Sunday 30 January 2011
May is doing her pups really well and they are growing so fast. Their eyes are starting to open and they are crawling about. This morning they were wormed for the first time. We worm them on 3 consecutive days every 2 weeks. We are having some people coming to choose theirs this morning as we don't like people to come too early. We dont like may to get upset as she is a really good mother and very protective. Before they open their eyes it is natures way that they eat and sleep but every day now will be a new adventure for them.
Tuesday 18 January 2011
Saturday 15 January 2011
It was a long night - it never used to bother me having 2-3 hours sleep but it will take me a week to recover from this. Mother and pups are doing fine. They are sturdy pups as there are only 7 of them. One is already earmarked to go to France and I have my eye on one but there again there is another I quite fancy keeping. There will be a couple spare but it is early days yet. Please ring if you are after a pup but there will be no viewing until they have their eyes open and are well-established. Their sire is FTCH Leadburn Viceroy -Billy Steels snr's stud dog which has produced some wonderful pups for us including Tara -Cuckavalda Touch of Gold who you can see her when she was 14 months old. Leadburn Viceroy is the top dog in Scotland and also was runner -up in the IGL2008. The dam of these pups is 4 year old May who is by FTCH Talisbrook Rhum of Bolton Abbey- 4th in the IGL2001 and out of Delfleet Treasure. This is her 2nd litter . Out of her first litter we kept Boris and Finn who jack is hoping to go trialling with this year.
Friday 14 January 2011
May our 4 year old fox red Labrador is due to give pups any day soon. Her due date is the 20th Jan.This is her second litter.Her first litter were born born 5 days early it is just a waiting game now.She already has some milk and is hardly eating anything. She had two rib bones with some beef still on and has hid them. So bets are now being taken to see how many she has. As long as she is ok that is all we worry about. Baby alarm on and heat lights too. Looks as if it could be a couple of long nights for us all.
Wednesday 12 January 2011
Just another couple of weeks to go and it will be the end of the shooting season. This shows another day in our beautiful North Yorkshire countryside .Plus plenty of high birds,good company and a drink and something to eat at the end of the day in the White Horse in Ampleforth -what could anyone else ask. for.
When people say "Let me have your mobile number I will give you a ring" they are amazed I don't have one. Now you will maybe see why I don't have a mobile phone. I am thinking of keeping a loft of pigeons instead.
Sunday 2 January 2011
it was thanks to Gregory Huygens that I got a very useful Christmas present. He had been to the IGL2010 at Sandringham and had purchased a book which is called Labradors2010 -Champions of the New Millennium. It contains British Field Trial and Working Trial Champions along with British Bench Champions 1999-2009. It is a very interesting book and Anna managed to track one down which I got for my Christmas present. A hard back book which tells you everything you need to know about each of over dogs. All listed in alphabetical order,a book which will be very well thumbed over the years. It is written by Gary Johnson and Dr Isabella Kraft and is worth every penny. Here you see a page which show FTCH Leadburn Viceroy which belongs to Billy Steel snr and is the sire of all our pups so far and of Mays litter due on the 20th Jan