A Year Without Bear

September 13th, 2013

A Year Without Bear  Wow - how has it been a year already? Depending on whether you go by day (Friday) or date (14th) it's now a year since we let Chelsea go to the Bridge. A year of 'firsts without'. I am so grateful for this little dog who changed our lives forever. Not a day goes by where her absence isn't felt Read More...

SNART!

July 8th, 2013

No it’s not a metaphor for a naughty word, though I'm sure many could use it that way if they're fed up enough with it.  Those of you with dogs should understand.  And your tolerance of it will vary depending on many factors (OCD, laziness, appreciation of your dogs' efforts), but if you’re like me you give up trying to keep on top of it and eventually it just takes over Read More...

Remind Me Again When They Grow Up?

June 15th, 2013

You would think at the age of 21 months (which is so close to 24 months that they really might as well be 2 years old) that the 'puppies' being quiet wouldn't mean they were being naughty.  You could be forgiven for that.  However, having raised 5 whippet puppies (3 from birth - not counting their siblings), a Chelsea Bear and numerous family dogs, there is no way that *I* can be forgiven for thinking that (sigh) Read More...

Eau de Smushed Dead Worm

June 7th, 2013

So we've finally had the beginning of summer. The most wonderfully warm and gorgeous days, and I'm at the computer and the dogs are out sunning themselves, and then I see Kendra doing the 'neck dive' that is so reminiscent of her Auntie Bear. Down she goes again and again, and then my brain finally catches up and I shout NO Read More...

Blogging…

June 7th, 2013

I've thought about blogging for a while.  I love writing.  I have always loved writing.  I love telling stories.  I even started to do a double major in Creative Writing (along with my Phsych Degree) in University till I realised I couldn't be the type of writer they were wanting to shape us into Read More...

Chelsea’s Legacy

November 8th, 2012

Every once in a while, if you’re very very lucky, and very very blessed, an angel comes into your life disguised as a dog, and changes everything! Dogs are wonderful creatures to begin with, and we could learn so much from them about unconditional love, about enjoying life as you live it and appreciating each moment as you are in it… Then there are the extra special ones, the heart dogs, the angels in disguise Read More...

Musings Part 10 – Letting Go

September 25th, 2010

Today is probably the hardest day of all as my first breeding experience comes to a close. After running on the two girls to 4 months old, and trying to make the right decision, my heart broke as I handed over my little Party Girl to her new people. They will give her a fantastic home, and I have no doubts in my mind that she will be happy and loved and spoiled absolutely rotten, as is the right of a whippet Read More...

Musings Part 9 – Leaving the Nest

September 25th, 2010

This whole experience has been a whirlwind. Only a moment ago these were teeny tiny helpless babies, and now they’re all little people ready to head out to a brave new world. Diamond Boy is the first to go just a few days before Christmas. Tracy and Dawn (Teya’s breeder) come down the night before to help evaluate the puppies and ensure that the right pup goes to the right home Read More...

Musings Part 8 – Time Flies

September 25th, 2010

Well it’s finally time to pick up where we left off before Chelsea and Savannah’s story. All I can say is that if I thought time dragged and dragged while waiting for puppies to arrive, boy does it fly after they get here. As my dear friend Patience said on one of our updates on the whippet boards it’s “amazing the time which can evaporate while you watch little things breathe!” Never was a truer word spoken Read More...

Musings Part 7 – Chelsea & Savannah’s Story

September 25th, 2010

Within a couple of weeks of Teya’s mating I believe that Chelsea and Savannah know something’s up. Even though we can’t see any sign of pregnancy, their behaviour changes. It doesn’t change so much in their actions toward Teya as it does in their personalities in general. As the pregnancy progresses, each of them steadily reverts back to their puppyhood Read More...