The 1st of March 2015 was a rather eventful day in our house. Our loving Labrador, Bella gave birth to eight puppies. Ever faithful Buddy looked on as she delivered each individual pup. One year on and we are still in contact with five of the owners. We hear how they are progressing. It is a wonderful feeling to know that you helped delivered these little guys into the world and now they are part of another family. We get to know what joy they are bringing to others and what their role is now they have left the nest.
March 1st 2016 celebrated their 1st birthday. I sent a message to the families to say happy birthday to the dogs and hope that they were well. I got messages and pictures back. It makes me feel good to know that the dogs are loved and well cared for. And I am more than happy to be in touch and have made new friends through our dogs having a litter of puppies.
Kai had a birthday party, with dog friends invited. Kai got presents, cards and cake. A lot for a one year old dog. ‘a couple of the pics from Kai’s party. He had a great time, ran rings around everybody. Was hard to get some pics with the bedlam going on. He had 3 doggy friends in all going bonkers lol Wee Millie the cocker spaniel is knackered. He’s totally spoilt but we love him to bits.’ Kai lives with a lovely couple who keeps up updated on his progress. He is a lucky boy to be in this family; well loved and will always come first. You can tell by just looking at them that they were meant to be. Kai fits into his home so well. He sits on the sofa, looking around like lord of the manor.
Sandy went to live with a couple with a little girl. He is loved to bits by the family. I got a message that said ‘Hi Elizabeth we are all doing well. Nobody can believe that Sandy isn’t one yet because of his height. He has the square nose like his Daddy. We will have to bring him to see you all, but will ring first. This photo was taken at Halloween, he loved his spider, it only lasted a day. Sandy loves cuddles and up at the school he barks if people don’t come over and pat him. He’s a case, he patrols the back garden and barks if he sees something he is not happy with. He loves the trampoline, you should see him and Aimme jumping on it, they are great pals’
Jake is a lovely Labrador that lives with his human parents (who love him very much) and two pussy cats. He is a cuddly dog, who loves to be pampered and snuggled in. He is like his parents and is quick of the mark in running around and playing with toys, but equally likes to lie in and if you didn’t know them better you would think they were lazy and thought they were lying there all day. Jake likes to tell you what he wants. His folks sent me a message with a photo of him sitting up straight and it said ‘that is the baby telling you he wants this’ and then a photo of him outside. Clever dog.
Gunner, is the only fox red Labrador exactly like his daddy, some of the others have similarities, but Gunner is a dead ringer for Buddy. Gunner has gone to live with Louis & Keith, they have a boxer bitch, Brandy and a couple of cats. Gunner has fitted in perfectly. Louis and Keith have become our friends. They pop down to see us, with and without Gunner. Louise and Keith came to see me in hospital, they couldn’t bring Gunner so brought a beautiful framed photo, this fair cheered me up and let the staff see one of the beautiful dogs Bella has given birth too. Its been a win win situation. Louis and Keith take Gunner and Brandy on lots of outings, the dogs enjoy lots of walks . Gunner is also getting trained to the Gun with Keith. Merely as a hobby, both man and dog appear to love it. Gunner is very protective like his Dad and follows Louise around the house and sits and waits whilst she has a bath, etc.
Harley, had a lovely birthday. He got a cake and presents, as you can see in the photographs. Harley left us at 6 weeks old. He gets well cared for by Sally. He has another Labrador as a companion, his name is Cooper. Sally has taught Harley well, he does what he is told, gives paws on command, rolls over, does all sorts of wonderful tricks. Harley loves long walks and running around with some of his other furry friends, but I think most of all he likes to get very wet and muddy: just to keep Sally on her toes. We have kept in close contact and I get kept up to date with all his progress. Sally has brought Harley back to ours for a visit. They have visited to meet up with Gunner and had lots of fun with their parents, Buddy and Bella. And they have visited for a quieter visit, just Harley & Sally. Where Harley has had a cuddle and played with Buddy and Bella for a while.
It was a big decision for us to breed Buddy and Bella last year. Would we manage with the pups with the way my health is the way it is? How busy Steve can be for work? We talked about it at great length. Then decided to let nature take its course. They mated on 1st January 2015 and Bella gave birth on 1st March 2015. I’m not going to say it was easy. Once the puppies got to the three week stage and they were needing weaned onto porridge, it began to get a bit of hard work. But the first three weeks, Bella kept them clean, fed them and to be honest you hardly heard a peep out of them. When they started eating the porridge they were like little gremlins – yum yum yum. Got to say though, all well behaved, and kept to their own bowls. The key was organisation. Steve’s cousin, Anna, from Suffolk, came to stay with us for one week, she was a great help, washing floors, feeding pups, etc. Steve and I had most of the feeding and cleaning down to a routine, Steve did all the manual heavy work. I will admit it was hard work, however it was worth every minute of it. The cuddles from the little puppies, the joy and warmth we get from both Buddy and Bella. When the day came for the new owners to pick up their pup and take it home, you could see how excited they were, the looked at the puppy all doe eyed and eagerly told us of the items they had purchased for their new addition and how they could not wait to get home and show them their new bed.
When my phone texts or I get an email to say how well one of Bella and Buddy’s pups are doing I feel a sense of warmth and a big grin comes across my face. My dogs are special to me and I’m so pleased their children are have a special place in the hearts of the people they live with. I’m so happy we had a litter of puppies. The company of my own dogs, the new friends and hearing how the pups are getting on and developing into fully grown dogs is great for me. There are days I don’t feel well enough to go across the door. The contact with others, communicating, happy stories – it all makes the world a better place.