7 1/2 Weeks


Its a sad time here at Catherton for the Bargmans ,but a very happy time for all the new families. Everyone has been waiting so patiently for this week to arrive.

All the pups went to the vets on Tuesday for their microchips, there is a photo of them in the back of “Betty” my car, it went without a hitch. They are in so much need of individual care now, they have become so inquisitive and Chris and I are exhausted trying to occupy their active minds. Keeping watch on 11 of them around the place is a nightmare.

Last weekend was so wonderful ,the pups had lots of human and canine visitors and the weather was glorious, so we had everyone in the garden.Quill ,Cassies puppy from the last litter came back for the first time since she left here at 8 weeks .She is so pretty and sounds like her agility is going really well ,can’t wait to see her competing .Our friends Kate and Matt bought Dougie over too ,he was so gentle with the pups. We all sat in the garden drinking wine watching all the fun, it was fantastic. The pups loved it as did Chris and I .

This will be my last puppy blog, I am hoping that new owners will keep us up to date with news and pictures . Thank you all for your kind messages ,so glad you have enjoyed the updates.



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6 1/2 weeks

The puppies are growing up into inquisitive, adventurous little monkeys. They go out twice a day and there is no stone left unturned in their adventure playground commonly known as our garden!  They have been for walks down the field with Cassie. She loves playing with them, but has decided enough is enough as far as feeding them is concerned.

The last few days it has been so cold and windy here, but they are really robust and still seem happy to go out to play. We monitor them closely and as soon as they go sleepy we bring them in.

I have yet to find anything they will not eat, chicken poo is a favourite along with my new clematis! Seriously though they have wonderful appetites and seem to have strong constitutions.

My other girls are teaching them social etiquette .Granny Willow is quite tolerant, Jas their sister really has no idea what to make of them all and runs off. Ebby puts up with so much, then snarls at them especially if they try to suckle .All good experience for them.

Its a big week for them next week ,off to the vet Tuesday for their microchips .Then off to their new homes. I am confident they are ready and will prove to be life changing and enhancing additions to their new families. Chris and I have loved having them around,even though it is for a relatively short time they have weedled their way into our affections and we will miss them all.  At least our horses can have some much needed TLC.

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5 1/2 weeks

The weather has been dire, so cold and windy but thankfully we didn’t get any snow unlike some parts of Shropshire. The puppies had their first adventure into the garden today, they scampered about, chewed a few Rhododendron flowers, chased the ducks and chucks until they stood their ground, then the pups were not so sure of themselves.

They are coming into the lounge for evening playtime two at a time. This enables Chris and I to keep an eye out for wee’s. As you can imagine this takes up a fair chunk of time but so good for them to be little individuals. Wednesdays and Thursdays I don’t finish teaching until 8.30 so I am glad we managed to get them out into the garden.

All of their papers have come from the Kennel Club now. As you may be aware all my pups are named after tree’s so this litter have German tree names, for example Crumpsbrook Apfel.

They are also booked in for their vet checks and micro chips. They all look so well, such an even litter and so confident, we are so proud of them all.

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4 Weeks Old

The pups are doing really well, they are now eating 4 meals a day with incredible enthusiasm. They have taken to their Burns mini bites which is mixed with either chicken lamb or beef mince. They are still enjoying their evaporated milk which is acting as a replacement for mums milk as Cassie has handed over the monumental task of feeding to Chris and I. She also made the decision to sleep with her adult chums last night for the first time. Then after eating her breakfast she went to do a quick count of her babies. Bless her, she coped with those sharp teeth feeding for a few minutes then jumped out. Her coat has continued to drop out but you can now see the new hair growing back. I really don’t like this time when I look at my girls, I feel so proud of what they do but they do look so bedraggled. She is enjoying her walks on the common now, the last few days have been beautiful, it really makes me smile to see her bounding across the heather and bracken. Her efforts are truly appreciated.

The pups are in the conservatory during the daytime now and they have their own private patio no less, which they love. Some of them are even pooing and weeing on the grass. They are getting used to various noses saying hello through the bars, poor Pebbles was pecked on the nose by Max our cockerel, but it did not seem to phase him too much. We try to give them as many different life experiences as we can so next week they will go on the lawn in the garden in their playpen, weather permitting.

Enjoy the videos.


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First Breakfast

I have spent the last couple of days introducing the puppies individually to evaporated milk mixed with a little warm water. They absolutely love it !

This morning was their first group breakfast, to say it was messy is an understatement but I think they drank most of it. They all then had to have a wipe down to remove the worst of the milk . Next week they will start on Burns mini bites which are soaked to make a soft  porridge consistency.

Cassie had her first walk out on the common this morning too, it took her 2 minutes to flush her first pheasants. She looked so happy to be enjoying doing what Munsters do best.

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DAY 18

Cassie and her pups have received lots of visitors over the past few days. It is so rewarding for Chris and I to see how excited everyone is.

Cassie, bless her, is doing a sterling job of feeding her babies, they are such chubby little things. She on the other hand is beginning to look tatty, her coat is falling out, a normal response caused by the change in her hormone levels. She is eating really well, is fed every 4 hours right through the night. Chris and I take it in turns to do the night shift. She loves going out with the rest of our family, woofing at people and horses using the footpath and the weather has been kind so everything is drying up.

The puppies have been wormed for the first time. They were really good but the first time is always the easiest as they have no idea what is about to happen. All of them are gaining weight ,I am so chuft with the litter, so even and strong. They have also had the nails clipped again. Cassie will soon have to contend with teeth as well as nails, poor poppit. At the weekend I hope to start them lapping simply to ease Cassie’s workload so I will keep you posted. Enjoy the video footage and photos.

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Day 11

The pups are getting so much stronger, they are actually mobile, very wobbly, but mobile non the less . They are also becoming quite vocal ,lovely little yips. They will soon be exploring their new world so some plastic has gone down today over our carpet in preparation for their adventures.They are now beginning to open their eyes ,their vision will be very poor for a few days but progress happens so quickly .It is truly wonderful watching them develop. Chris and I clipped their toe nails today,they get very sharp and poor Cassie gets terribly scratched when they kneed her tummy to encourage milk flow. This handling is an important part of growing up for a Crumpsbrook pup, vital for a biddable adult that accepts human control.My adults think nothing of having their nails cut because it is done regularly.

Do enjoy the video footage.

The family are now accepting visitors they have a full social calendar this weekend ,but if you have a puppy booked do ring me to arrange a visit.

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One week old today

What a difference a week makes. This time last week Cassie was exhausted having given birth to her 11 puppies. They have had their weigh-in today and are all growing so well. Cassie is a devoted mother keeping them spotlessly clean and well fed, bless her. She feels happy enough to leave her babies for short periods of time to have a wonder around the field with Ebby, Willow and Jas. We managed to take a photo of every puppy individually. The girls first, then the boys. Enjoy.


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Day 2


Cassie is recovering well from her exertions,she is a fantastic mother and is so proud of her babies.

They are all feeding well and have had a weigh in today. Every one has gained weight and all is going to plan so far. Chris and I take it in turns to get up in the night to feed Cassie, I like to feed her regular small meals of her special whelping bitch Burns, mixed with fresh minced chicken lamb or beef to keep her energy levels up so she continues to feed all the pups herself. She has an evaporated milk and water mix which she loves ,this is a really good high calorie drink. Its so important she drinks plenty of fluids to enable her to keep producing milk. Our hens are producing plenty of eggs so Cassie is also enjoying free range scrambled egg.

The photo on the right is the whole litter all 11 munchkins  keeping warm on their heated pad during bedding change over



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Finally the girls





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New Arrivals

Just a quicky to say Cassie is well ,will update tomorrow but thought you may like

to see day 1 photos.

More updates and regular photographs of the puppies will be put on Munster Puppy News.cassiepups13-day1-1cassiepups13-day1-2

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Expectant Mum



I had my suspicions before the snow came that Ebby’s tummy was not growing. On Thursday we decided to take her to the vets. After a scan and x-ray she was confirmed not in pup. We are so disappointed but will try her once more next season. She is now on a strict diet after enjoying 4 meals a day and special privileges but much to her delight her exercise regime is back to normal. She enjoyed a trip to Mortimer Forest in the snow with Jas and Jas’s brother Sully.

Cassie as you can see is positively blooming. Poor poppet is getting more uncomfortable as the days go by. She has 7 days to go. I don’t supposecassieinpup2 for one minute she will go full term.

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Litter Plans

cassieinpup2Cassie as you can see is positively blooming. Poor poppet is getting more uncomfortable as the days go by. She is due on the 8th April but I don’t suppose for one minute she will go full term.


For Cassie’s 2nd litter I decided to repeat her last mating with Harry.  I have been so thrilled with the last litter, their adaptability, characters and quality is so good and Harry is not getting any younger, he is 12 later this year.


Tanzenbach Water Boatman (Harry) – Hip score 3/5, HUU Clear, HC Clear 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.

Harry full-filled my criteria in 2011 and if I am honest I still feel he is the perfect dog to mate with Cassie.. He is still so sound which bodes well for the long term health of their progeny. He has a fantastic character, wonderful conformation and excellent heath test results. He is a stunning boy and his show record speaks for itself – 14 Challenge Certificates, 9 Best Of Breeds and 15 Reserve Challenge Certificates.  Harry lives with his mum Helen in Kent and is absolutely adored.

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New Homes

All of the puppies have gone to their new families now. 

We both consider ourselves fortunate to have met some lovely people to take on our Crumpsbrook puppies. Thank you for all the various presents, cards and emails we received, they are truly appreciated.

The photos and emails have been lovely, we will  post them regularly for everyone to look at.  Please keep them coming, we love seeing how they all grow.

Crumpsbrook Apfel (Pippin)


Crumpsbrook Goldregan (Otto)


Crumpsbrook Ziefer (Micah)


Crumpsbrook Kirsche (Frazzle)


Crumpsbrook Tanne (Jackson)


Crumpsbrook Esche (Callie)


Crumpsbrook Larche(Fynn)


Crumpsbrook Somme Eische (Lottie)


Crumpsbrook Ahorn (Otto)


Crumpsbrook Zypresse (Thistle)


Crumpsbrook Mispel (Simon)


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