For the Love of the Chocolate Clan.
|Posted by Pat on November 4, 2017 at 1:20 PM||comments (1)|
Time is just flying by for our pups. But who ever thought that when we did this breeding in August on a 25C day, that the pups would not even be a week old, and there is snow on the ground. So we have had to come up with a teat protector for Maggie. Don't want those feeders getting frost bite!
I am trying to keep the pictures up to date. But it seems the video has changed, so I am actually taking the videos with my phone and uploading to YouTube. I am trying to link on this website, but you can just keep checking out YouTube if this one does not work.:D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRrD0x10xhE&feature=em-upload_owner ;
|Posted by Pat on November 1, 2017 at 11:35 PM||comments (0)|
The puppies had made it through the first week of their lives. They are turning from peanuts into interesting beings learning to crawl and walk, and are getting quite vocal. Maggie is being a supper Mom, keeping them fed and clean.
|Posted by Pat on October 26, 2017 at 10:15 PM||comments (0)|
We are definitely Happy to announce the arrival of 6 healthy boys and 4 healthy girls at the Chocolate Clan.
|Posted by Pat on October 19, 2017 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
Today was x-ray time. And yes we thought Maggie was getting big and yes we thought maybe another litter of 8....maybe. So do your best... there are eight for sure, and counts are 10 or 11 depending on what you attach to what. I guess Maggie and Bustin' don't have a fertility issue:lol:
Pups expected on the ground next Friday, if Maggie can hold onto them for that long!
|Posted by Pat on September 26, 2017 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
After an exciting roadtrip to Illinois this summer, we are happy to report that Maggie and Bustin did it right, and they are going to have pups!
Bustin' also got the final leg of his Master Hunter's this past weekend, so he is one chocolate lab that we and the Butikas's are really proud of right now! He is the Man! Congratulations Bill and Marcia!
Maggie will get an x-ray on October 19, to confirm numbers, always useful during whelping so we know when to relax and rest. The litter is expected to arrive on October 26. So it will be a busy fall here at the Chocolate Clan.
|Posted by Pat on August 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM||comments (0)|
No breeding guarantees puppies. Once again we were disappointed that AI did not take with Maggie. We tried twice with AI, once in the summer of 2016 and then in January of 2017. While we waited until her expected due date, with a little anticipation, we did not expect puppies as her ultrasound showed nothing, and Maggie never acted like she was pregnant. No getting big, no nipple enlargement, no hair loss, and no mellowing. We were sad to announce that there was no litter in 2016 and again in 2017. It is time to go back to a natural breeding. Hope we can get down to Illinois sometime this summer.
|Posted by Pat on July 17, 2016 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
One of the hardest times I have found in dog breeding, is waiting to find out if our girl has caught or not. This includes those time when we have not bred her (but never know what may have happened when our backs were turned), and especially those times when we have done a breeding. A friend told me once, that one in three breedings is not successful, and I know that we have indeed gone through the whole process of doing all the genetic tests, finding the right male, and getting the breeding done, only to find out that there are no pups to be born.
So Maggie are you pregnant? We have to wait until the Week of July 22 to 29 to have an ultra-sound done. I am sure that the girls must know from just smelling each other. If only they could tell me. Is Maggie pregnant girls?
|Posted by Pat on June 22, 2016 at 8:20 PM|
Well, Maggie's much awaited 2016 cycle has begun. Due to circumstances in Illinois (a litter of pups expected this weekend), We are going to have Maggie bred by Aritificial Insemination (AI).
BIll and Marcia Butikus kindly arranged for a semen collection from Bustin' on Tuesday, and it is on its way to Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital as I type this.
Maggie's first progesteron test was done on Tuesday and it was still baseline (0.8 ng/ml). A second progesterone test will be done on Friday, and then we will see what the results are. If it has gone up, Ronnel and Dr. Hubbard will decide when to perform the transcervial AI.
Exciting times ahead!
|Posted by Pat on January 24, 2016 at 12:10 PM||comments (0)|
Without puppies or major health issues, life can be pretty dull and boring with the clan. We did start the year with a major concern around Kassey and her nose, but it has turned out to be nothing as a year later she is still okay. Kassey has now entered the era of OLD GIRL. Seems like only yesterday she was our puppy. Now she is her mom, and we are giving her glucosamine and a daily dose of anti-inflamatory to help her joint mobility. She still loves to go on walks. But with old age she is starting to have difficulty jumping into the car to go on walks, her eyes are starting to cloud over, and she is starting to bark at ghosts. In the fall, Kassey was an active participant in a first aid course for dogs, from "Walks 'N' Wags" Pet First Aid". We learnt that nylon stockings and baby socks can be important first aide tools to keep bandages in place and tails from wagging when hurt.
We were hoping to breed Maggie last fall, but she was so late in the season by the time she was in season, that we missed that opportunity. So we took the Adult Refresher Obedience course from Waggles Academy for Dogs. She did very good in most tasks, but it took three tries for her to do the three minute down without breaking (more than once). But Shar was patient with us and we did finally do it. This is great news, as now we can sign up for other types of classes such as massage and scent. Nothing to much, as I am not able to be too active other than walking.
As for pups, well we will just try again this spring, God willing.
|Posted by Pat on August 16, 2015 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
Life has been great. No serious health issues or injuries. Kassey's nasal problem from the winter seems to have subsided. Maggie's itchy coat seems to be settling with steroids and a food change. Grace continues to eat anything that she can reach.
A picture of Browning, a pup from the 2014 litter of Maggie and Bustin'. He is quite the lad.