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*Pauline*
3rd July 2007, 04:03 PM
And when I say loads, I mean I've lost count! It was 17 but some have retired since I last counted and have been homed and 4 extra dogs are boarding this week. I have 10 in the house, 4 of which are puppies and the rest are in the kennels.

It's not much work really, so far. Sophie, an old girl who is boarding, kept them all up last night so they are all sleepy.

Poor Dylan is being bullied a bit by Gabriel. I can't put Gabriel in the kennels because he has a sore eye. Dylan just wants to stay under the dining room table so I made him a bed there but if I take him into the lounge, he wants back in with the others.

Tonight I have to go into the kennels and manage to feed them all and separate one dog who has soft food on his own. Easier said than done. They all go crazy noisy!

The grooming girls are very nice, I've been making them tea all day.

The puppies are nice. 2 are a week old and 2 are 17 days old. I'm not so interested until they can walk. I don't have to do much with them, just change the bedding in the morning and feed their mums.

It's a lovely house and I have a great room with a memory foam matress, I'm going to get one when I get home. I woke up with no back pain for the first time in years.

:D

Justine
3rd July 2007, 04:07 PM
keeping busy i see,well at least its grotty weather and you guys arnt getting all hot and bothered,i think the cooler weather is better when your kept busy,hope all goes well .jus.

Cleo's Person
3rd July 2007, 04:45 PM
Great idea setting up a diary! Thanks for the updates! Am living vicariously through you this week Pauline!

Scouty girl
3rd July 2007, 05:35 PM
I love this diary idea. Keep it up Pauline. This is great.

Also, I'm so happy to hear about your good nights rest. Sounds like you will also have to buy a memory mattress

*Pauline*
3rd July 2007, 07:45 PM
Well, Dylan has spent a lot of time under the table hiding from Gabriel, a tri a few weeks younger than him but much bigger. Last time I looked though, they were both asleep under the table together. Gabriel has moved onto Jamie, Dylan's brother, I'm keeping an eye on them. Just by coincidence, Dylan's brother, Gran and Great Gran are all here this week. I'll take pics and post them when I get home.

I have to go sweep up the run before I go to bed and lock them up for the night. I have to say, that many dogs is a little daunting, they are very vocal. It's been hailing and raining loads so the saw dust will be all wet :rolleyes:

I have to give one dog his pills and feed him separately in the morning. I don't know how I am going to get him on his own. It's easy to look after the dogs in the house though, 11 in all now, Dylan, Jamie, Jessie, Gabriel, Angelina, Megan and her two pups, Jazzy and her two pups.

I'm gutted I didn't have Dylan's brother, he's so like Dylan. Remember me thinking about it ages ago? Jenny is kicking herself too, he's teeth came in perfect and he could have been shown but she sold him. If I'd co owned him, she could have shown him. I wasn't ready at the time though and still am not.

It's a lovely and quiet and it's great to be away from Ash's music and the odd little arguments we have :rolleyes: I'm already a bit lonely though. Jenny's daughter is popping in tomorrow, I hope, as the groomers are away until Thursday morning :confused:

Abby one of the groomers is going to pick two of the puppies names. I was hoping she would pick Abigail as this is her name and my middle name. She likes the names Cleo (spelling?) and Harley.

Oh bum, I missed Eastenders, they have sky here, can I catch it later? What might the channel be? ;)

*Pauline*
4th July 2007, 01:14 AM
I feel bad for the dogs in the kennels. Two boarders came in today, sweet little old girls. They really don't like being in the kennel. What do you think about kennels? If you have used one, what's the set up? I'm off to bed, early start tomorrow. :slp:

Caraline
4th July 2007, 03:05 AM
I always feel sad for dogs that live in kennels. I felt bad enough when we used to have to put the Boxers in the dog-run when we were at work, but because they were Houdinis as youngsters, it was the only option to keep them safe. But as soon as we got home they'd be let out and of course would sleep in the house infront of the fire or on my bed.

I think dogs belong in the home, but I am a bit of a marshmallow.

*Pauline*
4th July 2007, 09:13 AM
The dogs are all together in the kennel and some bullying must go on. This is what worries me. I'm not sure I'd want Dylan to board if he wasn't kept in the house.

I stink of dog wee, I must have trodden in something! I'm off for a shower before Jamie's owners come to pick him up, he's a randy devil, I've had to separate him for a bit to give the old girl nearly in season a break!

Oh, by the way, I managed to give Jacob his soft food separately and give him his pills. It wasn't easy though. :o

coconut
4th July 2007, 09:56 AM
Sounds like u are having quiet an experience!

Cathryn
4th July 2007, 10:41 AM
Sounds like you are having a busy time of it there Pauline!! Also sounds like you are coping well too!! Eastenders is usually repeated on BBC3 by the way!! ;) ;)

Cathy Moon
4th July 2007, 02:11 PM
The dogs are all together in the kennel and some bullying must go on. This is what worries me. I'm not sure I'd want Dylan to board if he wasn't kept in the house.
The boarding kennels we've looked at all have separate runs/kennels for each dog. But two dogs from the same family are allowed to be together in a single run. I wouldn't want my dogs in the situation you're describing, either.

I like your diary idea! :) Do you find you're busy every minute, or do you have time for relaxation?

freesia
4th July 2007, 03:38 PM
One hectic time for you Pauline, cannot say you will get bored by the sounds of it.:)

*Pauline*
4th July 2007, 04:08 PM
The boarding kennels we've looked at all have separate runs/kennels for each dog. But two dogs from the same family are allowed to be together in a single run. I wouldn't want my dogs in the situation you're describing, either.

I like your diary idea! :) Do you find you're busy every minute, or do you have time for relaxation?

I'd prefer separate runs too.

I have lots of time really as I only need to see to the dogs in the kennels twice a day, they are in the run all day. I scrub the bowls out at night and sweep up all the saw dust in the run and give them fresh water. In the morning I put down saw dust and give them their food and water. I make it sound easy but it takes me about 2 hours to clean up properly. The dogs in the house are fine, just need to be let out for potty trips, they are free fed too. The mums have paper down for wees but I still let them outside and the puppies beds are changed each morning and the mums get through a lot of food. All the dogs are free fed. They are all a good size but I don't see them eating much so I'm taking Dylan into the kitchen for separate meals. Funny as he is the skinniest.

The boiler broke today so I'm waiting for the plumber now, Jenny's daughter kindly rushed round and took me to her house for a shower and lunch and Sainsburys for food. She's lovely :D

*Pauline*
5th July 2007, 08:56 AM
I forgot to say, I went out the front of the house to find the wheely bin as it needs putting out tonight. I locked myself out :yikes

Two doors down there was a man working in his garden. I asked him to help and the poor fella had to get a ladder and climb the wall :o My heart was thumping for ages. Those keys are not leaving my pocket!!

Cathy Moon
6th July 2007, 02:05 AM
OMGoodness, that must have been upsetting! :o Glad you found someone to help you out quickly!:)

Lindsay
6th July 2007, 03:08 PM
Sounds like you are keeping very busy Pauline! I would love being with all those dogs...but I couldn't imagine doing all that on a daily basis!

Good luck with the rest of your stay! :flwr:

*Pauline*
6th July 2007, 04:10 PM
I couldn't imagine doing all that on a daily basis!

I didn't realize how much work was involved. I'm not enjoying it now. I won't go into details, but lets just say, you can't look after 22 dogs the way you can 1 :(

I am having a lovely day with Abby the groomer, I've been grooming a couple of dogs and getting a chance finally to cuddle them.

It's not what you all prob imagine. I'm not sitting in the lounge with loads of dogs cuddling me. I've hardly had time to cuddle my own boy.

jld
6th July 2007, 04:29 PM
I think you are a SAINT to do that job. I can barely keep up with my 3 !!!

*Pauline*
6th July 2007, 05:06 PM
Yes and I'm not getting paid for this. There was meant to be a girl to clean the kennels but she is only coming in tomorrow.

I have my heart set on a little girl called Mimi, she's just like Dylan but darker. She's quite nervous when you try to stroke her she crouches to the floor, but she is a cuddler. I've fallen for her and she's going to stay up in the house until I go or longer if I can get the next dog sitter to agree. Mustn't get my hopes up as she is only 3 and never been a mum so I doubt Jenny will let me have her but I'm going to start nagging! ;)

I can't wait to show you pictures of her.

jld
6th July 2007, 05:26 PM
Oh my gosh, Jenny OWES you big time. Mimi is meant to be yours, keep up the nagging and don't forget to mention all the things you have had to do that you weren't counting on. You can always exaggerate a little. Good Luck !!!!!

Cathryn
6th July 2007, 05:33 PM
Hi Pauline!!

Is Mimi the one you mentioned last night?? You are doing a fine job there and I am sure that Jenny will be very grateful for all that you have done for her. Hope the boiler is fixed now and that you haven't been locked out again?

*Pauline*
6th July 2007, 05:48 PM
The boiler isn't fixed Cathryn and I forgot to ask Abby how to turn on the fire in the lounge, I can't even find and knobs. :sl*p:

I think Mimi must be the same girl, I can't remember mentioning it last night. I have this sick feeling in my stomach, I'm going to have to leave her here on Sunday and I know Jenny won't let me have her :( So many dogs, I had to memorize her Blenheim spot so I didn't lose her. She was groomed today, she had lots of mats but she looks a treat now. Really just like a female Dylan. She is sleeping in the big crate on her own even though the door is open. Maybe she needs time to click with the others, they are sleeping on the floor of the same room! She likes Dylan though and I know Cavaliers always wag their tails but I'm sure her wag when I come in the room is personal!!

Am I the soppiest girl ever?! :wggle:

Dylan is getting on very well with Gabriel now.

*Pauline*
6th July 2007, 09:16 PM
Um...looks like I'll have to eat my words, I am being paid for dog sitting. Jenny is buying me a memory foam mattress topper and letting me take Amelia :jump:

Mimi's real name is Amelia, Ash will love that name I know.
Jenny called tonight, I can have Amelia :rah: but she will have to come back for 3 litters. :o