Archive for January, 2006

Preparing for the AI Visit

Posted in A-Litter on January 28th, 2006 by Pete

I am starting to make plans to take Tink to the AI Vet in Richmond. I will drive her to Elam’s Animal Hospital on Wednesday afternoon and leave her there until the AI is complete. Dr. Nick recommended I bring her down early so he could test her progesterone levels as needed. This way he could perform the AI at the right time without me having to rush her there. I’m not crazy about leaving her, but I can see the logic in this approach. She could be spending 5-7 days away from home, so I’m packing her food and bed to take down.

Today has been the heaviest day of Estrus. During the day she spent a couple of hours playing outside, retrieving the Kong and we trained for about 45 mins on some blind marks. At night she is sleeping by 10pm. Her appetite has not diminished. She currently weighs about 56 lbs. I’m starting to feed her Innova EVO Dog, see Evo has been been given the WDJ’s top approved dog food recommendation and it now comes in can too. Her coat is looking great and she’s put on 1-2 lbs since last spring.

… Peter

Heat Cycle Confirmed

Posted in A-Litter on January 26th, 2006 by Pete

Well today we confirmed that Tinks is definitly in heat. This morning we found a blood spot on the living room floor before going to work. Just to be on the safe side, I’ll mark the calendar as Jan 25 as the beginning date. The semen from Ferro arrived on Jan 12 and I drove it to the vet in Richmond on the 14th where it is in cyrogenic storage. Just in time by the looks of things. The estimated breeding date is Feb 7th, but we will start testing the progesterone levels on day 7 to confirm ovulation.

First Signs of Heat Starting

Posted in A-Litter on January 26th, 2006 by Pete

During the last few weeks, Tink has been acting moody around the house. Today she is starting to show physical signs of the next heat cycle starting. It’s been about 33 weeks since the last and she is starting to swell-up in the rear. It should be one or two days more discharge begins.

Initial BLOG Posting

Posted in A-Litter on January 25th, 2006 by Pete

In this web log category, I will be recording the various events that take place during the breeding, whelping and puppy development regarding our first litter.

BLOG Opening Statement

Posted in Kennel News on January 25th, 2006 by Pete

I’ve embraced the 21st Century and created this web log to communicate kennel related information to the general public and specifically the Flat-Coated Retriever community.