7 May 2020
Unlike my mentor Nina Wagner, never did I ever think that we’d use C-section as a tool in my breeding program. But when you get a singleton puppy? The puppy doesn’t secrete enough of the hormone that stimulates first stage labor and so, the procedure is very often used to get the puppy out safely and protect the life of the mum. If you wait too long? The puppy can begin to deteriorate and then, you have a dead puppy and a sick mummy dog. Since it’s OBVIOUS that I wouldn’t ever want such an experience? We had our first C-sections in March 2019, with singletons in Koko and Annabel, the ‘traumatized TT’ (if you’ve been following her posts on FB). Annabel is Billie and Whittaker’s littermate, out of Michael x Coppi. Those C-sections in March 2019 were my introduction to the world of repro surgery and every one has been a fine experience. Until Ziva’s C-section on Cinco de Mayo, 2020. Successful, yes. Took a year off my life? Maybe two.
And it is now behind us, Tuesday’s C-section that brought six healthy and beautifully formed puppies into the world. Thank you, Dr. Kelleher of Broadview Animal Hospital in Rochester, NH. We had to go this route with my New Hampshire repro practice, as my Vermont repro practice wasn’t offering full repro services, especially surprise C-sections, and Ziva came early. And of course, now? They’ve just announced that they will be resuming full repro services, come Monday, 11 May 2020. Just my luck! Missed out by one week!
Lady Izabela played a pivotal role with the arrival of Kensington’s latest litter. Not only did she care for Ziva and her babies during the three hour ride home from Broadview? She cooked & fed me, managed the other four doggie ladies in the house and brought us flowers. Izabela helped me manage ‘re-entry’ and covered for me, while I showered and napped on Wednesday morning. I’m operating on three hours sleep last night, two hours sleep on Tuesday night and maybe three hours sleep on Monday night, when Lady Ziva experienced her most uncomfortable moments. With so little sleep, I take lots of notes, knowing that surely! I won’t remember much about these early days in the new puppies’ lives.
The babies have gorgeous chests and I think they’ll all mature as charcoal or silver, just like their mum and dad. Questa has now been ‘proven’, as we say, and that is important for his career as a fine stud dog. My friend Earl Miller is using him this week with Dude’s mum, Bronte. Questa’s in Kentucky with Yvette (Beckham x Ziva) and our handler Rebecca Bradley, while she shelters in place with her mum. And Becky did all of the driving to and from the repro vet for Questa’s collection and shipment of his freshly collected and chilled semen. Fingers crossed for a beautiful litter out of Questa x Bronte, come July 2020.
So, what else do I have to report? I believe that these puppies are all spoken for – but it might be that we have a male available, as many of our peeps live in other parts of the country and while Mr. Virginia is excited to move forward and can drive to pick up his family’s new baby, it’s not clear that everyone else will be able to. If we do have a male puppy available, I will let you folks know with a blog post, so that we can keep his availability reasonably private.
Today is Day Two and we have named three of the puppies. We have Diego, No Way Jose and Poncho. Poncho is fun to say and will be easy for the puppies to recognize, with its hard consonant and long vowel. I’ve been thinking Lucia and Fiesta, for the females, and that leaves one more name needed for a boy pup. In time, it will all become clear!
So, to the day! Everyone’s quiet here and that means that they’re all comfortable and well fed. Campari’s on a week long play date with her friend, Miss Paige, and the lovely Lady Annette will be coming up for the weekend to help, I do believe, and staying over at Birch Hill with her man, Dan. So great to be part of a community that helps me to breed and raise some of the most wonderful Tibetan Terriers on the planet. I absolutely could not do what I do, without the love, support and care that my friends provide to me and my pack of thieves. Thank you, all. Let’s do another ZOOM call soon and I can introduce the new puppies to you all, personally.