Thursday, 23 November 2017

The Waiting Game Begins ..

.. and today really didn't go to plan.
To be honest with hindsight it felt like a scene from a Laurel and Hardy program. Steve woke up at 4am feeling ill and spent the next few hours in and out of the loo. So when the alarm went off I told him to stay in bed. I had to make sure Kaiah didn't drink or eat as her appointment was at 9.30am. So I let her out with Loki and put his food in the crate ready for him, but with Sammi in season he left it! I heard a noise outside and realised Steve was up, out and had refilled the water bowl. I emptied it and told him with Kaiah having a GA she was not to eat or drink. I turned round to go back in and saw Kaiah had vanished, yes you've guess it, she'd opened the door, gone in and was half way through Loki's breakfast.
So a tantrum or two later and I calmed down and decided on a plan. First of all I had to get in touch with the vets and tell them what had happened. They were great and told me I could take her in later. I arrived at 10.30am and they left her until last giving her time to digest the stolen food. They are so good with me and always allow me to stay with my bitches, I'm even allowed to say if I'm happy with the plates or not. I make no comment on the elbow as I've no idea what I'm looking for and just hope for the best.
My initially thoughts is that the hips look good, but of course how good is now the big question. The right hip seems to have no obvious issues to the layperson, but the dorsal acetabular rim (the edge of the ball) seems less smooth on the left hip and this could pose a problem. (it had to be pointed out to me, but I do see it!) Obviously these are good hips for any dog to live with, but it's wait and see whether they will be good enough hips for a dog to be bred from.
I'm posting on here and telling friends, but not posting on Facebook for the time being.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Memories of Laecor Mikhail

 Blade at 7 months old in 1991
At the time I could never understand why he didn't win at the shows,
to me at this time this dog was perfect. Now I see things differently, this 7 month old puppy was totally out of proportion. An adult size head on a tall gangly puppy with no coat. But in fairness the potential was there, with only his frame to fill he could only get better ...
and that he did!
 1995 and looking super at Ruthin show
Nefyn Show in 1997 and another BOB for Blade. The way I show has also gone full circle. Standing in front of my dog was frowned upon by other GSD exhibitors then, but even then the judges liked it! Knowing what I know now would I go back to "Laecor" to buy a puppy? Hell no, but not for one second do I regret buying this puppy. Our friendship and bond was unquestionable and together we made our mark on the show scene of the 90ies. 
(That's a headless Seffe in the background by the way)

Vet's Cancelled

Due to the severity of the weather I've cancelled Tia's vet visit today.  I'm worried about her future as her reoccurring problem is returning far more often. Untreated it's not something we or she could live with, it's been going on for 2 years now and the break between bouts are getting shorter. It's not urgent that she see's a vet and I'll make another appointment for her very soon.

Crap Weather, Crap Photos

But super memories of a great walk to treasure. With gusts of 60 miles an hour and torrential rain it was unwise to walk here today, but the kids need to go out. I had to visit my parents and decided to take Ross and Kaiah into the woods for a run. All you need is waterproofs isn't it! Sheltered by the trees it was amazing in there, in many places the path was underwater and seeing these two having the time of their lives brightened me up for the day. I so wish I'd taken my camera, but due to the weather here I had made a conscious decision not too. I regretted it and I could see my phone photo's were all blurred. I was disappointed, but then I had an idea .. a short video
Click on the square on the bottom right of the video to see it full screen.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Kaiah At Rhyl

I quite like this photo that was sent to me of Kaiah at Rhyl show a couple of weeks ago. She's pretty naked there, but you should see her now, maybe not! I think my plan is to keep her out of the ring now till at least January. She has nothing to prove and showing her like this will only do her an injustice. We'll see what's she's like for Manchester Ch. show in mid January. As she's hung onto her coat for so long I do feel this moult will be a long drawn out ordeal, but there we go. We'll give her as long as she needs to get back on form!
I love her unexaggerated lines and balance. She's not over done in anyway but can be stood to suite all rounders as well as breed judges. She moves with great enthusiasm and a super forward reach, and her hind quarters are straight and tidy. She has the most beautiful head and feminine expression with a super dark eye .. and often her cheeky outlook on life comes over in her expression. Kaiah has super colour and a profuse coat .. I just hope that maturity will "fill her out" as it should do. Yeah I'm sure you realise, despite out differences at times I'm pretty made up with my little madam!

Monday, 20 November 2017

Seasons, Weather and Walking

Sammi out with Ross
It's day 13 of Sammi's season. Poor Loki is out in the kennel, but thankfully so far Ross seems oblivious. And Nico? well you've heard of "no one puts Baby in a corner?" Well no one put Nico in a kennel either...not if I have anything to do with it anyway.  He does have to spend some time in the crate at the moment, which is also out of his routine, but he doesn't mind that at all. I've no idea how long this season will go on for, Sammi hasn't read the page in Book Of The Bitch where it says bitches are generally in season for 21 days, on her last 2 seasons she's got up to about 30 days.😢 This time she's been spotting blood since early October but really only came into season 13 days ago.
I dread Kaiah's next season, by then Ross will be more aware and Kaiah is his best friend. I fear it may be 2 males in a kennel by then. Of course I've no idea when her next season will be, her first was July and she may go anything from 4 to 12 months between seasons. (Actually Asha did 13 months once!)
Today's walks where strange, looking over towards Anglesey I couldn't see a thing, the cloud/mist was beneath me. Looking in the opposite directions towards the Nantlle Ridge and the cloud/mist was above me. It was so odd, clear where we walked but the view was hidden on both sides of us. Everywhere was so wet, considering it wasn't raining till after 10pm last night and dry before 8am today it must have really peed it down over night. Still the dogs absolutely loved the full ditches and soggy ground. The mist came down over us and visibility became very poor,but as quickly as it came on the breeze it went again and was followed by some very short lived sunshine. I'm trying to walk and appreciate everyday that I can right now as Winter and it's unpredictable weather is around the nearest corner.
Edit to say .. Ticks .. bloody ticks ... it's still not safe in Cwm Dulyn as the dogs have ticks. Not in excessive quantities like before but I've found 4 in 2 days. What's strange is they are refereed to as "sheep ticks" well in 10 years of walking this path I've yet to see a sheep there, just lots and lots of long grass!
 Look Left
The usual view from the Llyn Peninsular to Caernarfon, Holyhead and the Irish sea all hidden by the low cloud
Look Right
Cloud/mist covering most of the Nantlle Ridge
And within no time it was clear .. 
but the light making it look so distant
Clearing towards Anglesey now but beyond still remaining hidden.


 Kaiah and Loki
 Had to include these two of Ross and Sammi
 Funny yeah!
 Ziva and Asha in the water
Jezi and Nico

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Top Dog

Yesterday we made the trek down to Llandrindod Wells to compete in The Wales Top Dog Of The Year. Well when I say trek, I mean a stunning run down through the heart of rural Wales. God it was even more amazing in Autumn colours. I think the highlight, other than the lovely company, was seeing a flock of Red Kites flying above with some diving down for road kill within feet of the van. God that was some sight!
On arrival in the slightly posh hotel we where greeted with refreshments, a goody bag per dog, a qualifiers rosette and a wonderful coloured catalouge with photo and information of all the dogs who had qualified.
The match was set out as a knock out with your numbers drawn to compete. The only dampener of the day for me was being told instantly by other competitors that Loki would never win his round as the other dog, a Sh. Champion had a well known face on the end of the lead. Sadly they were right, but I'll never know whether it was the face or the dog that beat us! Loki gave a paw perfect performance on the green carpet, but only as I would expect from him, he never lets me down!  I enjoyed the day, being with friends and watching the cream of Welsh show dogs being exhibited and realising that we were part of it .. 2 of my dogs were qualified to compete with the best of the best. Sadly a naked Kaiah was at home but Loki stood there proudly in the ring, the only GSD representing his breed on the day ...  see and be seen!

Sunny Sunday In November

 Nico and Jezi
 Ross, Asha, Ziva and Sammi 
Tali, Kaiah not sitting still and Loki

Thursday, 16 November 2017

North Wales GSD Critiques

Stanley's Blanik Jeevana, 11 months B & G feminine bitch lovely head, dark eyes, alert, good angulation, firm backline, good reach and drive moved well around the ring. 
Stanley's Blanik Ivana Sh CM 3 and a half years B & G feminine bitch dark eyes, alert,strong neck and firm backline, slightly longer in length than first, but not overlong, good angulation, moved sound well handled.

I must admit I was a little disappointed that a "breed specialist" didn't have more to say .. but then I was a little disappointed in a lot of things that day!