Wednesday morning I took Ms. Copper in to Los Lunas Animal Clinic for an ultrasound — to see if she was indeed pregnant. Unfortunately, it appears she is not. I am very bummed — and I know there are others who were waiting for puppies — who are probably pretty sad as well. So, back to the drawing board. When you do not use the “turn the dog loose in the neighborhood and see who gets her” method of impregnating, the planning, timing, and execution are painful and must be precise. We had a couple of hitches in the road which caused us to use frozen semen. The conception rate with frozen is significantly lower than it is with chilled extended or live. I would never plan on using frozen with a maiden, but circumstances overrode my preferences. Let’s see how things go with Copper. I hope to do a spring breeding. I hope it is more successful.
‘Dog Friends’ Category
November 28, 2015 by myeye
November 18, 2015 by myeye
Lots of people joined in to earn Addie’s Championship. In early November, Kim Raleigh handled Addie in Pueblo for her final Championship point and her first Grand Champion Points. One of Kim’s friends caught this lovely photo of our girl. Many thanks to everyone who participated in making this happen. Addie is litter sister to Andy (MHIT Elyan Andrews Honor Roll BN CDX RAE), owned and trained by Sheri O’Brien and Copper (Elyan The Auburn Tigress HT CD), shared by me with Tricia and Kevin Dooley. Parents are Chase (MHIT GCH/Can CH C-Myste Baledwr Pursuit of Happiness CD RN HXAs OAP OJP VCX ROMs) and Dory (GCH Raglans Just Keep Swimming CGC ROMb). What a happy group of youngsters they are. Addie is with Debbie Yarbrough at Rebel Collies.
November 10, 2015 by myeye
This past weekend, our friend Kim Raleigh took Tuli and Addie to Colorado Springs for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday shows. Unfortunately, Tuli’s hot spots flared up again and she was not shown. However, her aunt Addie (Chase/Dory) carried the flag. Addie was Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex on Friday to earn her final Championship point. On Saturday — her first time shown as a Special — she was Best of Opposite Sex to earn her first Grand Champion Point and a win over another champion. On Sunday, Addie upped her game and was Best of Breed for a Grand Champion Major and another competition win. She was pulled out for the final dogs in the Herding Group. Addie is now CH ELYAN ADELAIDE ECO PT! Addie is Copper’s and Andy’s littermate — what a group of classic over-achievers! I love the Chase kids!
October 23, 2015 by myeye
Our Copper (shared with Kevin and Tricia Dooley) has finally decided to come into season — YAY! She will be bred to Cracker, a handsome black boy. We expect baybeez the first week in January — if all goes according to plan. There should be black tris, brindles and reds. This is a stunningly healthy breeding. Copper has the best hips we’ve ever bred. She is tested clear of Degenerative Myelopathy, is EE (no clear red or pink), and no fluff. Her CERF (now called CAER) is normal and her parents are tested clear for PRA. Daddy-to-be is OFA Good, EE (no pink), PRA clear by line, DM clear. He does carry fluff so some of the kids will carry for fluff. Both parents have wonderful, bright temperaments. Copper has her HT and her CD. Cracker is a Group-winning Grand Champion.
Here is the pedigree.
It has been a year since our last litter so we are excited about these upcoming babies. Think good thoughts for Copper and the babies. We’ll share more information as this plan progresses.
July 12, 2015 by myeye
Today we went to Dr. Barb’s to further polish our herding dogs. It is so green that it hurts my eyes! Chase is working well. He has reached the point at which he understands silence and the bubble and pressure. His daughter Addie will be trying her paw at Pre-Trial Tested in Colorado next month. I was very proud of her work — she loves herding. Ellen has both of these dogs aiming to peak at the right time. So, photos: