A lovely start to the New Year as for the first time I had a professional “Donna” design my Advert for the English Setter Association Yearbook produced in April 2017. Really thrilled and here it is below showing both Acer at l5 months old along withSilva his sister and her photo is at 12 months old (now has a lot more coat.) Silva has now been hip scored 7:8 and is also BAER tested clear.
24th Busy week ahead Sort out all the paperwork, pedigrees, Registration etc – today the “Crumbs” are being microchipped, Tuesday off to East Notts. (Southwell) to be Eye Screened for Junior cataracts. Wednesday lst Injection & Health Check at my Vet. Thursday My day a well needed Hair cut, colour & Blow Dry, Friday, Sat and Sunday 2 pups go on each day. Thats it back to normal .
16th Sheena a friend who lives locally and happens to be a Groomer, popped over with her ‘posh’ camera and we had a little photo shoot of the “Crumbs” who are now 6 weeks old in the garden. Most of the pictures are shown on Crumbles page but here are just two of my favourites.
15th Yet another Show this time at Stafford Showground The Northern English Setter 50th Anniversary Championship and Open show. But Acer and I didnt have a “good day at the office” 3rd. So a friend Sylvia who had 3 dogs entered, and I just took a photo of each other instead.
7th Early trip down the A1 to East of England showground with Acer. Unfortunately I let him down as the ring was like an after thought, uneven, pot holes filled with sand, and needless to say no way could i run with my knee. So we ended up with a 3rd. Seems to be a jinxed Showground as last year although Silva got Best Puppy in Breed – the ring was flooded through the centre and even before the end of judging tractors moved in. Waste of time, money & effort. The good News my knee after the swimming was fine.
6th started the morning at 7.30 a.m. with a gallop for the dogs, then an hour after i returned I went off Swimming – first time with the replacement knee – and have to say it sort of clicked as i did my froggy stroke but managed 10 lengths, then home and bathed and blow dried Acer for his big show tomorrow. Hope no painful side effects from the swimming. Quick photo of Acer posing in the sunshine.
2nd Well so excited – Good news just heard this morning that Acer is going to be a Father and Mum – Bess (who lives in Buxton – Derbys ) is expecting 6 or more puppies around the beginning of august 2017. The combination could produce all three colours – Blue, Tri or Orange. Acer is pictured above but also has his own page on the website.
1st Sunny start to the beginning of the month and after the Windsor Trip spent the weekend just chilling out (apart from a visit from the first of the new prospective puppy owners) William was asleep on the settee as usual, Crumble was in her pen with the baby Crumbs and the other 3 Toffee, Silva and Acer were relaxing on the patio.
29th Well what a long long day.Left home 5.45 a.m. with Acer, picked up Linda and Wansleydale queen Bea (Lizzie) en route and off we went to Windsor Champ Show. (Windsor Great Park) Acer was in Special Yearling dog (unfortunately he has dropped his coat so looked a little immature) but he got a 2nd so pleased with that. Lizzie then wins her class, followed by winning the Best Bitch (this made her into a show champion) then beats the Best Dog to get Best of Breed. So then having finished English Setter Judging about 12.30 noon we had to wait until 4.45 p.m. for Linda to compete with all the Winners of the Gundogs .She then decides her shoes are too slipper so pops on my Nike Air Trainers and bounced round the ring to get Group 2. I finally arrived home at 9.30 p.m. Having dropped Linda off at Junction 25 Services, and missed my Junction so ended up further up the M1 having to turn round and come back down. (Photo of Acer in his show pose on his page)
13th Received a call tonight to say that “SAGA” (Ingella Never Ending Saga) was pts (aged 8) at the home of Val & Peter in Leicestershire on Friday 10th June so save further suffering. He will be so so missed and even more so by Peter who is totally heartbroken, but he couldnt have gone to a better home or had any better care during his illness.. I owned saga until he was about 9 months old when he joined Val & Peter and he was my favourite colour Pale Blue – very striking boy with the most beautiful head and of course typical loving personality and adored by everyone he met… I was actually going over to see him again in August – but wasnt to be.
12th One of the many photos taken by Steven Havers Photography of Leicester from the photoshoot in my garden back in May for the book he is producing of English Setters to make an awareness of the fact they are still on the Kennel club vulnerable list. I believe some years ago now he owned one, and so still close to his heart.
11th Cumbles pups are a week old now – I am hoping to keep a bitch whose kennel club name will be Mrs. Candy Crumble (Candy) and this one keeps taking my eye.
7th Miniature Schnauzers are litter eye screened for Junior Cataracts, then done Annually as Adults. We now have another DNA Test – MAC – and although it is not a compulsory health test and few have yet had it done, I decided to go ahead. The swabs are taken at home and sent via Airmail to PennGen Labs in america. They in turn do the test and then let you know results after payment of £60..First to be done was Toffee and her results are MAC Normal 1-1 – Clear. This means she isnt a carrier. If they get this illness unfortunately they die. Crumble will be next along with the bitch puppy i keep from her current litter..
6th Well exciting times ahead in the pipeline. Apart from pups being born and all well – on the same day Acer had a visit from his first bitch to mate Bess who is a tri-colour. To cut a long story short we got two successful matings so fingers crossed for 4 weeks time when she is scanned. Sooooo excited.
4th Well as much as I thought Mrs. Crumbles babies did arrive early than expected today. I was up all night long whilst she had the odd dig, then slept for the odd hour, then 7.29 a.m. this morning the first little boy was born. Lovely litter of 6 puppies. I think Crumble is also rather pleased with herself – this was no. 3 that had crawled onto the hot water bottle itself.
15th Had a lovely elderly lady called Rosie come for her trim today. She looked like a shaggy sheep on arrival so the transformation was incredible. Waiting patiently for her owners to return.
10th Crumble was scanned today and Good news she is pregnant. Hopefully the birth will go smoothly around 8 June 2017.
7th Lovely day sitting in the sunshine with Lynn & Bill, Tequila (williams daughter) and their new English puppy l6 week old Chloe who had come down from yorkshire.. Chloe had a good run about with Toffee who is only 9 months old and both enjoyed it.
5th As both my rotary cuffs are now torn in my shoulder and one is very painful – its making it difficult to get two dogs ready, showered, blow dryed, into the showground etc. etc. Plus for some reason Silvas coat looks dull, and she isnt her normal self – so just maybe she is thinking about coming into season as well. So for the time being I am going to concentrate on showing just Acer. Today Acer and I went off to the National Championship Show at Stafford. 7 in the class and we were placed 4th. Acer was shattered on our return – Very hard life for a show dog.
2ND Exciting day for the setters. A professional dog photograper Steven Havers wants to create a photographic record of English Setters to produce both a book and calendar to sell and raise the profile of our vulnerable breed. So today he came over for a Photoshoot. As a thank you I will be able to have a free photo. One of the 365 shots he took. As you can imagine the Mad Hatter – Acer performed and its me me me me, The sassy bitch – Silva kept shoving her nose on his lenses, in his ears as he sat on the floor to do the shots. As for William – well he just kept sniffing the camera and difficult to get any pictures as he was too close. So with that in mind no idea what the outcome will be !!!!! The book and Calendar will be on sale so details will be available later.Sending some of the photos later.
29th Couldnt resist this shot …. Did somebody call “Breakfast” (William was already inside eating)
27th Silva and I popped over to Derby to Pride Park Veterinary Centre to have her BAER test. Brainstem auditory evoked response used to evaluate the hearing of a dog by detecting the electrical activity of the brain in response to an auditory stimulus (usually clicks), which is recorded and displayed on a computer screen This is to check if she can hear in both ears. Occasionally they can be unilaterally deaf (one ear) and obviously with being a “selectively deaf setter” you would never know. Thats now all done and dusted with perfect results.. Her Hips has also been xrayed/ scored and returned as 7:8 which is also under the breed average.Both Acer (tested last year) & Silva have both now passed their Health tests with flying colours..
23rd Early start Silva and Acer to the English Setter Association Championship Show, Kennel club Building Stoneleigh. Acer got a 2nd which was ok considering he had dropped his body weight pining for Crumble who has been in season, and Silva unfortunately wasnt placed. Thhe highlight today was being given by a friend Jill a Litre of Baileys Orange Truffle that she had won on the Raffle, wasnt her drink and decided the only person to give it to would be me… of course. Now back home Sitting in the sunshine – Cheers everyone. It was at this show the 2017 Yearbook was produced and my lovely Advert produced by Donna was on page 61 for everyone to see.
19th Brit-Vic was spayed today and all went to plan. Once she has fully recovered she is going to the Horton Family who live locally and also own my Toffee’s brother. Years ago they also had another Ingella from me – so of course they are all related in one way or another as all go back to my original “Nellie”. Here is a very sad Brit having just arrived back home a little shaky and now in her Hospital Ward being pampered. Breast of Chicken cooking slowly in the oven ready.
8th I think I put on a similar photo each year. But love April when the Magnolia, Weeping Cherry. daffodils and bluebells are so vibrant in the sunshine.
7th April At last after 3 blood tests Crumble (photo left) was successfully mated to Toroblu Candy Man (Joe on the right) below) yesterday and today, owned by Jill a long time friend from Leicester. I am hoping if all goes to plan to keep a bitch who this time will be called Ingella Mrs. Candy Crumble “Candy”. So there will be Toffee from Crumbles last litter, Candy and Crumble their Mum. I have once again some lovely homes already lined up for the puppies so far in advance.
3rd Crumble in season so dashing about with blood tests to check when she is ready and shooting off at some stage this week to get her mated twice. Acer is being a total pain these last 4 days because of Crumble. Silvas Hip Scores were also back today and were good..
26th What a lovely surprise to find this Collage on my Facebook Timeline of some of my current dogs on Mothers Day. This arose as I was laughing with a friend Sheena who took some of the photos – and joking how i never get flowers or presies as not a mum and only have a couple of relatives. So she decided she would do something about it
13th Brit-Vics Mini pups microchipped, 15th Eye tested, 16th Photoshoot, 17th Vet check and first injections and finally 19th March off the 4 little girls go to their new homes.. One of the pups below “Sprite”
11th Left home 6 a.m. to meet Linda in Nottingham for our trip to the Birmingham NEC for Gundog day at Crufts. Silva & Acer are entered in Special Yearling but unfortunately at the bottom age wise as the class is for 18-24 months and they are only 18 1/2 months. I am lucky to have a good friend who doggy sits for me whilst away. An enjoyable day Acer got a 3rd out of 9, Silva unfortunately didnt get placed out a huge class of 17, but nevertheless moved beautifully. Cant win them all. Acer was also professionally photographed by a Company called Experts in Canine Studies – who produce Educational Books. A few friends also took photographs and waiting to see if they forward them on. First photo arrived of Acer lying on his Bench from Di – who had flown over from Spain for Crufts and kindly kept Acer company whilst I was in the ring with Silva, otherwise he would have been a little vocal. !!. (Photos on Acer & Silvas individual pages)
When I arrived home the postman had delivered the Certificate from the Kennel club which confirms Acer has a Stud Book No. having gained the RCC at the MESS show the other week, this entitles him to go to Crufts forever without having to qualify again.
6th Had a visit today from Sheena who owns Molly (Ingella Sugar ‘N Spice) a daughter of my Dusty (Ingella Dusty Gold) she is 12 years old and such a beautiful lovely old lady, and reminded so much of her mum. Havent seen them for some years now and certainly brought back old memories..
25th Lynn & Bill friends of mine who own my Williams daughter (Tequila) have decided to have a new baby puppy an orange bitch from Williams Breeder who lives in Derby. So today they came down from Yorkshire and collected me en route to visit her. Now to be known as Chloe and she is sooooo pretty. They collect her on Sunday 12th March. The 4 remaining puppies in the litter have all gone to show homes.
23rd Sheena a local friend popped round today to have a Puppy Fix – and whilst she was here with her expensive camera I asked her to also take a photo of Toffee who is now 6 months, who I have been attempting to hand strip.
2 of the pups below 4 wks 3 days old
5TH First show of the year and what fabulous results. Midland English Setter society Breed championship show. First off Silva won the Junior Bitch Class of 6, then following by Acer doing the double and winning his Junior Dog class of 6. Acer then went into the Dog Challenge with the winners of every class and won Res. Best Dog. (RDCC) So that entitles him to a Stud Book Number and Crufts qualified for life.
29th Been a very quiet month, but today i had the pleasure of Judging English Setters at Coalville & District Open show at the Kennel club building in Stoneleigh which was about an hours drive. My Best of Breed was Anlory Binche JW .a really pretty bitch, and my Res. Best of Breed was a very masculine boy Canteris Cool for Catz. They both moved with such happy wagging tails. There was only one puppy entered so she was Best Puppy Miakoda Secret Rainbow. Only spoiled by my camera having a dead battery and not being able to stay to watch then in the finals with having the pups at home. At luck had it a friend has kindly sent me some photos she took.
22nd Brit-Vic gave birth to her puppies between 10a.m.-12noon during the daytime. All bitches that weighed in at 7 ozs. each. Lovely healthy even litter.
14th Today went over to leek in Staffordshire to visit Kerry a Groomer friend who is brilliant at hand stripping mini schnauzers for a training session. . My 5 month old Toffee joined me along with Rita from Nottingham and her 3 month old Roxy by Kerrys stud dog. . Absolutely amazing the difference it makes. Tried to take some photos but Toffee wasnt having it so it had to be laying down when we got back home.