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    Cate,

    Because this forum can get heated at times, because I may have upset someone in the past or may in the future I am a little reluctant to disclose prefixes etc. I'm not saying anyone would make trouble or whatever but....

    If you would like one to show by all means or if you would like one to campaign in Canberra give it some thought. I would like to see how the best of these puppies turn out. This is a maiden mating for both the dog and bitch so it's a suck it and see.

    Do you know any of the canberra breeders? It may be best if I PM.

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    A few Canberra breeders but that is not where I went to get Jethro. Totally understand about not disclosing over the net!

    Ooh if you get more then the 2 ones that you want to run on I may give it some serious thought! Am waiting for 5 years to get a German Wire Haired Pointer but that doesn't stop me doing something in the meantime!! LOL!

    I must admit I only do the Canberra and surrounding shows and am getting up the guts to go to Erskine park when the next one comes around! I don't know if that would turn you off as I am not sure how much exposure that would give the pup.

    Quite happy to have a pm if you are happy to about prefixes, I actually wonder if I already know you or of you and also your current lines. But then again curiosity did kill the cat - so perhaps I shouldn't wonder so much! LOL!

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    Puppies have turned 3 weeks old now and mum has had enough.

    She is rarely in the box, only pokes her head in to check on them if she hears squeaks, and to occasionally clean up after them.

    They have some teeth and are likes sharks at a feeding frenzy now so I can't blame her. She only does one or two feeds a day and they can drain her in about 3 mins. Her stomach is a mess from their nails regardless of me keeping them trimmed.

    So they are having fun swimming in their rehydrated puppy food which I mix with goats milk, corn syrup and a dab of yogurt.

    I'm finding it hard to pick one for myself out of the top 5 they are all so nice. Had to build the sides up on the whelping box and by next weekend I think they will be in the big show cage with a cat igloo for their bed.

    My how time flys.

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    Growing sooo fast!

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    The Whippet puppies are nearly 4wks old and have moved into the lounge room to soak up the sounds and sights.

    Tomorrow they'll start to experience different surfaces and maybe, weather permitting, get to spend some time on the front porch.

    Gemma walked past the glass doors and they found her fascinating, probably thought "wow look at the size of that milk-bar".

    I vacuumed and nobody woke up.

    I so love them at this stage, they have little bursts of energy where you get to see their personalities but they still sleep a lot.

    Mum has spent more time with them than usual. I think it's the combination of the change of venue - she's checking on them and the fact that they are now much closer to the a/c and don't overheat her.

    We have a good patten going, mum does the night feeds and I take care of the day feeds.

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    This morning I was about 5 minutes behind my usual time of preparing food for the 7 puppies and they were setting up a howl of crying. While I was waiting for the food to cool I gave Mum her favourite treat 5 Star Cat Mince.

    Next thing Mum's gone into the crate and regurgitated the mince for the puppies. 5 of them fed off her and 2 found the mince and gobbled it down.

    I've been a bit critical of mum, comparing her to my previous Kelpies. But if I'm honest there is nothing to compare. Kelpies weigh approx 16 kilo and normally had 5-6 pups whereas Whippet mum weighs 11 kilo and is feeding 7.

    Her milk is running dry but she's still a good mum, she's finding alternative methods of feeding them.

    I've been taught a good lesson today that when you take on a new breed, especially if you've had a favourite breed for a long time that its not beneficial to compare them. Each breed is very much an individual. Even their mothering skills differ.

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