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OUR COAST TO COAST BREEDING
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OVER 3100 MILES ~ Sire In Maine & Dam In California!

UPDATED MARCH 17, 2006
 
With careful planning, a multitude of patience due to unexpected events and the cooperation of many people, we have completed a breeding that was done literally "COAST TO COAST".
 
Several weeks ago, I began talking with Chris & Mark in California after their intial phone call, inquiring about possibly breeding their female, 'Poppy', to our Vindicator.  Chris began the cytology testing and subsequent progesterone testing on Poppy in California while I started working on the logistics of shipping fresh chilled semen to them from Maine.
 
While in the planning stages, I had a chilled semen kit from ICG (now owned by Synbiotics), shipped to my vet.  Also, a 'teaser' female was needed on our end to 'assist' in the process and as luck would have it, one of my females was out of heat by the time we received the call to 'ship the package'. After a week long search, with the help of my handling class instructor, I found a woman, Tina, in Strafford, NH (about 45 minutes from me) that had a Belgian Sheepdog, 'Doe' that had just come into heat.  I called Tina, told her of my delimma and she said as long as we were doing the breeding before Saturday morning, she'd be more than happy to help out. 
 
So.....I prayed....then had another idea - in case a contingency plan was needed (with Doe leaving on Saturday morning for NJ, to be bred).  On a whim, I called Chris & Mark, explained about finding Tina & Doe; then told her if we go beyond Friday, we needed another plan.  So, Chris & Mark got a rather odd introduction to the world of dog breeding:  I asked if they would 'swab' Poppy with sterile gauze then pack those swabs in polar ice and send them priority mail to me.   (The things we do for our dogs!)
At any rate, I felt better having Contingency Plan D in motion  :)
 
On Friday around 6PM eastern standard time - 3PM pacific time, Chris calls to say Poppy is ready. 
 
At that time, I hadn't received my 'special package' from Poppy  ;)  so, called Tina to see if by chance Doe was still available to use as a teaser.  Lady Luck was with us - Doe's transport arrangements to NJ were postponed until Sunday.  PHEW!  Tina was more than happy to meet us at my vet's office 9:30 Saturday morning.  So it looked like all things were in place to proceed.......
UNTIL
First, I hadn't been able to get in touch with Chris & Mark because of bad storms (thunder, snow, sleet, you name it!), to let them know we were doing the collection and shipment Saturday morning.
THEN
At my vet's all things look as though they are going as planned until the vet announces, ICG FORGOT to include the semen extender in the kit and they had none in stock.  Can't do the shipping without the extender.
My vet was livid - he came back from a business trip specifically to do this collection then was to leave again to lecture at the seminar he was attending that weekend.  (Trust me, Synbiotics received two nasty phone calls on Monday morning).
 
With quick thinking, we called the closest reproduction vet in our area, which is a 2 1/2 hr drive for me.  We find out she has extender and says, come down now.
Tina decides she wants to go - instead of me just taking Doe with me.  This is above and beyond what a total stranger (until that morning) would be asked to do.  It's especially so considering Tina cares for her elderly mom who has had numerous strokes, cannot speak and is on a continuous feeding tube for nutrition/hydration.
Tina offers to drive in her van, since she has her mom with her.  So, Tina, her Mom, Vin, Doe and I head out to Massachusetts.   While driving there, I make many phone calls to California, hoping to get the courier pick up changed from my vet to the vet in Massachusetts and to hopefully confirm with Chris & Mark as well as their vet that the shipment is on the way that morning.
 
WHAT A STRESSFUL BREEDING!  ;)
 
We arrive in Massachusetts and within 10 minutes, we have our package ready to go (or I should say, Vin has his package ready to go!).  Courier service picked it up within an hour and it arrived in California 10PM pacific time.  Poppy is AI'd a little before Midnight!
 
I arrived home at 4:30 that afternoon -totally worn out!  Only to find a package from Poppy waiting in my mail that day....Murphy's Law prevails :)
Had it arrived the day before, Tina would have been spared the stress of my breeding encounter!
 
Finally, Sunday morning, I get to talk to Chris on the phone.  Saturday, I did talk with her vet about the flight arrangements, pick up etc however, this was the first time I had been able to talk with Chris & Mark since Friday when they called saying it's time. They were still without electric power or phone and would be until Monday.  They called from a friend's house they were watching while they were in Fresno, CA at a dog show - of all things!  :) The friends still had phone service. 
Funny how things work themselves out isn't it?  Despite all our stress, we found a way to communicate! 
 
Come Monday - another breeding is needed to reach California before Tuesday.  After Tuesday, Poppy would not be fertile....so, off to Masschusetts Vin and I go.  This time I had the swab kit sent from Poppy and also, the vet in Massachusetts advised me she had a female in heat at the office that day - made things much less stressful for me!
We complete the second collection, send it off by courier (by this time it's after 8PM eastern time). It was another long day - I got home around 10:30 Monday night - totally wiped out again!
The shipment arrives in California around 11AM pacific time and Poppy is AI'd again on Tuesday.
 
Now, we leave it all up to the heavens in determining if the breeding is successful.  Lord knows, we (Chris, Mark, Tina and I) moved heaven and earth getting the job done! 
 
 
 
If we are sucessful with producing this litter with chilled semen, we will have accomplished breedings by using the following methods:  Natural Breeding, Artifical Insemination, Frozen Semen Trans-Cervical Imsemination and Chilled Semen Insemination.

We expect the litter to be born around May 14th.  An ultrasound is scheduled for the 2nd week in April.
 
 
This breeding is an Uncle to Niece cross with a 3 generation pedigree consisting of World Show Champion Grand Champion PR Hill's Sierra Red Queen THREE Times and her sire, Grand Champion PR Hill's Sierra Red Commando FOUR times.
 
The pedigree also contains:
GRNITECH GRCH PR Comstock's Red Lightning
(Vindicator's Sire)
&
GRNITECH GRCH PR Parker's Reverend Red
(Poppy's Grand Sire)
 
PLEASE NOTE :
WE ARE NOT ADVERTISING THE POSSIBLE LITTER FOR SALE AT THIS TIME.
 
 

One Of The Last Show Females OW Owned
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PR Hill's Sierra Red Poppy ~ The Dam Owned By Chris Murphy & Mark Bledsoe of CA

Here's a peek at the pedigree:

Vindicator
Sire
GRNITE GRCH 'PR' Comstock's Red Lightning
Sire
'PR' Jewell's Geromino Q
Sire
NITECH 'PR' Timber Chopper Rocky
Dam
'PR' Ashman's Brandy
Dam
CH 'PR' Tioga Valley Squaw
Sire
NITECH CH 'PR' Wheeler's Scooter
Dam
Sire
'PR' Hersh's Huntin Red Sue
Dam
WSHOWCH GRCH 'PR' Hill's Sierra Red Queen
Sire
GRCH 'PR' Hill's Sierra Red Commando
Sire
GRCH 'PR' Hill's Sierra Red Ace
Dam
'PR' Swoboda's Annie
Dam
'PR' Hawks' Sweet Rose
Sire
'PR' Hill's Sierra Red Joe
Dam
'PR' HILL'S Sierra Red Peggy
Poppy Sire
GRCH PR Hill's Sierra Red Hondo
Sire
GRCH PR Hill's Sierra Red Rambler
Sire
GRCH PR Hill's Sierra Red Commando
Dam
Hensley's Red Rosie
Dam
WSHOWCH GRCH PR Hill's Sierra Red Queen
Sire
GRCH PR Hill's Sierra Red Commando
Dam
PR Hawk's Sweet Rose
Dam
'PR' Hill's Sierra Red Jessica
Sire
GRNITECH GRCH 'PR' Parker's Reverend Red
Sire
NITECH CH 'PR' Wright's Timber Hoss
Dam
'PR' Taylor's Burr Oak Red Rose
Dam
WSHOWCH GRCH PR Hill's Sierra Red Queen
Sire
GRCH PR Hill's Sierra Red Commando
Dam
PR Hawk's Sweet Rose

Pictured below are some puppies from our 2005 breedings.
This was the first year since having redbones that we have bred and raised at our kennel. 
We are very pleased with the results!
 
The first litter, bred by GRCH PR MICHIGAN MISS & GRCH PR HILL'S SIERRA RED HONDO was born on 2-21-05. 
 
The second  litter, bred by CH PR REDCOAT DUSK TILL DAWN & GRCH PR HILL'S SIERRA RED HONDO was born on 7-8-05. 
 
 

Dawn and Hondo Puppies ~ Born July 8, 2005
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Taken at 3 1/2 Weeks Old ~ 6 Pups (2 Females & 4 Males)

Missy and Hondo Litter Born February 21, 2005
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Taken At 3 Weeks Old ~ 10 pups (8 Females & 2 Males)

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