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Puppies: week 7

After enduring endless weeks of rain, high winds and unseasonably cold temperatures, conditions have at last returned to more normal for August and the puppies have finally been able to get out onto the grass, making life more interesting for them and much easier for us. Now fully weaned and (most, at least) with a full set of puppy teeth, they are readily tucking into their raw diet interspersed with goat’s milk and will soon be heading off to their exciting new lives in their loving new homes, so this coming week will be their final one with the whole litter together.

THE GIRLS

Miss Lime

 

Miss Orange

 

Miss Pink

 

Miss Purple

 

Miss Yellow

 

THE BOYS

Mr Black

 

Mr Blue

 

Mr Grey

 

Mr Red

BONUS / CUDDLE SHOTS

Mr Black

 

Miss Pink

 

Miss Lime

 

Mr Red

25/08/2019 at 16:15 Leave a comment

Puppies: week 6

Time is flying by and the puppies are looking very grown-up now, fully weaned from mum and getting stronger and more boisterous by the day. Once again, the often terrible weather has meant that they are indoors more than outdoors, but they certainly make the most of it when the sun does make an appearance.

THE GIRLS

Miss Lime

 

Miss Orange

 

Miss Pink

 

Miss Purple

 

Miss Yellow

 

THE BOYS

Mr Black

 

Mr Blue

 

Mr Grey

 

Mr Red

Mr Red – stacking practice

18/08/2019 at 11:59 Leave a comment

Puppies: week 5.

The pups have been dodging torrential rain and gale-force winds throughout most of this week but we’ve still managed to get them out for at least a few hours every day and, as a result, they have quickly become immune to all of the racket from the storms raging in the trees around them.

They have also enjoyed lots of visitors and additional cuddles through the week, as well as becoming super-adept at eating solids from their feeding bowls. Now, at 5 weeks of age, they have transitioned almost entirely onto their raw food diet with mum making visits to feed only once a day, and this will drop off further over the coming days so they should be fully weaned by this time next week.

Developmental changes are more gradual this week, but a brief break in the rain (if not the wind!) did allow us to get some extra head-shots of them today:

THE GIRLS

Miss Lime

 

 

Miss Orange

 

Miss Pink

 

Miss Purple

 

Miss Yellow

THE BOYS

Mr Black

 

Mr Blue

 

Mr Grey

 

Mr Red

 

Mr Red – Bonus Shot!

10/08/2019 at 19:26 Leave a comment

Puppies: week 4

Another huge week for the youngsters as their eyesight finally comes fully online allowing them to play and chew their way excitedly around their ever-expanding worlds.

Semi-decent weather has allowed them to be outside in their run for at least a few hours every day of this past week, taking in the sunshine, rain, winds and all points in between. Just like all Belatarr generations before them they also immediately gravitated towards their mini den for snoozy puppy pile-ups:

They are now well on their way towards being weaned and have quickly become experts at eating solid food from their Weenafeeder in-between visits form Mum. This is also the most significant change in their head shape, as muzzles elongate, eyes widen and skulls develop to give them fully formed puppy heads. Here they all are, outside in the dappled sunshine this morning:

THE GIRLS

Miss Lime

 

Miss Orange

 

Miss Pink

 

Miss Purple

 

Miss Yellow

THE BOYS

Mr Black

 

Mr Blue

 

Mr Grey

 

Mr Red

 

03/08/2019 at 13:43 Leave a comment

Puppies: week 3

All change for the pups this week as eyes opened fully and full vision slowly came on-line, accompanied by better mobility – although 4 to 5 steps followed by a quick tumble is still very much the order of the day.

All up and motoring about.

 

Mum checks that everything is in order.

Head and muzzle shapes became much more pronounced too, although next week will see an even more dramatic evolution in their heads, whilst coats are also developing rapidly now.

Mr Red, just nodding off.

But it’s very much the case that 90-95% of their time is still spent snoozing.

Sister snuggles.

 

Puppy pile-up.

THE GIRLS

Miss Lime (snoozy)

 

Miss Orange

 

Miss Pink

 

Miss Purple.

 

Miss Yellow

 

THE BOYS

Mr Black

 

Mr Blue

 

Mr Grey

 

Mr Red

27/07/2019 at 12:46 Leave a comment

Puppies: Week 2

Snoozing Sisters.

After another week of serious eating and sleeping Lyra’s 9 pups are now just about up on their feet, albeit still very wobbly. Their eyes are also just beginning to open, with Miss Pink leading the way on Day 13. For the most part, they still have their eyes closed and even once they have opened fully it will be another week before they can really see anything besides blurry light and shade.

Even so, the combination of being able to start to detect light and being able to propel themselves around more effectively has meant that they are now much quicker to zoom towards mum’s food when she appears amongst them.

They remain an extremely even litter in terms of size/weights and colours/coats, although a few are just beginning to gradually look distinguishable from their siblings, so, let’s introduce them all properly:


THE GIRLS

Miss Lime

 

Miss Orange

 

Miss Pink

 

Miss Purple

 

Miss Yellow

 

THE BOYS

Mr Black

 

Mr Blue

 

Mr Grey

 

Mr Red

20/07/2019 at 12:06 Leave a comment

New Belatarr Babies!

We’re absolutely thrilled to announce the arrival of the next generation of Belatarr puppies.

Our beautiful girl, Lyra, gave birth to her long-awaited second and final litter of 5 girls and 4 boys on the 4th of July, sired by the UK’s only dual (Show and Working) Champion HWV dog, the magnificent Champion Zoldmali Szeles Morganna JW, (AKA Tarot). We have known Tarot well from a first meeting shortly after he was imported at a few months of age by Rachel Newman, at the multi-award winning Morganna HWV’s. He has grown into a hugely well-balanced and superb example of the breed, who, at only 2 years old, already has many awards to his name, including a victory at Crufts 2019, where he was awarded Best Dog.

The sire, Tarot, from the Morganna Kennel.

We have been patiently planning this mating for the past 18 months, wanting to combine the strengths of these two lines, and are delighted with an incredibly even and well-matched litter and even more so that mum and pups are all absolutely thriving. Now a week old, all pups are close to double their birth weight and Lyra is definitely appreciating having slightly fewer to feed/clean/corral than with her first litter of 12, in 2017. So without further ado, here they all are in a record of a first week busily filled with feeding and sleeping, sleeping and feeding:

The Whole gang together, just a few hours old!

…and all together again, now at 1 week old.

 

 

11/07/2019 at 23:41 Leave a comment

Big Win for Pandora.

Young Belatarr Pandora and Zoe scored a fabulous result under judge Seonaid McAndrew at the Llynfi Valley Canine Society Open Show, 17th Feb. Entered into AVNSC Gundog Graduate Dora & Zoe were placed first the class of 7 dogs before going on to beat the AVNSC class winner to take best AVNSC Gundog. Then, in the Gundog Group Dora really pulled out all the stops and was awarded Gundog Group 1 – an outstanding result for just 22 months and for Zoe’s first show dog! Huge congratulations to Zoe and Pandora!

17/02/2019 at 19:12 Leave a comment

Belatarr wins: *TOP HWV KENNEL*TOP STUD DOG*TOP BROOD BITCH*

The incredible ending to the 2018 show year secured us sufficient points to be awarded the OurDogs UK’s Top Breeder/Kennel for 2018.

This is the THIRD time that we have been privileged to win this incredibly prestigious award, having also achieved the win for 2014 and 2016. In so doing Belatarr becomes the first HWV kennel ever to be named Top UK Breeder for a third time.

At the same time our boy, Mingus, (Morehay Lars of Belatarr ShCM) was awarded Top HWV Stud Dog (OurDogs), this being the third time that Mingus has achieved this award, following similar wins in 2014 and 2016. Given that he has only ever sired two litters, this is a truly astonishing achievement and one unmatched by any other HWV dog.

Last, but most definitely not least, our Tarndair Phoenix of Belatarr was awarded Top HWV Brood Bitch, also for the third time, and again, this is a record unmatched by another HWV.

Having tragically lost Phoenix earlier in 2018 this last award was particularly poignant and emotional and serves as an incredible tribute to our beautiful girl and the legacy that she left us all.

None of these wins would have been even remotely possible without the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm of Irene and Jenny whose combined total of 8 Challenge Certificates for 2018 secured Belatarr the necessary points for all of the awards. A heartfelt thank you to you both 🙂

Phoenix, in her watery element.

 

24/01/2019 at 19:39 Leave a comment

More Puppy Group Placings!

Although still only 6 months old, the new Belatarr generation are certainly making their mark out in the show rings already.

Hot on the heels of his two PG4 placings, Belatarr Jupiter (Luka) went two better at his next outing, the Birmingham & District Gundog & Terrier Club Open, where HPR specialist judge Maxine Munday awarded his 1st in HWV Puppy Class followed by Best Puppy in Breed. The subsequent Puppy Group was judged by Kathy Gorman and she awarded him a fantastic Group 2 Placing, with the critique:

This was an outstanding group of puppies. 2. Spillane’s Belatarr Jupiter. HWV. A lovely example of the breed, very well constructed and moved soundly with drive.

Kathy Gorman

Not to be outdone by her brother, Luka’s litter-sister Belatarr Pandora (Dora) also scored a great result at Blackwood & District Canine Society, where Judge Sheila Appleby awarded her 1st in AVNSC Graduate, Best AVNSC Puppy and then Puppy Group 4. This was a terrific achievement for Dora and Zoe as together they are learning how to show for the first time ever. Their critiques from the show were a real testament to all of their hard work:

“1. 7-month puppy bitch, with lovely head, soft expressive hazel eyes, well-balanced overall with good proportions. In good coat, moved effortlessly, covering the ground well. Two lovely puppies but preferred movement of one.”

Group 4: Very pretty bitch puppy with sweetest of expressions, balanced in proportions, outgoing on the move, nicely handled.”

Sheila Appleby

 

26/11/2017 at 16:20 Leave a comment

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