We were blessed with the opportunity to breed our seven year old Violet this past summer. Violet had her first litter of 4 pups in the fall of 2017 via artificial insemination. She had three boys and a girl, and we were not ready to add another pup to our family at that time so these four pups all went to homes outside my family. We bred Violet again in 2018 and 2019 unsuccessfully. Violet's Mom Chloe was turning ten years old at the end of 2019 and we were very much wanting to keep her lineage going in our family so we started researching alternative studs for Violet. (you are free to peruse my blog from years past to learn of the significance of Chloe to me and my family, specifically the years of 2010, and 2014) Last year we successfully bred Violet and had three beautiful puppies born December 22nd...two boys and a girl...so we finally had a girl of our own to hopefully continue Chloe's legacy. We named her Ivy and she is currently 10 months old and has an incredible and amazing personality. She was the easiest puppy to raise because of the amazing roll models of her Mom and Nana that she lives with and her two brothers that visit regularly. We won't know if she's got what it takes to continue the line for another year or so, once she is old enough to be tested for hips, heart and eye clearances...so...
When Violet went into heat this past summer we decided to give her one more opportunity to have another litter. My dogs have extremely small litters!! Unusually small litters! Chloe had three pups in 2014 one of which was Violet, and in 2015 she had a litter of one, a very large boy...and for safety reasons we opted for a c-section due to his size. All was well but we officially retired her with him. Now Violet, first 4 pups, then 3, we thought we'd try her at this one more time. She's an amazing Mom and we thought we would give it a go, again with a different stud this time.
On October 18th Violet gave birth to 4 little boy puppies. FOUR BOYS!
This is Violet's last litter and we will have her "fixed" this spring...and we will continue the motto with Ivy of "if it's meant to be it will be" with her responsibility of keeping Chloe's lineage going for us. Chloe was an amazing Mom, Violet is an amazing Mom and we certainly hope Ivy will be one someday too.
Our boys are 4 weeks old this week, and I thought it was about time I introduce them to you all. As you can imagine they are all incredibly special and spoken for. We gave them fall (or Halloween) names just to identify them while they are with us.
Left to Right and in birth order we have Leif, Jack, Freddie, and Pumpkin
We are very much enjoying nurturing them and watching their personalities bloom! We are very blessed to have been placed on this path with Chloe and to be able to share these wonderful beautiful pups every couple of years.
And while I've got your attention with cute puppies, I partnered up with Heather Nadeau of Bear Pond Retrievers this past summer and fall and created a fund raising calendar for Mission Working Dogs. (this link is to their website) All of the photos are mine and I am beyond thrilled to have found an organization that I could share my talents with!!
The calendars are $20 and 100% of your $20 goes directly to Mission Working Dogs!!(this link is to their facebook page, message them to buy a calendar) You can find them by following the link above and purchase a 2022 calendar of your own!! They will make a great Christmas gift for yourself or a friend! Go ahead please, buy one or two today!! (still a little old school, you need to send them a message that you want to buy a calendar!)