Saturday, 18 March 2017

Pip's Puppies

I know you may be wondering how those little pupsters are doing that were born on 4 March so here are some photos for you to enjoy. They are growing bigger every day and Pip is being a very good mother and feeding them well.

                                                 Can you see that fat little tummy BOL

                                                       Pip feeds them.......

                                                     ... and cleans them.

                  And the peeps weigh them to make sure they are gaining weight.

Pip does have time out to wander in the garden every day and have some time for sniffing and enjoying the sunshine (when it stops raining!)

And one more photo of a little pupster. They will soon all have their eyes open and then the fun will really begin!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Crybbe Enjoys Scent Work

This is Crybbe, head of our canine household.
One of the activities he enjoys most of all is scent work. He has been on lots of scentwork courses and last weekend he went on another one at a Yorkshire museum of agriculture through the ages.

                        There are lots of different huts for different historical periods.

                                             The searches were done inside the huts.

Crybbe had to search for tiny little morsels of cheese that are hidden somewhere in the hut.

                                                         Checking under the table.

                                                  Checking the top part of the table too.

                                                And having a good sniff by the window.

It is harder if you are a very little dog but Crybbe can let Judith know if he has found cheese but can't reach it. When he had finished his searches of the hut, Crybbe went outside to search in the yard.

There were rows of old tractors in the shed...and more places to search for hidden cheese!

                                              Crybbe thinks there might be something here!

                                                                  Or on the wheel..

This was one of the best scent work places Crybbe had ever been to. I hope when I am a bit older I will be able to start scent work training as it looks great fun...and cheese is always a bonus BOL


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Frankie and Crybbe's Woodland Walk

This is a photo of my Uncle Frankie who came to stay with us for a couple of days (before Pip's puppies arrived). He is my Aunty Frida's litter brother and Aoife is their Mum. While he was staying, my peeps took him for a fun morning out in the woods near where we live, with our Crybbe to show him the best sniffing places.

Here they are setting off up the path into the woodland. As it is not really Spring yet, there is not much to see in the way of flowers and even the trees are still bare of leaves but it does mean that the creatures who live in the woods are easier to see - especially when they come to the feeding station.

This grey squirrel was keeping out of the way up the tree as Frankie had his eye on him and he loves to chase the squirrels if he gets the chance. They are always too quick but he keeps trying to catch one.

                                  This one was coming to steal the birds' food from the feeder!

                                             There were some pretty birds there too.

                                                              Like this nuthatch

But the boys were not interested in watching the birds like the peeps - they wanted to have a good sniff and a run around so off they went again.

                                                     Come on peeps - time to go!

                                          Crybbe checking out pee mail on a plant stump.

                                                           Frankie on the move.

                                                       Looking for more squirrels.

                                    Oh no - the peeps saw more birds to photograph!.

                                                                Are you coming?

                                         What do you mean nearly time to go back home?

                                         We haven't had time to read half these messages.

                       And I'm sure to be able to catch that squirrel with his back turned!

    But there were no squirrels harmed on the boys' walk in Brayton Barff that morning :-)

And one more photo of my handsome Uncle Frankie after a good bath and tidy up.

Friday, 10 March 2017

New Arrivals

Sorry to have been away from Blogville for so long and I will try to keep up with your posts now but it has been a very busy time here for the past couple of weeks. My schnauzer sister Pip had been getting bigger and bigger for quite a while and it wasn't because she was having too many treats. she was having babies!!

The little pupsters were born on Saturday night last week - 3 girls and 3 boys. They were very tiny but are growing every day. Although you can see these photos, we doggies are not allowed to meet the babies yet as they are too small and Pip wants to care for them with the peeps and no-one bothering her. We can't wait until they are a little older and can see and hear because then they will come into the kitchen, in a playpen and we will be able to meet and sniff them properly.

Pip so loves her babies. She spends day and night with them, feeding and cleaning them...and Leigh is spending the night sleeping by Pip and the puppies in the sitting room so she can give Pip extra food and take her into the garden when she needs to go outside. Pip has a special little cabin called a 'whelping box' which is shiny and white and easy to keep clean, lined with paper and soft vet bedding. The puppies have a little red heated pad too to keep them warm when Pip is outside.  


They are growing so fast this pad will soon be too small but there is a larger one for them too. Pip can be with them as much as likes but, if she fancies a bit of time away she can just step out and find a comfy bed or the sofa instead.

                                          Here she is sitting in her cabin with the pups :-)
The peeps spent a lot of time making sure everything was just right in that little cabin for the birth and, just in case Pip was on her big memory foam Orvis bed when the puppies came, they made sure that it was well protected with light plastic sheets and towels as well. But Pip had other ideas BOL and decided to start giving birth on the sofa. Luckily there were towels and some more plastic sheeting to slide under Pip before the sofa was she had all six babies on the sofa and the whelping cabin stayed nice and clean for when she wanted to settle in with her pups.

And this is Magic, on the left, Pip's grandmother, and Trilby, Pip's mother who are also looking forward to meeting the new additions. Even my Mum and grandmother are getting excited - they love puppies so much :-) Anyway, I will keep you updated on the puppies - they are just funny little pods just now but they will soon look more like little schnauzers as they grow.