We’re happy to announce our first show results from the Tennessee shows in March. Ivan was Best of Winners two days for his first majors, sister Freya was Winners Bitch one day for her first major. Sister Mariah was reserve to the major two days. Their futures in the show ring look bright, and we’re excited to be bringing them to the national specialty in Colorado in June. Here they are:
So I’ve posted some 12 weeks photos of the remaining puppies, Ivan, Obi, Mariah and Piper, on their individual pages under the Ruth’s Hunter litter tab. This is honestly the prettiest litter I’ve ever bred, and deciding who to keep and who will be pets is the hardest sorting decision I’ve had to make. They’re just all so pretty, with lovely things about them all.
Ivan will be staying with me, Mariah is going to Elaine Strid of Redsky kennels. Obi is available as a pet; he’s a sweet boy with an easy temperament and will make someone a traffic-stopping pet. Piper is looking for a home where she will be shown. She has many lovely qualities that should make her easy to finish and an asset to a breeding program. For information about any of them please email or private message on facebook.
These two cuties are available as pets for appropriate homes. They are 11 weeks old from health tested parents, and have been extensively socialized.
Little Pip is doing better this morning, temp is down a degree and the swelling is softer. She felt like playing for a bit, but is resting now.
So Thursday we loaded up and left on the real deal, a 5 1/2 hour road trip to meet friend Elaine Strid. She drove from Kansas City Mo, we came from southern Ohio and met in the middle at the little town of Mt Vernon, Ill. We stopped to visit Karen and Ray Nix and Clover, and enjoyed their beautiful home and welcoming hospitality. Clover was happy to play nicely with the smalls, and a good time was had by all. Lisa Beaudet met us there, and left with little Rocky. She’ll be his new forever mom, and is up to the challenge of monitoring his cleft until we can repair.
A couple hours worth of driving later (and some fussing, we can’t be perfect) we arrived at our hotel. A lovely dog area was perfect for the puppies to stretch their legs, and they met and played with Elaine’s pretty girl Diesel.
Tired from the drive, ready for some adult refreshment, we tucked the puppies into
their crates and headed across the parking lot for margaritas at the Mexican restaurant there. When we returned I started putting puppies into the doggy area again and the car locked accidentally with 2 puppies still inside. The front desk saved me from a hefty locksmith bill by calling local law enforcement, who showed up minutes later with a hooked rod and popped my door open handily. I discovered that while we were gone one of the girls chewed on the hooked end of a bungee cord that I was using to attach my expens to the top of the crates in case I needed to brake. She’d gotten the darned thing stuck in her mouth and was unable to free herself. I quickly removed it and checked her over. She seemed undamaged from her episode.
Fast forward to this morning, when I noticed that little Piper seemed listless. I looked her over and her neck was very swollen under her jaw. Elaine found us a local vet and I headed out. The clinic was very nice and the vet there thought she could have puppy strangles. I told her about the bungee incident and she didn’t think it was related. Who knows? So she’s getting antibiotics and I’ll evaluate in the morning whether to take her to my vet for second look.
So lots of adventures on this road trip. The pups did well during the travel for the most part, and spent their first night in crates. They met new people and dogs, and saw lots of new things. Show evaluations are done, and 2 will be available as pets (pictures and post to follow).
So today I loaded the puppies up in the Mini for a short road trip. This is a preliminary to the “real” road trip we’ll be taking toward the end of the week when we drive 6 hours to Mt Vernon, Ky to meet Elaine. She’ll be taking Poppy(red girl) I think, and helping do final evaluations on them. They were very good, with only a few minutes of crying and drama. Incidentally, crated car rides, aside from being much safer than allowing dogs to ride loose, are a great way to encourage quiet in crates.