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  1. Happy 5th Barkday to Holmes and Watson

    September 19, 2014

    It is hard to believe that Holmes and Watson are 5 years old today — lots of exciting events with the dogs during this time.  Holmes earned his Grand Championship, his CD and his RA.  He lives in Chicago with Ali and Eric and two cats.  Watson has had the opportunity to herd and earned his HT and PT last summer.  He is in Napa with Alden.  I love my doubleton!  A few photos:

    Holmes Smelling the Iris - blog - 5-4-2010This is one of my favorite Holmes photos.  He was 5 months old.

    Holmes and Family 2-21-10 blogIt’s all about family — Holmes, Daddy Chase, Chase’s sister Molly, and Grandma Alice in April, 2010

    Watson - fall 2009Puppy Watson, Fall 2009 — he’s a very sweet boy


  2. The Autumn Sky

    September 14, 2014

    Thursday night the sunset was stunning.  As always, I just stepped out the back door.  I have a new Canon Elph and took these shots with it.

    Sunset w clouds 9-11-14

    Sunset 9-111-14 blog

  3. Healthy, We Are Healthy (Edited)

    August 28, 2014

    We’ve run a battery of health tests on Daisy.  Some of the other dogs have been in the way and been tested as well — so, here’s the skinny:

    Daisy:  Hips – PennHip 70th percentile, Elbows – OFA normal, Eyes – PRA tested clear, CERF (now CAER) normal, DM – normal by parentage, Cosmetics – Fluff Free, Ee (carries pink).  Daisy will soon be bred to Chase.  There will be red and brindle puppies.

    Chase’s health profile: Hips – OFA Good, Elbows – Normal, Eyes – PRA tested clear, CAER normal, Patella – normal, heart – normal, thyroid – normal, DM – normal, Cosmetic: pink free (EE), but carries fluff.

    Copper had a recent dental emergency.  While she was asleep, we PennHipped her.  Her hip results were “above 90th percentile” — fabulous result!  Copper is DM and PRA clear by parentage, she is fluff free and does not carry pink.  When she is 2, we will x-ray her elbows, but I would say she is one healthy girl — now husband-hunting for our little red girl (who also carries for black).

    It is just so nice to receive results like those above.  It makes me confident that any litters we breed here will be healthy and sound.  I’ve added the PennHip report for Copper.  I think it is BEAUTIFUL!!!

    Copper PennHip 2014


  4. Photos – Daisy and Salsa

    August 16, 2014

    This morning Daisy, Salsa and I drove into to town to Kevin and Tricia’s home.  Copper was delighted to have yet another friend with which to romp — the three girls were all over the yard.  Once they had worn themselves out (and we had Dremeled toenails), we hauled out the grooming table so we could try for some photos.  The light was very strong today — I wish we’d had more photos from which to choose, but here are a few acceptable shots.  No side shot of Copper — her cute smile from the front will have to do.


    Daisy w-Kevin hand 8-16-14 blog

    Daisy front - smile - 8-16-14Salsa

    Salsa stacked 8-16-14 blog

    Salsa Front 6-16-14 blogCopper

    Copper front 8-16-14 blog

  5. The Rest of Daisy’s Tests

    August 15, 2014

    This morning I received the results from the rest of Daisy’s “cosmetic” testing.  Good news and “oh, well” news.  Daisy is fluff-free so we will have no fluffy puppies (cute as they are).  Daisy is pure for red — does not carry black — so we will still have Brindle puppies and Red puppies.  Daisy does care “e” which is the pink factor.  Since Chase does not carry it, we will not have pink puppies (sorry, Taryn).  However, some of the puppies will carry the gene for pink and/or the gene for fluff.

    The only thing left to check are PennHip results from the re-xray of her hips and her CERF (eye) check.