Last week I traveled to pick up our new pup Jetta (Jetta Riggan Hibbs Vom Hessenjaeger SW). She was bred by Margarete Hollnagel, whom owns Hessenjaeger Wirehair Kennels in Wisconsin. Margie is an experienced breeder and also a friend of mine. She offered us a pup after our dog Scout expired this past winter. Jetta was whelped by the same dam as Scout. Jetta’s sire is different than Scout’s. Both parents come from a kennel in Germany, and have tracking in their backgrounds. Since Scout had many characteristics I liked, this was an opportunity I jumped on. This also made since for our possible breeding plans in the future.
Jetta is adjusting well. Echo has been great with her and they are bonding nicely. I am also planning for Jetta to be a playmate to our singlet pup “Ellie” that is now almost 4 weeks old. One thing that has been a real eye opener for me is the time needed to spend with a pup after it leaves it’s siblings. When a pup has siblings they normally keep each other pretty busy. Although we have always taken the time to work with them individually prior to them headed to their new homes, it’s all the other in-between time that I have let fade from my memory. I now have a renewed respect for the dedication it takes of owners bringing new pups into their homes.
I recently received an update on one of last years D-litter pups. Olii owned by Dan Reiger of New York is one year old now. Dan is an experienced bow- hunter and tracking dog handler.
Dan wrote; This is my Olii one year later. I just got in from a training line. The line was 18 hrs. old. I’d say it was about 500 yards. I put the training line purposely through thick deer cover. They were all over the place. He did awesome. He’s turned out great. I went on a total of 14 calls last hunting season. Olii was able to find 8 of them. Most of them were pretty easy. This year I’m sure I’ll be taking him on more difficult tracking situations.
Thanks for the update and pictures Dan. I think Olii has a great start for being so young. A lot of handlers say that a tracking dog doesn’t really mature until it gets about 5 years of age.
The E-litter pups are both progressing well. They are 2.5 weeks old and have opened their eyes. Ellie is on her feet. Ember is close behind and is being taken care of by her new owner, our vet (Nicole). Nicole sent me a couple pictures of Ember on Easter, which I have posted here. Ember looks like she will resemble her sire Vimy. She’s going to have a longer wire coat, while Ellie’s going to have a tighter coat. Nicole has named Ember; Fern. It looks to me like little Fern is going to be spoiled rotten. I also warned Nicole to be prepared for Fern when she catches up from her tough start. Both Echo and Vimy are high drive dogs.
I took Echo to the vet today to have staples removed from her c-section procedure. The wound has healed nicely. Echo never showed any discomfort and has been running around like nothing ever happened since the procedure was done. It amazes me how tough dogs can be.
While I was at the vets office we were able to get a couple of pictures of Ellie and Ember together. Ember continues to improve and will hopefully make a full recovery. She is much smaller and has been bottle fed by our vet Nicole since the c-section procedure. Nicole is also Ember’s new owner.
Ellie’s eyes have opened and she will soon be walking. Ember shouldn’t be too far behind. Ellie is growing like crazy. She has no other pups to compete against for meals. We hope to get Ellie and Ember together more in the near future as Ember improves.
Echoes pups are 1 week old today. Both are doing well, although Ember, the pup taken by c-section will be staying with her new owner (our vet Nichole). I had planned on bringing Ember home Monday to reintroduce to with her mom and sister. After visiting at the vet office, Nichole told me about a couple of other issues Ember has that she may or may not grow out of. It is also possible something else may surface as she matures. With these concerns I would not send Ember to a new owner as a working dog. It is my hope she will continue to grow into a healthy pet for Nichole and her family. Nicole has been caring for and feeding Ember since she was taken via c-section. Nicole expressed interest in taking Ember. This was a great opportunity that I agreed to. Ember could not be in better hands. I will be doing some updates on Ember in the upcoming weeks.
Ember’s sister Ellie is healthy and doing great here at home. She has more than doubled her weight in 1 week. Echo is taking very good care of her. Ellie will be heading to a great hunting family in Missouri in about 8 weeks. I also plan on adding another pup to our pack in several weeks. Thank you to everyone that inquired about Ember’s status. I posted a picture of Echo at 1 week below Ellie’s photo. Notice the resemblance.