April Showers Brings June Puppies
I am a firm believer that things work out a certain way for a reason. I have been breeding dogs far too long to know that things always tick along according to plan. In fact, more often than not in this business the dogs seem to delight in throwing us a curve ball and trying to keep us totally off balance. With all that in mind, I should not have been surprised when Boo came into season a full month and a half earlier than I was predicting. That little curve ball found me having to rethink my options of who was planning to use as a sire for what will be her final breeding. One of the detriments of living off the beaten track is that access to facilities that can perform transcervical insemination using frozen semen is very limited and involves much travel, thus narrowing my possibilities even more. So the saga unfolds.
In considering potential sires and their availability I looked at my son Wade's dog, Revilo's Eskimo Quinn (Quinn) who had just sired a very nice litter for us out of Sunny, who is Boo's daughter. As I looked at the proposed pedigree of a Quinn X Boo breeding I grew excited. Quinn is the son of a FC AFC Horsetooth's Penalty shot (Deke) X Revilo's Elle On Wheels (Elle) who is the daughter of FTCH AFTCH Revilo's Cutting Edge (Nick) and Hot August Love (Auggie) , who in turn is a daughter of our great producing bitch Revilo's Suncatcher (Sunny). Through Nick we are able to tie back into another great producing line Revilo's Li'l Bit Of Ginger (Ginger) and our great producing bitch Westwind's Sweet Sally (Sally). Everyone of these females have produced several titled and Qualified All-Age offspring.
Revilo's Eskimo Quinn (Quinn)
On Boo's side, through her sire we tie back into the great female producing line of FTCH Revilo's At Full Tilt CD (Darbi) (dam of six titled dogs) to Revilo's Boot Scootin' Boogie(Boo) (dam of ten plus titled dogs), to Westwind's Sweet Sally (dam of 6 titled dogs). it should be noted here that Boo and Ginger are not littermates but are full sisters from separate matings of NFTCH AFTCH Call Me Mister Independence and Sally. included in this dynasty are brothers FTCH AFTCH AFC Revilo's Mister Willie MH and FTCH AFTCH Revilo's Spirit of Independence who were both full brothers to Boo and Ginger as well.
Revilo's Boot Scootin' Boogie(Boo)
On the top side of both Quinn's and Boo's pedigree we find FC AFC Tartan's Prime Time (Prime) who comes from extremely strong, producing female lines which include such greats as FC AFC NFTCH AFTCH Chena River No Surprise, FC AFC Riparian Rhapsody, AFC Black Gold's Candlewood Kate.
I always pay attention to families when I am considering a breeding between two individuals. Tracing back the four families of this pedigree reveals all are heavily influenced by NFC NAFC Super Chief blood. I am a firm believer in trying to keep as much Super Chief blood in a pedigree as I can. Such dogs as (number in brackets indicates the number of times this dog is found in this pedigree) NAFC FC NAFTCH FTCH Ebonstar Lean Mac (4) and his sons FC FTCH AFTCH Damn Yankee II (2) and NFC FC AFC Maxx's Surprise (2), NFTCH AFTCH Call Me Mister Independence (3) and his littermate NAFTCH FTCH FC Free Trade (2), FC AFC NAFTC AFTCH Chena River No Surprise (2), Westwind's Sweet Sally (2), FC AFC Black Gold's Kates Rascal (2) and his nephews FC AFC Webshire's Honest Abe and NAFC FC MD's Cotton Pick'n Cropper, and NFC FC AFC Candlewood's Tanks Alot, are all line bred on NFC NAFC Super Chief.
Full pedigree for download
Admittedly, it is easy to get confused with all these names and numbers, suffice it to say, that I have a lot of optimism about this expected litter by Quinn and Boo. The pups should be due around the 17th of June. There should be yellows and blacks, while both parents are black, they are both yellow factored. Part of my enthusiasm for this litter stems from the fact that I am personally acquainted with most of the dogs in this pedigree. Not only have I watched them perform, I have held their heads in my lap and scratched their ears. They are truly the types of dogs I want to build on. While it is tempting to say, I wish I could make dogs just like them, the reality is to try and make the next generation better and that remains our goal.