Tio (Benedictus of Kahnawake), firstborn boy from the litter, sired by Salai (Balance Master Speigas) our of Kira (Zausel’s Red Rose), is approved for breeding under the rules and regulations of the German Club for Nordic Dogs (DCNH). After being cleared of hereditary eye diseases and goniodysplasia (all cleared, 03/13/2020) as well as hip dysplasia (scored A1/excellent, 06/13/2020), he was evaluated by breed judge Noel Baaser in Bad Birnau on 08/01/202) as an allover excellent specimen of the breed.
Now that the news is on record in the studbook database, we are ready to rock’n’roll! Tio is an athlete, fit as a fiddle and very friendly boy, the spitting image of his sire Salai. We just can’t wait to add his features to our breeding program!
Kira (Zausel’s Red Rose), our beloved mad chicken, has turned 6 yesterday. It’s unbelievable, since time has flown so fast. Lately she was a happy puppy, stomping through snow – now a mother of 3 litters, 12 pups, and she rejoices in meeting any of them, when they pay a visit.
Dear Kira, stay as you are, stay healthy, stay with us for many more years!
Last Saturday, August 1st, all four E’babies left us. It was a bit of a turmoil, some unpredictable incidents were dragging on until the next day. But in the end all four happily settled with their families.
Yet on Saturday, we spent a lot of time in the big dog yard. In the shadow of the surrounding trees the little rascals had a very good time running and playing. And I had the opportunity to shoot tons of pictures at eye level. Memories we are very thankful to enjoy.
Bye-bye, Malouk, Neko, Leeloo and Ronja! Have a wonderful life with your furever families!
And a huge thank you gies to the Kahnawake tribe for your great sense of community and your team spirit! You all helped to solve an unexpected problem and always help husky newbies with words and deeds. You are amazing!
When I entered the puppy room last thursday morning, the little ones and Ezri, who had come in with me, were wildly running around, while one pup was lying right behind the fence. Instantly I realized the pup was dead. His neck and chest were wet and smeared with some blood, he had lost all warmth, his jaws stiff, but his body limp. It was Loki, the younger of the two males. Completely upset, I found myself sitting on the edge of the terrace, the dead boy in my arms, mommie Ezri on my left, traing to wake him up by licking him like a newborn, daddy Shakaar on my right, gently nudging him. It was raining and I was crying.
There was no hint to cramps or pain. He had been lying there, as if death had struck him out of a sudden. Examining the little corpse, I found nothing but a little wound behind his left ear and some blood in that ear. Apparently he had somehow broken his neck.
Yet, I still cannot explain how it happened. And without any idea to explain, we faced hard feelings of remorse and failure.
And still we had to explain Loki’s death to his future owner, a young women who had already visited us and him several times and who was happily looking forward to living with this funny little boy…
During the last days we and the young women were embraced by our little community with love and understanding, and this time it was us to experience the bliss of friendship. With all our hearts we say thank you to our dear friends who took care for and supported not only us and poor Ezri, but also Loki’s future owner. You are all fantastic!
Loki has his place in the orchard, near the place of his stillborn half-brother of litter D, whose amnion broke prematurely in birth.
Here they are, the E’babies – as seen in an x-ray. Today we had her x-rayed: there are 6 puppies growing in Ezri’s belly, just like the sono showed 3 weeks ago. The babies are not too big and seem to have grown nicely. They are due sometime next week and we are hoping for a smooth delivery.
Ezri herselv seems calm and relaxed – quite surprising, considering her fresh and vivid spirit. Yet, she is like smiling all the time, eats and drinks as usually and loves her walkies and runs in the garden and the yard. So we do not worry.
Her pregnancy is entering the final lap, she will get even bigger, be spending time lounging and lazing and being pampered a lot. And we are looking forward for the l’il “guinea pigs”…
Her time will be coming soon. And, hopefully, we are well prepared.
Since yesterday it is for sure that at least six little pups have nested in Ezri’s tummy. They seem to grow nicely – as far as we can find out by echo: their tiny hearts are beating and they are happtly dancing in their amnions.
Mating Shakaar and Ezri was very well thought out, because the pups are linebred. Shakaar’s mother as well as Ezri are linebreeding to Coventry’s Peace Negotiator (Carter). Valhalla of Inner Vision is linebred 3/2 (Carter, being the sire of Snowmist’s Quicksilver Speigas (Fizzy), is the sire’s great-grandfather and the dam’s grandfather), Ezri is linebred 4/2 (Carter, being the sire of Snowmist’s Quicksilver Speigas (Fizzy), is the sire’s great-grandfather and the dam’s father). Altogether Carter’s genome will possibly make up about 25 % of the pups’ genome, as if he was one of their grandfathers.
This is calculating only, because during meiosis, long before the mating, the whole genome of each parent will be jumbled. 😉
However, we are hoping for beautiful and healthy pups who will not only resemble some of Carter’s outstanding qualities, but also those of other lines represented in their pedigree, like Shakaar’s quite dominant ancestors of Cool Water.
Corona and all the restrictions give us lots of time to spend on working in house, garden and the whole farm – and on the homepage.
Tons of flaws are removed now (I hope), new pages added and the English version is expanded, there’s a new tab named Good To Know in the main navigation now. And if I added new flaws or awkward phrasings, please tell me! Then I will kill the weed. 😉
Meanwhile we return to umpatiently waiting for Ezri’s ultrasound date at the vets’…
Last week, the D’babies left for their furever families, Damian, called Ila (Ee-lah), to a place between Darmstadt and Heidelberg, Donata, called Yepa, to a nearby town named Alsfeld, Dunstan, called Koda (junior) to a town east of Marburg, and Diego just across the street.
Meanwhile they have settled in nicely, besieging couches and beds, beheading spring flowers and burrowing in the lawns – just like Siberian huskies do! Diego has got his own trailer, big enough to welcome four-legged visitors.
Together we all wish our visitors on this site happy Easter and best wishes for the time to come! Take good care of yourself and all who are beloved and dear to you! Keep a distance, yet stay connected! Stay safe, stay healthy!