Who's A Good Dog?

Jaiaen's English Shepherds

Month: August 2019

Breeze Update

Thanks to those of you who have shared kind words with me. Its all a sensitive process, much like when someone dies, and people just don’t know what to say. Its all part of the wheel of life and navigating that isn’t a casual job for any of us.

Our veterinarian suggested Breeze had a “false” pregnancy. To have her milk glands swell and other symptoms are some of the indicators. Another big one for us, is this silly little toy-pup that she brings out only annually – its actually a black, gray and white racoon. She first brought out from her basket just before whelping her first litter, and again she did the same on her second litter. Then, again when we talked of moving the puppies in her third litter to the outside yard, and she promptly moved this toy-pup outside. So its her communication tool to us humans.

She is just such a good mom and so tuned in. Its quite touching to see her in her dilemma.

So, the last few days she has non-stop been bringing this toy-pup out to get my attention, plus doing some small whines like she has done after each litter would leave and go home to their families, as she was searching around for what happened to her little ones.

We began doing some treatments for myself to move through the feelings, and now today, we did a treatment for her as well. She is doing much better, reduced number of those little whines and lots less toy-pup, and back to showing a little more interest in food, about which I’m super pleased.

On another ironic note, we were planning on purchasing a puppy to be able to encourage Breeze to retire in a couple years, and give her someone with which to play. We had the right parents picked out with some great lineage, and the litter was going to be born in another 2 weeks. Just got the call that their dog also just had a false pregnancy! How strange is that?! As a musician I know that timing is everything. Mercury in retrograde gets the blame most of the time. And, it also makes me ponder about how beautifully entangled we each are with each other and the world around us. What an odd set of circumstances to be synchronized…

This has prompted me to do some discovery work. I may be doing treatments for Breeze to check for the round-up residue etc. that is in our food, for example. Its like when the frogs begin disappearing from the ponds, we know they are an indicator species of what is happening on the planet. Maybe I’m jumping into a different rabbit hole, but maybe many pieces are connected.

I wonder about hormone’s being disrupted by the chemicals, and the increase in radio frequencies. In humans there is an incredible change in fertility that no one really talks about, with much being attributed to these kinds of ‘unnatural patterns in our lives . Anyway, I’m going to be exploring this topic!

Wow…what a process! Thanks for listening…we’ll be back online with more info as another breeding comes forward in a few months…in the meantime, off to the Zimbabwe music festival in Monmouth this weekend at WOU (stop by the booth if you are there), and then on to Zimbabwe maybe in November. They are having a famine there, so I’m not sure how that affects a trip, but I’ll be back in touch at another point, hopefully in 2019.

Always feel free to write and stay in touch!

Who’s a good dog? Breeze!

The news of the day is that the breeding didn’t “take”, she is not pregnant, and we are not having puppies this time around.

Wow…this is so very disappointing and we are all sad…we had a vision, and preparations, and hopes for wonderful families to whom we can extend the puppy love.

Those of you who planned on one of these pups for your new family member, are obviously very disappointed too! I’m so sorry. We just don’t tend to do the ultrasounds, x-rays, etc. unless there is a medical reason. The “symptoms” that I was reading were actually telling me something else. For instance, they say to increase their food at 1 month…and I did that…and guess what…she is now a few pounds overweight.

Well, live and learn. What an assimilation of info and an educational process!

Those of you that are wanting a puppy, I will be able to give you contact info for some current litters that are part of this particular lineage, in case that would be helpful! Maybe you can find your puppy there…and if not, we will be breeding again next cycle for pups in early March and the puppies would be with families by early May. Those that may decide to wait because of the connection we are developing, I thank you. I’m honored that this is not just a transaction to you either. Its touching! And, as a musician I totally get that timing is everything. So, its paramount that everything is lined up for everyone!

The ultimate question is what might have “gone wrong”? I mean really, wolves and dogs and the like have been populating the planet for a long time. There are a couple of things:

Of course, we are doing controlled breeding rather than natural, so that we can assure having the appropriate genetics. This means that we, as the owner, have to have our finger on the pulse of the cycle. One possibility is that we may have bred too early in the cycle. Even though a female will only stand for breeding when “its time”, they can actually engage before the eggs drop, so then if its too early, by a day or two, the semen may not stay alive. This is undoubtedly why people will let the dogs breed more than once, or have them hang out for a couple of days.

Another possibility is that the tie was interrupted by some cats in the barn, so it was shortened from previous breeding encounters. That seems like a no-brainer that I could have realized, but there were some extenuating circumstances that complicated the opportunity. So, oh well…

I’ve learned tons. Not just about dogs and breeding, but all of the emotional, mental, and spiritual reasons that I’m a breeder of English Shepherds.

The Large Love that I get to share with the world through these dogs is immense…first of course, you have the Absolute Light that traverses from Creator through the galaxies into these little beings. And then, we get to be the steward of that…what a blessing! The frosting is a tasty morsel … the incredible relationships with the people that come from having a dog, and subsequent puppies. Not only the families who embrace their new life-long friend, but also all of the other people who Breeze and I encounter along the way.

Thank you for staying tuned and being part of our lives!

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