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Monday, November 29, 2010

Paris Pups Day Three

I was sick a good part of last week and had a low grade fever. I had spent the day in bed Friday sleeping, hoping to have energy for when she gave birth. Well, it didn't do me much good as I was not feeling well at all by the time the puppies arrived. Luckily Pete stepped in and that Paris is such a good mother. All I had to do was record weights and remove dewclaws and then go back to bed. There are 3 boys and a girl in this litter that was born Friday night. Two of the boys are bigger and then there are these two, the small darker boy with the blaze and the female which are quite a bit smaller. The female has actually lost ground to this boy who had the smallest birth weight. Now she is the smallest, so I'll be keeping my eye on her to make sure she is getting enough.
Holy narrow depth of field! Was trying out the 50mm f 1.4 lens for the first time, and was surprised at the result. The little girl is on top.

Settled down for a nap
Cute toes

Now the two bigger boys. The fellow yawning is the largest at the moment at around 10.5 ounces. He has a half collar, with an extra splash of white behind his shoulder.

Sooooo sleepy!

The bigger boy saying "back off bud"


Half collar showing his little flourish of white which doesn't join into the collar.
The bigger male with full collar

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Miley's Pup

On November 18th Miley gave birth to three puppies, with only one surviving. It was a heartbreaking night; for Pete, my Mom and myself and for sure, Miley. The two males that followed this girl where fully formed, very large and it seemed they were just a little too long in coming out. It wasn't the kind of labour that you think there is trouble until it is too late. Sigh.
Anyway, must move on and we have a beautiful girl. She is pictured above at 12 hours old.
Pictured today at nine days old, she is 15 ounces and so squeezable!

I hope this singleton turns out as well as our last!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembrance Day Walk

It was a beautiful November 11 which is Remembrance Day in Canada and also the date 15 years ago that we lost my grandmother, Hilda Borgfrid Aston at age 97. The dogs don't know any of this of course...for them it was a day like any other. A day to celebrate being alive and being able to run free.

Madame Trix at 3 months. I've lost track of the exact age in weeks...probably 14 or so.

I didn't try to fill in the pink on her nose, I think she already took a tumble! Hoping the rest of the pigment comes. Her mother "Emma" took some time before her nose leather turned completely black.

Back lit "Mayer". The group found some water; what else is new!
Foo dividing the pack...Bridgit and Cocoa

Cocoa heading her off!

We headed towards Fox Hill and paid our respects to the former owners German Shepherds buried at the base of the hill.

Ch Lynphil's Major Distraction aka "Bunny" enjoying the view from the top...

Stormy always has a great time on our walks. She was particularly silly today, pinging against my legs quite a few times. I think it is because she spent some time on the table getting her ears and nails done before our walk. Can you believe how high set her ears are? Incredible!
Little miss muffet. Trix had her ears done also, but in Japanese tape.

Looking cute and coating up. She is going to have a huge coat. I didn't bathe her before the walk, but you can still see the length and thickness of it.

June-bug (Juno) who is in whelp to our visitor "Digit". She took it easy on the walk and spent most of the time right by my leg. I didn't bring Miley out as she is full of puppies and due in about a week.

Crazy little Bridgit makes her own fun. She is the sweetest and most loving girl, but is a bit obsessive compulsive. She will do laps before coming in for dinner, nose down. She does the same thing out on walks. Everyone is usually in a group and Bridgit is off running and sniffing the ground. She must run twice as far as the others!

(Bunny) Foo still has rabbit ears!

Mayer showing pretty good reach and drive considering he's trotting on a pile of dirt!

And lest we forget why we have the opportunity to walk freely in our beautiful country...


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


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