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How many of you would like some tips on taking better photos of your own dogs?  I’m going to be in limbo for about a month starting in two weeks.  Keith will be holding down the fort in TX and our house in AL will not be closed on until mid July.  During this time the dogs, kids, and I will be staying at my sisters home in Arkansas.  While there we are planning a big time enjoying ‘no school’, but also I will have a fair amount of free time to devote to this blog.  Sure I can do more training video’s, but I thought I would see if there was any interest in learning a little basic photography.  I am no professional, but I think I can give everyone a few ideas on how to frame a photo, how to work with dogs, etc.  If there are people on here with DSL camera’s, speak up in the comments and I can get into more detail on getting the best out of your DSL without having to be a professional.  Also I can supply links to other websites I have found helpful with my own hobby work.

So, what do you think?  Worth diving into this summer or just stick to training??  Post thoughts below!

  • Heather McQuiddy - That sounds terrific!!!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie B - Yes, photography tips, especially as related to taking picyures of poodle, in particular, black and dark photos. You do a great job with those. Not to say training videos aren’t welcome too.

    On another note, best of luck with the move. I was very happy for you, though exhausted by the idea of all you went through looking for your new home. I was glad you found a new place. That’s always such a stress producing event, at least for me.

    And finally, the pictures of Cadence…one of the most beautiful dogs I’ve seen, I really, really suffered pangs of longing for her. Your kennel has produced such lovely dogs.congratulations on all of them, and thank you for sharing your trials, tribulations and joys on your blog. I hope one day to be a proud owner of an Anutta poodle also.ReplyCancel

  • Rae Irvine - I would love some poodle puppy photo tips.
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  • Pamela Kay Griffis - I would glean and treasure anything you would teach about photography. Please do so!ReplyCancel

Here are a couple of fun video’s of the babies. First one is with them socializing a bit with Jazz, River, and Lina. The second is them attempting stairs for the first time. Every day is a new adventure!! I LOVE PUPPIES!

 

INFORMATION ON THE PARENTS OF THIS LITTER

 

.  Jordan is our Sirius’ sire.  Gloria and Kelsey loved what he produced with their girl Kachina and we are happy with the COI being below 5% at 12 generations.

 

 

Ziva

 

 

UKC GR CH Tintlet Livin’ So Divine.
Ziva is a lovely BLUE girl

 

 

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 Jordan (AKC Ch Calisun Aris Satisfaction Guaranteed)
Jordan is a stunning black boy.

 

 

The COI (Coefficient of Inbreeding) is calculated up to a maximum of 12 generations. 10-generation COI 2.68%

 

12-generation COI 4.86%

 

Top 5 ancestors contributing to COI, in order of influence: AM CH Haus Brau Executive Of Acadia TP 0.64% AM CH Signature On File At Pinafore TP 0.38% AM CH Eaton Affirmed TP 0.31% AM CH Dassin Debauchery 0.25% AM CH Pinafore President 0.24%

 

These pups all have homes lined up, but if you are interested in future litters, please contact me. 
Next litter planned for 2015. 

~Becky

 

 

~Becky

  • Marlane - Love the way Elrond problem solved by going to the wider part of the steps when he hit the steeper corner on his way up. Good Boy! Really enjoy River’s reaction/responses to those little messes around his feet. Can’t wait to see them all in person :) ReplyCancel

I made a short video of each puppy doing some very basic training to help each home better understand the pups temperaments and what I see in each baby as a pet, therapy prospect, or performance dog.   All of these dogs will do good in therapy work, though Boromir will take the longest to mature as he is the highest drive puppy in the litter. These are NOT high drive pups. As a whole they are low to mid level, with only Boromir scoring a few 2′s on his aptitude test. This combination produced exactly what I expected from the parents personalities. Low to mid level drives, good therapy prospects, light working prospects. No real surprises. Watch the videos below to see how they each do during their first training session.

ELROND – Easy to train, will do well in performance work, therapy, just about anything. He is not a high end working dog temperament, but really nice and will do well at upper levels of training. A great first dog or one that will enjoy showing and make you look like a pro doing it. Quick learner, good food motivation, easy to direct. Great with kids. Will need some training with cats and small animals, due to having some ‘chase’ drive.
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ARAGORN- Easy to correct and will be a rule follower. He has low prey drive so good with young kids, cats, smaller animals. Sweet, gentle, and would do best in a home with other dogs or a stay at home parent. He would excel in therapy, as he adores people and is extremely social. Not dominant.
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BOROMIR – If you want a dog who can do higher end agility or obedience or just be a great pet this guy has the right stuff. He has drive, work ethic, love of food, love of toys. He is smart… maybe to smart for his own good. Love this boy for a working home with experience with large working breeds. Great with kids! Would take training to live with cats and smaller dogs, but very doable with training. He isn’t aggressive, but he will be a watchdog, as he notices his surroundings already. The key with this guy will be consistent training, due to his intelligence level. If you don’t train him, he will train you!
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SHADOWFAX- Low key, sweet, gentle, easy going. Will excel in therapy, service, or holding down the couch. Great with kids, cats, other pets of any size. Could do light performance work, but likely not champion level working.
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ARWEN (now TASHA) – this little girl could do anything. She scored middle of the road in her testing. She can do working sports with easy as her mind and body is perfectly suited for it, but also her temperament is such she will also make an amazing pet. She is friendly, happy, and will do well in most homes. Kids, small dogs, and cats are all ok. She is more retriever and less chaser, though she will need some training.
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~Becky

The puppies are here, the puppies are here!!  It was a long and grueling week of house hunting and travel.  We arrived in Arkansas on the 9th, drop off our camper and River at my sisters home, then left at 4AM on Saturday for the long drive to Huntsville, AL.  Within an hour of arriving at our hotel in Huntsville, we packed up the kids, Lina and Jazz, and headed to look in the first of MANY houses.  The kids and dogs were troopers as we spent about 10 hours a day in the car for over a week.  Finally, we narrowed the field to 3 options and placed an offer on Wednesday.  After a bit of back and forth, we all agreed on a price and our first pick’s offer was selected.  The paperwork was signed and finalized on Thursday afternoon, just in time for me to pack up the car for the drive to get the babies.  Friday morning at 5AM we made the trek towards North Carolina.  Gloria and Kelsey met us in Chattanooga, saving us 4 hours of driving!  After a brief visit / potty break, we loaded up the pups and headed towards Arkansas.  9 hours later we arrived at my sisters house, where much puppy play to was to be witnessed by every passer by.  My sister lives on a couple acres, plenty of room for everyone to run wild for a bit.  River was beside himself with joy.  I believe he thought we had abandoned him, but with Jazz and Lina in season, there was no way I was going to take him with us.  He survived unscathed.  Yesterday I loaded up the car again, making the 8 hour drive down to Harker Heights, TX.  Let me tell you, we are a road weary bunch.  The pups traveled like champs.  No one had ANY accident in the crate.  No pee, no poop, no puke.  Incredible babies who would give a little cry when they needed a potty break, but otherwise they were quiet and happy to sleep the day away.

Here are some photos for your enjoyment.  I’m going to start calling everyone over the next few days so we can talk puppies and see which might fit each home’s needs.  Some are a bit more spunky than others, but overall a nice even temperament crew.  Eowen is staying with Kelsey, so she is not pictured below.  Mithrandil is to shy to place at this time, so he also stayed with Kelsey for more socialization and training.  The other five babies are pictured below!!

Aragorn – Black Male

Aragorn – Black Male

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Arwen – Blue Female (Notice her lighter colored face)

Arwen – Blue Female

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Boromir – Black  Male

Boromir – Black Male

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Elrond – Blue Male

Elrond – Blue Male

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Shadowfax – Blue Male

Shadowfax – Blue Male

~Becky

  • Kate Bamberger - Oh… They are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Marlane - They are ALL so gorgeous! Too hard to play favorites with this group!ReplyCancel

  • Summer - Aaaaahhhhhh they’re so cuuuuuute!ReplyCancel

As part of my mad dash to get everything done before I leave Texas,  I made the drive down to Austin to grab some photos of Cadence.  She is one of the three pups we fostered from our Jazz and River litter born November 2013.  Generally I keep only one puppy back from a litter to move forward with in the next generation, but our bloodlines are shrinking rapidly as more and more people spay and neuter all but one puppy in each litter.  I am blessed to have found so many people willing to keep these dogs intact for possible future use, but also keep them as beloved family members.  These homes want to get them out and put a performance title or two on them to show their mental stability and prove them worthy to be bred.  They want to do therapy work.  They want to show the world what amazing pets these guys are without mixing them with some other breed.  My foster families are the backbone of what I do.  If it were not for them I would either have to stop breeding, or become the crazy dog lady with 10-20 dogs milling around my home half groomed and poorly trained.  My husband would never go for that, so thank you guys for stepping up and taking a chance on saving this breed from possible extension.  ::stepping down from the soap box::

Kerry, Cadence’s mom, had her groomed yesterday, but I asked her not to let them shave her body.  I would do that when I came down.  The groomer did a great job on her face, feet, and tail area, so there wasn’t a lot for me to do other than touch her up after I took her body down with a 5 blade all over.  You just never know how good the groomer will be, so I opted to do most of the work myself.  In any case, Kerry wanted her short (summer in Texas is brutal) so that is what we did!  It is easier to see their body structure without all the fluff, so that was perfectly fine by me.

Cadence is maturing into a lovely lady, even if she does have her Mom’s silly nature (see photo’s above).  Her body style, size, and coat is much more like River.  It looks like a true combination, the best of both worlds.  I’m extremely pleased with the conformation and temperaments of the litter.   They are not real “Flashy” but they are sound, solid, easy keepers without the sickly tummy and stressy nature of so many Standard Poodles.  I’d say that is a HUGE win.  As always, time will tell, but I think I am making good progress.

On a photography note the weather was perfect!  It was overcast, but still maintained good light and no rain.  Taking photos of a black dog is difficult, even worse with bright sunshine causing glares and tricking the camera into over exposing the shot.  The above photos come close to showing her true inky black color.  Her face only looks lighter because it was shaved short with a 30 blade.   Nothing makes a photographer smile more than a nice cloudy day!

~Becky

 

  • Marlane - She’s beautiful…great shape and color. Her personality really comes through the lens. Jazz and River did well! :) ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Tate - Wow! She’s gorgeous! Such a nice size and beautiful girl!!ReplyCancel