There are days when you could just scream.... Do you know what I mean? Despite our precautions, and they are extensive. After our 30 years in Ridgebacks we will be having our first ever "Ooops" litter. We had actually planned this breeding, but for later in 2010 after we'd done our normal testing, aquired our CHIC numbers and with any luck finished Dreamer's championship. With some family complications we had not been to as many shows as normal in 08 and 09. This was not something that we were terribly worried about. Late in 09 we went to a 4 day show where our chances at her needed majors were better than good. A handler error was made and a horrible tragedy narrowly avoided. However the stress from this error cost us several shows that were good for us and brought Dreamer into season earlier than normal. When you are as involved as we are with Family, the Holidays bring not just the anticipated shopping and parties but what sometimes feels like endless school programs. ( we LOVE them, really , just can't get enough of off key singing and paper antlers...) yet the days became so full I decided the best way to make it to everyone's preformance and get everything done was to hire a dog sitter to come in over a 2 day period letting our pack in and out every 3-4 hours.
In an effort to keep things clear I put a bright RED collar on Dreamer and gave the experienced and highly recommended dog sitter specific instructions on how long she could be out and with which members of the pack. Day One , no problems, I finally relaxed , enjoying "Santa Baby" and a really unique Third Grade version of what we think was "O Tannebaum" . And I admit I was guilty thinking that evening that I had done "it".. I pulled off having it "all." Until the phone call 5 days later. Apparently the woman I'd hired felt I should know that on Day 2, she had a migraine so she sent her 16 year old son to let dogs in and out. "Good thing" she said towards the end of the call "Purebred dogs are so hard to breed......" (YIKES!!!???!!!) I asked to speak with her son after hearing this... He was apologetic, and apparently color blind. Then he assured me, giving the "Good News" apparently we should be "okay". Since they , the dogs, didn't know what to do. They were facing the wrong way for nearly 30 minutes !?! Mother, Son and I had an educational discussion on how dogs breed. The Reffering Vet notified and the realization set in...So Bob and I are now expecting our first ever breeding from an untested pair. Our vets have assured us that as we have tested our dogs since getting into the breed we should be in a very , very low risk area. Normally a good bit of the testing done can be combined with showing, offering us an chance to show while obtaining some of the testing at a show discounts.
We have gotten the Cardiac and CERF ( eyes) cleared for both Mom and Dad, Dad is scheduled for his OFA testing to clear his Hips, Elbows, Thyroid ...( momma has to wait till at least after the babies are weaned) . DM test kits are ordered. Sigh.....With both sides having been steadfastly tested 5 generations back on either side the vets are not concerned and as always we will back our puppies , even these , "Unexpected Blessings" for life. Good thing our waiting list is a strong one with many devoted admirers of our temperments and type. Every one has a home, we just have to pick who goes home with who. By being up front about this , despite my terribly reddened cheeks we can only hope any one else thinking about breeding understands how much happier we would have been to have been able to maintain our record of no accidents in 30 years! That was a source of great pride. Despite this "ooops" Please let us stress once more it is Vital to know your breeder. To meet the breeding stock, to do your homework. Testing helps to prevent the heartbreak that comes out of back yard breeders and puppy mills, it reduces the chances of a genetic issue and increases your back up should ANYTHING happen with your puppy for the life of the dog. An "ooops" is not an excuse for the breeder to dump the litter at a discount and keep hush hushed about it. If we don't stand up when an accident happens how can any one trust us to do so for anything else in life?
Bwana Kennel Is Proud to present the Mardi Gras Litter of 2010
Zion X Dreamer
Here's a Peek at the Unexpected Souls at Bwana born 2/16/2010
Ceattle with "Uno" the big first born...........
Ceattle has been learning Spanish and since she stayed up to help with the whelping... she picked our new whelping box names...
who arrived at
5:55 AM !
Happy and Loving Momma , glad it is all over and she thinks she will get to "rest" !
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