As of today, Coccolina has reached the 1700 mark of pedigrees where she is listed as ancestor. The line is so popular that we are starting to see litters with her on both sides ( mom AND dad’s). That is absolutely amazing for a future bottleneck in the poor breed.
Coccolina will be 14 in December. She is happy, go lucky, a real trooper who still jumps on the bed to sleep or get cuddles. She is very much aware of what is going on around her. She is more careful and sleeps a bit more than before. She is reaching a ripe old age. She does not take any kind of medication, except glucosamin for her joints, along with GuyGuy. I try to keep her interested and active.
GuyGuy, is now 12.5 after being extremely ill for a year, is ok. He is very very demanding and wants to have as much attention as possible and I am happy to give it to him and more. He has always been such a charmer, my dear GuyGuy. He has me wrapped around his little finger. He takes milk thistle and asparagus. He demands to be active!
Of the other 6, Compay is over 11, but happy to watch what is going on and go with the flow. Of the other 5 who all have their personality..I have to make sure they are not shorted in any way possible and they get the attention they deserve.
That is only fair to all of them. That having been said, at this point it is not even imaginable to have a litter of pups, even if I’d love to…a question of priorities!
I am sure you understand what comes first..
He was not enjoying life with Irish terriers so after seeing him, I alerted my Barbet soul mate who flew to Paris to pick him up and take him back to Finland to make sure he served the old breed of the Barbet. From Finland he went to Canada..Europe was dangerous for his survival, because the rumours that are spread by the swiss club are deadlier than any kind of illness..The survival of a breed does not mean making money off of it, but making sure true representatives continue the legacy, despite the lies some have spread and continue to, merrily: living space for a master Poodle race..Happy trails, Ursus..
With hindsight…I am not 100% sure, I would go through all this again…
Maybe I should have have a gazillion litters with the 2 same dogs and not ever have any objectives, but to make money.
Maybe I should have lied on the pedigrees, put as much money in the bank, bought clothes to seduce judges at shows and not done DNA or nothing..
Maybe I should have been as nasty as some of the people I have had to deal with over the years?
Maybe, even I should have said they were the ancestors of the Poodle ( which I was led to believe) and they were pure bred years ago..nah..
Problem is, I am too honest and my dogs are too nice for me to lower myself to that level of pettiness and nastiness which seems to be done alot in dog breeding and with incompetent breeders. I am at the point just happy I can reap what I sowed with my dogs. It is probably better that way and just enjoy their old age in a healthy state. They have been and are just so great. Shows ta go ya.
Coccolina had a schwanome on her foot which needed to be removed..All is well, she is very good about it! Stitches will be out..
GuyGuy was having aches and pains as we all do at a certain age..he seems to be all better now and ready to train me..Coccolina going on 14 is doing well. Suffice to see who is panting..An added dimension to having dogs stay fit.
A day, any day can become a real challenge..with older dogs. Guyguy had not been sleeping well as of recently..I was not hearing that “ahhhhhhhh” sound one has when you/he hits your/his pillow..he was tossing and turning..so I thought there was something not right. Osteopath came very quickly..and hopefully by Thursday he will feel better. No cardio training tomorrow for him. He is eating well and appears to have enjoyed the attention..as he always does. He is such a charmer.
I think I am much more aware of all this now, because I have aches and pains..too.
They deserve undivided attention.