Friday 28th October
Sorry for not updating sooner but the puppies have been keeping us quite busy. Gracie continues to be a fabulous Mother and the puppies are thriving. The wonderful task of weaning begins this weekend, this is where our work will really start, putting it in one end and cleaning it up when it comes out the other. I've added more pictures to the litter page and another installment of the puppies video diary you can view by "clicking here".
We have received fantastic news today. Hugo (W. Back to Black) who is from Gracie's previous litter has today been placed 2nd in YD at Midland Counties Championship show, this follows his recent Gundog Group win at a local open show. We are thrilled and unbeknown to me Yearling is now a qualifying class (I had to go on the Crufts 2012 website and double check too) so Hugo will be attending Crufts 2012 - we are so very proud - huge well done and congratulations to Jayne Harris and of course Hugo.
Saturday 15th October
After a week on the sofa I'm feeling rather tired but it's all worthwhile to sit and gaze at the little lifes that we've created. All eight puppies are growing and doing well, and Gracie has been the perfect Mother attentive, kind and gentle. Reggie has enjoyed a cigar or too (lol) in celebration of the arrival of his offspring - little does he know that today is the day he is to be turned back into a show dog - he hasn't been in the ring since WELKS so is in desperate need of a really good trim. Now Gracie can be left with her babies for a short time and the weather is thankfully on our side after the past five days of rain today is the day of the trimming marathon at Waterswarren.
Thanks to all our friends for the lovely congratulation messages we've received on our new arrivals - new pictures have been added to our "Current Litters" page
Thursday 6th October
Well what a week!!!!
Sunday saw the Northern ESS Society Open Show one of my favourites of the year and the last opportunity to be outside on grass before the weather turns and we're inside until spring. Today looked a little dodgy but the weather held out and it was a fabulous day. A Waterswarren Mother and Daughter team was out today in the shape of Babs and Millie, I was delighted when Millie won GB, and thrilled to bits with Babs's 2nd in OB. Today's judge was David Craig. Thanks must go to the committee for the excellent hospitality and superb organisation.
As Gracie's due date approached Paul thought I was being far too manic with the organisation of the whelping area - sure paid off though when she decided to deliver four days early. Thankfully a joint effort and some remote assistance over the phone giving my Mum instructions resulted in a healthy litter of eight being safely delivered. Six dogs and two bitches so plenty for us to choose from to campaign next year.
Mother and babies are doing well and you can keep up to date with their progress on our current litters page - although we do have a waiting list if you are interested in a puppy from this litter please e-mail us in the first instance there is a strong chance that dog puppies will be available.