Dottie (Shaq x Miikka 2007) wishes her little brothers and sisters a Happy New Year!
December 30, 2009
December 29, 2009
December 28, 2009
Here is a pic of the whelping room at my house.
It is pretty comfy with a couch for visitors and a separate heater for the pups.
Pups from this litter are a very good size and all pretty uniform.
The males are smaller than the females, which is a first for me. I've learned over time that birth size has nothing to do with how big the pups will be when they are grown. Oftentimes the smallest pup in the litter will grow up to be the largest.
For eg. "Dottie", from the last Miikka x Shaq breeding was TINY. She was 11 oz. at birth and always smaller than her littermates. When I met her and 3 of her siblings this summer, she was as big or bigger than the rest and she was most certainly larger than her mother.
But here is a rundown on the pups in order of birth anyways:
Puppy #1 - BROWN with dots Collar (female): 1 lb. at birth/1.4 lb. now
Puppy #2 - RED Collar (male): 12 oz. /1.1 lb
Puppy #3 - GREEN Collar (male): 12 oz./1.1 lb.
Puppy #4 - PINK Collar (female): 17 oz./1.7 lb.
Puppy #5 - YELLOW Collar (female): 15 oz./1.2 lb.
Puppy #6 - BLUE with dots Collar (female): 17 oz./1.8 lb.
Pups are getting their dew claws removed tomorrow. I don't like removing them past day 4, but with all the vet clinic closures between Christmas and New Years, that was my best option rather than driving them 45 minutes one way.
They have started on their Early Neurological Stimulation as well. If you're unfamiliar with that, give it a "google" and there is lots of info. I have done this on every litter I've had. Not sure if it helps, but it sure doesn't hurt.
And finally...the babes having their mid-morning meal. Everyone is doing fantastic. You wouldn't believe how shiny the little guys are and Miikka looks GREAT.
December 27, 2009
December 25, 2009
Well, the final count is 6.
4 girls and 2 boys.
Everything went great and mom and babes are happy and healthy. Not sure where the mysterious "seventh" pup went...so it seems the x-ray count by the vet was off.
My friends tell me that all pups weighed in at close to a pound at birth. They will weigh everyone again today to be sure the babies are all gaining weight and doing well.
I'll be in touch with everyone on the waiting list when I get home from Maui.
December 24, 2009
December 16, 2009
I took Miikka to the vet today to have a pre-whelping x-ray done. The image wasn't great, but we counted 7 spines on the x-ray. I'm still hopeful there is one or two more in there. I don't want to disappoint anyone on the waiting list.
I'm going to Hawaii from Dec. 19 to the 27. With Miikka being due on the 28th, I'm a bit nervous to leave her. The Hawaii trip was booked before she was bred.
She will continue to live in my house and will whelp out the puppies here if she has them before I get back. Trusted friends will be watching her around the clock and I know she is in good hands.
I do hope she waits until I get home though.
December 8, 2009
I sold Turq this week.
I am feeling bittersweet about it.
I purchased Turq several months ago with the intention of selling him, so it comes as no surprise. I wanted to "see what he was made of" before I made the decision to sell and who to sell to.
Turq is bright, willing, tractable, a good marker and a real joy to be around.
He shows real promise as a field trial dog and has been sold to a field trialer who will keep him on Kenny's truck.
Watch for Turq in Derbies next year...I know I can't wait.
Here is Turq with his goofy face on. Ears half cocked and biting a lip.
December 7, 2009
December 6, 2009
It is a cold one here! New snow and very chilly temperatures.
The dogs don't mind at all though, it seems.
Darbi taking a snow bath.
Miikka (now called Porky), is sure starting to show. A pregnancy does nothing to stop her stick killing ways though.
Turq being a goof.
Darbi is feeling good in this cold weather. She's always been a dog that prefers minus 30 over plus 30.
November 27, 2009
November 26, 2009
November 24, 2009
November 22, 2009
I sometimes feel that my dogs are like the famed world traveling garden gnomes. They are becoming seasoned travelers!
Since January of 2009, my girls have visited (in no particular order):
In the past few days my girls have been:
1) To the famed covered bridges in Madison County, Iowa.
What a beautiful location and I saw some amazing bridges!
November 19, 2009
Here is a gorgeous picture of Miikka's boyfriend "Shaq". It was neat to see him in person again. What a great dog!
Amazingly, even though Miikka has had one litter by Shaq and another (fingers crossed) on the way...the two had never met. The wonders of modern reproductive technology.
I couldn't get a good picture of the two as Shaq only had eyes for the Peanut.
That's okay Shaq, I think she's cute too.
Alas, Arson's 2009 National is over today. He was dropped after a handle in the 6th series. It was an impressive showing for a young dog. Kenny and I now have the LONG drive back to Alberta.
November 18, 2009
Not very often can I get Darbi "she beats me" to put her ears up for a camera. I tricked her yesterday.
I pulled her off Kenny's truck after the 5 millionth flyer had been shot and she was raring to go run the trial.
So, here is Darbs at the 2009 US National. This might be as close as she ever gets to a US National.
For those who have been following Darbi's health problems this summer, it seems she is a 100% now. She ran a week of pre-National in New Jersey and Kenny said she was full of go and ran as good as anyone in the group. I truly think she hurt somewhere bad this summer, but I doubt we will ever find out the cause of her pain. I, to this day, think is was back pain of the soft tissue kind. I'm glad to see her back to herself these days though, and that is all that matters.
November 17, 2009
I'm going to get around to posting some pics.
This is "Arson", who is Kenny's National competitor this year. He is a young dog at his first National and so far, so good!
Here is Arson on one day of pre-National training in Delaware. It was WET and Cold.
A pic of FC AFC Taylorlab Downtown Dusty Brown.
Bill Eckett with Kiss Of The Devil.
And finally, the "pros" setting up a test on a miserable day.
November 13, 2009
November 4, 2009
November 1, 2009
October 30, 2009
October 26, 2009
October 25, 2009
October 24, 2009
Happy first birthday to the Prime x Darbi puppies!!! Their birthday was yesterday.
I remember the little newborns like it was yesterday.
Don't ask about the lobster...long story...
(p.s. one more puppy was born after this pic was taken...)
Happy Birthday to:
Harper in Alaska
Meg in Ontario
Chug in Montana
Turq in Alberta
Coal in Alberta
Duece in Saskatchewan
Koda in Alberta
October 22, 2009
So, the test results came back today.
Miikka was 2.4 ng yesterday. That number is USUALLY a sign she has hit the "LH" stage. So, we ran a LH test on the same blood, and it was positive. Miikka will ovulate tomorrow. Breeding to be done on Monday.
We will run one more vial of blood Saturday to be sure she has risen above 5ng (ovulation) as there is the RARE case a dog doesn't ovulate 2 days after the LH surge.
So, new plans for Peanut are:
Ovulation Oct. 23
Breeding Oct. 26
Pups due Dec. 28
October 21, 2009
Here are a couple of pictures of the adorable Meg. She is from the 2008 Prime x Darbi litter and lives in Ontario.
Meg enjoying her first hunt. She sure has her mom's face.
And Meg and owner Jill with the blue ribbon they won in the Puppy Stake at the Mountain Valley Field Trial.
October 20, 2009
I sent 4 days of blood to the University of Saskatoon on Sunday.
The results I got back Monday showed she had not ovulated yet.
So more blood was drawn Monday and Tuesday, and will be sent in along with Wednesday's blood tomorrow.
She was only at 0.5 ng on Sunday, so we're still a few days off.
October 14, 2009
Had a great shoot this morning.
Today was Miikka's turn to get out hunting. She was great!
Here is me and a co-worker of mine with the day's harvest.
And Kenny. Miikka kept stealing a bird from the pile.
So, we let Peanut have her bird.