19 September 2019, 9pm EST
Well, we made it home and it was an exhausting day. Piccolo’s progesterone number came in at the perfect range for a second breeding. But since Princess Piccolo will have no more of natural copulation? We had no choice but to do a Trans Cervical Insemination right through her cervix and into the uterus with Oskar’s semen.
We did have a natural tie on Tuesday evening, thanks to Oskar’s infamous and gentlemanly manner – but the poor dear was clearly less than happy with the activity and I don’t have the heart to force anything on any animal. So, I opted for more science and less dirty dancing in our second breeding. ;>)
Our ultrasounds at The Animal Ultrasound Clinic confirmed that we have two pregnant girls! We are now at the point where I do my best to hold onto all developing embryos and prepare (and hope) to ‘land’ them all.
Toward that end, I’m thinking about two C-sections. With Koko, I have no choice, as her last delivery was by C-section and that pretty much means that any future deliveries should be controlled by C-section, to avoid any risk of rupturing her uterus. With Ziva? It might be her last litter and a C-section is very nice on me with a last litter, so that we can do our best to control all variables and land all of the puppies.
Our Fall 2019 eye clinic is scheduled for this Saturday, 21 September, and I have Billie, Koko and Piper lined up for that.
Next to schedule will be a second round of BAER Auditory Testing on several more of the Tibetan Terriers in my breeding program. Mid August, we traveled to Amherst, NH for a BAER clinic at the Ponemah Veterinary Hospital and Beckham, Ziva and Koko were all tested neurologically. I am very happy to report that Ziva, Koko and Beckham were all evaluated with Bilaterally Normal hearing. This is important! We do have deafness in our breed, as in many other breeds of dogs (and cats) – and while there is a genetic component to inheritance, the marker(s) have not yet been identified. While a lack of pigment is associated with some cases, not all white headed Tibetans are deaf and not all deaf Tibetans have white heads. Lack of pigment can mean blue eyes and this is a fault in the breed, too. Blue eyes will disqualify any Tibetan Terrier from competing in an AKC conformation competition. Blue eyes are EASILY seen, whereas deafness must be neurologically tested and animals can be deaf in one ear, neither or both ears. While unilaterally deaf animals can function quite well in the world, they are unable to locate sound origin easily. They will hear and the sound will get their attention, but they will have difficulty discerning from where the sound originated.
With the August shows behind us, we now have the new Canine Chronicle Top 20 National standings. As of 31 August 2019, our boy GRCHB Questa is ranked #6 nationally among the US Tibetan Terriers in breed points. When considering all of the breeds in the Non Sporting group, he is still ranked #7 nationally among the US TTs in all breed points.
A terrific achievement for such a young dog! He’s 19 months old and showing terrific promise. I am more than pleased. In fact, I am delighted! Thank you to Rebecca Bradley for all of her wonderful grooming and handling efforts in his behalf. Yes, he’s a beautiful young dog – but I couldn’t do what Becky does and so, I say Brava, Becky! And thank you. HUGELY! ;>)
Every two years I keep two female puppies out of my breedings and 2019 is the next year to do so. I’d like to keep two sable females, if we get that lucky. We’ve got our first sable female out of Oskar x Billie and come October, if the Beckham x Ziva & Koko breedings go well? We just might have another female puppy to keep for observation. If we get enough puppies, my hope is to keep females out of both Koko and Ziva, and compare what they produce to the female I’ve kept out of Oskar x Billie. She is Campari and she is an absolute dolly wolly with lovely reach and drive. In fact, I would call her movement gorgeous and her structure is better than her mother’s, as she has more forechest. The goal is always to breed better than and to keep better than what you’ve bred to date. If we land all nine puppies that Dr. Landy saw yesterday? We’ll get to make eight families very happy and I’ll get to keep one for study.
If you’re interested in a Kensington Tibetan Terrier puppy, our application process requires at least one visit to our home here in Stowe, Vermont, so that we can get to know you a little better and you can get to know us. There is HUGE VARIETY in the style and quality of care each breeder utilizes in the breeding and rearing of their puppies. You will want to find the best fit for your family; someone who will be there to support you over the years, if you need guidance or a second opinion. Visits help us all to get clear on whether we want to work together in the breeding and rearing of your next family member. Because frankly? I might not be the breeder for you.
Traditionally, I use repeat breedings to ensure that I know what will be produced in our litters and to work toward consistency in what I produce. If I breed a pair of animals two or three times and the offspring are all similar? I know that I can pretty much depend upon those animals ‘breeding true’. We try to keep our surprises to a minimum! Then, when it’s time for an outcross? I can better evaluate what I get and why.
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