Our Baby “Owen Glendower”

Here I am again today at a very sad time we are going through with the loss of our special baby boy “Owen Glendower” 

He was a dog of all dogs, a gentleman, a lovable dog towards everyone from the youngest of children to the oldest

of people, he loved other animals and never grumbled ever in his life through jealousy or anything else, every visit to the vets for either his booster to the major of problems (just at the end of his life) they classed him as a perfect patient.

We have been devoted cocker spaniel lovers for over 30+ years and have had many wonderful champions and non-champion cockers over our time, we have wonderful stories of their journey from Africa to the United Kingdom stopping over in Spain for 8 months, they were all well travelled….
We are now feeling very sad after 12 years in their new country and losing many of them to old age illness’s with the last of our champion dogs “Owen Glendower” a light blue roan (13 years) leaving us on the 27th of last month but so suddenly going down hill from a healthy dog all his life until now, with tears in my eyes I struggle to write this post.

I know it is very hard for us all when we lose our cocker babies as they are all so very special and always known as people dogs, where ever you go they want to go too.where ever you sit they want to sit too, where ever you sleep they want to sleep with you, such closeness is so special…

Below is the 4 original babies we brought over to England and all 4 leaving us at ages from 13 years to 14 years.
We now have one original black solid (Bella) left with us and also age 13 years, hoping to hang on to her she is doing well up to now, but our little “New Import” from Sweden Jemima who is now 2 years of age and still quite a baby, is feeling quite lonely as her soul mate was definitely “Owen Glendower” she kept him on his toes and played forever with each other.

Her life is just beginning and we hope she will fulfil a beautiful healthy life like her former family have done, also becoming a mummy on her next season with Owen Glendower and his line, she is also an amazing dog full of vigour and excitement.

We are fortunate that a year ago we visited the “Sperm Bank” with Owen Glendower and Jemima who was then in her first season, for the testing of Owen Glendower and taking his sperm for freezing which was quite successful so, luckily if all goes well we shall be able to do an ( AI ) between Jemima and Owen Glendower.

The vet at the time was very surprised how healthy his sperm was for a dog of 12 years of age as we were told by many people that we were wasting our time and money even testing him so old, how wrong they were.

I am a children’s author and writer and have many wonderful written stories of all our beautiful cockers and many others too. Our home has gone from seven to now only two over these years and is pretty quiet, too quiet for me.

I haven’t been updating for some time due to a children’s book just published which took up a lot of my time, however, I shall be updating now again with Owen Glendower and his story.

Here we have “Owen Glendower” whom we lost so recently, these pictures were taken of him exhibiting at Crufts in 2014 and along with his owner (my daughter) who worked with him for all those years.

He won his first Puppy show at 4 months of age winning Best Puppy In Show, he really was a star in the making… and here we have him below as a puppy, he certainly was an amazing baby in every way, there will be no other like him.

"Baby Owen"

Beatrix our International Champion (age) 10yrs here but left us at 14 years (Owen Glendower’s mummy) and also an Int.Ch.

William age 14 years (Bunters brother)

Our Int. Ch. Bediverebrwyn Llanberis (aka) Billy Bunter (age 13 years,







I have written all about Bunter, William and Beatrix on this site when they left us a couple of years ago, each one got a write-up but now I am just putting the 4 together as a family.

We do have another one Bella who is the last one left from this original family and now 13 years but still going well at the moment.

Here we have our new family addition, Jemima who is now 2 years old, still a baby and missing Owen Glendower, he was her soul mate without a doubt.

I shall try and get on here more often as I do have many good little stories to read most of them not so miserable but I feel it’s my duty whenever one of our fur babies sadly leave us to write about them.

I wish you all well and you shall see me back here very soon, hopefully with the exciting news of Jemima’s babies being born.






The Raw Food Diet !!

I have learned alot about diets for our beloved animals and after the loss of our most beloved International Show Champion English Spaniel just recently I have come to realise how important diets are for them and their immune system !!!


In todays society we just have’nt got the time to prepare food for our pets, we hardly have time to do this

for ourselves so they will and  come second best as far as this subject goes. the most convenient way of feeding our pets is out of a bag and dry, but are they getting the goodness out of the  pellet way compared to the fresh nutritional way ??

I am one of those people that for many years fed my top dogs on the best dry food and as far as I was aware at that time was the best way  with all the goodness that they needed, but I was  so wrong…

Now I am not getting at the dry food companies but when you look at a dog and even a cat in their natural state and environment they never went hunting for pellets or kibbles.

The dried food companies state that they have all the vitamins/minerals and everything that animals need for their immune system to stay healthy and well…

For many years we had all our show dogs on the top dried food that was out there until our one boy got an allergy to beef and milk, we immediately changed them all onto the dried Hypoallergenic food which was even better than the last one, but still was not enough after reading about the Raw Diet which is called BARF (Bone & Raw Food) and quite well known throughout the animal world and Holistic vets.


Animals even humans need the right foods to boost their immune levels through the roof and once they are up there not much is going to get into their system to create any type of diseases, canine cancer being the newest of animal diseases at the moment and spreading rapidly, now I am not stating that there is a cure for any diseases but what I am saying is there is a preventative and that is to have a good strong immune system.

Meat/Bone/Organs are the first thing we should look at in a dogs diet, as the most important part of their daily intake, vegetables have antioxidents in them and Broccoli is one of the highest as well as carrots for the carotene including numerous other vegetables so, throwing a few vegetable in with their raw meat and bones is a good way to a healthy diet.

Now it may all sound so complicated to prepare and give to them but you will find  many raw food dog companies out there as there is kibble/pellet manufacturers and so easy to give to your beloved pets, you will notice the difference within weeks of their coats and condition their behaviour patterns and general wellbeing.

It has now been 3 months since we lost our very special boy to cancer and exactly 3 months since I changed all my other pets to the Raw way of feeding (BARF) and what a difference this has made, here we were thinking they were all healthy and fit but even I can see a big difference again in them.

They are all well relaxed and no stress, we had a little girl that was abused in her quarantine kennels when we first came from abroad and was always stressed and never got on with the rest of her family and always afraid of strange people but now she is so happy and relaxed I just cannot believe she is the same dog 3 months later.

William & Teddy

Now all my stories on my website are of true experiences and facts and I can with all honisty recommend anything I put on here and would like everyone to bare this in mind and try and test first and then come back and place any comments …


For all you very enthuiastic people that have more time on their hands can quite easily prepare your own but the one particular company mentioned here (for all UK residents) is the best I have found as they come ready for your pets to consume , it comes in frozen fresh form, all you do is de frost and serve, their food has all the vegetables inside and comes in 3 most favourable flavours (all fresh) Beef/Chicken & Lamb and they all love it …

I just add a few more vegetables and sometimes a little apple chopped up as I do have 4 hungry little mouths to feed ….and they have a different flavour every day almost , I split it between 2 meals both morning and late afternoon.

There is so much information on the internet about “The Raw Food Diet & Cancer” in dogs in particular and books to download and if you are as serious about your pets as I am then you must explore for yourself, you will be amazed on what people are saying that have used this diet and also the vets and in particular Holistic Vets who are great believers in this.

There are also testimonials  from people who have got animals that are sick with diseases in particular cancers and how this diet has helped  to give their beloved pets a better chance and in some cases reversed illnesses and given them a better  life.

Dont just take my word for it, try it for your special animal family and see for yourself the results !!!

Until next time,

Yours in animal health,











Interaction With Children And Dogs !!!

Dog-child interaction is the single most important issue to deal with if you have a child and a dog.

Children love dogs but dogs don’t always love children.

When you bring home a new puppy, your child should be trained together with your puppy and stressed here puppy, it is never advisable to get a fully grown dog unless you know his background if you have very small children.

Dog owners need to remember that it takes two to tango.

Children aren’t often taught how to treat a new doggy which can make his life a living hell, this is not only torment for your dog but can be dangerous to your child at the same time.

Never trust your child alone with ANY dog, regardless of how gentle that dog is known to be, a child tends to know just which buttons to press to turn the gentle of animal into a dangerous beast.

Most dogs initially feel threatened by a child because they are at eye level, they have high-pitched voices and make vigorous movements which the dog senses that the child is somewhat unpredictable.

Dog-child interaction should be monitored in order to make sure that your child and your dog are getting along.

 What you should teach your child

Do not let your child hug the dog until the dog-child relationship has developed and they’ve become comfortable with each other.

Children are accustomed to showing their affection with a hug, but some dogs will tolerate it while others will not.

Never approach a strange dog without asking the owner if it is o.k. to do so first.

Allow the dog to sniff you before you try to pat him, never run towards a dog you don’t know.

Stay away from stray dogs, a stray dog may carry disease or try to attack.

Never scream or run away from a dog, this will over excite the dog and start chasing .

Never run  around a dog, as this will also over excite him even more.

Never approach a dog face to face, this is definitely threatening to them, always approach a dog from the side

this will allow the dog-child relationship to develop.

Never look a dog square in the eyes as eye contact is a challenge ..

Never tease or hit a dog whether he’s loose, tied up, behind a fence or in a crate not only is this  cruel to

the dog but will encourage aggression as the only way a dog can defend himself is to use aggression.

Never play rough games with a dog, such as tug-of-war, this can encourage a dog to become aggressive.

Never pat a dog on the head, always approach him under the chin or on his back.

Never bother a sleeping dog as like people need their sleep and may wake up grumpy let him wake naturally.

Never bother the dog while he’s eating or chewing his favorite bone, this is definitely a no no, in fact always

leave your dog and let him eat in peace.

A dog is not a toy. Never pull on his ears or pull his tail, this is a very sensitive area and will hurt him.

If a dog poses a threat, teach your child to stay perfectly still with arms at the side, avoid eye contact, don’t scream.

If there is no one around who can pull the dog away, have your child use a jacket, schoolbag, garbage can cover, or anything he can find as a shield while backing away from the dog slowly, this situation should never arise if you are a responsible parent.

If a dog has knocked your child to the ground, the child should curl up into a ball with his hands behind his head to protect his face

never penalize the dog as this may be an accident.

Never give the dog table food, not only is this bad for your dogs health but also encourages them to become a hinderance around meal times,

always put your dog in another room whilst eating.

Always play with your dog under adult supervision especially if your child is very young.

Always be kind to your dog this will help develop a dog-child friendship in the best way and you will

have a perfect dog and friend for life.

Always protect your dog from harm, keep him in a fenced and gated area outside and inside behind dog gates

so he knows he cannot just wonder where he wants to be, this has to be on your terms not the dog.

What you should know as a dog owner

Begin obedience training for your dog as soon as possible, preferably professionally Don’t wait til he gets older, it’ll only get harder

for both you and your dog.

Never leave your child alone with the dog, this is only common sense, as a child is no wiser than the dog.

Never let your child walk the dog alone, always have a responsible adult with them.

Never tie up your dog. Provide your dog with a fenced-in space instead, as stated earlier on in this article always have a fenced

property, tying a dog up is actually cruel …

Socialize your dog. Get him acquainted with other dogs as early as possible. You should also get him familiar with everything in his environment, both indoors and outdoors. This is key in attempting to establish a great dog-child relationship, take him with you to as many places he is also

allowed, people interaction is just as important as dog interaction.

Reward your dog for good behavior with praise and a treat, and to also point out you the owners interaction with any training

he may get always praise him in the best ways.

If you leave your dog in the yard, make sure your fence does not have spaces large enough for a child to stick their hands through,

or anything that may tease the dog in anyway, teasing a dog this way is very bad for your dog.

the best fencing is where the dog cannot see other neighbours and families like a wooden fence or high walls, obviously walling is

the better option although not always possible.

Never allow your child to abuse the dog in any way. This will never enable a dog-child relationship to flourish, and make

a dog quite aggressive, this is the sad part on the dogs life as in many cases dog aggression is caused by bad handling

and in  most cases ends a beautiful dogs life as always the dog is to blame.

Give your dog a space to call his own to which he can retreat to if he is feeling bothered ,such as a crate/kennel

or court yard.

Get your dog used to being touched on all body parts. This will make him more comfortable around children,

this can be done by stroking him and even softly brushing him as also part of a way of grooming him at the same time.

If your dog is chewing a bone or has a bowl of food, whilst he is still a puppy, take the bowl or bone away from him at

several times in the day, never let him get possessive over them, this will teach him control when taken off him, there is

nothing worse than a dog/puppy that snarls and growls over his food and treats, you tap him and say no in a very

authorative manner, he will soon learn to be tolerant.

Teach your child how to properly handle the dog/puppy as stated in parts of this article.

Walk your dog on a leash. Do not allow him to roam free, the leash is also part of his training and handling.

Keep in mind that just because your dog is wonderful around your own children doesn’t mean he will tolerate other children the same way,

make sure he interacts with as many children as possible so he relates to them properly.

Spay/neuter your dog is a good idea but if you are a breeder/show exhibiter  like myself you cannot do this

but if you are quite sure you are not going to breed then have it done for your own peace of mind as well as the dogs


This article only touches the surface, there are so many other issues with rearing your pet/children together in a happy world

but these are the basics that every family should know !!!

Other issues will be addressed in other articles like eg: “dogs and your pregnancy/after baby is born and the do’s and don’ts !!!

Enjoy !!!





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