This business, for lack of a better term, can be as heartbreaking as it can be rewarding. I recently told friends “breeding will make you crazy and poor”. Both are true, and then some. Such as sad, helpless, frustrated, mystified, and bewildered, to name a few more.
Last month we learned our beautiful princess Zia vom Lindelbrunn did not meet OFA standards for her hips. We are working at placing her in a loving forever home. That’s a bitter pill to swallow when you consider the cost of importing her from Germany, two years of feeding, vetting, training, and of course LOVING, only to discover she’s not breed worthy. This of course would be the heartbreaking part.
Even on the Sweet part of this business, there are many folks sad and disappointed this week as the puppies they’d wished for did not materialize. We are blessed with two beautiful girls, both of which we’ve decided to keep for the time being. Hopefully they’ll both be outstanding girls and will eventually replace their momma when it’s her time to retire.
Tiny little rant here; to the folks who say “wow, $2000 for a puppy, you must be rolling in it…” I’m here to tell you, it’s never about the money, because quite frankly the losses far exceed the income. For us, this crazy “business” is about Passion. We simply love what we do, why we do it, and who we do it for. Tam Out.
Confirmed by ultrasound, our N-litter is due September 8, 2020!
We are excited to announce our repeat litter with our German import Rogue vom Klingsgarten IGP1, IFH-V and our own Glock von der Leidenschaft IPO3. Previous litters from this pair are well on their way to proving superior working drives with both sport and civil achievements.
With the amount of interest in this litter, it’s pretty much PRE-SOLD, that said, many people are still dealing with the challenges of Covid-19 and some may opt to wait for a future litter. We are always accepting applications via our Potential Puppy Owner Questionnaire so feel free to let us know of your interest in this or future litters.
Very excited to share some DOUBLE GOOD NEWS! Scroll down! 🙂
Our German import Zeus vom Goldbergsee BH turned two on June 19. We had his hips and elbows xrayed on that day. We have results in from the OFA, Hips EXCELLENT and Elbows NORMAL! Now our little man can go on supervised “dates”! 😉
In other exciting news, Khaos von der Leidenschaft, the smallest born puppy in the history of our kennel, also had recent hip and elbow evaluations. We just received word from the OFA that his hips are GOOD, and Elbows NORMAL! Also important to know, Khaos and all of his littermates are DCM Clear by parentage. 🙂 This powerhouse is owned by Lisa Gaudet, and trains with both the PEI IGP club, and our own Sirius Working Dog Association. We hope to use him in our breeding program down the line. He is his Daddy’s boy! <3
The month isn’t over yet! Stay tuned for more news later in the week! 😉
As we get ready to mate for our N-litter, we are increasingly aware of the challenges of shipping puppies throughout North America. We already have a lengthy waiting list with at least half of the applicants located in the U.S. Anyone in the United States wishing a November puppy from us, is going to have to get creative about getting said puppy home. And it won’t hurt to start thinking outside the box now!
Today I read this CBC article suggesting the Canada-U.S. border could be closed for 12 months or longer depending on the continuing outbreak numbers of Covid-19 in our neighbour country. While we do have board/train agreements, for those who wish to receive their puppy, while they are still puppies, this would be less than ideal.
Just prior to the border closing in March, a gentleman from TN drove up to visit us, and kindly agreed to bring 3 other puppies across the border with his pup. This might be a “thing” going forward. Think truckers folks. If you have a contact who could bring a puppy or more across the border, it would be appreciated by many to make arrangements to share shipping resources. It would also be appreciated by us!
As I mentioned, we have a lot of interest in this next litter, and I’m sure we could sell out exclusively in Canada. That said, we are always accepting applications via our Potential Puppy Owner Questionnaire. Just keep in mind, shipping might be a challenge. Be prepared to wait for a future “post-Covid” litter, or to look outside the box for ways to get your puppy.
Gulp! I can’t believe in just two more weeks almost all of these beauties will be heading to their new homes! We are still determining which pup will go where. There are a lot of amazing drives, and definitely some dominant attitudes in this litter, so it’s really important for us to get it right!
Below, in birth order are a couple of photos of each pup (taken with cell phone) and current weights as of today. I will hold off on commenting about their personalities for now as these are so far just observations in the litter, not as individuals. I know you’re all excited to find out which one is yours, but it’s still too soon to tell.
The M-litter kids are 3.5 weeks old and growing like crazy! Yesterday they had their first taste of puppy mush, which is simply softened puppy kibble enriched with a powdered puppy formula, plus some hot water to warm it up.
Unfortunately, my website software doesn’t allow me to upload the video directly, so I hope you’ll click on the link to see how they enjoyed it! Today they will have two feedings of mush, plus Mom’s milk. They will work up to 4 feedings per day, with their bed time snack becoming dry kibble by the time they’re 7 weeks. By the time they’re ready for their new homes, they are quite capable of eating dry kibble.
We are still screening applicants for the remaining three puppies. We’re not sure if it’s going to be three females or two females and one male. One applicant is more interested in drive over gender. So it’s too soon to tell yet. If you’re interested in a puppy from this or future litters, please complete our online Potential Puppy Owner Questionnaire
I try to keep this website upbeat and positive, but life is messy and sometimes bad things happen. The emotions in the early days of a litter are high; fed by exhaustion, aching muscles from hours of lying on the floor, sitting cross legged, doing puppy shakedowns, running at every little squeak or squeal, and making sure every puppy gets on the nipples. Last year I was having an emotional moment and wrote a post on Facebook. I liked it a lot. I won’t post it here, in case you’re the kind of person who isn’t keen on emotional stuff. Instead I’ll attach the link to the original post, you can click on it or not. This Box
Yesterday was one of those days when bad things happen. I wrote a longer post. A catharsis. I thought about my first post all day, sorting through what was important about the events of the day and how I felt about it. It never comes out the way I want when I actually put it down in text, but in the end, I was pretty pleased with the result. Should you wish to read it, you can find it here. This Box Revised
For those interested in a pup, at this time we have reserved all the males, with a waiting list, and we have one female reserved. There is a great deal of interest in this litter, it’s potentially the last time for this combination. If you’re serious, I wouldn’t wait to contact us.
Two days early, but we managed to pull together to get ‘er done! 🙂 Beginning early evening on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in to late afternoon on Friday, Momma Rogue delivered us a beautiful litter of 10. Six males and four females are all doing well after a full 24 hours.
This is a three-peat of our wonderful K & L-litters. Offspring from those two litters are already earning titles in working sports, including a few BH (temperament/obedience) titles and some advanced tracking titles. At least one of the K-litter will be competing in IGP1 (formerly Schutzhund and IPO) this winter. One of the L-litter is training in police work, specializing in bomb detection.
This combination has also produced some of the most amazing companions/family guardians for singles, couples, and families. The feedback we get from our buyers assures us, our breeding program is definitely on the right track.
There is a great deal of interest in this litter already, we are in the early stages of screening, and securing homes right now. Some are return buyers, pre-approved, and some are trusted friends known for many years. A few are new to us with background in police and k9 work. We have not promised the entire litter yet, but we are reserving some pups for those who’ve expressed interest in the recent past.
Temperament and drives are the deciding factors when selecting homes for any of our litters. If you’re on the reserve list it’s because we need to see (in the coming weeks) if any of this litter will be suitable for your needs. It doesn’t benefit anyone (least of all the puppy) if we can’t make a good match for your wants/needs. Please be patient with us as we make that determination.
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Happy New Year!!! We are so excited to begin 2020 with another fantastic litter of puppies due on the 18th! Rogue is in excellent shape and sporting a large and growing baby belly!
With puppies due soon, I am more conscious of all the potential hazards which could present accidents or injury to mom and/or the litter. Rogue reminded me of just such a hazard this morning. Read on.
As I was finishing morning chores with the dogs, I was
reminded by the distinctive “peep” of the Hairy Woodpecker that their suet
feeder needed filling. It’s a great feeder, containing a basket within a wire
mesh to allow the small birds to feed and minimizing the gluttony of the Jays,
Starlings, and Grackles. I took the feeder inside to fill with the frozen suet
balls Sobeys makes in store. They are compact balls of ground beef fat with
tiny bits of meat and birdseed combined. The birds love them, and they are a
great value compared to commercially produced blocks.
Anyway, what does this have to do with raising dogs? As I
was securing the wire mesh feeder Rogue came by with her nose in the air. Normally
quite trustworthy with food, at 7+ weeks pregnant, she’s looking for every
extra calorie she can get! As her nose skimmed the counter, I moved the Styrofoam
meat tray a little farther back. Also on the tray is a pair of nitrile gloves I
wore to handle the balls, plus the mesh bags that comes with the suet balls.
Instantly I imagined any or all of that trying to pass through her intestines.
As soon as I secured the feeder, I disposed of the meat tray and its contents
in the garbage can.
Ron will sometimes accuse me of seeing the worst in
everything. He’s not wrong; but it doesn’t come from a place of negativity, it
comes from having a vivid imagination. I can actually SEE the consequences of a
misstep in any situation. It can be the most benign set of circumstances and my
brain will form a worst-case scenario. Fortunately, most often nothing happens,
whether from removing an enticing meat tray, or it just wasn’t in the cards
Regardless, when raising puppies to be good dogs, DILIGENCE
will solve or prevent almost every problem you can imagine, or have
experienced. I have a good friend who shall not be named; she has an amazing
dog, who also shall not be named. But this dog has got in to and eaten a long
list of things that really aren’t good for dogs. Chocolate covered almonds, not
once, but two days in a row. Toilet paper on a daily basis. Jumped on the table
and ate a casserole. His latest feat, a box of toothpicks. The dog is 18 months
old. He’s also a very determined dog. That said, diligence from a young age,
would still prevent these escapades.
If your puppy pees on the floor, it’s your fault, not his.
Either he woke from a nap and you weren’t quick enough to get him out the door,
or he had a big drink of water after a play session, or you didn’t pay
attention to his subtle cues because you were immersed in your smart phone.
We have a few rules in our house regarding puppies and
you can’t watch him, crate or x-pen him. He can’t get in to stuff that’s not
good for him if he’s safely in his crate or x-pen.
wake him, you take him. Like young children (and old people) puppies and
adolescents need to pee almost immediately upon waking.
plenty of safe chew toys to substitute for shoes, books, chair legs etc. If you
catch your puppy chewing (and you should because you’re being diligent) sub out
the bad thing for something puppy is allowed. This will reduce frustration and
we share many of our groceries with our dogs, we never feed from the table! And
if you’re not sure the treat you’re about to give your dog is safe (many people
foods are not!) Google it. You’re probably on your phone anyway! 😉
There are likely others that I’m
forgetting at the moment, but the whole point of this post is to encourage you
to pay a little more attention to the circumstances in your life. Imagine a
situation which could be unsafe for your dog, and then fix it. At the very least,
you’ll avoid conflict, and potentially an expensive vet bill and trauma for
Questions or comments can be
directed to ourpassion @ leidenschaftkennels dot com.
We are pleased to announce our M-litter has (hopefully!) been conceived this past weekend. This will be a THREEPEAT on our Glock von der Leidenschaft IPO3 and our German import Rogue vom Klingsgarten IGP1, IFH-V.
Already the offspring from the K and L-litters are proving themselves on the performance fields. 11 month old Loki just earned his CKC Tracking Dog title! Several of the K-litter pups have earned their BH titles, and others some additional tracking titles. As well we are seeing fantastic drives and strong nerves in the protection phase of these sports. LeKarter is in the early stages of police training, with a specialization in bomb detection. And of course many of these pups are doing the toughest job of all, being a great family pet!
You can follow the progress via Instagram “leidenschaftkennels” and on our Facebook page.