The hip xray experience with Addie was most unusual. We sent the xray below to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Each xray they receive is sent to three of the orthopedic vets on their panel for review and rating. Addie’s elbows were normal, but her hip xray elicited three different ratings — one from each of the reviewing vets. I called foul and we re-xrayed her, set up for PennHip. The results — her hips rate above 90% of the Cardigan hips submitted for review. I am good with that rating and would have no issue breeding her. So, yay Addie!
April 9, 2016
December 22, 2015
Yesterday it was Addie’s turn to visit Dr. Donny. We did hips, elbows, and a patella check for OFA. I think these are pretty nice hips:
Donny took the time to explain to Debbie, Pam, and me what he was looking for and why he liked these hips. I always appreciate his conversations.
I am firmly convinced that OFA and the IRS are sister companies so I’ll just hold my breath until the results are in. We submitted digitally so should have an answer in the next two to three weeks.
December 14, 2015
When I went to my Post Office today, I had a pick-up notice in my box (actually two, but one was unimportant). The other box was totally unexpected. It was from my friend Margaret Williams. Margaret lives in South Dakota and I know she is really jealous because we have had so much snow and rain while she enjoys unseasonal warmth. The box contained real surprises. One was the much-coveted Target Corgi ornament. When the little guys hit the Target shelves, Corgi Nation gathered together and launched an unparalleled rescue operation. That meant if you didn’t get a Target Corgi ornament in the first few days after they were stocked, you were not getting one. We don’t have a Target in Los Lunas and I had not been in Albuquerque when I also had time to systematically hit the Targets to find one of the elusive ornaments. I assumed I would have to do without, but then Margaret packaged up one of the little guys and sent it to me. They are very cute! Don’t you agree?
Also in the surprise box was a lovely oval, beveled glass ornament with a photo on it of Chase herding sheep. It is an early morning photo so includes many shades of blue. It is so beautiful, so unexpected, and I am so grateful. What a wonderful gift. Hugs to Margaret.
December 5, 2015
This morning we again ran an ultrasound over Copper’s tummy — just to be sure. Unfortunately, she is still not pregnant. I am so bummed!
Tuli has been suffering with hotspots. Last week, my vets took skin plugs and sent them off to Spectrum labs to see if our puppy has environmental allergies. Indeed, Tuli does. The results are below. The answer is the compounding of oral drops that will be administered under her tongue for 3 to 5 months. The Clinic will order the drops on Monday. In the meantime, I will re-home Tuli’s pet cockroach.
November 28, 2015
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.