A Difficult Time

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A week ago today our world was turned upside down. We had to make the heart breaking, gut wrenching decision to give our gorgeous boy sleep. Everything since has been a bit of a blur.

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Our hearts are torn into a million pieces, we miss him terribly.

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Our younger German Shepherd is helping to ease our pain, but of course, she misses him too and looks for him all the time which is heart breaking to witness. The house is oh so quiet.

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This is the reason I haven’t responded to blog enquiries, general emails and blog comments.

Puppy Love

German Shepherd Puppy

It’s all been a bit quiet on the blog front. Oops.

We have a new addition to the family, a puppy! Her name is Boudica and she is a German Shepherd. Jason, our other GSD is having great fun playing with his new baby sister. So, as you can probably imagine, its been very hectic around here lately and the blog has been a bit neglected, the vegetable garden however has had some major changes, but more about this in a future post.

Happy Birthday Jason

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Our German Shepherd dog Jason turns 4 today. He is an amazing family dog, true to his form and loyal companion.

Happy Birthday Jason x

Piggies

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Not Kune Kune pigs unfortunately, but you can find plenty of those over at Jo’s blog – Bring Me Sunshine. For now, our pigs are of the small furry pet variety. Meet Cookie and Muffin, 2 baby guinea pig sows. Aren’t they just adorable?

Daft Rabbit and Defender Of Chooks

As we have mentioned before, we have two pet rabbits here. One is a black and white Dutch called Niki, my (Karen) favourite breed of rabbit for their lovely nature, and an agouti Dwarf Lop called Edge who is a daft as a brush, whatever that means. Edge is our daughters pet and she looks after him very well ensuring all his daily needs are met. We feel this is a great way for children to learn the responsibility of owning and caring for an animal.

We have kept numerous rabbits here for many years and can honestly say have never had a rabbit quite like Edge before, he is truely unique. Not only does this rabbit think he is a cat, or human or both, he actually adores our daughter in the sense that he follows her everywhere, loves to be cuddled, handled, brushed and stroked, never once has he displayed any type of aggression or distress. Of course our daughter is very responsible and looks after him well, but even so the bond between them is magical. Edge has no fear either of our rather large German Shepherd dog who roams the garden smallholding. Edge would rather lick our dog on the nose than run away, he really is that daft!

Onto our German Shepherd dog. He is 3 years old now and he has been a part of our family since he was a tiny puppy. Looking back at his puppy photos its hard to believe he was once so small! We have nicknamed him ‘Defender Of Chooks’ because he chased a fox away that crept out of some shrubs in daylight to get a closer look at our hens. It was a pure heart-in-your-mouth moment that was over in seconds, our dog saw to that and we have not had another daylight visit since. Clever fox.

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