Joanna Kimball's Blog (14)

Enjoys long walks on the beach and raw chicken backs

This is a repost from my blog; the surgery I am talking about was to fix an icky-looking but harmless vaginal prolapse. Her caboose needed to be shaved but the surgery was flawless and as soon as the hair grows in she will look completely normal. She is spayed. I've had some interest in talking about her but I am looking for the PERFECT home and am not in a hurry.…

Added by Joanna Kimball on June 24, 2010 at 10:29pm — 10 Comments

Is your breeder's contract worth the paper it's printed on?

Here are some MAJOR red flags when you look at a breeder contract or "health guarantee."

1) The health warranty (which is what it should be called; nobody can "guarantee" health) runs out before the disease would show up. This is SUPER COMMON. People will offer a one-year warranty when OFA won't even certify hips before two years old. Other diseases (most heart problems, for example) won't show symptoms until the dog is fully mature. By making the deadline while the dog is…

Added by Joanna Kimball on June 23, 2010 at 3:10am — 5 Comments

Six-week-old pictures here!

There are a couple hundred of them, so I don't want to clog the upload by posting them all, but come over to my blog and see :)

Added by Joanna Kimball on March 7, 2010 at 5:51am — 8 Comments

Three weeks old!




Added by Joanna Kimball on February 14, 2010 at 8:02pm — 23 Comments

Followup to Cardi needs a home (merle boy "for trade")

You guys ROCK! Thanks to the efforts here and the hard work of the Cardi people, we know his pedigree, his breeder knows about it, and she's contacting her attorney in the morning. He WAS sold on a neuter contract and without papers (which is why they were looking to use him to make mixed-breed dogs) so there is hope that she can either get him back or rehome him appropriately.

I am always impressed with the care and commitment of dog people :). Yay for you all!

Added by Joanna Kimball on February 4, 2010 at 4:42am — 13 Comments

Anybody want to be a breeder? Plus bonus puppy pictures!

Clue's puppies are now nine days old!

They are all doing well; with such a large litter I am extra vigilant but so far weights are looking wonderful.

Just in case anybody thinks it might be fun to be a breeder, here's what every day has been like since last Friday (and what I do is not in any way unusual for good breeders - I was "trained" by someone who has done this for 30 years):

- The puppies are never left. They have at least one human next to them 24 hours… Continue

Added by Joanna Kimball on January 31, 2010 at 12:53pm — 20 Comments

Home with puppies!

Clue did beautifully through her c-section and we ended up with nine (NINE!) gorgeous puppies. All are decent to good weights and they're vigorous and nursing well. Now the hard work begins for me!

Here's a first picture; there will be many more to come.

Added by Joanna Kimball on January 22, 2010 at 4:31pm — 22 Comments

Clue, one week to go!

Last week:


Last week:


C-section is at 11:00 AM on Friday the 22nd, unless her temp drops on Thursday and then we'll do it that day.

Not long… Continue

Added by Joanna Kimball on January 15, 2010 at 2:37pm — 12 Comments

Clue, two weeks to go

Just as a reminder, here's Clue a week ago (three weeks to go):

And tonight:

With Friday (who I guess was trying to show what a normal Cardi looks like, because she kept pushing in and lying down):

From the top:

Poor thing is pretty much miserable,… Continue

Added by Joanna Kimball on January 8, 2010 at 10:00pm — 12 Comments

Clue, three weeks to go

Poor thing; she is really uncomfortable now and she still has a long way to go. I should be able to feel puppy movement in another week or so, but right now it's all belly. I'm feeding her lots of small meals a day because she can't eat a lot at once anymore and I am worried about her being underweight nursing what is obviously either a big litter or a bunch of BIG puppies. She can still hop up on the couch but she moans and groans a lot when… Continue

Added by Joanna Kimball on January 2, 2010 at 3:23am — 5 Comments

Clue, four weeks to go

You think she's got some puppies in there? ;)

It's amazing how fast she's popped. There is now not any angle at which she doesn't look pregnant, and sometimes it's startling.

Clue attended Christmas at my parents' house (she's with my baby sister above) because a bunch of family dogs got dropped off at our house and I didn't want her to be stressed by the chaos… Continue

Added by Joanna Kimball on December 26, 2009 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

Clue today - 5 weeks to go

Showing off her topline in the snow.

With Bramble, who is convinced that he's the one who did this. They pretty much ignored each other except to play until she was in heat, and since then he just follows her around and spoons her whenever she lies down. Poor guy has NO idea that he's… Continue

Added by Joanna Kimball on December 20, 2009 at 9:25pm — 12 Comments

Clue is pregnant!

I'm so excited I can barely stand it. This is my first litter in four years and I have a LOT of shopping to do!

Clue is Ch. Pecan Valley A Blue Clue, but she's more often known as my best buddy and the leader of the dog household. We bred her via chilled semen (flown in from Arkansas) to a gorgeous black boy named Ch. Pecan Valley Draco. Draco's kids are not only lovely - his daughter won the 2008 Nationals Sweepstakes (a puppy competition held in conjunction with the CWCCA National… Continue

Added by Joanna Kimball on December 18, 2009 at 11:34pm — 8 Comments

How to tell the difference between a good breeder website and a bad one.

Most puppy buyers use the Web to look for puppies. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you realize that bad breeders are not sticking to the penny saver or ads on the supermarket wall anymore. They know where their buyers are and they know how to pull them in. It’s up to you as a buyer to do your research, but I know it can be very confusing because bad breeders will claim all the same things that good ones do. Here are some things that help me tell the difference.

1) Good… Continue

Added by Joanna Kimball on December 3, 2009 at 6:56am — 14 Comments

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