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.
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.
Last night, we and Kira and Nukka (Almudis of Kahnawake) took part in a conformation training with Tanja Backes. While Kira is familiar with training for shows, everything was new for Nukka. She was very excited, yet joined in nicely. I did not ask much of her, but gave her a playful first lesson. And all the other participants just shrugged off the hassle a pup brings up. All of us once started with a baby dog.
After the first round, I had her taking a break, and she was watching attentively what the other dogs were doing. Particularly her mommie Kira. <3
En passant, my husband turned out to be a natural doghandler. Well, I suspected that all the time.