Monday, March 4, 2013
A teaser .
A full days drive backwards and forwards across France. The kennels down a dirt track road. No missing it. There amid combine harvesters and tractors three dog runs. The breeder a forty something lady in a track suit. She's hanging out her husbands boxer shorts on the clothes line when we arrive.
One of the two four week old brothers has already been bought. That puts paid to our idea of bringing home two nine week olds on our return from Califonia.
The eight week old brother and sister asleep on the front lawn. When we appear the girl tries to hide under her brother. He's a bundle of fun but settles down as soon as I pick him up. An ear lick on first meeting. He looks me right in the eye. A dead ringer for Wilf.
She by contrast is quite timid. May just be shy. Seems to cling to her sibling. Beautiful silky coat, bright eyes. Quite happy to let us pick her up. Settles down just as quickly in our hands. Good hip scores.
Mother eight years old. Too old ? ' The font ' thinks not. Certainly her last litter. Perhaps that's why there's only two puppies.
The mother an absolute sweetheart. Doesn't grumble as I quickly check her gums and eyes. Clearly healthy. Coat is in a dreadful, heavily matted condition. Life on the farm or neglect ? ' The font ' points out that my coat would be matted if I'd just raised two boisterous pups.
Things to discuss over dinner.
Can we take one without the other ? No.
Could we take both and the unreserved 4 week old ? No. Bringing up two is quite difficult enough.
Is the mothers age a problem ? We'll call the vet tonight.
Certainly more of a working farm than a kennels. A farm but not a puppy farm. Will need to check with the vet to see if he thinks that's a problem. Cows leaning over the courtyard hedge, chickens and geese in the barn, a stray goat tethered to a tractor. Vaccinations a must.
The females shyness ? Could this be a problem ? Is 12 weeks too late to socialize them after the complete isolation of the farm ?
We'll make up our minds tonight and decide whether or not to collect them on our return from California at the beginning of April.