Welcome to the
Diary of Kaylan's
I have had numerous people tell me that, after following the breeding, whelping and rearing of Keeper's puppies, they have decided NOT to breed their dogs. They didn't realize all the time, effort, hard work, money, blood, sweat and tears involved. They didn't think about all the things that could go wrong, everything from puppies getting sick to mom or puppies dying.
The internet has allowed me to share my experiences with the rest of the world. When I bred my last litter -- thirteen years ago -- the internet didn't exist (at least not in today's form). Immerse yourself in the breeding process -- at least as I approach it -- and you'll see why it took me 13 years to decide to do it again!
People have asked me when I'm going to breed again. Give me a few years to recover and I might be willing to discuss it! I'm experienced enough to know that luck was on my side with this litter, and it will be a while before I'm ready to tempt fate once again.
How this Diary is Organized
5-6: How quickly they grow!
For More Information
Canine Reproduction, the Breeder's Guide by Phillis A. Holst, MS, DVM
Successful Dog Breeding by Chris Walkowicz, and Bonnie Wilcox, DVM
Breeding Better Dogs by Carmelo Battaglia, PhD
Dog Behavior, the Genetic Basis by John Paul Scott & John L. Fuller
Online Resources for Potential Breeders
http://www.bluegrace.com/virtualbreeding.html Virtual Breeding Website
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/dogs-faq/medical-info/whelping/ Listing of Articles on Breeding
http://vet.purdue.edu/~yshen/cerf.html Canine Eye Registration Foundation
http://www.offa.org/index.html Orthopedic Foundation of America
http://www.peteducation.com/ Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Articles on a variety of subjects
http://www.akc.org/ American Kennel Club's website contains lots of valuable info
http://www.akc.org/registration/dna/dna_faqs.cfm DNA Testing Information via the American Kennel Club website