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  1. Nickijem

    Hello from an oldie-newbie (or newbie-oldie!)

    Hi - I first joined HHO in 2007 but haven't been here for a while. However I have been logging on in the last few weeks and have been reading your posts so I thought I'd just say hi. I used to post fairly regularly but last year I lost my husband quite suddenly to cancer. Some of you sent the...
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    BHS Gold membership ... public liability ins

    Has anyone had any experience with making a claim through the BHS? Good or bad? I am currently trying to claim as my horse escaped from his field and got into a neighbours garden last month. As it was so wet, my horse totally trashed the beautiful 'bowling green' lawn! The owner of the garden...
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    Leicestershire Peeps - Piccies at last from the Walk!

    Hi - sorry my piccies are a week late! The ones already posted have been fab so here are a few to add to the bunch, although I'm afraid there are more of my girlies than anyone else's - I was a bit selfish with my photography:rolleyes: Here we all are -setting off. I think I managed to get...
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    Puncture wound in frog caused by nail

    Hi, I brought Jerry in yesterday - he was hopping lame with a nail in his frog. It didn't look deep (in the dim light of the stable) so I carefully removed it and there was no blood but I hosed it and sprayed it with anti-septic. I called the vet this morning to check it. She found that the...
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    Introducing Purdey's sister! *Holly Spangle* (pics!)

    For those who didn't know, we now have Purdey's sister (full sister, same mum and dad!). We always said we wanted 2 dogs (at least!) but didn't want two pups together so we waited til Purdey's mum had her second litter. There was only one bitch in the litter so we were lucky to have her as the...
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    Spangles CAN fly!

    Hehe - we have just come back from our hols to North Devon again. We had the best time ever. Purdey just can't get enough of the long long beaches:D This was her landing: :D:D
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    Purdey's day out on the canal! *PICS*

    Our lovely friends have a great little narrowboat that we will sometimes join them on for a quick cruise from one pub to another! These friends also have 3 Springers (they're a little crazy!) so Purdey loves them. Last Sunday we took her on the boat with us - she LOVED the boat! And she...
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    RIP Elizabeth Taylor

    Sad news about the death of actress Elizabeth Taylor.:( But maybe some good films will be re-shown? National Velvet is one of my favourites:) RIP Elizabeth
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    Why Purdey is such a well-balanced pup - WARNING *v.cute spangle pic!*

    This is Purdey's mum and dad! They are both owned by the breeder and before they 'got together' the breeder's daughter performed a proper marriage ceremony for them - and clearly they love each other! It is nice to know that my pup came from a stable, loving relationship:p Purdey's mum...
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    Purdey has a new cousin - my in-laws' rescue dog! *piccie*

    My in-laws live in a beautiful house in France with a plenty of land - they are real dog lovers already having 2 jack russells and a rescued airdale. They rang us tonight to say this is their latest addition: Meet Max - a Belgian shepherd cross - I am SO pleased for Max - he will have...
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    Purdey's one year 'owniversary' *pics*

    Although it feels like we have had Purdey all our lives (we can't contemplate life without her!) it is only actually 1 year this weekend since we brought her home to us. The piccies tell the story of her first year with us (and the happiest year of our married life!) Bringing her home aged...
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    Purdey's holiday pics - New Year in Devon!

    Purdey had the best holiday ever in Devon. We met up with friends who had 3 springers! Every waking hour was spent hooning around the beach or through the woods - here are some of her best moments:D With her friends in the sea in Lee.....I think the water was a bit cold for Purdey - that's...
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    Purdey and Henry - the awesome twosome! No phessie is safe anymore

    We went on our Christmas Shoot today and met Spudlet and Henry again. The dogs had a great time - they both certainly know their jobs! Henry has really taken to this beating lark - he knows exactly what to do:D It's just that they think they know their job better than us so tend to take...
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    Purdey's First Year *pics*

    It is Purdey's first birthday tomorrow - we are taking her shooting for her birthday treat! Thought I would take a look back at her first year:D At 10 days old - just a pile of pups! A few weeks old now Showing her distinctive white ear! At nine weeks old we brought her...
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    Naming a GSD puppy help please!

    Hi all - I know you will be able to help:) I have been with my bestest friend this afternoon to view a litter of GSD pups (how gorgeous!!:D). She has reserved one - a little boy - he will be ready for his new homes on Dec 5th so she now needs help finding a name - I said I would ask my friends...
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    Purdey's first shoot!

    I took Purdey beating with me today for the first time. I was more than prepared to bring her home if she got too excited or tired or naughty! But I couldn't be more chuffed with her - she took everything in her stride. I kept her on a lead most of the time but she loved going hunting and...
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    Purdey's training! Learning to quarter.*vid*

    Purdey already knows how to quarter the ground, she didn't take much training! She just needs to listen and focus on instructions. Today she really did look to me for hand signals and she is paying much more attention. I am very pleased with my little pup! Well she is still only 9 months...
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    Piccies of some luvverly AAD dogs at Burghley!

    It was a great day on Saturday - so good to meet Slinky, GinaB, Bay_beasty and mollichop and of course Hector, Paddy and Max:D Little Purdey was so spoil with all those handsome chaps around her - she was a real floozy! Anyway - I'm the worlds's worst photographer but I shall put up a few...
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    Today's 'Ride for Heroes' - sponsored ride. A thank you

    Just to say thanks to those who gave me tips on staying calm at the sponsored ride I went on today! I had a fantastic time!:D and didn't need the hip flask too many times:rolleyes: Jerry was really quite calm, he was a bit strong when cantering but not out of control. Luckily we went as late...
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    Sponsored ride tomorrow 'Ride for Heroes!' - any tips?

    I am doing a sponsored ride tomorrow in aid of Help the Heroes. It is set to be quite a big affair - the Household Cavalry will be there and taking part. I went last year so I sort of know what to expect except that my horse was a bit of a pain! He got very wound up at the start then was very...
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    How old was your bitch when she had her first season?

    I am just interested, especially you Springer spangle owners, as I have said that me and Purdey will come on holiday with my mum and her dog in August when Purdey will be 8 months old. It would be just my luck that she comes into season that week and we will have a real problem with my mum's...
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    Purdey's (aka Calamity Jane) latest death defying stunt!

    After her drug taking episode last week, Purdey's latest stunt was to proudly carry a toad round the garden! As I'm sure a lot of you are aware, toads can be very poisonous to dogs! I made her drop the toad then washed her mouth out - she was foaming as though she had rabies! Luckily she...
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    Poor Purdey's been in hospital all day...

    :( I took my eyes off her for 2 minutes and she jumped up onto the kitchen worktop, pulled a teatowel off and took with it my husband's blood pressure tablets :eek: My hubby spotted her chewing something in the garden and found she had eaten several tablets. Of course it is a bank holiday so...
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    Today's walk in the bluebells *pics*

    Hi - I haven't been around for a few weeks but I would love to share some piccies from our walk today:) Purdey is now nearly 5 months old and she is the best thing that has happened to my hubby and I. She loves going to the woods: With her dad - and doing as she is told (for once!)...
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    1 week owniversary! Purdey is 10 weeks old .....

    ...and is already trained to load the dishwasher: and do the laundry: then retire to bed - I think she still needs to grow into this bed though! She is learning to retrieve, only sometimes it isn't yet what she is supposed to! But her daddy loves her: and so does her mummy (me!)...
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    I fink I felled out of bed! (cute puppy alert!)

    This is Purdey! She came to live with us on Friday - I have been waiting for that date for SO long, I thought I might burst at one point. Anyway she is finally here and now my whole world revolves around a tiny little springer spaniel! How has she managed to have us wrapped round her little paw...
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    4 week old spaniel pups! Just a little bit cute

    I have just got back from visiting my little springer pupster. She is 4 weeks old now and beginning to show her personality! Actually she seems to have a lovely temperment, I know its a bit early to judge but she loves fuss and attention and her little tail didn't stop wagging as we played with...
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    2nd visit to my spaniel pup. She's now 19 days old. *pics*

    We went over to the breeder's house last night for dinner and to see how our little pup is! She is now 19 days old - still another 6 weeks til she comes to us, I can't wait!! Here are a couple of pics of little Purdey: and with her dad: We got a copy of her pedigree too last night. She has...
  29. Nickijem

    LOST - Norfolk Terrier, please read.

    I received this email today from our local tack shop, Tower Farm Saddlery nr Rugby. I am sure they won't mind me posting it on here - I know the power of this forum! If anyone knows anything could they please ring the shop. "Sorry to trouble you during the festive season. Hamish, our much...
  30. Nickijem

    SO EXCITED! I have just got back from meeting my 10 day old puppy!

    I have regularly read and posted in all other sections of HHO but I can now join you guys!! After being dog-less for nearly five years, we are now in the position of being able to have a dog again! A friend of my OH has working springer spaniels and his bitch had puppies 10 days ago. We said...
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