Bon and I are home from NH and her "date" with Manny. Everything went very smoothly. We pulled additional progesterone on Monday and the numbers showed that she most likely ovulated late Saturday/Sunday.
Bon and Manny took a shine to each other and we had natural breedings on Monday night and Wednesday morning. She'll have an ultrasound around the end of August and, fingers crossed, we should see pups on the ground around September 21. Think fertile thoughts!
We ran our first progesterone test on Monday (day 4) just to make sure we did catch her early in her season. As I suspected (judging by the fact that Dice is still sane), her progesterone levels are still low. We'll run another test later this week (and more than a few after that), but I expect we'll be heading to NH around this time next week.
Personally, I can't wait until she's bred so we can cut her food back. She's in good shape but the girl could stand to lose a few.
Yesterday, I was getting ready to head out to the hunt test in Syracuse this weekend and guess who decided to come into season? Geez, Bon. - nice timing! Well, actually what would have been worse is to have made the drive and arrived at the test only to find out then that we had made the trip for nothing.
So, fingers crossed, we will have Roadsters on the ground in September! We'll start progesterone testing next week, and should be heading to meet up with Manny in 10 days or so. Stay tuned and think fertile thoughts for Bon!
It's hard to believe that Dice has turned 9. It seems like just yesterday that I brought him home from New York. - cute as a button, cocky, and confident , but sweet as can be.
He has taken me on an incredible performance journey. He is an incredibly talented field dog and was odten referred to as "the golden who runs like a lab". A backhanded compliment to be sure but pretty high praise. He was one of , if not the youngest golden Grand Master Hunters at the time, and the first and still the only GMH/GMOTCH dog in Canada.
He doesn't run quite as hard today as he did at 3 and the bad shoulder injury he suffered at two is starting to catch up to him, but he's still an incredibly talented field dog and still amazes me with his ability to come up with marks and hold his line. Trust me, I am not that good of a trainer so he is clearly bringing a lot of talent to the partnership!
I found this old video the other day. I've always said that Dice wasn't that great of an obedience dog but I forgot how well his could heel!