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.
After visiting the vet, we know for sure we will have a litter B: at least five little whirlwinds are bustling about in Kira’s womb! As lively as they are, there is no doubt, they are fit as a fiddle.
Kira has her own page on this website with lots of pictures and information (and even more in the blog, tag Kira).
The sire, Salai (Balance Master Speigas) was bred by Laura Baryte (Speigas Kennel, LIT) and is loved and owned by Monique van Ree-Hagg (NL). his sire Fizzy (Snowmist’s Quicksilver Speigas) is quite famous and just like the dam, Enya (Snowmist’s Rich Image) he was bred by Kim Ramey-LeBlanc (Snowmist Kennel, CAN).
Thank you, Monique, for making this litter possible!
The pedigree of the pups can be downloaded here for further inquiry:
With everything going smoothly the little ones will be born after March 16. Until then, the expectant mother will be spoiled with everything she loves – particularly nice walks.
A straining and exciting weekend: 1,300 km (appr. 810 m) to drive, summer heat on Saturday and continous rain on Sunday, a family reunion and a lot of support from friends, no place on the rostrum but excellent results for Kira (Zausel’s Red Rose) and her first daughter Nukka (Almudis of Kahnawake).
At the Saar-Pfalz-Schau (Specialty Show DCNH, Saturday, June 24th, 2017) Nukka got “Very Promising” from breeding judge Hassi Assenmacher-Feyel (DE) and was placed second in Puppy Class (VP2 /2). Kira got “Excellent” and was placed second in Open Class (Exc 2 /2). Since I am a rookie in breeding, I was only out for excellen results for both girls, thus I am happy with what they achieved.
Besides we had a happy family reunion that day. Sammy (Alban of Kahnawake) came to the show with his family to support his mom and sister, just like Bubbles (Antonius of Kahnawake) did from afar!
From the Rhine valley we went across the country to Munich to enter a joint dog show of the VDH Bavaria on the Harness Racing Track in Daglfing (Sunday, June 25th, 2017). Breeding judge Maria Grazia Miglietta (IT) rated Nukka “Very Promising” in Puppy Class and Kira “Excellent”, she was placed 3rd in a strong competition. Both girls reached the targets I had set – rookie me happy again!
I am sorry, there are no pictures on the show! On Saturday I forgot to tell someone, on Sunday it was all raining. Hence, I have only some snapshots to show.
Sincere thanks are given to Nukka’s family for entrusting their baby to me over the weekend, Angela Tagliaferri (Lagotto Romagnolo Accompagniatore) for perfectly grooming the girls, Simone Ebardt-Heidt (Siberian Huskies of Savannah Town) for sheltering us from the heat and the rain, to Sammy’s family for paying a visit at the show, and to Bubbles’ family for feeping fingers crossed.
Princess Nukka (Almudis of Kahnawake – Best Baby in Specialty Sjhow twice!) comes out as best of both worlds. She has the perfect structure, movement and head of her daddy Doby (Waterfall Velnio Malunas) and all the qualities of a lively outdoor dog from her mom Kira (Zausel’s Red Rose). She loves to be outside all the time – even at night!
We had a very good time at this year’s Lahn-Dill-Schau, a specialty show for Nordic breeds and Akita. Debutante Almudis of Kahnawake (Nukka) won Baby class (3 – 6 months) on Saturday, April 29th, and became Best Baby in Specialty Show.
And the next day, she did it again!
We are very proud of our little girl, even though her mom Kira (Zausel’s Red Rose) couldn’t stand up to her competitor in Open Class.
Yesterday, Sammy paid us a visit with his family, and we could see for ourselves that he turns out to be a handsome boy, funny and sweet as ever. Bubbles came along with his family, so Kira had the chance to enjoy her two sons playing together.
Later we took a nice walk in the beautiful valley of the Rosphe creek in the Burgwald area – and Sammy took a chance to bunk off with uncle Siko for a short while. But they returned quickly without doing any mischief. 😉
Most of the time, Sammy trotted side by side with Kira, showing he will be a sporting ace, when he has grown up. At the end of the walk both had a bath in one of the ponds along the track – apparently a perfect ending.