A DOG-DAFT Kirkcaldy couple have become proud parents – to a unique litter of ten Scandanavian hound pups!
And, despite the huge amount of work involved in caring for them over the past six weeks since the birth, and the effort involved in getting their world-class mum to Kirkcaldy in the first place, Billy Allen and his fiancee Gayle Robertson couldn’t be happier.
Billy (41) and Gayle (34) who run Bonzo Pet Services from their home at Cowden Laws Farm Cottages on the outskirts of Kirkcaldy, are hoping their new arrivals will form successful future dog sled racing teams.
Billy and Gayle both grew up around animals, but it was only last year they decided to follow their dream and turn their passion into a career.
And, as well as the dog grooming and walking services, they have been working hard to try to develop their sled racing dreams which began eight years ago when Billy got his first Siberian husky Bonzo and trained him to pull him on a scooter.
The pups: Clover, Conker, Baloo, Finnan, Mowgli, Nala, Lola, Maple, Willow and Kaytoo, are the first litter of Scandanavian hounds to be born in Fife, and the pedigree of their parents, who are both lead dogs and former world champions with one of Norway’s top kennels, means they could go on to great things.
Billy and Gayle, a former veterinary nurse, will spend the next year preparing the pups – five boys and five girls – for their future careers.
“You can’t harness them until they are about a year old, but I am hoping that they will form the nucleus of my six and eight dog racing teams which I plan to take to races throughout Europe,” explained Billy, who, as well as the pups already has five Scandinavian hounds, two Siberian Huskies and a German Shepherd.
His contacts in the world of dog sled racing resulted in him getting the opportunity to invest in Florens, the mother of the pups, in Norway.
The couple were stunned when Florens gave birth to her huge litter, but soon after giving birth she took ill. She had to have an operation and was unable to feed her pups.
“Three of us had about 10 days of bottle feeding which was totally exhausting, but Florens made a good recovery and the pups are now weaned and growing,” added Billy.