The journey continues… I’ve changed my mind on the sire for Itzy’s first litter. Although Sweep is a wonderful dog, he’s has had some unilateral shoulder OCD’s in his offspring which eventually made me decide against him. Thank you Nadine for your honesty and all the best with your amazing dogs.
Finally, I have decided on a dog that has been playing on my mind for years – Cheviot Dos. More information here
Wow, well.. where to start?
To give you a mini overview of what happened over the last year (!), I’ll put some of the highlights in this post.
Sheep sheep and more sheep
Thanks to a good friend of mine, her knowledge and help, I have discovered a love for herding. The Collies and me have been to some clinics last year and have been training regularly on sheep and once even on ducks. Lia’s talent, her ability to read them and react accordingly (before I even realise what’s going on!) is incredible and teaches me so much. Itz and Nox are natruals too and I’m enjoying the new challenge.
Itz is a mini me in personality and it makes me laugh how similar we are in so many ways. She’s my mirror, my greatest challenge at times, my most beautiful drama and sweetest madhouse. We won our first Novice last year and will crack on this season before she’ll have a litter in the summer.
Halligalli Blue Jeans litter
The babies have all turned into stunning dogs. More updates soon in more detail.
Halligalli High Jinx
Halligalli Flip a Coin
Halligalli Mimic Me
Halligalli Whoop Whoop
Halligalli Highly Classified
Lia and Mimic
Lia, Levi and Lynx
Crufts 2017 with my Obedience Champion
3 ticket wins 2016 at Rugby under John Verrill, Wirral under Debbie Back and Elm Park under Pat Batchelor. Thanks to all the judges who thought so highly of my girl and awarded us the CCs.
We qualified for Crufts 2017 and had an amazing time. Thanks to all involved for your support and for making it a special day to remember.
Here’s the video of our round CLICK
Boy 1 – BOSS
Born 10.43pm, 330g
Boy 2 – JAG
Born 10.52pm, 328g
Boy 3 – KILLER
Born 11.25pm, 330g
Girl 1 – ENERGIE
Born 11.46pm, 276g
Boy 4 – REPLAY
Born 3.10am, 274g
Girl 2 – LEE
Born 9.45am, 338g
Girl 3 – RAVEN
Born 9.45am, 276g
It’s a time consuming, tiring, stressful as well as a wonderful, wonderful job, raising a litter. There is no space in the day though to update the website, hence it took a few weeks.
The pups have now all moved to their new homes. We found perfect homes for each of them, I am so happy and proud but also incredibly sad. The last 8 weeks were amazing – watching them grow and develop their little personalities, teaching and socialising them – I have dedicated every day and every minute to these babies and it is already paying off in every possible way. They are confident, independent, bomb proof, sociable, loving, content and outgoing puppies, prepared and equipped for whatever may happen and ready to explore the world.
I never planned on keeping a puppy for myself and I don’t really like male dogs but sometimes, things just don’t go to plan. I couldn’t help but fall in love with ‘Killer’ – he is the most adorable puppy, so into me and such a little darling. So we up the number of dogs in the house by 2 – Energie and Killer are staying. More about them soon.
Boss went to live with his dad Levi, Jag moved to Germany, Replay to Holland, Lee doesn’t live too far from us and Raven is up in Scotland. More details and pictures (soon) on the Blue Jeans litter page.
Now that the puppies are gone, we started intensive Crufts preparation. Lia was great mum but is now enjoying regular training and swimming sessions, getting fit and ready for the green carpet. My little career girl…
On Wednesday 16/11/16 Lia gave birth to 7 beautiful babies. 4 boys and 3 girls of which 5 have been born naturally and 2 came out 6 hours later at the vets.
After Number 5 was born at 3am we all went to bed, thinking that was it as we could only see 5 on the scan anyway. At 8am Lia started having contractions again and as they got bigger and bigger, we decided to take her and the pups to the vets where we could see a spine and a beating heart on the scan! As the spotted puppy was still very high up, they decided to do a C section to quickly get it out. It was all quite stressful and sad but luckily with a positive outcome – 20 minutes later we had 2 brilliantly healthy puppies who wanted to come at the same time and none of them wanted to give way, hence the delay lol.
Lia is doing very well. She slept all day Thursday and didn’t want to move a lot for a few days but now, a week later, she recovered fine and loves being a mum.
The puppies have almost doubled in weight, are very active and absolutely beautiful. I’m a very proud nanny.
More information and pictures on the ‘Blue Jeans litter‘ page.
Ob. Ch. Dumf and Galwy Halligalli
On the 2nd October 2016, at Elm Park Championship Show, we won our 3rd CC. under Pat Batchelor.
Lia is now an Obedience Champion and I am completely overwhelmed.
Lia came in season early and although it messed up our plans a little, it’s actually perfect and will leave us more time to get ready for Crufts. With Levi being almost 11 years old, I wanted to get the timing spot on so decided to see a canine specialist in reproduction, Hector Heathcote from UK CLONE. The whole team was very helpful and knowledgeable – can highly recommend them. So we went up to Birmingham, tried to mate them Sunday and Monday and although both were up for it, we had no success and decided to do AI. Julie Gray from BREED MY DOG, a very experienced vet who also specialised in canine reproduction, was just amazing and after doing another progesterone test Monday, we were advices to do a second AI the following day. Levi’s sperm was very active and of good quality and according to the testes, the timing was just perfect. Now the waiting game begins….