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Blaze x Rossi

The mating

Just like with last season, Blaze started her season only shortly after one of our other ladies: August 29, 2007. While Blaze (hopefully) will become7 years old in February 2008, we thought that due this age, this would be the final chance for her last litter. Therefor we have taken the risk to maybe have two litters at the same time.

For the studdog of our choice: Rossi, this mating was going to be his first one, so to be sure for his sake and also to avoid driving several times up and down to Germany, we have had blood taken by Blaze to measure the progesterone level. Based on the results of these tests, we went to Spabrucken to meet our dear friend Carolyn and her wonderfull doggies (including our own bred Nice of you to Come Bye Carolyn's Tara) on September 10, 2007. After our arrival we had a little drink and went outside to see if Blaze and Rossi would like and love each other. The first had a little play on the hill, but this ground was not solid enough to come to a mating right away. So we took the two lovebirds down off the hill for a real try. At first Rossi thought it was too funny his daddy Dylan and the other studdogs to watch him lossing his virginity but after they were taken inside, he did his job perfectly like he was a very experienced studdog. A long evening with lots of talking about ofcourse Border Collies, together with some brilliant Italian lemon liquor followed. After a short night, they did another mating the next morning and we drove of after a big hug back to the Netherlands with hopefully a belly full of little puppies with us.

Counting from the first mating, we expect the little gorgeous ones to be born around November 11, 2007.

Playing together..
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the mating...
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and the tie.
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On October 10, 2007 (day 30 counting from the first mating) we went to the vet for an ultrasound although we already knew the answer. But the 100% prove we got right away when the machine hit the belly of Blaze: several little puppies could be seen. Only 5 weeks of waiting till the final puppies of Blaze will be born.

The vet just had a new ultrasound machine but it still can easily be seen: a little embryo in its amnion sack.

Final 2 weeks

Being the experienced mother as Blaze is, she deals with everthing perfectly. She still likes to go for a long walk in the woods, only not as fast as normally. You can easily see from the standing picture, this is not her first litter. Shehas never carried this low before, all because of lack of belly muscles.

7 weeks pregnant
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Final week

Blaze keeps on growing her belly and all we can do is wait and counting the days.....

8 weeks pregnant
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What happened next

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