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Saturday, 29 April 2017

LOVE my new puppy kennel!




Mary Ann


This building is so great! So easy to clean! Lots of windows for natural light and when the pups get older a covered deck on the South side. Keeps them off the cold ground. Keeps them dry if it should rain and gives them the option of sun or shade. I'm so grateful to my kids who put in all the labour to build it. Especially Scott who did the majority of the work, provided a huge majority of recycled materials and helped me design the perfect building. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Friday, 28 April 2017

Fia is expecting puppies!

  


Now that we have figured out why my dogs where not producing puppies for the last four years, we needed to satisfy all the people on my waiting list that have been so incredibly patient!  And it is for this reason, I bred my three breeding girls back to back.  The first two litters did not overlap.  We are not so lucky with this last litter we are expecting but the are 6 weeks apart so there won't be any problems.  The older litter has moved out to the new Puppy Kennel as you saw in the last video and the new litter will be born in the house as usual.  With Mark still looking for work I have the extra hands that I need to make sure each puppy gets all the love, attention and individual attention that it needs.  If Mark finds work (anybody out there need a welder??) I have my daughter to call upon or the lady that takes care of the whole place when we go on holidays, so everything is under control.  This will be my last litter of the year so if you've been thinking about getting an Angel, now would be the time to do it!  Fia looks like she's going to have a large litter.  Unusual for a first litter but it happens.  We might need more families than the usual 6 I pre-vet for adoption.  I'm guessing 9 puppies!  Let's see how close I am!  I thought 6 for Nova and she only had 5.  Drum roll please…

Here are some pictures of Fia.  I don't have many on my website because she was not in the breeding program yet.  Now that she is, I will have to make her up her special page.  She is a sweet girl who wants to please.  She gets along with all the other dogs (except Cruz for some reason).  She weighs about 65 pounds and is built for speed and agility.  She's all muscle.  Except now.  Right now she looks like a balloon.  Don't tell her I said that!  She's all black and was born here as a daughter to Isis and Diesel.  She is a 4th generation Guardian Angel Shepherd.  

Pictures 1 & 2 were taken when she was about a year old.  Picture 3 was to show you her very full belly.  The remainder were taken today on the deck.  There was some kind of big orange ball in the sky for a short period so I thought I'd take advantage of the lighting! Lol!

So here we are expecting our last litter of the year.  Exciting but also scary.  Truthfully I hate whelping.  I'm always worried for my Mom dog and always worried that I won't know what to do if there's a problem with a puppy.  It's a terribly stressful time for me but I'm going to focus on having a bunch of beautiful healthy pups that will be fantastic family K9 partners in the near future.  It is my wish and it is my passion.

Mary Ann

It's a CAGE! LMAO!




Mary Ann


This is for those uneducated people who think a crate is a cage.

Our New Puppy Kennel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8BjyucMWA0


Mary Ann

Monday, 24 April 2017

Something New!



Mary Ann


I've made a new discovery! A chew treat that actually lasts a full grown German Shepherd for more than 5 minutes! It's called "everlasting dog treat" and it's made in the Himalayas! Out of yak milk! The dogs love it and so far there's been 15 minutes of chewing and it's only 1/3 gone. Amazing. I bought it at PetSmart for about $4 I think. I remember thinking it sounded expensive but the "pet specialist " (good grief!) said they were flying off the shelves so I thought I'd try it. And I like it!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Puppy Carsickness




Mary Ann




Mary Ann


Some of you have asked me about puppies and carsickness. Most of the time puppies will get over being carsick. If you take them on short rides to start with, go on an empty stomach and not make a big issue out of it. Just put the dog in, drive a short distance, bring the dog out, the dog will end up getting used to the motion. However, there is the odd dog (I have one of them) that that doesn't work for. Cruz is and always has been a dog who gets carsick. Six years ago I thought that if I made short trips that she would get used to it. I was wrong. What happened in her case was that she stressed so much that it really didn't have anything to do with the car anymore it just had to do with the "thought" of the car. Just thinking that she had to go inside the car was enough stress to actually cause her to physically get sick. So to make sure that this never happens again, I do preventative measures. I still only take the puppies on short trips and on empty stomachs. But I also add to the equation something called Rescue Remedy. It is a natural stress reliever made for people. It is made with flowers and herbs and natural products. I've often suggested it for people who have dogs that flip out about going to the vets. It seems to work wonders. A spray in the mouth 20-30 minutes before you leave or if you prefer you can buy bottles with droppers and you put two drops on the tongue. it just helps the dog relax and they don't end up getting sick. If they don't end up getting sick they don't end up getting stressed if they don't end up getting stressed they don't end up getting sick etc. etc. I've even been giving it to Cruz the last couple of trips and it seems to even have helped her. Good luck with your puppies and below is a picture of the box that Rescue Remedy comes in. You can buy it at most health food stores.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Feeding Raw Food

Feeding raw food is by far the best way to feed your dog.  But you have to realize two things.  It's time consuming and it is expensive.  The picture below is what goes into making  a meal that is nutritionally correct.  You don't just go buy 1-1.5 pounds of hamburger and throw it at your dog.  All these other ingredients are vital to your dog's good health.  And actually, I see I've missed something very critical.  Bone meal!  It must be just out of the picture.  Bone meal provides the calcium your dog needs to grow and stay healthy.  Extremely important component of a daily meal!  

Since this picture was taken, I've also started to include turmeric and vitamin C.  Turmeric is an incredibly valuable addition.  It's benefits are so extensive I would do it a dishonour to try and list them all.  I suggest you research it for yourself.  To be specific, its the curcumin in the turmeric that is beneficial.  I take it every day myself.  And vitamin C is something I've learned about recently in regards to dogs.  It has not been clinically proven with blind studies but there is growing evidence that it helps prevent hip and elbow dysplasia as well as creates stronger muscles and tendons that help hold the joints together.  I'm giving Maya (4 month old puppy) 500 mg and my adults 1000 mg a day.  Back in 1933, under a single clinical trial it was proven that dogs create their own vitamin C.  And there it was left.  But it seems that some dogs create enough and some don't.  Vitamin C is a safe vitamin so if your body does not require it, it passes out through urine.   I'd rather have my dogs have enough Vitamin C and piss it away, than not enough.  

Please realize that what I'm telling you is my own opinion and I'm telling you what I feed my own dogs.  If you want to follow my lead, you do so at your own risk.  As always, I suggest you research everything yourself and make your own decisions as to what you feed your dogs.

Coming soon will be what I feed when I don't feed raw.

Mary Ann




Thursday, 20 April 2017

Show Puppy!

This is an email I received from one of the Cruz/Rommel2016 puppy owners.    What fun!

Hi Mary Ann, I thought I would send you an update on how Zulu (miss purple) is doing. She's gotten settled in very well and loves to play with the bulldog and go on walks. She was 28 pounds on the day she had her second set of shots and the vet thinks that she will break 40 pounds by the time her third set comes around, we've been increasing her food little by little in order to keep up to her growing. Little Zulu has also been making lots of friends around the neighborhood with both other dogs and people that she runs in to on her walks, today we took her to a dog show that we had heard about from another lady in our neighborhood. We took her there solely to expose her to an environment with lots of people and dogs where she can socialize. A group of people from the local kennel club took a lot of interest in her, and after a while one of the ladies walks over, puts a leash on Zulu, and says "I'm taking your puppy in to the exhibition ring" where she was given the best puppy in breed ribbon for what was in her mind, running in a circle. There are a couple pictures here, one of her and our bulldog sitting together and another of her with her first ribbon beside her. We didn't even get her with the intent to show her but she ended up doing it today and really enjoyed 

Strangers are good!




Mary Ann


They bring food and cuddles!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Miss Purple 2016 Update!

Here is a wonderful and funny update I received from the owner of Miss Purple (Zulu) last week.  This is so cool!

 

 

 

Hi Mary Ann, I thought I would send you an update on how Zulu (miss purple) is doing. She's gotten settled in very well and loves to play with the bulldog and go on walks. She was 28 pounds on the day she had her second set of shots and the vet thinks that she will break 40 pounds by the time her third set comes around, we've been increasing her food little by little in order to keep up to her growing. Little Zulu has also been making lots of friends around the neighborhood with both other dogs and people that she runs in to on her walks, today we took her to a dog show that we had heard about from another lady in our neighborhood. We took her there solely to expose her to an environment with lots of people and dogs where she can socialize. A group of people from the local kennel club took a lot of interest in her, and after a while one of the ladies walks over, puts a leash on Zulu, and says "I'm taking your puppy in to the exhibition ring" where she was given the best puppy in breed ribbon for what was in her mind, running in a circle. There are a couple pictures here, one of her and our bulldog sitting together and another of her with her first ribbon beside her. We didn't even get her with the intent to show her but she ended up doing it today and really enjoyed it.

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Cute




Mary Ann


Boy meets girl.

Service Dog Puppy Program




Mary Ann


Fresh air and sunshine is required by the SDPP. One of a hundred things I'll be doing with the pups to make sure they are the best they can be! They can't walk yet but are getting lots of Vitamin D!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Instagram Account

FYI - anyone want to follow me on my Instagram acct? My name is k9trainergsd! Lot of pics and videos. Some you've seen here. Some you haven't.

Mary Ann




Mary Ann

Sunday, 2 April 2017

One Nova Puppy Left and Feeding Cruz Rommel Pups

Couple of quick things.

Congratulations to our newest approved puppy owner! That leaves only one Nova puppy left to find the perfect match for.

Cruz/Rommel puppy owners - your pups are now starting to teeth. Their mouth will be very sore and times and you need to be careful if you are playing tug with your pup. You may find his/her enthusiasm for the game has diminished temporarily. And those ears! When they are teething they are likely to droop again. Maya's ears were up over the centre of her head but now her right one has drooped. Not to worry. This is normal and any droopy ears will come back up.

I've been asked what I feed Maya - I have increased her food to a cup three times per day. She was getting too thin so I upped it. I add 500mg of ascorbic acid (vitamin c) and 1 teaspoon of Missing Link to one of her meals. I will expand on the Missing Link and Vitamin C in another post.

Bye for now.