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Breed Notes - 14 Oct 2014
This evening, I managed to speak to Ann Travis herself, and she told me that she is on the mend, and is now at home, with regular visits from the District Nurse to change her dressings and so on. She still feels pretty knocked up, and even routine tasks quickly result in exhaustion, but she is getting stronger by the day. Dave, too, is making great progress, and I think he is learning some new domestic skills.
I also spoke to Helen, and excitement in the Boisseau household is ramping up to feverpitch as Freya’s big day approaches. She is due to whelp about a week on Thursday, so just maybe there will be news next week. With Anne Stewart’s girl re-absorbing, and Acorn not even getting that far, there is a lot of interest in this coming litter, as you might imagine. The sire, Boomer, is competing in the national finals of IPO (Internationale Prufungs-Ordnung) this month, so with Orchid being Freya’s mother, there should be some working potential in the litter.
It has been an evening of phone calls, because I have also spoken to Lloyd, who is making slow but steady progress, but I think it would be helpful if the doctors could positively identify and diagnose what is wrong with him. Maggie is due for an operation on her other knee shortly, so it is quite important that Lloyd gets well soon. These obstacles aside, Maggie is hoping to have another of her Hovawart days at Guildford early on in the new year, so keep your eyes open for any announcement.
Sometimes it is a clever training trick to let your puppy think that some invisible force is at work when they do something naughty and discomfort ensues, but I am afraid that we had rather the opposite result when Dublin, who was just about accepting his head collar, and only spends about 25% of a walk trying to dislodge it, managed to roll on a couple of sleepy wasps during one try, and the resultant stings have probably put back his lead training by months. The ensuing screams of agony reminded me of Jordis’ first walk after her six months’ quarantine, when she trod on a stinging nettle and by her reaction we thought she had at least broken her leg. Sometimes Hovawarts can be real wusses.
I’m sorry to belabour the point, but calendars are flying off the shelf, and our decision, a result of having some left last year, may prove a mistake. Get yours now!
Elaine Betts 01544 318705 elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk
This article was posted on: 16-Oct-14
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