Yesterday Copper was bred. We look forward to puppies born on January 3rd. It was a stressful event only because the first shipment of swimmers (on Tuesday) lacked any live swimmers. That does not work. So, Tuesday with the exemplary assistance of Cracker’s owner and the ICSB-Atlanta team, an overnight shipment of pupsicles came to FedEx Albuquerque. Copper submitted to yet another progesterone test. Her numbers were still good for a breeding so we did a TCI (Transcervical Insemination). She was very put out — no roses, no soft music, no nice dinner in a good restaurant. I cannot imagine how offended she will be when she has a bunch of little babies demanding food, cleaning and playing.
Copper’s mom Dory was a wonderful brood bitch and I am so very hopeful that Copper mirrors her.
So now we wait. Somewhere between the 19th and 21st of November we will check Copper’s gums for a change from dark pink to pale pink. That will tell us that embryos are implanting. About December 6th, we should be able to see body changes that tell us Copper is carrying a litter. I am so hopeful! I invite you all to be hopeful along with us. Here is the pedigree for the litter. We should have tri-colors, reds, and brindles.