Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding? Part 3

Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding? Part 3

A couple weeks ago I wrote Part 1 of Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding. If you missed it you can read the full version here. The short version is: I talked about preparing your dog for breeding by doing genetic tests, other tests that can be done, picking a stud dog, the heat cycle of the bitch, breeding and implanting of the eggs. Part 2 I talked about pregnancy confirmation, a app on my phone that you can follow along and read what is happening, the food I was feeding her and milk development. If you want to read the full version here.

So where are we at with Glory’s breeding?

We are at week 7 and day 53 of her pregnancy. Glory continues to gain weight and is being fed more food to provide the proper nutrition to the growing puppies. There were a few days she didn’t want to eat much so I had to supplement with some canned food. I believe her belly is so full with puppies she doesn’t have room for much food so not eating much. She needs to keep eating so she will have milk to feed the puppies so I’m getting her whatever she will eat. I took her to work with me last Thursday which was day 46 of her pregnancy. I wanted to weigh her, take a xray to see if we could count puppies as skeletons can be seen as early as day 45. The xray was inclusive as we were only able to see 3 very light skeletons. The reason this was is because I bred Glory over a 4 day period. She continually passed eggs and they were fertilized on different days so the puppies fertilized on the first day of breeding would show up and the ones fertilized on the last day of breeding wouldn’t as they still needed a few days to catch up and have their skeletons developed enough for us to see. She did weigh in at 89.2#. She was 78# when I bred her so she gained 11 pounds.

Today I am taking Glory with me to work again to have another xray taken so hopefully this time we can see all the puppies skeletons and have a more accurate count so I know about how many to expect during delivery.

Last weekend I got Nellie’s whelping box out of retirement and set it up in the living room. I thought Glory needed a box that she could call her own so I painted some paw prints on the front and labled it “puppies on board”. When I got it all set up Nellie jumped in it right away she laid down and took a nap. I have been feeding Glory in the whelping box to get her used to it.

This week I first started seeing the puppies move around and when I put my hand on her abdomen I can feel them moving also. It was truly a wonderful experience. I’m sure Glory doesn’t think it is such a wonderful experience having 5 plus puppies moving around in her belly but to me it was one of the greatest things I have experienced. Her mammary development is coming along nicely too. It’s coming around so much that she is now waddling when she walks. We stopped going to the lake so her only exercise now has been running around the yard.

This next week I will continue to prepare for the delivery of Glory and Thunders puppies.

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PSI’s Take Your Dog To Work Day June 26th 2015

   
     

Nurse Glory helping out at work today. (ok you got me this was a photo from last year, she isn’t this small right now)

Yes yes I know today isn’t June 26th, 2015 tomorrow is but it’s today that I’m taking my dog to work so I’m participating in PSI’s Take Your Dog To Work Day early. PSI stands for Pet Sitters International.

Taken from their website.

Founded by pet-sitting industry pioneer and author of Pet Sitting for Profit Patti J. Moran, Pet Sitters International (PSI) is the world’s largest, most-trusted educational association for professional pet sitters.

PSI’s 2015 Take Your Dog To Work Day®
History & F.A.Q.s

  • TYDTWDay® was first celebrated in 1999. This year marks the 17th annual event.
  • It was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions.
  • The event encourages employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one day to support their local pet community.
  • TYDTWDay is an annual event and is always celebrated on the Friday following Father’s Day.
  • It also accommodates cat lovers (and other pets) and those who cannot participate on TYDTWDay. The entire week leading up to the event, June 22-26, is Take Your Pet To Work Week™.
  • Event creator PSI is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters. For any day pets can’t be at work, pet owners can search PSI’s Official Pet Sitter Locator free-ofcharge to find a local professional pet sitter.
  • PSI feels that through the events, non-pet owners are able to witness the special bond their coworkers have with their pets firsthand and be encouraged to adopt a new best friend of their own.
  • An estimated 300 businesses participated in the inaugural celebration of TYDTWDay. Since that time, America’s love affair with pets and interest in TYDTWDay has grown to an all-time high.
  • PSI does not track the day’s participation rates because companies are not required to register in order to participate. However, the association’s tracking tools indicate that overall involvement around the event grows each year, with hundreds of thousands of visitors exploring takeyourdog.com each year.
  • You can follow TYDTWDay on Facebook and Twitter.

I am lucky that I work in a Veterinary Clinic so I get to take my dog(s) to work with me when they aren’t sick or when they are sick they get to come to work with me instead of me having to take off work from another job (like I would ever work at a different job) to take my dog to the vet. Today I am bringing Glory to work with me to have her examined and make sure she is right on track with her pregnancy. I really want to know how much she weighs and possibly have a xray taken to see if we can see and skeletons to count to know how many puppies she might be having. Now don’t be getting all excited that you might be knowing how many puppies she will be having. I’m saving that information for a later date. Coming up there will be a contest on how many puppies Glory and Thunder from 2browndawgs will be having and how many of each sex so stay tuned!

Norman was a great helper at work when he got to go.

Norman was like the Walmart Greeter he would read the news to the people waiting in the waiting room.

So grab your dog and take your dog to work day tomorrow!

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Reflections And Psychedelic Water

These pictures were taken a couple weeks ago when we were training Gambler on my friends pond. I thought the pictures turned out pretty cool with no editing so I thought I would share them. I just love reflection photos and the ripples on the water combined with the green colors makes these pictures unique.

As you can see Gambler is wearing that black collar that has Glory’s id tag on it. Those of you that guessed yesterday’s photo was Gambler you were right. I really enjoyed reading all your comments and got some really good laughs. Thanks for making that post fun!

Glory is coming along nicely with her pregnancy. She has 25 days left and she is already really showing. So that either means she has 5 really large puppies in there or there are more puppies than seen on the ultrasound. She is developing boobies. My little girl is all grown up!

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Ear’s Eye’s And Nose’s With A Award & Thank You Too

The SS gang got another Liebster award and we couldn’t be more thrilled. A big THANKS goes out to our pals over at Earl’s World for passing on this award to us.

We are proudly displaying this award along with the others on our awards page.

The rules that come with this award are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
2. Give readers 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer 11 questions from the blog of the person who nominated you.
4. Nominate 5 – 11 bloggers for this award (those with fewer than 200 followers is recommended).
5. Come up with 11 questions for your nominees.
6. List three rules in the post, along with said nominees and the questions you wish them to answer.
7. Last but not least, notify your nominees.
8. And of course, have fun!

Here are Earl’s 11 questions for me:

1. What is your dog’s favourite pastime? Of course hunting, they all love to hunt.
2. Apart from dogs and blogging, what is your favourite thing to do? Eat.


3. What genre of music do you prefer? Hip Hop Pop (is that a type?)
4. What food do you feed your dog? Purina Pro Plan Sport


5. Do you actively use social media? Well of course, you can find me on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, Instagram.
6. What is your pet peeve in life? Snotty people who think they are better than you!


7. Do you prefer nights out or home snuggling with your dog? Home snuggling with my dog.
8. Do you run with your dog? Nope I’m a pansy and running hurts my knees.


9. Is your dog an exercise lover, or a sleepy kind? Nellie and Glory are sleepy kind, Gambler is a exercise lover.
10. What is your favourite thing to eat for breakfast? Omelets


11. Have you ever attended a dog show? Oh yes and was right in the middle of the ring showing my dogs.

Now 11 random facts about me:

1. I quit work as a Veterinary Techician for 5 years but had many odd jobs like, hired hand on a cash crop farm, taxidermy assistant, meat wrapper at my uncles butcher shop, driver for niece and nephew when needed a lift.

2. I used to live in my shed with four walls, concrete floor and one big open room for 1 1/2 years while we decided on a house to build.

3. I used to get into all kinds of accidents with my first Toyota Tercel, every piece was replaced on it.

4. I used to get many speeding tickets and would have to go to court to get points lowered so I didn’t loose my license.

5. I can now talk my way out of a speeding ticket (and hopefully will continue to do so). One time I was just wearing a bikini top and shorts and got out of a ticket, another time I had my fat cow chessie on my lap while driving and I blamed her fatness on my leg pressing on the gas pedal and I got out of one.

6. I love bloody mary’s with a garden in it.

7. I used to drink but now I rather eat my calories since I have to count or I would end up like a fat cow like my dog was.

8. I raised a litter of raccoon’s from day one in my house.

9. I used to raise pheasants in my basement of my parents house.

10. I love to sleep with the TV on.

11. I am addicted to Days Of Our Lives soap opera.

Now here’s where I’m the rule breaker again. This is all I do for accepting the award. If anyone would love to have this award from me go ahead and grab it and display it proudly on your blog. You all deserve it!

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SS Gang Wins The Lottery

Who says dogs can’t win the lottery? This gang did, how did they win the lottery you ask?

Their pals Harly and Jax over at Groovy Goldendoodles did a tribute to the late Leo. You see Leo would of been 5 years old last month but unfortunately he died way to young.  So their doodle mom was trying to decide if she wanted to do something for Leo’s Birthday, this was the first Birthday since Leo’s passing. She decided she most certainly wanted to pay tribute to Leo and Chewy.com was so gracious to offer up a giveaway to one lucky reader.  Do you believe that one lucky reader was the SS gang?

Oh boy what do we have here?

Hmmm do I want the blue one?

Or do I want the pink one?

I’m a boy so most definitely the blue one.

It looks like a travel food container.

I best see if the food comes in it.

We won the lottery!

Time for a little jolly ball fun.

Thanks Groovy Goldendoodles and Chewy!

We never knew Leo but I’m sure he is looking down from above and smiling at the SS gang enjoying their new stuff.

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Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding? Part 1

Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding? Part 1

I’m told I’m to be resting.

I’m going to back track a bit to the beginning for a moment so those who haven’t been following along since the beginning know the phases of Glory’s breeding and will finish with where we are at now and what comes next.

I have been planning this breeding with Glory since last December 2014. Glory has had her health clearances done a head of time so I didn’t have to get any of that done. The tests I have done on Glory are genetic tests that should be done before you even think about breeding. Genetic diseases can be passed on to the offspring . You need to research your breed of dog and what genetic diseases they can come down with, what tests are available and have them done so you know what you are working with when breeding your dog.

(This is a condensed list, I plan on doing a reproduction series in the future that will explain more about what each test involves)

The genetic tests that are recommended for Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are:
• OFA Hip and Elbow Radiographs
• CAER (OFA Eye Certification Registry) formulary known as CERF (Canine Eye Registry Foundation)
• DM (Degenerative myelopathy ) a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs.
• EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse) muscle weakness, incoordination which can lead to life-threatening collapse after small amount of exercise.
• prcd-PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) disease of the eye that caused the retina of the eye to degenerate slowly over time.

Other tests that can be done are:
• Shoulder and Knee Radiographs
• Cardiac exam
• Long coat gene
• ED/SF (Congenital Ectodermal Dysplasia/Skin Fragility Syndrome) a skin disease that is self limiting- which means if you produce an affected puppy it will most likely die within hours of birth.

Once you do the genetic tests on your dog you need to look for a stud dog that complements your dog in structure, temperament, working ability and other desirable qualities. You then need to compare the genetic tests and breed accordingly .

After you pick your stud, line up the breeding then you wait for your bitch (female dog) to come into heat (estrus). Female dogs come into heat usually twice a year every 6-8 months (except Basenji and Rhodesian Ridgeback that cycle once a year).

The heat cycle according to Wikipedia: Dogs
A female dog is diestrous and goes into heat typically twice every year, although some breeds typically have one or three cycles a year. The proestrus is relatively long at 5–7 days (9 days), while the estrus may last 4–13 days, with a diestrus of 60 days followed by about 90–150 days of anestrus. Female dogs bleed during estrus, which usually lasts from 7–13 days, depending on the size and maturity of the dog. Ovulation occurs 24–48 hours after the luteinizing hormone peak, which is somewhere around the fourth day of estrus; therefore, this is the best time to begin breeding. Proestrus bleeding in dogs is common and is believed to be caused by diapedesis of red blood cells from the blood vessels due to the increase of the estradiol-17β hormone.[13]

Once the breeding takes place and the bitch ovulates her eggs it takes 24-72 hours for the eggs to mature, for this reason if doing natural breeding you should do multiple breedings to have the male dogs semen there at the right time for fertilization. Once mature and fertilized the eggs float around in the bitches uterus until about 17-21 days when they start to implant into the lining of the uterus. At this time their placenta develops and are called fetuses. Pregnancy confirmation can be done by palpation a experienced person should be able to palpate the fetuses between 20-30 days after last mating. A blood test and ultrasound can be done at 25 days. Pregnancy or gestation is usually 56-66 days with a average length of 63 days.

Right now Glory is at the implanting stage. She is at day 17 of her breeding. During this time we don’t want to stress her out so she is relaxing and hopefully implanting little poopy puppies. Next week I may take her to the clinic to be palpated and then a ultrasound the week after.

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May 18th National Therapy Animal Day

We are a little behind the eight ball on the first annual National Therapy Animal Day. It was this past Monday on May 18th. Since I have been doing therapy work with Gambler and Glory for over a year now I wanted to share this day with everyone even know it has passed. Animal therapy is so important to children and adults as well as to the therapy animals handler. I feel so much joy after a therapy visit with one of my dogs. To see what these animals can do to brighten the day’s of others is something I can’t describe. Some may ask me why I subject my “hunting dogs” to costumes that “real” dogs don’t wear costumes I beg to differ. My friend gave me a template for some fake money that I could put a picture of my dog on and give to the kids. I Put Gambler with his G$ glasses on on the money. I printed them off, cut them out and had the kids play with the money as well as playing with Gambler. After their time was up I told them they could keep some of the money. You should of seen the kids faces when I told them that! They asked me if I was for real and that they could really keep it, yes you can keep it. That is why I dress my dogs up in costumes, so they can make someone else’s day brighter.

I am not a member of Pet Partners, I am a member of Therapy Dogs Inc. It doesn’t matter what group you are members of all that matters to me is that you are out spreading the therapy love with your animal.

NATIONAL THERAPY ANIMAL DAY™ / TREATS & SWEETS DAY

NTAD and Treats and Sweets Logo

Monday May 18, 2015 is the First Annual National Therapy Animal Day created by Pet Partners to honor all of the exceptional therapy animal teams that bring joy and comfort to people in need. By promoting the event we will raise awareness and educate the public about the role therapy animals play in enhancing the health and well-being of people.

In honor of National Therapy Animal Day, thousands of bakers will be breaking out their mixing bowls and whipping up some treats and sweets. Your participation in this year’s Treats & Sweets Day will support Pet Partners in training and registering thousands of therapy animal teams who make over a million life-enhancing visits each year. For more information, please visit www.treatsandsweetsday.org.

Gambler and MK (who would like to remain anonymous would like to send out a big thank you to Gamblers partner in crime and beer drinking buddy Easy Rider for the great Birthday gift from across the pond. They never got a Birthday gift from that far away before so many thanks! Even I enjoyed the chocolates 🙂

Thanks to all of Gambler’s 4th Birthday Prezzie participants, there could only be one winner and the winner is:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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