Tenfield Something Special

Kite pictured age 2 years

Born:  3rd October 1997
Hips: 5-5  Elbows: 0-2
Clear Eye Certificate March 2002 age 4 years



Goldmarker Music Man of Unavale

Densdale Jeremy Res CC
Ch Westley Topic of Sansue Ch Camrose Cabus Christopher
Ch Westley Victoria
Susannah of Sansue Ch Gaineda Consolidator of Sansue
Sansue Zara

Igri Zelda of Goldmarker


Unavale Double Dealer of Dunblair Sh Ch Zach of Dunblair
Unavale Bosanover Baby
Unavale Evita Unavale Brandy Snap
Unavale Adventuress

Tenfield All At Sea
Open Show Best Of Breed Winner,
Ch Show
Firsts in Breed & Stakes classes

Ch Jamescroft Squire

Sansue Castalian
1 CC, 3 Res CCs, SGWC
Sh Ch Styal Shelley of Maundale
Rossbourne Party Piece of Sansue  RCC

Jamescroft Magic Miranda

Melfricka Ace In The Hole  1 CC, 1 Res CC

Jamescroft Chanelle

Tenfield Rambling Runaway
Res CC, CAC, Res CACs, CK

Bridgefarm Barleycorn
1 CC, 3 Res CCs  

Starlance Huckleberry
Bridgefarm Harmoney
Dt/DtVDH Ch Unavale Kitywake of Tenfield    Res CC Sh Ch Zach of Dunblair
Unavale Bosanover Baby

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A Summary of Kite's Achievements:
Championship Show Breed & Stakes Class places
Open Show Firsts in Breed & Variety Classes

Agility Trained
Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze Award

Dainty Paws Award for Staying Clean
Being a Real Lady
Much Adored and Loved Family Companion

About Kite .....

Otherwise known as 'Weasel', Kite was born just three days after Tor and always lived in his shadow - she never spent a lot of time in the show ring averaging three shows a year from 'Junior', but was rarely out of the cards at Open Shows and had a successful Championship Show puppy career including qualifying for Crufts 1999.  Since August 2002, Kite has lived with a very special family - Sharon and Gary Pike and Lucy and Liam just half an hour away.  When Sharon told me they were thinking of getting a dog but wanted a spayed bitch, I jokingly said they could have Kite.  When she asked if I was serious I replied 'no', but she kept phoning and persuaded me to let them 'borrow' Kite for a week,  I cried when she left as I knew she wouldn't be coming back!  After a week, Sharon phoned again and asked if they could keep her a bit longer - a couple of weeks after that I was able to visit her for the first time in her new home.  She really missed her pack, especially Tor and had a lot of adjustment to cope with, as I made the mistake of not socialising her enough by herself, something which I have been careful to do with all puppies since, so they don't come to rely totally on the security of the pack.  Kite is a real 'pet' and goes everywhere with her adopted family.  Kite is easy to spot as her tail is normally upright (like a periscope!) - her new family love her 'flag'!  Otherwise a gorgeous girl with a most lovely head, her tail carriage kept her at home, she was the only girl in a litter of eight puppies and only stayed because of her valuable pedigree.

Kite's Kennel Club name 'Something Special' was chosen for several reasons.  Firstly, her father Goldmarker Music Man of Unavale (William) owned by Una Spratt, was 12 years old at the time of her conception - this was to be his last litter.  Our foundation bitch Kite's great granny Ramble had been bred at Unavale and William's pedigree shares lines back to Ramble's full brother 'Unavale Double Dealer of Dunblair' and other Unavales to whom we owe so much.
Weasel is a cuddly couch potato and would like to be permanently on someone's knee.  She would amuse people at shows by climbing onto someone's knee and then moving slowly down a line of chairs from knee to knee, if people allowed!  She has a really thick coat and learnt many Basenji habits being brought up with Bwindi, perhaps she thought she was Basenji sized and able to sit on people's knees.
Kite has always loved her walks and fell on her paws with Sharon & Gary, as they only have to cross a road to be on Salisbury Plain.  We regularly meet up for walks at their place or mine and Kite loses her voice, she is so excited still to see her 'old' family.  She is a really affectionate and tactile girl and tries very hard to please.  She is very obedient and everyone who meets her thinks she is beautiful, mainly because of her gorgeous head, dark melting eyes and soft expression.  She has blossomed with one to one attention and is growing old gracefully.




Kite has always been a proper lady, whereas Solar would be ploughing through muddy puddles, Kite would always circumnavigate them, though she loves swimming as you can see from the photo above.  She has always been a very clean girl, which has been handy for Sharon & Gary.  She is very demure and elegant in her ways, a doggy princess in effect. 
She was mated to Tor for a first litter as Adrian was adamant we shouldn't keep a puppy at that stage, that proved to be disastrous and I lost those valuable bloodlines.  We were still relatively inexperienced breeders then and Kite developed mastitis not long after her puppies were born.  We relied almost totally on veterinary treatment and advice, although also used hot compresses - we had no idea how serious mastitis really was and learnt the hard way.  When the puppies were two weeks old, Kite's mastitis turned necrotic and the infection spread along her mammary glands.  At this point she was taken into intensive care at Avon Lodge Veterinary Group, Salisbury and we were left to hand rear the puppies - with six month old Rowan's help!!  Kite spent two weeks in hospital, during which three of her milk engorged mammary glands fell off her body, leaving holes which could accommodate a man's fist.  Thanks to the tireless care of one vet in particular Nick Murgatroyd (who shortly after emigrated, but I've tracked him down to Mallorca - here's a link to his practice Palmavet - thank you Nick, UK's loss, Mallorca's gain!!), Kite survived, though also had to be spayed as the infection spread to her womb.  Had we lost her, I don't think I would have ever bred another litter ever again.  She made a full recovery thank goodness, but it left us in shock.  All of the girl puppies had already been spoken for and one boy remained available - we tried to get one pet owner to change their mind, as they hadn't been able to decide originally between a boy or girl, but they stayed firm.  Now I regret being so 'nice' and to compound the bitter blow even further, one of the girls was killed by a car outside her affluent owners house age just 17 weeks, I tormented myself over this as I feel she would still be here today if I could have kept her.  Everyone else thankfully, is still going strong, even though one of the boys 'Frankie' who lives in the New Forest managed to contract tetanus and was lucky to survive that!
Scroll down for a footnote regarding the treatment of mastitis.


It was never planned to have a third litter from Darwin as she was too good not to be in the show ring, but unfortunately after the disaster with Kite, I had no choice if I wanted to keep my line other than to mate her again - and so Teal and Bungle arrived the following year ....
Kite in the meantime has enjoyed her life as the sedate lady she is, living a life of leisure as a couch potato.  Her new family have adored her since she was five years old and although an old lady now, she is growing old gracefully and still as beautiful as ever.  Lucy presented her mum with a portrait of 'Weasel' for Christmas 2008, which was such a marvellous likeness having captured all of Kite's character and beauty, it had us all tearful (pictured below).   


Footnote regarding MASTITIS:

As a result of my experience with Kite, I have helped many other breeders experiencing similar problems.  Make no mistake, mastitis is SERIOUS and can be life threatening.  The golden rule is that you cannot rely on veterinary treatment and advice alone, though you should of course seek veterinary help if your first line of defence does not produce immediate results - do not linger, antibiotics can save lives and anti-inflammatories/pain killers will also be necessary! 

Mastitis must be hit hard from the moment you feel a hard nodule or lump on a milk gland.  Every time your bitch leaves the whelping box from day two or three, you should be conducting a quick examination of the mammary glands by feel.  The glands should always feel soft and flaccid.  If you haven't been doing at least a daily exam, the first symptoms you may notice are depression, lack of appetite, restlessness, fever, the bitch not wanting to lie flat out to suckle, stretching bodily when outside the box to alleviate pain - any of these things can be warning signs.  This is a condition you must catch early.

The first line of defence is to apply regular hot compresses, either a hot flannel (but not too hot, as you may burn the skin) or a gel pack which can be quickly heated in the microwave and retains the heat for longer.  This must followed by intensive massage with your fingertips in a circular motion.  Do not express milk from the gland as this only encourages the manufacture and build up of even more milk behind the already blocked and inflamed gland.  By intensive massage, I mean INTENSIVE - every spare moment should be spent applying a compress and breaking down any nodules, this can be a labour of love if the mastitis is really bad.  If the mastitis is mild, you can massage while a puppy sucks on the teat, this will help to relieve the pressure.  If the gland is inflamed or has a bluish tinge, you will have to cover a particularly inflamed teat to stop puppies drawing from it while you continue the massage and compresses.  A teat is easily covered by use of a sticking plaster - always keep a strip of fabric dressing in your first aid kit when you have a litter.

Homeopathy is invaluable for treating mastitis - it really does work and can be used in conjunction with conventional medicine without compromise.  Homeopathic remedies are available from Ainsworths and the pharmacists there will also advise on the correct remedy and dosage if you describe the symptoms.  Remedies can be posted first class and with you the next day.  I usually try remedies in the following order, depending on how quickly mastitis flares up.
BRYONIA 30c given every two hours for six doses and then twice daily is the first general remedy to try if glands are hard.
BELLADONA 30c is given when the glands are also hot and swollen.
APIS MEL 30c is quite miraculous if there is a great deal of hot painful swelling.
All of these can be given in conjunction with ARNICA 15c to relieve pain.
I would also advocate for particularly severe cases that you ask your vet for a referral to a homeopathic vet - you can find names and addresses of homeopathic vets on the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons website.

If a bitch spends too much time lying in the whelping box, she is more likely to develop mastitis, so try and get her out as often as possible.  Keep a lead near the whelping box, as often mums are reluctant to leave their newborn puppies, but regular fresh air and a trot round the garden to relieve herself on a regular basis will do her the world of good and relieve the pressure on her milk glands.  Most bitches alternate lying on either side naturally and usually after a trip out of the whelping box, so if possible, get them out every couple of hours as a minimum.  A bitch with developing mastitis often stays on one side to alleviate pain, so you must encourage her to swop sides, or at least lie dead flat so that all the teats are available to suckling puppies.   Bitches with mastitis will sometimes crouch or double up and refuse to lie flat out with their pups if they are in a lot of pain, Arnica and painkillers/anti-inflammatories from your vet will help.

A diet too rich in protein can also promote mastitis.  Although a high protein diet is advocated for nursing bitches, in the early days puppies take relatively little from the bitch, it is as they grow that her nutritional demands increase.  It is therefore probably wise that if feeding a complete food, don't give a mastitis prone bitch anything other than her normal adult diet (albeit as four meals a day) - she may only need a premium type food from the second week onwards as the puppies start to gain weight rapidly.  Premium food is best given in the last three weeks of pregnancy when she needs the calorie rich nutrition.

Injury can also cause mastitis, most usually scratches by puppy nails (one reason you should cut them regularly from at least one week old), or puppies sucking hard on the skin around the teat instead of on the teat itself - the latter is what happened to Kite.  If you notice any weals or red areas, slap a trusty piece of fabric dressing over the injury - make sure that the piece of dressing is of generous proportions to prevent puppies ingesting it.  They are not daft even when days old and will avoid the dressing, they locate everything by smell, but as said, the dressing strip must be large enough that they cannot accidentally suck it off.

It isn't fair to restrict a bitch from accessing her puppies, even when they are older, but you can prevent them from suckling, except at your discretion, by simply putting a T-shirt on your bitch.  Remember, the more they suckle, the more milk will be produced and the worse any mastitis will get. If your bitch is suffering, it is best to wean the puppies from her completely, as early as possible (ideally at 3 weeks) and allow her as much exercise as you can in order to dry the milk supply up as quickly as possible.  Do note however, that the longer your bitch can nurse her puppies the better - if all is going well, do not stop your bitch feeding them if she wants to, until a week before they are due to go to their new homes.  Weaning from the puppies' point of view is best done as a very gradual process, but in emergencies, your bitch comes first.

Sometimes after compressing and massaging an infected gland, the gland will burst and nasty pus may be discharged.  This is a good thing!  However, you will have to make sure the open wound is kept scrupulously clean and must be kept covered with a generous piece of fabric dressing.  You must also examine the dressing regularly to ensure the puppies are not removing this by suckling, the last thing you want is a puppy choking on this, although at all stages it really should be your bitch who is your number one priority!  Of course if this happens, veterinary assistance is a must.

Necrosis is more likely to occur in hot/humid weather, so make sure your bitch is in either an air conditioned room or a room kept relatively cool.  Make sure her glands are not sweaty, if so, use a kitchen towel to keep them dry and washing her glands in luke warm water after a trip into the garden followed by a thorough pat dry before returning to the puppies will keep her comfortable.

You will see from the above that having a litter of puppies is not all plain sailing!  It can be very labour intensive, traumatic and expensive and is not something to be undertaken lightly.  One thing though, it is a tremendous bonding experience between bitch and owner.  By the way, mastitis is a problem not just confined to nursing bitches, it can happen to bitches who suffer phantom pregnancies too and I even heard of a bitch recently who had mastitis well outside of her normal seasons.  Do not delay if mastitis is suspected, your girl's life could depend on your swift action.