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Puppy Update

A final puppy update on our 2013 “Gone with the Wind” litter!

Purple_8weeks

Mr Purple – now known as Bohdi (Allegro Great Balls of Fire), has gone home with a wonderful local couple, Kerrie Jaworski and her boyfriend.  Kerrie’s family has had 2 cardis before so she is well versed in them, although this will be the first she’s raising herself!  They are a very active couple, camping, hiking, etc and I think Bohdi will fit in very well with them.

Green_8weeks

Mr. Green will now be known as “Peeta” (Allegro Never Be Hungry Again) and has flown the coop to his new family in Alabama, Heather and Corey Haynes and their young son.  Peeta is a lovey, cuddly, happy puppy and should fit in great there!  They are actually going to be relocating to Colorado soon, so maybe I’ll get to see him after all!

Blue_8weeks

Mr. Blue is going home with his mama Lexi to Karen Lyons to be a show hopeful.  He will be known as Jake, registered name still to be decided.  A very happy, bold, outgoing puppy, he has a stellar personality for the ring!  And has a lot of his mama’s personality to boot, so they should keep each other busy.  😉

Gable_8weeks

Mr. Orange is now known as “Gable” (Allegro Grandiose Frankly My Dear) and will be co-owned with Jessica and myself as a show hopeful.  He will live with Jessica.  Gable has a lot of the qualities I was hoping we would get from this breeding, so I am excited to see him grow up!

Puppy visit!

There are photos all over Facebook, so again if you haven’t already I encourage you to go “Like” Jessica’s kennel page, Grandiose.

Last night Jessica and Brian drove up for dinner and to let the babies play in my backyard.  Fun field trip!  They are 5 weeks old now and really, 5-6-7 weeks is my absolute FAVORITE age so I was extra thrilled to be able to see them.  Hopping, running, bouncing at each other, playing, eating grass, exploring.  We had some visitors come as well, a prospective pet home, so the babies sure had their share of passing around.  I’m totally and completely biased, but what a wonderfully fun group of kids we have here.

Their personalities are really starting to come out!  Mr Purple, otherwise known as Derple, is the flower child.  Happy, bouncy, lovey, and quite silly.  He has a very sweet, soft, open face…he just always looks happy, no matter what he’s doing.  Mr Orange, who Jessica has started calling “Tangey” (like tangerine), is smart, independent and exploring.  He loves to cuddle too, but will throw a fit if it’s not currently on his agenda LOL.  He’s also very playful with the other boys (really, all of them are).  Mr Green is the lover.  He’d rather not walk if he can be carried, and will spend the longest amount of time cuddling and/or sleeping with someone.  And Mr Blue is just FUN!  Happy, playful, and lovey, he’s a doll of a puppy.

Can’t wait to see them grow some more!

Puppy Update

Babies are now 2 weeks old!  I’ve been thinking of putting pictures here, but then I realized it might be FAR easier to direct people to Jessica’s Facebook page instead…simply go here and “like” her page, and you will see puppy photos galore!  https://www.facebook.com/GrandiosePointers

Since my last blog post, we unfortunately lost the teeny tiniest boy, Tiny Tim/Brownie.  He lived for several days and even started gaining some weight, but despite Jessica’s very diligent efforts, he just didn’t make it.  :(  However, the other smaller boy, now known as Mr. Blue, is thriving and nearly the size of his larger littermates.  The remaining 4 boys are all doing very well!  Growing, eyes are just opening, all very active and eating well.  I visited last weekend with my kids, so fun to see them!  I can’t wait to watch them grow.

Puppies!

Yesterday brought puppies!  Jessica had been closely monitoring Lexi because on her previous two litters she whelped early.  We all started to worry on Friday (her actual due date) because she still wasn’t showing any signs of labor, but a trip to the repro vet to check fetal heartbeats showed them all strong.  So we waited, hoping she would go into labor on Friday night, and around 9 she did start nesting and being restless, but after a short time she…fell asleep.  And was calm and sleeping normally all night and into the morning.

So in the morning, we decided to do a c-section.  Once we got to the emergency vet clinic (attached to the repro vet we have been using), a monitor of fetal heartbeats again showed at least one in distress, so they got the babies out as quickly as they could.  I’m grateful to report that we have FIVE healthy brindle BOYS!  Yep, all boys!  We’ve kept checking to make sure we didn’t misidentify one, but nope.  :)  The only bad news is that two of the boys, even though not premature, are quite tiny.  Jessica is keeping an extra close eye on them and they are both very vigorous, so we’re hopeful that they will catch up.

Mama Lexi is recovering and cleaning & feeding babies.  Good thoughts for them all as they grow through this crucial first week.  Names, weights, and collar colors will be forthcoming, but in the meantime here are some pictures from yesterday!

First 2 to come around after the section
The teeniest little guy. Jessica calls him "Tiny Tim" for now...wee guy but hopefully a fighter!
4 boys except Tiny Tim (who we kept in the warmer more)
Handsome guy! This is a larger puppy, around 10 oz.
At the milk bar...Tiny Tim at the bottom.

The Nationals post

What a fun week! I headed down to Tucson AZ with Dixie, Nash, Lizzie, and Violet in tow (along with JR the papillon). Dixie and Nash flew into Denver to make things a bit easier and give me someone to travel with, and I was oh so grateful to have the companionship! Dave and the kids enjoyed being able to spend a bit of time with Nash, as well.

This was Baby Vi’s first dog show, although she has been to a couple of fun matches. A little overwhelming for her at times but she did pretty well hanging in there and I was again grateful to Dixie for showing her for me. I desperately wanted to show her myself, but Violet loved Dixie and she did a great job making sure that the little girl’s head stayed in the ring. Overall I think it was a WONDERFUL experience for Vi and am looking forward to getting her out myself! I was very pleased when she was awarded a 4th place in her large sweepstakes class, and made the cut to top 7 in her regular class.

Nash arrived in his skivvies! He is in fantastic shape though and his more recent maturity (love those slow growing lines) helped him still look pretty good. He and Dixie made the first 2 cuts in the brindle male class in the Megan competition, to the top 6, and the first 2 cuts in BOB as well. No ribbon for him this year but it was fun to see the great team that he and Dixie are starting to make.

Not to be completely left out, Lizzie was entered in Brood Bitch only and was awarded 4th with Violet and Nash standing behind her. I didn’t enter her in the Megan or in breed because she is usually naked…naturally, she has a lovely coat this year LOL. Oh well!

Some lovely photos taken by our good friend Jessica Viera and/or her husband Brian.  Many thanks to them!!

Nash on the table in the Megan competition

Vi looking up at Aunt Dixie
Baby girl on the move
Violet (right) and her brother Tenny
Pretty Girl
7 months old

Show Wrap-Up

So, our wonderful boy Nash is out in the Pacific Northwest this year with our good friend Dixie Rae, learning to be a show dog on a whole new level!  Dixie has been a friend and mentor ever since she agreed to send us our Lizzie, who she bred…through the selection of the stud for Lizzie’s first litter (with Pilot)…and onward.  We’ve been delighted to see her hard work with Nash’s sire Pilot pay off in some very lovely wins and rankings over the past several years, and were excited when we started talking about Nash giving it a shot after Pilot went home to “retire”.  That time is here, and despite the complaints about the spoiled dog that I sent to her <grin>, they are starting to get their feet wet in the ring together.

At the 3-day Western Washington cluster last weekend, Nash started out winning 2 BOB, 1 Select Dog, and a Group 4 under respected judge James Reynolds.  At the very large 4-day shows in Portland, he continued with some nice wins over very strong competition, finishing with 2 BOB, 1 Select Dog, and a pull in an extremely strong herding group.

I promise I’ll try not to be a total fangirl every time that Nash places well, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that it’s exciting to watch and be a part of!  He’s our Very Favorite Dog and it was a hard decision to send him far away…thank goodness that we know how well he’ll be taken care of with Dixie.

In the meantime, to keep us busy we have Nash’s half-sister Violet here and need to get her trained!  Vi has gone to her first 2 puppy matches for practice and has gotten a group 2 each time (with plenty of competition).  Thrilled about that, but even more so that she settled pretty quickly into the “routine” at a dog show…the first day I think her brain blew up, she was so stimulated by everything there!  Dogs, puppies, noises, people, oh my!  LOL  She did great, but I could tell she just didn’t know quite what to think of it all.  The second weekend she did MUCH better and showed in the ring almost like I had actually trained her.  Much less distracted by all that was going on, more relaxed, and as usual…very very cute.  :)  I think she’s going to cute the judges to death even when she’s fully grown.

Violet – 16 weeks

Practicing stacking with the baby.  She’s great on the stacking box, less so without it LOL.  And very uncooperative when I turn her for front shots!  But here she is, with ears, growing up pretty nicely so far I think.  Happy Holidays!!

Yes, the best one had her tongue out.
Yes, the best one had her tongue out. :)

Leaning a little off but you can see her gorgeous little face at least!
Pretty girl!
Just 'cause I love kid-n-puppy pictures

Baby Violet

So it’s pretty old news at this point, and she already has her own page here on my website, but Miss Violet came to live with us recently!  I in NO way planned to get a puppy from Lizzie’s 2nd litter, but when I met Violet (litter name Emily) I found her very hard to resist.  She’s a very charming, sweet puppy with just a slight naughty streak, and has wormed her way very quickly into the hearts of the family.  Charlie especially thinks that Violet is pretty darned cool.

I was also quite smitten with her show promise!  As we work on show training I’ll be taking lots of photos of her as she grows, as I usually do.  Here are a few from today’s session at 12 weeks old.

Sweet face!

Poor little ear-taped puppy

Weekend Wrap-Up

Nash went with our friend Jessica Viera to the 4-day show cluster in Los Lunas, NM this weekend.  They make a great team and I needed to stay home to plan/throw an epic Harry Potter birthday party for a certain 8 year old girl (and 17 of her screaming friends), so I couldn’t go anyway.  Our house was quite quiet with Decker having gone back from Richland with Garrett, Lizzie still off in Oregon raising babies, and Nash away at a dog show…that left us with just Brady, the old man!  With him at 14.5 years old, it was basically like having no dogs at all.  LOL  Of course, filling the house with that many hyper kids definitely made up for it <grin>.

Nash having turned 3 over the summer, he is approaching maturity and hitting his stride in the ring.  He and Jessica have learned how to work well together and despite him being somewhat of a mama’s boy, he now shows better with her than he does with me.  (bittersweet!)  Regardless of seeing this, and regardless of his nice Select Dog win and attention a couple of weeks ago in Richland, I was still more than a little bit floored when I got the news Friday night that he had taken a HERDING GROUP 1 placement in Los Lunas.  !!!  What. A. Cool. Feeling.  :)  I’ve never owned a dog who has gotten a group placement before, let alone winning the group, well…I guess that’s one way to start!

Obviously, I’m quite proud of him and Jessica.  I think they make a very pretty picture together and it’s fun to see them fulfilling the dreams I’ve had for Nash, and more!  Total weekend results, with a large Cardi entry of 18-19 each day and several other specials:

Thursday: Select Dog

Friday: Best of Breed and Group 1

Saturday: Best of Breed and Group 4

Sunday: Best of Breed (and pull in group)

Informal picture of his group win on Friday. Official picture to follow!