Wednesday, October 31, 2007

My dog's pedigree (Lagan - Gulliagh Miraz)

As requested, here is the pedigree of my dog. If you feel like having a Ch in the pedigree, here they are.

Sire side:
Rossalare's Sandor (USA CH)(BOS-IWCA 2001)
Ballyhara Rumor (USA Ch) X Rosslare's Quinella (USA Ch)
Lilliput Fitzarran Khronos (US Ch)(BOS-IWCC-1997) X Ballyhara Scarlett (US Ch) / Ballyhara Shane (US Ch) X Rosslare's First Addition (US Ch)

Lilliput Fitzarran Khronos (US Ch)(BOS-IWCC-1997) was the offspring of
Nellwyns Barnabus (US Ch) X Fitzarran Nyke of Lilliput (US CH)

Ballyhara Scarlett (US Ch) was the offspring of
Fitzarran Shadowfax (CDN US Ch)(BOS-IWCC-1985) X Cashel Siobha of Culach (CND Ch)

Ballyhara Shane (US Ch) was the offspring of
Fitzarran Shadowfax (CDN US Ch) (BOS-IWCC-1985) X Cashel Siobhan of Culach (CDN Ch)

Rosslare's First Addition (US Ch) was the offspring of
Sharbo Gunther (US Ch) (BOB-IWCA-1986) X Boolteens Lady Miagh (CDN Ch)

Dam side:
Gulliagh Narnia
Maximillian Fionnmae (US Ch) (World W Jr-2000) X Gulliagh Serendipity (GB IRL Ch)
Curoi Jazz (Int NL D L DK Ch) X Unity Fionnmae (NL D Ch) /
Shadow of Kilmara (GB Ch) X Gulliagh Nadia (IRL Ch)

Curoi Jazz (Int NL D L DK Ch) was the offspring of
Quincy of Kilmara (Int B L NL Ch) (WorldW-94 & 95) X Geasa's Kaeliy

Unity Fionnmae (NL D Ch) was the offspring of
Magnificent Troy Fionnmae (Int FIN D NL VDH S Ch) (NordicV-95)
X Oda-Mae Fionnmae

Shadow of Kilmara (Gb Ch) was the offspring of
Nasch from the Good Heath (Int NL L Ch) X Miss-Marple from the Good Heath (Int B NL L Ch)

Gulliagh Nadia (IRL Ch) was the offspring of
Culvercroft Benjamin of Gulliagh (IRL GB Ch) X Gulliagh Isolde (IRL Ch)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Photos of Puppies at 18 days

Here are some photos of the puppies at 18 days.
They have grown a lot.

In this photo, Brigid is feeding the pups. As you can tell, they take up a lot more space than they did last week.

The puppies have their eyes open now.

They are beginning to move around better. They have begun to play with each other and toys.

They still spend a lot of their time sleeping.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Puppies at 18 days

I had a chance to visit the puppies today. They are now 18 days old and are walking around with their eyes open. They seem to only have two states, on and off. Either they are running around playing with each other, playing with some of the toys, and feeding from mom; or they are sleeping. I took pictures that I will post soon.

I had the opportunity to pick them all up and give them a little time on their backs and suspended in the air holding their body with my hand with their legs dangling. I am trying to give them some new body sensations to improve their reactions to novel situations later in life. I waited for them to settle down before I would let put them down. I wanted them to learn that only by being calm, they would be able to get back to the other puppies.

I also helped cut their toenails. Next time I do that, I'm planning to give them something wonderful to taste while I do it. I want them to have a positive association with getting their nails trimmed. I am also going to touch their feet and mouth so that they are used to that kind of handling. I waited for them to calm down after I trimmed their nails before returning them to the pen and other puppies.

It looks like we will be able to take her home on Friday, Nov 23. I can't wait (although there are so many things I need to do before she comes here).

Of the four females, one is one of the smaller dogs of the litter. It looks like she will be a lighter brindle. She seems comfortable sleeping away from the other puppies. She is not as food focused as most of the other puppies. One of the females is very curious and confident. She is already playfully attacking her litter mates. The other two females seem kind of middle of the road, not too reserved or friendly, not dominant or submissive, not big or small. I'll have to wait and see how they develop.

The answer to the question "How much will she weigh when you adopt her?" is 20 - 25 pounds.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

SOAR photos (evenings)

I am finally getting a chance to post a few pictures from SOAR this year. I was at all three "Stupid Yarn Tricks" events. Abby and Denny were great fun, even without the cheap swill. I hope they will be there next year.

Fibergal and fiberguy were the life of the party and not just because they provided the large amounts of cheap swill. Fibergal was in the same 3 day workshop that I was in, but we didn't get that many chances to talk. Maybe next year.

SOAR is such a great opportunity to get to know some of the most gifted people in the field of spinning and fiber arts.
In the evenings I hung out with people like Janel from Chameleon Colorworks, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Fibergal, Fiberguy, MamaOKnits from Craftlit, Abby from Abby's Yarns, Denny, and more.

SOAR photos


I have finally gotten some pictures of SOAR up on my Flickr account.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Just a little about me

I love Irish Wolfhounds and fiber arts, especially hand spinning.

I am the proud owner of Lagan, a 3 1/2 year old male Irish Wolfhound and two cats. We bred our Wolfhound to a sweet Wolfhound girl that lives nearby. She was pregant with 14 puppies, and gave birth to 10 live babies on October 7th.

I would have loved to be there when the puppies were being born, but I was on my way to SOAR (Spin-Off Autumn Retreat) in Michigan. The litter consists of 4 girls and 6 boys. We get the pick of the litter. I would like to have a girl puppy this time. We have only had male Wolfhounds, so this will be a change.

I am a spinner primarily and a knitter secondly. I attended SOAR (Spin-Off Autumn Retreat) in 2006 and 2007.

I learned to spin in Belfast (Northern Ireland) at the Ulster Heritage Museum. It was a great experience with a wonderful instructor. I have been spinning for about 4 years. I was taught to knit shortly afterward to have something to do with my handspun yarn. I was instructed by an English woman who learned to knit from her left-handed German nanny. So I carry in my left hand.

I have also been known to quilt (a lot) , bead (a lot), felt (a little), crosstitch (in the past), needle punch (a little), and some embroidery (not so much).