I guess I knew it was coming but it doesn’t make it any easier. On Fridays walk my old Bruce Goose struggled, I cut the walk short.. and that night he wouldn’t eat his tea. You hope they will pass peacefully in their sleep but sadly having had 5 old dogs now I know this doesn’t happen. Saturday morning Bruce was miserable and we had no choice but to make him comfortable.. xx
so.. where do I start. My old Bruce goose.. about to turn 14yrs next month. What a fantastic dog.He was always happy and such a player. In his young days it was a competition between him and Tyler as to who would get to the stick and bring it back first.. being the gentleman he was he would let Tyler but I would make them take turns.. Bruce would play for hours. he was mad ..
He loved the water and would leap at heights off the bank into our creek.. anything to get somewhere fast & first.. At 7 mnths he broke his toe doing jumping into the creek so for a while we had to have controlled walks to let it repair.. man he hated that.. it was like torture for him being on the lead and not running. It was the only accident we had with him although he still was crazy..
Brucie loved children and any young animals. He had this huge protecting need in him.. He would always stay by the kids and not let them out of his sight.. All the baby animal (particularly puppies) Brucie would just sit & keep an eye on them,, A few times he went a tad over the top with his protecting of pups and not let the mothers in the whelping box.. He lost those battles!!
He would always greet visitors with great gusto & head off to find something for them to play with.. well for them to throw for him.. it didn’t matter how big or small it was, Brucie would always bring something. One of his other huge passions was the hose.. As he got older that never stopped he just got cleverer & instead of going for the water part he’d go for the hose itself.. He nearly got my hand a few times. Bruce had to be there to help fill any water bowl and the garden.. well you couldn’t even begin to try if he was around. Actually even mowing the lawns was a challenge with Bruce.. the odd pulling at the wheels away or else he would just run around and around me.
We use to love his smile.. he had this serious look when he was concentrating and his lips would sort of turn up… it was so funny.. it what a real “what you talking about Willis’ look
Bruce had a love hate relationship with Hoons. He would always be right behind him when out playing.. he would never get in his way. It was strange as Hoons seemed to totally ignore him.. unless they were inside and then Hoons would get grumpy at poor old Bruce.
I will have to say Brucie has had a fantastic life.. I still remember the day we picked the wee man up and bought him home.. he was so good. He was never a problem our Brucie.. he wasn’t so keen on my up close cuddles to his face but he would always happily plonk himself on you.
We will miss the old boy so much.It has been quite emotional going back our 14 years of photos..He has been such a huge happy part of our world.
He now lies in a spot that if he was alive he would be watching down our valley. He will always be in our hearts although right now it feels very broken.. Love you so much Brucie xxx
We have just mated Frankie and Chico and Lani is also about to be mated so I thought while we are having a break from pups I would take this time to post some pics of my dear old friends.. the likes of my old Bruce Goose who will be 14 years in Nov and Maddie who will turn 14y in Feb. and Charlie will be 10y in Jan too..They are still a big part of our life here. I love my old dogs to bits, in fact it is because of them and the bond you have it makes parting with pups so much easier. It was pretty sad last year losing Tyler and Hoons.. hard to believe its nearly a year since Hoons died. Still seems very fresh and I can’t talk about them without tears.. Brucie is starting to age now too.. for a while we didnt think he would get through the winter but he is still happy on our walks and eating well. Brucie has lost control of his bowels now and I felt awful not having him inside over winter but we set him up on a warm bed with the puppy electric blanket and he was happy. I will not let my dogs suffer as they get old.. often the hardest decision to make but you just know when that time comes
We have had some lovely visits from some of our older Tylerwild dogs too.. It was a special time to see Holly who is nearly 12 and is from Tyler and Bruce. Over the years we have had Holly back here and although a bit slower this time she hasn’t changed. She reminded me of her mum Tyler.. so here are some of the gang out and about.. and some of the visitors we have had recently.. Aya ( 7mnths from Frankie and Chico) Miro (1yr from Molly and Bill) We are still having this awful rain so it hasn’t been the incentive to have the camera out.. but I have managed a few!!!!
And of course my two young cheeky monkees I have.. Hanna who was born in April from Tui and Chico. She is a serious wee thing.. oh man shes a honey.. she s full of surprises that one. I thought she was going to be a right handful as she was so determined as a wee pup but she has been a breeze.. She was never a cuddler but she is turning into an extremely loyal and loving wee girl. Her best mate ever is Mishka who is a sable I have imported from Aussie.. Mishka is only 3wks younger but a lot smaller than Hanna and is everyones friend. It is just so nice having 2 pups the same age. I think it keeps them younger and I spend hours just watching them play. It is super cute.. more to come on these two but here is a glimpse of mayhem!!
This has been the worst winter I can remember. We seem to have rain rain & more rain. The mud around here has driven us mad. It is so nice to now be seeing the sunshine. Lets hope it lasts.. It has been hard for to get out with my camera so I look forward to more sun so I can again..
I have had a few computer issues over the last month.. now back on track with a newbie.. still learning the ropes!! So my final pics of Molly & Tuis pups are a little late..
I have a very handsome young man with us called Luke. He is quite like Chico in nature & a real honey. He is 6 months & looking for his forever home. See my Re-homes page for his pictures. He is super friendly and will enjoy the company of another dog as well as people!! Update-Luke has found a home..
Tuis and Mollys pups are now sell settled in their new homes & growing fast.. here are the last pics as they left..
I have two gorgeous wee pups looking for forever homes now. They love to play yet they are laid back for border collies and most importantly… love their cuddles… Their parents are Molly and Bill and they are now 8wks old and ready to go.. A chocolate boy and black girl.. Photos of the other siblings are coming..
Update- Both have found homes- thank you.
Well nearly half way through 2016 already.. how did that happen.. Where did it go!
We have had our hands full with puppies all the way through. Right now we have Tuis 8 gorgeous wee guys who are 5wks old today & also Mollys 10 who are 3 wks old so busy busy. I have some still available & their pics are on my puppy page.. No more pups till the end of the year after this so I am really enjoying spending as much time as I can with theses guys.. I wish they wouldn’t grow so fast..
Each time I go to do an update it takes me ages to sort through the hundreds of photos I have taken to pick some out. By the time I have done that & got ready I have taken more pics & decide the pups are now looking cuter & start again.. Pups just grow too fast & every week they just get more beautiful.
We had great fun with Frankie and Shirazs litters and once again I met and got to know some wonderful families. It is good for the pups to meet so many new people (and they do) and socialize with children and all my pups get that from a very early start.. With some of the families who are close I get to see them every week and then once puppy leaves that all goes which is sad!! I do so enjoy getting the photos and updates from you all. I now have too many pups out there to keep asking.. so I appreciate the updates when they come..
During the time we had Frankies pups we found the pups to be going through a lot of water. Every time we went to see them their bowls would be empty.. we found the culprit.. little Bonnie. I have included quite a few pics but they were just so cute I had to share them all. I believe her passion for water is still strong…
Here are a few pics of Frankie and Shiraz pups leaving & their time here before they left. Shiraz had a very little pup called Rosa and I am delighted to say she is very happy and doing well in the loving care of Roberta.. thank you Roberta.. it is lovely getting your updates.
It has been an extremely busy week. Frankies litter arriving on the 13th and Chloes leaving this w/e past and Shirazs arriving on the 20th . I am trying to get through my email enquiries… but if you dont hear from me soon please get back in touch.
We have had a wonderful time with Chloe and Chicos 10 pups. Never such a huge colour range- red, black, chocolate, blue, lilac and tris. The tri markings coming out later as the pups got older.So it has been a busy week saying good bye to these guys. Some have flown to different parts to of the country and others picked up. It has been really nice getting to know so many of the new owners who have for regular visits.. Chico continued to be a wonderful dad..
It was also nice to see Nicola with her Flynn. Flynn is Sues brother and come from Tui. We introduced Flynn to the pups and his young name sake Flynn!! hmm not so keen on the pesky pups but stayed for a quick photo!!
Then last Saturday on the 13th Frankie produced her beautiful litter. Another big litter of 9 pups. 5 boys, 4 girls. She like her sister Chloe is being a great mum..
And this Saturday 20th Shiraz had her pups. It was an all nighter and a long labour for Shiraz so it was nice for me to have Karen assist as the midwife and keep us company. Karen has an older Tylerwild pup Winston and always visits the babies and wanted to experience their arrivals into the world.. Sadly we lost 2 pups but have 7 wee beauties.
Well I will have say this has been an unusual summer. Like the tropics .. very hot humid & wet..
Firstly a very Happy Birthday to my Foxy Lady. Maddie is 13 yrs today. She will dine on Highland steak & K9 Natural tripe tonight.. She will be in heaven.. She is still as excited heading out on walks today as she was as a puppy. We love our beautiful girl to bits..
Frankie and Shiraz are now looking uncomfortable and we are really looking forward to the arrival of their pups in the next 2 weeks. This is Frankies first litter and we wonder how many pups she will have. Chloe surprised us with 10 .. and Frankie is looking pretty big.. watch this space!!
My poor wee pups at the 4-5wk stage found the humidity really unpleasant… it was when mothers milk was gold & yet on a hot day a glass of hot milk would be furthermost from all of our minds so the wee fellows would drink & then cry.. Poor little things. They most certainly have overcome that now..
Chloe has been a fantastic mother. We had a house people of staying in the first 2 weeks so things were a bit unsettled for a first time mum .. However she has showed off her babies to all our visitors with so much pride.. she is super cute. All the pups have great homes to go to and we have enjoyed getting to know many of the new families already. Of course there is no show without Dad Chico either.. never one to turn down a cuddle.. and he is so lovely with the pups..
Here are just a few of the pics Id like to share.. A big Thank you to Grace who lives in Dunedin and has been up here in Tauranga working, for making the effort to come & visit her little girl Nevina most weeks. Its nice for me to know Nevina is going to a lovely Mum so far away..
It was lovely to meet Jan and Dick who traveled from Wellington to meet a young re home pup we had here called Joss. Thanks so much for taking good care of her.. we enjoyed some fine wine that evening to celebrate too.. thank you Dick!! Also young Bear is now living with our Auckland family.. looks like he has made himself at home.