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Phoenix

With great sadness, I have to report that we have lost our beloved Phoenix (Tarndair Phoenix of Belatarr). She was our first HWV, the foundation of the Belatarr Kennel and she completely revolutionised our lives.

Phoenix was the HWVA’s top show puppy for 2010 and the UK’s top HWV brood bitch for 2014 and 2016. The mother of many beautiful Belatarr pups, including Show Champions Belatarr Mahalia Jackson & Belatarr Hercules, as well as a record five Show Certificate of Merits.

She was also a massive character, eternally loving and a true eccentric who never failed to bring a smile to the faces of everyone who met her, along with being the most devoted mother and grandmother imaginable – she continually mothered us and rest of her family every day!

We did not think to lose her so soon and her loss has left a massive hole in our hearts and in our household. We laid her to rest under the trees beside our river that she loved so very much. It was a beautiful warm Spring evening, the air was filled with birdsong, the scent of witch-hazel and the sound of the river. As we watched the sunset across our valley our thoughts were filled with the immense joy that she brought into our lives and those of all the families of her puppies…

 

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12/03/2018 at 10:54 6 comments

Belatarr at Bournemouth.

A super day for the Belatarr babies at the Bournemouth Championship Show… The heat was often stifling, but 4 Belatarr dogs from 3 generations of Phoenix’ puppies took to the ring today, and judge and breed specialist Karen Richardson did us proud.

Billie stacked in Open Bitch.

Billie stacked in Open Bitch.

Billie's examination - (camera facing straight into the sun, unfortunately!)

Billie’s examination – (camera facing straight into the sun, unfortunately!)

Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM (Billie) was awarded 1st Open Bitch and went on to take Best Bitch, as she had previously done at the same show in 2014.

Her younger brother Belatarr Scluptor (Kofi) was 1st Post Graduate Dog and went on to take at excellent Reserve Best Dog, whilst, very excitingly, it was also the show debut of two of the newest generation of Belatarr puppies – the Hitchcock litter – as Belatarr North By Northwest (North) and his brother Belatarr Vertigo (Sabi) took to the ring at just 6 months and 2 days of age. Both boys looked terrific and though the heat made concentration and focusing very difficult indeed for them, they both acquitted themselves very well and both managed to qualify for Crufts 2016. Thrilled to have been there to see (and, in Sabi’s case, move) them in the ring 🙂

Belatarr Vertogo (Sabi) - a hot pup!

Belatarr Vertigo (Sabi) – a hot pup!

Sabi on the move in the ring.

Sabi on the move in the ring.

A very hot North on the move in the ring.

A very hot North on the move in the ring.

North movement 1

08/08/2015 at 22:04 Leave a comment

Puppy Portraits – The Final Week!

A very big, exciting and emotional time this week as the pups leave us to begin their new lives in their new homes. All ten have already grown into very confident and outgoing youngsters – definitely no shrinking violets amongst them! – and we cannot wait to watch them grow and develop into beautiful adult dogs and bring much pleasure and delight to their new families. So, without further ado, and in alphabetical order…

THE BOYS

Belatarr North by Northwest – ‘North’ (Mr Red)

North & Irene2

Belatarr North By Northwest - 6 week stack

Belatarr Notorious – ‘Harvey’ (Mr Blue)

Belatarr Notorious - 8 week portrait

Harvey with John & Alice at 8 weeks

Belatarr Notorious - 6 week stack

Belatarr Secret Agent – ‘Nevis’ (Mr Black)

Belatarr Secret Agent - 6 week stack

Nevis, Danni & Ben

Belatarr Vertigo – ‘Sabi‘ (Mr Bronze)

Belatarr Vertigo - 8 week portrait

Sabi with Vivien at 8 weeks

Belatarr Vertigo 6 week stack

THE GIRLS

Belatarr Jamaica Inn – ‘Alba’ (Miss Yellow)

Belatarr Jamaica Inn - 7 week portrait

Belatarr Jamaica Inn - 6 week stack

Alba with Stuart & Emily

Belatarr Marnie – ‘Mouse’ (Miss Purple)

Belatarr Marnie - 7 week portrait

Marnie Mouse with Sarah & Martyn

Belatarr Rebecca – ‘Luna’ (Miss Pink)

Belatarr Rebecca - 7 week portrait

Belatarr Rebecca - 6 weeks stack

Luna with Phil & Ben

Belatarr Thirtynine Steps – ‘Matilda’ (Miss Mint)

Belatarr Thirtynine Steps - 7 week portrait

Belatarr Thirtynine Steps - 6 week stack

Matilda & Marie

Belatarr To Catch a Thief – ‘Ethel’ (Miss Green)

Belatarr To Catch a Thief - 7 week portrait

Belatarr To Catch a Thief - 6 week stack

Ethel & Pam

Belatarr Topaz – ‘Amber’ (Miss Orange)

Belatarr Topaz - 8 week portrait

Amber& family

04/04/2015 at 07:35 Leave a comment

Puppy Portraits: Week 6.

Last week’s drab and damp weather has given way to a wonderful week of Spring sunshine and the pups have been enjoying being outside every single day this week, where they have experienced tractors and low-flying aircraft and watched pigeons and numerous other birds (and cats) come and go about their Springtime routines.

The gang sunbathing in their outdoor run.

The gang sunbathing in their outdoor run.

Monday saw their first attempt at tackling raw chicken wings – an essential step towards the chewing and chomping or raw bones that will mark their adult lives.

Mr Bronze gets stuck into some serious chicken-wing chomping.

Mr Bronze gets stuck into some serious chicken-wing chomping.

The pups (and their now needle-sharp teeth) took to them with huge enthusiasm and quite a bit of curiosity, excited at the prospect, yet unskilled at how to tackle such a large prey item. Approx. 60 mins later they had figured out what to do and all meat had been stripped and consumed and all bones had been cracked and (mostly) swallowed. Time, then, for a long and satisfied snooze for all of the babies. By the end of the week, though, they had all grown considerably more savvy at tackling their new foodstuff, and today’s wings were dispatched within about 15 mins or so.

After many, many hours of watching, stacking and photographing these babies we can also now reveal their new, Kennel Club identities and formally introduce the Belatarr Hitchcock litter:

THE BOYS

Mr Black - not his most dignified pose.

Mr Black – Belatarr Secret Agent.

Mr Blue.

Mr Blue – Belatarr Notorious.

Mr Bronze.

Mr Bronze – Belatarr Vertigo.

Mr Red.

Mr Red – Belatarr North By Northwest.

THE GIRLS

Miss Green.

Miss Green – Belatarr To Catch a Thief.

Miss Mint.

Miss Mint – Belatarr Thirtynine Steps.

Miss Orange.

Miss Orange – Belatarr Topaz

Miss Pink.

Miss Pink – Belatarr Rebecca.

Miss Purple.

Miss Purple – Belatarr Marnie.

Miss Yellow.

Miss Yellow – Belatarr Jamaica Inn.

It's tiring work being 6 weeks old.

It’s tiring work being 6 weeks old.

Brother and sister - Mr Blue & Miss Mint.

Brother and sister – Belatarr Notorious & Belatarr Thirtynine Steps

23/03/2015 at 00:08 1 comment

Puppy Portraits – week 4.

The last two days have seen some wonderful Spring sunshine arrive in Devon allowing us to get the pups outside to experience the big wide world for the first time. The thermometer showed 70 degrees F in the sunshine and the pups were able to spend 4 hours in the fresh air on two successive afternoons. Sadly the forthcoming weather forecast suggests that they may not have another opportunity to get outdoors again for the foreseeable future, but we were just delighted to see them frolic in the fresh air and were also able to take this weeks portraits outside too.

THE BOYS

Mr Black.

Mr Black.

Mr Blue.

Mr Blue.

Mr Bronze.

Mr Bronze.

Mr Bronze.

Mr Bronze, again.

Mr Red.

Mr Red.

THE GIRLS

Miss Green.

Miss Green (sleepy!)

Miss Mint.

Miss Mint.

Miss Orange.

Miss Orange.

Miss Pink.

Miss Pink.

Miss Purple.

Miss Purple.

Miss Yellow.

Miss Yellow.

The gang get their first taste of the outdoors!

The gang get their first taste of the outdoors!

Mr Bronze naps

Mr Bronze takes a nap in the sunshine.

...and has a snoozy snuggle.

…and has a snoozy snuggle.

When indoors and out the pups love nothing more than to pile into one or other of their cat-carrier dens, which have been equally enjoyed by all of their older brothers and sisters before them.

The gang pile into their micro-den.

The gang pile into their micro-den (note the chew marks from previous pup inhabitants!)

For the last week we have also been weaning the pups onto their solid food diet. Starting with Royal Canin weaning mousse the kids went absolutely nuts with excitement at their first sniff of the solid stuff and within a few days were lapping very efficiently. From mid-week they were old and tidy enough to be fed from their super-duper Weena-Feeder and by this weekend they have been transferred onto their raw food diet – essentially the same as their mum eats, but put through a food processor to remove all of the chunks and lumps.

Weena-Feeder

Meanwhile teeth are erupting and everyone wants to chew everything, so new rubber chew toys and plastic bottles are going down a treat, when human arms, toes and ears are not available. Their nails are still being filed regularly too, and, when they are sleepy enough, each pup can be gently wiggled upside-down on your lap whilst having their teeny-tiny toes attended to, as beautifully illustrated below by a gently snoozing Mr Blue.

Mr Blue gets his nails filed

Mr Blue gets his nails filed

 

07/03/2015 at 22:33 2 comments

Puppy Portraits – week 3

Huge changes in the pups this last week – they can now see, hear and bark/growl/chirrup (in a comically squeaky way) and have started playing and interacting with one another and with their environment. Nails have been filed twice more and they have quadrupled their birth weight in just 21 days. Phoenix has been producing vast quantities of milk so weaning has not been started as yet, but the little’un’s will get their first taste of solid food this weekend – much mess and mayhem is sure to ensue!

THE BOYS

Mr Black

Mr Black

Mr Blue

Mr Blue (ears up)

Mr Blue (ears down)

Mr Blue (ears down)

Mr Bronze

Mr Bronze

Mr Red

Mr Red

THE GIRLS

Miss Green

Miss Green

Miss Mint

Miss Mint

Miss Orange

Miss Orange

Miss Pink

Miss Pink

Miss Purple

Miss Purple

Miss Yellow

Miss Yellow

28/02/2015 at 21:50 Leave a comment

Puppy Portraits – week 2.

The pups continue to thrive and gain weight very nicely and evenly. Day 14 saw Miss Green and then Miss Yellow open their eyes, by the following day, which is when these head-shots were taken, all of their other siblings were starting to open their eyes too.

THE BOYS

Mr Black

Mr Black

Mr Blue

Mr Blue

Mr Bronze

Mr Bronze

Mr Red

Mr Red

THE GIRLS

Miss Green

Miss Green

Miss Mint

Miss Mint

Miss Orange

Miss Orange

Miss Pink

Miss Pink

Miss Purple

Miss Purple

Miss Yellow.

Miss Yellow.

Group A

Group A

Group B

Group B

A snoozing Mr Red uses mum as a pillow.

A snoozing Mr Red uses mum as a pillow.

Miss Green as her eyes opened for the first time.

Miss Green as her eyes opened for the first time.

Mr Blue's bat-ears in cuteness overload.

Mr Blue’s bat-ears in cuteness overload.

21/02/2015 at 19:49 Leave a comment

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