Steve took me out for a spin in the car, we stopped for ice cream and took the scenic route home through Talysarn and Lon Ddwr, yes it helped to get out just for a bit. When I got home there were so many videos and photos of the pups in the album, well it made my day. Without knowing it was as if everyone had rallied around to cheer me up. Seeing the pups living the life I wish for them, the life they deserve is so precious. Thanks guys your photos and videos in our communal album mean the world, especially today ...
Sunday, 31 May 2020
With no invites for play dates today we spent the day at home. I put Ross in for a few minutes so Orin could investigate the pool in peace. Bless him .. I think he liked it.
Then the mad man came out and the game was over for everyone.
I'm telling you he's a bloody nutter but he makes me laugh everyday
Saturday, 30 May 2020
Steve always says I'm not happy if I'm not worrying about something. Well maybe he's right, and maybe it was easier when I knew less. There isn't the perfect dog out there I know but we aim to get as close to our own interpretation of perfect as we can.
The breed standards are the blue prints of individual breeds, and on eye colour the GSD breed standard says ...
" Eyes - Medium sized, almond-shaped, never protruding. Dark brown preferred, lighter shade permissible, provided expression good and general harmony of head not destroyed. Expression lively, intelligent and self-assured."
Now I'm quite particular about eyes, for me they should be as dark as possible - Kaiah simply has the best eyes here, they are almost black and blend in beautifully with her dark face. Ziva's eyes on the other hand are pretty light, but they are the same colour as the surrounding tan and definitely do not destroy the harmony of the head. Loki's eyes are also a tad light, but with the blend of tan on his head it works. What really does detract is a light eye on a black face - as an example imagine Kaiah head with Ziva's eye colour - for me it really wouldn't work!
With puppies eye colour is almost impossible to predict and they often lighten after 8 weeks old. At 8 weeks Orin's eyes were of no concern to me .. but sadly now they are becoming light. They do tend to look lighter in the photos than when I look at him, but currently in the photos they are, in my opinion, distracting. I can't deny I'm not disappointed, of course I am. With his fathers eye colour and Sammi's being pretty dark I didn't expect it.
I've looked back at other "Blanik" boys at the same age and I guess Orin's eyes are not too dissimilar to Mikey's at the same age, his eye was a little light on his black head but they were not glaringly distracting.
Of course we don't know if Orin will keep the black face - or whether he'll just have a mask, If his eye is a little light then I guess it would benefit his show career to have more tan on his head like Loki, than to have a full black head like Nico and Mikey ... but it is what it is, nothing I can do to change it ... time will tell!
Mikey and Orin at the same age
Friday, 29 May 2020
We don't walk him, we simply park up the van and let him run, investigate and play for 10 mins. I usually sit down and snap some pics ... whilst Loki eats his toy! It's great to see Orin enjoy his adventure but I'm very careful that he doesn't do too much. I always adhere to 5 mins of exercise per month of life, mind you this is still not really exercise as he can stop and flop at any time that he likes.
As I was looking back through old photos of Ross I realised that he wasn't much older when he started to mess about with his food. "I'm not eating that," and for a while there I played the game. I'll be shocked if Orin does the same .. my little man loves his food. There's not a lot more frustrating than a puppy who won't eat!
In August 2008 I wrote "My sable cyclone is 10 weeks old today and now weighs 8.7kg. I'm really chuffed with that, he's still on a par with Loki who was 8.8k."
Just the perfect excuse now to reminisce, compare, and post puppy photos of some of the other boys at the same age.
Absolutely love him, but with my show exhibitors hat on, I do hope his eyes don't lighten much more!
I know I'm always a day behind, but we started doing the photos and weighing in on Fridays as the majority of the litter were born so late in the day on the Thursday. Bruce of course was born as 6pm followed by Orin at 6.30pm. It was about 11.30 by the time all the others had arrived, I've no idea in what order but Fly was the first as she had most white. I distinctively remember the bitch with most white came first, after that it was a blur!
Anyway I've weighed the monster this morning and he's 8.6 kg, he's full of fun and mischief and I think I'll take him on to the mountain this morning. It is very warm again but thankfully there's quite a breeze!
The photo was taking on Wednesday - but I love it and it gives an idea of what he looks like doesn't it!
Thursday, 28 May 2020
I'm trying to get use to the new blogger dashboard. Why do they have to change things eh? It's not dramatically different, just enough to confused when planing out the layout of the post. I guess I have to think about what I'm doing a little again now.
Last night I chatted with Sarah, after about 20 mins of online chat we actually decided to talk on the phone .... and it took over an hour to catch up. I rarely use the phone these days choosing messanger, or a phone messanger instead, but I have to admit it was great to talk.
I'm not sure if I wrote about it at the time but it's down to Sarah that Sammi had this litter. She planted the seed last Summer and it grew in my mind! We were discussing Kaiah's intended mating and discussing pups when Sarah and Iyvlene (her mum) said how they would really love a Sammi pup and as I would be keeping pick of bitches out of Kaiah they would be really really interested in a pick of bitches from Sammi.
I weighed Orin last night, not an official weigh in just a check after seeing Loki/Basil was 8.5 Kg - yep Orin is too! I will reweigh him on Friday for my future reerance and after 12 weeks I'll do it monthly till he' 6 months, as I have done with the other pups. Interestingly earlier I found a chart online with guides to what a GSD puppy should weigh at certain ages, so yeah we are comfortable withing the criteria. It said that by three months males should be 10 - 14 kg - I think I can safely say we'll get there ... and bitches should be 8 - 12kg. (Of course a kg or so either side is no concern) Orin has doubled since the 11th of May, I think he and his male siblings will easily be over 10kg by the 19th of June. Please keep me updated on their weight everyone.
At 3 months Ross was 12.6kg and 43cms at the wither, Loki was 13.8kg and Kaiah was 12.7kg. Kaiah dramatically slowed down somewhere after that .. but as we know my beautiful feminine bitch was a big fat puppy! LOL
Orin's new big chap crate came yesterday. He'd soon outgrow the other and there is no point getting anything in between, so I just got him and adult size one straight up. The boys have 42 x 28 inch crates, the girls have the next size down. I've put a big vet bed down to cover it all and a thick cushion on one side, I must admit I was amused seeing him stretch out in it earlier. No doubt before we've thought about it he'll be filling it.
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Having not been over for a few weeks I was shocked to find our lovely little lake was nothing but a dirty puddle. The grass around the edges is burnt to a crisp and there is no water at all in the near side. There was just enough water for Ross to swim in the middle but to be honest I think I'll wait for rain before going back again.
Go Ross Go
Orin is off out again this afternoon ... photos later no doubt.
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Orin with his maternal grandfather - Nico
After picking up Asha's pills from the vets we popped into the well organised Garden Centre "Tyddyn Sacha" which is next door to the vets. Sadly there were no suitable trolley's and I soon had to give up and go back to the car. God he's so heavy now! Anyway Steve enjoyed himself and I sat in the car park with the boot of the car open so at least he saw a few people walking by ... In such difficult times I really have to do my best by him.