dogs had a great time.













Spirit is just over 5 weeks pregnant and is starting to develop a little bulge .

Unfortunately we had some very sad news with Bobs kittens, during Weds night one of the blue and white kittens got herself stuck under the blankets and I found her deceased in the morning. The rest of the kittens are thriving and eyes are starting to open.








Saturday, 18 February 2017

Best Laid Plans!

Best laid plans and all that! I went to work this morning leaving Emily strict instructions to watch Bob like a hawk, which she did. I came home at 1:30 and asked if all was ok, yes was her reply, so I grabbed some lunch before shooting off to our agility class. As I was going out of the door I asked where Mrs Miggins was, no idea, came the casual reply, so I went looking for her and found her with her 3 beautiful kittens, all happy and feeding, in one of the scratch posts. Surely Bob can't hold on much longer, lol.


And, not to be outdone, Bob has so far produced 3 babies this evening 

Manuel has done us proud.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Puppies on the way :)

Very quick post to say that Spirit was scanned today and is definitely pregnant. So hopefully we should have pups mid March

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Guessing games

Spirit is keeping me guessing, normally at this point in pregnancy (3 1/2 weeks) I can feel whether or not my girls are pregnant, but Spirit is a more thick set girl which makes things much harder. I will be taking her for a scan on Thursday morning to find out for sure.


The guessing game with the cats is when and how many :) Both girls are pretty round so I think that between them we may well have fun and games on the horizon. I will update as soon as the kittens arrive.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Not long until K Day

Bob and Mrs Miggins both visited Manuel a few weeks ago and are both expecting kittens at the end of next week, Bob should be a day or two ahead of Mrs Miggins. Both are very fit and well and both are looking pretty plump :)




The weather here has been foul this week, wet and windy which means wet and muddy dogs. This morning I decided that I just couldn't face another day of filthy dogs (very very unusual for us), whilst the dogs were unsettled this morning, once the wood burner was lit they decided it wasn't such a bad idea.


Alfie however decided he would pretend to be a cat 

Eliza was the only one who struggled with doing nothing, she is such a bright girl who just doesn't get that you don't need to be doing something all the time, so she often brings suggestions of things we should be doing, this morning it was a shoe, do you think she was hinting about going out? lol.


Dollar has made a very good recovery from her bloat episode and is completely back to normal. She will however be having surgery next week to prevent a torsion should she bloat again. Thank you to everyone who has enquired after her.




Monday, 23 January 2017

Dollar

Scary evening last night, Dollar had her dinner at about 5pm tonight, within minutes she started shivering and her tummy started to swell, we were at the vets within 20 minutes where my fantastic vets and nurses spent the next 2 hours confirming that she had bloated and then relieving the bloat. Very fortunately her stomach hadn't twisted, she was a complete star and without sedation allowed the vets to pass a stomach tube to relieve the pressure. She is home now and a lot more comfortable than she was, though she is not yet completely out of the woods and is feeling very sorry for herself. I will be discussing gastro pexy (stapling the stomach to the wall of the abdomen) with my vets as once they have bloated they are predisposed to doing it again and although the stapling won't stop the bloating it will prevent the torsion (twisting of the stomach) which is the most dangerous part of bloat. This was Dollar on yesterdays walk, full of the joys - 



And this is her yesterday after our evening at the vets



Standard poodles are one of the breeds that are prone to bloat, please research this condition because if it strikes, sped is of the essence and untreated can be fatal, often within hours, you are far better having a wasted trip to the vets than a dead dog in the morning. This chart may be of use -