I recieved some new photos from Maggies owner Hanna the other day, and I now see how much Maggies daughter Ninja resembles her mother! Actually I can see a lot of resemblance between Maggie and all her pups from our C-litter. Maggie is soon 4 years old, and she has matured a lot in body after her litter of puppies 9 months ago. But she is still the same, good old Maggie temperament wise, both positive and negative 😉 See more photos here.
Today sweet Bissy (Wayosi Busy Being Fabulous) was put down, due to a severe condition to her back. A couple of weeks ago she was diagnosed with severe intervertebral disk protrusion between L7 and S1, possibly also between L6 and L7, and she was having problems with walking, jumping, difficulties with rising and sitting down, and having urinary and fecal incontinence. She is now free from her pain, and we remember the little big whirlwind she was with a smile. Our thoughts are with Anna, Viola and the rest of Bissy’s family.
After we learned about Bissy’s condition, we took extra spine photos during HD/ED x-ray of her 3 siblings Buddy, Fia and Nixon, and sent to a specialist in Finland. We are awaiting the final readings, but the backs looked perfectly fine luckily. They also came back as HD A/A and ED 0/0!
We had hoped for a bunch of puppies winter/spring 2015 and another litter spring 2015, but mother nature wanted us to have two litters simultaneously. We are therefore thrilled to announce our upcoming D-litter and E-litter due week 17.
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We have had our suspicions for a while, as Kiwi have shown all signs of pregnancy, and indeed she is pregnant! Ultrasound today shows that she is carrying a nice size litter, and we look forward to see what she is hiding in her belly around week 17.
Today we did ultrasound, which revealed that Isi is carrying a full size litter! 24 days ago she was mated to the wonderful german male Ayk von Erikson, and we are so happy to announce that we are expecting their puppies to be born in week 17. Everyone that has gotten to know Isi can tell you they absolutely adore her, and she certainly is the perfect blend of family dog and working dog. Ayk is a big and strong impressive male with an enormous presence and working capacity. I just can’t wait to see what this combination brings! Read more about our upcoming litter HERE.
We had a lovely playdate with 5 dogs from the C-litter today, and spent nearly 3 hours in the forrest in the sun. The dogs that joined us today was Kiito, Nicki, Olaf, Poppy and our own Ninja. They ran around and had a blast, and Ninja has been sleeping since we came home 🙂 A lot of more photos can be seen here!
Kiwi is today hopefully 19 days pregnant with our D-litter, but we can’t know for sure before ultrasound at around 24 days. She has shown a couple of signs though, as larger and more pink nipples, she has been more tired and slower, as well as a little less intense on her food for a couple of occasions. Ninja and I stopped by to visit Kiwi last weekend, and Kiwi was as always happy to see us, and especially Ninja. They are so sweet together, and Kiwi is so loving and playful with her. A wonderful grandmother 😉
Brag alert! I had entered Sheriff and Isi in rally obedience class 1 again today, and once again they did their best! Sheriff proved that the oldest always knows the best, placing as number 3 (of 24) with 195/200 points and another 1.prize. With this he gained his first rally obedience title RL1 at the age of nearly 10 years old, from 3 consecutive 1.prizes of 3 entries in 2015. He is now NUCH LP1 LP2 BH NVV-13 NVV-14 RL1 Kuzonga’s Cheriff. Isi needs a little better leader that gives her time to place her tush on the ground, but she did a perfect job as always, and placed as number 4 (of 24) with 190/200 points and her 3rd consecutive 1.prize with 190+ points. She gained her first rally obedience title RL1 and is now known as BH RL1 D’ Isolde von de Drift. From what I know, Sheriff is the first ridgeback, and Isi the first Airedale in Norway qualifying for the norwegian RL1 title (NKK opened for rally and obedience title registrations from 1.1.2015).
Nixon, who just turned 1 year old, attended his first official obedience competition ever with his owner Bente, and they did a great job in class 1! He was so calm and focused outside the ring, even tough it was a lot of noice and barking from the other dogs, a lot of people and it was inside a sport hall. There was a lot of new impressions that stole his focus a couple of time during their round, but they managed to get 161 points and was placed as number 14 in the class. Given that Nixon is so young and in the middle of his puberty, he did great and I am sure we will see a lot more of him in the future 🙂
I had entered Sheriff and Isi for another rally obedience class 1 competition, and they once more made me so proud of them! Judge was Hilde Nysether at Drammen Hundefestival in Mjøndalshallen, and there was 29 entries in class 1.
Sheriff was first out, and we had great flow and contact when we did our round. I feel so lucky, having an older dog that stills enjoys working and competing! He wagged his tail troughout the round, and was rewarded with 196 points, and thus bronze mark, direct promotion to next class and was placed as number 3 of 29 entries!! This was also the second leg toward the official title RL1.
Isi did great as always, and we actually had no faults! However, she was a little exited in the beginning, and did not sit compleeetely down on the ground in the 1-2-3 steps, and it cost us 10 points. If not, she would have 200 points again 🙂 We got 190 points, bronze mark, direct promotion to next class and was placed as number 7 of 29 entries. This was also the second leg toward the official title RL1.