April 22, 2015 both Kiwi and Isi gave birth to our D-litter and E-litter. Initially we expected Kiwi to come into heat in November 2014, and Isi in February 2015. But nature wanted it different, and eventually they were mated the same day. We did not want to wait to another heat with any of them, because Kiwi turns 7 years in May and Isi turns 6 years in July. For a last litter on Kiwi, and first with Isi I think these ages are appropriate. We have had two earlier attempts to mate Isi, but we probably were to late both times, and no mating was done. We were quite sad about this, because Isi is really a once in a lifetime dog. But this time we did a full health check up before mating, as well as acupuncture. Isi was mated early, and to our surprise and big delight she got pregnant! Both Kiwi and Isi delivered the puppies with ease and within just a couple of hours, and they are great mothers for their little ones. Since we have summer and summer holidays coming up, it is also a perfect timing for our puppy buyers, as well as for us, as the puppies hopefully can stay outside a lot between 5 and 8 weeks of age. Luckily we have great help in family and friends, so the females and puppies, as well as Ninja and Sheriff, will have a lot of attention and socialization 🙂
The puppies are doing great and everyone are gaining weight and developing like they should. Kiwi is a caring and good mother, and does not want to leave the puppy box for other than short walks outside. Just like it should be the first days, and in a week or so I guess she will leave them for a longer period of time to be with us in the living room etc. More photos can be seen at the bottom of the page here.
Born 17:29, 495 grams
Born 18:17, 430 grams
Born 18:25, 245 grams
Born 18:32, 490 grams
Born 18:59, 420 grams
Born 19:42, 495 grams
Born 20:04, 395 grams
Born 23:55, 500 grams
The puppies are doing just fine, and Isi is a wonderful mother caring for her puppies in a wonderful way. These puppies will grow up with the best mother possible! I can’t wait to see the puppies grow up, and I am happy to see that most of them will go to active homes where they will foremost be a beloved part of the family, as well as a working dog with an enormous working capacity. See a lot more photos of the puppies 2 days old here.
Isi delivered her puppies yesterday, on day 61 of her pregnancy, and she gave us 6 little miracles, 4 females and 2 males. They are off course the cutest little Airedales in the world 🙂 The birth was easy and without any problems at all, and the puppies was born within just a couple of hours. Isi is an amazing mother and are taking such good care of her puppies. She is calm and focused on the task, and so gentle with her little ones. We haven’t contacted all interested on our puppy list yet, but we will contact you shortly 🙂
Yesterday, on day 61 on her pregnancy, Kiwi decided it was time for our D-litter to enter the world. Kiwi had a very smooth and fast delivery, and delivered 10 puppies in just a couple of hours. We now have 10 puppies in the puppy box, 6 females and 4 boys. 3 correct females, 2 females with extra crowns, 1 female with single crown and 4 correct boys. First DS check ok, no kinked tails at this point and minimal white. We haven’t contacted all interested on our puppy list yet, but we will contact you shortly 🙂
Ninja got to look at the puppies when Kiwi was outside, and she is so curious about the littles ones, and just want to look at them and smell them, every chance she gets 🙂
Today Isi is 56 days pregnant counted from the day of mating, and that means her puppies are due in one week, at day 63. But they can come from day 58-65, and especially if her eggs wasn’t fertilized the first days after mating. So only time will tell! We have taken a sneak peak with x-rays at day 52 to see if we could count the puppies, and we think we could see around 5 puppies. This seems to be right compared with Isi’s belly, and her overall shape. She is in splendid physics still, and behaves just the way she uses to. Perhaps she is a little less playful with Ninja, and even more hungry, which I never thought was possible.. We look forward to see what happends the next week, and I hope for a safe delivery of the cutest little Airedales in the world 😉 While waiting, Isi’s coat was trimmed, and I may have taken just a liiitle bit to much hairs, but it will grow back, luckily 😉 Atl least it’s hygenic!
Today it is exactly 1 week until Kiwi’s puppies are due, counted from the first day of mating. It means the puppies can come anytime starting from 3 days from now. Kiwi moved in to us last weekend, and have settled in nicely, as she always does. She is getting bigger almost by the day now, and I can see that she is starting to get a little tired. We can’t wait to see what she is hiding in there 🙂
Ninja had her first entry in junior class at national all breed show today, and since she is still a baby both in body and mind, I did not have much expectations. But Ninja stood like a statue while the judge was feeling over her, and wagged her tail all the time. In the end she was awarded Excellent and won the junior class with champion quality (CQ) and BOB junior. Later on she was placed as Best Bitch 3 with her very first CAC. So happy and proud over our young girl!
I am happy to see that Ninja is feeling comfortable in the ring, and both stands and runs like she had never done anything else. She thinks it is exiting to be at dog shows, and greets people, giving kisses to everyone who seems to need a kiss, and begs for food, and even steals from peoples pockets and bags 😉