Let me tell you about the little scare I had a few days ago. My youngest dog Poppy ‘the puppy’ she has had a really rough time with her first season at 9 months old. To be blunt the bleeding was horrendous and I decided after over 30 years of living with 'breeding girls' to buy some ‘dog knickers’, they are pretty cute I must admit!
One pair of unicorns and one pair black floral knickers with 14 washable sanitary towels set me back over £50! They did the job to a degree but she kept peeing in them too as she had also picked up a spot of cystitis and also the odd poo!
After what seemed to be eternity she was ‘drying up’, but the next day we had constant ‘strawberry milkshake’ discharge, I knew this meant only one thing, Pyo. Pyometra is a uterus infection that can be deadly.
It’s really unusual for dog to get Pyo with their first season, but I knew it possible. I was fortunate that I could quickly ultrasound scan her and see pockets of puss. I was even more lucky that the vets could fit me in less than an hour. Spaying is typically the first option, but given she was so young and still growing and kept to continue my bloodline I decided to take an alternative option. This meant two Alizin injections 24 hours apart altering the uterus lining and long course of antibiotics, with a 3rd injection to be given 7 days after the first. It seems a major disaster has been avoided!
This is because I followed my OATH framework for identifying problems and making sure I deal with them effectively. So what does OATH standard for?
I then observed the ‘strawberry milkshake’ discharge, that she was drinking more, quieter and lethargic. Acknowledging this wasn’t typical and took action to scan her and making an appoint ASAP for additional medical help, the last part of the framework. This framework is a perfect framework to follow as a pet owner to help you clearly identify issues and potential issue and whether you act removing unnecessary stress.
Thanks to the committee for asking me to judge and also to my ring steward Sue.
It’s been 18mths since I last judged this breed, size was a little variable. Obviously having mixed classes always throws its challenges, but after assessing the dogs that were present males were slightly oversized and the females just a tad under. The larger dogs seemed to be longer cast in back and loosing toplines. Many of the noses had tight but not pinched nostrils, though breathing seemed unaffected. Tails were present but I would have expected them to be 1 or 2 vertebrate longer. With that said overall movement was sound, even on the wet uneven sand, eyes were clear, dark with very little wetness and heads pretty clean all-round with no unnecessary wrinkling.
1. Muggshotts Glitterati, 6mth double hooded Brindle pied bitch. Pleasing proportions for age, enough bone for sex with ok pasterns to small feet. Very clean outline with good length of neck flowing to correctly roached topline. Well-muscled thighs moving soundly and with ease walking her width. Enough chest for age and of correct substance for frame. Clean head of good pigment with ok nose and enough width of muzzle, well rounded cheeks, clear eyes. Correct ears of set and shape. Happy to award her BP & PG3.
2. Monascreebe Biding My Time, masculine brindle male. Superior head qualities, skull of good size, flat between the ears and well-rounded cheeks. Good turn, fit and width of jaw. Clear dark eye correct ear set giving appealing expression. Moved sound with enough width at rear.
3. Corursus Under the Ivy
1. Lorrosa Love at First Sight with Brumist, smaller framed brindle bitch, good proportions with correct topline and tuckup. Super dark eye of correct set and shape, enough width to muzzle and ok nose. Ears of correct size and shape for skull. Enough bone for sex and walked her width. Moved with ease covering the ground well, slightly close at rear but of correct angulation. Pushed hard for BOB just needed to be a shade bigger all-round. Glad to award her RBOB.
2. Rosco’s I’m No Angel for Monascreebe, handsome brindle male up to size for age. In good condition and coat. Clean skull with no unnecessary wrinkling, correct ear set, size and shape. Clear dark eye and good width to muzzle, ok nose. Enough bone for sex. Moved well and soundly.
Post Graduate (3,2)
1. Khanin Guardian Angel at Rosco, well-built 2yr old brindle male. Stood alone but could hold his own with competition. Super condition and well-muscled. Thick set body, deep chested with good bone and tidy feet. Large wide skull with clear eyes and well set ears. Moved well.
1. Corursus Life Can Be So Nice J.W ShCM, feminine brindle bitch. Compact and typey. Clean head with enough wrinkle and expression. Round, dark clear eyes. Well-rounded cheeks, enough muzzle and jaw. Good ears in set, size and shape. Good length of neck to correct rise of topline finished with enough tail providing a clean silhouette. Enough bone for sex, sound and correctly moving her width in front and rear. Pleased to award her BOB.
2. Eastonite Maui JW ShCM very appealing handsome dark masked large fawn male. Quality clean head piece that was masculine but not over worked. Well build and thickset body. Enough bone providing a pleasing front. Well cushioned foreface, round cheeks and width of skull throughout. Correct ear set and shape. Super movement, powered round the ring with ease. Pushed hard for RBOB but preferred length of back and topline of Junior class winner.
3. Muggshotts Punk Rocker
All blogs are are written by Sara with copious amounts of show wins, ideas, thoughts and feelings generated by all the LaRoyal Clan!
In summary ...
We have lived with the breed for nearly 30 years, during this time we were introduced to the 'show scene' and have never looked back! We have been fortunate to win over 20 CC's to date and have been awarded the highest of accolades with home-bred dogs including Best of Breed at Crufts 2013.