Swimming For Fun And Fitness~FitDog Friday

A much needed lake visit was in order yesterday so Gambler and Nellie went along for some swimming for fun and fitness. Even know it was just for fun as both dogs were retrieving their puller toy, jumping off the pier and just swimming around at their leisure they were burning calories and getting fit.

Puller fun.

They had some lily pad fun.

Ended with some pier jumping, even 10 3/4 old Nellie jumped off and had fun doing it.

Today Gambler and I are off training once again. He has missed it all week. John and Gambler will be going to another hunt test this weekend and let’s hope he passes so he can get his title and end his weekends for AKC hunt tests this year.

The puppies have a hugh thank you to give out! Yesterday they received their first overseas mail. The package came all the way from France and it came before the puppies went to their new home. It was from the one and only Easy Rider! He is such a caring guy and his staff is pretty great also mailing this stuff out!

 and as you can see Easy the black puppy is starting his disrespect early! That’s your favorite.

I would also like to thank each and everyone of you for reading my post yesterday and for all your sweet comments. I read them all and it really helped me out after this tragedy. You all are great and I’m glad to call you my friends!


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From 9 Toys To 8

If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Facebook you know I have been on cloud nine and been on a buying spree, I have been buying puppy toys when I’ve been out shopping and of course been picking up 9 one for each precious puppy to go to their new home with them. I made a joke that I had an addiction and needed help that I couldn’t stop buying 9 toys. As of Tuesday afternoon I have to stop buying 9 toys as it has went From 9 Toys To 8.

The little dog lay curled and did not rise
But slept the deeper as the ashes rose,
And found the people incomplete.

Richard Wilbur

This is a post I never dreamed that I would need to write and let me tell you it is one I never want to write again. Today’s post was suppose to be on the next phase of Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding. Well today the next phase is moving on after a death of a 18 day old puppy that was growing good, eating good, moving good that showed no reason to pass away. The little girl was doing good in the morning and a few hours later when they were looked upon little red had passed away with no warning, no signs, no nothing, just laying peacefully sleeping never to awake again. This little girl never got to enjoy her first bout with mush food, never got to fight with it’s siblings, never to go go to a new home and live on for a long happy life. It’s live was cut short but for those short 18 days this little girl knew the love of it’s fur mom and human mom. It was hugged each day, handled each day, kissed each day and told it was loved each day hopefully all those days of love will be carried with her for the rest of her life up above in the big blue sky. Once again I truly believe things happen for a reason, there was a reason that I will never know why this puppy died, all I can think is that it happened now instead of later to save the new puppy buyers the heartache that I am going through right now, my heartache will fade but it will never go away.

Whoever said breeding is a piece of cake and all fun and games of playing with cute little fur balls all day long couldn’t be more wrong. Maybe it is a piece of cake for those who don’t take the time to research the breed, do the proper tests, get the proper titles, find the right stud dog that will complement your dog and hopefully produce great puppies and it doesn’t stop there. The time taken to make sure the pregnancy takes, and that the mother is getting the proper nutrition and exercise to be able to deliver a healthy litter without intervention from anyone. There is the stress of the delivery hoping that all goes well and your bitch and puppies thrive, there is the stress and worry that comes when a puppy(s) are born dead and then those that pass days or weeks after being born when you think you are out of the woods and then BAMB a kick in the face, a punch to the gut when you have to make that dreaded phone call to a potential puppy buyer that they will not be getting a puppy that they have watched grow for a short period, that they have named already, that they have bought toys for already and told their children that one day soon they will be getting a playmate. This is now the hardest time in a breeders career, I thought it was hard to call the people and let them know the last pregnancy didn’t take well let me tell you this was much harder as now there was a living being. Maybe this wouldn’t hurt so much if I wasn’t such a caring person and just in it for the money and what happens happens but that is not me nor will it ever be me. It’s not about the money, it’s about producing healthy strong dogs that will be there to give their owners many years of love and companionship.

God Speed little red may Gpa Norman take you under his paw and show you the ropes up and over the rainbow bridge. My sympathies to the puppy buyer.


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One Day~Wordless Wednesday

I was nominated again for 8 Photos of Happiness this time by a lovely new blog raebyday . This a a blog about the journey of a couple and their first puppy. They haven’t gotten their puppy yet but I believe in about a week Raegan the sweet golden retriever will be entering their home. Pop on over and say hi to Cara and Brittany and follow along with their new adventure.

Now let’s see your 8 Photos of Happiness

If you decide to participate, just follow the steps below.
1. Post your 8 photos of happiness.
2. Thank your nominator and provide a link to their blog.
3. Link to the creator of this event, Ariel’s Little Corner of the Internet.
4. Nominate some of your favorite bloggers to participate.


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DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) Testing

DM which stands for Degenerative Myelopathy is a inherited disease that can affect Chesapeake Bay Retrievers as well as some other breeds. It is often compared to ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is a slowly progressive neurological disease that affects the myelin and spinal cord of dogs which leads to rear leg weakness, muscle atrophy which then may lead to paralysis. It occurs slowly over a period of months and usually doesn’t affect dogs under the age of five but can be seen in dogs between 8-14 years. The first signs of a problem are difficulty in the hind end when getting up and when gets worse the dog will drag his hind feet resulting in wearing of the back nails.

Before 2008 there wasn’t a mutation that causes dogs to be at risk for DM identified nor a test, as of July 21, 2008 a DNA test has been available for breeders and pet owners, along with information about what the test can and cannot tell them. The test clearly identifies dogs that are clear (have 2 normal copies of the gene), those who are carriers (have one normal copy of the gene and one mutated copy of the gene), and those who are at much higher risk for developing DM (have 2 mutated copies of the gene). However, having two mutated copies of the gene does not necessarily result in disease.

Being a breeder I test my own dogs for DM so I know their status when picking a breeding partner. I feel this is being a responsible breeder. Testing for DM and having the results is another tool when looking at available dogs out there to breed to. You want to make the most informed decisions when it comes to breeding and you want to pair up the dogs correctly so that you can breed hopefully genetically sound dogs. When pairing two dogs for breeding you want to pair either clear dogs together, clear with carrier or clear with at risk. You wouldn’t want to breed two carriers together, a carrier to a at risk or two at risks together, by doing those breeding’s you are knowingly breeding dogs that could produce a dog that may come down with DM.


I tested Glory for DM and she tested clear. I could pick any stud dog with any DM result to breed to. I used all the tools I had and picked Thunder from 2browndawgs to be the stud. He tested carrier but that was ok because as I said earlier you can breed a clear to a carrier and the results of the puppies will be either  clear or carrier. Being that I am going to keep a puppy from this breeding as a future breeder of Sand Spring Chesapeakes I would like to keep another clear female for breeding. In order to know which puppy(s) are clear I need to test all the females, since I was testing all the females I went ahead and tested the males also because I wanted to know what they were and then I could also tell the new puppy owners the results so they would have them.

First I needed to order the test kits from OFA (Orthopedic Foundation For Animals) you can order them here.

Once I got the test kits I then needed to test each puppy. When testing the dog/puppy shouldn’t have anything to eat or drink for about a hour.

The test kit comes with a sterile swab for collecting saliva which contains cheek cells and a FTA test card designed to capture and bind DNA samples for future processing. You take the swab and put it in the side of the puppies mouth rubbing the swab around the cheek pouch for about 5-10 seconds, you can rub each side of the swab along the cheek.

Once collected you want to press the swab within the circular area on the FTA card making sure the saliva is transferred onto the card, to make sure this has happened the card when dries a bit will turn white. Each card is also identified with a number for each puppy. You want to make sure you don’t touch the swab to any other substance where contamination may happen.

The cards should be set aside away from any wind and allowed to air dry for about a hour before you package them up and put them in the mail.

You can read the full instructions here. It may take 2-3 weeks to get results. I won’t be looking at a potential puppy for me to keep until I get the results.

4th Master Pass~Monday Mischief

Gambler and John had a terrific weekend. Once again they were off to a AKC hunt test. This one was close to home less than a hour away. Saturday John ran two series and passed each one moving on to running the third series on Sunday. Gambler was dog #2 to run. The set up was a walk up delayed triple on water with a double water blind. This all meant that John and Gambler were walking up to the line when the first bird was thrown for the first mark down, then the second bird was thrown after the second one went down the dog was released to pick up that bird when the dog came back they had to sit again and then watch the third bird thrown which makes it a delayed triple. Gambler went to pick up that bird came back delivered it to hand and then was released to go pick up the first bird down which was called the memory bird. This was all set up to see if the dogs had a good memory and could remember that first bird down after doing multiple retrieves. He was on his way out to retrieve the memory bird when the mischief came into play…..one of the bird stations was reloading the winger for the next dog to run when accidentally the launcher was released and a bird came shooting out and landed on the ground, Gambler heard the winger and looked in that direction as he was running to his mark. He picked up his mark and on the way back John asked the judges what he was suppose to do since this wasn’t the test. The judges said he should just let him pick up the mark since he saw it go down. Gambler came back with his bird and was sent to the  “diversion” bird. He then had two water blinds to run. He completed the series and the wait was on for 30 more dogs to run before they found out if he for sure passed. As you can see he passed and received his 4th Master pass. One more to go before he can get his title. He is signed up for two more tests so hopefully he will get it this summer.

monday mischief

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Nothing But Norman #106

Happy Saturday All!

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More fun at the lake photos today. Norman and Nellie playing, ok so Norman is trying to play and Nellie is being a bully and stealing his toys right out of his mouth. Norman had the personality that if Nellie tried to take them he just let her have them. He was a gentle soul that way, but don’t try and do that with his ducks! A toy no big deal it’s not that important but a duck is a whole another story.

We are joining Ruckus The Eskie and Earl’s World for Sepia Saturday.


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We are also joining The Pet Parade.


Hosted by: Rascal and RoccoJan’s Funny FarmBasil the Bionic CatBarking From The Bayou and Love Is Being Owned By A Husky.

Tuggo Great Exercise For The Gman~FitDog Friday

Tuggo Dog Toys

A while back our pals Bentley and Pierre from Barking From The Bayou reviewed the Tuggo dog toy. I thought this would be a great toy for the Gman as he is always playing with balls and lifting up blocks of chicken scratch grains so why not have a ball you can add water to in order to make it heavier and give your pet another form of exercise for strength training? I entered the giveaway and low and behold I won. I was super happy but as you can see from the photos Gman was even more happy as he had a new toy in his favorite color lime green. So far he’s the only one that has played with it, if anyone goes near it he goes charging in and takes it from them.

Here is a video of Gman opening up the goods.

Time for some Tuggo fun!

There’s nothing else like Tuggo

Tuggo is an indestructible weighted ball toy that dogs just can’t resist. A sturdy rope runs right through the middle. Knots at either end make it perfect for one dog or two. The leak-proof recessed screw plug lets you add as much water or sand to the ball as you like. Go ahead, experiment. You’ll quickly find the perfect amount of resistance to drive your dog crazy with joy.

Exercise is essential to keep your dog happy and healthy. Both the sloshing sound and weight resistance of our unique creation hold a dog’s attention way longer than conventional toys. Often the fun goes on for hours nonstop!

Gman going into the corn and under the deck to hide “his” toy from the others.

I have not added any water to it yet but it is on the list of things to do, I will let him enjoy it for a bit carrying it around. A big thanks to Tuggo, Melissa, Bentley and Pierre for this fun toy.


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Early Neurological Stimulation

Early Neurological Stimulation – By Carmen L. Battaglia

Thunders breeder gave me the information about early neurological stimulation so I could do it with Glory’s litter. I will be honest and never knew about this or done any of this with Nellie’s litter. I would of course touch the puppies and play with them but I never followed a structured outline. The information below is taken from the article by Carmen L. Battaglia. You can read the full article here.

Newborn pups are uniquely different from adults in several respects. When born, their eyes are closed and their digestive system has a limited capacity requiring periodic stimulation by their dam who routinely licks them in order to promote digestion. At this age they are only able to smell, suck, and crawl. Body temperature is maintained by snuggling close to their mother or by crawling into piles with other littermates. During these first few weeks of immobility, researchers noted that these immature and under-developed canines are sensitive to a restricted class of stimuli which includes thermal and tactile stimulation, motion and locomotion.

Methods of Stimulation The U.S. Military in their canine program developed a method that still serves as a guide to what works. In an effort to improve the performance of dogs used for military purposes, a program called “Bio Sensor” was developed. Later, it became known to the public as the “Super Dog” Program. Based on years of research, the military learned that early neurological stimulation exercises could have important and lasting effects. Their studies confirmed that there are specific time periods early in life when neurological stimulation has optimum results. The first period involves a window of time that begins at the third day of life and lasts until the sixteenth day. It is believed that because this interval of time is a period of rapid neurological growth and development, and therefore is of great importance to the individual. The “Bio Sensor” program was also concerned with early neurological stimulation in order to give the dog a superior advantage. Its development utilized six exercises which were designed to stimulate the neurological system. Each workout involved handling puppies once each day. The workouts required handling them one at a time while performing a series of five exercises. Listed in order of preference, the handler starts with one pup and stimulates it using each of the five exercises. The handler completes the series from beginning to end before starting with the next pup. The handling of each pup once per day involves the following exercises: 1. Tactical stimulation (between toes) 2. Head held erect 3. Head pointed down 4. Supine position 5. Thermal stimulation.

1. Tactical stimulation

Tactile stimulation – holding the pup in one hand, the handler gently stimulates (tickles) the pup between the toes on any one foot using a Q-tip. It is not necessary to see that the pup is feeling the tickle. Time of stimulation 3 – 5 seconds.

2. Head held erect

Head held erect – using both hands, the pup is held perpendicular to the ground, (straight up), so that its head is directly above its tail. This is an upwards position. Time of stimulation 3 – 5 seconds.

3. Head pointed down

Head pointed down – holding the pup firmly with both hands the head is reversed and is pointed downward so that it is pointing towards the ground. Time of stimulation 3 – 5 seconds.

4. Supine position

Supine position – hold the pup so that its back is resting in the palm of both hands with its muzzle facing the ceiling. The pup while on its back is allowed to sleep. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.

5. Thermal stimulation.

Thermal stimulation—use a damp towel that has been cooled in a refrigerator for at least five minutes. Place the pup on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain it from moving. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.

Benefits of Stimulation

Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises. The benefits noted were: 1. Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate) 2. Stronger heart beats, 3. Stronger adrenal glands, 4. More tolerance to stress, and 5. Greater resistance to disease. In tests of learning, stimulated pups were found to be more active and were more exploratory than their non- stimulated littermates over which they were dominant in competitive situations. Secondary effects were also noted regarding test performance. In simple problem solving tests using detours in a maze, the non-stimulated pups became extremely aroused, whined a great deal, and made many errors. Their stimulated littermates were less disturbed or upset by test conditions and when comparisons were made, the stimulated littermates were more calm in the test environment, made fewer errors and gave only an occasional distress sound when stressed.


Breeders can now take advantage of the information available to improve and enhance performance. Generally, genetics account for about 35% of the performance, but the remaining 65% (management, training, nutrition) can make the difference. In the management category, it has been shown that breeders should be guided by the rule that it is generally considered prudent to guard against under and over stimulation. Short of ignoring pups during their first two months of life, a conservative approach would be to expose them to children, people, toys and other animals on a regular basis. Handling and touching all parts of their anatomy is also a necessary part of their learning which can be started as early as the third day of life. Pups that are handled early and on a regular basis generally do not become hand-shy as adults.

References: 1. Battaglia, C.L., “Loneliness and Boredom” Doberman Quarterly, 1982. 2. Kellogg, W.N. & Kellogg, The Ape and the Child, New York: McGraw Hill. 3. Scott & Fuller, (1965) Dog Behavior -The Genetic Basics, University Chicago Press. 4. Scott, J.P., Ross, S., A.E. and King D.K. (1959) The Effects of Early Enforced Weaning Behavior of Puppies, J. Genetics Psychologist, p 5: 261-81.



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8 Photos of #Happiness Chesapeake Style on a Wordless Wednesday

Our pals Bentley and Pierre over at Barking from the Bayou challenged us to show you 8 photos of #Happiness. They had some really happy photo’s on their site so if you didn’t see them click on their name and go see them. They will leave a smile on your face all day. Also we would like to thank Ariel’s Little Corner of the Internet for coming up with this fun idea of sharing a bit of happiness. We could all use a bit of happiness in our daily lives.


Hope you enjoyed our 8 Photos of Happiness. Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person that tagged you.
  2. A shout-out to the originator of the fun  Ariel’s Little Corner of the Internet .
  3. Post 8 photos that make you happy.
  4. Brief description of each picture, or let the picture talk for itself.
  5. Tag up to 10 more people. Ok I’m a rebel again and please if you would like to do this challenge and haven’t been nominated to do it yet go ahead and do the challenge and tell them I sent you!


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