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.
2015 was such a busy year for us here at Towsers, with so many old friends coming back to visit us for their holidays. We have also been delighted to welcome some lovely new boarders, who we hope, will become good friends and regulars over the years to come.
We never stand still in kennels and during our annual 4 week closure we have been busy repainting, re-plumbing and doing all the ‘behind the scenes’ jobs that no one really sees, but ones that are vital for the smooth running of the kennels and for our treasured guests’ comfort. When we re-open on 10th February we are looking forward to getting straight back into the full swing of business, with our kennels full for the half term break.
I’m sure our regulars will be delighted to know that we are holding our prices again for the second year in a row, so the prices listed on the website are current for 2016. We appreciate that sometimes finances can be stretched to look after your dogs whilst you enjoy your annual holiday, so we felt it only fair that we keep things on an even keel for at least another 12 months.
September saw a lovely litter of puppies from our Fleur, they have all gone to their new homes and are being a delight and an exasperation in equal measure to their new owners! We kept a little girl, who we have named Hetty and she is such a monkey. She has just started her ringcraft training and we hope to get out and about to some shows with her and her mummy later in the Spring.
Once again, we thank you all for your continued support and look forward to welcoming friends new and old in 2016.
I’ve been very lax in supplying the website with pictures of the ‘gang’, but we’ve changed computer systems and I have yet to discover how to reduce the pixels on photos to enable me to upload them onto the website.
Anyway, enough of that, puppies are nearly 6 weeks old now and are such fun. They are constantly on the go, wrestling, playing, nipping, chasing, eating us out of house and home and then suddenly – sleep!
Everyone has found a forever home and they will start disappearing in a couple of weeks. Where has that time gone? It seems like only yesterday they were helpless little slugs reliant on their mum for everything, now they will going off into the big wide world to lead joyful lives, bringing entertainment and love to their new mummies and daddies – we will miss them dreadfully, as we always do with all our babies.
We have enforced Fleur’s separation from them for the past three days, so that they won’t pine for her when they leave and also so that her milk starts to dry up. She has so much milk, at the moment she’s leaking everywhere and must be extremely uncomfortable, but hopefully it will start to reduce in a few days. Half sister Flick has also been acting as a wet nurse and thinks they are her puppies! To the extent that she too produced milk for them! They have been extremely lucky little babies, having two ‘mums’ to care for their every need, and of course, grandma Dawn is also on hand to watch over their upbringing!