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I have collated as many pictures as I can of my little dogs, do have a look and see if they make you laugh and feel as happy as they do me. Also I have started a Blog below and you may be interested to hear what we all get up to.
If you like Youtube you can visit my channel at Susan Eldred where you can see a lot of videos of the dogs.
I can believe I haven't updated my Blog since November last year. I was always told that as I get older time will pass more quickly and wow does it just.
I do try and keep posting on my Derdledash Dachshunds Facebook page, mainly because it is so much easier to do and I have had to look back at that to find out what has been happening. The main updates are the two lovely litters we have had. It was all a bit strange to start with as the dogs now have thier own room in my new house and I had to work out where to put everyone and how to set up the nursery.
Brokk bless him has become a grandad now to two litters and he also served a very nice dog who went on to produce nine puppies. All very nice and hopefully one is going into the show ring.
Bailey was due in season and I had done a lot of research on who to use as the Stud this time as I wanted another little girl to join us and of a different line. I found the most adorable boy in Tendrow Moondance or Faust as he is known at home. He belongs to an amazing artist who lives in a delightful cottage near Stoke on Trent. I knew I would have to travel and it took me two hours to get to her but it was well worth it. I had coffee and biscuits. No seriously Bailey and Faust did the deed and we arranged for a second meeting two days later.
Bailey for her first litter was very nervous and I was concerned about how she would take to the new bundles. She is a maniac for running and chasing everything in sight. She chases the squirrel up the trees and jumps up at the birds when they fly away. Her hunting instinct is very strong.
On the 5th January Bailey decided to start giving birth. We were all organised, whelping kit on the table ready, whelping box on the floor, towels and hot water to hand. The first puppy arrived and wow, Bailey immediately turned from manic hunter into perfect mother. She immediately cleaned the puppy, chewed the umbilical cord and let the puppy suckle. Nature is an amazing thing. We had had her scanned and saw three puppies. I guessed she was a bit big for just three so guessed at five. OK. Usually the puppies come quick quickly after the first one. But no, Bailey had obviously decided one was enough and she crossed her legs. SIX hours later, after several anxious calls to the out of hours vet the second one arrived and the rest cam out in quick succession until we had seven. All healthy little bundles. Again all sold before birth. I just had the difficult task of choosing the one for me. In the end I had to ask the fathers owner to come and help me. I don't think she took much persuading as she was quite keen to see the puppies anyway. A couple of hours of indecision and a lovely lunch at the local hostelry and we had chosen Gretel.
Now I am not one to turn anyone down and some while ago I was asked by an uncle who lived in Sussex if I would be his Power of Attorney. Very healthy man, would live forever and in his lovely cottage I thought but no. He was suddenly taken ill and had to go to hospital. Long story short I had to find him a care home. Moved him in and then decided I ought to visit as he wanted the cottage on the market for sale. What a visit that was.
It took four hours to drive down and I had booked a room at a local pub which on the website looked fine. I was soon going to regret this booking! First impressions are always a good indicator and the front of the pub said it all, peeling paint, weeds, broken windows and cardboard repairs. Inside was a group of working men leaning up against the bar and they all went silent as I walked in. There was a very young girl behind the bar wearing a pelmet with frayed hem. Beautiful old ingle nook fireplace, well it was once it now contained many years worth of burnt logs, soot and candle wax. The floor was flagged but was so grimy it looked like polished concrete. I said to the young girl I had booked a room and could I have my key. Oh she said I don't know about that. She disappeared into the back of the pub and ten minutes alter came back with a gentleman who I guessed must be the landlord. He didn't look at me just instructed the bar maid to fill in a form and where the keys were. I completed the form and asked for my key. Oh she said I don't know about that. Off she went again and collected the landlord. You have booked a room have you? He asked. He eventually managed to find my key and escorted me outside. I had spotted a barn built onto the pub which I assumed was their beer store. No it contained some letting rooms. Mine was at the end nearest the Main Street. Going in was like stepping into a garden shed. The carpet had so many stains on it I thought it was a patterned carpet but actually it was plain. The net curtains stopped four inches short of the window sill, the main curtains did not meet in the middle. The shower room had a very healthy growth of mould and one towel. The tea and coffee making facilities comprised of a kettle, two cups and saucers and no tea coffee or sugar. The bed I first looked at had a family of ants crossing the pillow.
OK it's only one night. Thank goodness I had arranged to meet some friends for dinner. They rang to say they were going to be late so I decided to try the bar for a quick drink thinking it probably looked better now I had had a rest from driving. No. It was still just as bad. I asked the barmaid for a coke Thai king I should be safe with a bottle. She picked up a glass, looked at it and obviously decided it was dusty so picked up a dirty tea towel and rubbed it inside. As you can image the coke had a very earthy taste.
Whilst I was waiting for my friends another weary traveller came in and asked if if she could have something light to eat. The barmaid went off in search of the landlord. When he eventually appeared wearing a rather dirty apron he asked the lady what she would like. Perhaps a small risotto she said. No sorry I haven't any rice. A little soup? No sorry I haven't got enough ingredients. An omelette then? No sorry no eggs. The landlord then suggested some fish which won't take long to defrost and he could manage some tinned peas and tinned potatoes. Oh the lady said OK but can you manage a white sauce. White sauce says the landlord, you wouldn't want white sauce with fish.
By this time I was having difficulty keeping a straight face. Basil Faulty is alive and well and living in Sussex.
Following this adventure I then volunteered to take one of Bailey's puppies a few miles down the motorway to help the new family who were taking her. They were coming up all the way from Devon and if I met them some way they could manage the journey in a day. Never one to say no if I could help I set of with the puppy in a crate on the front passenger seat beside me. All the puppies has been in the car before and none had been too bothered however this puppy cried non stop. I should have guessed when the satnav refused to work it was not a good omen. After about an hour of crying I was ready to give up when there was a dreadful smell. Poor little mite had wanted a poop. I was sure she had been before I left but no she needed to go urgently. Now this was a very windy day and I was quite high up on a motorway. The puppy proceeded to walk in the poop, roll in the poop, wipe it down the crate sides where it splattered the seat and the floor. I needed to stop urgently. I am sure you have seen those emergency lay-bys on the side of the motorway, for emergency vehicles only says the sign. Well this was an emergency so I pulled in. I had never got out of my car before on a motorway and in addition to the fast moving lorries was the high wind. I nearly lost my door and myself. Getting round to the passenger side I remembered I had put a giant roll of kitchen paper in the foot well for just this sort of event. Great. I opened the door, held onto it to make sure the wind didn't take it and picked up the kitchen roll. Picking the end up in one hand the wind gusted and took the roll over the door and straight down the hard shoulder with me hanging onto the end. It was just like those football matches you used to see on the telly where the fans used to throw the toilet rolls onto the pitch. Thank goodness it didn't go across the motorway. It ran and ran and eventually came to the end of the roll and the last thing I saw was the cardboard roll doing a quick flip and disappearing into the distance. Luckily I had had the quick reactions of a juggler and managed to collect up some of the paper which had wrapped itself round the tyres and the door and it gave me something to try and clean up the puppy. That done, still holding onto the door I decided I needed the change the bedding so pulled the dirty bedding out whilst keeping the puppy in the crate and just as it became free the wind caught it and whipped the poop all over me, down my trousers and over my shoes. Unfortunately with no kitchen roll left I had to use the back of the dirty bedding to try and make myself a little more presentable. Suffice to say when we met up with the puppies new family they did not notice anything untoward as they only had eyes for the puppy. Safely home the following morning I decided not to do that again. It was not over yet. In the post came a notice to say that I had been caught on camera doing 36 in a 30 zone!! I can only guess that this was when I was trying to find the Church in the village we had agreed to meet in and was looking for the Church tower not looking for speeding cameras or at the speedometer. Oh well perhaps I can put the £100 fine down to expenses!!
All Bailey's puppies went to their new homes and we had a new addition in Gretel. What a poppet she is. She did not like walking on the lead. She would go a few steps and then lay down. I had never had this problem before so tried everything in the book to persuade her it was more fun up on her feet than laying down. I decided to join a local Ringcraft Club to try and get over this problem and start her in the best possible way. After four rather embarrassing weeks of walking backwards with my posterior in the air holding out treats and speaking nicely to her she eventually got the message and behaved like a professional show dog. Everyone at the club thought I had brought a different puppy. We had had to take a break from the club for a while as Amiety has now had her puppies.
Amiety and Brokk became proud parents of 11 puppies on the 7th May. Six boys and five girls. As usual when she was scanned the vet said I can see four but maybe a couple more hiding somewhere. I guessed five or six so by the time we got to ten I was sitting with her with my mouth open and eyes on stalks. All safely delivered and both mum and pups are doing very well. Again lovely homes arranged for all of them and I can't wait to see all ten playing in the garden in another few weeks.
Hopefully we will start the shows for Gretel early July and see what exciting events we go to. I will try and update the blog more often if I can.
22nd November 2018
That’s life they say, nothing stays the same. Since my last blog again lots happened hence the lack of updates just don’t know where the time goes.
For those of you keeping up to date with Facebook you will know that two of my little guys have gone to new homes. Daisy bless her after being spayed did not get on with Bailey and Amiety and when the other girls were in season the fights between them all became totally out of hand. After the fifth trip to the vets with Daisy and her having to have a general anaesthetic and 11 stitches I made the very difficult decision to try and find her a new home. I was very lucky to find the best home possible for her with mother and daughter in Essex. To say she is now an Essex Princess would be an understatement her social diary is busier than mine! Although i still miss her dreadfully I know I made the right decision and she is a very happy girl now with all the attention.
Following this success I decided Clyde would probably be better as an only dog particularly as I could not show him after his little accident as a puppy so contacted a couple who had missed out on a puppy twice from my previous litters and guess what, they had fallen in love with Clyde when they came to visit but did not dare ask if he was available. Apparently it was the best birthday present they could hope for and he is now living the life of riley in Leeds, travelling regularly in a motor home for trips away and of course sleeping on the sofa or his new owner’s bed! I am so lucky that two of my best friends have ended up in such good homes.
I did say previously I wanted to get back to showing again and now matters with the new house and poor mum have quietened down a little i entered a few Open Shows locally to get back into the swing of things. I took both Amiety and Bailey to one show and then just Amiety to two further shows, both girls doing well with Amiety winning all her classes, she is such a super star. Just a couple more before Christmas and before things become hectic again with possibly puppies in the house.
See my puppies section of the site for updates, and the links section for more information you may find helpful.
Two major updates I need to mention are that I have now been confirmed for a further three years by the Kennel Club as an Assured Breeder and have applied for a licence from my local council. Unfortunately they do not yet know what conditions apply to me and so are currently considering whether I need one or not I will update my site on this when I know.
6th July 2018
I cant believe it is a year since I last updated my website. The time has flown and there has been much happening.
Poor mum fell and broke her thigh bone just before Christmas and then fell and broke the same bone again 12 weeks later. She spent nearly six months in hospital and is now in a local care home recuperating. Suffice to say my plans all came to a halt as I spent much of my time visiting. She is much improved but I am not yet sure if she will be able to go to the dog shows again but we will wait and see.
On top of mums accident I was trying very hard to get my new house finished. I purchased a Grade II listed Georgian House in the same village (just some 500 yards away from my old house) and have spent two years totally refurbishing and renovating it. Most of the work has had to be done by professionals as there was a lot of building work i.e. new roof, taking out chimney breasts, new kitchen bathroom etc. To cut a long story short it is just amazing and I moved in June 28th just three days before my birthday. Guess why I moved, yes you guessed it for the dogs. There is a huge garden at the back completely walled and with shade under trees it is perfect for them.
On top of everything else I managed to fracture a few bones in my foot and tore a couple of tendons, just falling over a rolled carpet as you do. I have now been in plaster for five weeks and hope to have the plaster off next week. Not easy packing boxes and looking after dogs I can assure you, no driving either so I have had to take taxis everywhere!
Despite all that has gone on Amiety bless her had her second litter of puppies on the 6th April. Seven puppies two of which were huge. Bit hairy this time as the first puppy got stuck and was breach so I had to help and then it took another five hours before the second one. I am sure Amiety decided that the first one was a bit of shock so she crossed her legs. It took two calls to the vet and for me to pack a bag ready to go before she relented and produced the second one. The rest then came quite quickly. All perfect little puppies, eating well and growing like mad. Amiety I think was growing the two big ones a bit too much so she was a bit thin after the birth but we soon built her up with Goats Milk, Cheese, Puppy Food and lots of treats. All have got excellent homes and although I have one still with me waiting for his new family to come back from holiday he goes next weekend as well. Its going to be quiet in the Derdledash household. Might even get some unpacking done.
Exciting times next year as hope to have a litter from Bailey and Amiety, planning on keeping one of Amiety’s puppies to show and join the pack. Fingers crossed. I want to be able to get back to showing again too next year although it may have to be without mum. We will wait and see.
Finally must just say that although I moved so the dogs could have a big garden, they managed to find the Fox Poo!!! Did not expect that.