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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DickensxDory Puppies – Wowza!

This week I took Dory in for an x-ray, which easily shows TEN puppies. WOW! Although based on her size I am not surprised. Her c-section is scheduled for Tuesday, January 13th.

Puppy x-Ray!

Puppy x-Ray!

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57 days

Since we had initially expected about 6, we now have additional spots on our puppy list. Please email me at ataraxiscardigans@gmail.com for information, or just fill out a puppy application and I will tell you about our process of how we raise our puppies and how we choose our new homes for our puppies as well.

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DickensxDory Puppies Due January 13th!

So, Dory had an ultrasound and she is PREG! BISS BIS GCH Twinroc Santa Paws PT x GCH Raglans Just Keep Swimming CGC are expecting 4-6 puppies on January 17th. I am so excited we had the opportunity to breed her to “Dickens”, an outstanding example of the breed. Dickens is certainly a once in a lifetime dog, and I’m excited to see what this litter will bring. Brindles and reds expected as both Dory and Dickens have produced both brindles and red. Both parents are full health tested (please see “Planned Litters” page”). We have a couple spots left on the list for this litter. If you are interested in a DickensxDory puppy, please fill out the puppy application on our website or email me at ataraxiscardigans@gmail.com w/questions.

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“Dory”

Momma Dory finishing her championship just shy of her 2nd birthday in Waukesha.

Momma Dory finishing her championship just shy of her 2nd birthday in Waukesha.

Dory will WB/BOS under judge Bill Shelton in Waukesha

Dory will WB/BOS under judge Bill Shelton in Waukesha

Dory winning BOB under Jude Mr. David Bolus over a special.

Dory winning BOB under Jude Mr. David Bolus over a special.

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Gerta is headed to her new exciting home!

Gerta had almost FORTY inquiries, but she found what will be an ideal home for her. Gerta flies out of Chicago on Sunday, 11/23/14! We will miss her very much!

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Ch Corgi Na Volge Gertruda – Available

Gerta is available to show home – SOLD***

Gerta had almost FORTY inquiries, but she found what will be an ideal home for her. Gerta flies out of Chicago on Sunday, 11/23/14! We will miss her very much!

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Ch Corgi Na Volge Gertruda

“Gerta”

*Gerta was imported her from Marina Farshatova in Russia at the age of 5 months

*Gerta began showing in the 6-9 puppy class at 7 months of age and finished her championship by 8 months of age completely undefeated in the classes, winning BOB and BOS over specials and finishing with back to back 4 pt majors

*Gerta’s pedigree can be found here: http://www.cardiped.net/details.php?id=91009

E-mail annekowalczyk@me.com with quesions.

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Corgi Na Volge Gertruda

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Corgi Na Volge Gertruda, “Gerta”, came to Chicago all the way from Marina Farshatova in Russia. This is Gerta, handled by Kara Janiszak, winning BOB from the 6-9 class for her first 2 pts. Gerta has been WB in 5 out of 5 shows for her first 6 points. Kara has done an amazing job with her! Go Team Gerta!

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Sleeping Cardis

This post is dedicated to sleepy cardis everywhere.

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What I’ve Learned As a Novice – My 3rd Year in Dog Showing (Caution: this is my rant, and I can rant if I want to)

I like to kind of take a nice, solid look of all the things I learn over the years. It’s kind of interesting to go back and think a little. My first year as a novice again in dog showing, I learned a lot. But, I was positive; oh so positive! My perception is a little different now I suppose…so, here is what I have learned in my first few years as a novice.

 

1. People that have the most unfortunate dogs, seem to love to do to most critiquing. This is rather unfortunate for me, and disheartening, because as a novice, you kind of take everything in a little bit. Well, you would like to. Though I do appreciate good, honest feedback from a few people, just because I am a novice does not mean I want everyone’s opinion. Did I ask for your opinion? No? Then please don’t confuse me, because I would like to think that people that are so confidant in what they are saying about hocks and shoulders know what they are talking about, but that is rarely the case. And by rarely, I mean never. Well, 99.9% to be fair.

2. High School to the power of infinity; Dog showing is far worse than high school ever was. I actually had a rather good high school experience. Countless times I have seen people congratulate someone on a win (well, that is pretty rare, too), and then immediately go talk about how crappy that person’s dog is to someone else. And don’t even get me started on social media aspect of people complaining….

3. If you don’t win, people will think your dog is crappy. If you do win, people will think you AND your dog are crappy.
Dog show people are jealous creatures. I get it, we’re all in it to win it, but you don’t have to use the internet to made weird/rude comments that obviously pertain to someone else’s win. I mean, are dog show people secretly just a bunch of babies? Did the universe somehow collect all the immature souls and bring them together to one sport so they could have little baby tantrums together when their dogs don’t win? I’ve been bummed or stressed at times when I’ve lost, sure. Everything has their moments. But, does it have to be a big ordeal that you hear about show after show after show?

As a novice, you either have a bunch of people that think it’s “cute” that you’re showing dogs, or a bunch of people that think you don’t know what you’re doing. Guess what? I’m a novice, and I don’t know what I’m doing. I am doing something called “learning” (definition: the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught). So please point your little, judgey eyes in someone else’s direction. Thanks.

4. People like to say they want to have new people in the breed, but I can’t say that I believe that is true in any way, shape or form. Most people seem to love to discuss how novice people don’t know this or that, and how their dogs aren’t very good, etc. We all start somewhere, and apparently some of them forget they did too.

5. People will literally steal dogs from each other. Literally. Steal. How sad is that?

6. And finally, people will be very kind and give you advice, and mentor you every step of the way…. when there’s something in it for them. If you are going to house a dog for them, show a dog for them, lease a dog to them, etc, then there is a “vested interest.” If that is not there, people seem to really not care so much at all about you or your dogs. When people do have a vested interest, they are usually pretty supportive, but sometimes not even then! Novices NEED their breeders to help them learn and understand their dogs pedigrees, where they came from, and how they will grow. Without this, it just makes things very challenging, especially when you do want to learn. 

When I was a 10 year old girl, I loved showing dogs. I never had a good show dog, of course, but I enjoyed it anyway. I enjoyed training in obedience. I absolutely adored everything about it. 20 years later as an adult, when I am actually trying to establish myself in a hobby that used to be fun for me, the experience has been so profoundly different that it has made me want to turn back around and go back where I came from. Dog shows aren’t fun anymore, they’re stressful and sometimes sad. I’ve spent the past few years investing in this hobby, and I’m kind of left wondering why. I wish that people wouldn’t judge novices so harshly or treat them so rudely when they have nice wins. This isn’t Game of Thrones, people. No one is going to lose their heads here……. 🙂

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6 Weeks, 5 days – time is flying!

The puppies had a lovely week this week. They’ve got the hang of the litter box, and are eating 4 meals a day (9 puppies + 4 meals = a LOT of food!). Dory still wants to feed them, but my goal was to have them weaned by 7 weeks or so. 

They are getting cuter by the day, and their personalities are really setting in. I’m so excited to temperament test test them next Saturday with the fabulous Jill Raugh. We will take them to a park a few blocks away, and Jill will do the testing while I score, since they have never met her before. Should be lots of fun! They will also receive their first set of vaccinations this week, and I will begin putting their puppy packets together to go to their news homes! We don’t know who’s going where yet, but will have a better idea as the time gets closer…

 

This is our first attempt at stacked photos. Some did great – others, not so much! LOL! This week I will do photos on Saturday when Jill is in town. 

 

 

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Jack is still the boy with the best, most even temperament. I’m looking forward to temperament evaluations during week 7. He is going to be a very special puppy I think. 🙂

 

 

Billie is a little dynamite, and she also did not want to comply with photos! She is so cute though. She is also very saucy like Neko!

Billie is a little dynamite, and she also did not want to comply with photos! She is so cute though. She is also very saucy like Neko!

Dolly has a lovely top line, and is very type. A little less bone than the other girls, but she has a gorgeous head.

Dolly has a lovely top line, and is very type. A little less bone than the other girls, but she has a gorgeous head.

Cash is my favorite boy, and he would make a lovely show puppy. He shows a lot of promise at this point, and I think he looks a lot like a great combo of both parents! I can't wait to see him in the next couple weeks and see what stays and what changes..

Cash is my favorite boy, and he would make a lovely show puppy. He shows a lot of promise at this point, and I think he looks a lot like a great combo of both parents! I can’t wait to see him in the next couple weeks and see what stays and what changes..

Elvis is a sweetie. He also did not want to stand for photos!

Elvis is a sweetie. He also did not want to stand for photos!

Iggy is a lovely boy, and he is assertive. He will be a great "leader of the pack"!

Iggy is a lovely boy, and he is assertive. He will be a great “leader of the pack”!

Stevie is so sweet and she might get a few extra cuddles than the others (I'm know "moms" aren't supposed to have favorites, but...

Stevie is so sweet and she might get a few extra cuddles than the others (I know “moms” aren’t supposed to have favorites, but…)

This is not a good photo of Ace, but it's something. He wanted to lay down on the stacking box!

This is not a good photo of Ace, but it’s something. He wanted to lay down on the stacking box!

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Neko is a saucy little girl! She is also very vocal, and has a lot to say! She is drivey, and loves to chase balls already. She fears nothing!

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5 Weeks?!? Where has the time gone?

It was a busy week for the puppies! They are getting BIG, and they want to PLAY! 🙂 They spent sometime outside this week, and are eating food regularly as well as nursing 3x per day or so (so 6 meals – yikes!). She are getting lots of cuddles. Soon we will have visitors over to cuddle the puppies, and that will be exciting. I love to greet them in the morning and see their tails wagging likes crazy! Today they are 5 weeks, and next week I will tape their ears at 6 weeks. A lot of people do not do this until later, but with Timber and Dory both having large, lovely ears, I’m going to get an early start, so hopefully their ears will be up and solid by the time they go to their new homes! 🙂

Billie has the sweetest face! I think she is going to be a carbon copy of her mother. She is fiesty, and the smallest of the girls (so far).

Billie has the sweetest face! I think she is going to be a carbon copy of her mother. She is fiesty, and the smallest of the girls (so far).

Stevie is sweet and lovable. She is another very happy, and confidant puppy. Overall, I am very pleased with the temperaments in this litter. My kids sure do get them accustomed to lots of sounds and excitement! Stevie is one of my personal favorites. :)

Stevie is sweet and lovable. She is another very happy, and confidant puppy. Overall, I am very pleased with the temperaments in this litter. My kids sure do get them accustomed to lots of sounds and excitement! Stevie is one of my personal favorites. 🙂

Elvis has really blossomed this week! He will need a job, and will be lots of fun!

Elvis has really blossomed this week! He will need a job, and will be lots of fun!

Iggy seems right in the middle of the border so far with his temperament. He is a little more independent than the others, not overly assertive, and not laid back. He likes to hang out, but also likes to do his own thing just fine!

Iggy seems right in the middle of the border so far with his temperament. He is a little more independent than the others, not overly assertive, and not laid back. He likes to hang out, but also likes to do his own thing just fine!

Ace is a little love, and is the sweetest and most laid back of all the puppies. He loves to plop down and get petted for as long as possible. I could just cuddle him for hours!!

Ace is a little love, and is the sweetest and most laid back of all the puppies. He loves to plop down and get petted for as long as possible. I could just cuddle him for hours!!

She falls. asleep. in. my. arms. <3

She falls. asleep. in. my. arms. ❤

Dolly is just a doll. I havent looked at her much until this week. She is sweet and likes to go exploring. She will be a lighter brindle I think; she is as cute as button.

Dolly is just a doll. I havent looked at her much until this week. She is sweet and likes to go exploring. She will be a lighter brindle I think; she is as cute as button.

Neko - she follows me everywhere and loves to lick toes. She is very people oriented even at a young age, and she is the first to come to the puppy pen when she sees me in the morning. I am hoping she will stay here, but we shall see.. :)

Neko – she follows me everywhere and loves to lick toes. She is very people oriented even at a young age, and she is the first to come to the puppy pen when she sees me in the morning. I am hoping she will stay here, but we shall see.. 🙂

Mr Cash

Mr Cash

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Cash is my favorite boy. If I was only keeping another boy. He is a confidant, and very biddable. Nothing seems to shake him, and he  is a very much a people person!

Cash is my favorite boy. If I was only keeping another boy. He is a confidant, and very biddable. Nothing seems to shake him, and he is a very much a people person!

Run!

Run!

Happy babies.

Happy babies.

Jack is absolutely awesome. He is very biddable, likes to be around people and other dogs, nothing seems to phase him. His temperament is perfect! He will make a wonderful therapy dog or obedience dog. He is my son's favorite.

Jack is absolutely awesome. He is very biddable, likes to be around people and other dogs, nothing seems to phase him. His temperament is perfect! He will make a wonderful therapy dog or obedience dog. He is my son’s favorite.

Billie!

Billie!

Puppy party!

Puppy party!

Post puppy party.

Post puppy party.

Sleeping babies.

Sleeping babies.

Zoey with Mr. Iggy

Zoey with Mr. Iggy

Neko laying on her sister!

Neko laying on her sister!

Pretty Stevie!

Pretty Stevie!

Dory and her carbon copy, Billie, taking a rest.

Dory and her carbon copy, Billie, taking a rest.


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