Very bad news . . .

Jill's games led to her accidentally killing most of her puppies
She's an excellent mother, but Jill's love of playing accidentally killed all but two of her puppies

Apologies for the delay but it's very difficult to bring yourself to announce really bad news and we've certainly had a big shock with Jill's litter of puppies.

Jill's a wonderful character, she's playful and fun loving. One of her tricks involves chasing her stainless steel water bowl around her pen (or preferably the yard). She doesn't just chase it along the floor, it goes up, and even along, the wall. She's become so skilled that it's very entertaining to watch her.

Unfortunately, Jill will still play with the bowl when she has puppies, so we invested in a bowl with turned down edges that, presumably are intended to prevent dogs upsetting them.

This was no challenge for Jill, she very quickly learned how to get the bowl moving along the floor and then flick it into the air with her nose.

I decided to modify the bowl by bending the bottom edges inwards to form a sort of retaining lip, and then I filled the underneath cavity with concrete. The result was an extremely heavy water bowl which offered virtually no grip for a dog to pick it up.

Success . . . (or so I thought).

Sadly (and incredibly) Jill somehow learned to pick up the heavy concrete-filled bowl and to our horror, she must have carried it into the bedding area and dropped it on her litter of eight tiny puppies. All but two were killed.

11 Replies to “Very bad news . . .”

  1. ANDY so sorry to hear of sad news, Jill such a lovely mother, I am sure she was devastated in her way as well. We are still over the moon with our pup that was one of hers, he is still manic but delightful. Her puppies are so intelligent and willing.

    Love to you both

    D

  2. Don’t blame yourself mate. You did what you thought was foolproof. Jill also wouldn’t want to wipe out her kids either but these dogs just love to play.
    I personally can’t see anything stupid in a creature that’s without the tactile dexterity of primates, that can turn an inanimate thing such as a bowl into an object with a life of it’s own.
    Just one of those things. People too loose their kids through tragic accidents, and no-one calls them stupid.
    You can never cover all of the bases.

  3. Anyone who has been steward to live animals for any length of time will have tragedy visited upon them, it seems. Nothing you can do…it is the nature of the beast. It is sad and humbling and I am sorry this was your time. On the other hand, we never forget these lessons taught……

    1. Very true, Cathy.
      Just when you think you have just about everything covered, something totally unexpected crops up. It happens with good things just as much as bad, but of course, the bad ones stay in our minds longer.

  4. Oh sorry i missunderstudd something i mean it was a ball, not a bowl. English is not my language. But Andy it is not your fault. Border are stupid as well.

  5. So far so good, Ruth.
    Now Jill has absolutely nothing in her pen that she can damage the pups with.
    I have to remember to let her out for a drink of water at regular intervals though.

  6. What a bad news. I is horror for you and Gilian. I am in thoughts with you.
    I send you much power for these heavy time.
    Greetings Patrick

    1. Hello Patrick,
      It really was terrible – one of those freak things that you never expect to happen.
      The two remaining pups seem to be doing very well, thank goodness.

      1. Border are balljunkies..

        I thank God every day when nothing happens the dogs. They are all a little bit stupid. They wants to catch cars or other thinks. Border Collies have only two Gene. One for eat and one for hearding.

        Best wishes Patrick

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