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.
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! 🙂
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.
A year ago, on Thursday, November 24th 2016, I spend hours together with my beloved Kira. The day before, she came into labor. we were sitting on the couch and I comforted her. I kept to the vet’s orders, saying, “Try to do nothing. Just keep calm and be there. She knows what to do.”
And that is exactly what happened. Between midnight and very early morning she gave birth to three gorgeous pups, litle lumps of sweetness of which Kira took care with great love.
Even though three pups make a small litter, we were really hapy. This way we were able to raise our first husky babies with great care and ease and enjoy the time with the little ones.
Antonius (Bubbles), Alban (Sammy) and Almudis (Nukka) enjoyed a happy and wild childhood and had a great in the snow, too. Daddy Doby (Wahttp://Almudisterfall Velnio Malunas) can be proud of those cute little bits of mischief.
All three were adopted by loving sportive families, two didn’t even go far, and one lives in the Black Forest. Bubbles’ adventures, collected by his mommie, make up Bubbles’ Baby Blog (in German).
It was a wonderful time, raising those three little fellows, and we are hoping for a second litter in spring or early summer next year – news will be published in good time.