SoftMaple 2003 Summer litter

Frankie and Seger

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Seger and Frankie are bred! 5/30/2003
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CH Aberbran Bar Von Bern WC JH SH ROM OFA good; CR-608G24M-PI CR-CA123/37M/P-PI CERF

Frankie's Page

NKOKI Matabele Warrior (Aust.-Imp.)

Lizallwood Lucifer KCT2594901 AVA Hip Score 3:4 (UK-Imp.)

Sh Ch Gladrags Dynamite Hip (3:2) KCSB287BW

Tamavon Swift AVA Hip Score 4:4

Aust. Ch. Blazeaway Classic Lace, CD,TD

AUST CH Blazeaway Bowser

AUST CH Blazeaway Magpie Magic

Ebony Belle of Tavistock

Gr. Ft. Ch. Midisland Sinbahd

NZ CH & FT CH Pukemere Mure Kuri

Toakaha Atiamuri

Gr. Ft. Ch. Tavistock Penelope

Fernland Black Prince

Ardkeen Elect

CH SoftMaple's International Fling CGC CR-CA134/34F/C-PI, CERF CR-640G26F-PI, CR-EL97F26-PI, GSDIIIa clear

Seger's page

Dutch, VDH, German Ch. Caballus Inferno JWW'98, W'98, Europasieger '99, Bundessieger'99 Hips A/A (Finland), B1 (Holland)

Int&FIN&N Ch, NordV-95-97-98, FINW-96-97-98-99, SW-96-98, JWW-96 Caballus Fair Dinkum hips A/A, clear eye cert '99

Ch Darelyn Double Dutch

Int.Nord.Ch Caballus Out For A Blaze

Oak's Wild Song

World Ch Cornish Marksman

Oak's Rhapsody

CH Mathel Felicitation CR-CA3/38F/C CR-453G24F CERF

CH Haamorin Indeksi ROM CR-CA2/89M/C-T CR-315G24M-T

FIN CH Häämörin Hurmuri

Häämörin Usvana

CH Darelyn Zelsa CR-EL12 CR-351G31F

Sh Ch Darelyn Sutton Tied Boy

Darelyn Wychita

CH Aberbran Bar Von Bern JH WC SH ROM OFA good; CR-608G24M-PI CERF

CH SoftMaple's International Fling CGC CR-CA134/34F/C-PI, CR-EL97F26-PI, CR-640G26F-PI, CERF, GSDIIIa clear CHIC

Pictures of Frankie's family

Pictures of Seger's parents and siblings.

Countdown to 2003 Litter

We are not big. We don't keep a lot of dogs. I want to be able to give each dog at SoftMaple individual attention. Our breeding program is the same. I have an average of one litter a year. I don't believe in churning out sub quality pups just to meet a demand. I don't know how any breeder can give each pup individual attention if they are keeping a dozen breeding animals, and having 5 or 6 litters a year. This factory line type of breeding can harm a breed of dogs in the long run.

You need to evaluate each litter in order to make informed choices for future breedings. Breeding many dogs may get the breeder more awards, but conscientious breeding isn't about awards. Breeding Curly Coated Retrievers should be done selectively with emphasis placed on producing good health, sound temperament, correct conformation, working ability, and other outstanding characteristics of the breed.

We as breeders are caretakers of the future of the Curly Coated Retriever. Breeding just to fill a demand for puppies can damage a breed for years to come. Not all dogs are worthy of being bred. Having a Championship title is not a good enough reason to breed a dog. There are many judgment calls that a breeder has to make according to their own conscience. There is no perfect dog, and unfortunately, no perfect breeders!

Read more about how we raise our puppies

Order your copy of the book, The Puppy Diary
Available through Trafford Publishing

SoftMaple Curly Coated Retrievers
Mark and Cathy Lewandowski
8282 Soft Maple Road
Croghan New York 13327

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Cathy Lewandowski
8282 Soft Maple Road
Croghan NY 13327

About the Book

Follow a litter of puppies from birthday until they go to their new homes. The diary contains lots of pictures, tips on puppy rearing, some breed specific information, and lots of information on the care of any breed of dog.

I started doing an on-line puppy diary since many of the people that would be getting one of my pups would not be able to travel here to see the pups. I did not want to put a bunch of cute puppy pictures online, and encourage anyone to have a litter just because they wanted to see cute puppies! Breeding dogs, if done the right way, is a lot of work. Lost sleep and sometimes heartache. It takes a lot of time, effort and money to raise a litter of puppies. Once I started doing The Puppy Diary, I realized I had a captive audience. These people logged on every day to see the pictures, and read what was happening. I used this opportunity to cram as much education into each day as I could. Health, Coat issues, grooming, feeding, socializing, vet care, puppy evaluations, shipping puppies.... you name it! I tried to put it in The Diary. It was suggested that I make it into a book. Well here it is! There are 560 pictures and over 300 pages of living with and watching one litter grow up.

I am sure may conscientious, caring breeders raise litters similar to the way I do. Its is a good look into the time, money, commitment it takes to bring up a litter of pups. Some of the things that go on behind the scenes, that the eventual puppies owners (family), never realize go into the litter. Enjoy my litter as I see them. Day to day


Chapter One (Week One) ... Page 1

Seger comes into season
Happy Birthday!
Removing the Dewclaws
Start of the Bio Sensor program

Chapter Two (Week Two) ... Page 48
Coat issues.
Tail Gland Hyperplasia
Do Curlies Shed?

Chapter Three (Week Three) ... Page 94
End of Bio Sensor Exercises
Worming The puppies
Eyes are open
First pup escapes from the box

Chapter Four (Week Four) ... Page 130
Weaning. The great food fight!
Introduction to the puppy play room
Shark Cage

Chapter Five (Week Five) ... Page 156
Field dog? Show Dog? CPE?
Happy Mothers Day!
First Stacked pictures

Chapter Six (Week Six) ... Page 195
Toys! Toys! Toys!
What’s In A Name?
Kids and Dogs
Introduction to Wings

Chapter Seven (Week Seven) ... Page 236
About Puppies and Retrieving
Socialize your puppy
First Shots & Vet Visit
Splish Splash, first bath!

Chapter Eight (Week Eight) ... Page 286
Shape up or ship out!
Requirements to ship puppies
See all the pups!

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