Saturday, 24 December 2011

Christmas E ve 2011

Bramble, Wader, Teazel and Pepsi went to Saunton Sands today where we all have a great time.  Home and bathed now and snuggling down for a quiet Xmas.  Jon will be 'Santa' to some of the neighbours' children tomorrow morning and Teazel will visit dad and residents at Edenmore.

Hope you all have a fabulous Christmas.
Pepsi centre with mum Wader left and Grandmother Bramble

Wader and Bramble
Warmest wishes Gail & Jon

message from Dudley and family

Hi Gail and Jon.
Wishing you and all the TD family a very Merry Christmas from Holsworthy.
 Dudley has not made any effort to touch the Christmas tree. His only guilty pleasure seems to be removing the Christmas cards from their display and 'reading' them, once read he likes to give them a good chew!!
Wishing you all the best for 2012

Hannah, Andrew, Eliza, Tilly and Dudley xxx

Friday, 23 December 2011

update on Rufus

Just returned from agility - Rufus on great form -is completely tunnel obsessed - tried cloth tunnel, has no fear at all.  He now stands shoulder to shoulder with Ludo but not sure of his weight over last 3 weeks.  he was 21k.  Amazingly he has not touched any of the Christmas decorations on the 2 trees we have.  he only wants to push the baubles to watch them sway but doesn't seem to want to destroy anything.  Tomorrow night is fancy dress at obedience and best trick - another sleepless night ahead (only joking).  he really is a poppet. We just love him to pieces and it takes my mind off all the problems with my mum.  Have a wonderful Xmas with love from Rufus, Eileen Graeme, Dominic, Ludo and Libby.

This year's pupsters were running through a tunnel at 5 weeks.

A little ditti...........

Hi Gail
Thanks for the lovely pictures! we really enjoyed coming over and seeing everyone!

My dog kept chasing people on a bike..
So we took his bike of him..
Then he just sat in the garden and barked all day..
So we gave him his bike back..
Because his bark was worse than his bike!!!

Ha Ha!! Happy Christmas to you and Jon, thanks for all your help and guidance this year.

Love Allison, Russell and Elsa xxx

update on Zebedee

Sue reports that Zebedee (Indiana by Louis and out of Wader) is a big boy and very handsome!

message from Anne and David

My dear Gail & Jon
.............At three and a half years + Jester is much more serene but still gets so excited when the family visit.  He is such a joy to us, makes us laugh a lot and when David has a bad day, he will sit quietly by his chair.  We have him trimmed every few months and it's nice to have his lovely brown eyes showing........................
How can we thank you enough for giving him such an excellent and important start in life; some people can't believe that he doesn't bother about fireworks or other loud noises, and how friendly he is with pother dogs and people.

Sadly I haven't been able to follow your progress with the dogs over the past few years but hope you continue to make progress.  We have so much to thank you for.
With love from Jester David & Anne xxx
PS Photo of Jester to follow

Jester is by Louis and out of Bramble
 Jester 12 months
 Jester 12 weeks
Anne and David at home with Jester

Teazel at Eastleigh

It took 2 hours to complete our PAT dog visit yesterday.  Thankfully some of the residents were having a nap as Teazel was exhausted!  She was presented with a stocking full of treats which she will share with her family on Sunday.

Merry at Xmas!

Hello Gail and Jon,
Just wanted to wish you  and all the TD family a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a healthy and prosperous new year!
Caroline, Paul and Merry

Happy Christmas everyone xx

Merry with mum Wader

Hello Gail,
Just thought we would send you a couple of the other photos from Sunday - they are not posed in any way but are rather amusing to compare Mum and daughter!
Hope you're all having a good last few days before the Christmas break!
C, P and Merry


Thursday, 22 December 2011

Molly (Alex's labradoodle) is in season

Morning Gail,

 and a very Merry Christmas to you and Jon.

Our lovely Molly has started her season this morning, well, we've spotted blood this morning but she's been cleaning herself well for the past day or so.

How long shall we leave it before we start bringing her over to Louis?

Alex. xx

Have arranged for Molly to visit Louis on 30th Dec......Louis will have a belated xmas gift!!!

Info from Gwen, Lilly and Dexter

A Dog's Rules For Christmas:
1. Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed-out than usual and they will appreciate long comforting dog leans.
2. They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours.
3. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of deranged pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.
4. They may bring a large tree into the house and set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans, so there are some things you need to know: - Don't pee on the tree - Don't drink water in the container that holds the tree - Mind your tail when you are near the tree - If there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don't rip them open - Don't chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree.
5. Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun, but they also call for some discretion on your part: - Not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans - Don't eat off the buffet table - Beg for goodies subtly - Be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa - Don't drink out of glasses that are left within your reach.
6. Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here your manners will also be important: - Observe all the rules in #4 for trees that may be in other people's houses. (4a is particularly important) - Respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house - Tolerate children - Turn on your charm big time
7. A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night. DON'T BITE HIM!! Lol x
A big Happy Christmas to you all and a healthy 2012
Gwen xxxx
Louis' puppies at 6 weeks playing

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

The 'bird dog' (our plane) was named after the gun dog (that's what they call them in the States).  How fitting....Jon explains this to Teazel who is due a flight as soon as the weather is right.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Pepsi, eyes and spaying

Pepsi saw the vet yesterday who gave her some drops for her eyes.  No problems with eyelashes, just a bit sticky and red.  Only those who know Robert Lee will understand how pleased I was when he said 'nice dog'!!! lol.  She was very well behaved and I was so proud of her.

I spoke to Robert about his thinking on when to spay.  Elsa is being spayed 5 Jan by a vet in the same practice.  If we spay before any season there is a guarantee against mammary tumours and cancer.  The bitch needs to be fully continent as there is a chance of incontinence if spayed too early when they haven't developed.  Elsa has mature 'bits' too which is also important.  I'm holding off with Pepsi because she still does a submissive wee when she sees Louis in particular.

Teazel will be spayed first in January and then Wader to follow when she is fully recovered.  They have to be my priority individually once they have had their surgery.

Monday, 19 December 2011

message from Caroline and Paul

Hello Gail,
It was soooo lovely to see you all too - Paul and I were chatting all the way home about it, whilst Merry snoozed away! Thank you so much for having us down and answering all our questions and easing our concerns, I don't know why I was getting myself in such a tizz!
Thank you for the lovely photos - they are fab!!! I shall be popping down SnappySnaps to get them printed out so we can frame the 'twins'!
Hope you guys have a smooth week leading up to Christmas. I can't wait till Paul finishes on Wednesday - it's already been an upsetting morning for him as their driver sadly had a heart attack and passed away this morning - can you believe he was only 48. I still feel sick thinking about it. It just makes you so grateful for all that we have.
Anyway thanks again for yesterday - you can't beat a Doodle Sunday ;)
Lots of love,
Caroline, Paul and Merry
I wouldn't normally publish the sad part of this message but it stopped us in our tracks - and is worth thinking about as we rush about like headless chickens!!!!

update on Clary and Joan

Hi Gail,
Clary's 'op' went well,   " little boy bits" now sadly gone hernia fixed, his leg it seems is very good, I was waiting to hear from the Surrey Vets(who did the 'op') before emailing you but decided to answer your email,  there is, according to Ian a little play in the joint, but with time and some hydrotherapy we will be ok, no sign of arthritis which is great news, so will let you know when we hear from Surrey.
As for me, I'm doing ok, they have given me date of the 30th Dec for my 'op' so will get through Christmas ok, then have a week to get sorted out,  glad it's not  January 1st  as  I might be competing with the hangovers!!!!!!!!!!!!!, have to ring the hospital between 7/7.30 am to check there is a bed for me then take it from there, will let you know. 

Looked at the blog,Clary is very much like Elsa, not quite as much grey but just as cheeky and boootiful.  Loved the donkeys, a great passion of mine, good job I don't live near to Debs or I would always be visiting.
Hope you are now recovered, just take it easy, have a good Christmas hugs for the doooooooooooodles.
Joan was sadly diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago after she and Keith took Clary home.  He will be her saviour as Teazel was for me.  She has to have a kidney removed and hopeful the cancer cells are contained in that.  Joan is a strong lady and with her TrentisHoe family behind her I'm sure she will make a positive recovery.  All the best Joan xxxxxxxxxxx

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Merry and Elsa visited

 Merry (left with) Pepsi

Height (and weight) is the only difference between these 'twins'.  Pepsi is slightly calmer but that may be because she was in her own home.  Caroline and Paul were so proud of Merry's behaviour.  Caroline is a 'worrypot' and was relieved to see that Elsa and Pepsi also still jump up with excitement.
 Russ got lots of kisses from Pepsi
 We never did manage to get these youngsters to sit either side of me for a pose but it was such fun trying!

 Mum Wader and daughter weren't much interested in each other.  Caroline states that Merry has Wader's behind (I think Lily monster has her mum's behind (Bramble) too.  It 'wags' like a Labrador.
We had an amazing time with the girls and their families.  Elsa is most like Dudley in colour and very slight but not thin.  She has a beautiful face but does look a little like a lurcher!  Her coat has not finished developing yet so who know what she will look like this time next year.  Excitable but very well behaved and soooooooo loving.  Merry and Pepsi like bookends. 

Merry was attacked by a border terrier recently (ran out of a house without warning) and unfortunately Caroline came off worst when she intervened with a hand (natural reaction but don't do this if you have time to think).  She was persuaded to report the incident so that the owners could be advised to do some training/behaviour work with the dog and understand how tragic this could have been if Merry had been a child.  I would always report an incident......dogs are not put down automatically for biting.

All humans had a fab time sharing stories and info.......tip of the day?  Mash banana with natural yoghurt, stuff kong and freeze.  Merry loves them!