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Great Anticipation

Posted by on Feb 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Great Anticipation

Paisley has gathered every stuffed toy she could find and placed them with her in her soft comfy bed in the study (my office). Paisley’s litter is due next week, likely Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday based on her ovulation date. For those that are curious about predicting the whelping date based on the ovulation date (this requires almost daily testing), here is a good article. We shall see if it holds true with this litter. The reason Paisley doesn’t look as big as one would expect her to look in her 8th week of pregnancy is that, according to the x-ray taken on Thursday, she is...

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The Signs are Subtle

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Signs are Subtle

I’m not sure Paisley was as happy to be with DeJay as he was to be with her again! The signs of pregnancy are subtle until the third trimester. Puppies grow very little during the first 6 weeks of gestation; the last trimester is when most of their growth occurs. Paisley is on the petite side normally,  she has not be overfed, and tends to be lean an muscled, so up until now, the only signs of pregnancy are the development of her nipples – now you can feel them in the front, but more prominently in the back. Her abdomen looks thicker and feels firmer, and she is beginning to look...

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So Much Happening!

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So Much Happening!

At left, Paisley & me this fall, photo lovingly taken by Karen Staudt-Cartabona. It’s been about a year since we’ve added a Snippet, and so much has gone on. Unfortunately we were unable to get any one of our girls bred last year, due to a now-identified sperm issue (that sometimes resolves over time). Boy, have I learned a lot! All of this is so very fascinating to me that we upgraded our digital microscope, learned how to identify healthy sperm and to send a video of live sperm to our veterinarians, and found a wonderful easy-to-do progesterone test that our vet likes. Using...

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A New Journey Begins

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A New Journey Begins

Our sweet Meadow (Mikaje Majenkir August Meadow) was ready to start breeding yesterday, so she was bred to Theo (GCH Majenkir Bookstor Recurrent Theme at Mikaje) and Heir (CH Majenkir Regal Heir) once again.     This time however, Heir’s collection was fabulous, just about as good as Theo’s, so we have hopes of producing puppies from both Theo and Heir if things go well! The beginning of every breeding journey is always a stressful and worrisome point, but there was no doubt based on all the dogs’ behavior that they were ready. Since we had to do both breedings by...

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Carolyn, Greg, Maggie and Polar

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Carolyn, Greg, Maggie and Polar

Carolyn has had Maggie, a beautiful red and white girl from Gracie and Theo’s litter, since Mags was a puppy. Mags is beautiful, and she made our decision about which pups to keep from that litter a very difficult one! But, Maggie was meant to be Carolyn’s girl, and she is very happy. Then Carolyn married Greg, and it was time for Maggie to have a brother. “Matthew” from the Downton Abbey litter, now “Polar”, was meant to be with his half sister, and apparently it was love at first sight! Carolyn and Greg are wonderful dog parents and Maggie and Polar...

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We’re Back!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’re Back!

Picture at left is “Meadow”, Mikaje Majenkir August Meadow   I know, it’s been a long time between Snippets! Our web site was hacked quite a while ago, and we just finally got it back and working normally yesterday. Things at Highmeadow Farm are good. All the dogs are happy and healthy, enjoying the cooler weather. This is the time of year when we hope for a litter, although we have actually been in the planning stages for a while this time. Meadow will be bred again and is due in season any time. She produced such a lovely litter with Theo that we hope to repeat that...

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