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!
Oh my goodness, such time wasters! Our little slugs are filling out well and dragging themselves around their bad like lightening! Flour is getting very tired, she has fed them non-stop since Sunday, so I took her to the vet yesterday for her post puppy check up and they gave her a vitamin injection to boost her. She’s much brighter today and has had a lovely walk around the field with me. Here are a few photos of the ‘gang’ – enjoy!!
Unfortunately I’m having trouble uploading photos to this site at the moment so there are only a couple to see! Hopefully I’ll get to the bottom of this and will be able to get more photos up soon.
Fleur is looking very serene in her pregnancy, especially when she’s sitting up on the sofa in the sun with mum!!!
Happy days!! We decided in the end that we would have Fleur scanned and found a wonderful lady from Holsworthy who comes to the house to do the scanning, so no worrying trip to the vet and the quite rough way that vets scan. Fleur didn’t even know she was doing anything to her and immediately we saw quite a few little ‘jelly babies’!
She doesn’t predict how many pups are likely to be born as anything can happen between now and the six week time when the little feotus can be re-absorbed, but she was confident that there will be more than six puppies. Even we could see that she’s carrying quite a few.
So, it’s a question of ‘watch this space’ now for the next few weeks, with puppies due on 23rd September. The first picture is Fleur and the other three are her ‘nutty husband’, who really doesn’t do posing, but his mummy says she will TRY to get some decent photos of him! He is rather handsome and a worthy Show Champion, so we’re hoping for some very nice puppies. His name is Bailey – Sh. Ch. Zymore Irish Cream
Our darling little Toddie flew his nest yesterday, away to pastures new, north of Bristol. At times we’ve pulled our hair out, gnashed our teeth and wilted with exhaustion, keeping a singleton male puppy amused, occupied, and learning manners, but it was all worth it in the end to see this beautiful young man stepping out into the next adventure in his life.
We wish him and his new mummy and daddy all the love and luck in the world and can’t wait to see him again at 6 months old, at his first show.
Our fondest love goes with you, darling little man, grow strong, be happy and remember how much we love you. xxxxx