October, 2011

  1. Nola – First Major – Sangre De Cristo KC (1)

    October 26, 2011 by myeye

    Nola’s photo arrived today.  She was in 9-12 puppy class.  Now she’s a year old so until she finishes, she and I will be in Bred-By.

  2. Let’s Straighten Something Out

    October 26, 2011 by myeye

    At 8:00 this morning, in the park overrun by dog shows ten days ago, I met up with Diana who is a veterinary chiropractor.  Diana mostly works on horses, but is kind enough to help with the Cardis.  She lives in Belen, which is south of us, so meets me in Los Lunas on her way to visit the horse farms.

    When I saw Holmes on the 13th (he’d been gone since August), I was shocked by how bad his topline looked.  This is a dog whose topline has always been rock solid and level.  He had a dip and a rise that had not been there previously.  He also wasn’t gaiting freely.  I had been so disappointed in his placings for the two weekends before the 13th.  However, when I saw him, I knew why he hadn’t been winning.  So I called Diana.

    Holmes’ back was seriously out of alignment, as was his neck.  Diana did a major adjustment and I trotted him around.  He looked like the dog I’d had earlier in the summer.  I can’t imagine how uncomfortable he must have been.  I don’t know how he hurt himself — probably wrestling with the big(ger) dogs.  But I can say for certain, the adjustment made a huge difference.

    Nola also needed adjustment of her pelvis, left rear stifle, and her neck.  I always know how Nola hurt herself — she is the Cardi version of Rocky The Flying Squirrel.  She is now moving much better.  We’ve set up another appointment before I take them to Pueblo.

    The moral to the story is that I need to meet with Diana regularly to keep things straightened out.

  3. Welcome Chatre

    October 26, 2011 by myeye

    Bluefox’s “L” litter arrived last night.  Along the way an emergency C-Section was required, but this morning there are five healthy Chase/Treasure babies taking up space in Cheryl’s new whelping box.  The count is one brindle girl, two red girls, and two red boys.  I’m not going to rant right now, but I will say I was dismayed by the emergency vet’s lack of understanding about the birthing process.  It is near impossible to find veterinarians that want to work with breeders — they are all about spaying and neutering every single puppy.  Okay — just a mini rant!

    Congratulations, Cheryl — and Treasure and Chase.  Here’s to the babies!  By the way, their October 25th birth date slid them in under the wire for the Puppy Sweepstakes at the Ohio Cardigan National Specialty.

  4. Some Of Us Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

    October 23, 2011 by myeye

    Nola came in season at the show last week.  Yesterday she reached an “interesting point” — or so says Holmes.  So, I have separated the inseparable which results in an inconsolable Holmes.  He is whining and crying non-stop.  Last night in my bed, he cried under his breath.  Poor Holmes. he wants to lavish special attention on his little sister — which is not going to happen.  He also doesn’t want to eat this morning.  I had managed to put a couple of pounds back on him since he came home from Camp Wendy.  It looks like I’ll be starting over on that project.  Darned boy dogs!

    Tater thinks he should breed Nola and drives her nuts when he gets near her.  At 4 months old, I think he is dreaming, but I’m keeping a close eye on the precocious little man.  Inca is bored with it all.  She has volunteered to eat Holmes’ breakfast, but otherwise is not involved in the soap opera.

    Maybe later I’ll take a nap in the car.

    Tater is still available to a show home.  He looks more stunning with each week that passes.  Onofrio has posted the results from Mesilla Valley two weeks ago and AKC has posted the Grand Champion points from that show.  Holmes now has 23 points and has completed all the other requirements.  I’ve entered him in Pueblo where we will try to get the last two points.  Holmes also needs a home — he is a sweet dog that would love agility and tracking with his very own person.

  5. A New Blog On The Block

    October 22, 2011 by myeye

    Cheryl Kienast has her act together — just in time for the birth of the Chatre (that would be Chase and Treasure puppies).  Puppies are most likely due Thursday.  So, please add http://bluefoxtn.blogspot.com to your blogroll, drop in to say hi, and watch for a birth announcement.