When an Alpha Male ruptures his quadriceps tendon

The third week in November 2017¬†was a shitty week. A really good friend shot herself after losing the will to live, having battled with years of terrible depression. Two days later , our wonderful friend and next- door neighbour Julie, who was my very first follower of this blog, died under anaesthetic whilst undergoing a…

Training the Working Cocker Spaniel, the next 6 months

Poppy has just had her first full day on the shooting field, and I am delighted with her attitude, calm disposition and prodigious ability. Actually, she was praised highly by all who saw her work, and procured instantly two invitations for me and herself to attend shoots in the near future. This pleased me enormously,…

Lymes Disease in the UK Right Now

An inelegant photo I know, but I should like to stress the importance of tick vigilance. More and more cases of this are being reported throughout the UK each year. Dogs are getting it, and I know of at least one horse within a few miles of here. All you Americans reading this will be…

Training a Working Cocker Spaniel Puppy, the first 6 months

  So, you’ve finally got that beautiful, angelic little bundle of fun home safely from the breeder at 8 weeks old. Before you do anything, I strongly advise you to read the wonderful book by Janet Menzies ” Training the Working Spaniel”. Ideally you would have read it several times BEFORE your puppy arrives. If…