Puppy Puzzle results

Thanks to Sue Bain we were able to take the puppies off the farm, and do the proper Pat Hasting’s Puppy Puzzle evaluation. I have done the Volhard examination for over 20 years, but I am always willing to learn new methods of evaluating the quality of my puppies, so this was very interesting to watch.

Here are all of the puppies 8 week old photos and their results on the evaluation.  Leah will be taking Skipper, I will be running on Gracie and Naomi.   Jib is available to pet or performance home, and Captain, Jessica and Jenny are available to show homes.

“Captain”

Puppy Puzzle results for “Captain”
Head 4.5 Underline 5 Back leg muscle mass 5
Neck 5 Ribcage 4 Hock stability 3
Shoulders 4.5 Hock angle/height 3.5 Topline 5
Elbows 5 Rear Assembly Proportions 4 Croup 4
Prosternum 5 Fit of the knees 5 Tail set 3.5
Front Assembly 4.5 Placement of feet 5 Pigment 5
Depth of Chest 5 Shape of the pelvis 5 Temperament 5

 

“Skipper”

Puppy Puzzle results for “Skipper”
Head 5 Underline 5 Back leg muscle mass 5
Neck 5 Ribcage 4 Hock stability 5
Shoulders 4.5 Hock angle/height 4 Topline 5
Elbows 5 Rear Assembly Proportions 4.5 Croup 3.5
Prosternum 5 Fit of the knees 5 Tail set 3.5
Front Assembly 4 Placement of feet 5 Pigment 5
Depth of Chest 5 Shape of the pelvis 5 Temperament 5

 

“Jib”

Puppy Puzzle results for “Jib”
Head 3.5 Underline 5 Back leg muscle mass 5
Neck 5 Ribcage 3.5 Hock stability 5
Shoulders 3.5 Hock angle/height 3 Topline 4
Elbows 5 Rear Assembly Proportions 3 Croup 4
Prosternum 5 Fit of the knees 5 Tail set 3.5
Front Assembly 3.5 Placement of feet 3.5 Pigment 5
Depth of Chest 3.5 Shape of the pelvis 3 Temperament 5

 

“Naomi”

Puppy Puzzle results for “Naomi”
Head 5 Underline 5 Back leg muscle mass 5
Neck 5 Ribcage 4 Hock stability 3
Shoulders 5 Hock angle/height 4 Topline 5
Elbows 5 Rear Assembly Proportions 4 Croup 4
Prosternum 5 Fit of the knees 4 Tail set 4
Front Assembly 4.5 Placement of feet 5 Pigment 5
Depth of Chest 4.5 Shape of the pelvis 5 Temperament 5

 

“Grace”

Puppy Puzzle results for “Grace”
Head 5 Underline 5 Back leg muscle mass 5
Neck 5 Ribcage 4.5 Hock stability 4.5
Shoulders 4.5 Hock angle/height 4 Topline 5
Elbows 5 Rear Assembly Proportions 4 Croup 3.5
Prosternum 5 Fit of the knees 5 Tail set 3.5
Front Assembly 5 Placement of feet 5 Pigment 5
Depth of Chest 5 Shape of the pelvis 5 Temperament 5

 

“Jessica”

Puppy Puzzle results for “Jessica”
Head 4.5 Underline 5 Back leg muscle mass 5
Neck 5 Ribcage 3.5 Hock stability 5
Shoulders 4 Hock angle/height 3.5 Topline 5
Elbows 5 Rear Assembly Proportions 4.5 Croup 3
Prosternum 4.5 Fit of the knees 5 Tail set 3
Front Assembly 4.5 Placement of feet 5 Pigment 5
Depth of Chest 5 Shape of the pelvis 5 Temperament 5

 

“Jenny”

Puppy Puzzle results for “Jenny”
Head 5 Underline 5 Back leg muscle mass 5
Neck 4 Ribcage 3.5 Hock stability 5
Shoulders 4 Hock angle/height 3 Topline 3.5
Elbows 5 Rear Assembly Proportions 3.5 Croup 3
Prosternum 3.5 Fit of the knees 5 Tail set 3
Front Assembly 4 Placement of feet 5 Pigment 5
Depth of Chest 5 Shape of the pelvis 5 Temperament 5

The seven week old hellions!

Its been a busy week for the babies – on Thursday they went to get their shots and microchips, and then last night we went to go visit our friend Sean, and have another photo session. Being the “Nautical” litter I thought it would be nice to use a quilt I had my friend make as a birthday gift for someone (which was never given) years ago with boats for a backdrop. 

First, here is Jib.   Jib is looking for a pet home.   She has a great little attitude, and is a real firecracker.   Nothing stops this girl, and she’s up for anything.   I think she’ll make a great performance prospect if someone is looking for a bright, bold puppy.   She’s the first to have her ears up and likes to be first at many things.   She has no hesitation on going anywhere in the house or about telling off the older dogs.

 Now here are the boys:

Captain is a nice sound boy with good bone, depth and a nice prosternum already at 7 weeks.   He has a nice strong rear and good length of upper arm.  The picture is a little slanted – his topline does not go downhill 🙂  He is nicely marked, complete with a white collar on the correct side.  He is looking for a show home.  Unfortunatly these pictures do not really do him justice.  I will try to get better ones this week when Leah is here.

This is the other boy Skipper.  I have been in discussions about a possible home for Skipper – but there is no  firm reservation on him yet, so he may still be available. 

Now the other four girls are all being run on.  I think I know who I am keeping, Leah needs to make her decision, but there will be two girls available, I just can’t say which two at this moment.

If I had to make a choice right at this moment, Naomi will be staying here. Thankfully, I don’t have to make a descision right this second!

Gracie is my other favourite. She is quite striking, and has beautiful curves and angles and lovely sloping croup. If Leah doesn’t take her she’ll be staying to grow on.

Jessica is another very nice girl.  She has lots of front and rear angulation and a fun devilish personality. 

And last, but definitely far from least, is Jenny.   Another beautiful girl with lots of depth and prosternum and a strong topline, rear and beautiful markings.

There will be a couple of these girls available to show homes.  Please get in touch if you are interested in adding one of these girls to your breeding program.

And it begins…

Once again the great Georgian Bay Snow Making Machine has fired up and we have had the worst weather that we have had for about 3 years.   While we have had some dumps its been a while since we have had a multi-day dumping where the police have closed all of the highways in the area. 

Monday when I left the office the winds were howling and the visibility varied from poor to nil.   When I saw this I was pretty happy!

My first thought when I saw the flashing lights was that the OPP had closed the road, and I was worried that I was going to have to turn around and try and find another way home.   But I realized that the lights were moving and that what I was seeing was the back of a Grey County snow plow.  Thankfully I was able to follow him the rest of the way home, which took away the worry of trying to determine where the road, shoulder and ditches were.   As long as I was behind him and he was level I was on the road.

Even better, the driver turned onto my road and drove past my house, so I had an escort right to my door 🙂

This morning, I was locked into my house, unable to open the doors due to the snow drifts. Its not a great feeling being locked in like that. In case of emergency, I suppose I could get into the dog yard, but there is no way to get out of the yard now with the gates snowed shut. There was so much new snow and such high winds, that even Blue Mountain Ski Resort had to close, as odd as that sounds!

Well, only 97 days until spring!