Yesterday the pups of litter A of Kahnawake turned 3 years old and we hope that each of them had a great birthday party with their families.
Happy birthday and best wishes for our funny boy Bubbles, our fluffy boy Sammy and our great girl and gorgeous mommie Nukka! You changed our lives furever – so huge thanks go to you and your wonderful families!
We have been considering this for quite some time to add a male to our pack, and thought it over thoroughly. Finally we decided to choose Opra’s cousin. On Sunday, he arrived and was received happily by our gang of four. Now we are hoping that he will slot in easily and turn the quartet into a quintet.
During the first days he more and more opened up to the others. He is neither dominant nor rude, but behaves exceptionally friendly. Sisko being the boss, tolerates him being around and brings him in line from time to time. We are very optimistic.
More information, pedigree and pictures to be found on his page.
The Vannomaden, a young creative agency, just left a strong mark on the Siberian Huskies of Kahnawake – and we are totally happy with that log which clearly expresses all that is important to us: the natural wildness and self-reliance of the breed named Siberian Husky, the love and care we give to our dogs and especially to our pups, and last but not least our kennel patron, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the patron saint of Canada, born in the state New York, died in – yes! – Kahnawake on the shore of Saint Lawrence river.
Working with the Vannomaden, particularly with Katharina Lanz was great fun, mails and talks were going in both directions, always constructive and productive. Colors and a theme were found easily. It’s always a pleasure to work with professionals who really love their job – thank you! And we can’t wait to meet you again – and Tio, the ringleader of litter B!
Yesterday we celebrated our first Kahnawake Summer Powwow. Many of those who own puppies from our kennel, and some people who are interested in our kennel activities, came for a visit. We watches the huskies playing and tussling, enjoyed good food and good conversation. Later that evening, when those who had to take a long ride home (like Sammy and Zelda and their family), we watched a thunderstorm with hard rain and hail from our sunroom.
It was too hot for a real walk altogether, but the dogs had lots of fun in the yard anyway. At first, Sisko made clear to the males that he is the boss, and he stopped Sammy and Koda from brawling in his own cool manner.
When Nukka arrived, all C’babies got quite excited – but Koda even more. He worked har, trying to convince her of his charm and even forgot about his beloved Opra.
Ezri finally laid down in the middle of the lawn, lost in thought, smiling. Not until Nukka’s master started to play the dog whisperer, she joined the pack, sitting around the man with the magic pockets.
In the evening dogs and People were all happy and tired. After the guests had left and the gang of four had gone to sleep in the house, Helmut and I sat down on the terrace, got comfy and enjoyed a glass of wine. This way, Helmut celebrated one of the loveliest birthdays in his life.
Today we went to the vet clinic with the pups and their mom for checkups, vaccinations and the implantation of the chips. Apparently, the trip there was torture, especially for Mato (aka Clemens) who was screaming and screaming, until I let him rest at my feet. Resting his head behind a purse, our little hero could put up with the rest of the trip.
The vet was very pleased with each of the pups. Size, weight, health condition, bite, umbilicus, behavior – everything fit wonderfully, and with the boys everything is in place. They got their vaccination and chipping with only little grumbling. Only little Mato, nervous as he was, did a little squeal.
Now mommie Nukka was carefully checked and found hale and hearty. 😉 Her coat is slowly coming back and she will quickly gain some weight, as soon as she is no longer worrying about her babies.
After leaving the vet we made a detour to Marburg, from where we returned home with the sleepy pups and their mom. On the return trip everybody was sleeping peacefully, while back home the famous four were impatiently waiting for us.
Tomorrow the club’s breed warden to check if we bred and raised them according to the rules of our kennel club. While there is always a chance for surprises when it comes to health, we are not anxious about this date.
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.