Remembering our Dommie

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Published on: September 14, 2019

It’s been 12 months since you left this world. It was the most difficult decision we’ve faced, but we knew we were doing it for the right reasons, and had your best interests at heart. We know it was the right thing to do, but that doesn’t stop the pain. Nothing will erase that memory of you taking your final breaths in Daddy’s arms.

Dommie was the first born of a litter of 5. When I was drying him off, he was very vocal, and I noticed his head shape was different. I figure it was just because he was the first born, paving the way through the birth canal for the others. Whilst rubbing and rubbing, he was making a lot of noise and I thought at the time “Gee, he’s going to be a handful”… little did I know. As a newborn, there were very few signs he was different to the others, other than his head shape. In the first week, it wasn’t THAT different to the others. He was feeding and developing just like the others, putting on very good amounts of weight each day. He never missed a feed, and was very happy to feed from the rear nipples that no one else wanted to touch.

It was about that 1.5/2 week age that we noticed his head shape was quite domed and different. Whilst looking at him one day, I was feeling his head and noticed there was a big hole in his skull. Of course, we took straight to google, and the more we read about hydrocephalus, the more concerned we became. The only symptoms he didn’t meet, were the failure to develop and feed. He was the biggest gaining puppy, so what was going on? We consulted specialists vets who advised that the only way to definitely know was to do an ultrasound of his head. We discussed this, and decided that we would just let him be and see what happened. We didn’t want any invasive investigations. He was happy, warm, fed and loved.

As he developed, it was obvious there were more issues than we hoped when his eyes opened. They were looking in different ways, and one eye looked very odd. It was obvious he could hear us, but we weren’t sure he could see us. Once his personality started to develop, it was clear he was “different” to the others. His play was quite erratic, he would seek our corners and once in them, not know how to get out.

Once we started to introduce solids, we realised that he couldn’t work out how to eat. He was getting very little food, and was only getting nutrition and food from Poppy’s milk. At this point, Poppy was starting to wean them and we were struggling to get him to eat. The other puppies were not wanting slop anymore, and more chunky food they could chew. This caused a few issues as the less Poppy was feeding, the less Dommie was getting.

The biggest changes we saw were between the 4 – 5 week mark. We started taking them outside to play on the grass, and the way he interacted with his siblings was VERY different. His play was very erratic, lunatic, quick and was asleep very quickly compared to the others. When outside, he would pounce along, not walk/gait/run like the others. He pounced on the clover and loved rolling around in it. Those are the images I will keep of him, having a ball in the clover.

At 5 weeks of age, and his symptoms becoming more prevalent and his condition declining due to not knowing how to eat, and Poppy weaning, we decided the best thing for him would be to put him to sleep. We knew what the future held, and not knowing how long we would have him, it only meant pain and suffering for him. Even if we took the option of surgery, they would have to be frequent ones to keep adjusting a stent to cope with his growing body. What kind of life is that for a beautiful boy? Pain, suffering, surgery, with the inevitable being seizures and death. We decided that we would not put him through that, and he would only know love, warmth, happiness and fun.

We hope you found Sally and Leia over rainbow bridge beautiful boy. They loved raising puppies with us, and I’m sure they needed you over rainbow bridge to teach their lessons to.

Dommie – 09/08/2018 to 14/09/2019

Exiting times ahead…

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Published on: July 31, 2019

We are very excited to share the news that Poppy has been confirmed in whelp with her 3rd and final litter. We have been so pleased with the temperaments and personalities on all of Poppy’s progeny, that we decided to have a final litter with semen I’ve imported form Russia/Poland.

Without the expertise of Dr Philip Thomas and the staff at Queensland Veterinary Specialists (QVS), these litters would not be possible. Phil keeps telling me to go and buy a lotto ticket. This is the third successful AI that he has achieved for me, from less than desirable semen quality.

The sire of this litter is International Champion Simonaland Bonacure. He is bred, owned and loved by Maria Semenova in Russia. Bonacure brings some new lines, along with tieing in with the lines we already have. Most important of all though, he has tested clear for all the common diseases that beagle’s can be tested for. We are still waiting on the results for PRA and EIC through Orivet.

Int Ch Simonaland Bonacure x Ch Houndmaster Gold Threads
Confirmed pregnancy

Champion Koosi!

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Published on: July 30, 2019

A good few weeks this year, with Oscar also obtaining enough points to be awarded his Australian Championship Title.

We love this boy, our very own BFG. Oscar has lots of names, from… Oscar, to Koos, to Koosi, to Osk koos koos, to Koostipher Robin, to Robin… I’m sure he get confused by which name is actually his, but he will always greet you with a big stretch and a tail wag. Just a gorgeous boy, who just wants love and attention.

Oscar is our 3rd home bred champion for Asalei. The first champion for dad Bo (Ch Asalei Golden Keepsake) and Poppy (Ch Houndmaster Gold Threads).

Australian Champion Asalei Golden Keepsake

Grand Champion Monkey!

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Published on: July 30, 2019

9.5 years ago, I started showing beagles. Well, a beagle. One to be exact. A VERY novice me, a baby puppy Abby (or Monkey to her friends), and a show world we really knew nothing about.

Fast forward 9.5 years, and over the past few years, my gorgeous friend Noosha has taken over showing Abby as I just couldn’t keep up with her anymore, and wasn’t doing her any favours with showing her to the best of her ability. My ability was certainly lacking, and Abby knew that and kept waiting up for me, which ruined her when the judges were looking at her. That’s when I knew if we were going to get this Grand Championship title, I needed to hand over the lead.

Noosha is amazing, there’s nothing else I could say. Well, there’s lots, but it all just amounts to her being amazing. She would come to shows, even when she wasn’t entered herself, to help me. Help me achieve this “dream” I had of my first show dog obtaining enough points (1000) to obtain the title. Freezing cold shows, late night shows, hot summer shows, she was there! I have SO much to thank her for. Because, without her, Abby would certainly not have got there.

So, I am immensely proud to introduce to you:

Grand Champion Baldev Blonde Bombshell

Gr Ch Baldev Blonde Bombshell – Judge: Ms Linda Field

The judge who awarded Abby her final points, also awarded her Runner Up Best In Group. The judge was Ms Linda Field, a beagle specialist judge. From an early age when Abby was in Junior class, Linda awarded Abby Best of Breed and Junior in Group. I knew Linda loved Abby and thought it was very fitting and hoped that it would be her to be the one to award Abby her final points for her title. What a wonderful end to Abby’s showing career.

Abby is now neutered (what a semi retirement present hey!) and will make appearances at bigger shows, specialties, royals, specialist judges as a neuter, but she won’t be shown all the time. Fortunately, she still loves being out there, and being given her chicken nuggets. I feel it would be awful of me to leave her at home, when she still loves showing.

Thank you to all the judges who have awarded my beautiful girl over the past 9.5 years. A special thank you to those other handlers who have helped me handle Abby when I couldn’t.

She is one special girl to me, and always will be. What a ride and experience she’s given me.

Where has this year gone….

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Published on: July 30, 2019

Will you look at that! Last time I updated this website was the beginning of the year, but I swear it was only yesterday!

Lots of exciting things have happened, with more still to come! I’ll update them individually. Stay tuned…..

Will you look at that!

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Published on: January 2, 2019

2018 has passed us by in the blink of an eye. We would like to wish everyone, especially our puppy owners a Very Merry Christmas and a wonderful and Happy 2019. Live, love, wag!

We don’t have many results show wise to reflect upon in 2018, as we didn’t show as much as previous years. Poppy’s litter took up a lot of our time, as did running our business. Unfortunately we did lose a puppy this year in our little Dommie. Although it was heartbreaking to lose Dommie from our precious litter, we’ve gained two new families into the Asalei fold through the new owners of Brian and Sammie and Artie. We are very blessed to have such wonderful owners of our puppies. But, as other owners will attest, we do ensure those we entrust with our puppies are the right fit for not only the puppy, but us as well.

Hopefully 2019 will see us attending more shows. I have two goals in 2019 and that’s to get the final points for Abby’s Grand Championship, and title Oscar.

We hope you all have a wonderful, and fun filled adventurous 2019 with your beagles.

 

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