Posts tagged ‘outdoors’

Puppy Updates.

It seems hard to believe that the Belatarr dozen are approaching 12 months old, but next month will see them celebrate their 1st birthday. Meantime it’s been as busy as ever in the lives of the pups:

Django, with his ever more luxuriant facial furnishings.

After a slightly delayed start in the ring our own Django is finally now becoming quite the showman and has racked up a series of Champ Show 1st places from his handful of appearances so far. His (usually!) superb carriage even won him a Best Puppy and then Best in Show award and the local DHK Pedigree Charity Dog Show where he beat approx 60 other (mostly adult) show dogs to collect his first ever trophy.

Like Phoenix & Mingus before them Django & his brother Finley also successfully completed their Puppy Gurus Advanced training this month, during which time Finley developed an evident love for agility – a whole new string to the Belatarr bow!

Their brother Otis lives with his Hungarian pack over at Nansavallan Vizsla in Cornwall.  Much like his father before him he has rapidly developed a superb deep red harsh wire coat and is proving to be a complete natural at gun dog training:

Otis demonstrates his new skills.

Otis at 11 months.

Meanwhile, in a well-earned break from the show-ring, brother Charlie Parker has been enjoying the sights and sounds of rural France along with his big brother Oz the Chocolate Lab:

Charlie learns a new skill.

…and another.

A happy boy.

and a well-earned snooze.

Back on this side of the channel, and following their successes in the show-ring, brother and sister act Gryphon (Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie) and Billie (Belatarr Mahalia Jackson) have also been learning new skills as they try out for both working and obedience tests:

Gryphon, who has clearly learned to read.

Gorgeous head-shot of Gryphon (courtesy of Sharon Newman)

Billie, demonstrating her retrieve from water whilst showing off her perfect top-line. (courtesy of Sharon Newman)

….and the dried-off version.

Gryphon & Billie awaiting their next adventure. (courtesy of Sharon Newman)

Bristol resident Milo (Belatarr Thelonius Monk) has also been over to France this summer, and looks to have picked up a new interest of his own:

Milo waiting to be served at the pub.

Starting with his muzzle Milo now has a super, tight wire coat developing over his whole frame.

Milo on top of the world (well, the cliff, at any rate).

Across town is Digby (Belatarr Oscar Peterson), another Bristolian Belatarr with a super red wire coat:

Digby at the beach, back in summer.

Whilst down near the south coast are two of the Belatarr girls, Ruby (Belatarr Nina Simone):

Ruby says hello.

Ruby, keeping up the family tradition.

and last, but most definitely not least, is our very special little girl Ella (Belatarr Ella Fitzgerald):

Ella, in full bloom amongst the heather.

Ella with hew new big sister Ilka.

Ilka showing Ella the ropes….or is it the other way around?

Much more Puppy action coming to the blog very soon with a report/ photo-montage from the Belatarr litter reunion day…

15/09/2012 at 11:57 Leave a comment

Big Beach day out.

After seemingly endless rain the sun has finally made a return, so what better time to take everyone to the beach for a sandy romp! Little Django is now 9 months old (time certainly flies…) and is looking not so little and all-grown-up all of a sudden….looks can be deceptive, however!

Django in a rare moment of stillness.

This is a more usual pose.

Racing with dad.

…and with mum too.

The family emerges from the surf.

Django leads the charge.

A brief pause to pose with a stick.

…and swiftly back to bounce mode.

Strutting his stuff, showing off that awesome stick, whilst Phoenix looks on and hatches a plot.

In tandem with Mum…who, having hatched her plot, now has ownership of the stick.

So much sand, so little time.

And relax.

24/07/2012 at 17:15 Leave a comment

Mingus Vs. Jaws…

The gang had a quick (drizzly) trip to Northam Beach today to enjoy the massive several-mile-deep expanse of sand exposed at low-tide. Mingus also caught a shark!! (albeit only a young Small Spotted Catshark – a very common species in the waters around North Devon) which instantly became a very prized possession….plus we managed to get a couple of nice head shots of him too, despite the extremely low light levels:

A Dog and his Shark.

03/05/2012 at 22:03 Leave a comment

Django at 5 Months.

Hard to believe that our little bundle of fluff is now this mature, but Django is now 5 months old and suddenly looking very grown-up. We took the pack to the beach for only the second time since Django’s arrival and a high time was had by all:

A very wet Django concentrating (watching geese, in fact) at the beach....

Completely fearless in water, Django looking slightly bonkers but enjoying a good splash.

Django offers a play-bow to Mingus, who's generally more interested in chasing after gulls in the sea.

...and another...Obviously a new strategy.

Back on dry land and Ears-a-flying in the breeze.

Heading for home.

Stacked on the Tarka Trail, 4 days short of 5 months old.

24/03/2012 at 20:44 Leave a comment

Django update.

It’s been ages since we’ve had a chance to update the blog and a mountain of pup images have accumulated over the last month or so, so this update is definitely long overdue.

At the ripe old age of 4 months Django is now very thoroughly integrated into the pack and into our daily routines. Like his parents he’s incredibly affectionate and, if anything, even smarter and quicker to learn than they were. Ringcraft and Obedience training both started a few weeks back and, as with everything else, he’s taken them in his stride. Confident, calm  & ever-curious would probably be his key adjectives right now, as he explores his world and we take him on his little daily adventures in the garden & river and, just occasionally, the beach too:

Django, hunter-of-voles, stalking his prey.

After a few tentative first introductions to water (not helped by him plunging into an icy pool one freezing day at the beach) Django now shares his parents love of water and excitedly heads for (and into) the river on his short morning walks. He also regularly demonstrates his HPR qualities and likes to Hunt, Point & Retrieve whenever the opportunity presents itself:

On point.

...and again - no vole is safe!

At the riverside.

Managing to keep dry-ish at the beach.

A rare trip out into the garden with mum - who's usually too fast for Django's young joints.

Ever attentive!

Retrieving a gull wing at Crow Point.

...and retrieving a stick from the river.

In profile.

Unlike the rest of the UK we've only had a light dusting of snow, but it was still something new for Django to experience.

Django & Mingus absolutely adore one another and when all the fun, games and training are over they often snuggle up together on the sofa.

19/02/2012 at 13:17 1 comment

Puppy Portraits – The Final Week!

Where has the time gone?? This is the last week for the Belatarr babies before most head to their new homes and start their lives away from the pack. Sadly the appalling weather (incredibly low-light levels, freezing temps, endless hail sleet & rain) meant that the final week head-shots were very tricky to get, and not very high quality and very washed-out when we did get them, with pups (and us) shivering and looking rather glum in the driving sleet…but at least we have something to represent them as they were at 7 weeks old and before they all change once again into mature young dogs.

So, dozens of refuse bags full of soiled bedding, weeks of missed sleep, much cuddling and hundreds of chicken wings later, these are Phoenix and Mingus’ dozen, all now with their Kennel Names (Jazz themed, to follow on from Mingus) just before they leave us:

THE BOYS (minus one)

Belatarr Art Tatum (Finley)

Belatarr Charlie Parker

Belatarr Dave Brubeck (Otto)

Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie (Gryphon)

Belatarr John Coltrane (Otis)

Belatarr Miles Davis (Huxley)

Belatarr Oscar Peterson (Digby)

Belatarr Thelonius Monk

(pic forthcoming…)


Belatarr Ella Fitzgerald (Ella)

Belatarr Mahalia Jackson (Billie)

Belatarr Nina Simone (Nina)

Final Week Shots from the Dog Sofa (whilst Mum & Dad are out for a walk)

A Snoozy Ella Fitzgerald, with her fabulous (fathers) coat.

...nearly asleep...

Under scrutiny.

A very intense Thelonius Monk.

Adam & friends.

Puppy Pile-up.

Twin-Level Puppy Pile-up.

Complete take-over.

Tim & co.


15/12/2011 at 17:25 5 comments

Puppy portraits: Week 6!

The gang have really grown-up during this very busy week – bounding around their run and (when given the chance) the living room, wagging like crazy and giving little puppy barks. They’ve also braved the atrocious/freezing/wet weather to take three supervised trips to “the great outdoors” where, with great confidence and excitement, they encountered such wonderous new things as grass, leaves, herbs, puddles, rain and, of course, mud all for the first time:


Being called back uphill to return home.

Meanwhile Tim started stacking the puppies into their show stands to start to assess their potential:

Tim explains the stacking process to an attentive Mr. Indigo.

A 5-week-old Mr. Grey in action.

The Kennel Club approved all of their pedigree names (more of which anon) and we’ve begun the very exciting process of matching puppies to their waiting new homes.

No longer squish-nosed babies, by 6-weeks the Belatarr dozen have become proper young dogs:


Mr. Grey.

Mr. Indigo.

Mr. Green.

Mr. Red & White.

Mr. Red & Blue.

Mr. Blue.

Mr. Brown.

Mr. Red.

Mr. Black.


Miss Orange.

Miss White.

Miss Yellow.

04/12/2011 at 16:29 1 comment


Mingus at the river.

Phoenix contemplates the new snowiverse.

Yes, like the whole of the rest of the UK, the snow has finally arrived here in Wolfvalley. Approx 6 inches fell overnight with mild drifting creating around a foot of depth in places, rendering the road/lane impassable (no change there then…)  and once again transforming our valley garden into a “Winter Wonderland”;  to whit:

Early morning sun across the garden valley.

The bottom of the garden.

The lane - a dog-only zone for today.

Arctic romp.

At the garden gate heading into the woodland.

Phoenix waiting at the gate...

Phoenix in a snowy point.

Phoenix catching snowballs.

Mingus makes snowy progress.

Mingus the Snowbeard.

My, what snowy eyebrows you have.

It's never too snowy to dig for voles.

But this is the result - A Yeti? or a small breed of Highland Cattle perhaps?

Phoenix in the Redwood Grove.

Our river - almost monochromatic today.

The weir & water glinting blue in the sunlight, as viewed through the trees from the bridge at the bottom of the garden.

Birch trunk in the snow.

18/12/2010 at 13:40 1 comment

Another Birthday Bash!

Break out the bunting… no longer a puppy, Mingus is 1 today!

Mingus in the meadow.

Deep red and ultra harsh, never stripped or trimmed - the near legendary(?!) Mingus coat.

Party time!

The thoughtful look.

"You Called?"

"Hmmm...this looks interesting."


Misty morning log fetch.

Misty morning log retrieve.

Misty morning log/shin interface about to occur...

...sometime later.

Copper sun-glow.


Mingus in his element.

...and where it all began - a 6-week-old Mingus.

Happy 1st Birthday Mingus!

20/11/2010 at 06:00 2 comments

Birthday Bash.

Hard to believe it, but our “little” girl is well and truly grown up now…To celebrate her 2nd Birthday we took advantage of some unseasonally warm and sunny weather to hit the beach where much canine/human romping was done:

A rare pensive moment.

Phoenix at full charge.

Calm and reserved, as always.

Surf hi-jinx.

Chase: Part 1.

Chase: Part 2.

Nearly airborne.

Of course there's always time to dig.


Deep concentration.

Heavy wagg-age.

Happy Birthday Phoenix!

11/11/2010 at 13:58 1 comment

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