11th September

Vicci and I got up and did the dogs we were both really tired but we did the dogs in the kennel and then the top groups.
We did a quick clean on Coosa’s pen and planned to power wash it when we get time in the afternoon.
Next we went up to help clean the hall with Kirsty and jess after the wedding it took us about 2 hours and then we went for breakfast.
We got home and a customer arrived to see her puppy.
All the dogs went out and then we power washed Coosa’s pen.
Next was lunch time feeding, everyone fed and out for a run.
Everyone out in the afternoon until the rain was too heavy and then Vicci left to go home and I went to visit friends and then dropped in on my sister for coffee and then home to let everyone out and get the last few groups fed.
Shone’s group up and fed inside as it was really wet.
Another wet start so everyone out quickly and fed and cleaned and then I popped into town for bits from the cash and carry I was home by 10 am and still raining.
I sorted out the chicken so when the weather dries up I am already to feed.
I had things to sort out for the house and then I went out for a bit with the puppies.
I had to catch up on some paper work so I did an hour and then had to go back out with the dogs as I hate paper work and it gets me uptight when I would rather be outside.
David came to visit cracker again and take her for a walk around the drive and then to try putting her in and out of the car to see how she was, he was pleased with today’s visit bless him he has the patience of a saint he has been here so many times to get to know Cracker before she leaves in about a months’ time.
I cleaned ears on a couple of dogs and then did the evening feeds.
Everyone done and Shone’s group up for the night and fed.
Everyone out and finished Coosa’s pen cleaned and then just over three hours power washing the path and front pen.
I let groups of dogs out on the drive while I was cleaning.
After I had finished I fed everyone and then the chicken delivery arrived so I sorted that out and had a quick shower as I was splattered in dirt and mud.
Lunch time feeds done and then everyone out for the afternoon.
I sorted out washing and spent time with the puppies.
I got the hip and elbow scores today for Winter my Labrador I was over the moon 0 elbows and hips are 2.2.
Evening feeds done and then off to see Nath, Laura and Sophie, I stayed for dinner and then home early to get the dogs done before bed.
An early start everyone done and then the builders all arrived and the guy to do the floor in the utility room.
I did the top groups and hosed the pens.
Next I had to order more blinds for the house and look for a robot floor cleaner for the slate floor in the house.
I took the puppies out on the drive for a play and then feed them.
I fed all the kennel dogs their chicken and then had to see the builders again.
Rach rang up for a chat about the next litters we are breeding.
My next job was to get two kennels ready for whelping so after the puppies are born the mum and pups can move straight into the clean kennel so she is close to the office where it’s easier to hear the pups.
I wormed the poodle puppies and had a play with them I was mobbed by little red pups chewing and climbing all over me and Chianti trying to sit on my lap.
The web site needed updating with new pictures and health test results for the Labradors so I went out with Jez’s group and got a few more pictures and then sent them all up to be loaded onto the site.
I moved a few bits to the house and took the rubbish out ready to burn.
The builders had left Kiro’s yard in a terrible mess and the path down the side of the garage so I picked up a wheelbarrow load of mud and render and then hosed the yard by the time I had finished this in between swapping dogs it took me two hours.
Next was to move Shone’s group and feed them.
Voodoo didn’t eat which was a worry.
While they were eating I put the top groups away and cleaned the bottom block.
Morning feeds done ready and now time for dinner.
I was up every hour watching Char as she was overdue her puppies by two days, she finally started whelping at 3 am, so I put Shone’s group out to the toilet and then brought them in and gave them all cows ears so Voodoo didn’t eat half of my bedroom.
Thankfully they had only been in a few minutes before the heavens opened.
It rained really hard for three hours.
I hadn’t been back to bed long when Voodoo woke me up so I let him out and he was sick and then he came in soaked.
I was in and out of the kennel checking that Voodoo hadn’t got bored and Cito and shone was both really tired, Voodoo was aggravating Shone as he was not so sleepy, he likes food once he is awake but he was ok nothing damaged.
Char was very slow to deliver the second pup but when it came out it was followed by the third within seconds the second pup was really struggling to breathe and trying to clear the lungs was a long job I had to work on the little girl for over 40 minutes so we will have to wait and see her outcome.
As Dave is due to come down later today I decided as I was up I would get this evenings dinner prepared so I cut up our chicken and mushrooms and made honey and mustard chicken.
Human food is very low on the list of priorities here the dogs always come first.
As I was up early I started feeding the kennel dogs at 5.30 and getting everyone out in between watching Char still whelping.
Voodoo still not very well and not eating with terrible runs now.
After I had finished all of the kennel dogs the builders and Hannah arrived so Hannah kept an eye on Char while I did the dogs at the top kennel.
I came back down and Char had her last puppy and then I changed her over to the next kennel while Hannah bathed her.
I cleaned the kennel she had the puppies in.
I had a couple of other kennels to clean out completely and then went out with the labs in the field.
The builders had run out of some stuff so Dave picked it up on his way down.
Micky a friend arrived to help out with some of the painting as we are running a little behind.

I had to sort out paper work for one of my hybrids that was dumped by a so called wolf expert as she is in danger of being put to sleep.

I got the lunch time feeds done and then had a visitor arrive to see the dogs.
After they left I popped into town very swiftly.
I just got back and Dave arrived, we had a look around the house and then had coffee.
Dave set to work giving my new hoover a service it was clogged up inside the filters.
We unloaded all the newspapers from Dave’s car and then swapped over dogs.
We had a couple of visitors for a short time and then we stopped for dinner.
All the dogs had there last run and then in for bed.
A really busy morning all the dogs out, cleaned and fed and the top group all done.
I had a customer arriving quite early so hoovered and washed the kennel floors.
I moved a few bits down to the house and had a chat with the builders, we also had micky the painter.
I washed everyone’s vet beds and got them up on the line as we had quite a bit of rain in the early part of the day.
Dave spent the morning tiding up after the builders and took everything up for burning this took most of the morning.
I spent time with the pups and then went out in the field with Siren and Narla, I am concerned about Siren so if there is no improvement in his condition and he is still looking miserable then I will take him to see Gavin on Monday as he is eating and losing weight.
I did the lunch time feeds and then let the pups out in the drive again.
Everyone was out for the afternoon.
I took a couple of pictures for a customer and then Dave and I moved everything around in the lean-to on the drive and sorted out all the newspapers to make room for a big night pen for Kiro and Reo when they come back to the top part of the drive in a few weeks’ time.
I did the evening feeds and then Shone’s group came up for food, Voodoo still not eating so yet another night I had to sleep with the door open for Voodoo to get out into the yard.
We got up early and got the dogs done as Wendy and Brian were coming down to help get some stuff moved back into the house.
So we got the dogs finished in the kennel and then I did the top groups while Dave picked up in the drive.
Wendy and Brian arrived and Brian and Dave moved the panel in the lean to so it was much larger for Kiro.
Wendy and I started moving stuff to the house.
We stopped for breakfast and then a customer arrived to see the dogs.
The painters arrived so I went and sorted out what they were doing for the day.
My next customers arrived to look at labradoodles for the future.
I have a family that come with two little girls to visit Biscuit as they are intending to have her when she is spayed.
After they left we started moving tables and chairs and more things from the container to the house and then the bedroom furniture from my room in the kennel then all moved down to the house.
Most stuff has just left downstairs in the dogs kennels in the house.
I am hoping to get a bit done each day so I can get moved back in fairly soon but there is limited time for getting things sorted out when I spend 14 hours a day doing the dogs.
Everyone was fed a little later than normal and then I let all the dogs back out, poor Cracker came out of her kennel and started screaming, she has now only been allowed out on the drive for a wee, I had put her on an anti-inflammatory and will have a chat to Gavin on Monday.
I popped into the house to see the painters and then swapped over dogs in the field.
I tried to feed Siren again he is eating with his head tilted and only on one side of his mouth I am hoping it’s just a tooth problem but unsure as he has a large lump on his head.
After the pups had been on the drive for a run I moved my van outside the gates and then let Rupert group in the drive and the labs in the field and popped out to get some food shopping and picked up dinner on the way home.
When we got home I swapped over dogs and brought the washing in.
I locked up some of the dogs and Dave locked up the house and then I brought Shone’s group up and fed them and then finished off the kennel dogs while Dave tried to repair yet another paper shredder that I have manged to break.
It was 9 pm before we finished.

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