Daphne’s false pregnancy

Our poor Daphne will not be having any puppies this time around. She is experiencing a phantom (false) pregnancy. False pregnancy, phantom pregnancy, pseudo-pregnancy or pseudocyesis are all terms that refer to a display of maternal (mothering) behavior combined with the physical signs of pregnancy following estrus (“heat”) in a female dog that is not actually pregnant. Our Daphne went through all the physical and psychological signs of being pregnant. She experienced a loss of appetite around week 7, her milk came in, her belly hardened, she started nesting and even close to what we presumed would be her due date, started having discharge common to before labour. Having not done an ultrasound (we have never actually done one before) we had trusted her signs and thought she would be having a very small litter but in the end she had no puppies at all.

A few days after her due date we started to worry something was wrong and took her in to the vet to see what was going on. He did an ultrasound and indeed said it was a false pregnancy and not to worry it was actually very common. He looked over all her organs which were in great shape and checked for any infections as to why after mating she was having a false pregnancy and summed it up to mother nature.

Mother Nature is an odd thing. Often the most wanted pregnancies are hard to achieve, yet the unwanted ones happen in the blink of an eye…and that goes for humans, cats, horses and everything else, not only dogs.

As poor Daphne still thinks she’s going to have pups and is quite disappointed in herself we’re going to concentrate on getting her out of the house and around people to keep her busy and her mind occupied. This weekend were going to get her out to the St Jacobs farmers market for an afternoon and then we’re also going to spend a day in Elora with her. Time to focus on the positive and that she is physically alright and since we know she still wants to have pups in the future we shall wait and see what happens next time for this little one.

8 week old Barbet pups

Wyllow and Chmurnik pups
All For Dogs
The Wyllow and Chmurnik Barbet puppies are 8 weeks old this weekend and will soon be getting ready to go to their new homes. The dam is CH Wyllow Biscay’s Grand Opal and the sire is our CH Chmurnik z Gorki Podduchownej CGN. This is a first litter for kennel All For Dogs (from Ottawa, Ontario) and for more information or interest in these pups email Tammy Allarie at allfordogsfunandfitness@gmail.com

Upcoming Barbet litter – Fall 2015

CH Nelum-Himalis Daphne CGN X CH Chmurnik z Gorki Podduchownej CGN

Our beautiful Finnish girl Daphne will be having her third litter of Barbet puppies and was bred to our Polish stud Chmurnik. This is our first repeat breeding as Daphne and Chmurnik had their first litter back in 2011 (our Nappyroots B litter). We choose to do this repeat breeding because the outcome of this pair produced lovely healthy Barbet puppies that have an excellent obedient temperament, are very gentle with children, and are versatile.

CH Nelum-Himalis Daphne CGN (born May 17, 2009) in Finland. She is one of seven puppies to Nelum-Himalis Braise (FI) & sire Ulysse di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco (FR). Bred by Anne Keippilä and Ritva & Göran Sjöström. Daphne is black with a spiral curl coat. Height 20½″/52cm. Weight 45lbs/20kg. OFA hips tested GOOD (A/A), elbows tested NORMAL (0/0) & eyes tested NORMAL. She is CKC and AKC FSS registered with a 3-generation FCI pedigree. Daphné has also been registered with the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC).

Daphne is a CKC Canadian Champion and a Canine Good Neighbour (CGN). She carries the rare fawn gene and was the mother of the first platinum sand female Nappyroots Brin d’Amour and fawn with sand markings male BPISS CH Nappyroots Buju Banton CGN Barbet in North America. She is a shy girl who loves children, other animals and is crazy about cuddling. Daphne is the ‘princess’ around these parts, who enjoys her therapy visits to the old age home.

doodler in the woods

CH Chmurnik z Gorki Podduchownej CGN (born November 28, 2008) is a solid black colour with a curly coat that can cord (we’ve actually got his tail corded 23cm long now, love it & are going for floor length). Height 23½”/59cm. Weight 61½lbs/28kg. OFA hips tested EXCELLENT (A/A), elbows tested NORMAL (0/0), heart tested NORMAL, thyroid tested NORMAL and eyes tested NORMAL. He is DNA profiled with the AKC. Chmurnik is CKC, UKC & AKC FSS registered with a 3 generation pedigree. He is five star health rated (hips/elbows/eyes/heart/thyroid) and registered with the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC).

Chmurnik was imported from Pabiance, Poland in March 2009 and bred by Piotr Piotrowski. Born to dam Ottavia (IT) and sire Borealii Choco-Pop (FI), whom are both 1st place hunting champions and also conformation champions. Chmurnik is one of eight puppies and the third litter ever born in Poland!

Our Chmurnik is a CKC Canadian Champion and a Canine Good Neighbour. He is a confident outgoing male who loves all people and children. Chmurnik is quite the father figure who loves to be around the puppies and has helped raise all of our litters. He loves to fetch, has natural instinct & working ability and is a capable retriever on both land and water. His son Obie from his first litter with Satine already has his Working Certificate title. Chmurnik has since sired two litters of fawn Barbet puppies.

Barbet Chmurnik stud

Our breedings are limited, about two litters per year. We breed with the goal of producing healthy puppies that adhere to the Barbet breed standard with natural hunting and working ability. Our Daphne X Chmurnik litter will be our Nappyroots ‘I’ litter and puppies are expected late August. Puppies for companionship, hunting, show prospects, agility/obedience and therapy.

Nappyroots H litter families

Our pups from our Nappyroots H litter have been in their new homes two months now and everyone is thriving with their new families. Here are our 9 week photos of pups with families except for the updated one of Napoleon since we didn’t take one at 9 weeks, we were too busy entertaining Grace who flew in from British Columbia, and have been waiting the last few weeks for a family photo.

Havana (now Ana) went home with her mom Tilly to live with the Coyne family in Chatham, Ontario. Ana was the only female in this litter, so how perfect that mother and daughter get to live together.
Coyne family
Herbie Hancock (now Hugo) lives with Stacey in Hamilton, Ontario. Hugo will be coming to stay with us in a few weeks for a visit and we can’t wait to see this little tyke.
Havarti (now Eli) lives with Kayla in Chelmsford, Ontario. He is the light of her world!
Hatsan (now Riggs) lives with the Pilon family in Stittsville, Ontario. Just a stones throw away from his father Angus (Nappyroots Mr Brown), who lives in Carp.
Pilon family
And lastly why we’ve waited this long to introduce our new Nappyroots families…Husqvarna (now Napoleon) lives with the McDougall family in Kamloops, British Columbia. We’re hoping Julia can take some more of her beautiful photos of this special pup that has flown to live so far away.
McDougall family
Here is one of Julia’s photos of Napoleon with his best friend Jade.

Internet is down :(

After having extremely slow internet for the last several months…we now have no internet :( We had a technician at the house on Friday to setup a new antenna and he was having a hard time finding any signal. After about 7 hours working away, I was beginning to think the technician was moving in, he left with the best that he could do…and now we have no internet. LOL. Hopefully he will be back this week and we can remedy this problem. Until then to get internet we need to visit my parents who live 15 minutes away, hence where we are now to get some updates on the website.

Chmurnik sires his 2nd fawn litter!!!

Our CH Chmurnik z Gorki Podduchownej CGN has sired another litter of fawn puppies for breeder Tammy Allarie. He was bred to CH Wyllow Biscay’s Grand Opal in May and a lovely litter of 8 puppies was born on July 4th!!! 6 males and 2 females, the largest fawn litter of Barbet pups in North America. Stay tuned via breeder Tammy Allarie.
Wyllow and Chmurnik puppies

Dali passes her OFA hip & elbow clearances

Nappyroots Daisy OFA
Now it’s CH Nappyroots Daisy’s (Dali) turn to pass her health clearances! Yippee! We are 2 for 2 from the Netherlands breeding we did with Cousteau Von der Leibrucke and our CH Frankly Scarlet de la Serve de la Chapelle d’Alexandre back in 2012. Dali’s hips are FAIR (B/B) and her elbows are NORMAL. Dali had her OFA eyes tested in February and they also came back NORMAL so she has been added to the CHIC database. So now it’s official Dali will be having a litter later this year with BPISS CH Nappyroots Buju Banton CGN. Stay forward to more news about that in the coming months :D

The one and only beautiful Anne Keippila

Anne 4
Just in the beginning of June we were able to spend some good quality time with the lovely, Anne Keippila, whom is also the breeder of our CH Nelum-Himalis Daphne CGN. Anne flew all the way from Finland to spend almost a couple of weeks in Canada with good friends having good times. The above photo of Anne is my personal favourite, why I posted it first, since I’m especially intrigued by the perspective of trees and roots with a beautiful model.
Anne and I had the pleasure to have dinner with good friends, Paula, Chantelle and Amy who was taking the photo. We enjoyed dinner at Abe Erb’s after which point Anne and Paula came to catch up at our place and Anne had the pleasure to be reunited with Daphne.
Barbet breeder Anne and dinner with friends
Ula, Daphne and Anne
It was a momentous day for us to have one of our European breeders come for a visit and spend some good quality time getting to know all of our dogs. Plus I could not be more grateful that it was Anne who had made sure I had the best experience in Finland when I came to pick up Daphne and her brother Disco.
Luckily Chris was able to take Anne out in the area a few days later and captured these beautiful photos of such a memorable woman in our lives. Here is Anne and what Ontario is all about!!!
Anne 1
Anne 2
Anne at the tooth of time
We miss you and we love you!!! Thank you for the special gifts from Finland ;)