The C’babies Are Coming!

Now we can tell the world: our foundation bitch Kira is going to be a granny! Her daughter Nukka (Almundis of Kahnawake) will be having puppies, sired by Finn (Zaltana Heart On Fire of Savannah Town).

Finn (Zaltana Heart On Fire of Savannah Town, (c)M. Ebardt)

Nukka (c)Markus Balzer
Nukka (c)Markus Balzer

Finn was bred by Louise Franklyn (Zaltana kennel) and lives with Simone Ebardt-Heidt and Michael Ebardt (kennel of Savannah Town).

Many thanks to Simone and Michael to make this pairing possible. We cannot wait to see this litter being born.

New Home, New Plans

We moved house. During the last three months we ran through all the procedures (and problems) you can think of. And finally we now are lucky enough that the local mayor lobbied for really fast internet connections in our community. Good things want to have it – now we are hoping for better mobile access soon. 

Nukka (c)Markus Balzer
Nukka (c)Markus Balzer

But no more complaints! We and our huskies are living happily on a timberwork homestead with a nice parcel of land. And there is a lot of open range around us. The kennel has been approved again, and now we are hoping for pups from Finn (JCh Zaltana Heart On Fire of Savannah Town) out of Nukka (MBISB Almundis of Kahnawake). Nukka is co-owned by us and we are very happy that her family with whom she is living near our old home Marburg, and Finn’s owner Simone Ebardt-Heidt made this pairing possible for our litter C. Soon we will know if this plan will become real. 🙂

In April, Ezri will be checked for approval. All health test results are very promising, and she is maturing nicely, so that with the good Lord willing, it cannot go wrong.

Best of all – people are awsome around here. We quickly found friends among neighbors, young people helping with the dogs, and they call us by the name of the estate, Etjes, which really is an honor! 🙂

Famous Bernie! ;-)

A picture of Bernie (Bernardus of Kahnawake) is featured in the Clubnachrichten (Club News) of the DCNH. At the Jubilee Show in August he won Baby Class with the result ” promising” with his also very promising brother Koda (Brendan of Kahnawake) in second place. Josefine Munke (Toolik’s Alaskan Malamutes) took a nice picture of Bernie which made it into the report about the show, printed in the current issue of the CN.

We are very proud of our boys!

Thank you, Josefine, for the pic!

CACIB Gießen 2018

Driving home from this year’s CACIB of the VDH Hessen in Gießen we were very happy with the results. We had entered our young girls Ezri (Zaltana Kissed By An Angel In Kahnawake) in Puppy Class and Opra (Inner Vision Wolfblood) in Intermediate Class. Both girls had starte to blow their coats in the summer heat, therefore Opra entered the ring naked, Ezri with a very thin coat. Even ring training and dog sports had been neglected due to this long period of heat.

Nevertheless, Ezri proved herself smart enough, didn’t act clumsy at all in the ring, but easy and focussed, and she showed her smooth gaiting. And so breed judge Gabriele Richard (DE) awarded her with a “Very promising” and in the end she left the ring as winner of the Puppy Class, i.e. BOBP.

Opra is an eperienced show dog. She didn’t care about looking a bit like a plucked goose. She, too, scored with her beautiful face and her wonderful gaiting and was assessed “Excellent” particularly for her gaiting. So I didn’t care at all that due to her poor coat there was no chance for us in the rounds for the Best Female.

With the two girls being pretty groggy due to the heat, and their colorful ribbons, we returned home happily.

A big thank you goes to the hosts, to show management Ute Berger and breed judge Gabriela Richard! And another big thank you to Angela Tagliaferri for grooming and Tanja backes for training us!

Summertime

It is pretty warm, a wonderful summer day. In fact, there is nothing to boast about today. The dogs are relaxing and it is just fine to watch them.

Ezri and Berni have been romping around the place all morning, now they are looking for shadowy places, like the others. Kira takes care of her little boy and he is enjoying her loving attention very much.

Opra and Kira on the lawn
Opra and Kira on the lawn

Kira and Opra are becoming more acquainted, due to Opra’s constantly being close and friendly. These two are going to be a great team in all aspects.

Ezri enjoys the view from a distance
Ezri enjoys the view from a distance

Meanwhile Ezri has retreated into the house. Lying at the terrace door watching seems to be very relaxing.

 

Tons of Great News!

We had a lot of things going on here lately! First, Opra arrived at our kennel, while the puppies were still around. Then we went to the Lahn-Dill-Schau for having Opra and Nukka approved for breeding. Then the puppies left for their furever families. And finally, a couple of days ago, Ezri came to join our pack. There was hardly any opportunity to update the site, with the place being all haywire! 😀

Now we have the results of the breed certification. Opra’s report ist on her page (my translation, so if it doesn’t make sense, my fault 😉 ), and I will hand in Nukka’s, as soon as I have everything at hand.

Until then, we are enjoying our double addition to our pack and family, that, oddly, has made many things much easier.

More Baby Pics

In the pen – either inside or in the garden – the pups are playing happily (preferably scuffling or castle capture). So we made some first attempts of stacking on a table. It was good enough for some funny pictures.  😆 

Beni

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Baby Pics

Here’s just a few pictures of the pups I took with the DSLR and poor light. Nothing to shout about – the pups speak for themselves. With their true nature slightly shining through. 😉

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Berni

Voilà!

Now that the B’babies opened their eyes, they discover the world around. They crawl and teeter around in their Fort Alcatraz, play and bicker with each other and snuggle up to one another, nibble on their toys – with mommie Kira keeping two eagle-eyes on them.

They grow up very fast – little guinea pig (or mole) faces turning into teddy bears. And apparently they have tons of fun, even if now anything doesn’t turn out as wished for.

And like in every otherhusky litter with at least 3 males we have a gangleader (Beni), leading any jailbreak from the whelping box, and Berni and Brendan tagging along. If there’s a pityful squeak coming from the babies’ room, they got themselves in another hopeless situation. Like crawling under the plastic mat.

Unfortunately the battery of the big camera gave up right on time. Since daylight was nice today, I quickly took some pics with my mobile – et voilà! The photos are not too bad. Only Brendan didn’t feel like being held up again.

Beni

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