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Three Leave Today, One Tomorrow

Saturday, March 12th, 2022

It’s That Weekend.

Orange Girl will be flying to British Columbia Canada to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. She will get to play nosework and agility. I have a special place in my heart for her and I will miss her terribly, but I really like her new mum and I know she will have an amazing life. Have a wonderful life sweet little girl.

Yellow Girl will be co-owned and will live with her Uncle Orbit in Rochester. I will get to see her! She will do conformation, rally and other things!

Red Girl is moving to Massachusetts and will live with other Vallhunds, and I will get to see her too! She will do conformation, rally, Barn Hunt and other things!

Tomorrow Pink Boy leaves, he will go to live in Ohio, with Corgi “sisters” and will play agility! And I will get to see him sometimes too!

It’s always so, so bittersweet. These have been my puppies since before they were born. This litter was 10 years in the making. It’s hard work raising puppies. I hope they do well. I hope I did well enough for them. Have wonderful lives my babies.

I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Last Full Day Together

Friday, March 11th, 2022

First Two Are Oscar Mike

Monday, March 7th, 2022

Purple Girl (Alora) and Green Boy (Garion) are on their way to their new home in Arizona! First a short flight to Chicago, then two days of driving (update: they did GREAT according to Michelle, quiet on the plane, good in the car and in the hotel too).

Have wonderful lives little ones! I hope to see you again some day!

(“oscar mike” means “on the move”)


Sunday, March 6th, 2022

Today the puppies went on a road trip to Sue’s agility building. I was thrilled with how they did. Longest car ride yet, new surface, new smells. It was REALLY windy and noisy and they all dealt with it perfectly. They had a GREAT time! So thankful to Sue for allowing this!

The First Two Leave And Michelle!

Saturday, March 5th, 2022

Michelle Fromm and I became friends a decade ago at the Swedish Vallhund National Specialty in North Carolina. Our similar focus and priorities means that we’ve ended up working together on several litters now and our lines of dogs seem to mesh very well. I wanted to use Michelle’s Zar since I met him all those years ago, and Michelle and I began planning this litter back when Alice was just a puppy.

So many miracles happened, as they do. Not only did we have a successful frozen semen breeding (thanks to Renee and Dr Gray at Alliance), we had a VERY successful one, with SEVEN amazing puppies. So far I am absolutely thrilled with this litter, I am very excited to see them grow up. Michelle was always going to be taking a puppy home, and she’d had her eye on Green Boy for a long time. We’d talked back and forth a bit about her taking two, and she fell in love with Purple Girl, so both of them will be headed to Arizona! Most people should never think of raising littermates, but Michelle has the experience and the time to do it.

Green Boy is now Garion, AKA Alkemi Eclipse at Caliente LT. Purple Girl is now Alora, AKA Alkemi Emira at Caliente LT.

Sound Desensitization Pays Off

Friday, March 4th, 2022

Carpet cleaner = loud. Puppies who’ve had sound desensitization at the right age/stage (thank you Puppy Culture!) = no problem.


Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

The puppies eat almost all their meals in crates now, they climb over each other to get in! Food is a very strong motivator, and the best way to show a dog that something is positive is to make it true. They take turns in different crates with different bedding.

8 Weeks Old Tomorrow!

Sunday, February 27th, 2022

They start going home next weekend, I am really happy so far with how they are turning out!

Red Girl:

Orange Girl:

Yellow Girl:

Green Boy:

Blue Girl:

Purple Girl:

Pink Boy:

The Vet!

Thursday, February 24th, 2022

The puppies had their first official trip to the vet (where I work) yesterday (they’d been for happy visits a couple of times first). They had their checkups, first distemper-parvo shots (once again, I had a nomograph run on Alice, so we knew that the ideal vaccine times for this litter were 7 and 11 weeks for DHPP), and microchips. They did GREAT!

They’ve also been eating at least one meal a day alone or in pairs in crates, to help them start learning that crates are ok, and I will also start feeding the ones who may be flying on a plane to go home in a Sherpa bag so they are used to that too. You can’t guarantee that they’ll be perfect, but at least they’re getting some experience with it!

7 Weeks Old Tomorrow

Sunday, February 20th, 2022

Only their second time on the table and they did great! Stills from video so, you know, quality.

Red Girl:

Orange Girl:

Yellow Girl:

Green Boy:

Blue Girl:

Purple Girl:

Pink Boy: