AGILITY CHAMPION KAPIA KONQUEST  ~ TO ~  RUFUS RAJNI OF KILNHURST


For Skye's second litter I spent a very long time looking for a suitable stud dog. I was delighted to find that not only was Storm an Agility Champion and IFCS gold-medal winning competitor, but a truly lovely character as well. The deal was clinched for me when I discovered that Storm posessed very similar lines in his pedigree to our Dexter, as this first combination resulting in Una, had worked so well. Thankfully Skye agreed with my choice of husbands for her and she and Storm went on to be long term friends, even running in teams together in later years.

The Storm and Skye pups are:

Jonty  (Kilnhurst Karate Kid)
Sola  (Kilnhurst Kinetic)
Roo  (Kilnhurst Kanga-roo)
Kim  (Kilnhurst Kwala Kim)
Kraze (Kilnhurst Kandi)
Conan  (Kilnhurst Cill Chiaráin)
Harley  (Kilnhurst King O'Th Road)
&  Bramble  (Kilnhurst Copper)



Sunday 6th january 2008 :  Birthday!





The Lady in Waiting  -  and her newborn family






02:50am blue merle boy 1
JONTY
04:50am red merle girl 1
SOLA
05:02am red merle boy
ROO



05:12am black/white girl
KIM
05:36am red merle girl 2
KRAZE
05:40 blue merle boy 2
CONAN



05:59am black/white boy
HARLEY
06:47am red/white girl
BRAMBLE

They've arrived!  Bang on date in the early hours of Sunday morning, Skye delivered eight gorgeous puppies. Everybody has been checked over by the Vet who pronounced Skye to be in 'superb condition' and the puppies to be beautifully 'pink and plump'.
The puppies are all very active and spend most of their time feeding or cuddled into mum. BM boy2's weight dipped briefly, but he's gaining weight again now and feeding well. Skye is a most attentive mother and looking after them all carefully.


week one





JONTY
SOLA
ROO



KIM
KRAZE
CONAN



HARLEY
BRAMBLE

Where did the first week go? Well for my part, largely it was lost dangling over the edge of the puppy box, gloating.
The pups are all well, feeding and pushing each other off the milk bar. They have had a go at wobbling on all four feet (not very successful,) climbing all over mum (very successful 'til you lose your grip and roll off the top,) growling (very funny) and barking (even funnier and not hugely productive, as your siblings are still mostly deaf.)
I ordered some smart, new, bright blue vetbed as the old green stuff was taking a pounding. They sent the wrong colour; it's navy blue. Very difficult to spot black puppies against a navy blue background... the merles stand out nicely though... For their portraits I've changed the girls' towel to cream, as I was having colour-balance problems with the pink background. (Yeah, yeah, I'm fussy. You want good pictures or not?!)
We trimmed their sharp front nails as they were making poor Skye sore when they were feeding. They didn't like their feet being held, you would have thought there was a murder being committed. Not long now until their eyes open!




week two





JONTY
SOLA
ROO



KIM
KRAZE
CONAN



HARLEY
BRAMBLE

Two weeks old today. We have some eyes open! It makes such a difference to their faces. All the puppies are trying to walk, and some can manage a few wobbly steps before they topple over. As they line up at the milk-bar, their little tails wiggle as they feed! Their personalities are starting to emerge noticeably now; we have a range of characters as varied as their coats. Everything from the big, bolshy and determined BW boy and the chopsy RM girl1 to the delightfully laid back and co-operative BM boy2 and the adorable, cuddly, little princess, RM girl2. I wish I could keep them all. Letting go is going to be the hardest thing ever, I hope their new owners are prepared for some tears as they leave...
Not for Skye though, who is increasingly desperate to join me back at training, and is getting very fed up of spending hours sitting in the puppy box feeding when there are games to be played outside. She's a wonderfully patient, protective and attentive mum to her big brood, but I know she'll be glad to return to her beloved agility in the next few weeks.
Jolly arrived here this week! Una and Jolly are simply aching to be allowed to be aunties and doing their level best to sneak the occasional peek at the puppies, but Skye is keeping them both equally at bay.


week three






JONTY
SOLA
ROO



KIM
KRAZE
CONAN



HARLEY
BRAMBLE

The babies are now all booked and we had a busy but happy weekend, meeting all the new puppy-owners. What a truly lovely bunch of people! I am delighted that each puppy has such a wonderful, loving and eager home, waiting. Just four more weeks to go, folks!
The puppies are all now very active around the box; walking, trying to run, chewing each other and starting to play. Their eyes are fully open and they can see and hear well. I have a feeling that as the merles have astonishingly blue eyes, they might remain that way.

This week following the discovery of rows of tiny teeth, we started to wean them. This is an alarmingly messy process but the puppies had a wonderful time with their first taste of breakfast, eating and wearing the mix of Farley's rusks, weetabix, formula puppy milk and a dash of organic honey. Beware: this is a mixture that transcends the properties of concrete when it dries, and the puppies are pebble-dashed with it! The punky hair-do's below are because I'd just tried to wash breakfast off their faces, with limited success.They have also tried an evening meat/veg mix which was accepted with great gusto. This extra feeding lightens the burden on Skye, who is increasingly happy to leave them under the watchful gaze, extreme vigilance and cleaning services of their doting 'aunties', Una and Jolly.


week four






JONTY
SOLA
ROO



KIM
KRAZE
CONAN



HARLEY
BRAMBLE

The puppies are growing at a tremendous rate. They are up and about, running, playing, jumping on each other, chewing each other's ears and feet and occasionally scrapping with each other, especially the boys. During the day they have a puppy-pen which fills the kitchen so they can watch all that goes on in the house. This leads off a dog-crate which is filled with vet-bed and towels so they have somewhere warm and cosy to crash when they're through with playing. They have a selection of toys to pounce on, shake, munch and chew, which they are having great fun with.
They have very sharp little teeth complete with effective fangs... fingers and toes beware! They are making great headway with their milky drinks and meaty food and are becoming increasingly independent. Skye now only feeds them last thing at night to help settle them (they still sleep in their box at night-time) and again in the morning, but other than that she is happy to let them be fed and watered by us, and be cared for and entertained by their adoring aunties. Skye's attention is now fixed on my running shoes and training bag full of leads and treats, in case it looks like I'm going out. I plan for her to start agility again in the next two weeks but only when I am sure she has finished feeding the puppies.


week fIVE






JONTY
SOLA
ROO



KIM
KRAZE
CONAN



HARLEY
BRAMBLE

OK, now we've got our hands full! The crate and puppy-pen combo in the kitchen is the full-time home. It's got plenty of room for them to run, play and sleep, and it's easy to clean up. We gave up with transferring them back to the puppy-box for night-time, as through sheer grit and determination they had learned how to climb out of it and when we fenced it in, they complained long and hard.
We are giving the puppies time with the Big Dogs as well, so they can learn to play and socialise with adult dogs. As always, Sidney's glorious plume of a tail is a big attraction. 'Why me???' is written all over Sidney's face but though he grumbles under his breath, he's actually very patient with them. Of course the more he grumbles and acts grumpy, the bigger a temptation it is for the puppies to dare to chew his tail. Sid hasn't quite got this downward spiral of anarchy, figured out.
We tried our usual 'photo-booth' technique to get the puppy photos this week. This just was not going to happen. Nobody would sit still for long enough and they all sprinted out of the box and escaped into the lounge. It was mayhem. So one by one they were taken outside into the sunshine and held for their photos. It was very bright sunshine and we have a few squints into camera. But believe me, holding them was the only way we were going to get any worthwhile photos of these little bundles of energy.


week six






JONTY
SOLA
ROO



KIM
KRAZE
CONAN



HARLEY
BRAMBLE

Well, here's the gang of trouble-makers for their last photo line-up, as the first puppies leave for their new homes next weekend. That's going to be a tough call...
The puppy box is now washed and packed away as it was no longer used (all ready for the next time?!) and the puppy pen in the kitchen has expanded to fill the kitchen - and we are shuffling around it in what little space is left.
Their time with Skye has had to be limited as every time they see her, all they want to do is nurse - and Skye is quite happy to let them! So their playtimes are mostly supervised by big sister Una and auntie Jolly, who are doing a wonderful job of socialising the puppies, playing with them patiently and gently reprimanding them when they use their teeth too hard. We don't often let all the puppies out in one go as it's now simply too much to supervise safely. They tend to be let out in shifts of two's or threes; much more manageable.
All the puppies are eating and drinking well. At the moment they are consuming approx two pints of puppy milk and 1.5 - 2kg of meat and dinner mix a day. The local pet superstore has no more meat mix left in it's freezers (so bad luck if you were hoping to buy any from there this week, I've got it all!)
Skye made a gentle return to agility yesterday when she attended a training day. She was so pleased to be back, she barked non-stop. She worked very well for an hour and a half although she was obviously somewhat out of condition and also expected to get away with murder on her contacts and weaves. Once she started tiring, Una took her place for the second half of the session.


weeks seven - eight






JONTY
went home with Jill
SOLA
went home with Hannah
ROO
went home with Sarah



KIM
went home with Nikki
KRAZE
went home with Stuart & Lu
CONAN
went home with Kieran



HARLEY
went home with Don
BRAMBLE
went home with Pauline

Saying good-bye is never easy.
Only the joy and excitement of the puppy-people and the potential of such loving, wonderful homes, made this weekend endurable. There are eight little holes in our hearts. The pen is so empty, cold and quiet, it's painful to look at. Their toys lie un-moving in the corner, their food bowls clean and untouched on the shelf. The washing machine at last is silent and we can walk through the kitchen unhindered. It's a very odd feeling without all the chaos about. Time to clear everything away and store it safely. Until next time.


one last kiss good-bye