Monday, March 4, 2013

The Ups and Downs of Breeding Dogs

We seem to have had more than our fair share of the "downs" so far this year.  Among them, Cava did not get pregnant, so we won't be having a spring litter.  We are considering our options for another litter when our girls next come into season, but have not made any firm decisions at this point.  We had a lot of stress in our lives right after Cava was bred, so it's possible she picked up on that and decided it was not such a good time to have puppies.

However, there has been some good puppy news.  Back on Boxing Day, Tinbie became a father again - to 5 puppies, 4 girls and 1 boy, all black.  The mother is the lovely Ch Rockyhill's Walkin on Sunshine (Trina), at Fall Flight kennels in Wisconsin. If all goes well, the sole male from that litter will be on his way to Alberta later this week.  We look forward to meeting him welcoming him to the Blazingstar family!  He will live in Edmonton with Darren and Michele and hopefully help to fill the hole left by Teva.

"Blue Boy" (Tinbie x Trina) at 7.5 weeks old

On February 27th, 8 more Tinbie puppies were born in South Carolina.  Sadly, 6 of the puppies were stillborn.  Thankfully the two remaining liver girls and their mother, Ch Flatout Carbonated Drink (Fanta) are doing very well.  

Our golden friend Abby whelped 7 healthy puppies on February 17th and I've managed to sneak a quick visit to see them already.  I am going to have to get my puppy fixes by visiting and photographing them over the next few weeks!