While asleep, the vet checked Kit over carefully; afterwards he said that her teeth were fine (I did NOT ask him to check them). There had been some concern about how the upper and lower front teeth fit together. He told me that the upper front teeth were slightly in front of the lower front teeth so that should not be a problem.
I have been thinking about breeding Kit. She's a sound animal both genetically and temperamentally. If you've been following my blog you know that she was returned to me at about a year and a half of age with a vague she doesn't fit my goals. (I paraphrase.) Vinlands Pila was returned to me at about the same age and I exchanged a nice male for her. Bear, Bersi av Isheim, arrived as a bequest from Norway/Sweden after his mother passed away. Bear and Pila had one litter: Vinlands Arne and Vinlands Lille-Mora went to Europe and have been bred producing amazing puppies, Vinlands Erik went to Ohio, Vinlands Leifur stayed in Michigan and did very well. I've been thinking that when I get some excellent dogs as unexpected surprises or bonuses, I've been very, very lucky so maybe I should take advantage of that good fortune and breed Kit.
I honestly thought my Icelandic Sheepdog breeding days were done. I had been thinking that in my mid-seventies now maybe I needed to relax a bit. Breeding and raising puppies is not easy.
Finding good homes is always an issue for concern. Icelandic Sheepdogs are very active dogs, very intelligent dogs, very loving dogs. They are not for the meek owner/handler family. They are a rather primitive breed having changed very little since the Vikings took them to Iceland more than a thousand years ago so they have many of their instincts intact. I have really enjoyed experiencing working with those ancient dog/wolf instincts; I try very hard to make my puppy buyers understand what they are getting before they commit.
Sunrise this morning
Raising the puppies properly is not my main issue. I believe I can still do that.
I have been casually looking for the right boyfriend to use with Kit. I would prefer not to use a dog from the club's stud page. I think we need to expand the gene pool which means ideally I would like to use a boy that is not "popular". I also believe strongly that puppies in a litter should show diversity in temperaments, genetic backgrounds, fur length, color, etc. I prefer natural breedings but with so few dogs in the US and Canada I am open to using A.I. (artificial insemination). I do like trying new (to me) things.
Many Icelandic Sheepdog females have irregular seasons. Many (most?) "modern" female dogs have seasons spaced six months apart. Some of my girls have had six months separating seasons but most have seasons that are seven, nine, or even eleven months apart. If you think of the extreme weather conditions in Iceland, that makes sense, doesn't it? If a dog always has seasons six months apart and those seasons always arrive during harsh weather, well then her puppies would have a hard time surviving; maybe none of her pups would live. When will Kit come into season? I simply just don't know.
There is much beauty in winter, as my friend Christine reminded me. I have many red-twigged dogwoods scattered around, all volunteers. Their twigs, as you know, are green in the summer but turn red after the leaves fall and it turns cold. Clicking on photos enlarges them.
If you know of a nice boy for Kit, near or far, please drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org