We are planning our C-litter summer 2014 with our wonderful Maggie and the just as wonderful male Seke. Read more about the planned litter HERE. Maggie was mated with Seke 27th and 28th of April, and we are hoping for our C-litter to be born in the end of June. Ultrasound will be done in about 3 weeks time. Maggie and I travelled a couple of hours south of Stockholm to visit Seke, and we had two perfect harmonic matings. We enjoyed our stay in beautiful Västervik and I am so proud of Maggie who were calm and well behaved everywhere we went and was happy and curious with everything we did. Situations like this reminds me how amazing Maggie is 🙂
First puppy class for Fia, Nixon and Buddy!
Isi and I have been training for the begleithundtest (ferdselsprøve – FP) wich is a obedience- and behaviortest within the IPO program (RIK). Wednesday last week was the D-day, and I am very happy to say that we passed the test! Isi did a great job, I did good and remembered the whole program without faults, and Isi can now put BH in front of her name 🙂
While Bissy stayed with us one more week, we went to meet the 3 pups that had already moved. It was great seeing them again and see that they have settled well in with their new family.
Isi and Bissy
Bissy and Fia
The puppies are 54 days old today, and today was the big day when they moved to their new homes. In the beginning of this week I thought that they was small and to young to start moving, but on friday I thought that they should move today 😉 Bad weather combined with puppies with loads of energy is not a good combination, even if they are only 4 😉 So we went for rides with the car both friday and saturday, and tried to keep them occupied with different activities and toys. But they fought a lot with each other the last couple of days, so it was good for them to start their new life today. Thank you all wonderful puppy buyers for a wonderful day, and good luck with your new family member!
Wayosi Beautiful Monster ~ Fia is co-owned with us, and are living with Tone and Lars with family on Lørenskog, only 10 minutes away from us. Wayosi Been Caught Stealing ~ Buddy is living with Gunhild and Jan with family on Leirsund, 10 minutes from us. Wayosi Baby Can’t Drive ~ Nixon is living with Bente and Halvor with family on Lier, about 1 hour from us. Wayosi Busy Being Fabulous ~ Bissy will be staying with us for a week, before she is traveling with me to Stockholm and going back to her roots with Kiwi’s breeder Anna.
Trying to take a group photo of the rascals before leaving for their new homes 🙂
Buddy with his new familly
Fia with her new family
Nixon with his new family
We took the pups to my fathers house in the woods of Nittedal. They enjoyed to explore the new areas and they are a little handful to keep track of as they all walk in different directions 🙂
Miss Pink stepped into my fathers greenhouse
Miss Purple discovered the sandbox 🙂
The puppy bags are ready for Sunday, when the pups will leave…
The time flies, and the puppies are 50 days old today. Fia, Buddy and Nixon leaves on sunday, while Bissy in staying with us until next week when I am traveling to Stockholm with her. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone, and having only 4 pups is very cosy and relaxing 🙂 I am very very pleased with how the little ones have turned out, and they have the sweetest tempers and a wonderful mentality. They have balanced exteriors and wonderful shiny coats. They seem very healthy and I hope they will stay healthy also in the future. We try to give the pups as much socializing and training as possible, and they have listened to a firecracker CD almost every day, and now the volume is up quite loud. But they doesn’t seem to care, at least not when they are occupied with a bottle containing food and a activity ball 🙂 See the movie of them during this session here. We took stacked photos at 48 days, which you can see under. The photo album is also updated, see here.
#1 – Mister Blue
Wayosi Been Caught Stealing ~ Buddy
#2 – Miss Purple
Wayosi Busy Being Fabolous ~ Bissy
#3 – Miss Pink
Wayosi Beautiful Monster ~ Fia
#4 – Mister Orange
Wayosi Baby Can’t Drive ~ Nixon
In this household we put both puppies and kids in cages… And they don’t let out before they are sleeping 😉
Isi and Miss Pink likes eachother very much 😉
Miss Pink and Mister Blue
Miss Purple and Miss Pink
7 weeks old and still gets a sip of milk every now and then..
Miss Pink and Mister Orange teasing Sheriff!
Sheriff feels safer in the heights 😉
We drove the car for about 10 minutes, to a place nearby with forrest and a little lake. The pups thought it was fun and exiting, and after 30 minutes they was tired and we had to carry them back to the car 🙂
The pups got to travel by car today, and we spent a couple of hours exploring my mothers back yard. Very exiting 🙂
And when we arrived home again, they got to spend some more hours outside in the sun
Today the puppies got to travel in the car again, which went very well, and explore my mothers back yard. The pups thought it was super exiting, and after a couple of hours they fell asleep, and then we went back home. These pups are a bunch of very kind and sweet pups, just happy and curious. They are not afraid of new environment, and also explores new areas all by them selves, without any of the other pups following. I’m very very satisfied with how they appear to be regarding temper and mentality 🙂 The B-litter page is updated with a couple of new albums, see them here.
One of the big advantages with a continuos development within molecular technology techniques and tools to deep dive into the genetic coding of DNA, are the possibility to learn more about the genetic makeup of our breeding stock, and the possibility to breed with knowledge. The last couple of years we have had a massive increase in available genetic tests for different genetic health issues, and with the development of next generation sequencing, these kind of tests will increase in a drastic way, probably just in a few years. This new technique will give us the tools and possibilities to screen our breeding stock and find the genes that are involved in development of different inherited health issues. In rhodesian ridgeback we have had commercial tests available for several years to screen for different kind of color, DM (degenerative myelopathy) and bleeding disorders. Recently, a group of researchers at projectDOG in the US have sequenced the full genome of rhodesian ridgeback with EOAD (early onset adult deafness) and furthermore identified a set of mutations that are considered to be highly interesting for the development of EOAD. As I am more than average interested in molecular biology, as it is my profession, I decided to submit samples from Kiwi and Sheriff to the ongoing project, and I am happy that the results came back as “highly confidence: clear” for both of them. This means that Kiwi or Sheriff will never produce offspring with deafness caused by this mutation, and my A-litter are all clear.
However, I am not to concerned about dogs being carriers of genes that codes for different types of health issues, as no dogs (or humans for that matter) will be clear for all health issues. It’s been said that a dog in average carries 6 genes that codes for some kind of health issue, and exclusion of known carriers from breeding will only narrow our gene pool and in worst case induce more health issues, and also more severe health issues. Molecular biology and genetic screening will give breeders the possibility to breed with knowledge, and prevent producing affected individuals – without narrowing the gene pool. These tools will not give the answer for how to breed, but it will provide the breeders with information, that used WISELY could help improve the genetic health of the breed.
Another example of how the development of molecular biology will affect dog breeding in the future, is full genome sequencing and the use of known genetic markers to screen for a wide range of known health-issues. I submitted samples from Isi, Sheriff and Kiwi to a company in Finland named MyDogDNA, just because I was curious of what kind of information they could provide. I got the results back, and not surprisingly it wasn’t really that much information to get from it. All my dogs was simply clear for all 150 hereditary diseases the tests screened for. However, one should be aware that this does not mean that my dogs are not carrying any kind of hereditary diseases, because they most likely do. But many of these diseases are caused by breed specific mutations, and the genes have been found during breed specific studies. This simply mean that the mutation which are screened for in some breeds would not be the mutation that will generate that specific health issue in other breeds. But I think that within a couple of years, we will see a tremendous development within this area, and hopefully have a tool to help us breed healthier dogs. When this day comes, the breeders will have a new challenge in how to use the information these tests are generating, without narrowing our gene-pool and without loosing good old common sense. But I am sure looking forward to seeing what the future holds regarding the use of molecular biology and genetic testing in dog breeding.
#1 – Mister Blue
#2 – Miss Purple
#3 – Miss Pink
#4 – Mister Orange