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Message from the Director
With spring fast approaching training and testing are on everyone’s mind. In Walla Walla things are starting to dry out enough to make getting back in the field enjoyable. At least we can go back and forth to the kennel without walking through a foot of snow and that dreaded ice.
The Western Region Board of Directors has been busy finalizing the judging teams for the 2017 testing schedule. The Judges for the spring tests and most of the fall tests are posted and can be viewed:
The information sheet for the Spring Derby will be out by mid-March. If you are planning to test in the Walla Walla Derby please enter now. One day of the test is full now and we know there are still dogs to enter. This is the only Derby in the Western Region so enter now and don’t be left out. Please use the WORD.doc we developed for the Western Region as your entry form. This fillable form will work in you Internet Explorer or Chrome browser, it will not work in Fire Fox. Please click here for the Entry Form.
If you are participating in the Derby.....
At the end of our article last month the female had delivered a normal litter of puppies. It is important to monitor how successful the new babies are at acquiring a meal. Are they able to suck normally, and if not, do they have a cleft palate? Is the mammary tissue starting to swell with milk when stimulated by the puppies? Is the litter so big that some babies are being pushed out, and are then unable to nurse, leading to progressive weakness, retarded growth, or death?
If everything is going well, arrange to have the litter examined between days three and five. At this time the puppies can be weighed, examined, tails docked, and dewclaws removed. The mother can be checked for any post-partum abnormalities and her mammary tissue checked for any signs of mastitis. At any time during nursing, signs of mastitis are abnormal swelling and firmness, redness, soreness to the touch, and or hungry, crying puppies due to a lack of milk. While the puppies are nursing it is merciful to keep their nails trimmed so they cannot scratch and irritate the mother.
Everybody is hungry as the litter grows! The mother should be fed....
I currently live outside of Independence, Oregon with my wife (Erin) and 2 daughters, 3 and 5. I work in human resources benefits outsourcing, specifically in the field of pensions. I am not a native to the pacific northwest but a transplant from Illinois.
I started hunting in Illinois, pass shooting waterfowl and doves with my dad well before I could carry a gun. I vaguely remember tying to carry geese that seemed to stand taller than me and running out into the corn stubble as the retriever. Probably around 7 or 8 I was able to partake in the fun, banging away with my .410. The pass shooting began to included deer hunting as soon the draw weight on my bow was heavy enough. This continued through college expanding to rough grouse, snowshoe hare and woodcock; but, I still didn’t have much experience hunting with a dog.
After college I needed to get out to Idaho because of the upland bird......
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