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.

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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Wee Puppy Fitness~FitDog Friday

Today Pink Girl Puppy and Blue Boy Puppy will be turning 1 week old at 10:45 pm. The rest of the gang will need to wait until 12:00 am to turn a week old. In this week the wee puppy are already starting their fitness routine. After watching these guys I really think they have the hardest routines.

First off the were just born and need to learn to walk while having no site or no hearing. All they have is their sense of smell and touch to get around, with saying that they may have to go a long ways to get to mom. Mom gets up and moves around the whelping box so then the wee little ones have to crawl across the box to find mom.

Once by mom they have to crawl to find their spot, there spot may be a certain nipple or

just a snooze on their brother to cover up his junk so this isn’t a porn picture.

One is on the go again, if they aren’t nursing, sleeping they are on the move.

Then their nursing they are exercising their tail as they are wagging a mile a minute burning so many calories.

While nursing they are also strengthening their back leg muscles by having to push themselves up to the nipple, they are also using their front leg muscles to knead while they are nursing. The kneading action stimulates the milk letdown so they get to have milk.

Turning over and rolling over burns calories and gains strength in different muscles.

So you can see the wee puppies even know only a week old have to do so much to grow and be strong. Mom Glory is also doing her part even know she is probably loosing muscle mass because all she does is lay in her whelping box and take care of the puppies only going outside to potty and back in she is burning a ton of calories producing milk and nursing her wee puppies. I have been keeping her food dish filled and adding canned food to get her to eat it all and supplementing with protein bars so she can keep producing milk. It’s a rough life but as you can see from the picture Glory doesn’t mind at all taking care of all her and Thunders precious puppies.

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Tour De Sand Spring~#AmericanJourney @chewy.com

Tour De Sand Spring is featuring Glory today for her American Journey from Chewy.com.

What is that smell of goodness Glory asks? Well Glory that smell of goodness is coming from Chewy.com new line of treats called American Journey.

What is American Journey treats mom? Well Glory American Journey is a line of treats made in America that consists of jerky, bones, chews, antlers. Their not stopping yet, in a few months more stuff will be added to the line.

Will my puppies on board like these treats? Why yes Glory your puppies will love them. Why don’t you start off now by giving them a taste test.

This curly bully stick looks and smells great.

I think this is the one I want to share with my puppies.

American Journey Natural Curly Bully Sticks are 100% natural USA beef chews that are slow-roasted with no added artificial colors, flavors or preservatives to ensure a tasty, natural meat flavor. The curly design is sure to add an additional challenge for your active chewer.

Key Benefits

  • 100% USA beef
  • No fillers or artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Never treated with chemicals, bleach or formaldehyde

NOTE: Pets should be supervised when chewing treats. Our treats are totally natural but a little messy so should be enjoyed on hard surfaces for easy cleaning.

The American Journey Curly Bully Sticks are on sale right now at chewy.com. For one stick the price is $2.99 a 40% savings. You can also buy a 3 pack at $8.19 or a box of 25 for $57.99 with free shipping, can’t beat that deal so get online and check them out!

Glory had 9 little puppies that will grow up with American Journey treats.

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Why Chewy.com?

Because: Chewy.com has more than 300 brands to choose from and is ready to fetch it and ship it, direct to your doorstep, anytime of the day. Have a question regarding the best food for your pet? Call us 24/7 and our helpful customer service team at Chewy.com is ready to listen.

Chewy.com lives and breathes pets. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Chewy.com’s dedicated staff is committed to providing quality pet products to our customers in a fast and easy way. That’s why we have warehouses located throughout the country – so the products are delivered quickly and efficiently. Bottom line, Chewy.com delivers pet happiness – and there’s nothing really better than that. Their products are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed (if your not happy call them and they pay for shipping the item back), they have expert pet care and product advice, over 200 of the best pet brands and 24/7 customer care. Another great benefit of Chewy.com is they have autoship for your pet food needs and orders under $49.00 are a flat rate shipping cost of $4.95.

Chewy.com 200 SW 1st Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 1-800-67-CHEWY

What’s new at Chewy.com? They now have autoship.

I was compensated (1) Curly Bully Stick to help spread the word about The American Journey line at Chewy.com.chewy

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Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding? Part 4

Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding? Part 4

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. Part 3 I talked about proper feeding and being able to xray to determine how many puppies might be delivered as well as talked about getting the whelping box out and Glory used to it. If you want to read the full version here.

So where are we at with Glory’s breeding?
As I write this (July 10th) Glory is due to deliver any day. She might of delivered by the time you read this. She is at day 61 of her pregnancy. The whelping box and supplies (list to follow with next Part 5 The Delivery) are ready so all I have to do now is wait.
According to the phone app WhelpHelp on this day it tells me: Whelping can occur any day. Milk may begin to fill the dam’s nipples. The dam might lose her appetite during this period. Her abdomen can be crowded with puppies. 2-3 smaller meals spaced throughout the day will help the dam due to the pressure from the growing puppies. Abdominal movement should be easily detected. She may have a clear discharge from her vagina, which is normal. Any sign of a dark or green coloured discharge should be checked by your veterinarian immediately. When the temperature drops from 100.76F to below 99.32F, the dam should begin delivering within 12-24 hours.
The app is spot on! Glory does have milk in her nipples (she’s had it for just over a week). Today was the first day she lost her appetite, I finally got her to eat some yogurt and canned puppy food. He abdomen is defiantly crowded it has also dropped she has more of a pot belly pig look to her now. I can see and feel the puppies moving around. She does have a clear discharge. Since Thursday night she has been nesting (looking for a place to have the puppies and getting it ready by scratching and tearing things up, she has also been panting more. I left her alone for a brief period of time and she went into the guest bathroom and tried going behind the toilet to find a spot to have her puppies, while doing so she managed to knock all my knick knacks off the lid and they smashed onto the floor.

The rugs and towels were all messed up. She also tore up a blanket I had covering the couch.

She is also having a hard time being comfortable, she is laying down and sitting up and walking around more as well as having small uterine contractions. This is all the first stage of labor. I have been taking her temperature for the past week or so. Yesterday it dropped down to 98.6 and it was still there this morning. So I suspect Friday night she may start to deliver.
In the pictures to come after she delivers you will see white pvc tubing around the inside of the whelping box. This is called a “pig rail” and is used to prevent the mom from rolling on a puppy and smothering it. You will also see a heat lamp and might think why would they need a heat lamp as it is summer in WI. The puppies body temperature is low 96-97F after they are born, so you may need to supply heat usually around 80- 85F degrees to keep them warm. Each week they will raise their body temperature by 1 degree so after 3 weeks you don’t need additional heat. If they get chilled the will huddle together or near mom and then you risk smothering. On another note if they are spread out all over the box then they are hot. This is something I feel you have to play by ear, watch the puppies and mom and adjust accordingly. If crying and huddled together raise the temperature, if spread out and mom is constantly panting lower the heat.


I’m going to stop here as this is long enough already. Stay tuned for Part 5 The Delivery.

As you know Glory did start to deliver Friday night she ended Saturday morning, we have 9 beautiful puppies 6 females and 3 males, all are doing well. So nine little Mischief Makers in the future.

A big thank you to Thunder puppy daddy for his part in making these beautiful little miracles. Thanks to Jim and Linda for allowing me to use Thunder in this breeding. Make sure you stop on over to 2browndawgs and read about the breeding adventure in the Love Shack.

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Once A Mother Always A Mother~Black And White Sunday

Once A Mother Always A Mother

This was proven to me yesterday when Glory was whelping her litter and one little puppy didn’t make it. I was trying to revive the puppy when Nellie came over and started nuzzling the puppy. I knew the little one was gone so I set it outside the whelping box and tended to Glory. Next thing I know Nellie laid down next to the whelping box and started to try and revive the puppy herself. The emotion I witness and felt coming from Nellie is something I can’t explain maybe you will be able to feel it from looking at this picture. Nellie had 3 litters in her breeding career, luckily none of her puppies perished. Her last litter was with the birth of Glory back in December of 2011. Nellie is now going to be 11 and was spayed after the whelp. It doesn’t matter how old she is or that she is spayed you can’t take that motherly instinct away from her. When the puppies cry she perks her ears up, when Glory is outside going potty Nellie is by the box counting puppies and making sure all is well with them. She has been such a good girl during this whole process. I am so blessed to have such a dog and companion during this very exciting time in Glory adventure. Glory is a terrific mom and it’s all because she had the best teacher a student could have. Thank you Nellie for all the joy and help you are giving us.

So sorry for the doom and gloom post but with life there is death. I’m documenting this whole experience for myself and for those who wish to follow along so this is just part of mother nature that we have no control over.

“A Mother’s Love”

A Mother’s Love
Author unknown
A Mother’s Love is like an island
In life’s ocean vast and wide,
A peaceful, quiet shelter
From the restless, rising tide …
A Mother’s Love is like a fortress
And we seek protection there
When the waves of tribulation
Seem to drown us in despair …
A Mother’s Love’s a sanctuary
Where our souls can find sweet rest
From the struggle and the tension
Of life’s fast and futile quest …
A Mother’s Love is like a tower
Rising far above the crowd,
And her smile is like the sunshine
Breaking through a threatening cloud …
A Mother’s Love is like a beacon
Burning bright with Faith and Prayer,
And through the changing scenes of life
We can find a Haven There …
For A Mother’s Love is fashioned
After God’s enduring love,
It is endless and unfailing
Like the love of Him above …
For God knew in His great wisdom
That He couldn’t be Everywhere,
So He put His Little Children
In a Loving Mother’s Care.

Author: Author unknown

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2 Years of Nothing But Norman #104

Happy Saturday All!!

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2 years ago today I started Nothing But Norman. I wanted a day dedicated to him as a month prior he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and I knew he wouldn’t be with me for very long. I wanted a way to remember him, relive our memories and have a place I could go to when all I wanted was Norman. I was lucky to have had Norman with me for 13 years of his life. Those were 13 wonderful years where many memories were made. Thank you for letting me share our memories with you each week. I truly feel this has helped the grieving process and I feel even closer to him.

The pictures for today were taken 2 years ago when we took a ride to Lake Puckaway. During the 5 months Norman was with us after his diagnosis I had a bucket list for him, the bucket list was a list of places to revisit with Norman that were places we enjoyed when he was younger. He loved lake Puckaway. It was there he learned to ride in a boat, swim, catch fish, icefish but most of all it was a place he got to duck hunt which was his favorite past time in the fall.

This weekend has been special in another way, Glory delivered Normans great grand children. My hopes is that one day the little female we keep will be bred to Norman and I will have another son or daughter straight from my soulmate. Today was special and sad all at the same time. We were blessed with 9 beautiful little burr heads. 6 females and 3 males. We are sad because one of the puppies didn’t make it, she is now  an angel watching down on this litter sending them love and strength to become some really special pups to some really special people.

I lit Norman’s candle to show the little one it’s way.

She is buried next to Norman and his flower.

New life bloomed today.

Suellen Appellof was the winner of the contest. She guess correctly (not including the one that passed) Congrats a prezzie will be on it’s way.

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

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We are also joining The Pet Parade. They have a big day over on their blog today, we would like to congratulate them on 100 Pet Parades!

Happy 100 posts!

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Guess How Many Puppies Glory & Thunder Will Be Having Contest

Back in May Glory visited her boyfriend Thunder from 2browndawgs. A little hanky panky went on and a month later we found out Glory swallowed a watermelon seed as she was confirmed pregnant and she has been getting bigger and bigger each day. We know that on the ultrasound she was confirmed to have at least 5 puppies, if you missed that post you can read it here. On July 2nd I brought Glory with me to work to have a xray done to get a more accurate count on the puppies so I know how many to expect when the time comes for her to deliver them. We were able to get somewhat of a count. There are three doctors who work at the clinic and they all had different counts, so I know a range of what maybe coming. Normally I would post up the xray and have you look at it and see if you could count puppy skeletons but we wrote numbers on the xray as we were counting them so it wouldn’t be fair for the contest if I put up a xray with numbers on it so you all will have to look at Glory and take your guesses. To add a little twist to the contest because I’m sure I will be having many of the same guesses I am going to ask you to tell me how many puppies you think Glory and Thunder are having and tell me how many of each sex they will end up with. This contest will start today and will end when Glory is done delivering. She is due to whelp anytime between this Friday July 10 and Monday July 13th. Put your guess in the comments below and I will announce the winner next week.

Here are the most recent pictures taken of Glory last night while she enjoyed her beef bone.

Glory is ginormous, she hates the hot weather is not eating all her food as not much room left in her abdomen and had a hard time getting comfortable. She is is great spirits and I feel in really good health right now.

We have been getting Glory used to her whelping box by feeding her in there.

I have been nesting so the house is cleaned and somewhat puppy proof and all the supplies that I might need for delivery are near her box.

I have been taking her temperature each day and night as you want to start before delivery so you know where her normal temperature is at then when it is getting closer to delivery she will have a big dip in the number it usually goes down by a couple of degree’s. A normal dogs temperature is 100-102. Glory started at 100 and is now at 99.2. When it dips down to 97-98 degrees and then starts to go back up she will deliver anywhere’s between 12-20 hrs later.

I will give you three hints or help. I have been measuring Glory around the biggest part of her abdomen. She is 37 inches around. When I took her in for her xray she weighted 93# and we know that their are at least 5 puppies in there.

Here are a couple video’s of the puppies moving, don’t blink!

There will be a little prezzie package for the person who has the closest guess and this contest is open to everyone world wide.

Good luck all!

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Swimming Fun~FitDog Friday

More swimming fun from the Sand Spring Gang. They just love the water being a water breed dog and love to play in it when hot outside.

We hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July and that you get to get in some lake time with your 2 & 4 leggers.

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