October 30, 2009

Stuck in Wyoming

Now on day 2 of being stuck in Wyoming driving to Colorado.

The girls are having fun though.

October 26, 2009

Home resting

Miikka and I just got home and she is now resting comfortably.

The surgery went great and the vet said the semen was of very good quality.

Now, fingers crossed.

Ultrasound in 26 or so days.

October 25, 2009

Tomorrow is the day

Miikka ovulated on Friday. Finally...

Surgical implantation of frozen semen takes place 72 hours after ovulation.

So she is taking a trip to Red Deer tomorrow for surgery.

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

More Harper

Alaska looks like an amazing place to hunt and that is where Harper lives.

I love this picture of her.

October 22, 2009

Miikka Update

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

Tis The Season

The hunting pictures continue to roll in. It's that time of year.

This is Lili, from the Shaq x Miikka breeding of 2007.

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.
Congrats again!!

October 20, 2009

Miikka Update

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

Hunting Day

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.

Progesterone testing on Miikka starts tomorrow morning. I'll wait until Sunday night to send the first batch to the lab in Saskatoon.

October 13, 2009

Snow Day

We've had an unseasonably cold week, but thankfully we are supposed to warm up in a couple days.

I had a great time walking the dogs today. I hate cold weather, but I love dog walking in the snow.

Darbi loves the snow too!! We took her on a goose hunt yesterday and got 9 birds. She had a blast and a fun time was had by all!

Cold weather does nothing to stop the Stick Killer.

Miz is also visiting. She had a blast in the snow too.

The gang out and about.

October 8, 2009


Miikka came into season this afternoon.

I guess she got tired of me looking at her hoo-ha every couple of hours.

Progesterone testing will start on day 6 of her cycle.

She ovulated on Day 9 of her cycle on her last breeding in 2007.

So...following that schedule, she should ovulate on October 17 with the breeding to take place on October 20.

Puppies due on December 19ish. Ready to go home Feb. 13ish.

Of course she waited for an inconvenient time on several accounts, but I'll make it work.

October 6, 2009

Training today

Had a fun day training today.

Turq is up visiting. He is doing great. He seems to enjoy the runs through the mud post training too.

The "girls". Miikka-"I'm the cutest thing EVER" and Darbi "she beats me, I swear she does"

No pouty look when you're getting birds, eh Darbs?

A very happy Darbi running to the bird I threw.

There were no sticks for Miikka to kill, so she showed off another one of her many talents.
Nice drool Peanut.
Thank goodnees I opted for the Artificial Insemination, as no boy dog would want you looking like that.

I am STILL waiting for Miikka to come into season. Geez...any minute now.
Of course she's going to wait for the most inconvenient time for me, I'm sure of it.
I have a trip to Delaware planned in November for the U.S. National Retriever Championships...so I'm sure she's holding off to make me panic.