Seffe had 3 bitches and 2 dogs in her "D" litter but they were all pretty equal and not one of them really got a special place in my heart, though Krizzie (Snap) was always the nutty one. At the time I did feel sorry for her future owner .. not realising it was going to be me! The adult bitch was an exuberant character, very loving with a wicked sense of humor!
Krizzie's first litter has been well documented .. The bitch was long coated and I was advised not to keep the "smaller" male as he would never have enough length of foreleg. But the larger male that appealed to others didn't do it for me and I was left in such a quandary as the smaller male was my heart dog. I remember Steve's words so clear, if you're going to make a mistake, let it be your mistake then you can't resent or blame anyone in future. I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders and the smaller male, Louis, stayed. Not only did he become a top winning show dog but he quickly became the love of my life.
Tali missed after her first mating to the top winning import "Ice." By then her mother had died and I so needed a puppy to help me move on, to help me recover the huge losses of 2007. (We had lost 4 dogs in 6 months) I remember I was devastated, heartbroken and so I did what I do and I went out and bought a dog! Kaiser Vom Conbhairean - Kai who was to become the sire of Tali's litter.
Born by cesarean Asha had 7 bitches and 2 dogs in August 2011. I have to be honest, not the best quality litter I've bred but Danni and Ziva were just the most divine puppies. Keeping both would have been the dream, but we had to do what's right by the sisters and it was another heart ripping experience to let Danni go at 8 months old.
The sister .. OMG the sister, an experience and a learning curve. Let common sense prevail and never ever keep litter sisters. I had Jezi and Ziva both health tested and came to the conclusion that my way forward was with Ziva, though many disagreed as the plainer colour Jezi was more shapely, but Ziva had better hips, better colour and a softer character.
|A Young Nico|
Mating Nico to Ziva took a lot of thought, research and planning. Nico and Asha were cousins as Nico's mum was the litter sister to Kai, and Asha is Ziva's mum. But with my eyes open I went ahead and had the best litter I'd had in years. So Asha may not have produced the best, but her daughter sure went ahead and did it, and there in that litter of 6 was the next heart dog. The bitch I called "Belle" stole my heart very early on and I remember willing her to be the best bitch for the future of Blanik. I loved her so much that had she not been I'd have been devastated. Sammi Belle, the Naughty Angel .. now the Angel ... a best friend a dream come true.
|Sammi and Kaiah|
So looking back at Kaiah's pedigree, on the bitch side we have Nikki, Seffe, Krizzie, Tali, Asha, Ziva and Sammi .. and I'm equally blessed that she also carries both my Conbhairean boys, Kai and Nico ... she's a combination of so many wonderful dogs and bitches .. can't go wrong really can we?
And then there was Ross, lol. I only mention him here and now as with successful health tests he will hopefully be the sire of the next generation. If his health test are not acceptable then we will look elsewhere for a man for Kaiah .. but there's a good while till then, maybe a year, maybe more.