Garland and I are looking to re-boot the Maddie X Booker effort for this fall. Which is very exciting as the combination should produce some really nice Drents. Like usual, I have more than one iron in the fire, and looking for a nice combination for my other boy, Paxson, and for Powder next year, if all of her health checks go to plan. Of course I'll post updates as these ideas either bear fruit, or come to pass. Otherwise I hope the start of your summer has been brilliant. I'm stuck writing papers whilst gazing out the window upon a lawn in desperate need of taming...ugh. Until next time.
Hey gang, not much to say, other than the AI appears to not have been successful despite the swimmers arriving safe and sound, with good motility, and there was well more than enough to get the job done. Maddie had an ultrasound this morning, which the reproductive specialist gave us a "negative" finding, definitely a bummer. Garland has indicated he desires to try the combination again, so the question is, do we try again this fall, or wait until the spring of 2016? If you happen have any thoughts on the matter, be sure to touch base with me.
Until then we'll keep on keepin' on
Last week Maddie made her health clearances, and our litter plans approved by the DPCNA. Which as you might expect, is pretty exciting news for us! We expect Maddie to start her heat cycle in early April, and the mating to take place Mid-April. We'll keep you posted on the progress, until then enjoy the view we had to wake up to this past trip we made to Arizona.
Sadly I have been working too much, and playing too little, but managed to find a few minutes to finally provide some information about Maddie on the breeding notification page. Also Maddie has had her eyes pass the CERF exam, and has had her x-rays done, all we are doing now is waiting on the official results. Provided everything comes back the way we expect, this will become a fast moving train!
Did you like the result of Booker's first litter? If so you are really going to love this combination!
We have some really cool things working for our 2016 Breeding Plans. We couldn't be more excited - that's why we are posting this, but still its is far too early to say more other than we will be making our Prospective Owner questionnaire available soon. Something to consider - folks are already beginning to line up :-)
Also it seems breeding plans for Booker are beginning to materialize for the spring of 2015. His potential mate is still yet only 20 months old, but is showing great promise in the field, and her conformation has really begun to take shape - and it's one we are really liking. Maddie still needs to pass her health checks, which require her to be 24 months old to begin. Once we have those documents in hand we will have a fast moving situation. To be 100% honest we were excited about his 2014 litter, so much so we ended up keeping one of his pups. What we have brewing for 2015 frankly is even more exciting. Maddie is the offspring from the 2013 Fowler X Brooke Rainshadow litter. Fowler is proving himself capable in the field, and is litter-mate to our Jorja, who is a fantastic Drent at home and in the field. Brooke, Maddie's mother, has a NAVHDA qualification and she proved to be top dog at the 2013 DPCNA Natural Ability test. Booker of course is still the only European bench Champion in North America, and produces consistent results in the field on multiple species of birds. Both of his parents are dual show and field champions. I really do need to get his hunt qualifications quantified through the AKC or NAVHDA, maybe next summer? At any rate, provided the health clearances go through, this pairing will have a low COI and produce gorgeous intelligent and athletic Drents with great personalities that can hunt!
I'm just a guy suffering with an infatuation with gundogs since childhood. Forty some odd years later this is what you get.