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With about 10 days to go Hetty is beginning to find the heat a bit trying and assumes her position of choice wherever she can find a shady spot! Her whelping bed is ready, with copious towels, newspaper and kitchen roll at the ready. We take her into her nursery most days so she can get used to where she will (hopefully) give birth and look after her babies for the first two weeks of their life, before eyes and ears are open and they come into the kitchen to join us all and get used to the daily sounds and sights of living.
Our beautiful girlie is blooming and looking so fabulous in her pregnancy. With only a few weeks left to go she is eating enough to feed an army, let alone a tummy full of babies!
Here she is watching daddy preparing our lunch, just in case he should drop something…..!
Great news, our little Hetty (Courtdown Star of Devon) is expecting her first litter of puppies, due on 2/3 June to Flynn (Sh. Ch. Courtdown Finnians Rainbow)
Hetty was scanned this morning and looks to be carrying at least 8 puppies, so we have busy times ahead. We will keep posts up to date with her progress and photos on these pages. So far, she is looking so well, a lovely glossy coat and shining eyes – she definitely thinks she has a secret! Today is incredibly hot and she’s taken to the shade along with the others. As I write this she is laying behind me in a very cool dining-room.
Attached are a couple of photos of her exceedingly handsome ‘husband’ and a couple of Hetty.
Handsome boy Flynn – Sh. Ch. Courtdown Finnians Rainbow
- Our Hetty – Courtdown Star of Devon
We’ve decided that plans regarding dogs should never be made!! Disappointingly Fleur has not come into season this summer so, as she is heading for her 8th birthday in the Autumn we will not be having another litter from her. There have been a number of people anxiously waiting for news on any progress but sadly we have to disappoint those who were hoping for a Fleur puppy.
We will be getting Hetty’s (Fleur’s daughter) hips tested soon with a view to (hopefully) having a litter from her later next year. If we have any news we will post it here on our news and views pages, so keep an eye on it!
We waved goodbye to our last Christmas/New Year guests and closed the gates until Friday 3rd February. It has been another busy season and now the hard work starts cleaning, painting and repairing any damage done over the past year to kennels, runs, bedrooms, paddocks and grounds! All ready to do it all again in a month’s time!
I think I have probably given out the wrong information about our opening dates, mistakenly I thought we were re-opening on Monday 6th February, but it is in fact Friday 3rd! We are here throughout the month for booking enquiries, so do please give us a call if you have your holiday dates already planned. If you get our answerphone we will get back to you asap.
In the meantime a happy and healthy 2017 to everyone and look forward to seeing you again and to welcoming new customers.
We would like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2017.
Thank you all for your continued support of all we do here at Towsers to make your treasured family member have as an enjoyable holiday with us as you are having. We look forward to welcoming you again to Towsers in 2017 and to introducing new customers and friends to the kennels.
I know there are quite a few people who read these blogs who are waiting for news of Fleur’s mating and (hopefully) puppies in the New Year. Fleur came into season last week, which was earlier than expected, but as we have a change in circumstances in the offing early in 2017 we decided that now would not be a good time to have a litter of young puppies in the house, so are going to wait for her second litter from her season due in the summer of 2017. It will be easier for us and Fleur to have puppies around in the summer.
Anyone who would like to remain on our list, please do get in touch and we will keep your enquiry on hold.
The first outdoor show of the season is the West of England Ladies Kennel Society or WELKS for short at the Three Counties Showground at Malvern, and it was Hetty’s first Championship Show. So we set off early on the Friday morning as judging was due to start for the dogs at 9 a.m. sharp. Hetty had had a bath and trim up in readiness as had her mother Fleur for Fleur’s first Championship Show in nearly a year.
Hetty travelled reasonably well considering she really doesn’t like the car, we had copious drooling but no sick, due to a half a stugeron tablet taken the night before.
It was lovely to see one of Hetty’s sisters there, they had a high old time playing with each other and found it hard to concentrate in their class – Puppy Bitch. They loved it, behaved beautifully all day and ended up with Purdy taking 2nd in the class and Hetty taking 3rd, so both sisters have qualified already for Crufts 2017 at their first show!
Fleur went into the ‘top’ class, Open Bitch, which she won and then went on to take the Bitch title, adding another Challenge Certificate to her tally, not bad for her first show since having her babies! We all had a lovely morning, came home tired and fulfilled, now we are looking forward to the next show which will be Bath on 28th May – watch this space…..!
Here are a few photos of their day.