Friday, October 21, 2016

Yaya is expecting six on Thanksgiving

Great timing. I don't have to make a turkey. Yaya and Apolo
are definitely expecting and today's sonogram shows we
should expect six puppies. Likely, these pups will be black
and wavy with a minimum of white markings.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Moby's First Haircut

This is 4 month old Moby after his first haircut. His
owner will probably be able to do his subsequent
grooming after a lesson at my house on how to trim.
I get so tired of seeing the terrible hair cuts local
groomers do on my dogs. New owners soon learn
that it is both expensive and disappointing to hope
for a nice groom at their local PetSmart. I encourage
owners to learn how to groom and I'm happy to get
them started by providing the first hair cut. Doesn't
Moby look precious?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Yaya to be bred to Apolo for Thanksgiving Puppies

Six month ago Yaya (Blue Run's Joyous Yaya) was bred
to Apolo (CH Classea's to the Moon and Back) but DNA
testing revealed that all 5 puppies were sired by Yaya's
favorite paramour, CH Blue Run's Willing to Serve (Bacchus).
It can be very hard to prevent a breeding when two intact
dogs share the same home and both parties are willing.
Next week, Yaya will be bred to Apolo again and this time,
we hope Bacchus won't be part of the equation because
I really want some Apolo puppies! (Bacchus has been
banished to another state for the duration of Yaya's heat cycle.)

Puppies should be born Thanksgiving Day and be going
to their new homes at the end of January. (Why do dogs
always whelp on a holiday??) As both Yaya and
Apolo are black wavy dogs, I expect these dogs will have
very little if any white and most, if not all, will be wavy.


Having a singleton has been a new experience for me as a breeder.
This little beauty is all on her own. Sometimes, I have trouble
telling if a dog is going to be curly or wavy. There isn't much debate
about Juliet who is very curly. Like all young PWD puppies, her eyes
are blue and will turn brown by 3 months of age.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

How NOT to buy a puppy

In Canada they have a program called Market Place where I
came across this video about puppy mill purchases.
 In the USA, the new puppy mill sites are on the web. Very
few pet stores are left that sell cats or dogs in the USA. But
this video applies to how many animals (available on line
for sale) are actually raised. It's quite deplorable.
Increasingly, there are on line scams where you send the
money and no dog ever comes!
Hobby breeders raise their dogs in their homes. They don't
ship dogs to people sight unseen.  Blue Run dogs are placed
locally (Washington D.C. area) almost exclusively. A face to
face interview at my home is required and all family members
need to show up. If you find a breeder who will sell you a
puppy without interviewing you, you may be dealing with a
puppy mill or a "backyard breeder" who does no health testing
or follow up.
 I always tell impulse shoppers, "Buy in haste;
repent at leisure."  Waiting for a puppy from a good local
breeder is your best assurance of getting a healthy dog. Visit
the breeder and meet their dogs. See how their dogs are housed
and what kind of temperament the animals have. It is an expensive
and long term commitment. Do at least as much research as you
would do if you were buying a new car.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Singular Singleton

This beautiful baby is the only one that resulted from mating Jadee (Blue Run's Ignite the Night) to CH Hi Sea's Dr. Romeo
MacDuff. Because Romeo is showing in England, Jadee was inseminated with frozen semen. I don't think that I'll go that route again as one puppy ties one down just as much as a dozen would and the costs have been exorbitant. Still, she looks pretty fabulous and I have great hopes for her.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Partners in Crime

Mari and Zeke are both Blue Run dogs. Mari is teaching 7 month old
Zeke the ropes. Many owners come back to me for their second
"potato chip" when their first Porty is two or three years old. Every
family that has done this has been delighted with the decision as two
Porties are twice as much fun as one.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Jadee is pregnant

Well, that's the good news. But sadly, the sonogram shows only
two puppies. It looks like most folks hoping for a Blue Run
puppy will have to wait until next year. The two puppies expected
are going to show/breeding homes.
Addendum: A single puppy was delivered on 8/19/2016. It is a
beautiful curly female who is marked like Romeo, the sire.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

This is why we breed

"Hi Cheryl,
I hope this note finds you well.
Had to share our recent Dodger pictures. 
We got him when Chris was in 4th grade.  Last weekend 
Chris graduated from high school and is headed off to 
----- State.  As I took photos and reflected on the
years that have flown by, it occurred to me that there
is something about a boy and his dog;  really no words 
for it, but an incredible friendship and bond. 
As always, thanks again for our sweet boy!
Enjoy your summer.
Dawn and family"

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Jadee bred to #1 PWD in England

I am very pleased that Romeo's owner agreed to a breeding of
her CH Hi Sea's Dr. Romeo MacDuff to my curly black girl Jadee
(Blue Run's Ignite the Night). I met Romeo over two years ago in
Portugal where he competed in the first International PWD
Congress (and won).
Romeo sired a litter with the PWD who won Best of Breed
at Crufts. She produced a litter of 13 puppies just today. Romeo is
currently the No. 1 PWD in England. He is pictured below Jadee's
picture. It is typical to show dogs in Europe with a long coat of
hair, sometimes reaching to the ground!
Our puppies are expected August 18th. I'd be very happy to have
13 Romeo/Jadee puppies, that's for sure. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

St. Patrick's Litter Launched

The St. Pat's pups have just left for their new homes.  From
left to right they are Zeke, Pirate, Camden, Leo, and Lefty.
They could not be any cuter if they tried! It's quite a nice change
from those pink nosed piglets we started with two months ago.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Puppy Owners

Camden, from Amelia's litter, is going to a home with three
children in just a few weeks. In preparation, the children made
a slide show of all the dangers a puppy might get into including
small toys, string, poisonous plants, etc. The last slide was
this charming set of drawings.
This is why we breed.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Mays Gets a Five Point Major Win

This is Blue Run's Willing to Play Ball on the occasion
of her winning a five point major toward her
championship. Four more points and she will be finished.