Our newest female, Ammerville’s Rosalind Layka, has been retired as a breeding dog. We tried through several cycles to breed her, using natural and artificial methods, and she would not conceive. We have decided to spare her the stress of more invasive procedures, and have changed her status from breeding mama to beloved pet.
Rosewood has always been a small kennel, and the welfare of our dogs has been our greatest concern. Rosy has never shown signs of wanting to be a mother, and even when we forced the issue, she declined to become pregnant. With her retirement, we have only one potential breeding dog remaining, our intact male, Yorick.
We humans are sad to enter this phase of our history, but all our dogs are in forever homes and are as happy as dogs can be.
Rosewood, the Happy Dog Place (and the people are pretty tickled, too!
What a difference one week makes. New York City was battered by the worst storm in its history the last weekend in October.
Sandy visits havoc on NYC
The previous weekend, however–October 20 and 21–was mild and sunny, a perfect fall day for a walk along the Hudson River.
Looking at boats and enjoying the sunshine.
Rose, Yorick, and Hamlet
Why are our Virginia dogs in NYC? For the Meet the Breed dog show in the Jacob Javits Center!
The dogs pose with a statue of Senator Jacob Javits at the convention center.
It also happened to be my sister Joyce’s 50th birthday–and Andrew’s 13th–so we went to the city to celebrate in style.
Andrew and Aunt Joyce celebrate their birthday weekend with a bit of craziness!
A nice group of KCUSA memebers were able to attend the MTB event. The most FAQ was: “How do you pronounce that?” By the end of the day, I was hoarse from saying “Nederlandse Kooikerhondje!”
While at the conventions, Hamlet and Yorick were able to pass their Canine Good Citizenship test, and were awarded caps, which everyone enjoyed.
Who’s a Canine Good Citizen?
Oh my, oh my! How the puppies have changed in four short weeks! They are running, playing and barking, have sharp little teeth and have begun to eat gruel. All I can say is that I am really very glad that puppies do not wear clothing! If they did I would be giving them a new wardrobe every few days! Besides, can you imagine trying to get eight little squirmers dressed every morning?
After a successful mating, Yorick has returned to his family. All that remains is a happy memory and some fur. You see, Yorick shed quite a bit of his winter coat while here. And although the vacuum cleaner has been kept very busy with multiple dogs making the spring shed I have not quite eliminated all the hair!
Evening walk in Georgia
As a working guest, Yorick was always a trooper and a gentleman and I will miss him. Not only did he have to leave home, but he also went from a very busy household full of active boys and adults, to a decidedly quiet, adults-only, academic sort of abode where the most exciting events were walks and helping Bianca rule the neighborhood from her backyard queendom. He seemed a bit confused at first, but made the transition quickly, learning the routines of the house in short order. Navigating the flap of the doggie door was a new experience and at first he simply carefully and slowly stepped through. Soon however, he was racing in and out at top speed with Bianca and Ochie. To modify the old saying for new purposes: How ya gonna keep ‘em down on the farm once they’ve see the doggie door of gay Statesboro?