Countdown to Fall 2001 litter
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Countdown to Fall 2001 litter
The wait continues.
10/5/2001 Gabby is at day 63 if going by the first tie. She is still nesting, but also eating again (everything that's not nailed down!) her temps today have ranged between 100.1 to 100.3
10/6/2001 Gabby is growing uncomfortable. She doesn't just lay down, she spreads out! She has to pee every 2 hours. You can really feel the babies kicking.
10/7/2001 6 am. temp 98.3. Just to make sure its not a fluke, I take her temp again at 9 am its 98.0. Should have pups within 24 hrs. I turn up the heat in the whelping room and get everything on hand. Usually I play music in the whelping room, but Gabby doesn't seem to mind listening to the world news.
Well, I think she is finished. Its 3:12 am, and there haven't been any more pups in over an hr. Gabby has had a bowl of pedialyte and broth. She is busy nursing and cleaning her new family. Final count 4 black girls, 3 liver girls, 2 liver boys 2 black boys. All appear to be doing well. On one of the potty breaks, I managed to tip over my nice new digital scale and now the screen won't display! So back to the old one that wouldn't balance.
10/9/01 All the pups are nursing fine. The pups now wear the colorful litter collars. The temporary marks on I put on the bellies when they are born don't last long with Gabby's constant attention. Not much to do today except make sure they are all nursing and keep Gabby comfortable.
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Breeding: What We're Taught
There are many platitudes in the dog world, such as "A fast maturing puppy will fade" and "Only breed when you'll keep one for yourself." This last maxim is even used to chastise breeders who do not keep a puppy from every litter. The idea is that in every litter there will be a star puppy who should be grown out by the breeder.
The fact is that not all litters produce show puppies. Keeping even the best puppy from a mediocre litter will not achieve the breeder's objectives. It would be best to place these puppies in permanent companion homes and try something different the next time around, but this is not often done in our breed. Instead, the breeder keeps the best in a particular litter, grows out the pick puppy, and takes her to dog shows. Dog shows are unforgiving and soon identify mediocrity. A determined person will put many shows on an average dog in an attempt to "prove" her breeding program. It would be better to make a more critical evaluation of puppies at 8 weeks and come to more realistic conclusions about their future prospects.
Another example of conventional wisdom involves litter frequency. This is carried to extremes when people start judging breeders by numbers: "Did you know she had (three, four) litters last year?" As if this were something shameful. In our breed, which has fallen from 36th in AKC registrations to 100th in a decade, this so-called wisdom is hardly wise. We need dedicated people who are willing to study, spend the time, and do the work necessary to breed dogs. Having one litter every few years does not make one a breeder, nor does it provide a person with the experience required to whelp and raise puppies or to develop a consistent line of dogs.
When you have questions and problems with a litter, who do you call? I call someone who has been breeding dogs for 50 years and, at one time that I remember, had three litters at once. He is in another breed, and has never been criticized for the excellent job he did with his puppies. Spring always found him whelping at least one litter for himself, and perhaps a few more for other people. We need these master breeders desperately: They have a wealth of knowledge to share about breeding dogs and raising puppies. We also need more ways to record their knowledge, share it with others and preserve it for the future.
We need dedicated people in our breed and, in fact, in every breed to continue the lines and to work to breed the best dogs possible. As baby boomers retire from breeding dogs over the next two decades, we will have to recruit new breeders to carry on. Holding people back with worn-out phrases will not work.
There is room for everyone, for those who can breed only occasionally and for those who will become the master breeders of the future. We need to encourage and learn from those who have the time, resources, and dedication to spend shaping the future of our breeds.
Reprinted from the June 2006 AKC Gazette breed Keeshonden breed column. Written by Deborah A. Lynch. Deborah A. Lynch is the Executive Vice-President of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. She has been a breeder and exhibitor of Keeshonden since 1971 under the Foxfair prefix. She is a member of the Keeshond Club of America and is past President of the Buckeye Keeshond Club. Deborah has also been a member of the Dog Writers Association of America and has judged her breed both in the USA and England.
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