When we found out that First is very sick with cancer and would not live longer than a year I couldn't believe it!!!
2005 I got Sidney - she was diagnosed with discopathy in 2007
2006 I got First - he failed breeding confirmation in 2008 and than was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 ... what else is going to happen?!
I was thinking back and forth if I should have another puppy or not ... or a litter or not.
I checked the websites of my favorite kennels and Schloss Laupheim planned two breedings - both of excellent quality as usual - I always wanted a Laupheim Dane and so I contacted family Müller in Germany. I got on their puppy waiting list for a male puppy out of either one breeding ...
After a super fun afternoon October 17th 2010 with First and Sidney (it was the first time after weeks he was so overjoyed and happily playing and running!) he bloated after their dinner!!!
There was no chance in surviving the surgery because he already was so sick - we took him home and all of us slept the whole night next to him on the floor.
In the morning we carried him out on the patio to catch his last sun rays in his life ... when he died in my arms I wished his soul would fly over to Germany and come back to me in the Laupheim puppy I was wishing for to have.
One mating took place on October 18th 2010 - the day First died in my arms!!! ... and by the way the other mating didn't take.
Nabucco- Nero arrived March 7th 2011 - what a pretty guy he was and still is! He loves ice cubes - like First did and he reminds me of him in so many different ways that it is scary!!!
He has dark brown soft eyes and loves to cuddle all the time. He loves to do fun stuff and knows how to get on your nervs to get what he wants :D
He has a great conformation and his sisters in Germany are very successful in shows.
His first show he was First and Winner but showing in the USA is so totally different and I just couldn't get him to stand still without looking around and trying to sniff at other Dane's butts and one time he even started bouncing around because of a female in heat ... so I gave up showing him!
He will do his health screening this year and we might have some promising offspring in the future.
"Okay, that looks great! I can count 7 puppies and one of them is HUGE ... but it still fits through the pelvis ..." were Dr. Brown's words when he checked on Elektra before he got her ready to induce the birth process.
His almost white face had a tiny black dot right in the middle of the nose ... we recently watched Madagaskar 3 so his nick name was "Polka Dots" - he was an eye catcher on the x-ray, in the litter box ... and basically everywhere we go.
For me Harlequins need to have black over their eyes - I just don't like an all white face (except for pure white double Merles) ... and with just one black patch over his left eye for me Alaskan was just ugly. So when he was picked to become a Therapy Dane at the age of 5 weeks I had no problem to part with him ... I wanted to have him collected before neutering because his conformation, head, bone and substance was stunning but he was free to go in his new home.
"He can't have him!" said my husband like a pouting kid as soon as I shut the door behind our visitor. "Whaaaaaat?! Are you crazy?! Why not???" I did not understand.
The moment it was clear that Alaskan would move out in a few weeks my husband realized how much he loved this puppy!!!
I told him that he never liked Harlequins and this one has just one black patch over the eye which makes him quite ugly ... and keeping two puppies? That's just crazy!
But it seemed like Alaskan sensed what was going on and he was usually curled up next to Angel or looking for my husband's company. "See, he wants to stay with us! We have to keep him!" -Hm ...
So I tried to figure out if there are blue eyed champions out there (because that was what we wanted - Championship for the puppies) - and I heard that it was possible to finish him ... a plus for Alaskan.
Next my husband asked every person we met if the person would keep the puppy or sell it - most people voted for sell ... a minus for Alaskan.
He has this sweet, calm, laid back and loveable temperament - he was just adorable ... a plus for Alaskan
But than this ugly face! - I'm not keeping a Dane with an ugly face!!! ... a double minus for Alaskan.
Time passed and we were torn if or if not he would stay ... Alaskan had is own way to show us: his right eye lid started to pigment and after a few days it looked like he wears eye liner :D
"Now he stays for sure! There are no more excuses for you!!!"
... well, I am glad he did ;o) <3