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Swanny 
Posted: 25-Jul-2008, 10:47 AM
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I think the picture is well worth 1,000 or more words.

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Dam - Lucky owned by Kyle Belleque (Nugashak Kennels), whelped by Will Forsberg.
Sire - Torus, owned by Swanny (Stardancer Historical Freight Dogs), whelped and trained by Eric Butcher.


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Posted: 25-Jul-2008, 07:35 PM
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What a wonderful photo Swanny. Thanks for making my day. thumbs_up.gif

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Posted: 25-Jul-2008, 10:29 PM
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Congratulations, Grandpa!

Nice, round, shiny, strong-looking bundles. Are they all really black for keeps, or will they show some wolfish markings when they fill out? smile.gif
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Posted: 26-Jul-2008, 03:28 AM
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Thank you for the compliments. I'd hand out cigars if I could.

1 of the puppies is a very dark sable, so will look much like Lucky, though darker in color. She will probably look a lot like my Hedlund Gray huskies (also Lucky's puppies). All of the black puppies have brown eyebrow patches and cheek patches. Some have a white line under their chins, and all have brown fur under their tails, which is an indication that they won't stay black, but will have a black base with other, lighter color in the fur.

They are already growing noticeably, and this evening most of them are using their legs rather than doing the belly-squirm thang, which is rather amazing.

I'm very fortunate that my certified canine behaviorist friend, who has whelped MANY litters, is here for a visit. We are doing some interesting neurological training I'll describe in detail on my blog at a later date, but mostly having her to help guide me along as we give these kids a start is a true Godsend.

Lucky is SUCH a good Mom - appropriately protective, keeping the kids and environment spotless, and very attentive. You just gotta love that girl.

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Posted: 26-Jul-2008, 06:04 AM
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She's a beauty, looks like a very experienced mom. I'd be interested in hearing about that training -- keep posted.

I put a couple of recipes for whiskey salmon for you over in the food forum under "Seafood," to help celebrate the blessed event -- sound like one of them might hit the spot.
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CONGRATULATIONS SWANNY!!!!
They are beautiful babies. Thanks for sharing with us.


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Nice looking animals Swanny!

Tell our mutual friend I said 'he !
I am sure they will grow into fine freight dogs!

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Posted: 28-Jul-2008, 03:00 PM
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Here is some more information on the neural stimulation training we are doing with our neonatal puppies.

"DEVELOPING HIGH ACHIEVERS"

Here is a video Janece Rollet (CCB) and I created to demonstrate the process.


[URL=]Neonatal Puppy Training Video[/URL]

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Posted: 28-Jul-2008, 09:06 PM
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Swanny,

In building neuropathways w/the neonatal exercises, what developmental achievements are we looking for?

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Posted: 29-Jul-2008, 12:00 AM
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I'm looking for all the benefits described in Battaglia's article, linked above. These are
" Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises. The benefits noted were:

1. Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
2. Stronger heart beats
3. Stronger adrenal glands
4. More tolerance to stress and
5. Greater resistance to disease.

In tests of learning, stimulated pups were found to be more active and were more exploratory than their non- stimulated littermates over which they were dominant in competitive situations.
Secondary effects were also noted regarding test performance. In simple problem solving tests using detours in a maze, the non-stimulated pups became extremely aroused, wined a great deal, and made many errors. Their stimulated littermates were less disturbed or upset by test conditions and when comparisons were made, the stimulated littermates were more calm in the test environment, made fewer errors and gave only an occasional distress when stressed."

All of these advantages are important for working sled dogs, and I would imagine any other dog.

Today, we have 5 day old puppies who are supporting themselves on their feet rather than bellies, are trying to climb up the side of their whelping house, and are wagging their tails while being handled by humans. This is pretty rapid development for such young puppies, and I'm sure the exercises contribute to that.

Keep in mind that this is not a "stand alone" program, it's only the start of the process of puppy socialization, and of training that will be ongoing throughout these dogs' lifetimes.

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Very interesting Swanny. Dendrite spreading is a wonderful thing! Everyone used to joke when I would use all the "big" anatomically correct words w/my 2-year old nephew until two incidents occured. They were out to dinner (he was 3 at this point), began to cough and was playing w/his throat. His mother said, "what are you doing?" and he replied, "well, my trachea is for air and my esophagus is for food and milk...my milk went down the wrong one!"

Totally floored them...and the couple at the next table! Then there was the incident at the doctor's office when the doc had him say "ahhh" to check his throat and he asked, "can you see my uvula?"

Again, the doc was floored and began telling him that sometimes people can have 2 uvulas! He proceeded to inform me when he saw me later that week. I think he called it biuvular!

Dendrites are something....can't underestimate those neuralpathways!

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Hey, time for an update! How's those beautiful pups doing?
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Posted: 20-Aug-2008, 11:08 AM
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Sorry to fall behind. I was at my place of employment so my puppies were boarding with my training partner (who LOVES puppies and especially loves my puppies).

They were introduced to solid food (well, semi-solid food) this morning. It went much easier than I expected. Once they realized the gunk in front of them was edible they were just delighted.

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If you can't see the picture, it's at http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_0i14Gt2skLs/SKw6...firstmeal+2.jpg
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They are so adorable. Thank-you for sharing.
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Posted: 21-Aug-2008, 09:03 AM
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ahhhh Swanny thanks for posting this picture. I luv puppies so much! Was into the vets yesterday and a lady had a 11 week old Rot. she was so cute.

Thanks again for posting this.

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