New kid on the block!

Posted Posted in Our Dogs

We are thrilled to announce that we will be keeping one of Dora‘s puppies – Toby, aka Madincrowd Edred.

He is a delightful little dog and is already getting the hang of charging through the tunnel in the garden.  Puppy agility has started and he will do anything to get hold of his sheepskin tuggy!



Puppy Tea Party

Posted Posted in Puppies

Whilst we still had all the puppies together we decided to have our usual Tea Party as its a wonderful get together and great way to get puppies socialised and to meet children of all ages.

Saturday 1 June was a lovely sunny day for a tea party in the garden with puppies and children taking centre stage!

Friends brought their children and cake, we made the tea and squash – it was great fun and the puppies loved all the fuss and attention.

Boris winning photo

Well Done Boris!

Posted Posted in Crufts

Boris, Madincrowd Gabriel, has done it again!  He was Best of Breed at the National Working & Pastoral Breed Championship Show which took place at Malvern on Saturday 13 July 2019.

By winning at this show, Boris has qualified to represent Lancashire Heelers in the Vulnerable Native Breeds Competition  which takes place at Crufts 2020.

We are all so proud of him and thank you to Lynn for showing him so beautifully – we will be there rooting for you!

Boris is Dora‘s brother and from our first Madincrowd litter

Mikey Ben with the dogs

Burghley Game Fair 2019

Posted Posted in Game Fair

Stephen took Bilbo & Pickle up to Burghley for the Living Heritage Game & Country Fair on the last May Bank Holiday weekend.  He met up with son David and family who brought along their campervan.  I stayed at home with Dora and the puppies and had various friends staying or visiting so it was good for Stephen to have the company and help!

Our thanks also go to Carole Beaumont, her husband and Ella for helping out on the stand on the Sunday and also to Vanessa, Dom and Tweed for joining Stephen on the Monday.

Our grandsons had a wonderful time trying out all the hunting and shooting activities, as well as taking the dogs around the agility course and helping out on the stand!

 Mikey and Bilbo doing agility  


Grass snake

Snake Alert!

Posted Posted in Health

A Snake warning with the sunny weather – Pickle would not come in and was barking furiously in the garden.  Stephen found her trying to attack this beautiful 3′ long grass snake which was about to squirt her with foul smelling liquid.  Luckily it was harmless, but she has been known to find an adder and try to attack it as well.  I always thought a dog would be sensible, like us, and run a mile from a snake but unfortunately our two girls gang up and are fearless!  Must be the terrier instincts within them.

We live on an area that used to be heathland with woods behind us.  We also have compost heaps in the garden which snakes like, either to lay eggs in or bask on.

So be aware of the snakes who are basking in the sunshine and generally harmless, but be able to recognise an adder which has the distinctive diamond pattern along its back.

Useful tip: keep a piriton tablet in a pocket when you go for a walk as its antihistamine properties could help your dog if it does happen to get bitten.

Dora got stung on the nose by a wasp once and in the five minutes it took us to walk home her face had swelled so much she looked like a Bull Terrier.  Ringing the vet in a panic, I was told to give her a piriton and thankfully by the end of the evening her face had returned to normal!


Puppy on heat mat

Dora’s Diary – Four weeks’ old!

Posted Posted in Puppies

Puppies are now just over four weeks’ old and getting more independent.  Dora is enjoying more time away and going for longer walks, they also have beautiful little teeth which is another reason she is reluctant to feed them for so long!

The pups and Dora come upstairs and sleep in the bedroom overnight and then their slave (ie me!) carries them back down to the puppy pen in the sitting room.  An extension has been added and they are now tumbling out of the pen to explore.  Newspaper is a bit slippy for them so they have a mixture of surfaces to run around on – on top of a tarpaulin.  I am trying puppy pads to see if they can learn to use these as they appear more absorbent than newspaper but so far it is something else to chew and play tug with!

As a treat, I had some eggs from our Call Ducks so decided pups could have a couple scrambled for their early morning breakfast in bed – it was definitely a hit and got everywhere. Afraid the video below is a little dark but they are having fun with food:


Weaning puppies

Dora’s Diary – Weaning begins!

Posted Posted in Puppies

The puppies are now three weeks’ old so weaning begins!  Dora is starting to spend more time away from her pups and enjoys going for short walks, although as soon as she sees another dog in the distance she wants to turn around and head for home.  It’s as if she suddenly remembers she has puppies to look after and protect!

We start off with some warm puppy milk which they seem to enjoy but as soon as they get fed up Dora steps in and polishes everything off.  Scrambled egg is certainly a favourite and something that can be bathed and paddled in – see the video below.  Consequently the puppies are smeared with food but Dora enjoys cleaning even more!  


Pile of Puppies

Dora’s Diary – Day 23 Naughty pups!

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Pups are finding their feet and getting more noisy and naughty – there is always one who wants to rule the roost and boss the others about.  However, when things start getting out of hand mum Dora wades in to sort them out!

See the video below, can’t believe how the pups are growing compared to a week or so ago.   

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