I knew she would be a good Momma, just judging by her personality and how she, at such a young age, cared for us. I was excited and at that time did not have a stud dog of my own. After weeks of researching, lots of phone calls and visits to see some local studs, I finally found one I knew was right. He was a bit smaller than Chrissy, but like in color and personality. I felt comfortable with the owner too, knowing I would have to leave Chrissy in her care for no less than 1 week.
We watched Chrissy closely. She was just over 2 and cycled regularly twice a year. When the time was right, I called and made arrangements to leave Chrissy to be bred. This was the hardest part.
Coming out to greet me, Sandy reached down and gave Chrissy a pat on the head as well. We walked together up her drive and back towards the dog run she had for her pets. It was large, open, shaded by a few trees and clean. Formal introductions were made between Chrissy and her Husband-to-Be. It was hot that day and Chrissy looked nervous. She stayed right beside me, tethered to a leash or not.
After payment was made, it was time for me to leave her. I could not help it. I cried. The look on her face was pure abandonment. Chrissy could not imagine why I would leave her there with these strange people and dogs. I was worried that she would try to escape and make her way back to our home but the owner assured me their fencing and gates were secure.
Every single day I wanted to go and see her, but I resisted. I knew that each time I would leave without her, she would again get very stressed and this was not a time I wanted her to be stressed!
After 4 days, Sandy called.
"We have a slight problem." She said as my heart literally dropped.
"Chrissy is in full heat, but all she will show my dog is her teeth!"
A huge sigh of relief came over me as I burst out into laughter.
"That's my girl!!" I replied.
Sandy was a vet tech and arranged to take Chrissy into the office and have the mating done in a more artificial way. 2 weeks later it was confirmed that human intervention proved to be a success!
to be continued...