5 September 2012 - Canadian Champion Seransil Decadent Delight (Truffle now aged 11.5 months) wins puppy in group. Truffle is coming to Australia in November and will be with us at Blythswood Estate in December. Huge thank you Evelyn Sera for her commitment to assist us with genetic diversity and for spending the enormous amount of time attaining her Canadian championship.
14 August 2012 - Bayou delivered nine black born (black/blue/silver?) puppies however we were aware from precautionary x-ray that there were at least 10 puppies expected. Off to the vet and one c-section later, a white boy child. All are doing well and mum seems unfazed by the difference in colour or method of delivery. We have 5 black born girls and 4 black born boys as well as the white boy, so an even break down of gender.
20 June 2012 - After much anxiety, a litter of 8 puppies was delivered by caesarian section. All puppies survived despite one larger puppy blocking the way of the other puppies. I am very grateful of the rapport that I have developed with my local Veterinary Hospital (Alma Street Vet Hospital, Rockhampton Qld) and the participation that they allowed me, in order that Gypsy was not distressed more than necesary. We have 3 girls and 5 boys, and are still on the lookout for perfect homes for 3 boy puppies.
7 June 2012 - We have two little additions to the family at Trevasco. One is a Toy Boy (Toy Poodle) called Louie who is aged 1 today and he is silver. Thanks to Liz Wooller for allowing me to have Louie.
We also have a little cream / apricot mini poodle called Peaches (thanks to my grand-daughter for the name) who has come to us from Yvonne O'Connor of Tannah.
It is my intention for Louie and Peaches to be shown, so expect some bragging.
18 March 2012 - Back from SEQ after taking puppies for assessment for conformation and to deliver some puppies. We have kept a blue boy for our future lines.
13 January 2012 - Bayou delivers 9 healthy puppies, 2 born black girls, 3 born black boys, 2 cream girls, 2 cream boys. (Born black puppies may change to silver or blue.) She seems to be taking motherhood in her stride and is fiercely protective of the babes when one of the other dogs comes near, but is happy for my visiting grandchildren to sit and watch the puppies. Bayou is very affectionate towards children.
6 November 2011 - Plans for Bayou to be bred with, have gone awry due to the illness of one of the young dogs here. The provisional diagnosis is polyarthritis and there is a slight improvement, however the pup needs to be watched closely. This is why I have decided not to travel to Sydney to use the nice silver dog, but to put Bayou to another excellent cream dog whereby I am not driving for 2 days each way.
Puppies are due early to mid January and I will have ultrasound testing done to determine if Bayou is in whelp and later will have an x-ray to count the number of puppies expected.
Parents have been tested for all known diseases that can be identified by DNA. They are also tested for hips (Bayou is scored at 8 better than the breed average of 12.2). Bayou has been tested clear for SA (see earlier news).
6 September 2011 - Bayou's test results have come back - clear for von Willebrands Disease (I was advised only last week that her mother - Kirada Always On My Mind - is a carrier), clear for Neonatal encephalitis, and a carrier of Degenerative Mylopathy, which means that any stud dog to be used must be clear of the disease. (This also means that at least one of her parents is a carrier or affected by DM.)
Bayou is homozygous for Renal Dysplasia, but is not affected by the disease. This result can only mean that both parents are either carriers or homozygous (both alleles affected - but not showing symptoms). This disease is a silent killer of young dogs. The best we can hope for from any puppies with this disease is that to a clear dog, they will be carriers, however I have been advised that only 3% of dogs actually are physically affected by the disease, and a kidney function test of puppies that are carriers or homozygous will show if the puppies are affected.
Bayou is clear for sebacious adenitis and her hip score is yet to come back. Mother has a hip score of 4 and father (Sisco's an American Trilogy) has a hip score of 8 so I would expect to see something in the middle.
NOW IT MAY APPEAR THAT I AM BANGING A DRUM ABOUT HEALTH ISSUES, BUT HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU FOUND OUT THAT YOUR NEW PUPPY WAS TERMINALLY ILL WITH KIDNEY PROBLEMS, OR IF YOUR PUPPY BLED TO DEATH DUE TO VON WILLEBRANDS DISEASE, OR WAS DESTINED TO BE CRIPPLED AND DIE IN MIDDLE YEARS INSTEAD OF LIVING TO A RIPE OLD AGE.
NOT HAPPY TO FIND THAT OUT? THEN INSIST THAT YOUR BREEDER SHOWS YOU THE RESULTS OF TESTS FOR ALL OF THESE DISEASES. (INCLUDING NEONATAL ENCEPHALITIS WHICH AFFECTS PUPPIES WHO DO NOT SURVIVE THE FEW WEEKS AFTER BIRTH, SUFFERING SEIZURES AND DIFFICULTY WITH ALL MOVEMENTS.)
22 August 2011 - DNA samples from the stud dog that I am planning to use on Bayou (Ch Kirada Blue Bayou), and her DNA samples have been sent for testing. I hope that both DNA samples come back clear for vWD, DM & NE, although I worry as Bayou's parents appear not to have been tested for the full array of diseases.
I am disappointed with all breeders who are not testing, or who say there is no (insert disease of choice) in their lines, when they have not tested for disease. These breeders may discount the validity of testing for diseases that can be identified by DNA swab, focussing on the possibility of illnesses for which DNA testing is not available, but for which responsible breeders are making decisions for the betterment of the breed.
15 July 2011. Planning is in place for Bayou to have a litter later this year with puppies expected to be available in 6 months time. Unless my adviser on colour is wrong, we expect there to be silvers, blues and possibly creams in the litter. If you wish to express interest in these planned puppies, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
6 June 2011 - All puppies have arrived safely, 7 in total. There are 4 girls and 3 boys. One of the girls is cream/apricot, one of the boys is apricot/red. We are now looking to find homes for some of these who are as yet not spoken for.
5 June 2011 - 4.50pm the first two of our puppies are born (breach) within minutes of each other, both girls, one black & one apricot/cream, a long evening ahead.
6 May 2011 - Ultrasound confirms that Gypsy is indeed in whelp. Numbers, genders and colours are of course, still a mystery.
2 May 2011 - Brynner and Bayou both attained their championship titles today, despite a very hard time with injuries which are affecting me in so many ways.
3 April 2011 - Gypsy & Brynner have had a love tryst - we may have puppies in early June.
31 March 2011 - I was hit by a car whilst on a pedestrian crossing, impacting greatly on my ability to groom my dogs. Time will tell how long it will take for my bruises to subside and the injuries to my knee and shoulder to heal.
19 June 2010 - Brynner - Shertonah So Let It Be Written Puppy in Group - Mackay Championship Show
9 June 2010 - Brynner - Shertonah So Let It Be Written Puppy in Group - Rockhampton Agricultural Show
22 May 2010 - Brynner - Shertonah So Let It Be Written Puppy in Group
- Sarina Championship Show & Puppy in Group - Sarina Open Show
3 May 2010
Brynner takes Puppy of Show at the Rockhampton Kennel Club Show on 2 May 2010.
Achievements to date:
2 x Baby Puppy of Group
7 x Minor Puppy of Group + 1 x Minor Puppy of Show
4 x Puppy of Group + 1 x Puppy of Show
He is still just 9.5 months old.