One integral component of being a preservation breeder is not only making the best breeding choices using the current crop of available stock, but harvesting and storing semen from outstanding breed "contributors" to use in future generations. Theriogenology within the canine world is fascinating and when you find the right individuals to work with your breeding dreams and plans, the positive outcomes can be wonderfully rewarding.
Thanks to the forward thinking of the late Dr. Daniel Burnside of the Quakertown Veterinary Clinic in PA who got us started on this journey over twenty years ago and currently Dr. Eric Hartelius of the Rondout Valley Veterinary Associates in NY in tandem with Dr. Mary Stankovics of Straws To Paws in NJ, we are rejoicing to at long last have puppies which we only dared to dream about.
Using twenty plus year old frozen semen from our top winning and producing
SBIS/UBIS American/Canadian/Bermudian Ch. Windy Cove Norgren Wild Pride ("BS")
to our lovely
SBIS American Grand Ch. Kamgaard Kintyre ("Marnie")
we were blessed in the wee small hours with five uniform and health bitch puppies;
It takes a village but with great thanks to all involved, here's hoping these girls will be ongoing breed contributors as well. Meanwhile we are just enjoying them and SOOOOO thankful they are here safe and sound!