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I noticed last year that Saffron loved the snow, it seems it is either a coincidence, a family trait(Kandi and Saffron are half sisters and share many more distant ancestors than their father)or a Sheltie trait because Kandi went a little mad tonight after being taken for their last walk and insisted that the garden door be opened for her to race around the lawn in the snow, closely followed by Saffron. When they came back in, a bribe of biscuits was necessary to get them in, they decided that my very small and crowded living room would be their playground tonight and I got some action pictures of them. Let me reassure those of you who do not know the breed, they are playing not fighting.
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Three weeks ago I adopted an other Sheltie as a companion for Saffron, her name is Kandi. I did promise photos as soon as I could get them but Kandi had a difficult beginning. Her breeder kept her out of her littler to breed from her. The bitches were not ill treated but were kept in good kennels with large runs, they had good food and , the vet when needed but no love. Her breeder treated her bitches as a commercial farm treats it's cows. But dogs are not cows some dogs would be happy with this treatment, never knowing any other way of life , and some would be miserable. Kandi is one of the latter, she needs people. and the breeder realised this and after she had her first and only litter at 2 years old started looking for a pet home for her. Now this breeder is the one that bred Saffron and she offered Sue and friends a free pup from either of the two bitches that had pups in May, to replace Saffron. She mentioned Kandi to them when they went to chose a pup and Sue immediately thought of Saffron and said she knew some one who would take her. Well 3/4 weeks ago I went to collect her at the same time as Sue and friends went to pick up the pup they had chosen, Katy,Photobucket Kandi's daughter.
KandiPhotobucket was pathetically frightened of the outside world when we got her back to Sue's. I took her leash off at the front door and she ran as fast and as far as she could through the bungalow and refused to moved from the living room settee for the rest of the day. I sat by her for most of that day petting her and feeding her little bits of liver cake until she stopped shaking and got down from the settee to look around the room. I clipped a lead on her and lead her out to the dog's garden when Sue took Katy and the rest of her dogs to show young one where the toilet was(as of last Saturday she still hasn't learned, she prefers the dog beds Kandi is sitting on in her picture) Having Sue's 6 adult dogs and her puppy with her gave my little girl a lot of courage and by mid week(I had picked her up Monday) she was running in and out with the others and we had taken her for 2 walks on a flexi-lead. Since coming back to her for ever home she has come on by leaps and bounds but we are finding things that frighten her every day. One thing is me with a camera pointed at her. Luckily [personal profile] sue_chose_this came to stay for a few days this week and she has taken some wonderful pictures of my furry family for me. The first one is mother and daughter taken by me(as are the two in the body of this entry) the rest are those taken by [personal profile] sue_chose_this. as always these are thumbnails click to enlarge.
beware overdose of cute below )
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My default icon will be changed as soon as I can get home and get my camera recharged. Long story short I have another sable(a true shaded sable this time)Sheltie from the same breeder as Saffron.

I have been looking for a companion for Saffron for some time now and have not succeeded but Sue was waiting for a replacement pup in lieu of Saffron being unfit for purpose(She was bought for showing and breeding and because of her hip problems can do neither) and while examining the present avilable litters was chatting to the breeder and asked her if she knew of any one who had a young Sheltie in need of a new home and was asked why. Sue explained about Saffron needing a companion and the breeder said more or less.
"I am thinking of replacing one of my breeding bitches with a pup from this litter I may have one to rehome"
It turns out the youngest of them has never really bonded with her owner and it was she, a 2 year old, who was being replaced. So last Sunday I drove up to East Anglia and Sue's place and Monday we went to collect her pup I went with her. Candy and I were firm freinds in minutes and I was able to take her out to the car to meet Saffron. The meeting went well and we left with Candy and Katy. Katy is a shaded sable too and by coincidence Candy's daughter. I cannot fault the conditions at their breeders, in many ways they were better than living with me, they had their own bed spaces and a huge run they could go and mix with the other bitches as and when they wanted, good food and toys for those young enough to want to play. But it is the breeders income she cannot afford to become to fond of any of the dogs she has as breeders or breeds to sell and they do lack petting and fussing that those who are a pet/working dog, in Sue's case, pure pet in mine, get. Candy we have discovered is a Sheltie that responds more readily to affection than food and I am giving her that in plenty. She has only had one litter but we think she has only left the confines of the kennel to be mated and for visits to the vet and groomers so the outside world is very foreign to her. Rather like a nun who entered and enclosed order 20 years ago as a young woman and decided to change to an order that goes out in the world in middle age. She is very nervous and doesn't know how to walk on a lead. Men are an unkown factor in her life and big though the run is we think she suffers fron agarophobia but she has come on miraculously since she moved in with Sue's pack. There may be a set back when it is just me her and Saffron and it will take a lot of time and patience before she is half as confident as Saffron but I will persevere. No pictures today as I am working on Sue's computer but I promise plenty when I am back home.
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My little girl has returned to normal as far as her personality is concerned. We went for a sit down to Fourteen locks, a local beauty spot/place of historic interest with Beth and Losyn. They went for a walk and Saffy and I sat in the sun outside the visitor centre/cafe and watched the world go by. She made friends with
A Pyranean Mountain dog
A Westie cross
A Spaniel
a black Lab
and 4 young girls.
She had to be restrained with the smaller dogs, the big ones just touched noses and walked away. Today she was desperate to play tuggie with Losyn, who very sensibly refused to do so. Her scar is nice and clean and pink as her shaved stomach but there is a slight bruising around one end. It pulls on her from time to time as she sudenlly sits down and looks at her belly then gets up and carries on. She sleeps a lot of the time when we are indoors alone and wants to go to bed early and wakes up late but that is only natural, she has had a full hysterectomy. All in all I am happy with her progress.
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Thank you all for your good wishes, Saffron was groggy for most of the evening and wanted to go to bed at 8:00 pm but I made her stay up til 9 then we went up and she flaked out while I watched TV until normal bedtime and flaked out myself. She really hates the collar and won't even move when she has it on so I removed it when we got up this morning for her to eat and left it off. After two attempts to get to her scar were met with a very firm and loud NO with her nose being pushed away from it she has not tried again, I've taken the bandage off her front paw and she licked that intensely for about 5 minutes then left it alone. she has been sat on my lap since8:00 am until 10:00 when I put her down to go get dressed. When I came back down she had got up on to 'her' chair(I have a very low stool in front of it so she just walks up the way she does steps)and is curled up asleep. She is eating very well and has drunk for the first time since she came home so every thing is going very well. She is in some slight pain as she takes 3 steps and then sits down and asks for a carry. I am being a kind Mam and giving her a daily dose of the painkiller she usually only gets when I think she need sit for her hip problems(Metacam has some dreadful possible side effects like liver failure, kidney problems and stomach problems so she gets as little as possible), it will only be for a week.  I am also being a cruel Mam and refuse to carry her.  so I am sitting here at my lap top glancing occasionally over to the little one and lazing the day away.

She's back

Apr. 14th, 2011 06:38 pm
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I was at the vets by 5:50 but her post op nurse was busy with one of her other charges so we didn't get out of there until 30 minutes later. She was still alittle groggy when we got home but woke up quickly when offered food but could not figure out how to est it with her lamp shade on so I had to hand feed her. I have the feeling I will have to take the collar off for to drink, for a bright girl she is making heavy weather of feeding and drinking with a collar. We hadn't been in 5 minutes before we got the first attempt to get the collar off-- one paw either side of her head behind the collar and push like mad. She won't have much of a scar judging by the dressing over it, it's as long as my index fingure and about 3 tiimes as wide. She has a much bigger bandage on herleft fore paw where the drip was inserted. She had started whimpering at me but I gave her a small dose of the painkiller/anti-inflamitory she takes for her hips and she is laying on her chair watching the TV. I will have to take her for a short walk later, or maybe a short carry might be better.
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Soon it will be broken, I've phoned the vet and Saffy is doing fine, I can pick her up at 4:50 pm. I will be so happy to have her back.
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Today Saffron has gone in to the vets to be spayed, and the lack of her noise in the house is dreadful. She is a very quiet girl most of the time all I 'hear' is her breathing and that is so quiet it is subliminal. The postman knocked today and there was no barking, it was weird. She has only been with me since last October I can't imagine how I will feel, years from now, when she dies.

I delivered the little madam to the vets this morning and parked in a small public car park 30 seconds from the vet's office, I had to wait about 15 minutes before we went in to see her surgeon and 5 minutes more for the formalities and form signing and I went back to my car to find some idiot had dented my driver's side front bumper and driven away with out leaving any details. This operation is going to be expensive £140 or the op and and an estimate of £160 for the repairs. Luckily the body shop I went to for the estimate can't take the car until May so at least the money will be coming out of two different 'pay days'.

I'll post again when she is back home safely home, I have to call about 3:00 pm to find out when I can pick her up. If all has gone well she will be back today by 7:00 pm at the latest.
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First the computer woes, I have been having problems with my desk top for some time now. It hasn't been remembering my passwords for my sites and Java and an other program for simple gaming have been crashing with unpleasant regularity. I have been putting up wit it but when it crashed three times in 10 minutes (when I was trying to upload some photographs I gave up and shut down until I can get it to the nice shop in Blackwood that mends dodgy computers. So I am writing this on my lap top which does not have the pictures on it I want because the desktop threw a wobbly.
The photos were of Sue and her dogs at the agility show, they will be posted at a later date. But I do have to tell you about the weekend. Sue and the gang arrived about 9:00 pm on Wednesday night. When she knocked on the door Saffy started her "I'm a big tough dog and if you come in here I'll bite you act" but as soon as I opened the door and she saw Daily Dylis(shelties)(Photobucket) and EliottEliot will sleep anywhere)( the 11 year old cross breed that looks like a setter cross but isn't) pulled Sue through the door, she went into her welcome dance with squeeks. When Sue went back to the van and brought in the rest of the pack{And a Mum Cazzy Photobucket} she became so excited I thought I might have to sedate her. The others weren't much calmer but they all finally settled down to sleeping(everyone except Dylis and Saffron) and playing(guess who). Thursday wasn't a particulaly good day so we spent the morning shopping in Abergavenny. The dogs remained in the van in their cages, Sue has a van with 7 cages, 4 large one on the bottom row and 3 smaller ones on the top, which completely fill the back door and are lockable so that when the dogs are left in them with out us, the back doors are opened and the cages locked so the are not over heated if the sun comes out. Then we went in search of a picnic area following the directions given to us by the tourist information office got lost and ended up in a very nice woodland picnic area in a forest (wood= native trees Forest= pines trees planted by man) with a stream running in a small valley cut off from the picnic area by a good fence and a style. After lunch we lifted the small dogs over this and taught the larger ones to jump it and they had a whale of a time paddling and exploring.
Friday we went to Tintern abbey and had a lovely sunny day walking the dogs along the Wye Valley walk and browsing the shops. Saturday was show day I will talk of that when I can use my photos. Sunday we went to Builth Wells Had Lunch by the river walked the dogs and started for home as it started to rain. We stopped off at a gift shop/art gallery/cafe in a railway station which ahd managed to survive it's railway by 50 years.
Monday morning Sue and company were going home so she packed her brood into the van and I did the same with Saffron and Losyn in my car and all 10 of us went for a lovely long walk down the Sirhowy Valley Country Park. Thanks to the visit Saffron has learned to walk down the bedroom stairs but not up them and is eating everything I put before her instead of being picky. It won't last but(with the food I mean, I think she is too proud of herself walkign down stairs for her to stop)so I am enjoying it while I can.
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Yesterday while walking Saffron I was caught in a shower of the coldest rain I have felt in my life but that was all. At 3:00am this morning little madam woke me up with her constant low growl. She was sitting on the end of the bed staring out the window. The only thing I could see when I looked out was this, she settled after I closed the curtains and then woke me at 7:30 am.
Taken this morning after we got up, yes we have snow and Saffron wants to live in the garden with it. I wouldn't object to that as her breed was created to live out doors in these conditions but she insists the back door is left open so she can pop back in for a bite to eat now and then.
More photos under the cut )
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I have just had to spend the night with my friend Jenny in Newport. I went down to visit her as I usually do as she is still housebound with her back problems and gets bored with now one to talk to but her daughter when she is at home. Since she works more or less full time that's not a lot. We were so busy talking that neither of us noticed that the sky had clouded over and it was large white snow flakes falling from the the sky, not rain. Only when I got up to close the curtains did we see it. Now Newport is a big enough city to have its own eco and weather systems, like London,it does not snow in the city centrer or for about a two mile radius around said centre. I worked there from 1976 to 2007 and lived there for almost as long, counting this I have I have only known snow fall and stick, which this was, in Newport 5 times in all those years. I phoned cousin Beth to see what it was like 700feet or so above the sea level I was at. She said don't attempt getting home we are snow bound though the main road seemed to be passable the hill wasn't.

Saffron was with me
I had only brought food for her evening meal
The local super market hadn't closed and I was able to buy dry food for the morning.
It cost twice as much as I pay at Sainsbury's
There was a spare bed
It was a single, Saffron occupies half of my double and she tried to do that on the single.
She does realise I'm Alpha female and she is beta so I won.
Neither of us had any of our pills and potions. Luckily none of our pills are life threatening to do with out but we both woke up achy in the morning and I had to watch what I ate.
No snow in Newport when we woke up and I was able to get bread from the local baker as Beth was still snowbound. but it was melting fast but she was worried that our Blackwood supplier would have been sold out by the time she could have got there.
Arriving home safe and sound with supplies safe and sound and discovering the one thing I didn't have was my hand bag. Which means That I am with out money , in my bag, and the means to procure it, cash card also in my bag, until I go back and fetch it. It's not as bad as it might be, I know Beth will sub me if I need money and I have done my weeks shopping already but it is annoying.

Incidentally Saffron thinks snow is a rather bland ice cream and keeps eating it, as it is the first she has ever seen that isn't surprising.
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I promised [personal profile] ultrapsychobrat big pictures of autumn if the trees ever changed colour. Well they did and I remembered to take my camera when walking Saffron last Friday.
As you can see she matches the fallen leaves(click thumbnails to make bigger)

Photobucket Photobucket These pictures were taken at the lake on Cwmncarn Scenic Drive and are under a cut because I've made them HUGE.
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Second times a charm, I hope. I tried to post earlier but my new baby shoved a paw in and I lost it. I am safely home with Saffron and she is altering my life already. I have had to pick up the candles from around the fire and move my camera. I am tired and want to go to bed and she doesn't. So she decided that the most comfrtable place for her to sleep was on my head. She is now happily ensconced on her mat chewing on a cow hoof looking like she is set up for the night.
She has lived in a bungalow most of her life she freeaked out the first time I went upstairs. Going up didn't bother her but when I appeared feet first comming down shee backed away and growled at me. it wasn't untill I was fully in the room did she stop growling.
She wants cuddling again so I have to post now. More when she is more settled.
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This is Saffron, she is a 13 week old T. Rex disguised very cleverly as a delightful little Shetland sheep dog. In other words, like human babies,she tries every thing with her mouth even people. Unlike humans she has very sharp teeth.
more of her and the rest of the dogs )


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