Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Teva has Arrived

Teva's owners brought her down to us on the weekend. She will whelp and raise her puppies here. They are due on July 5th, a little less than a week away.
Teva is in great shape - despite carrying an extra load, she is very healthy and fit. Thank-you so much to Darren and Michele for looking after her so well during her pregnancy.

This week she is spending a lot of time sleeping, but is still game to go for short in the cool of the morning and evening. On the weekend she got to search for some ducks hidden in the long grass, which she thought was great fun. Her other favourite thing to do is EAT!! She has an enormous appetite.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cava, 5 Months Old

Cava does not sit still for very long. This photo was snapped during a very rare moment of stillness.

This is what most of our photos of Cava look like....

Between two humans, many outakes and tasty treats, we managed to get a nice standing photo of Cava.

Cava turned 5 months old last week. She is growing up to be a pretty puppy and we are enjoying her antics and lively character.

She continues to be a bold and outgoing puppy. She has an independent streak and likes to follow her nose. She likes to find and bring us various delicacies such as dead nestlings and voles....

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Blazingstar Puppies on the Way!

Teva is apparently conserving her energy for the whelping and raising of puppies!

Last week Teva had her ultrasound done - and it's good news - she is pregnant! The vet thought she saw 5 individual puppies.

Teva (Blazingstar Tansley) was bred to Rainesgift Over the Moon JW (Remus) using frozen semen and we are very excited that the breeding has worked. Thank-you to the great vets and technicians at Greenbank Vet Clinic in Edmonton for their work and expertise. And thank-you to Teva's owners, Darren and Michele, for letting us have Teva back for a litter and for looking after all the progesterone testing and surgical insemination.

Remus is a British dog that lives in Derbyshire and belongs to our friend, Hayley. Just today he won his first reserve challenge certificate at the South Counties Show. We are very grateful to Hayley for letting us use this lovely dog.

Teva will come here to whelp her litter, which is due around July 5th.

Monday, June 7, 2010

FCRSA Specialty

Roekkr's early retriever training
CH Blazingstar Longspur at Labrys Can CD JH WC RA Am CD WCX RE

The FCRSAmerica Specialty is being held this week in Indiana. While we were not able to attend, Roekkr has been busy representing Blazingstar at the field events. Roekkr passed his American WCX and got another leg on his his US Junior Hunter title. He also entered the Steady Singles event and was given a Judges Award of Merit. Congratulations to Roekkr and his owners, Joey and Linda!

Huxley's daughter, Dixie, has also enjoyed a good specialty, passing yet another Master Hunter leg. Dixie is CH Riverwoods Dixieland Delight MH WCX. Dixie also received a Judges Award of Merit in the Steady Singles competition.

Northern Alberta Canine Association Show

Tinbie had a very good two days at the NACA show in Edmonton. We ventured into the obedience ring for the first time, for rally obedience. He was a little unfocused at times, but pulled it together enough to qualify in both novice trials, with a 4th place in the 2nd trial.

In conformation he was the only flat-coat entered and there were many lovely sporting dogs. However, on Saturday he was awarded a Group 3rd under judge Cindy Vogels! This win gave him another 110 top dog points and he is currently the #3 flat-coat in Canada.

His half-brother, Ripley, was also entered in rally for the first time and qualified three for three, gaining his rally novice title and a 3rd placing. It was his owners' first time in the rally ring as well!
Cava came along for the experience and enjoyed socializing with dogs and people at the show.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Happy 10th Birthday Huxley!

Huxley turned 10 years old today, or perhaps that should be 10 years young? While he sleeps a bit more than he used to, he is still a very bouncy, happy dog. He celebrated with a new toy (which he was allowed to take on the afternoon walk), a huge meaty deer leg bone and many, many pats and snuggles.