Monday, November 30, 2009

is it issssy?

Had a few photos arrive this week from Roborovski kennel, of our new baby Issy (Isabelle) who looks very sweet and has grown so much since i last visited her. I see that she is already trained to sit on sofas so she will fit in well here!!
iIs been a busy week here with 2 girls in season and causing chaos amongst the boys....if all goes to plan we hope to be mating Barvička very soon but more on that to follow shortly!
Also we have had a day at the vets doing some Hip and Elbow scores under the BVA/KC scheme, as part of our ongoing health testing programme.
Recent events have brought home to me how very very important it is to always endorse puppies papers before selling, no matter how well you think you know people,as it appears that they cant be relied upon to to the responsible thing when it comes to breeding.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bas has a hot date!

we promised Bas a "hot date" today but it wasnt quite what he expected!!!
He had a visit from John the Semen vet, all the way from Tipperary, Bas gave a small "donation" which will be winging its way to Canada very very soon!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Jumping for joy

Basnicky has now learned to jump the hurdle between the yard and the orchard.....I watched him jump back and forth about 10 times today, seemingly just for the joy of it!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Another string to his bow.....

Tennant went ferreting for the first time today and took to it very well. Just look at the concentration on the boys faces!! The plan was to bolt the rabbits with ferrets, Andrew to shoot the rabbits and Tennant to bring them back. Well it all went to plan except our usually rabbity hillside has had a wipeout of myxymatosis so there was only one rabbit left. We decided to leave it in the hope it will be joined by some others and start a new colony. Nice view from the hill across Dartmoor!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Bas gets his kit off for a good cause (Im keeping mine well and truly on!)

Bas is "Mr July" for a charity calendar in 2010......raising money for which is very apt as his sires owner has been very ill from a tick bite, and also raising money for Lurcher rescue. Please note this is NOT ME in the photo (I wish!!).
If anyone wants to purchase one of these fun calendars you are supporting 2 great causes. please send me a message and Ill let you have details on how to buy one.

Friday, November 20, 2009

scooby dooby dooooooo

heres Scooby from our "T" litter, he lives in Wales with 2 newfoundlands.......and is throughly spoiled by his Mom and Dad as you can tell from the photo!! Great to catch up with him and hear all his news.

Dog most like its owner competition?

Just receieved this sweet photo of baily and his Dad, with "Dad" obviously competing for the "dog most like its owner"!!
As much as Id like to think im getting like my lithe and slender and athletic like the reality im getting more like the heavy boned, loose skinned, wrinkled, clumsy and snoring a lot!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Just had this great photo from one of the pups from our "B" litter......heres Josh after a hard days gardening, with his dad asleep on the sofa!!
The old chestnut of "health testing" has seemingly arisen its head again this week. I would like to point out that here at Farlap we do elbow scoring on all our breeding hounds (KC/BVA scheme) and inline with the high standard I feel needs setting, they are all being hips scored as well. I cannot imagine why breeders feel insulted at being asked to do these two basic health tests, but apparently some are really taking offence!
Bloodhound Rescue: Im shocked to have been sent no less than 5 hounds details, all are languishing in rescue kennels. This is just so terribly sad as we all know how badly bloodhounds fare in such environments, and also theres the worry of who they will be rehomed to. Are there really such irresponsible breeders out there who wont take back the hounds they have bred, and take responsibility for their actions?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Birthday bash

well its been a social whirlwind this week! First the "twins" went to visit their brother harry for the day and party, party, party!!! On arrival there were sausages on sticks....I thought they were for our lunch but no....they were mouthwatering canine cuisine. ....and birthday balloons, which Cinnamon took a real shine to!
Well the girls gave Harry and his big chum Boris, a real run for their money for a few hours.....playing tag on the lawn and romping in the paddock. The piccies show harry having a grand time!
Today it was Watsons turn, and he brought with him his mentor "Barlow" who was less than impressed with the party. However Watson had the time of his life jumping in and out of the stream with his sisters and cousin barvicka, who was the appointed "adult" while we had our lunch.
Watsons mum brough with her, what at 1st glance looked like a large chocolate sponge cake but at 2nd glance (and 1st whiff) was a home made "liver sponge cake". its now hidden away in a cupboard with a queue of hounds sat looking at the closed door in anticipation!
Anyway heres Harry at the was just too wet today to get pix of watsons visit!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The twins from hell

The twins from hell....aka Candle and Cinnamon, are psyching themselves up for their first of two birthday bashes, tomorrow, with brother Harry. Im just hoping the rain stops and they can all have a blast around Harry's fields to take the edge of them a bit before we have our lunch!! meanwhile we are worried about Mr.T and his strange habits.......this is his latest......wearing the curtains!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Big Brave T.

Poor Mr T........he had to have his microchip done today (I know....better late than never!) but he decided that at best it was going to be agony and at worst, it was likely to be fatal.....and how he squealed and struggled! ive never had even a brief flinch from any of the hounds when they were done, so his reaction to it was rather a shock to all of us!
The other "ginger" in the on "rat" patrol all day and as you can see its made them all very tired this evening!
Had a lovely afternoon yesterday at the Trailfinders, admiring their lovely puppies, and taking Cinammon and Candle for a super walk around the fields with all their pack. Just wish the rain would stop!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Mr T.

The "fabulous Mr T." accompanined me to work at Bridgwater CS show at the weekend, and was entered in the HWVA supportd open show, where he won PGD, and then went on to win "Best Dog" and RBOB. His sister Daisy won PGB, at her 1st ever show....with her new professional handler (AKA Richard). Well done Amirycks on your day out!