Gallery of our Stars!
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My first Biewer imported from Germany and my special girl
I personally love this picture and the message. Touching and meaningful for those of us who love our little special treasures.
The photos below are some shared with me this past year. Thank all who send me photos. I surely enjoy it and hope viewers do too.
MIra has a story to tell. She came into the world with the deck stacked against her. She was the last of four puppies and a C-section was needed to get her out. Her three brothers had emerged throughout the night, but now her mother had decided that she was done. Uterine inertia had set in. So off to the vet with very little hope (on my part) that this last puppy would survive. It was Dr. Enoch's "day off" but he and his wife, Barb, came in to the clinic (Valley View Veterinary Hospital) nevertheless for an early morning C-section (that is another story!) I was pretty worn out from the stress of the delivery and being up all night. Barb took over once Mira was out. This little limp rag seemed lifeless, but Barb does not give up. She worked and worked with her until she started getting a few pitiful gasps for air. Meantime, the mom, Daisy, was done with surgery and awake, nursing her other three puppies. After an hour, I bid the Enochs fairwell (they needed to get on with their day and I needed to get the mom and babies home) and none of us expected much in the way of hope. However, as I left, Barb called out in her usual optimistic way, "Maybe we will have a Miracle". When I arrived home after the hour journey, I was shocked to see that Mira was now breathing through her nose and moving around (she had been nestled in with her brothers by her mom). I had been expecting to find a burial place, but instead hope guardedly started to grow. After getting the litter and Mom settled it was clear that Mira was way to weak and stressed to eat on her own. I started the syringe feedings every 2 hours around the clock. Usually when this is the case, very few puppies survive. After 3 days she was still alive and I was quite concerned about the lack of colostrom. She was now too old to benefit from intestinal colostrom administration. She was also starting to have the "loose stools" common and usually a precursor to the end for such a tiny newborn. I started researching and called Dr. Enochs to see if he had done a blood infusion (which would have the colostrom from the donor dog and deposited directly into the body tissues). Mom was not a candidate because this would be too much blood. He picked up the research part and suggested the use of his own dog and a projected three day regiment of four cc's of spun down serum each day.
By the time I got to the clinic (fourth day) Mira was declining fast. The infusion was stressful and by the time I got back home she had liquid poo. With nothing to lose, I decided to tube feed her (that evening around 7PM) 2-3 cc's of kaopectate. It had never worked on a puppy this young in the past, but I could think of nothing else. She still resisted nursing and I believe she felt she was being suffocated. Much later that night (maybe around midnight?) we turned a corner. I managed to get her to hold still long enough on a nipple for her to get a couple of drops and swallow. It was an incredible turn around. She now had renewed energy, didn't feel like she had her airway blocked and figured out this was a food source! I have hardly ever had such a dramatic turnaround so quickly. While I believe technology and doing "the right things at the opportune time" are crucial, I also am wise enough to know that healing in itself cannot come from me or any other human. So little Miracle became Mira BE (Barb Enochs.....you know like, instead of "Glory Be!" as the addage of old). We did not do the other two infusions as it was judged this would have been more detrimental at this point than beneficial.
The story was not over. Mira continued to thrive and present as a completely normal newborn and then puppy. The family who was waiting for her decided the complications were too great (they lived in Canada) to get her across the border (I would not allow her to have a rabies shot so young per immigration into Canada requirements). I also think they felt the risk was too great. In the meantime, the family who had reserved Maverick (her brother) immediately jumped at the opportunity to have her too! As it turns out, they were precious friends of mine, so I will continue to see Mira from here on out.
Mira's story is worth telling. There are many, many heartaches as a breeder like myself, who tries to be conscientious and do it right by all concerned. This carried me through some very weary moments and I am ever so grateful.
PS. Mira just celebrated her one year homecoming (with her brother) into her family in northern MN in December 2015. She has turned into a very cute and slightly bossy, opinionated force with which to be reckoned (mostly as it pertains to her more sensitive brother and in a totally endearing way)..........it is obvious her natural spunk came in handy when the chips were down!
Garden Parti Yorkies enjoying a variety of activities....
Yorkies in Middle age and as Seniors!
Yes, there are eight....we took a break during a trip. One is my daughter's yorkie. The pack leader is "Yours Truly", Trudy
Mira can be found in the photos above in the laundry basket!
One is not like the others!
We Like Friends and trying new things!
The one thing we don't like to think about is losing a much loved pet. Remi has a story worth telling. She lived 15 years with Karen and I placed this little girl with her and her husband as a puppy shortly after their only daughter had been tragically killed in a car accident. A house full of teenaged activity suddenly became silent and sad beyond words. Remi had a special personality and fortunately, I had her available for placement at the time they needed her. I believed she would be a joy to them. Since that time, Karen has lost her husband and suffered from an early stroke. Remi has been there through all of Karen's last 15 years. Saying goodbye was difficult, but the blessing she has been to Karen is a gift from God. I wanted to remember little Remi's life and all of the special days she contributed.
A tribute to the memory of Remi is at the bottom of this page. A very special story.