I was going to spend some time writing an article about breeding and proper timing, but Brian beat me to the punch. He wrote a nice article describing how we go about timing our breedings and the benefit of progesterone testing:
On Friday, March 29th, we measured Tule's progesterone level and the result was 2.4 ng/ml. Friday was day 12 of her cycle. Since I expected her to ovulate around day 14 (based on previous cycles and the boys' reactions), this gave us a good idea of how she was progressing. I anticipated her reaching the 5+ number needed for ovulation by Sunday, but decided to do another blood draw on Monday just to confirm. That result was 12.2 ng/ml. This was an ideal result because if confirmed what we already thought. We bred Tule to Fowler on Monday morning and again on Tuesday morning.
So what happens next? Well, we wait ~30 days and do an ultrasound to confirm pregnancy. I will get that scheduled in the next week or so and update when I have an appointment. Until then, keep all your fingers crossed!
Training with Fowler...
Tule X Fowler litter planned for 2019
Results are in for Mila...
Montana or bust...
Tule is official...
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...
Time for an update...
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....
6 Weeks Old!...
One dog away from being a crazy dog lady..... :)
Duck Creek Drents