Here's a new award for Creubhag (Riding the Wind with Cusidh) "Silver Whiskers February Patient of the Month" from Lomond Hills Veterinary Clinic. She won this award as a result of her determination and toughness. 

The day after Banrigh died, her sister Creubhag, became ill with Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat.Claire rushed her to our absolutely brilliant vets Lomond Hills Veterinary Clinic but given Creubhag's age (she's over 10 years old) we weren't confident of a positive outcome. Angus and Tricia operated through the night and managed to successfully untwist Creubhag's stomach. Even so she was still very poorly as her age was against her and even when surgery is successful, dogs may still die due to the serious damage to other parts of their body, especially their heart. Creubhag, however, amazingly fought on and she was then allowed back home after 3 days at the vets.

The whole experience was obviously incredibly difficult but against the odds Creubhag is still with us, not least because of the excellent veterinary skills employed and Claire's quick actions, but also due to Creubhag's personality - as Tricia says "She is a feisty old lady with a lot of spirit!"

Here are some photos of Creubhag at the vets and a few days later when Tricia came to visit her at home. As you can see Creubhag is also now a poster girl helping to raise awareness of the signs of GDV/Bloat on line.

Creubhag

Creubhag 

Photos by Tricia Macpherson

If you are on facebook there are more photos and articles on the Lomond Hills Veterinary Clinic page here - you will need to scroll down to their February posts.

Our beautiful and wonderful Banrigh (Ch Drawing Down the Moon to Cusidh) passed away in her sleep at home on 2nd Feb 2015. Banrigh was the most amazing girl tackling everything we did together with enthusiasm and ease. She was always happy to do whatever was asked of her. We ran together for miles on end, escaped bike crashes, competed in CaniX, lure coursing and KC shows and she even starred in a BBC TV series. At Crufts, she won the bitch Challenge Certificate (CC) three times and was Best of Breed (BOB) twice. She was Best in Show (BIS) at the Deerhound Club Breed and Limited Shows, but above all she was my best friend. She is irreplaceable but we are ever so lucky to have had her in our lives for over 10 years. Thank you Banrigh and all our love. We are missing you very much. 

Here are some of our favourite photos of Banrigh. 

Due to a change in circumstances a bitch puppy from Tilly's litter has become available. Please see here for more details of the litter. The puppy is now approx 3.5 months old and the breeders Lorna and Gavin Steele can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 0758 000 5900. Here's one of my favourite photos of the litter from Lorna. 

And here is the girl in question. She is with Lorna and Gavin who are based in mid Wales.  

There's been quite a few birthdays recently so we thought it could be good to highlight some of them.  

Firstly congratulations to sisters Banrigh (Ch Drawing Down the Moon to Cusidh) and Creubhag (Riding the Wind with Cusidh) who were 10 years old on 7th Dec 2014. They've both been on good form recently with Creubhag even attending a show (see here for details) and Banrigh relishing retirement and her daily walks. Here are some recent photos of them this Autumn with Banrigh enjoying a sunny November walk in Milton Keynes and Creubhag apparently now enjoying the show scene.

 

Banrigh and Creubhag are now the oldest current Cusidhs as their Uncle "Jamie" (brother of Cusidh Coille Hallaig) died this Autumn aged 12.  

Banrigh also got a fabulous new display this Christmas marking all her achievements and our memories. Here's a photo below. 

 

Please click on the read more for more birthday news.

Every best wish to everyone for Christmas and we hope you all have a great 2015. 

Here are the more well behaved Cusidhs at Craigend!