March, 2013

  1. Big Puppy Photo Post

    March 31, 2013 by myeye

    Tom Cannon wields a mean camera, Sheri Morrow is a great photo subject selector.  Carolyn Cannon and I tried to herd the 6 day old subjects to positions where we could see both sides and their cute little faces.  So, without further ado here are photos of the “College kids” born last Monday.








  2. The National Specialty Show Has Started

    March 31, 2013 by myeye

    Yesterday was the first day of the National Specialty Herding Trials.  Our Chaseman earned his first Started Duck leg.  His score was high enough that he earned 1st place in the class and Reserve High in Trial-Ducks.  That was very cool.  His sheep run was awful and he disrespected Ellen so he did not get to finish his run.  I’m so hoping that he is better on sheep today and repeats his success in ducks.

    Last night Chase was bred to Kathy Schwabe’s beautiful girl “Lilly” (CH Xtacee Black Swan).  I am looking forward to photos of those babies who will be raised in Pennsylvania.  This is the pedigree.

    Last night some of my friends stayed over on their way to Tucson.  Sheri Morrow from Denver was here (I think to see puppies more than to see me).  Sheri arrived bearing wine.  She’ll be back Wednesday night.  Kathleen McCombs from Waco stayed — and brought me a beautiful set of Cardigan Stained Glass coasters made by her husband.  She’ll be back on Sunday night.  She also brought a bag of puppy toys.  I cannot wait until the babies open their eyes and can appreciate the toy haul they received.  Tom and Carolyn Cannon have been here for a few days.  They’ve picked up some of the myriad chores on my list.  Tom took baby puppy photos yesterday.  As soon as I have cropped them all, I will post for you.  I am totally not objective about these puppies, but I think you’ll all agree they are beautiful.  And EVERYONE needs a dose of virtual puppy breath.

    Nola will be flying to Arkansas tomorrow to meet up with the very handsome Heath (CH Pluperfect Merrymoon Practical Magic.  The pedigree is here.  We should have Nola puppies at the end of the first week of June.  That litter should “puppy me out” for a while.  Nola needs someone to play with since Chase is at the National Specialty and our old Inca Dink is staying with my granddaughter being dreadfully spoiled.  I thought that I would give the old girl a break from all the visiting people and dogs.

    The puppies:  All seven are well over a pound.  Dory keeps them nice and clean and VERY well-fed.  When I weigh them in the morning they cuddle into my neck.  It makes everything okay.

  3. Joiner Couldn’t Stay

    March 30, 2013 by myeye

    Joiner couldn’t stay in this world. He had suffered some brain damage during the extended effort to bring him to life after the C-section. This morning I said good bye to the little man. I am so sad that he didn’t have the chance to grow up, to have his very own family, to bring smiles. Seven beautiful puppies are wonderful, but I will always think of what Mr. 8 would have added to my life. Thank you all for the prayers and well wishes.

  4. Raising Dory’s Puppies

    March 30, 2013 by myeye

    The puppies will be six days old this afternoon.  With the exception of Joiner, they are big, strong, contented baybeez. I hope to get individual photos this afternoon.  Here is the rundown of weights:

    #1 – Cameron (f) – Birth weight 11.7 oz – this AM – 1 lb. 3 oz.

    #2 – Dally (f) – Birth weight 11.07 oz. – this AM – 1 lb. 1 oz.

    #3 – Emir (m) – Birth weight 11.15 oz. – this AM – 1 lb. 1.9 oz.

    #4 – Faust (m) – Birth weight 12.13 oz. – this AM – 1 lb. 3.75 oz.

    #5 – Gandolf (m) – Birth weight 13.05 oz. – this AM – 1 lb. 2.35 oz.

    #6 – Hillary (f) – Birth weight 10.15 oz. – this AM – 14.5 oz.

    #7 – Intrigue (f) – Birth weight 12.05 oz. – this AM 1 lb. 1.8 oz.

    #8 – Joiner (m) – Birth weight 10.3 oz. – this AM 10.5 oz.  We don’t expect this puppy to make it though we have been supplementing him and keeping him extra warm.  He is too weak to nurse though Dory cleans him several times a day.  He has put up such a good fight, and perhaps there will be a miracle.  (I did not expect him to be alive this morning.)  He has Chase’s white foreleg/brindle foreleg markings.

    Seven of the eight are strong and can be vocal (e.g., when I weigh them), but overall they are so well cared for by Dory that the whelping room is quite quiet — just a contented hum.  The Dorito is a superb mother — with clean, well-fed babies.  Dory is eating us out of house and home, but she may have whatever she wants since all is turned into milk.

    The Puppycam is running and if you’d like to peek in on the babies from time to time, use the “Contact Penni” link above and I will send you the username and password.  You must have Java on your computer.  PLEASE DO NOT MINIMIZE THE PUPPY CAM, YOU MUST LOG OUT AND THEN BACK IN LATER.  The Puppycam uses a tremendous amount of band width and I don’t want Comcast to pull our plug.

  5. The College Kids Are Here

    March 26, 2013 by myeye

    Yesterday afternoon (3/25) Dory started delivering her puppies sired by Chase.  The first four were born about 20 minutes apart, but then came the great slowdown.  Three more puppies took about 5 hours to make it to terra firma.  Then we were waiting for Numero Ocho.  Dory couldn’t deliver him.  So at 1:15 this morning I was at the Los Lunas Animal Clinic.  Dr. Thompson and Katie met me there to take charge of Dory.  The seven puppies that were already bouncing around were in a warming box that we plugged in at the Clinic.  We x-rayed Dory, and sure enough, that 8th puppy was deep in her tummy with its feet in the air.  It had not even begun a trip toward the birth canal.  So, we decided to do a C-Section, hoping the last baby was still alive.

    The little brindle boy had a heartbeat.  We worked on him for an hour and a half — oxygen, vigorous rubbing, a medication to speed up his heart rate.  AND HE MADE IT!!!  I always give the puppies “litter names” as they are born.  The little man is “Joiner” because he decided to stay with us.

    Puppies in order of birth:

    Cameron — a big brindle girl with pretty markings

    Dally – a little red girl with few white markings

    Emir – a big red boy with lots of frosting

    Faust – a dark brindle boy, also with plenty of chrome

    Gandolf – a dark brindle boy with a wide collar

    Hillary – a red girl with exquisite markings (similar to Naughty Nola’s)

    Intrigue – a brindle girl so dark that she appears black – with a pretty even white ruff

    Joiner – a little brindle boy with a split collar — he got off to a rocky start, but is staying with us so far

    Dory is a superb mom.  The baybeez are clean and well fed.  I couldn’t ask for a more attentive mother.  They all gained during their first 24 hours at the home of the baddogs.  The puppy cam will go up tomorrow.  There will be a password so send me a post from “Contact Penni” above and I’ll share it with you as well as the “rules”.  The rules are designed to prevent me from using so much bandwidth that my internet provider pulls my plug.

    I find it interesting that the puppies have segregated themselves.  All the brindles but Joiner are at Dory’s front, the three reds are at the back.  Joiner is napping under her tail.  You know life in the whelping box is good when the sound emanating from the room is a soft hum.  Great job, Dory!