Friday, June 26, 2009

Our Trip To Canada!

NEW CANADIAN CHAMPION AM.CAN. CH. VANDABAN WESSEX, Eng. Imp.

Hardy had a good time in Canada, showing nicely and winning Winners Dog on Saturday, and Sunday at the Kingston and District Shows and on Sunday winning Winners Dog and Best of Winners at the Canadian National Specialty. Thank you to the judges who appreciated his quality
Mrs. H. Glendenning, Mr. J. Ireland and Mrs. Kathy Stewart.

Foxfair Essex

Also, having a good time for himself was his son, Foxfair Essex, only seven
months old. We took advantage of all the opportunities offered for puppies in Canada, and as result Essex showed his toes off! He won BOB at the Puppy match on Friday evening, and Best Non Sporting Puppy. Then Best Puppy in Sweepstakes under judge Kit Wilson at the Canadian National Specialty.

I have included here pictures of the Thousand Islands, actually there are 1,800 of them. Many of islands have summer cottages. We took some of the pictures from the Thousand Island Tower in Canada. It is 400 feet high with an elevator and you can walk around and see the Islands from 180 degree view. Amazingly beautiful and highly recommended if you have never been there it is worth the trip.

The show was very friendly and more casually run than the show in US. Not as much attention to the schedule, best way to handle that is relax and go with the flow. The weather was predicted for rain all every day. But, we lucked out and it only rained on Saturday afternoon and that was tolerable not a real downpour. We got to see a lot of our Canadian friends that we don't get to see very often, Don and Glady Gates were there, Janice Graves, Ardis Shurtleef, Dave Hudson, Brenda Brooks, Sheila Taylor and many others. They held a nice luncheon each day and very good hospitality.

There is a bridge to Canada that goes to an island and it is VERY steep. Well it seems like it when you are going up anyway. Only two lanes. Crossing in was not a problem nor was it coming back and all of our papers were in order.

Our accomodations in Canada was a very nice trailer we rented at the Rideau Campgrounds where the show was held. This worked out very well, it was large, had a nice kitches and small yard in front to set up our ex pens for the dogs.

On the way back we stopped at two vineyards, and sampled the wine. This I would highly recommend it was a fun experience and is really the only way to buy wine that you like. Many good varieties were available including champagne. Liberty Winery was very nice and dog friendly offering water and biscuits and well saying we could walk the dogs on the property which was nicely shaded in the heat of the afternoon.

All in all a great trip, lots of fun and a new Canadian Champion to boot!

























































































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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Four Weeks Old And We Eat Puppy Food and Play With Toys


I've Been Smooshed!

It seems like the best way to get pictures of puppies this age is to hold them in your arms. Well with the two girls it is easy, but with the five boys at four weeks of age - not so easy!

Fortunately, it is Ryan that gets to the holding while I take the pictures. The puppies seem pretty advanced and are already crunching up dry puppy food. They like their baby cereal too, with milk and a little maple syrup.

The Last two puppies pictured are the girls. In the picture one look quite a bit bigger than the other, but in person the difference is not as apparent.
The girls always seem together, I think they are looking for protection from that horde of boys!

It has been raining the last few days, but hopefully after the weekend it will clear up and they go outside again. Then we can take some nice pictures with outdoor lighting. Their spot is right under the maple tree with lots of shade, and of course toys!




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Sunday, June 07, 2009

Three Weeks Old And We Can Play

HI EVERYBODY!

At three weeks old the puppies are now playing with each other. They are not that steady on their feet so if they go to paw each other they often roll over!
OOPS!

They also lick each other faces and make puppy noises. You can see in the pictures they are also fuzzier and have more coat.

Their mom continues to take good care of them and is eating 2 cups of cottage cheese 1 can of puppy food plus 2 cups of dry food a day.






















































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Monday, June 01, 2009

Two Weeks Old and We Can See Some Of the World!




WE CAN SEE YOU NOW!

The puppies are now two weeks old. They are lighter colored than when they were born, have more coat, weigh almost two pounds and most amazing of all can see a little. We can divide puppies at this age into "eyes shut", "pirates" (one eye open) and "Look out world here I come!".

Valentina is great about visitors. She has lots of energy, amazing for taking care of seven puppies. She now wants to play when she takes a break then rushes back in to take care of the babies. It is almost like she has a watch. Her longest break is in the morning when she goes out with Andy and Essex. She runs around with them for about 40 minutes and then wants to come back in NOW!

The puppies are very content. At this age they sleep most of the time. When they are not sleeping they are eating. This is very serious business. They don't make much noise as they are too busy getting a place at the table.

They are starting to get up on their legs. Today someone did not like what they saw and let out a little growl. I think that was when they saw a giant sitting in their whelping box!




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