ARRSE Kennel Club - A Dog Owners Thread

padme

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Guess the dog is comfy
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Grownup_Rafbrat

LE
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I can’t find an appropriate icon. I am sorry for the pain on this journey.
They look like six healthy happy puppies, well done .
On a different tack there is some size differential between bottom right and top left. I am presuming bottom right is male and top left female. With your litter of some being borne naturally and some by Caesarian does that explain the size difference, was there always that size differential since birth?

Thanks
Interestingly we haven't been able to see a difference depending on when born. The three born at home, Harris, Skye and Lewis (boy, late girl, boy) fit in with the other four (Douglas, Ailsa, Islay, Arran) in the following size order large to small Harris, Arran, Islay, Ailsa, Lewis, Douglas, Skye.

So apart from the boys being the two biggest and the two smallest of the survivors, we can't see a connection. Sire is quite a chunky lad, our girl is slim and petite. It's all a muddle.

These 6 are rudely healthy, brave explorers and noisy little beggars. I miss Skye, but seeing her dragging herself after her brothers and sisters was quite painful.

We did notice that the puppies all looked after her, and tried to lick her back legs better.
 
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Gout Man

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Interestingly we haven't been able to see a difference depending on when born. The three born at home, Harris, Skye and Lewis (boy, late girl, boy) fit in with the other four (Douglas, Ailsa, Islay, Arran) in the following size order large to small Harris, Arran, Islay, Ailsa, Lewis, Douglas, Skye.

So apart from the boys being the two biggest and the two smallest of the survivors, we can't see a connection. Sire is quite a chunky lad, our girl is slim and petite. It's all a muddle.

These 6 are rudely healthy, brave explorers and noisy little beggars. I miss Skye, but seeing her dragging herself after her brothers and sisters was quite painful.

We did notice that the puppies all looked after her, and tried to lick her back legs better.
As jmb saId I can’t find an appropriate icon, but who says animals don’t have feelings, such a bitter sweet story.
 
Been i while sine my last post but here's the latest one of our "little" boy. 18 months now and about 8 stone. That's meant to be a 3 seat sofa.
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Absolutely distraught today.
Our smallest, loveliest, feistiest little puppy had to be put to sleep.

Her legs weren't developing properly, so she's been dragging herself around by her forelegs since they all started walking. Last week a locum vet said this would resolve itself by 8 weeks when they have their jabs.

Today we had an appointment with our usual vet, a dog specialist and labrador breeder. Seems the pup's bones weren't developing properly and indications were that the forelegs were affected too.

So a life of operations, scars, strappings and stress, or a painless injection. What a choice! We know it was the right decision for her, but we stood in the car park weeping.

Still sad now, but happy we had her for three short weeks.
Oh no.
That is terrible news. My condolences.
 

Ravers

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Mum is starting to get some good breaks from the puppies now they’re on solid food.

She’s only on a couple of feeds a day now.

Man I love this dog.
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Grownup_Rafbrat

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Ned_Seagoon

War Hero
Bloody dogs. Friends have had to blast back to the UK for a family medical emergency, so naturally we offered to look after their Golden Retriever alongside our Setter. He is a lovely gentle giant and they get along very well (less said about our cat, the better). However, he doesn’t understand no or do come back.

Last night, he blasted through our electric fence (which would have made me wince), buggered off into our woods and then downhill towards the village. Together with my son, we embarked on a cross-country run/steeplechase for about 20 minutes. My son eventually cornered him, belly deep in a vile boggy march behind the local Chateau. Tail wagging, he would still not budge. We waded in to get him and took him home for a shower.

Dog 1: Humans 0. Off-lead rights withdrawn until his own family return. I really wasn’t looking forward to making “that” phonecall.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
Book Reviewer
I was taught that ypsilon represented a sound more like 'u mit umlaut' in German, becoming /i:/ in Byzantine Greek. I tend to the former (Attic) pronunciation when reading Koine, for clarity.

Thalassa or Thalatta?
The former or the latter?
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
Book Reviewer
Interestingly we haven't been able to see a difference depending on when born. The three born at home, Harris, Skye and Lewis (boy, late girl, boy) fit in with the other four (Douglas, Ailsa, Islay, Arran) in the following size order large to small Harris, Arran, Islay, Ailsa, Lewis, Douglas, Skye.

So apart from the boys being the two biggest and the two smallest of the survivors, we can't see a connection. Sire is quite a chunky lad, our girl is slim and petite. It's all a muddle.

These 6 are rudely healthy, brave explorers and noisy little beggars. I miss Skye, but seeing her dragging herself after her brothers and sisters was quite painful.

We did notice that the puppies all looked after her, and tried to lick her back legs better.

Sorry you lost one but you made the only humane choice.

I'm not sure that sex and size go together at this age - my Springer, a boy, spent his formative weeks being hoicked round the pen by his bigger sisters who grabbed him by the collar and chucked him to the back of the cage, generally at mealtimes. They'd struggle to do that now.

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As one who took his first steps on Arran, I thoroughly approve of your choice of litter names.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
Book Reviewer
I had to look up the latter, thalatta!
Thalassa for me. One of the Doric forms in Koine.

ETA thank you, that was fun!

Only on Arrse could a doggy conversation detour into a discussion of Ancient Greek grammar.

Here's a photo of my evil Cocker looking angelic to restore the balance:

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