Thursday, February 18, 2010

New blog

I have decided to change the name that I'll be using and will no longer blog here.... please check out

It'll be all the same stuff, but I couldn't figure out how to change the url to the new name, and had to start a new blog.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Good News. FiFi's heart holter came back normal!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

New title

Today FiFi earned her 3rd leg in Rally Advanced, and by that has earned her ROM title. She is now Ch. Wingate She's A Rainbow RA, ROM. She is resting before her steak dinner!

Friday, January 8, 2010

What's new?

What's new, well not a lot, just a few things.

FiFi is back to looking great, has lost the extra weight she gained during her false pregnancy in the fall, and is now weighing in at 66 lbs with her tuck up back. She is carrying a pack with a total of 6 lbs of rice on her regular daily walks, which she handles really well, just trots along. She started out with a small can of condensed soup on each side.

We finished a round of Advanced Rally classes, and she earned 2 legs towards her RA title in November. She'll be trying for the final leg and title next week-end. If she gets it she will have earned her ROM title as well. I will be so tickled by this, to have my very first Doberman be a ROM....Wow! Who knows if that will ever happen again. (ROM, Register of Merit, the Doberman has earned an AKC conformation championship, a qualifying working title (must have off lead performance), and have passed the Doberman Pinscher Club of America's "Working Aptitude Evaluation".)

We're also zeroing in on a stud for her breeding coming up soon -- well, she will either go into heat late Jan or late Feb, depending on which schedule she'll follow this time. Last two were at 7 months, which would mean late Feb.

After a seminar I took tonight ("BAT" - Behavior Adjustment Training-with Ahimsa Dog Training I picked up a CD with "scary sounds"... LOL, no just various sounds of kids, babies, sirens, thunderstorms etc. to play for the pups to get them used to these kinds of noises.
I must say that after feeling so down from the missed breeding, I'm now finally starting to feel excited again. I'm so hoping it'll work this time.

Friday, September 11, 2009

next time...

I should add that FiFi is expected to go into heat again either late January or late February depending wether she follows a 6 or 7 month schedule -- last 2 heats have been at 7 months.

So a breeding would be either mid Feb or mid March.

Bad news....

Well, there'll be no puppies this time.

We did the ultrasound, found nothing, but kept our spirits up while we waited for the blood test, as pups can "hide" sometimes. The blood test only had a little bit of the pregnancy hormone, so the vet speculates that due to this (and her behaving so pregnant a week ago), that she was pregnant, and either reabsorbed or miscarried the fertilized eggs. It could be due to the twisted uterus and messing around with that, releasing stored toxins (vet's words). The vet highly recommends that we NOT do another implant, but do a live breeding next heat. This is the only way to find out IF FiFi can get pregnant at all, otherwise we'll keep second guessing.

So now my fattie will be put on a diet, and get back to her normal exercise routine.... I threatened her that she could run home from the vet, she's so fat, LOL....

To everyone who was waiting for a puppy, I'm very sorry. I'll get in contact with you.
I'm so depressed right now.....

Monday, September 7, 2009

tic toc

Well, I'm just waiting for the ultra sound on Friday. FiFi looks pregnant, but I'm trying not to get too excited, just in case...

Today I got all her papers, show pictures and test certificates collected and organized into one ring binder so it's easy to access. I also printed out Boss' information so it's ready to photo copy IF we actually have pups. I want to send home a folder with all info and tests I have of both parents with each pup when they go home. I'm still holding off on sanding and painting the whelping box for now.... if good news I'll be doing that next week-end.