I guess some of you might think that I have been teasing a bit, but things have been busy around here lately. Lots of work commitments to put to bed before heading out of town for a week and lots of tasks trying to get my mom's house on the market this week as well have been consuming my time. Then, just to make things interesting, Miss Scout goes into season. Of course, I can't say that she surprised me with that; she came in exactly six months after her last season.
This is my first time at breeding. I live by the immortal words of Prissy in Gone With the Wind, "Lawzy, we got to have a doctor. I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies!" So, I have been spending a good bit of time reading and asking questions. I made an appointment with my vet a couple of months ago and we had a great discussion and made plans. I went to a seminar by Myra Savant Harris and read her books. On her suggestion I ordered this and this (more on this later - it worked!).
And I've spent more money too: I've bought puppy toys and ordered a fabulous whelping box.
OK, everything covered right? Oops, there's one more thing we need - a baby daddy. I have studied Scout's pedigree and looked at a jillion pictures and pedigrees of other cardis. I've studied color charts. I've run health tests and dna tests on Scout and researched test results of potential suitors.
Under my agreement with Scout's breeder, she had the right to pick the stud dog of the first breeding. Our contract does not require me to breed her, so basically we just both had to agree on who to use. We have spent hours on the phone discussing the pros and cons of dozens of potentials.
To make a long story a little bit shorter, we looked all over the world and ended up with one who for all intents and purposes is the boy next door:
This handsome fellow is CH Grangefield Lyberty's Legacy, known as Lego and owned by Laura Prosser. Lego is OFA Good, PRA clear, and fluff-free (a plus since Scout is a carrier.) And since he is a brindle pointed tri, we have the chance to get a rainbow of colors in the whelping box. Here is his pedigree.
So - we have started on a journey which will hopefully bring us healthy puppies in late June. Please help us with the chant Jeri successfully used on Lizzie - "easy whelp, healthy puppies!"