This morning we went to the vet clinic with Nukka for a final checkup, the second herpes vaccination and had her x-rayed. Nukka stayed most of last weeks with her family and so I was quite unsure about the number and size of her pups. The ultrasonography we did some weeks ago had confirmed her pregnancy and shown at least four fetuses growing in her womb.
Now we know Nukka is expecting five puppies, and with all our hearts we hope that everything will go well.
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.
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! 🙂
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.
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!
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.
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.
Saturday was the day! After having almost finished her burrow in the garden and going through several phases of mild labour, Kira got restless. We didn’t let her escape to her burrow, what she thought stupid. However she accepted the whelping box, it is already familiar to her.
Shortly after noon she gave birth to 2 dark grey (agouti) boys, Benedict and Bonifatius. About 2 hours later an all-black girl joined the party, Beata. Kira took her time, she stayed calm, took care of her babies, even when in the afternoon a grey boy, Bernard, was born. And before dinner she came along with another all-black, a boy we named Brendan.
Then Kira was finally resting, we cleaned up the box and renewed the blankets. The pups are big and strong, quite demanding. Kira takes care of them very fondly and watches over them. Uncle Sisko lies outside the room, longing to get in, but he dares not to, because he might be growled at.
Yet, in 4 weeks Kira happily will let him take over care and education.
Today Kira got the second shot against CHV (canine herpesvirus), so that the newborn pups will be safe from that disease, because CHV is a very dangerous condition in which a whole litter can die a painful death within 48 hours.
Kira herself is all cool and happy. Even that twitchy giant black dog in the waiting room didn’t vex her. The vet examined her before vaccination and she was very pleased with Kira’s condition. Kira is sleeping and dozing a lot, she enjoys food and her walks – just not the usual length -, and she is cheerful and attentive.
Now we are entering the final round. The pups are due by mid March, and some things still have to be prepared, before the little Sibes will turn our lives upside down for two or three months. We, Salai’s family and the people on the waiting list are quite excited.