I'm so sorry I've been so hopeless at getting back to the forum and keeping up the diary once started. I have been so inundated with work-related nightmares that I simply haven't had a moment at my computer that hasn't entailed things far less pleasurable that writing x-certificated notes on Cuba's antics!!
It's actually really not that much different from Season's One and Two; pretty much a carbon copy. Tycho is really enjoying himself as ever, Cuba is flirting for Havana; this has been going on for over a week now and shows no sign of abating - mostly it's in the evening, when they will hurtle around together, mostly driven by Cuba - she rushes at him, backs up to him, nags away at him if he tries to escape her amorous clutches and then finally gives up and mounts her; that's repeated several times then they both collapse for a bit, or at least he does first and she carries on trying to seduce him, then she gives up. Half an hour or so will pass and then off they go again.
She hasn't been allowed on her own even in our high-walled garden for a minute since I last posted on March 20th. There's never been any sign of any marauding high-jumpers, but I'm not taking any chances. She shows no sign of trying to escape, and there's been no trouble on walks mainly because I stick to the street and as it happens haven't run into any dogs at all, oddly. They must all be in the nearby University Parks.
So for now we are still at the Tycho-is-interested-and-active stage. She is still swollen, though the actual amount of bleeding seems more or less unnoticeable. She licks herself a lot and is, presumably, keeping herself clean. It is certainly really absolutely no trouble at all. The only down side has been missing some of her training classes, but that's not a disaster and, as they are out of doors, several have been cancelled anyway with not very nice weather conditions.
As for Crufts, Karen, it is always really interesting. It's a bit of a sidetrack in this thread, but never mind - probably more interesting than a repeat of Season 1 and Season 2!
I go pretty much every year, to meet Tychy's breeder, my friend Coton Julie. We have a lovely time catching up, and I spend a lot of time watching the Havanese compete and meeting up with Cuba's breeder, Sheila Walker, and Sheila's daughter, Diane, who owns Cuba's mother. Cuba's sister was entered, too, so it was really fun to see the family!!
I have mixed feelings about things to do with Crufts, mainly a propos the massive sponsorship by people who make food that I wouldn't give to my dogs, and the worries about some breeders' practices. This year there was all of the to-do about that red setter being poisoned, but I feel a bit sorry for the Crufts organisers since it turned out that the poor dog had been poisoned after it had got home to Belgium. As I understand it.
But the sheer size of Crufts is awe-inspiring, the numbers of things one can see there - over 250 breeds at Discover Dogs, agility, heelwork to music, different categories, young trainers, rescue dogs, police training (horrible old-fashioned and I couldn't bear it!), lots more, and demos of the Good Citizens' Award -Tycho demonstrated the Bronze a few years ago with a team from our puppy class, it was thrilling to be there with a dog...I'll see if I can post a photograph in a bit...think I've done it; goodness, it was 2008!! Help, how time flies! So anyway, here are Tychy and me showing off in our team yellow polo shirts for the Good Citizens' Award!!
Last edited by Lalla; 04-04-2015 at 11:28 AM.