Welcome to the Blog of Rosie Ison & her Scruffy Hairy Mutts.

I do hope you enjoy reading about all the various exploits of the Hairy Gang !

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

First Week Home

Well Boo has settled in VERY well. She really is a live wire :-))
She makes me smile everyday. At first Woody, Chip and Fozzie thought she was lovely, now I think they'd like her to go back. She tugs on their beards, eats their feet, clambers all over them and the novelty has worn off.

Her first night here I was up twice in the night giving her a bath. :-(( She had a bad tummy and just laid in it. She was by my bed in her crate but didn't make a noise till after she'd been.
The next night she didn't poo, but she screamed and screamed when we went to bed. She eventually settled and then slept all night till 6.30am.

Her upset tummy disappeared after 24 hrs and since then she has gone into the crate happily at night and is sleeping till I wake up, and hasn't had a single accident in her crate :)))

On the other hand when she's awake housetraining isn't going too well. She will go into the garden, charge around, rip everything out of the flowerpots, pick up stones, eat the mud, but pee..no way. She comes inside and immediately does it.
She is actually better when I take her out on the lead to the grass, she will pee then almost straight away. I find this bizarre as she has never had access to grass as I know where she came from just had concrete.

She has got a fantastic appetite and that's making her fun training easy. She is incredibly bright and very eager and willing.

Here are a couple of little videos of her.

Monday, May 07, 2012

The Newest Edition

In March I wrote about the death of Angela, the wonderful friend who bred 3 of my hairy boys. That to me was the end of the line for me. Angela had promised before she died to do a special mating and was going to try and breed me a blue merle hairy. The bitch was due in season in May but sadly that never happened :-((

So I started looking at other options for my next pup. I knew I wanted another puppy this year. I actually needed another dog in the house like a hole in the head, but I don't have the luxury of time to be able to wait. Unfortunately like us all I am getting older, and I don't know for how many more years I'll be able to run round an agility course. Ideally I would have preferred to have waited at least another 2 years, but that added to the 18mths/2yrs it takes to train a puppy I just felt that would be too long to wait.

Fozzie is 4yrs old this year, and so I felt I could now devote the time to a new pup.

I seriously considered a pure Border Collie, but Steve wasn't too keen, he wouldn't have stopped me, but I feel that as the dogs are a big part of our family ,we must all be happy with my choice.

So I thought about a Working Beardie, Steve was happier with this idea because at least it would be hairy.

I also looked at the Internet at various poodle crossbreeds. The sad fact about this, is that very few(if any) people that breed crossbreeds do any health checks at all:-( They don't seem to see the importance of them ,but to me this is so important.

Then suddenly out of the blue on Friday I was contacted by the person who had taken some of Angelas dogs when she died, including several Mums with their pups. He wanted to know if I knew anyone interested in some of these puppies. I asked what they were. There were some poodle x shihtzu puppies and ...... some min poodle x possible collie puppies !!!!!! Completely health tested

I just remarked it was a shame they were female and brown but that was about it.

After I finished speaking to him , I went and told Steve. He said that maybe I should go and have a look anyway ,and as they weren't too far away I agreed.

In the meantime I spoke with the Kennelmaid/groomer that works at Angela's to get a bit more info on the possible Dad of these puppies.

Well it turned out that the Dad was Charles, who is Fozzies Dad. How on earth he managed to mate a small miniature poodle we just don't know !!
Apparently the Mum is an escape artist and managed to scale a 6' fence to get to him. It was a complete accidental mating .
I thought it strange that Angela hadn't told me about these puppies as they would have been about 2 wks old when she died, but then again I realise she wouldn't have ,because she know I really wanted a blue merle this time not another brown puppy, and the mating for the blue merle was planned and waiting to take place.

So..Yesterday I went down to see the pups. I really think this was fate. Maybe Angela has orchestrated this from above ?? Why did Robert phone me when he did....strange and spooky.
I had said the puppy had to be right or else I'd walk away. After all I hadn't really wanted another brown puppy or particularly a bitch .

But as you can see from the picture, she came home. Her name is Boo and she is approx 9-10 wks ????

I am hoping she will be medium like Disney, but she will be what she will be.
It's strange having a girlie again. I love my boys and didn't anticipate ever having a bitch puppy again, but with 5 boys in the house maybe it's good to even things out a bit :-)
The boys love her, well all except Disney, but I know with experience he'll come round. She has settled in so well. But it's the part I hate now....housetraining :-((((((


She has a lot of coat !

Part of the Gang :-)

Charles ( Fozzie and Boo's Dad)