Saturday, 11 July 2020

Orin And Asha Visiting

What have you got to eat Auntie Carrie? 
 By the beautiful hydrangea  
Orin happily tired with stolen Mr Lion after another successful visit.
He was praised so much I think he'll be hard to live with for the rest of the day.
Thank you for having us over. 

Great Morning At Home

 The Kids
 The Happy Couple
 Sammi's Kids
I see you! 

Some Morning Fun

Music added to hide my profanity when Ross jumps on me
So paws up who dug the hole? 

Friday, 10 July 2020

Orin In Stance

I'm absolutely over the moon with this photo taken at Ring Craft tonight. Baby boy looks so good. Thanks Ian and Paula S for your time and patience.  A photo, a memory to treasure.
Over night my lovely friend Bethan cleared the ring tape and drove away the cars. Haha. Steve was gobsmacked I hadn't done it myself, but the car behind the ears would have caused me some difficulties. Now a wonderful photo is even better!

Bangor Trip


















This mornings adventure - A trip to Pets At Home, a weigh in and visiting Ed. 
Orin did well, I could feel a little tension from him when we first walked into the store but equally I could feel him relax in minutes as we walked around the shop. Anyway he weighed 17.4 KG so I doubt now he'll be over 20kg by 4 months like Loki was, but may well be on a par with Ross and Mikey who were close to 19.5kg. Anyway the purpose of the trip was to get food for Asha. I thought I'd try Fishmongers white fish and potato, having used it at Freshfields and with Louis I found it to be excellent food. If it doesn't work I may consider a home made/cooked diet ... with 10kg of this we should know where we stand before considering another bag. 
We then went on to visit Ed (Stepson) and sat out with him for about 20 mins. I hadn't seen Ed since the beginning of March  and it was lovely to sit out in the garden behind his flat. Ed was calm, as is his nature, and let Orin go over to him when he was ready, as you can see it worked well. I decided to take Ross with me, he was not calm or quiet but really I hope Orin will pick up on his happy go lucky nature ... I'd sooner have two clowns at the party any day! Apologise to the residence but you now have a hole in your lawn! Ooops .. I stopped him as soon as I spotted him ... honest! 
Orin getting close to Ed but watching Ross shouting 
"Will someone please throw the bloody kong!"

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Asha

We have been controlling Asha's bowel disorder with metranizadol for a few weeks. A week on a week off had been going well, but the last couple of times she's managed less time off them before the diarrhea returned. This all started late last year and it was my choice to try and control the symptoms and give the old lady good quality of life rather than go for intrusive tests. If this system is not going to work then I have to reconsider my options.
At the risk of totally contradicting myself, Asha is so well but there is obviously something wrong with her. What I mean is, she is 12 years old, she has no mobility issues, no obvious sight or hearing losses, she looks well she eats well... as usual! Saying that I've no idea what is going on inside her, there must be a reason for this recurring diarrhea and at her age I felt managing it was the best way forward, but now we don't seem to be managing it.
I've decided to start by reconsider her feeding and to again try a 5 day course of panacur for any parasites that she could have picked up with the rubbish she eats. If there is no improvement I will talk to the vets about blood tests and stool samples, but anything intrusive at her age is just not happening.

Orin's Going On Titanium

 Happy Orin
Isn't he lovely - How could I not be proud! 
I'm down to my last 2 kg of puppy food and I've decided not to buy another bag of it. I've mixed in 2kg of Titanium with the puppy food to push me on and also so that the change over will be gradual and easier on his stomach. Mind you he does seem to be able to eat most things without an upset. I know it's a little earlier than normal to transfer him but Titanium recommends from 4 months on and when you think about it raw fed puppies only ever get the same as adults, only the quantity changes. 

Some Of The K Pups

Merlin with his mate Dexter 
Ginger 
Jazz 
Fly 
I think I'll nag everyone for some nice 4 month photos for the album next week. 

Mist, Drizzle And Puddles

And we had lots of fun
Half the Nantlle Ridge has disappeared 
No view today
There hasn't been water here since about February
Orin likes the water as long as Ross is not splashing about too much!

Awake Again

Another restless night, fatigue is such a crazy thing. I feel I could sleep on a washing line and can hardly function during the day,  but when the option is there for a full nights sleep, well it's just not possible for me to switch this frustrating brain off!
I started thinking about Kaiah and the future plans. You know logically I can't see me getting to Suffolk in November. I think Plan A will have to go on the back burner, but I think Plan B will definitely go ahead. The thought of more Sisco kids appeals anyway, I am a huge fan of his! The puppy enquiries I'm getting are still crazy, it seems people are really struggling to get a well bred puppy at a sensible price.
I know for a fact that Kaiah carries the LSH gene, I considered that at length before mating her to Zalu . At 1am trying to remember the percentages of LSH born from S.C parents took some doing, but I got there. (Long Stock Hair is now the correct term for Long Coat... apparently!) If one parent is a LSH and one a SC who carries the gene then 50% will be LSH and 50% will be S.C but will carry the gene. If both parents are S.C and carry the LSH gene then 50% of the litter will be S.C and carry the gene, 25% will be S.C but not carry the gene and 25% will be LSH. The S.C  who do not carry the gene tend to have a little less coat. (like Ross) To produce LSH both parents must carry the gene. If you mate two LSH dogs then you will only get LSH puppies. Sammi was not tested and despite me thinking maybe she didn't carry the gene she obviously did! Apparently it is unusual in a litter of 9 to only have one LSH, but we only had one in the "B" litter too. (Saying that we did loose 3 of the 12 at birth so who knows?)
Biscuit/Bruce did cause some kerfuffle on Facebook. Some insisting he was a LSH, some insisting he was not. I must admit I had far more respect for the knowledgeable people who said well I think ...... but I may be proved wrong. I do have a witness that I always said he was different, even before the collars you could pick him out. Bruce may not have had the early classic LSH characteristics but by 3 weeks I guess the only doubts Steve and I had were planted by other people really. Now people continue to ask and bicker about it ... my reply, "Have you ever seen a S.C with fluffy ears? I have not!" The picture above is of Bruce with his rosette from the Long Coated Puppy Dog Class at the online welfare show. The second photo of Bruce at 3 weeks old really should have given everyone no doubts that he was a LSH, but at the time he really kept us guessing.
I really tried to sleep then my mind turned to Jazz and I smiled at the thought of Yvette warming up the towel to dry her ... Not something I've told many people till now ... in the Winter Kaiah loves being dried with a warm towel. Steve pops it on the fire guard whilst we are walking so it's warm for her .. pathetic aren't we really, but she does stand still if it's warm and fidgets if it's not! Orin is pretty good really, a bit wiggly and giggly about it all, but I don't care that it's a bit of fun as long as the job gets done!
As you can see Jazz looks wonderful, her new coat coming through and the tan a wonderful deep red. As you know the colour is my preference, and having paler bitches I also know the deep colour is much favoured in the showring. Orin is the same colour and a video of Isla on Facebook showed her to be of a similar colour too. To be honest I think they will all end up richly coloured! I think I may go on some Facebook pages and steal more photos later!
At 3 am I must have been asleep but I was woken up by Asha needing to go out. She has only been off the tablets for 36 hours and the diarrhea has returned ... A real worry and I will write more about her later.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Reminiscing

Dexi and Simba from the "A" litter. 
Dexi still my top winner, Simba returned here at 3+ years after his owners let him down. 
Louis from the "E" litter - The dog in my life time
Mikey - Asha's brother, such a darling
I've owned far more home-bred bitches than dogs. Up until Orin, these are the only 4 home-bred males I've owned. Of course there have been other males but these 4 are "Blanik bred Blanik owned."
Blade - My first love
Jay - Dexi's grandson, Louis' dad
Kai - My first Conbhairean dog, Asha and Mikey's dad
Nico - Kai's nephew from Conbhairean - Sammi and Loki's dad
Loki - Nico's "Cofi" son
Ross - My sable clown, bred by Silkenwood In Suffolk. 
Of course there have been others males who have lived with us ..
Captain, Robbie, Jake and Finlay ...
Part of the family for some part of their lives!

Colour Changes

 The top photo was taken when Orin was 8 weeks old. The bottom was taken just 5 days ago and it's already looking out of date as the rich tan spreads further along his body and the weight of the new hair along his spine flattens the waves. Since the photo the very obvious silver stripe is now starting to come through behind the shoulder blade. It stands out dramatically at this age but will later blend in more. He is now loosing some of his black forehead but will no doubt hang onto his mask to one degree or another. Remember the dog in the dream had little black on his forehead - but he did have a mask - looking more like Louis and Loki than Nico or Mikey. Of course the end result is something we can not predict ... that is why is's so fascinating, well to me anyway!

Loki, Nico and Sisco 
I just can't imagine he will have the dark head of Nico, and hope really with his eye colour that he'll end up more the colour of Loki. 
But if you really want to see colour changes in a GSD, then observe the drastic changes in a sable! These photos were taken over a 12 month period. 
Ross continues to darken with each coat change - wow isn't he wonderful!

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

In The Fields In The Rain

The weather is poor, the head is bad so the guys had to just go to the field.
 Nico and Jezi
Orin, Ziva, Kaiah, Ross, Loki, Sammi, Asha
The goofiest expression on this happy boy here, but I couldn't help but admire him as we walked around the field. He is such a good looking puppy. His colour as you can see is the deep red it promised to be when he was in the nest. His coat I'm sure will be plenty if not ample, currently his conformation is very promising for his age, and made right he should naturally move right! Here's hoping.  I'm so excited about it, excited and proud of him and from what I see of all of this litter.
Ok, what the hell .. post it. Yes an afternoon ritual. 
Choo and I asleep under the blanket!

Monday, 6 July 2020

The First Lesson

Not doing too bad - but OMG Junior you had to!
I'm not putting pressure on his shoulders, just stopping him from coming forward. 
I promise to practice! 😁

Soggy Puppy

 A little after this was taken he went in just a little too far, 
put it this way the water was over his head!
I shouldn't laugh - should I?
Soaking wet 
The first experience of the blaster monster. He didn't like it much, but he tolerated it, he'll get use to it, they always do! 

Cwm Dulyn Walks




Dog Training

I posted the photo of the Young Guns on the rock with Orin below it on Facebook with the title "Look No Lead," and got lots of lovely comments. Among them I was praised for my training and all the work I've "obviously" done.
Oops so let me confess, my days of spending hours training a dog are long long gone. Orin doesn't know sit, down, stay, away or any of the other basic commands that most people teach their dogs .. hell I'm only just doing teeth! Of course what he does already know are manners, normal everyday life teaches manners, observing and living in a pack also teaches manners  ... Wait, I'm going through that door, you are not! Wait, the van door maybe open but you don't come out. Come ...now ...  always with praise and enthusiasm but do it now. Gwely (Bed) meaning go to bed ... a place of safety, warmth , meals, treats and sleep. Instinctive reactions to a situation by a handler or pack member teaches manners and good behaviour, if you react badly, too late or don't react at all then the moment is gone! Believe you me the other dogs never miss the opportunity to teach right from wrong. Over the years I have learnt more from them than from any book or magazine. 
So out of embarrassment today I will start to teach sit and down ... watch this space....