February 2016 I had to say goodbye to my most beautiful schnauzer Daisy. Anyone that came to visit met Daisy and most wanted to take her home. She was a delight both inside and out, Daisy never met a person she didn't like and never her entire life did she have a quarrel with another dog. I will miss you girl...Champion Dinsdale Champagne Upsy Daisy R.I.P.
Meet the little girl we kept from Bea's litter, we call her Beasley of course in honour of her mom and to carry on the tradition as Bea was named after her father Beamish. She is a fun pup and is certainly livening things up around the house.
Beasley and Banner are the BEST of friends and I adore watching the two together.
Below are are couple more photos of her
Beasley was the puppy that wore the dark pink ribbon in the puppy photos...here she is below 'before' I actually chose her to be mine
Cyrus and Beamish as depicted by the wonderful artist Lise Richardson
Raising a litter of pups is a series of milestones...the selection of a mate, the ultrasound that tells us we have pups on the way, the whelping of the litter, the first crucial days, opening of eyes to mark the 2nd week, the introduction of food, so many important milestones that as breeders we wait and watch for, these things that tell us all is normal.
This litter has been a bit of a new adventure for me after more than 20 years of pups arriving here. My first litter that I have ever raised without the benefit of the pups mother. It has gone from devastating to stressful, tiring and finally optimistic. We are now well into the 6th week and the pups are right on track, exactly where they should be, hitting all our milestones. They will be 7 weeks old at the end of this week and we will have our normal vet check up, puppy shots, I will introduce them to being groomed, all exciting and thankfully very normal milestones.
We are now headed to the final litter milestone and are less than two weeks away from them heading off to their new homes, this is one I was not sure we would get too 6.5 weeks ago
I hear so often that I have such a great life, spending my days with dogs, training, raising pups and don't get e wrong, it is pretty amazing, most days. This past summer life with dogs took a turn for the worse and what is usually a fun and exciting time became tragic.
I was excited and looking forward to a wonderful litter of pups to arrive, the mom, Bea a gorgeous Fiddle and Beamish daughter. Bea lived with my friend in Wisconsin and obtained her American championship with four major wins. Bea, a funny, outgoing girl came to me at the end of July to deliver her pups. Sadly, and for the first time, we lost Bea during an emergency c-section to deliver her 11 pups. This was devastating to me, a breeders worse nightmare.
I had little time to mourn the loss of the beautiful Bea as I had to work day and night to feed and raise her pups. It was an intense 3 weeks feeding the pups every few hours, little sleep but, I am happy to say they have thrived and are now almost 5 weeks of age and normal happy pups in every way.
I have a Puppy Blog that follows the birth and the raising of Bea's pups, have a look they are sure a lovely group of pups http://beapups.blogspot.ca/
The end of February and our 2 Cyrus litters are now off to their new homes. It was a crazy stressful time in December as both Hazel and Clover ended up needing C-sections. Thankfully all went relatively smoothly, though, I am sure delivering my pups on Christmas morning was not what my Vets envisioned, oops!
My plan was to keep a little girl, there was one in Clover's litter that I adored from the beginning, and three ladies in Hazel's to look at. I dithered and dithered and finally decided on one of the Hazel & Cyrus daughters. I call her Banner and she is a super little girl that I am excited to see how she develops.
Right now I am finding it hard to think about future litters, still recovering from these two, I will have a Pepper & Salt litter, mom will be a Fiddle daughter called Bea. She is an American champion and is co-owned with my friend Brooke in Wisconsin. We are still trying to figure out who the father will be, We expect the breeding to happen in the early Spring and pups will be ready late in the Summer or early Autumn. I will have updates here http://standardschnauzer.weebly.com/litter-2015.html Below is a show photo of Bea on her way to her championship.
I have been blogging since 2008 on my Dinsdale Photo Blog site. My blogging there has slowed down the last year, mostly I think due to opening up a Facebook page. I will be starting to blog here more often and eventually I think I will stop posting on my Dinsdale Photo Blog. I will leave the blog on the web as there is a lot of great information and photos there.
So join me here for new and revitalized blog.