On July 25th, our much anticipated litter by Jasper out of Mackenzie were born. One blue girl, two tri girls and one blue boy. It started out so well, but soon the puppies started to fade away and within five days, we had lost them all to a viral infection, despite the tireless effort by our wonderful friend and breeder extraordinaire Lill Ydse, kennel Perfect Image, who so kindly whelped the litter for us when we were away on our honeymoon.
All involved were devestated. The puppies showed a lot of promise. We were in particular very sad to lose the blue girl, who we had great hopes for. She was going to be named Kensington Gate Honeymoon.
This is of course the downside of being a breeder, but also one of the things one will have to endure as part of the game. It is not for the faint of heart. We will repeat the breeding in the spring and hope for a happier ending to the story.
What a joyous day! We got married on July 16th and had a wonderful celebration at home on the farm. Mackenzie, Saraya and puppy Lewis had to be part of the photoshoot! Little Lewis loved the party and charmed all of the 70 guests. What a cool little man.
The puppies have left the nest. This litter has been a joy, sensible individuals, like their father. Unfortunately, the puppy we called Stella turned out to be hypercelaphus (water on the brain). I suspected this at a very early age, but we hoped she was just less fortunate in the looks department. Several vets looked at her and some agreed with my suspicions. Sadly, she suddenly lost body control and had to be put down. The autopsy report confirmed hydrocephalus.
The rest of the litter is just fine. All had flawless eye checks and have moved to seven fantastic homes. I have retained breeding rights on a tricolor female (Kensington Gate None More Black) and a sable boy (Kensington Gate One Louder), pictured. I wish the owners a wonderful time with their hopefuls.