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.
Now that the C’babies have flown and Nukka has returned to her awesome family, it is time for a huge thankyou to Kirsten, Markus and Josie to offer us the opportunity to spend those wonderful months with Nukka and her pups! We are very happy to have found perfect families for those mischievous little ones, families who keep in touch with each other, with us and with the families of other pups of Kahnawake – what could be better?!
We added a photo gallery to Nukkas page on this site, so visitors can get to know better this great girl.
Let’s look forward to the Kahnawake Summer Powwow that will take place at Helmut’s birthday, at the third weekend of July – if all things go well with most of the Kahnawake puppers’ families and the studs’ owners as well.
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.
… now bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. This gang of five is havin fun in the puppy room where they have a box to rest and enough room to play. They have been in a pen in the garden three times by now, but today it’s too cold and windy with some rain. Soon there will be sunny days, and until then the little romps 😉 are frolicking inside.
Actually, they had barely opened their eyes, when they started to play fresh as a daisy as if being kissed awake.
After a quite sleepless night and some stressing labour, Nukka gave birth to her very first baby, and immidiately took good care of him who was very active and loud while searching for the milk bar.
Three siblings followed with little effort within two and a half hours. Then Nukka decided to take a rest. Although everything seemed quite effortless and relaxed, a series of births is quite straining, and the fortunately active pups were claiming mommie’s care quite noisily.
After little more than three hours, the youngest pup was born, a girl and the heaviest baby of this litter.
All five weighed around 500 g (> 1 pound) at birth and they were immidiately searching for the milkbar by themselves, drawing mommie’s attention by singing in different pitches. Nukka apparently feels fine, eating her food with great appetite and drinking well.
We are thankful that Nukka’s litter, too, was born without issues.
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.