Ataraxis Cardigans Mid-Year Update

This year is moving way too fast! I am hoping to be able to catch myself up to speed sometime soon. Dolly (Ataraxis Eagle When She Flies) needs ONE more point to finish her Grand. I looked to see how many; I thought we needed more, but nope! She will be our first homebred Grand Champion.🙂 Having a set schedule at work, sides regular life sanity, also means that I will be able to start regular obedience classes so Dolly and I can participate in Rally. Our classes start this month. Excited!

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No litters planned here for the time being. Dolly is a DM carrier, but I still need to test her for fluff, CERF, and x-ray her hips and elbows and see what OFA has to see before I would plan something for her. Perhaps Fall of 2016, but that remains to be seen.

Dory is traveling and camping in her retirement home with her owners. I miss her so, so much, but I know she is happy. Her owner Susan is so kind to keep me updated with Dory’s many adventures. Thank you Susan! Here are photos borrowed from Susan’s archive!

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And finally, I was able to go visit with Jill, Kim and her lovely litter. The puppies are gorgeous and sweet! Hearts.🙂 I am in love!

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Wonderful Adult Cardigan Available

After many months of debating, rationalizing, and hoping things would change.. they have not. Ula and Dory are the two adult girls in my home, and for quite some time now they have not gotten along. Ula is a very dominant female dog.. and frankly, well, Dory was here first, so it’s been hard for them, particularly over the past year. Ula has become the love of my son’s life, and I cannot deprive him of that, so I have decided in the best interest of Dory, it is time to find her retirement home.

Four years old isn’t very young to retire, so I suppose Dory will be retiring to do more exciting things. I’ve done obedience work with her, so that I could do therapy dog work with her. She is phenomenal at therapy work, and very intuitive. She has never met at stranger. Dory is my first champion, my first grand champion, and my first therapy dog. She is the mother of three lovely litters, and that is plenty of litters for her.

Dory is seeking a home that is within driving distance of Chicago (4-5 hours or less). I would like to be able to meet her family and visit to see if Dory takes to you and your home. Dory is UTD on all her vaccinations (and we follow the Dr. Dodd’s protocols), and she will be spayed when her body has recovered fully from her litter. Her puppies are 7.5 weeks old at this time. Dory loves to run the trails around here in the summer, and then lay on my slippers when I’m reading or working at my desk. Dory would excel in a home interested in doing obedience work, or potentially agility work. She is athletic, and wants to do things that make you happy.

Dory would do best in a home with no other dogs or a male dog. Dory has never had any issues with any other female dogs besides Ula, but since I have to give up my heart dog, I want to make sure she will be in a home that won’t have a chance of having an alpha girl there that might have a problem with Dory. Dory also doesn’t seem to mind cats. She’s pretty cool with most things.

If you are interested in my sweet, special girl, please fill out my puppy application and also send me an email at annekowalczyk@me.com and just let me know why you would specifically be interested in Dory and also what kind of questions you might have.

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7 Week Old Puppy Photos/Pupdate

On Sunday I packed 9 puppies, 1 Timber and 1 Oliver in the car and we drove to Kim Hockstetler’s house in Michigan where Jill Rauh met us to go through the Volhard temperament testing with each puppy. I am so pleased and impressed with these puppies. They are going to do so well in their new homes. And as a major bonus, they had no accidents in the crate during out 2.5 hour drive there and back, and no accidents in the house. They all pottied outside for the first time. Starting the litter training at 3.5 weeks seems to have really helped, so I’m hoping they continue with this excellent behavior!

Since I am incredibly tired from the past two days, I just did candids of the puppies. Maybe I will do stacked photos later in the week. I’m very happy with all the homes that the puppies will be going to, and I can’t believe they will start leaving on Monday.

This is our “keeper” from this litter. “Yancy”, Ataraxis Like A Boss. Meko is also staying with us for now and we’ll see how she grows.

Yancy, 7 weeks today.

Yancy, 7 weeks today.

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DickensxDory Puppies @ 6 Weeks Old

1 more week until temperament testing!

One more week until Temperament Testing!

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DickensxDory Puppies at 5 Weeks Old

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Week 4! Busy week!

The puppies seem to sprout over night! They moved into a new habitat, and had a lot of play time and new sights and sounds..

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“Yancy”

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“Hercules”

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“Travis”

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“Quincy”

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“Gabriel”

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“Mr. Big”

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“Rugby”

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“Bubbles”

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“Meeko”

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DickensxDory Puppies – Week 3!

 

 

 

 

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“Mr. Big” 

 

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“Travis”

 

 

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“Gabriel”

 

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“Rugby”

 

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“Yancy”

 

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“Meko”

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DickensxDory Puppies – Week 2!

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“Gabriel”

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“Travis”

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“Yancy”

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“Bubbles”

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“Quincy”

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“Hercules”

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“Mr. Big”

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“Rugby”

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“Meko”

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No peepers yet. I could hold Mr. Big all day. Meko is much smaller than her brothers. Not much to see yet but cuteness!

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1 Week Photos – DickensxDory

Here they are – happy 1 week bday!

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Wide Blaze Brindle Boy – “Yancy”

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Red boy – “Mr. Big”

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Neck Dot Boy – “Travis”

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Dark face red boy – “Bubbles”

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Brindle narrow blaze boy – “Quincy”

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Brindle w/diamond – “Hercules”

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Red girl – “Meko”

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Flashy red boy – Rugby

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Angel kiss boy – Gabriel

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Puppies Born January 12th

On January 12, 9 puppies were born via c-section. 8 boy puppies, and 1 girl puppy. 5 brindles, 4 reds. I asked the vet, “are you sure there is not a 10th puppy that is a girl? The x-ray did look like 10.” NOPE! But they are all doing great, gaining weight very well, and Dory is again being a super mom for the last time (no more litters for fertile myrtle).

The puppies basically eat ALL day. One extra big boy is close to the 2lb mark yesterday at day 6; he was close to 1lb at birth. No wonder Dorh was so big! Other birth weights were between 12-14 oz.

I am accepting a couple of more deposits for this litter. Email me if you are interested in a DickensxDory baby, at annekowalczyk@me.con.

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