Sunday, December 28, 2008

The start of Litter #2

So the big question of the day is who am I going to be breeding Envy to - the boy that I actually have tried to breed her to before, 

DUKE! (Am Can Ch MiHi's A Starz Born)

Pictures here at one month shy of 8 years old and his fantastic Mom Tonka, who is 11 years...can you tell I'm going for longevity here??
I haven't show stacked this dog in about 5 years and he did it wonderfully for me as though we came off the show circuit yesterday!  All his health testing can bee seen at and typing in his registered name.
I took Envy in to start the progesterone testing - here we go again!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas says Envy

It seems that Envy was trying to make this Christmas memorable by coming into heat!  So the progesterone tests start on boxing day and go from there.
I'll keep you posted as the numbers come in!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Tradex Day One/two

The kids had there first dog show and did amazing! Thursday Lorek was a trooper and wanted to show his sister up by taking the Best Of Winners, for his first point! I'm not sure if they did so well because of all my stacking on blocks or because they had their own entourage of 7 people! (Thanks to Sandy, Kat, Katie, Bill, Lynn, and Ellie.)

Friday was a good day but our entourage was down to Kim and Lynn! We didn't do anything in the ring today but the other puppies were much older. Not that it matters to either Lorek or Lara, but strutted their stuff and got lots of lovely comments from the judge about how much fun we will have in the ring with these two and that he love the continuity of the two!

Tomorrow we are on super early in the am, so I may come home and sneak a nap!

I'll post pictures when I get to go through them.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Tonka!!

Can Int'l Ch Lincoln's Tonka Toy, CGC, TT, TDI
(aka Tonka, Fat-ass & Tonka-nator)
turned 11 years old today!!

She had a blueberry muffin (her favorite when it has extra blueberries in it) that I baked this morning for her.

Tonka will happily accept belated birthday gifts, especially if they are treats, or toys.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

5.5 months old

Lorek (MiHi's I've Got The Power)
Getting ready for Tradex!
He was sure that I should be feeding him more cheese!

Lara (MiHi's Powerful Phenomenon)

If her face looks a tad strange it's because it was all I could do to hold her back as the cat was taunting her on the fence!

I would post everyone else's stacked photos if they sent me any! HINT HINT!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Poor Tonka

So poor old Tonka might have Vestibular (I call it Turning Yak disease).  As of this morning she has a serious lean to the right and can barely walk.  Vestibular has several different ways it can manifest itself,the most common is through infection or swelling (trauma) to the spine (the vestibula is under the jaw, but part of the spine).  The vet seems to think that when Tonka was attacked it compressed the nerves in her neck which is causing the signals between her brain and body to short-circuit.  We have sent blood work to the lab, which should tell us tomorrow for sure what type of vestibular it is.  Hopefully as soon as we know she can go on either antibiotics or steroids to help everything out.
Mean while if you see pictures of her standing at very odd angles, give an old lady a break!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Heavy Heart

It is with a very heavy heart that I let you know that one of Tonka's daughters, Skylar, was helped over the Rainbow Bridge by her family, due to cancer. Skylar would have been nine years old in January and is the first of my litters to pass away.

My deepest sympathy to Skylar's family.

"Your pet may be gone from your life, but never from your heart."
~ B Pulsifer

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Michele's World

I was having a 'moment' and thought I would open a window into Michele's world.

Don't visit it if any of the following applies to you:

1. You don't like dogs.
2. You don't like me.
3. Your really weird and you really dislike both me and my dogs together.
4. Odd things and people scare you.
5. You feel that political correctness is not strong enough and more censorship should happen.
6. I've told you I dislike you.
7. You think that I should be committed by men in white coats (this blog might give you the loop hole you were looking for).
8. You think shaving a dog pig-bald looks good.
9. I've dated and dumped you.
10. You don't have a sense of humour.
11. Don't want to hear about boobs. (If you have to ask, your not ready to know)
12. You're on a heart or blood pressure medication.
13. Don't like people pushing your buttons.
14. You don't want to open your mind to Michele's world.
15. If you can't accept that I see things very differently then most people, and hope that one day people can just accept me for what I am - Me.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New Stacked Pics

Lara - MiHi's Powerful Phenomenon
(ignore the ears, the goat kept bleating at us through all the shots behind her)

Lorek - MiHi's I've Got The Power
I know I'm a bit biased, but it is really hard to take a bad photo of these
kids, I'm so pleased with them!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Puppy Update!!

I introduce to you the kids in their new homes (in no particular order), keep those pictures coming guys and I will happily post them all!!

Luke (MiHi's Powerful Acts)
Parents: Jack and Erin

Charlie the Cocker Spaniel & Maggie (MiHi's I Cause Power Outages)
Loved By: Steve and Monica

Nyah (MiHi's Power Of Love)
...classic Dane pose!!

I must have been a good girl - look I even got a picture of Nyah stacked!!!!!
Thanks to parents Dan and Kim!

Emma (MiHi's Power Surge) and Feline friend
Cherished by Ryan and Kari.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Staked Pictures

Here is Lorek (aka: MiHi's I've Got The Power)

...and here is his sister Lara (aka: MiHi's Powerful Phenomenon).

Monday, August 04, 2008

13 weeks Lorek

Lorek had a chance to air his ears. Boy is this a nice crop,  thanks to Dr. Zwamborn!!
We had both Lara and Lorek at the Nikl's house playing with the agility course and socializing with the Shepherds and Min Pin.
I had my camera but didn't think of taking more pictures then these.
Darcy has nearly perfected the stacking rig (we have a loose magnet so the epoxy has to set), so hopefully very shortly (by the end of today) we will have stacked pictures of the kids!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Dane Cards


Here is a little experiment that I was trying so please let me know what you think! I hand made a stamp of a Dane head and then have used pencil paint to quickly hand paint each note card in the accepted 6 colours of Danes.
(the first row, left is the Blue and the bottom right in the black if the picture makes it hard to tell)
I have made cards that open upwards and sideways, I was hoping to see if they were worth making up for our specialty's auction or maybe gift bags?

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Ear taping part 2

The warning from Part 1 still applies!!!  If you don't remember it, then go back and read it, then go away!

Here is what our finished ear corset should look like:
Before you grab puppy, set up your station so that you aren't fussing with this stuff while puppy gets impatient on the table.  Tear 2 long strips to go around the base of the ear and 2 shorter strips for the upper portion of the ear.  Have some stuff to clean the ears out and extra tape if you have an oops.
Put the corset as deep as you can see into the ear, because it is sticky it is not easy, but make sure ou set it in there, or the bottoms will pop out and need to be redone.  Take our long piece of tape and place it low on the ear, right at the skull.  ALWAYS tape towards the nose, so that the extra 'flap' gets folded back.  The trick to not cutting off circulation to the ear is to lay the tape around the ear, not pulling....think of putting on a bandaid too tight - it hurts and our finger falls off - it's the same with puppy's ear.  When I was a vet tech (many years ago), I saw clients tr to save $15.00 and tape themselves and the dog lose it's entire ear - 
If the ear is pocketing (crossing over the head), then before putting the base tape on pull the ear out from puppy's head so it looks more like an airplane wing, then put your base tape on - sorry I don't have pictures of pocketing ears here, but you can see the method of airplaning the ear used below.
Next take your short tape and lay the tape around the upper part of the ear, making sure to go in the correct direction, which is the same as the bottom tape. I always use a piece of microporage tape to tape over the sticky part of the tape that is still exposed so that it doesn't get dirty and grimy.  It also helps set the tips so they don't curl back.
Lastly you can decide whether puppy needs a bridge or not at the base.  Most new or long crops will need a bridge for some time.  Start with a super long piece of tape, lay it around the base of one ear and making sure it's not bringing the two ears to close together, lay it around the second ear and loop it back to cover the stick side of the tape. Voila! You are done!  
If it doesn't look like the picture above go to your local vet office.

Ear Taping

I want to preface this post with a warning:  Ear taping is not for everyone, and when I say that I mean that most people are idiots and shouldn't own a dog let alone tape their ears after cropping, as you can take an ear off by incorrectly taping!!!  If you are offended by that statement, good! - you are probably the idiot I'm referring to! 
If you are one of the uncommon people who has "common" sense, then I hope this helps with ear taping!

Here is Lorek with his ears just out of tapes after 3-4 days - Not Bad!
Here is the corset material that you need, I get it at our local fabric store.
Cut the corset material to the length of the ear from in the canal to the tip and a bit beyond. For the safety of the puppy's ear canal and to get a bit more life out of the corset, cover it in medical tape.  One solid piece that you wrap length wise and seal on itself.  They should look like the picture below, but nicer as these ones have already been used once.
Now take another long length of tape and wrap length wise the corset again, this time with the sticky side out.  It will be hard to do, but when you do it this way you don't need to go get glue!
Put a cotton ball or gauze at the end of one side on each corset.  This part will go into the ear canal and protect the inner ear.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

7 weeks Stacked Pictures

Lorek (MiHi's I've Got The Power)
Lara (MiHi's Powerful Phenomenon)
Yellow Girl (they won't give me a name yet)
Maybe Molly?
Dark Blue Girl - Available to Companion Home

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

6 Week Stacked Photos

MiHi's Powerful Phenomenon (Lara)
Dark Pink Girl
Yellow Girl
Dark Blue Girl
MiHi's I've Got The Power (Lorek)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Head shots 5.5 weeks

Dark Blue Girl
Dark Pink Girl
Light Pink Girl - Staying here!
Yellow Girl
Purple Boy - Lorek -Staying here!
Dark Green Boy - Luke