Sky continues to fill our days with joy. She is happy and healthy; and blissfully oblivious to the collective excitement her elusive second litter generated! We're disappointed that it is destined to remain elusive. We feel incredibly lucky to have Sky in our lives at all. And we are forever grateful for that one amazing litter of puppies. They really are the gift that keeps on giving!
Speaking of which, Clodagh is just the most joyful, happy soul. Small but perfectly formed, she is an affectionate blonde bundle of cuddly loveliness! We have enjoyed watching her blossom and grow over the past two - almost three - years.
Despite all the self-isolation, we were thrilled to catch up with beautiful Margot in September. And we managed a few nice walks here-and-there, beyond the garden gate.
December 2020 - Norfolk, UK
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BAD NEWS DAY
So, we've just had a scan and Sky is NOT PREGNANT.
We're beyond disappointed After three failed attempts, I think she is trying to tell us something. We reluctantly admit defeat.
We're still very keen to continue our small venture. I'll keep you updated with our future puppy plans. Clodagh will be three in January 2021. And we hope to add another female to our small family soon. All being well.
24 November 2020 - Norfolk, UK
BIG THANKS to the friendly, caring folk on the Ben-my-Chree, who got us there and back with their usual cheery wit and warmth. And those cabins were spotless!
Whichever way you throw us, we stand
WITH A CHANCE OF SUN
Hello lovely folk. I hope life is being kind.
We send love to anyone suffering the anguish of separation and loss, especially during such trying times. It's a rum do, as Dad would say.
THANK YOU for all of your interest in Sky and her elusive second-and-last litter. Your emails have been sunshine on some cloudy days.
The manmade chaos that is 2020 has a negative impact on responsible Glen breeding. We've not been asked once for any names from our waiting list, by other reputable breeders. We hope next year will be better.
For now, we're only able to accommodate some UK and possibly Irish interest from our list. All being well. If you're not UK based, we can still pass your details on to overseas breeders where possible.
Please let us know if you are successful in your Glen quest elsewhere - or no longer wish to be on our waiting list.
We're sorry for all those on our list. Some of you have been waiting over two years and counting. You may not have owned a Glen before, but you've done your research and fallen in love with the breed. You understand that owning a rare native breed is a unique responsibility. Often, yours is the first Glen that someone will ever meet.
This is partly why we encourage meeting other Glens and their humans. No mean feat at the best of times. But their advice and feedback is invaluable. You will find it useful when you first take your Glen puppy to meet the vet, and discover that the vet has never met one before either!
And then there is the other end of the spectrum. Which I've just noticed is an apt anagram of the word rectum. We heard recently that one breeder was asking £4,000 for one puppy. Sadly, not a typo. Four thousand British pounds. Another person was told £3,000. Sky's last litter sold for around £1,000 each in 2018.
Of course, people are free to pay outrageous amounts. But by doing so, they encourage exploitation. We wonder just how thorough the vetting process can be for each buyer, when money talks. There is no legal obligation to set a fair price for a puppy, but we strongly believe we are morally obliged to protect the breed. And the lovely folk on our waiting list.
Yes, our overheads are harder to absorb when compared to an established breeder with several dogs, producing several litters a year. But we are always far more concerned about Sky and how the entire experience affects her.
Sky is keeping well, apart from a sore paw. We are still planning for the end of this year with cautious optimism. After two failed attempts, we've learned not to expect a litter until there are puppies on the ground!
Clodagh is just wonderful. We've had many, many cuddles lately. Glens are incredibly sensitive to mood and tone. She will be three in January.
I'm sorry we don't have any photos at the moment. This recent snap of beautiful Bertie (with Kathy George) should make up for it!
Normal service will be resumed soon.
November 2020 - Norfolk, UK
TEAMHRACH ROCK STEADY BEAT at ROMAINVILLE
Image thanks to Kathy George