Friday, January 28, 2011

Puppy Dreams

Sweet dreaming puppies......a short video of the babies at 12 days old

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Who's looking at ya baby?

At last the pups eyes are starting to open....I always feel this is such a milestone and love it when those little dark slits appear, and they look at you with everything clearly out of focus for a few days....then the penny drops and they mug you everytime you enter the room!
As this is such a crucial stage in their eye development, I choose not to use flash photography or add a light source while they are so vulnerable, so photos will be a bit limited for a week, although ill try to get some in natural light where I can.
Meanwhile the other hounds are hanging around and waiting for something exciting to happen.....they are not overly impressed with me spending so much time in the house with the pups when I should be outside entertaining THEM! (L-r Tarnish, Isabelle and Barvicka)
I recently discovered there is someone in the breed, who has stolen a photo from my website and is using it on theirs to advertise their less than pleasant breeding activities......I am advised this person is a reknown puppy farmer........ I will be taking action for copyright theft.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How to be the "pushy" one

Liver girly is showing her true colours....hows this for pushing in!?
They are just starting to walk on four legs today....and any minute now we can start to expect eyes to start opening which is always the biggest landmark in their early development.

heres the first tentative steps, and a few more sleepy photos as you all seem to be enjoying them!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

1 week on.....

I cant believe they are a week old already. Here are a few "happy one week birthday" photos!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Here come the Girls!

6 days old and growing fast!

Friday, January 21, 2011

what a nice surprise

Jo Beckett kindly sent me this photo today, taken by her hubby Justin......its Fergus and his grandaughter Logic, at Crufts 2008. Dear fergus is now looking considerably older nowadays, so its lovely to see a photo of him looking so good......and its also been pointed out to me by Andrew, that I was looking somewhat younger then too!!! Thanks Jo!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Oh Miss Gerty you have finally done something RIGHT!!

Imagine our surprise this morning to receive a notification from "that" Dog paper telling us that Farlap Gertrude, (aka the worlds naughtiest puppy!), is officially Top Puppy in breed 2010!!
Well done Gerty! Its extra special to us as Gerty is from Generous's last litter, so "thankyou" to our lovely much missed boy.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

pupster pix

Sorry ive been slow getting pup pix online......I have injured my back and everything is taking me so much longer to do.......but here are todays photos for those who are missing their puppy fix!!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Welcome to the "B" team!

All 9 safely delivered this morning. Mother and babies doing well :-)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Congratulations "Down Under"

Well done to Shelly (Aust. ch. Farlap Cautious) who luckily lives in a dry bit of Australia!
She had a lovely litter of puppies last week and mum and babies all doing well. Some nice news for a change.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Things come in threes

After what was a sad sad week losing Generous we thought it couldnt get worse but we were wrong, and yesterday Gravity had a torsion and had to be put to sleep. It was her third "blow up" in as many months and until now she had gone back down without intervention, however on this occasion she twisted and we had to make the decision that was best for an elderly frail hound. I cant believe how much we miss her already as she was my permanent draught excluder in my office, and her comical ways always kept us amused.
It seems that Gerty (Farlap Gertrude) needs to take over her aunties place as the family clown, as today she decided to chew off, and eat, the indicator on the Landrover. Thanks to everyone who has emailed/called to say how sorry they are to hear about Generous......your kind words have been so appreciated......and to those who have been less than kind.....remember that "what goes around comes around"

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Generous in name. Generous in nature

Another sad day here, and not a good start to the year atall, as we had to say "goodbye" to our beloved Generous (Ch. Farlap Generous) today, and let him go to sleep.
He was from the third litter bred under the Farlap affix, and wasnt even destined to stay with us, but at 8 weeks old I decided that the family he was due to go to, werent really the right people for him, and so he stayed here, and was named "Generous" after the great bloodhound Cammonstone Generous, who I had always adored and admired, and I was so grateful that Jane didnt mind another hound taking the name so soon after her boy. Generous went on to become a champion despite his dislike of the showring. After his 1st CC I made him a promise that if he could just make an effort and get a couple more, then I wouldnt take him to any more shows......well he did get a few more CCs and I did take him to just a couple more shows, but after that I let him enjoy his role at home as "king pin" and chief puppy wrangler, as that was what he liked best. he also competed in working trials, attaining a certificate of merit, but most importantly of all to me, he was a very loyal and loving boy who always wanted to be with me whatever I was doing around the house, he was like my shadow. He will be hugely missed.
Losing two dogs in just over a week has been heartbreaking here, and certainly we havent felt like celebrating any of the New year. On top of that Im laid up in agony with a tooth abcess which cant be dealt with until the end of next week, so if anyone calls or emails this week, please dont expect a sane answer!