13 February 2019Birthdays Galore

My thanks to Kim Cosans for this lovely birthday picture of her boy, Shiloh, enjoying his agility.  Shiloh and his litter mates were seven years old on February 9th.

I have also heard from Lesley Neville that she and Dewy (litter brother to Shiloh) will be competing at Crufts again this year - this time in Heelwork to Music. Best wishes to this very successful partnership. Lesley sent me a beautiful photo of Dewy but it is refusing to upload - I'll keep trying! I was interested to see how alike Shiloh and Dewy are now - they look like twins. 

January and February are always a busy time for Brambledale birthdays - this year we have already seen five of our resident 'home team' add another year, with litter sisters Blodyn and Hanner going into double figures in January, another pair of litter sisters, Mottie and Nell, celebrating their fifteenth birthday on 2nd February and Beatrice (litter sister to Dewy, Shiloh and others) her seventh on February 9th.

  And, of course, Mottie deserves special congratulations for not only being as lovely as ever at fifteen years old but for also being the mother of two beautiful litters by Glen, including Dewy, Beatrice, Shiloh etc.

PS The group picture in the top right-hand corner of the main page shows Mottie (front right), with her mother, B Brianna (centre front). The back row shows four more sisters from the same parents :(left to right)  Nell, Tiger, Merle and Breeze.

25 January 2019Brady - Computer Kid..........

Young Brady has always been remarkably observant and takes a close interest in everything I do - including using the computer, which the other Beardies regard as an irritation which takes up far too much of my attention, which should really be devoted to them.

But Brady likes to stand beside my chair, with his front feet in my lap so that he can see exactly what I am doing.

Imagine my surprise, however, when I left the room for a few moments and returned to find the whiz kid with his paw on the mouse and his eyes on the screen saver, which shows our Blodyn, who happens (together with litter sister Hanner) to be 11 years old today..........



22 January 2019First Snow

Great excitement for Brady and Bliss this morning when we had a heavy fall of snow - the first they had seen........

And they were soon joined by four-year-old  Bruma (centre, below)

with Brady on left and Bliss on right.

Above and below: Brady (left) and Bliss



05 December 2018Goodness, how they've grown!

I never cease to be amazed at the rapidity of puppy development but 'Bea's Babes' seem to be especially forward at just six months.

 Wendy Fielden writes that Teddy (below) has completely outgrown her lap and takes a keen interest in everything around him. He and Wendy's horse have become great friends and Teddy enjoys supervising the stable work as well as keeping an eye on the sheep...........

Kerensa Mckie's 'Harper' (Brambledale Bounce, above) is having great fun learning the basics of agility. She certainly looks to be a keen and nimble girl....


My own two, Bliss (above) and Brady (below, with Bliss) tower over their  mum and are actually much bigger than they appear in these photos, which were taken six weeks ago. If it ever stops raining, I will replace them with new ones.

The fifth member of the litter is Fergus, who featured in our previous news item (below) at just four months old. Maura tells me that his training is progressing very well. On a recent training exercise she thought that  he was mistaken about the direction of the scent trail and was very impressed to find that he was right and she was wrong!

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