News archive 2008.
15.09.2008. Ella, Kiya & Bura running and little Chuma watching and learning
Chuma Yeke Yeke
So, we are back to our normal every day routine 🙂 Ella and little one are OK. We gave him name CHUMA, meaning “hero” or “strong person” in Swahilli. We think it suits him well, as he proved from the beginning that he is fighter, strong spirited and with great will for life. In the beginning Ella was very confused because of only one puppy. We think that she knew that there were more of them. And she is used to take care for some 10 puppies. Ella directed all love, attention and care that she cumulated for more puppies to only one. She was constantly cleaning him, she was constantly over him so we had to take her out of whelping box so that little one has some quite time to sleep. Bura was totally impressed by the puppy and she was helping that puppy had even more attention and less peace 🙂 . So, first few weeks were quite exhausting but now everything is OK and normal. And BIG THANKS!!! to all known and unknown friends who contacted us by phone or e-mail expressing their interest in Ella and puppy and giving us their support and words of comfort. It means a lot to us! Chuma is developing very nicely. Weather is very nice, warm and sunny, so he can spend a lot of time outside in the garden. He is very free and playful. His father Ajani can be really proud of him.
More pictures of Chuma.
Bura and Kiya had a lot of interesting walks, and now Ella is accompanying them too
09. July 2008. wednesday C LITTER
Wednesday was definitely the hardest day of our lives with dogs.
As of Monday, Ella had all symptoms of normal delivery, she was unsettled, slept for a while, breathed hard, discharged some transparent fluid from vagina. As of Tuesday, she had some rare and weak contractions. During the night from Tuesday to Wednesday she had few weak contractions, nothing much. During Wednesday morning she was very calm, she slept and there were no heavier contractions. Vet and we started to worry. We went to the clinic; vet checked her and said that he must make cesarean section immediately. He was very surprised when he saw that she had torsion of uterus. Her uterus turned and amniotic cords were also turned. Only one male puppy was alive, and unfortunately for 4 of them was too late. They couldn’t save them, reanimation didn’t succeed. All 4 of them (3 boys and 1 girl) were normally developed. All ridges were OK, tails were OK and they had just a little white marks.
On picture: Ella after operation, puppy had his first milk.
This one male that survived was 590 g on the birth. He had his first milk while Ella was still under narcosis and on infusion. When she woke up, she immediately accepted him and started to clean him. She is really great mum.
Ella is OK now, she has big cut through her stomach. She has enough milk and little one really likes to eat. He is great and we can already see that he is very suborned!
We will never forget our 4 little angels; we are so sorry they left us so early.
Bura & Ella with puppy at home on 09.07.2008.
We are still very sad and shocked, thinking all those “what if …” and “why didn’t we …” questions. But we must go on and be happy that Ella is OK and that we have this little one in whelping box.
So, as of Wednesday, 09.07.2008. our family is bigger for one little male puppy. And here they are – Ella and her son:
Ella & puppy
PUPPY NEWS – We are expecting puppies in the beginning of July 2008 !
In the beginning of May we traveled to North Germany to meet Matakima Ajani and his owners Karolina and Dominika Witkowski. Mating between Ella(Int Ch Shababu Ombeka) and Ajani took place on May 6th and 7th.
Ajani is an elegant, expression full young male with excellent body proportions and calm and friendly behavior. He is coming from German kennel Matakima. In Ajani’s pedigree one can find ancestors from well known South African lines like Lionhunt and Glenaholm, famous Multi Ch and World Winner Rex Ventors Akeron and famous “working ridgebacks” from the Danish Kuzonga kennel. With background like this it’s not strange that Ajani is successful as show, obedience, coursing, agility and tracking young male.
So, we keep our fingers crossed and hope to have a bunch of happy and healthy little Ridgeback puppies in the beggining of July 2008. Pedigree of litter C.