This past month we completed Tule's health testing and it's good news to share! She has OFA Excellent Hips and Normal Elbows. We are looking forward to enjoying this upcoming hunting season with her and in 2019 will plan a litter with her. The sire is likely to be our Fowler. Please check here for any updates and in the meantime look forward to (hopefully) lots of bird photos in the coming months...
Well a lot has gone on here since March! The babies all went to their new homes and Duck Creek Drents has a new home as well! We have re-located to Spokane, Washington. It's definitely a change for the better - better weather, better bird hunting and better opportunities in general. The dogs are loving the cooler weather and dog-friendly outdoor areas.
Where the pups ended up...
Where we ended up...
Spokane has been good to us so far. The dogs are loving everything about it. There is no shortage of things to do here. They love the new house, mostly because of the huge yard and amazing walkability of the neighborhood. And the dog-friendly outdoors...well, the photos speak for themselves....
This week the puppies turned 5 weeks old! They are now more than half way done with their time here. Bittersweet. They are growing up to be such beautiful and friendly pups. This upcoming week is a week of big changes....weaning is happening, the puppy pen is getting upgraded, and outside time will increase, along with a few other minor things.
So far I'm really happy with what I'm seeing with this litter. The pups are very typey, with lovely heads and square fronts. I'm excited to see them develop over the next couple of weeks!
The puppies are now 4 weeks old and are turning into little dogs! They are playing, have teeth, and have started eating meals that don't include momma! Ember is very pleased by this latest development - as 6 hungry, nearly 5 lb. pups with teeth, are not super appealing to her!
Everyone is doing great and they are enjoying their new space in the house - a newly setup 4'x8' enclosure in the dining room.....more room to play and great view of all the household activities.
Enjoy some updated photos!
Better late than never for a breeding update. I traveled across the country early November with all 3 Drents to introduce Ember to her betrothed. We arrived on day 10 of her cycle, anticipating breeding to occur around day 14. We had scheduled vet appointments to draw blood for progesterone tests so that we could determine the exact day of ovulation and subsequently would know the ideal breeding dates. Unfortunately, mother nature did not cooperate, and Paxson was not able to breed her naturally. Given his age, this isn't entirely surprising, though it was disappointing. We were however able to do collect him and do 2 AI procedures. His sperm count and quality looked great, and we know the timing was good. Currently trying to work out a time for an ultrasound....though all indicators say that Ember is pregnant. So fingers crossed she isn't playing games with us. Confirmation update to hopefully come next week!
Duck Creek Drents