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Learning time and healthy Grandma

Posted by Susan Russell on January 23, 2013 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

So the pups have slept two night in crates - divided into three different crates and I am happy to say only one minor accident thus far.  Hardly any crying, and they LOVE to sleep in the crates even inthe daytime when the door is open.  They've had one crate in the pen for a couple of weeks now, but they seem to have really discovered the crates now that there are three.  Funny thing is that I got a photo of nearly all the pups crammed into one crate yesterday, sound asleep, and the crate next to that one was empty and the third crate had only a couple puppies in it!  Funny!  I took photos, they are in the six week album. 

I have been handling the pups daily, and trimming nails, and playing with them a bunch, but I really got to work training them this week.  Fun teaching, to see how they learn, how they handle being handled, whether they can take minor repitition, and that sort of thing.  The pups are doing really well, and are taking to the training really well - it is all fun stuff, with some gentle compulsion thrown in to see if they are okay with that.  They LOVE it, and it is pretty funny to watch them all line up and watch as each one gets to come out and work.  IT keeps them much more content using their little brains, and having a few hour long walkabouts four times a day.  They SLEEP afterwards and give me a chance to catch up - just in time to do it all over again!  I admit it, I am getting tired!  I love them though, and am having a good time.

Had Raisin to the veterinarian's the other day for a geriatric panel and thyroid OFA and all came back normal at a few months past 11 years old!

Have begun working on retrieving with the older dogs to try to get some Master Hunters done - time to get back out there.  Training is going really well and I look forward to getting back out to the trials and tests once the litter is away to their new homes.

6 Weeks and first bird

Posted by Susan Russell on January 21, 2013 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The pups had their first bird exposure the other day as a group.  Today I took each one into the yard individually and showed them one of the Homing pigeons in a harness (saved me catching 14 birds!)  Despite the newness of being alone in the yard, the longer time in the cold and snow, and the bird flapping, the pups showed great boldness, sustained interest, and almost all of them exhibited some tendency to sight point or stalk - and PLAY bow at the bird!  LOL!  Two or three were sleepy and wanted to go back to the warm, so I will ensure that they are well awake next time I work with them. Jeannette was a trooper and stayed out in the cold photographing them for us all.

Opie got to work the last bird I used and Jeannette got a couple great photos of him. 

The female pups had their first vaccines, and the males get done along with everybody's exams and microchips, on the fourth.  The first has them at Trax Weimaraners for their puppy evals.  First pups will start going to new homes after the fourth.  Exciting time!

5 weeks

Posted by Susan Russell on January 17, 2013 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The pups are going concerns now!    They almost all ventured otside today despite temps of -11C!  They didn't stay out for long, but they did go out.  Purple and Periwinkle even climbed a snowbank.  All have "Big Dog Collars" now, and even no collar has one - a striped brown and blue collar.  Rainbow has to wear a red and yellow collar, and periwinkle a purple flowered one as finding 14 collars with the right colours was a challenge.  It cost nearly $50 for collars for them all!  YIKES.  Opie loves playing with them, as you can see by the photos.

I had Raisin for a geriatric checkup the other day, and spoke with the vet about the logistics of vaccinating 14 pups at a clinic 2.5 hrs away.   So I am going to take the girls at six weeks for their first vaccine, and then the males at the usual 8 weeks.  This is because one of the girls is going to go to Norway, and we don't know as yet which one it will be.  That girl has to have a rabies vaccination prior to going, and we don't want to give multipe vaccines too closely together.  So the girls will be vaccinated at 6, 10, and 14 weeks, and the boys at 8 and 12 weeks.  Because maternal antibodies can interfere with that first vaccine, but because there could also be a lapse of protection, we will do a six week vaccination.  We definitely do not want to vaccinate the girl going to Norway for rabies and DAP at the same time.   It is a logistical nightmare, but a fun one!

Better four week pics

Posted by Susan Russell on January 9, 2013 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I posted some better photos of the pups into the RioXHope 4 week album that I took with the big camera.  Taken the same day as the last photos, but with a better camera and lense, and I think there is a pic of each of them, but to be honest I think I lost track. 

Pups had their second deqorming today, nails - again - I swear the nails on pups are getting smaller as I get older, and new coloured ribbons.  The bites are looking good, eye colour is looking chocolate brown on at least half, and hard to tell yet on the other half.  Their rear angulation is looking superb, can't really say on the fronts yet, but as they get their feet more under them I think there might be some nice ones.  I need to work a bit more on stacking now.  Coming when called is going okay, and I think they are ready for more learning work. I had a friend over yesterday, and she was amazed at how outgoing the pups were.  She has a neighbour with a small boy and she is going to ask  him to come over - as I get older I find there are fewer friends with little kids. 

Definitely seeing personalities coming out, and tendencies.  They are bold, friendly, not incautious, but definitely confident. 

Coat colour looks like it is going to be fairly dark to dark!  Yay.   All in all I would say the litter is looking really nice, and I am happy with them.


Better four week pics

Posted by Susan Russell on January 9, 2013 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I posted some better photos of the pups into the RioXHope 4 week album that I took with the big camera.  Taken the same day as the last photos, but with a better camera and lense, and I think there is a pic of each of them, but to be honest I think I lost track. 

Pups had their second deqorming today, nails - again - I swear the nails on pups are getting smaller as I get older, and new coloured ribbons.  The bites are looking good, eye colour is looking chocolate brown on at least half, and hard to tell yet on the other half.  Their rear angulation is looking superb, can't really say on the fronts yet, but as they get their feet more under them I think there might be some nice ones.  I need to work a bit more on stacking now.  Coming when called is going okay, and I think they are ready for more learning work. I had a friend over yesterday, and she was amazed at how outgoing the pups were.  She has a neighbour with a small boy and she is going to ask  him to come over - as I get older I find there are fewer friends with little kids. 

Definitely seeing personalities coming out, and tendencies.  They are bold, friendly, not incautious, but definitely confident. 

Coat colour looks like it is going to be fairly dark to dark!  Yay.   All in all I would say the litter is looking really nice, and I am happy with them.


Four weeks old and OFA Excellent Meg!

Posted by Susan Russell on January 7, 2013 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I got the OFA Results for Russell's Make Mine Meg yesterday and she came back OFA Excellent!!!!

The pups are four weeks old now and I have come to the realisation that I am going to have to pull out the good camera.  They move too fast for the iphone now, and this is such a great time to take photos.  So I promise I will get the big gun out and take some good pics.  If I can get help I will take some individual pics too as they are beginning to do baby puppy stacks now.  Today we did a little playtime loose in the room and you can see that after very little hesitation they embraced the idea of running around the walkout basement.   Raisin had to get up on the couch to avoid them.   I think by the end of the week I might take them out for a short time if the weather is good.  We shall see. 

A New Year

Posted by Susan Russell on January 5, 2013 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Oh the pups are sooo much fun now!   They are eating like little horses, running, starting to look like little dogs!   They look really nice, and they are super easy to teach things to, and definitely coordinated for their age.  They come to a whistle: all 14 of them, in various imitations of straight line running...but they all come and they all are friendly and happy.  It is fun to watch who is the first to explore new areas of the basement, and how they react to new sounds and such.  For the most part they freeze and then run towards any new noises.  I think they'll all be great chefs since the food network is playing nearly constantly downstairs.   I put pine pellets in one end of the 12 foot long pen, and they seldom make a mistake anywhere else.  I wish it were warmer so that I could work on housetraining, but litter box training is going to have to suffice. 

The other dogs are really interested in the pups now, and are not quite sure why they are not allowed to play with them.  The dogs nose the pups gently when allowed, and the pups are curious about everybody.  The big dogs are getting the short end of the stick these days between the puppy work and my 'flu, but thankfully they are super nice sweet dogs and are pretty easy going.  :)


Christmas Holidays

Posted by Susan Russell on December 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Christmas Holidays are nearing a close, and I am anxious to get back to the litter!  Ryan has been caring for them and has sent two pics of the pups, but it is not the same as being there, for sure!    Today I went for a short hike with family and took some pics of Raisin in the bright green forest.  Darned iphone doesn't really do the colours justice, but you'll get the drift.   Raisin had a super run and is now curled in front of the fire.   She ran like a young pup today, but might just regret it tomorrow!  I can relate.  This darned cold really kicked me hard, I am looking forward to staying at home for a bit.  

11 days on

Posted by Susan Russell on December 19, 2012 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The pups are doing really well, Hope is a great Mom.   She is feeding them all herself and they are gaining weight and she is keeping weight on.  Mind you, she is eating eight cups of food a day - nearly three times her usual.   The eyes are opening at the corners, and the pups are all yawning incessantly - a sure sign that the ears are opening too.   They enunciate their little barks - BOW WOW!  It is a fun age.   They are also starting to really walk around the box.  

I spent some time at the coast this past week and had an opportunity to go for a day hunt with Terry Salandini.   We saw only one pheasant, but lots of short eared owls.  Opie had a great time too.  He had spent a night with a couple who thought about buying him rather than a pup, but they said he was hard to walk because all he wanted to do was point birds.  Opie trailed Goose (Karen S's Irish) for awhile, until we got into a couple of hot spots, at which point Opie became quite independent and really showed some nice moves.   Now Opie wants to go live with Salandini's because Terry took Opie hunting!  And Opie loves Kate Salandini too as witnessed by the photographs in the album.   Opie is a sweet boy and he looks like he has loads of talent.

Granny Raisin, and Pat the old pointer of Salandini's had a good time hunting, though each were pretty content to let the young dogs Goose and Opie crash the brush.  Raisin was happy to honour Goose hopefully each time he pointed.   There is a photo of Raisin sound asleep later that night - was quite a day for the old'uns - and Pat curled up in front of the fire soon after we got back to the house.  The humans imbibed in some warming refreshments and a nice meal. 

Check back soon, I will try to keep updating the pups' progress every few days.  Photos will be more fun once they are past red slug stage.  

The Morning After

Posted by Susan Russell on December 8, 2012 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Hope began having pups at 7:30 last night and had a pup every ten minutes for the first three, then had a few twenty minutes apart, then a short break, then two in a row, then a long break then back to about every twenty minutes - until there were fourteen!   She is such a calm and capable mother, no fuss, gets down to business, cleans them all, and is careful with them.  With Ryan and I keeping an eye on things, and putting colours on them, the whelping came off without a hitch.  


The other dogs all want to know what's up in the other end of the dog room - huge walkout basement - but have been really good.  The only one upset really is Raisin because she reeeally wants them for herself.  Last time Hope had a litter Raisin came into milk and fed them and Hope ended up with mastitis!  So poor Raisin is just going to have to stay away, and she is kind of out of sorts today as a result.  


This litter is really exciting for me as it combines some really nice show and field lines from North America and Norway/Europe.  Hopes first litter are a year old and there is so much good news from them.  One is already hunting broke, mine is a sweetheart, and the temperaments are fantastic.  Hope's sister Kiara had a litter a year and a half ago and one already has a gundog placement.  Hope's brother in Germany is a Dual Champion and has produced extremely well overseas; there is a photo in the album grandkids of daughter of his that is simply gorgeous.   Another of Hope's brothers has a show major, and another is doing really well in obedience.  So you can see why I hold so much "Hope" for this litter.  That is only the Dam's side!


That's it for now, keep watching for updates and photos.  Due to the rather large number of pups, I will probably have a pup or two available.   




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