Getting By On “Cute…..”

Take a look at this W-K9 form published in honor of tax day today. The very first line asked to assess your dog’s level of CUTE and multiply times 100. Yes, this is how your Airedale gets by on “cute.”  All the negatives are subtracted from the cuteness assets! pet-tax-return-1

…And Then There is Pink!

Think Pink!

Due to a change in family plans, one of our expected new homes could not come to visit and view any of the puppies. PINK is interested in interviewing for the position of lifetime companion. Her resume includes:PINK

*Sweet cuddly affection alternating with mischievous curiosity

*Very red color with black expressed with an easily maintained wiry coat

*Wonderful deep brown eyes

*Square little build for quick turns while playing and still fits on a lap! (the lap feature will expire in about 2-3 months)

*Check out her activities in the video posted at the bottom of our previous post titled “Excuses, Excuses.”

*As all our puppies have, Pink has her five generation pedigree with both foreign and domestic titles in conformation, service, and working events.

*Also, her portfolio with tips on puppy rearing, feeding info, health record showing her first vaccinations, 4# puppy food bag, and much more.

*In short, Pink is a kit for the best dog you will ever own! (Some assembly required)

Contact me if you would like to set up an interview. Pink will be waiting to hear from you!

Excuses, Excuses…..

*Where* have I BEEN?


OK, it’s spring break time here in NE Ohio, meaning that I (and some staff) are grooming 3-4 a day, bathing and caring for 40 dogs, 3 cats, 10 puppies, and 5 grown Airedales….if you can ever call an Airedale grown in the sense of responsible, mature conduct! Plus I’m getting Nicky and young Jack in show coat requiring weekly hand strip sessions to be ready for some April/May shows.

Add to that, the puppies require ever escalating amounts of liberally applied newspaper, attention, refereeing, vetting, feeding, cleaning….and the list goes on. One of my goals is to provide them with a totally new toy or experience each day for the last 10 days. The most recent examples include:

Braided rope toy 4 inches thick and 10 inches long

bowl of ice cubes

fresh wool mat


8″ dog rubber dog tire toy with rope

fresh card board box with wooden reinforcement (necessary or they would flatten it!)

and a broom…


Breakthrough discovery in relaxation technique….

Yes, if you have been stressed or find it difficult to relax, the new breakthrough discovery in relaxation technique is to watch puppies sleep:


They are sprawled on a soft cushy fleecy pad sold by Purple Pebble:

Nutritionally, the ten are eating 95% independently from Fancy on their OHIO formulated and made dog food. Here you can see why:

Don’t worry–every puppy will go home with a small bag free (larger bags available for sale) and an alternate choice of foods if you live too far away to have access to Best Breed foods.

I promise the next photo posted will be an action shot!

Graduation! Out of the box and into….

The great beyond, well, the floor anyway, with lots more space!  Exploration is the new hobby…in addition to playing, sleeping, and eating!



A Very Good Day!

Puppies are all up and walking about…reasonably steady for the age!  Then with the start of play time comes the feeling of hungry.


On Tuesday, I tried to show them some food but no, not good enough and not the same as mother makes. So we play some more…




and more…






and then some more…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand a little more….







Finally on Thursday, we tried a dish of food again. What do you know…It was a very popular hit with everyone! MMMM….mmmm, GOOD!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA



Describing the Hobbit Habits of Fancy….

Fancy is putting up with a lot of inconvenience!  Some people might wonder why I already talk about getting the puppies onto some form of food other that poor Fancy nursing her (now) huge and rapidly growing puppies.


I offer this evidence of her patience and her Hobbit Habits:

The heat lamp went off on the 16th day of age as they are now big enough to be warm on their own. Fancy the Hobbit is eating for 10 now, as well as her own nutritional needs. That means she is drinking about 2 gallons of water per day and eating 12 cups of highly nutritious very expensive dog food in four meals per day.

Fancy has adopted a Hobbit’s schedule where she goes outside, then comes in to find that I have set out her 8′ish breakfast, her elevenses, her four o’clock tea, or then her supper. There’s even the bedtime snack at 10 pm. After a meal and a good drink of water, Fancy attempts to lay down with the puppies but you can see her problem. They all pile up so fast, there’s no clear spot for her. After a little time, they are willing to move a bit and she then can cuddle with them.

Due to her Hobbit’s Habit of many meals, she is maintaining good weight and a glossy coat despite the nutritional strain. Today I set out a soaked meal of puppy food and weaning gravy but they weren’t too interested in it. That means that Fancy is keeping them full. Consider, 10 puppies x 2 pounds = 20 pounds of puppies to nurse and that number gets heavier every day–soon, they will be too big for her to support. Fancy only weighs about 45 pounds!  I will keep putting down the food until they finally give it a try.




Two Weeks Old….Eyes Are Open!

The weather for three days has been thawing the ice and snow. I’ve been working hard to clear the run-off and the iceberg that formed at the front door. I’ve dug, shoveled, and even power washed to take advantage of this narrow window of opportunity as tonight, we are plunged 20 degrees down past freezing again!

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Yet, the puppies appear exhausted by MY hard labor…

Here’s a sweet little guy showing how he can now look back at you!

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But it is so-o-o-o-o-o hard to keep your eyes open when you’ve had a hard day of nursing from Mom and growing all those joints and muscles and organs and then more skin to cover it all and bigger feet to carry it all, and then start all over again!

I can tell you, it’s pretty exhausting!

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I feel sleepy just telling you about it all….<yawn>……I think I’ll take another nap now.

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Remember when we all could fit in a cardboard box and have room left over around the edges? Well, we tried that again but it took two boxes and there wasn’t a whole lot of room left over. Yes, this is the same size box as last week!

For some reason though,we wanted to be 6 in one box and 4 in the other no matter how many times we were rebalanced to be 5 and 5…..Already showing terrier stubbornness?

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One of us has heard about “thinking outside the box” but it doesn’t seem all that nice out there… what’s the big deal? Inside, outside, it’s all nap time.

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We’ve also been told that there will be playtime added to our days….We’ll have to get back to you on that. So far, the new job of looking and hearing is enough to learn for a little bit because we are all still growing and growing and ….

…<YAWN> Have to work on better coordination and walking and….well, later, it’s time for a nice nap now….Seneca Airedales 02202014.4

Now for the quiet work….

Eat, sleep, and grow! These next days will be quiet ones as the puppies and Fancy have settled into a quiet routine of eating, sleeping and growing. As far as plot development goes, it’s boring stuff.

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Today, Fancy had her first bath since the whelping. While she was drying, the puppies passed the tails and dewclaws phase with exceptional care and ease. As all puppies, they are still blind and deaf with eyes and ears sealed shut. As they sleep, they constantly twitch and move while their nervous system develops along with bigger bodies. They have been gaining about 2 ounces every 24 hours; that’s a 15-20% weight gain daily! In just 5 days they will have doubled in size.

To while away our quiet days, I will endeavor to put together a photographic pedigree over the next few days if I can get this platform to do it. Also, just to keep you up to date, here is a pic of the 10 just about filling the box to the edges….almost!

Off to an excellent start!

The first two days have been a blur for me. Every time I hear them it results in my running back to check. I should wear a pedometer! Fortunately, it’s a small house. Here’s the whole family, taken within 24 hours of the last birth:


On Thursday night, I checked on them too many times to count. At 3 am, I had Fancy go outside for a quick potty break as it had been over 7 hours since her last. Sometimes she just sits outside the door waiting for me to let her go back to her puppies. It’s just like the three year old child who says he doesn’t have to go. Sure enough, I let her back in and I lie down, but fifteen minutes later she’s nudging her gate and wanting to go back out. I let her out with a sleepy wisecrack, “Forgot something, did we?” While she was out, I changed a few soiled newspapers and took the second photo below….entitled: Sleeping Puppy Landscape, 3:15 am




I would have loved to see MC Escher do a drawing of intertwined puppies!

I noted on Friday morning most of the puppies had lost up to an ounce from their birth weight. Some of this is the normal drying and elimination of fluids from birth. But part of this is that Fancy is producing colostrum, a thick sticky yellow milk that provides whole antibody cells to the puppies for immunization.

These cells are huge on the cellular landscape and far larger that what can pass through the walls of the digestion tract. It would be like attempting to pull a semi-truck into your garage! Yet this is vitally important to the puppies’ survival as their immune system is not yet functional and cannot protect them from the bacteria that exist on every surface, even on their mother’s coat. And, NO, I cannot run Fancy through a sterilizer.

So, if the antibody cells are too large to pass how does it help the puppies? Big finish….just for 36 hours after birth, the walls of the puppies’ intestines are able to pass these large semi-truck deliveries whole, thereby passing the immunity directly into the bloodstream and protecting them until 8-10 weeks old. Old enough for their own immune systems to take over and manufacture active immunity from their vaccinations and exposure to the environment. After 36 hours, that ability disappears and they are eating just for nourishment, not for immunity.

The colostrum is so thick the puppies work and work to nurse and get only small amounts for their efforts, resulting in weight loss the first 24 hours. You can see why I micro-manage to be sure all are doing the best that they can. This is a critical period when a newborn may not get enough to maintain the energy to nurse. As the newborn become hypoglycemic, in effect, starving to death, they descend into sleep, conserving their remaining energy but losing out on more opportunities to nurse.


It’s a vicious cycle that can spiral down into death. A hypoglycemic sleeping puppy looks much like a contented sleeping puppy, therefore, routinely I stir them up and put them back to nursing. Remember, as newborns they have little fat reserves to draw upon for energy.

Happy news! By Friday afternoon, Fancy’s “milk had come in” meaning that she switched over from colostrum to the more freely flowing whiter milk. I immediately noticed the puppies settling down and growing fatter, fuller stomachs while nursing more easily. 

Isn’t nature amazing!?!

On Friday night, I only needed to check on everyone two or three times and just a cursory glance to see all was well. I finally caught up on my sleep.

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