Softmaple/Thunderbay 2006 litter

CH SHR Elflock False Echoes WC CR-859, CR-769G33M-PI, CR-CA209/34M/C-PI, CHIC and CH SoftMaple's Fairway Explorer CGC CR-CA74/16F/S-PI CR-EL98F28-PI CR-642G28F-PI, CERF CR-678

The pups are born!

CH SHR Elflock False Echoes WC
SR 08365102. CERF CR-859, CR-769G33M-PI (OFA good hips) CR-CA209/34M/C-PI, Cardiac Clear

CH Backcast Toll The Iron Bell CR-CA115/25M/C-PI, CR-EL100M27-PI, CR-648F27M-PI CR-737

CH, HR Elflock Ranah's Rising Son WCQ JH CD CR-426G37M CERF

BIS BISS Ch Karakul Titan ROM CR-274 CR-188F26M

CH Ranah's The Dark Comes Dancing ROM, CR-286 CR-303F51F

Mathel Flashdance ROM CR459G26F CR-555/97-26

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

CH Darelyn Zelsa CR-EL12 CR-351G31F

CH Riverwatch She's Fire n Ice CR-540G28F

CH Ranah's Bainbridg Meant To Be CGC CDX CR-CA25/84M/C-T CR-EL11M25-T CR-400 CR-347G25M-T

CH Ptarmigan Jollybodies Crash WC CR-347 CR-275F36M

CH Ranah's The Dark Comes Dancing ROM CR-286 CR-303F51F

Ch.Riverwatch Windwalker
CR-CA104/62F/C-PI CR-EL32F25-T CR-526 CR-434G25F-T

Ch. Karakul Trademark ROM CR-199G29M-T, CERF

BISS CH Ptarmigan Gail At Riverwatch CD WC CGC TT TDI HOF National BOB 93,97,98,99 CR-EL10-T CR-336F28F-T, CERF CR-380 92,94,96,98

CH SoftMaple's Fairway Explorer CGC CR-CA74/16F/S-PI CR-EL98F28-PI CR-642G28F-PI, CERF CR-678
(Ripple needs an updated CERF)

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 NordW-94 SW-94, WW-98 Caballus Out for a Blaze

Oak's Wild Song HD fri Norden Hips A, eyes clear 12.05.00 SF23859/94

Dutch,Luxemburg,German,VDH Champion Cornish Marksman B1-B2 Hips

Oak's Rhapsody

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

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

Haamorin Hurmuri

Haamorin Usvana

CH Darelyn Zelsa CR-EL12 CR-351G31F

Eng CH Darelyn Sutton Tied Boy

Eng SH CH Darelyn Wychita

Common dogs in the pedigree:

CH Mathel Felicitation ROM and Mathel Flashdance ROM are litter sisters.

BIS BISS Ch Karakul Titan ROM and Ch. Karakul Trademark ROM F are litter brothers.

CH Ranah's The Dark Comes Dancing ROM is mother to both CH, HR Elflock Ranah's Rising Son WCQ JH CD and CH Ranah's Bainbridg Meant To Be CGC CDX

Pregnancy Calendar for Ripple
Date:Tue 4 Apr 106
Sire:CH Elflock False Echoes CR-859, CR-769G33M-PI, CR-CA209/34M/C-PI, CHIC
Dam:CH SoftMaple's Fairway Explorer CGC CR-CA74/16F/S-PI CR-EL98F28-PI CR-642G28F-PI, CERF CR-678
Breeder:SoftMaple Curlies
Wed 15 Mar 2006
  • First day of mating.
  • 48 hours after the first mating the bitch should be mated again. Subsequent matings occurring over a period of time enhance the chances of fertilaziton taking place.
  • The spermatozoa migrate up through the cervix.
Thu 16 Mar 106
  • Sperm travel searching for a mature ripened eggs.
Thu 16 Mar 2006 -
Fri 17 Mar 106
  • Spermatozoa reach the eggs in the oviducts.
Fri 17 Mar 2006 -
Sat 18 Mar 106
  • Fertilisation occurs in the oviducts which lead from the ovaries to the uterus.
Sat 18 Mar 2006 -
Mon 20 Mar 2006
  • Fertilised eggs migrate down the oviducts and into the uterine horns.
  • The migration continue to enable even spacing of the embryos.
  • During this migration the eggs will grow into a blastocystes.
Sun 26 Mar 106 -
Tue 28 Mar 2006
  • The blastocystes implant in the wall of the uterus.
Sun 26 Mar 2006 -
Sun 9 Apr 106
  • The blastocystes will grow into an embryos.
  • During the next two weeks the important organs will develop.
Wed 29 Mar 106 -
Wed 5 Apr 106
  • Dams nipples begin to pink enlarge.
  • The fur on the dams belly and around the nipples may become thinner.
Tue 4 Apr 2006 -
Tue 11 Apr 106
  • Morning sickness might occur due to hormonal changes or stretching and distension of the uterus. Dam may appear a bit apathetic. She may be off her feed for a while and vomit from time to time.
  • Feeding the dam several meals spaced throughout the day might help.
  • Your veterinarian may want to prescribe a drug to relax the uterus.
Sun 9 Apr 2006 -
Thu 13 Apr 2006
  • An experienced person (a breeder or a veterinarian) can tell by careful palpation whether the dam is pregnant.
  • It's now the best time to do this because the embryos are walnut-sized now and easy to count.
Wed 12 Apr 06
  • Start to increase the dams food ration.
  • Don't overfeed, excessive weight gain should be avoided.
  • The foetuses are now and are fully developed miniature dogs.
Tue 18 Apr 2006
  • The Dams abdomen starts to get larger.
Fri 28 Apr 106
  • It's very easy now to feel the puppies, counting them might be a bit more difficult.
Mon 1 May 2006 -
Tue 9 May 2006
  • Dam begins to spend a lot more time in self-grooming.
  • Her breasts become even more swollen.
  • She may become a bit restlessness and begin to search for a suitable place to have her puppies.
Wed 3 May 2006
  • The dam might lose her appetite during this period. Her abdomen can be crowded with puppies.
  • It is better to feed several smaller meals spaced throughout the day.
  • You can easily detect abdominal movement now.
Wed 3 May 2006 -
Thu 18 May 106
  • Nipples and vulva should be gently cleaned with warm water, you might want to trim the hairs surrounding the nipples, to allow easier access for the puppies to suck.
Sat 13 May 2006 -
Tue 16 May 106
  • Milky fluid may be expressed from the nipples.

Ripple and Seger 5/13/2006
Sun 14 May 2006
  • You might want to start taking the dams rectal temperature each morning and evening.
Wed 17 May 2006
  • Twelve to 24 hours before she is due to deliver, the dams rectal temperature may drop from 101 to 98 degrees.
  • Clear discharge from the vulva might occur.
Thu 18 May 2006
  • Expected date of whelp. Of course this is just an average. Whelping may take place from the 59th to the 65th day. Puppies born before the 58th day will probably be too young to survive.

    Ripple has three pups on 5/16/2006

March 30 pictures of the dogs

See some of the family behind the pedigree

This will be Ripple's second and last litter. Ripple had one litter of 5 puppies at Softmaple using fresh chilled semen. Most SoftMaple pups go to their new homes on limited registration with spay/neuter contracts. Limited Registration means that the dog is registered but no litters produced by that dog are eligible for registration. The dog can compete in every AKC event, including obedience, tracking, field trials, hunt tests, and agility, except for breed competition, at a licensed or member event. Using Limited Registration helps a breeder protect their bloodlines from falling into the hands of puppy mills and indiscriminate back yard breeders. The limited registration can be changed to full registration by the litter owner at any time.

I'd like to share an article that appeared in the AKC Gazette written by Deborah A. Lynch, the Executive Vice-President of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. I think she has some very good insights into breeding philosophy.

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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