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Breed Notes - 25 Oct 2020
In between the heavy showers and howling gales I have been outside today raking up the acorns that are covering the grass in the dog paddock. For some reason, the dogs, particularly Poppy, think they are the most delicious delicacy, but as I understand it, they are actually poisonous for them, and I can’t believe acorns even taste very nice, because somewhere in the deep recesses of my memory, I recall my mother telling me they ground them down during the war to make a kind of ersatz coffee powder, which she declared disgusting. Looking the subject up on the now trusty old computer….never thought I’d be saying that !!...the effect of eating them in any quantity for dogs is gastritis, with horrible side effects from the tannins in them as well. It did cross my mind to try to train the dogs not to eat the acorns, but took the easier option of sweeping them up instead.

Speaking to Gill Stockton in the week, she asked me to remind everyone about the recent health survey that was sent out, and the importance of putting in returns, so if you haven’t yet done yours, please do complete it and return it to Gill, either by post or on line, in the next few weeks. I believe the deadline is the end of next month, but quite a lot have already come back, so thank you for those.

With the clocks changing this weekend, it really is feeling like winter draws on, and I think the dogs must be still using the kitchen clock for working out supper time….it is too high on the wall to reach without a fireman’s extension ladder to alter it….because the barking for it started just before teatime today. It did bring our first Hovawart, Tegen, to mind, because she too was prone to barking for her supper, and when she was young she would begin when I got the bowls out, but as she got older and, dare I say it, more senile, the time crept forward daily, until at fourteen and a half she was starting at ten in the morning. She did like her food, did Tegen !!

With Hallowe’en and Bonfire night rapidly approaching, don’t forget to mollycoddle those dogs of a nervous disposition, and try to keep them away from the windows and the noise. It can be a very stressful time for them if they haven’t been through the de-sensitising programme as puppies.

Keep well, keep safe and keep well wrapped up

Elaine Sharpe
01743 891310
pineshovawarts@gmail.com
This article was posted on: 26-Oct-20