February has just passed and what a February it turned out to be. Record breaking temperatures have enabled us to begin the years bathing and grooming two months early! Winter months are a complete waste of time as far as grooming kennel dogs is concerned, and I don't normally begin the long haul of 'Collie spring cleaning' until April. This year we have managed to bath and give an in-depth groom to 7 dogs before February had waved goodbye to us. Still plenty of bathing/grooming to do, but it feels good knowing the work has begun so early this year. Grooming is extremely hard work after a long wet period of winter weather, because kennel dogs still require outside running in spite of long wet grass and mud. Towel drying them all is an impossible feat when faced with the chore on umpteen dogs several times per day, so drying is best left to the use of deep clean dry wood shavings, that the dogs can roll in and self dry. Much mud drops off during this process, but the first in-depth grooming after winter is heavy work. However, once bathed and competently groomed, collies remain clean and easy to care for over long periods of time if the weather is dry.
Crufts is just around the corner and we have plans to be there to meet friends old and new, hopefully I will have found someone to run our dog for me in the ring (I don't have enough steam myself)
July 2019 and so much news to catch up on. Our gorgeous Magnum is settled into a wonderful new home, we miss him dreadfully but we love our dogs enough to let them go when a great home with more 'one to one' can be enjoyed. Magnum is a dog whose personality is such that we knew he should spend part of his life enjoying more human companionship than we would give him. We do our very best for each individual dog.
The only Championship of the year has been Southern Counties where we had an incredible day winning Best Puppy Bitch with Wicani Hot Gossip, qualifying our young male Wicani Cloak and Dagger for crufts 2020 PLUS our fabulous girl Letitia 'Wicani Enraptured' won the Bitch Challenge certificate and then went on to win BEST OF BREED.
After a break of one year we hope to have puppies born to us in early September, our gloriously coloured blue girl Kazmira has just been mated, so watch this space. All puppies will be dna free of CEA, MDR1 and DM. Sire (Wicani Simon Templer) is hip scored too. Fingers crossed that Kazmira is in whelp and safely produces a happy healthy and contented litter on the due date. Our gorgeous Champion 'Jezebel' retired after gaining her champion title and has puppies with her 'retirement' owner, the puppies are sired by our gorgeous young male Wicani Cloak and Dagger. We are bringing two of these gorgeous babies to live with us at Wicani, both sharing the fabulous health stats of their daddy. We are very tempted to bring the only blue merle female here too. The remaining two (tri boy and tri girl) are already booked with deposits paid. There is a small chance that the right person can steal the blue bitch out of our grasp, so if you are interested, please let us know or ring Barb on 01377 790916.
Good breeders take every precaution when rearing a litter, they want healthy happy puppies that are as strong and sturdy as they can possibly be. They carefully select a healthy stud dog that is not too closely related, It will not be the dog that is the 'handiest'!
A good breeder can tell puppy buyers the MDR1 status of the puppy they are buying. Knowing the mdr1 status of your collie is extremely important, your vet needs to know this, Collies that are mdr1 -/- require different treatment, some drugs given can kill such a dog, the owner NEEDS to know! if your breeder cannot tell you the mdr1 result, you will need to do that dna test yourself!
We know the mdr1 test result of every puppy that leaves our kennel. We also make sure that no puppy sold here is blind through cea or has any holes in the retina caused by cea, we make sure that no puppy sold by us will carry two copies of the gene for dm, simply meaning that none of our precious babies are dm affected. Any breeder that claims to love their collie puppies, will test for these things and breed accordingly. Good breeders worm regularly, feed quality food, can give lifelong advice and answer every question, because even if they have very little breeding experience, they should be ardent in their breed related studies.