Kite pictured age 2½ years
Born: 3rd October 1997
Hips: 5-5 Elbows: 0-2
Clear Eye Certificate March 2002 age 4 years
Goldmarker Music Man of Unavale
Res CC, SGWC
Densdale Jeremy Res CC
Ch Westley Topic of Sansue
||Ch Camrose Cabus Christopher
Ch Westley Victoria
Susannah of Sansue
||Ch Gaineda Consolidator of Sansue
Igri Zelda of Goldmarker
Dealer of Dunblair
||Sh Ch Zach of Dunblair
|Unavale Bosanover Baby
||Unavale Brandy Snap
Tenfield All At Sea
Open Show Best Of Breed Winner,
Ch Show Firsts in Breed & Stakes classes
Ch Jamescroft Squire
1 CC, 3 Res
|Sh Ch Styal Shelley of Maundale
Rossbourne Party Piece of Sansue RCC
Melfricka Ace In The Hole 1 CC, 1 Res CC
Tenfield Rambling Runaway
Res CC, CAC, Res CACs, CK
Dt/DtVDH Ch Unavale Kitywake of Tenfield
Sh Ch Zach of Dunblair
Unavale Bosanover Baby
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A Summary of
Breed & Stakes Class places
Open Show Firsts in Breed & Variety Classes
Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze Award
Dainty Paws Award for Staying
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
All of these can be given in conjunction with ARNICA 15c to relieve
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
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.
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.