Friday, April 29, 2011

Way to Go!

Check out how cool Lara from the Power Litter is....well and her Momma too!
Way to go Karen & Lara!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

1.5 weeks post TCI

Maggie being sucky with Daddy.
April 25th 2011 - 1.5 weeks after the first TCI
This was the "girls" a couple of days ago.
Can you say 'Momma-suck'?

Monday, April 18, 2011


Did I ever mention that I don't wait well?
*insert Jeopardy theme music here*

28 days from the first TCI should be approximately when we should know, but I'm not a huge believer in doing a ton of stuff to interfere with the process other then an x-ray at the end so we know approximately how many puppies to expect.

I will have to try and con all the techie people out there to set up the webcam on the whelping box. If everything goes well then all of you will be able to feel like you are right there!
Of course there will have to be a disclaimer about me in my PJ's...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Last TCI

At Dr. van der Ende's place she has her own progesterone testing machine on site! The only vet facility in BC that has one.
I know I already posted the pictures of the last TCI, so I figured I'd show off the office.
Due Date is June 13th 2011 if we have pups - keep your fingers, toes and paws crossed!

Happy 3rd Birthday!

Nyah chillin' on her bed.
Emma enjoying weather that is far warmer then here!

Happy Birthday to all the Power Kids!!
Lorek, Luke, Lara, Nyah, Emma & Maggie!

I'll post pictures when I get them (hint, hint)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thursday's TCI

Here are pictures from today's TCI, you can see on the screen Maggie's cervix and the catheter doing the implanting.
This is Maggie watching the TCI on the screen!
Tomorrow we go back in the evening for another TCI.
All Romeo's swimmers did great, now we must keep our fingers crossed - think puppies!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I haven't heard from the vet what the progesterone was for today (edit: 15.97 ng/ml) but the first TCI is planned for tomorrow at noon! Then another on Friday in the afternoon.

After that we wait, and wait, and wait some more....darn I hate waiting!

I'll try and get some tasteful pictures tomorrow.
I'm sure even a dog has an issue with her bits being posted across the internet!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Progesterone Table

I found a progesterone table that I thought was cool, so I figured I'd share:

I believe we follow the IDEXX side of the scale.

Monday, April 11, 2011


Maggie's progesterone was 5.4 ng/ml!!
(the .4 might be off, I was in a loud area and couldn't quite hear the number)

Here we go!
On Wednesday we will go for one more progesterone to see exact numbers, but at this point the eggs are there, now they need a couple of days to mature and then we can do the breeding via the TCI at Dr. van deer Ende's.

Here is her website:

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Progesterone testing

I thought I should review the steps that we have to follow in order to have the best chances of having puppies.

Now that we've finishing the dogs championship, passed all health tests, found a boy who has a complimentary pedigree & has also passed his health testing, and managed to get his semen safely in the country at our reproduction Veterinarian....we wait.

I know, I don't wait well either! But this is what we are left to do.

We are waiting for Maggie to ovulate. Normally we breed Danes around Day 10-14, but Maggie has no want, will or desire to co-operate.

April 1st (Day 4) 1.05 ng/ml
April 5th (Day 8) 1.42 ng/ml
April 7th (Day 10) 1.48 ng/ml

Now you may be asking "What does this mean to me and potential pups?"

Well here's the science:

Progesterone is considered 'Baseline' until it reaches 1.8 ng/ml
when we start to see the rise - 2-3 ng/ml things will move along quickly.

5-8 ng/ml = Ovulation! This is a key set of numbers that we need because puppies would be born 60 days from this point.

It takes 2 days for eggs to mature after ovulation (or become fertile) and will remain
viable for 2-3 days.
Traditionally progesterone testing will be around 15-20 ng/ml at this point but can be in the 20's!

Hope that helps!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Safe & Sound!

Red Fox to Grey Squirrel, Red Fox to Grey Squirrel. The package arrived!!
Well okay Romeo's semen arrived at the Vet Clinic safe and sound.

Maggie's progesterone is still low so we have to wait, the next test is Thursday am.

Monday, April 04, 2011


Waiting. We will be doing a lot of that for the next 2 months.
Right now we are waiting on frozen semen from Romeo, shipped via FedEx to arrive safe and sound. Keep your fingers crossed that Customs plays nicely!
Tomorrow we run a progesterone in the am.