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Kivisilmän Y - litter (22.12.2014)
Ariel and her newborn litter
AM CH, WRD3, CGC, RN Hurricane Keep My Dreams Afloat "Buoy" (b. 10.06.2009)
(AM CH, WD, CGC Keepsakes Afloat on Midnight Bay - Homeport Hurricane Grace)
HD: Excellent, ED: normal, heart healthy (cardiologist), cystinuria free
We met Buoy at our 2013 Kansas, USA waterwork camp, where we were able to get a thorough hands-on view of his structure, temperament and working abilities. Seeing him on the shore approach us, we were immediately looking forward to working with this dog. He is the definition for the word "balanced". Structurally he is very well proportioned, strong boned and not overexaggerated in any way. Temperamentally he is very gentle, but still an active, steady, very responsive worker, with an enthusiasm for water and working. We were impressed by his swimming style, stamina and tenacity in the water; whatever the task he started, he would work through it without rushing, and finish the task with brilliance. We were impressed by him. He's the kind of dog you would like to take home and continue working with him. Fortunately for us, his health and pedigree also met our criteria, and we were able to go ahead with the planning for our 2014-15 litter for Ariel.
Buoy is an American show Champion, he has achieved the Water Dog (junior title), Water Rescue Dog (senior title) three times, a Rally Newf title and a Canine Good Citizen award.
A little about the dam:
EE J CH Kivisilmän Salapoliisi "Ariel" (b. 08.07.2012)
(Oukaya Forever Regliss Mint Panda - LUX, EE CH Kivisilmän Monitoimikone)
HD: C/D, ED: 0/0, heart healthy (cardiologist doppler), cystinuria free
Ariel - she is something extraordinary. She was born as a singleton to our Ruuti and a 12 year-old sire, Panda. Ariel was introduced to lake water at 5 weeks, went to her first waterwork trainings at 8 weeks. She then had long winter break with a couple of introductory swimming sessions at an indoor dog pool. When she emerged from winter hibernation, she was Ready: Ariel participated in her first waterwork trail June 2013 (49/50p). She trained over the summer everything but the test exercises, and passed to compete in the open class by the end of the summer. She is like a rocket in the water; water is her life: One of the silliest issues in the trainings has been to train her to come to shore! Whenever anyone asks for training advice from her owners, they always say the same "she is like a sponge, she "knows" it even before they start training, and when they do, she doesn't need to be shown more than once before she knows it fully". By the end of the summer, Ariel was already jumping out of a boat to take an oar to a drowner, tow it to the boat, get a floating article, take it to another drowner, tow to boat, and tow them all to the shore - all this with only verbal guidance. Ariel has also done blood trials tracking with her owners. During summer 2014 Ariel competed and passed the Estonian water test level 1 and has been working towards the open class in waterwork. She knows the exercises and much more, so it's just a question of "when" she'll progress into the winners class. Ariel also participated at a "bear test", where she got a special mention for mental stability and excellent quick return to normal state after being exposed to something "scary" and novel (the "bear"). Ariel is co-owned, but we've had the priviledge to live with her and train with her, and get know her just as our own.
Ariel hasn't been shown much, but despite that, she earned the Estonian Junior Champion title in just two show weekends in 2013.
Pedigree of the V-litter:
Due to Ariel being recessive in both the B and S loci, Buoy has been gene tested to be homozyous dominant in the S locus; ie. due to Ariel carrying both the "brown" and "white&black" genes, to assure that there is no possibility for there to be any brown&white puppies (a colour that is not recognzed by the breed standard) being born, the sire "Buoy" has been gene tested to NOT be a carrier of the "white&black" gene. By pedigree analysis the likelihood of brown puppies being born from this litter is very, very small.
Outcome and Analysis: Five of this litter had OCD lesions on their left shoulder (and only left) that had to be removed between the ages of 6-9 months. Some puppies are also noise sensitive, and not as self-confident as we always pride our puppies to be. The puppies function well in their normal every day lives, but the Newfoundland temperament should not be hesitant in any way, which some of the puppies are. As a result, we do not wish these genes to be passed onwards to future generations, and we have decided to not continue this branch of our lines.
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