Thursday, March 13, 2014

Puffin Puppies

Puffin is expecting puppies in early April. Our original plan of breeding her to Tygwyn Tawney Porthos did not pan out, as the semen we brought over was not viable when thawed.  That was a very disappointing, expensive and stressful discovery.  A very quick decision was made to breed her to Rainesgift Seymour as we had semen stored from him at the same clinic.  Thank-you to Hayley for allowing us to use Seymour. We have long admired him.  

Puffin was confirmed pregnant by ultrasound on March 7th.  We saw 4 puppies in one frame and our vet thinks that there are at least 6 in total.  But ultrasounds are not very good at predicting litter numbers in dogs. 

Here is Puffin with 3.5 weeks to go.  She doesn't look too different from the side, but when viewed from the top or behind, she is starting to look significantly wider than usual!  She remains happy and fit and very keen on chasing the ground squirrels that are now up and about!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Songdog Puppies

Congratulations to Brian and Katy on their litter at Songdog kennel in Indiana.  The proud mother is Keetch (UH HRCH Songdog Red Flag Warning CDX SH WC), daughter of Annie (Tinbie's sister).  Sire is Pinch (CH MACH2 Ardrossan Inchmarnock UDX TD MH WCX **). Apparently Annie is taking great interest in her grandpuppies and has been helping look after them while Keetch takes much needed breaks.  

Anne counts her grandpuppies

You can follow the progress of the puppies here

In other news from Indiana, Annie completed her Upland Hunter title in one weekend about a week before the puppies were born.  Congratulations Annie! She is now UH HRCH Blazingstar Beaufort CDX MH WCX.

Friday, February 14, 2014

New Blazingstar Champion - Willow

Huge congratulations to Willow and Christine on finishing Willow's championship at the Alberta Kennel Club show in January!

Willow is now Ch Blazingstar Brown Buffalobean.  She is Begbie and Lupine's daughter.

She's a beautiful, sassy and fun little dog that reminds us very much of her grandmother, Tally.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Meet Larkin - Blazingstar Black Bubbly

We have been terrible bloggers.  Having two litters, even small litters, at the same time, was overwhelming and our attentions were 100% focused on raising the puppies last Fall.  It's time to play catch-up!

Which means that we should introduce Larkin, Begbie and Cava's single puppy, born on September 11th, 2013.

Raising a single puppy was a hair raising and stressful experience but we all made it through.  Dogs really aren't designed to have just one puppy so it presented many challenges such as a c-section, mastitis, over-mothering and over-feeding. We were fortunate to have the older litter (Kona's puppies), which meant that we had some good socialization opportunities for Larkin as she grew up.  But a 2.5 week age gap is a chasm in developmental terms, so even that was not straightforward and had to be closely supervised.  When she was 8 - 10 weeks old, we still had Lync here from the older litter and the two of them became great pals and playmates. Between Lync, Cava and our other adult dogs, Larkin was able to learn the appropriate social skills.

We did everything we could think of to make sure that Larkin didn't grow up to be too "odd" as a result of the lack of litter mates and for the most part she seems to be a fairly normal puppy.  She was never fond of being picked up or held, but we have made huge steps there.  As a young puppy she did not show a lot of potential to be a show dog for various reasons, but as she grows, she is looking more promising.  We do wonder if the lack of constant physical contact with litter mates affects early development.  The good news is that at 4.5 months old, she looks and acts like a normal flat-coat puppy.  She was a very feisty and independent puppy and appears be continuing that way as she grows up.
Larkin and Cava

Larkin at about 6 weeks old

Larkin and Lync and a stick
3.5 months old and before her first haircut!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Boy and Kona Puppies are Here!

Kona whelped five puppies in the early hours of the morning on August 24th.  There are 3 males and 2 females, all black and all doing fabulously so far.   Kona is being a great mother and is fit and happy.

Thank-you to Judy and Allan for keeping her in such fantastic shape throughout her pregnancy!

These puppies are all spoken for and have great homes lined up.

Lindy - New WCX and HR!

Rod and Lindy are on a roll. In early August Lindy passed the WCX (Working Certificate Excellent) test.  In Canada this test requires both land and water blinds, as well as a walk-up and honouring.  Then last weekend Lindy completed her UKC Seasoned retriever title (Hunting Retriever or "HR").

Lindy is now HR ATChC OTCh Blazingstar Linnaeus CGN JH WCX RE AGXS AGXJS.  So many letters and so much work involved in those titles!  Thank-you Rod for helping Lindy reach her potential in field, obedience, rally and agility.  We are so very very proud of your achievements!

What a great team!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Prairie Boy

We were lucky to have Kona's "boyfriend" visit us for a week.  Boy Wonder (Ch Flyway Farm's Boom Boom Pow SH WCX**) is a sweet, easy-going flat-coat with lots of energy and character.  It was a great opportunity to get to know this lovely dog better.  I think he enjoyed his prairie visit!

Thank-you so much to Xan Latta for letting us borrow Boy and use him at stud.

Puffin and Boy share some common ancestors and we could certainly see some similarities in looks and temperament.  Both of them love to leap through the prairie just for the pure joy of running.