Author Archive: Ian J Seath

Gøril and Cadbury’s puppies – week 3

The puppies are 2 weeks old and their eyes are open. They continue to grow and it’s the big, fat, chocolate boy that everyone is drawn to when they see them. This week, they’ve been wormed and had their toenails clipped. Gøril is insisting on going out on her walks again. Here are the latest pictures. …

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Understanding the genetics of IVDD – let’s not get too excited (just yet)!

University of California, Davis, researchers have revealed the discovery of a genetic mutation across breeds that is responsible for chondrodystrophy (the skeletal disorder leading to shorter legs and abnormal intervertebral discs) in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [UCD Press Release] The paper says there are two FGF4 retrogenes …

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Gøril and Cadbury’s puppies – week 2

All the pups are doing well and Gøril is an amazingly chilled Mum. The big Chocolate boy (first born) has doubled his weight. He’s the one drinking in the second photo below.

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Gøril and Cadbury’s puppies – week 1

Gøril is Norwegian Champion Gando av Larhjelm and she joined us at Sunsong in July 2017. She was mated to our Champion Sunsong Whisper a Promise (Cadbury) and whelped 5 puppies on October 4th. Gøril was looking huge and started “digging up” her bed on Tuesday. By mid-day on Wednesday, Sue was concerned that she had …

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Making sure the obvious really is obvious; my September 2017 “Best of Health” article

Some people are caught out and surprised at the “unintended consequences” of a decision or action to improve breed health. For others, these are entirely predictable outcomes which are merely minor blips on the journey towards a more significant strategic goal. The world of breed health improvement has plenty of examples and, this month, I …

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