Monday, 30 March 2020

Hi Eye Winnie

The first to have her little eye open. 
I know she can't see us yet, but it add character, and she soon will.
Today I have put a puppy collar on Spice, telling her and Chilli apart is paramount, and with Ginger not far behind it was becoming confusing. I can't believe how much little Basil has caught up now. Though smaller than Fudge still they are hard to tell apart at first glance, but Basil still has his white tip to the tail. To be honest if they are like Kaiah the tail tips will stay till the adult coat comes through and that will continue to be helpful for us.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Wake Up

I woke up suddenly to see the most beautiful face looking down at me - yes Sammi B was on the camp bed. It held the weight of both of us too, LOL 
She didn't stay long, just sat staring at me for a while then went back off to see to her kids. 

Blustery Out There Today

Saturday, 28 March 2020

I'm Scared

Beautiful Biscuit
Like the rest of us I'm not too proud to admit I'm really scared. I go to bed hoping there will be less deaths tomorrow ... sadly it's still increasing. These are times that no one could prepare for and I think anyone who says they aren't just a little bit scared are either lying or stupid.
Had I envisaged this back in January then I would never have mated Sammi, but back then this was simply something nasty that was going on in China, to my mind not something that would ever reach our shores. It's effect on the country, on the world will be dramatic, well it is already.
I was sat here waiting to see if Asda had any slots I could book for shopping, I was hoping they would go online at midnight ... but then I realised it was only 11pm - Steve had already changed the clocks! Damn it I'm easily confused. With his health conditions it really is best that neither of us go out, but if I can't get food in for the second week of April then I'll have to do the trolley dash of death again!
I'm so worried about the future for the little family asleep in the kitchen. I can only hope that in 7 weeks time that things will be a little better and that their owners can indeed come and get them. I also hope that the people who are waiting patiently for them will be well and still in a position to want a puppy. Life is on a knife edge as it never has been before for most of us. The K kids will be ready to leave  from the 14th Of May, which is a Thursday so really ideally over those next 4 days. Will I be able to get them Vet Checked and Chipped .. as is required by law? I don't know. Of course vaccinations and the do I or don't I scenario will have to be addressed again. Of course if things are still as they are now then I have to do my very best by the K Kids. At least they are not puppies in kennels, their socialising will be well on it's way. They will hear the hoover, see the TV, meet the cats, play with uncle Ross and maybe even meet Mr Grumpy Loki .. and I could even take them for a drive round the field in the van ..LOL Don't tell Steve I said that!
Fudge - 2 days ago 
I spent the afternoon trying to sort out the registrations online. It just wasn't working, figuring it was me getting it wrong I kept at it until Id explored every avenue. Eventually I message Joe, I wish then I'd done it earlier, with Sisco being still in the ownership of his breeder in Italy the KC will only process the registration on paper. Oh God I'd not done paper registrations for years, it took me ages. Then I considered that if the KC are working from home that it may take ages to get them sorted. Hmmm, I had a rain wave, maybe in the current climate they will accept scans on the documents? That would also mean paying by card ... seems the better option than posting. I'll Ring them on Monday and ask, if not I guess I'll be walking to the post box!
I'm being asked over and over what I'm keeping, well to be honest I don't know. I really would prefer a boy, but I need a dog with show potential and if the girls out class the boys on that then I would be silly not to keep a female. I have three boys booked and a gentleman waiting to see if there will be one left for him, there will only be if I keep a bitch and not a dog. There are two bitches unsold, but I feel it is best I only commit to selling one more, should I get further enquires then I would have to put them in the picture and ask if they would like to wait and see what I decide to do. I do not want to turn round to anyone last minute and say for example, "sorry I've decided to keep brother and sister so you can't have one".. Honesty will be the best policy,and as long as anyone else who now enquires about a bitch understand like the gentleman waiting for dog no 4 then no one gets hurt. In that position I will always try and help people find the right puppy too.
20 mins to go before midnight. I do hope Asda add mor times to the list... Night all

Ken's Feet

A lot of this litter had white feet which has been helpful to identify them. Now the white is fading so fast I'm getting a little confused with the girls. Ginger has lost her two left feet making her almost impossible to tell apart from Chilli and Spice. The three are like peas in a pod, so hard to tell apart. Winnie is similar to them but smaller. Beth still has some white on her feet but also a white flash on her chest so she is easy to identify.
Ken had the most white in this litter, Biscuit has nothing with Fudge having a little and Basil a little more. At around 4am I was getting Sammi a drink and saw baby Ken in this position, (Above) well the phone had to come out - and then I noticed his feet - OMG look at the dark hair coming through already. How fascinating is that. I wonder how long before that white is completely gone too?
The bottom photos were taken last night, baby Beth with her little white flash on her chest - and Basil with his tipy toes and tail. The way things are going I will need coloured collars to identify this lot! 
Everyone was weighed yesterday and all are doing OK. For so many of them Sammi is doing them proud. Basil really has put on a fair bit but Winnie and Beth are still small .. but to be honest have put on about the same as the others, they were just smaller to start off with!

Friday, 27 March 2020

One Week Old

11.42 pm last night - 7 days old - just!

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Happy At Home

Though they haven't been off the property in days we and they are blessed to have so much space.

A Week Ago

Last Thursday morning and we toddled around the field, Sammi giving little indication the K kids were on the way that day. 
Not quite a week old - but luckily they all made it before midnight. I'll get them photographed and weighed tomorrow. They are so much smaller than her last litter, but I guess these are a little more normal size wise. Already huge puppies at birth and with all that milk the other three seem to double in size in front of my eyes... We do have some smaller pups here but we make sure they get the chance to go for the best milk ... they will catch up ... they always do. 

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

A Winnie Wash

a photo to melt the heart 

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Long Coats?

Last night was not the most peaceful of nights, someone screaming, shouting and getting in a muddle on a regular basis. I must admit I was glad when the day shift got up at 7am and I got a couple of hours in a proper bed.
My early prediction is that there are no Long Coats (LSH) in this litter. Of course it's early days but at the moment I can not see that classic LSH head shape in any of them. For a bit of fun last night I posted on a GSD page on Facebook, "how many LSH can you see?" Of course some took it seriously, but mostly it was taken as it was meant. Sammi did not produce any in her previous litter, but with only three there that wasn't maybe an accurate conclusion that she does not carry the gene. Kaiah, her daughter is tested - and does carry the gene, but of course she could have inherited that from Merlot.
In the current climate selling these puppies will be a different and difficult experience for me. This will be the first time that maybe I'll have to let the pups go to their new homes without having previously met the owners. I will just have to go with my gut. At least I'm already in contact with everyone and most have come to me through friends in the breed. Typically so far I could have sold 2 more males, but I have 2 females that are yet to be spoken for .. there is interest but nothing confirmed. Still it's very early days. I need to reassess my contract and discuss it with the prospective buyers too.. and I enjoyed looking at one of the prospective homes on google earth - with the owners full knowledge of course!

Monday, 23 March 2020


 Ken and Chilli 
 Biscuit, Beth, Fudge
 Basil, Winnie, Spice, Ginger
Sammi B taking a break

What Time Was It?

1.27am - Sammi's gone for a wee

Basil, Ken and Biscuit - I looked!

These photos were taken between 22.30pm yesterday and 1.30am today (The top one of all the litter being the latest)
I wondered as I took them exactly what time we were all done by at the vets on Thursday evening. I know we got there between 10.30 to 10.45pm and it was decided quickly that the best option was to go ahead with the cesarean. Later I remembered one of the vets saying, all the pups are here the right side of midnight, and Katrina messaging to ask if everything was Ok? I replied to Katrina at 23.45pm "9 ok waiting on Sammi to come round."- Sammi was at home with her kids exactly an hour later, and managed to walk into the house! So I guess we can say the secret 7 arrived between 11 and 11.30pm on Thursday the 19th of March - with Biscuit getting here at 6pm and Fudge 6.30pm. I'm just so pleased she gave birth to those two natural, it will have helped and her bond with her brood is unquestionable. 
I also wonder what would have happened had we not gone when we did? It scares me as Sammi was happy with her two, relaxed, calm and content. How long would the others have survived? If we had left it a few more hours would we have had 7 dead puppies? Would she have got ill quickly as they died? I guess they could never have been born naturally so a cesarean for 7 dead puppies. Breeding a litter is so so hard ...making sure you make the right decisions. All I can say is if you have a doubt, how ever small, then get help. Better to be wrong and look an over cautious idiot than loose everything. We constantly live and learn, Uterine inertia is now something that I and my large circle of friends will know all about!

Sunday, 22 March 2020

4 Am Photo

Last night just seemed the longest night. I really couldn't sleep. The camp bed isn't the best, but you know it is what it is and it's doable. Really I was haunted with all the talk of the virus and was concerned about the future and the future of the little family peacefully asleep in the box. Maybe I need to stop reading the internet info, maybe I should just watch the news once a day and then try to live life as normal, well as is normal now. I've kept to my own property the last few days, I've not even roamed beyond the fields. I will miss my mountain walks but I fear very soon the fields will be all that's available for us. Lucky us I guess.
Sammi and the K babies had a great night. Even with me bouncing about Sammi didn't move from 10.45 pm to 6.45 am. She had drinks in bed and a boiled egg at 4 am... as you do! This morning as I changed the bedding I realised how much the white had already faded on two of the bitches - Spice and Chilli now have hardly any white and are increasingly hard to tell apart. They both have tips to one back foot and the classic tail tip that Kaiah and Ziva had. Winnie has no white, Ginger her two left feet (white) and Beth has a little more white - but that is fading now too - HELP!
Boy Biscuit is easy to pick out as is Ken, but Fudge and Basil are similar though Fudge is larger and Basil has a tip to his tail. At the end of the day I can only imagine that Ken and maybe Beth will have white in a few weeks .. hopefully by then I'll know them anyway, if not I'll just have to resign myself to the odd collar.
These pups are obviously smaller than Sammi's last lot. With only the three they were born huge and seem to double in front of my eyes. I think the best way to keep an eye is to compare their weights with Asha's nine. Luckily I have the weekly weights of most of the litters. Puppies in larger litters are usually smaller, Asha's pups were, Loki was one of 10 and small... and so was Ross, they soon catch up don't they! I discussed topping them up with powdered milk with two friends, they both said the same, there is no need the bitches milk is far better. I have always believed the same and never used powdered milk but of course would if the bitch was struggling. Mummy Sammi has the best milk.
I've been sorting out the names and so far on top of the list for the bitches is Kamri, Klarrisa, Kazia, Kayla and Khandi. For the boys Kanani, Kyriacos, Kazio, Kian. Of course it's too early to register, I really don't want to tempt fate!

Watching Sammi

I love this camera. It was such a good idea. 
Sammi relaxed and happy this morning without the continued disturbance of me checking on her ever 10 mins. 

Saturday, 21 March 2020

All The GSD's

Steve sitting with Sammi as I go out with the others
She's not amused at missing out!

Watch Me Go

I think is Baby Biscuit 

First Photos

Click on the photos to enlarge

Friday, 20 March 2020

Don't Forget Us ...

The Birth.

Biscuit - Where did he come from? 
 Well yet again it didn't go to plan. I obviously missed the temperature drop overnight and really got caught out. Sammi ate half of her breakfast, had a small bit of lunch and at 5pm an egg and a carrot. I went to eat my dinner and could hear some activity in the kitchen. I went through and took her for a wee. Her waters broke and by 6pm puppy Biscuit was already here, with Fudge close on his heel by 6.30pm, and then it all stopped, there was nothing.
Two hours is a normal time to wait between births, I've waited longer but during that time have seen activity within the bitch as the little ones make their way to the world, but Sammi just stopped. She was not tired, the boys had come out so easily, but nothing was happening. I walked her around the yard and on advice I gave her calcium to try and get her going, but nothing. Sammi was happy feeding her boys, washing them and relaxed and calm. Though she was fine I become increasingly concerned that something was wrong, I repeat but everything had simply stopped.
Biscuit and Fudge 
I called the vet at 9.30pm and was told to give her 30 - 45 mins more. I said I would give her 30 mins then call again. I did and off we went. Beth and Ken were there waiting for me and they agreed there was nothing in the birth canal. By now my fear was that the remaining puppies had died ... but Sammi was of course my priority. I was told that the safest cause of action was to go ahead with a cesarean. I agreed, but I was honestly terrified.
Ken described her condition as  "Uterine inertia." I googled it after coming home ... "The main symptom is the inability to initiate the process of birthing (parturition) at the end of the normal gestation period. Often the patient is bright and alert and does not appear to be in distress. In some cases, the bitch may deliver one or two fetuses normally, after which labor ceases, even though there are still more fetuses in the uterus."  Well yeah that was exactly it!
Wake Up Winnie 
The cesarean went well and I was over the moon to be involved in helping to bring the puppies round. Winnie, Ken and one other really struggled and were very very  flat. I wonder how much longer they would have lived without intervention?  I kept asking .. "Is Sammi Ok?"  I bet they were sick of it, but seeing your bitch in that position with her insides hanging out kind of scares you. I guess it would be more fascinating if it wasn't your pride and joy. Saying that Steve stood there watching every stitch Ken made whilst the rest of us tried to get the puppies going.
It's much harder for me and no doubt the bitch to be faced with 7 hungry puppies in one go than it is during natural birth when you can identify them and make sure they feed individually. We did our best and it took a few hours for the family to settle and become warm and content.
First photo at home 
Sammi is great but imagine going to sleep having two babies and waking up to nine, bless her. But at least it will help that she gave birth to two naturally. I also remembered to bring home some of the afterbirth for her to eat .. it really does help to bring down the milk.
Of course we are not out of the woods, the first 36 hrs are critical, there must be adaptations at birth to the major body system, especially the heart. liver and lungs. I won't be relaxing for some time yet!

Baby Names

All have been weighed, identified and given their baby names. 
(For the purpose of our ID only)
The Girls ...
Beth, Chilli, Ginger, Spice and Winnie
Ginger is just a little smaller but to be honest these girls are all pretty close.
The Boys 
Biscuit, and Fudge were born at home and Ken and Basil at the vets.
The boys are easier to tell apart than the bitches. Biscuit has no white, Fudge has white tips to his front feet, Ken has the most white of the whole litter and Basil just has white on the tip of his tail (Like Kaiah had) 
My intention was to give them all food related names but felt that the names of the vets Ken and Beth who safely brought them into the world just had to be used. And Winnie? Well Winnie is the nickname of a friend who gave her time to help us last night so that name has a sentiment as well. 
The litter is the "K" litter, I will need 8 male names and 10 female names starting with the letter K... (The KC always ask for a second choice) Oh don't worry I have pages ... but should you be hoping to buy a puppy and want to suggest some names then feel free. 

Blanik's "K" Litter

 Just back from the vet
 5 bitches feeding - 4 boys waiting their turn 
Lots too say but it's been a long 14 hrs ..
The first boy coming with no warning then after 2 a cesarean 
More info later ...