Thursday, 22 June 2017

Him Again

but sadly still no progress 
This may break my heart! 

A Couple Of Photos

 "Professional" photo of Kaiah taken in the group yesterday. I think this must be her best win to date. If there's one thing I have learned it's how much better she "goes" in the big ring. She really did stride out in the group. I felt her change of pace from the smaller breed ring, she just flowed around the ring. I was so proud to be on the other end of her lead!  
Another lovely photo with the breed judge, shame it was only taken with a phone as I really like the photo. He was so complimentary of her and said how close she was to being his best bitch, but I agree that when it's a close call maturity should always win.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Royal Cheshire Show

Super day At The Royal Cheshire County Show. Kaiah stood alone in MP but went on to win BPIB/ RBB and Pastoral Puppy Group 2. Thanks to breed judge James Newton and Group judge Martin Sanders for your lovely and encouraging comments. The breed judge said she was a whisker from Best Bitch, but lost out on maturity. 
Though Loki won Open Dog he didn't cope at all well with the heat - he and me both eh!
Kaiah Pictured above with BOB winner Anita Guy and Lexi and judge James Newton. 
Just had to include this photo of Loki having a Moment at the show!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Tali Alarm

 The routine has always been the same. We all get up, the troops go out, I prepare their breakfast and put the meals in their crates and everyone shove and push in to their own crates for their breakfasts. Similarly in the evening the meals are prepared at 4.30pm and placed in their crates for everyone to charge into their own safe space for their meal. So when you've done that for what seems like forever it gets very confusing for us and them to break the routine, but for Tali change it we've had too.
Tali needs her vivitonin a minimum of 30 mins before a meal. In the morning it's working quite well she gets her pill in a diced piece of chicken before she goes out and then comes back in for breakfast. Realising it's not there she hesitates outside her crate, but with a little convincing she goes in to wait for it. We have our breakfast, I get washed and dressed and Tali then has her breakfast with her second pill .. the steroid is strictly "Give with food!" Again the diced chicken breast comes in handy as I pop the pill in one of those and put it on top of her breakfast. It doesn't hit the sides! I buy the diced/cubed chicken in the freezer section in Tesco, they are just ideal for canine pills!
Yep the new routine is working well, but sadly not so in the evening. At 4.30pm Tali comes in with everyone to find one lump of cubed chicken in a bowl in her crate, it's enough to get her in but I have to shut the door quickly. I then go off to feed the cats and prepare our meal with the intention of feeding Tali just before we eat at around 5.15pm .. but I forget. I ask Steve to remind me, but he forgets. Poor Tali has now missed a couple of meals as I've discovered her "tea" in the cupboard when I've gone to prepare her supper. I can't leave the meal out anywhere as the cats will eat it, so I came up with a solution .. My phone now has an alarm set at 5.15pm called the "Tali Teatime Alarm!" Believe me it works, Tali would have missed several meals now without it or at least had them very later. After their meals the large group spend about an hour and a half in their crates, my fear of torsion is so great that I can not risk the youngsters running around after eating, and this is just one of the precautions we take to try and avoid it happening. Of course what ever we do, sometimes it just happens! After their meals Nico and Jezi on the other hand just chill in the living room with us, but no running around, rolling or play fighting is allowed!
Today Tali's steroid dose is being reduced again. From 50mg daily three weeks ago, today it has been cut down to 5mg, which will be her permanent daily dose. Long term they say steroids have a damaging affect on the organs. Kiri was on them for 10 years for her MMM, without them she would have died. In the early days we tried taking her off them twice, but the condition returned, so there was no choice! Kiri was almost 14 when we lost her, I can't imagine her 15mg a week did her much harm. (Though the 60mg she was on daily for the first few weeks sure did have some adverse affects and on week three the dose was halved) Anyway here's hoping this dose continues to give Tali the feel good factor she seems to currently have. I'm not cold when I say we don't have long term with Tali, I'm realistic. Shes twelve and a half now, and that pretty old for a GSD. She has already outlived 2 of her offspring and all of her siblings so quality of life and happiness on a daily/weekly basis is far more important than worrying about what "long term" affects this medication may have on her. It was great to see her enthusiasm in Cwm Dulyn yesterday, wonderful to see her still able to swim and there is no doubt the combination of medication is now giving her an enthusiasm for life that without them she may not have. Go Tali go ....

Monday, 19 June 2017

Cwm Dulyn It Is Then

It was just far too hot to walk again today, but after no walks yesterday the troops are getting restless! The walk to Llyn Ffynhonnau isn't too long, but the thought of that climb back up from the lake in this heat was just too much for me. Well there was nothing for it .. 3 trips in the van to Cwm Dulyn for a swim, a paddle or to just lie in the lake with your ball! 
I was initially wary with Tali and kept her on the lead till we got to the lake. (A 5 minute walk) But she was great, she had a paddle and a swim and loved her trip out. Considering it's less than 3 weeks since her attack of Vestibular syndrome she is doing so bloody well. Yes her world me be on a slight tilt now, but she's great. Honestly she just doesn't care and if she topples over she just gets up and keeps on going. 
 Tali swimming, Asha and Ziva
Ziva cooling her belly
 Thank God Tali doesn't know what's behind her 
 Sammi, Kaiah and Loki
Sammi stalking Kaiah who'a already by the lake
"Cwm Dulyn" is translated to valley of the black lake - easy to see why!. 

Heart breaker At 6 Weeks

I'm saying nothing, just hoping! 

An expression that has melted my heart. 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

This Could Even Make Me Pray ...

... I who Never Ever Ever Prays
Well maybe not, religion hasn't found me yet, and has never given me comfort. I believe in compassion and kindness and this doesn't always go hand in hand with religion, though it should! Anyway it's just a line from a Marc Almond track called "I who Never!"
So just as you think there's a chance of the dream coming true somehow the knife gets stuck in again.
Decisions have been made regarding the pups - The breeder is keeping sable no 1, because he was the first born and she has no interest in showing. The breeder of the dam is having both bitches. So sable no 2, my dream puppy is available for me, but and it's a HUGE "But" sable 2 currently has no teticles. The other 2 have them but theirs are still high up, but the huge difference is they are already there to drop.
This morning I'm feeling quite deflated really, now I know I can have him, but without balls I don't want him! 😞 There simply is no point taking the chance. I've done so much reading about testicles recently I'm becoming a bloody ball expert. Haha I can't deny it I've fallen hook line and sinker for this pup, he is what I want. But without his bits he simply can not give Blanik the future I was hoping for, and I have to be sensible about it. Head must rule heart! The breeder will give him a bit of time, well if they are not there in 2 weeks there is pet home waiting for him, and they are probably praying his testicles don't come down!
A mutual friend went to see the litter yesterday and she messaged me to say he's awesome and that the photos don't do him justice. She feels that it would be a travesty for him to go to a pet home, but equally she couldn't feel anything there at all!
Trying to keep myself from getting involved has been impossible. I hear friends who try to protect me and say, "don't get your hopes up," but those who know me well will understand that I'm already emotionally attached. I think about him so often during the day, I make plans and have dreams. I can't help that, it's who I am, who I've always been.
So the next visit is Thursday, the owner of the sire is going to see them then too. Even if like me you don't pray .. then will those bits to be there for me by then .. because honestly I can't take much more of this, the waiting is bloody killing me!
Hopefully I will have a new photo to add to this post later .. for now this is the little heart breaker  a couple of weeks ago at 4 weeks.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Stud Enquiry

"I have a female German Shepherd that I would like to breed. Sorry about the specific pics, its just that I want the right stud for her. Can you take some pics at his eye level from all sides of him including some full front pics of him and some full close back rear pics of him standing? How big is the bottom of his feet? His paw pads Or a pic will do? Please only him in the pics. Thanks! Also need a pic showing me that he isnt fixed. I am just trying to becareful is all for I have been tricked before. Please understand.? All pics of him standing please and not to close up. Even for the pics showing me that he isnt fixed from the back rear of him standing at his eye level by lifting his tail all the way straight up and taking the pics not so close up but a little further back. Please no sitting or laying down or laying on his back. This goes for the pics show me the he is not fixed."
Well you just have to laugh don't you, it's a good job it's not the first of April. Nico declined to have photos taken of his bits .. and I decided to not answer this idiot! Seriously it's either a joke or a pervert isn't it!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Thinking About Names

My Lovely Gran with my Rottie - Sultan 
If a puppy isn't coming in 2 weeks, then one will be in 6 weeks or 6 months and I've been looking at baby boy names for a while. It gets so bloody hard. I want a name that suites the breed and one that will suite an adult dog, not just the cuddly puppy. I hate names like Max, Saxon and Rex, to name but a few. I want a name that's reasonably original, well not one that is commonly used in pet dogs, or one that I associate with a particular dog/cat anyway. I've only done that once with Riley after a stunning cat that I had called "Mr Riley" at Freshfields, I can't see me doing it again.
I guess I could never use the same name for 2 dogs in my life time, but lots do. My Grandmother called both her Rough collie and her Sheltie years later "Sandy,"  and a L/C I sold from my first litter was to be Jet number 5! I've had a Mikey would I use Mickey?  Finlay would I use Flynn or Blade - Blaze etc? Maybe I would as I have used Nikki and Nico - Louis and Loki, which are similar but of course a few years apart.
I'd love a name that has something to do with George, but not
George itself. There's only room for one George in my heart. After saying that, the "G" litter all had registered names that began with George. Asha is Blanik Georgette and Mikey was Blanik Georgious - George's real name. I've also used Blanik Hippy for Ziva, Hippy was one of George's dog. I just can't think of a name that would be suitable that I associate with George. Maybe something will come to me!
I also need to think about the sound of the name as well as it's meaning. I like Remi, but calling it could it get confused by the canine ear with Sammi? The same with Zito and Ziva, especially as I shorten Ziva to Zee, and that would be my problem with "Lewis" it may get shortened to "Lou" and that would definitely not work!  I don't mind shortening some names, but object to others, shortening Sammi of course is punishable be death! The meaning of names is quite important. "Raff" another name that appeals to me means Red Wolf - now that's nice and unusual unless you watch Holby city!
My other issue is how other will pronounce the name, I never expected the hassle that I get with Loki, even last night I found myself correcting someone, politely of course. Though what I want to say is, "it not fecking Lockey .. it's Loki, Norse god of trickery and mischief, and have you not watched the bloody films?" But I don't!
Kiri McTavish and Louis (Lou)
The registered name could also affect my final choice of name. I would never have thought of the name Kiri, but when we picked her up and heard the name we both loved it and it stayed. Of course Steve must also like the name, and I have a list of names that we have been through but agree on very few. He likes Troy, I hate it, I like Reese, he doesn't .. etc. But I guess we both like Tyler, Zito and Jaxen, Tyler could not be shortened, Tye/Ty is another of my pet hate names, Zito as I said is a little close to Ziva and that leaves Jaxen .. shortened to Jax is quite nice too. No decisions have been made and I still spend time googling names of boys, of Norse Gods and "unusual dog names." I have time, something else may well stand out before the puppy arrives, or we may have to wait to see him to decide!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

10 years ago

With the death of 4 dogs in 6 months, 2007 was one of the worst years of my life, but this was such a happy day, one of the most memorable and treasured of my adult life. Manchester City Stadium in the pouring rain, alive, buzzing with happiness and love - and now so much sadness.
I never listen to him anymore. I have tried and did manage a few songs around the time of the funeral, but no, I never listen to him anymore. Maybe one day I will again .. but not now, not today or tomorrow and I doubt not someday soon. 
It is 10 years since Dexi, Seffe, Jay and Krizzie left us. 
(Dexi being the first in June, quickly followed by my lovely Seffe in July)
10 years since I almost lost Steve to Anaphylaxis 
Thankfully we are still here to tell the tale and remember the good days as well as the sadness!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

With Kyle In Cwm Dulyn

 Loki and Kyle
 Kaiah leading Kyle onto the rock
Siblings messing about
Today's walk with the three wasn't as successful as previous walks. There was a little tension at the beginning of the walk, then absolute OTT madness between the siblings as they ran riot afterwards. The lunacy was bordering on squabbling at times and as I was getting a little bothered that Kaiah may get hurt both the youngsters ended up on the lead for the last part of the walk. Kyle is a big lad now, and still a puppy, but he was repeatedly just barging into Kaiah and knocking her flying on the gravel path, it just wasn't fair on her and to be honest I was getting upset. Kyle meant no harm, he's just full of energy and excitement but Kaiah is so much smaller and lighter, I'd never forgive myself if she got hurt. Anyway we will have to rethink out plans for the next walk together, I don't want to stop seeing Kyle, but a different plan of action is called for! 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Out And About In The Mist

 Kaiah, Loki and Sammi 
 Ziva, Asha and Tali
As far as we went but Tali was great. 
Jezi and Nico

Oh Balls!

I said I wasn't going to mention these puppies again, but this morning I find I have to write to help clear my head. The little guys are 5 weeks old now and currently they have no descended testicles between them. Well early days, but with an experienced breeder getting concerned then I'm getting disillusioned. She can find that one male has two high up another has one, but the boy I'm interested in currently has nothing and if there is nothing there with 2 - 3 weeks then we have to forget him and start to look again. I swear it'll break my heart ... again! I'm crying about it today, but logically there is no point considering him without both being there at 8 weeks old.
Until recently I had never realised that undescended testicles was such a problem in the breed, well actually in dogs in general. Till the "J" litter I'd only bred one male with the problem, and that was in the "E" litter of 2003. Apparently I've been very luck and some people regularly have whole litters of monorchids. Yes, some here have been slower to develop and been 7 to 8 weeks before they dropped but mostly they have been there before 7 weeks. Obviously managed correctly it's not a life or death situation and monorchids should be neutered in early adulthood. I have suggested that Kyle and Jethro be neutered at about 15 months, that gives the body time to grow to it's adult stated before they are neutered. Neutering too early can can cause bone abnormalities and increase the risk of some cancers. But not neutering them at all can cause disastrous consequences in middle age.
Testicles are meant to be cool outside the body, those that remain inside the body over heat and become cancerous, so not neutering these 2 boys is not an option.
Honestly, between everything I feel so deflated this morning. I had set my hopes on this little guy and though I know now I should try and detach from the situation it breaks my heart to do so. Yes there's time, but for my sanity if I can best I try to consider him as unavailable and try to think again.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Medical Matters

The Vets visit went well for Tali, though she wanted to leave as soon as she'd arrived! They seem pleased with her progress and have given her a months supply of preds (steroids), she may need to stay on these as well as the vivitonin for life. I'm quite happy with that as she's very sprightly on them. I think the combination of both are giving her quite a feel good factor, and that's all I ask! The vivitonin and preds together will probably cost us £40 a month, ah well that's life. Tali has been a health girl all her life I would never deny her something that will give her quality of life now in her latter years. The way it's looking now she'll soon be swimming at that lake again!
I didn't take Kaiah to see the vet. By yesterday evening the swelling had gone down around her eye and the redness had reduced, by this morning there was nothing to see. I am a great believer in biacab and water for eye bathing, and though I was told about it by a vet we too have used when we've had mild problems with our eyes. There's no doubt the "isathal" cream which I had in also helped and I will continue to use both for a few more days just incase! Saying that Kaiah did get to go into the consulting room to be weighed so had yet another pleasant trip to the vets where she sat on the scales for treats and then got cuddles, kisses and more treats with Auntie Sharon! Hopefully if the time comes that she actually needs to see a vet, she'll be so comfortable going in that room that the actual examination/consultation will go over her head!  

8 Months Today

Beautiful baby Kaiah is 8 months old tomorrow and as we were going to the vets today anyway she's had her weights and measures done today. In the month she hasn't put any weight on, but I think she still looks great. She's 26.2 kg (26kg a month ago) but she has grown 2cm, I now make her 60cms. Of course this is just a guide, I could never profess to being accurate. I made Asha 61.5cms, but of course for her survey Asha measured a spot on 59.5cm. At 8 months Sammi was already a much larger bitch and was 29.5kg and by my measurement 61.5cm at the wither. I guess Sammi stopped growing at about this age, though I have to admit Sammi does now look a tad taller than Asha. Looking back I was surprised to see how out of coat Sammi was at 8 months, and though I do think Kaiah generally has the better conformation .. Sammi definitely had the better wither height at 8 months. 
 Sammi At 8 Months

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Off The Property

Tali has been off the property today. Only down the track and 5 mins up the road but she was very sprightly and did brilliantly. The top photo shows her "normal" head carriage now, a slight head tilt but if she doesn't care then neither do we! She had a couple of wobbles on the walk, but she now strong enough to right herself without falling over. 
Doesn't she look great..
..and happy!
Ziva and Asha came out with Tali 

Kaiah's Eyes

I'm not quite sure what's going on but Kaiah has sore eyes, well one at least. I noticed first thing that her left eye looked sore, the white is bright red and there's some swelling under and around the eye. Now I'm not too sure if I'm being paranoid but I'm not too sure if the right eye is a little sore too. I didn't notice there was anything amiss yesterday and she was full of fun and mischief. I'll wash her eye with some bicarb and water today and try and get a vet's appointment in the morning. I do hate it when the animals are not right ... especially on a Sunday!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

What More Show Photos?

I think this is my favourite of Kaiah in stance at the show. 
I like the previous one very much too, but this one shows off her beautiful head and lovely expression.
Huge thanks to Tony the photographer!
Go baby go

9th of June

Is Junior Day! 
Three years now since he came to Blanik. 
He's a handsome chap... but don't forget his "R"

Friday, 9 June 2017

Yesterday's Show Dogs

Out And About Today
 Sammi, Kaiah and Loki
 Kaiah hiding
 Kaiah and Loki
Sammi and Kaiah

Some Photos On Facebook

From Yesterday's show!