The start of an exciting journey

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  1. Beanwood

    Beanwood Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    Here is Bensons dad. Very successful in the show ring. He is better looking than Benson, and has a stunning head.


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  2. Beanwood

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    Benson as you know is 100% show bred. We were so careful in getting the balance right. It worked and I remember the vet commenting on not just his good hips, but the quality of bone laid down. It was a very interesting discussion.
     
  3. snowbunny

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    That's where Benson gets his tail from, then! :)
     
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    Hey, maybe you'll come over to the Dark Side :cool: of raw or home-cooked. It's really why I started mine on 100% home-cooked, as "human" ingredients (um, eaten by humans, not MADE of humans) were the only consistently available foods as we moved from country to country. Whatever you decide to feed, what and how you choose it would be an interesting to post to read on your blog!
     
  5. JulieT

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    That's a bit odd in a way. Bone growth does not require a dog to carry any excess weight at all. I'd say it's even more important to keep show bred dogs slim as their genetics dictate they will grow more substantial bone. I wouldn't feed any puppy differently, really. Good quality protein, and keep them slim.
     
  6. snowbunny

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    I would seriously consider it if I had enough freezer space (or space for a bigger freezer) and if it wasn't so blasted expensive here. They eat every last part of the animal here, so there's no buying green tripe etc, because it all goes for human food! If I were in Spain full-time, it would be so much easier. W&S do get plenty of raw - generally one meal a day. They have just finished chowing down on a pig trotter each. A little once-in-a-while treat because they're pretty fatty, but they love them :)
     
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    I'm inclined to agree, although completely anecdotally, W&S's litter mates who stayed with the breeder appear to be far more solidly built (bone not fat) and they were definitely fed more as pups. Of course, they're both boys, so it's not fair to compare them to Willow and Shadow was the scrawny runt who wouldn't hold any weight, so it's probably entirely meaningless :)
    As much as I wasn't feeding the best food, it was definitely far superior quality to the Pedigree they were getting!

    I have a few brands on my list; I just need to work out which I can get here. I think I'll have a word with the pet shop to see if they can order them in for me. I can have stuff delivered to just over the border in Spain, but in the winter it can be completely impractical to get it. Although, to be honest, it's only a couple of months from when I return to Andorra that will be the problem, so I'll probably just bring enough back to cover that period; once we're back in Spain, it's far easier to have things delivered. In fact, our local fuel station in Spain has just had lockers installed for "home" deliveries, since it's not possible to deliver to fincas. Pretty cool :)
     
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    Yes, I'd say that is meaningless.

    A well nourished puppy will end up with the amount of bone that its genetics dictates it will have. A puppy is not going to grow more bone because it has a little extra covering of fat.
     
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    Oh no he's not :shake:
     
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    And here she is!!! Little Luna, at seven weeks and a day, looking absolutely gorgeous :inlove:

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    Ohhhhh look how chunky she is :inlove:

    I'm so jealous!
     
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    Oh she is gorgeous! Major puppy envy going on!:heart:
     
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    You just had too didn't you you know it's not fair. I'm on champdogs now. She's so lovely :star:
     
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    I can't wait to get her home next week and tickle that naked puppy tummy!
     
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    Do you think you will sleep between now and then ?
     
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    But, to put my serious hat on and stop squeeing for a moment, remembering we're on the new show board here... any analysis of her conformation is welcomed.

    For me, I think she looks lovely. Good angles front and back. The back leg isn't in quite the right position (you'd want that to meet the ground at 90 degrees) but that will just be how she's standing. I think if that leg was back properly, it would improve her back angles even more. I like how the tail comes out in a straight line level with her back. Her ears are the right shape and look a good size. Maybe a touch low set? I'd need someone more experienced to comment on that.

    I like what I can see of her head. A nice stop. Maybe a touch short in the snout, but I'm told that's what is on trend at the moment - and, anyway, she may have to grow into it a bit more - not that long ago, she was a completely squished-up baby!
    Her feet look lovely and neat, too.

    All in all, I'm in love and very, very happy. Bring on Tuesday!

    Not one little bit :)
     
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    Oh she is beautiful Fiona :inlove::inlove:
     
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    She is totally squee-worthy. Just keep squeeing away. :happyfeet:
     
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    I note the packing tape on the side...is she going to be posted to you? :D
     
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    Hehe! Maybe it was to stick her paws to the table? ;)
     
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