Published on: 02 Mar, 2019

Meetings

Oonah and Tesla are often meeting with Agnes’ beautiful males Sidney and Lennox. Below video is from their meeting on 28th February. You can see how happy they are running together.

Thinking of whom we should meet this weekend we talked with Nini yesterday evening and decided to meet with Chili and Cocos. It has been far too long time since the last time they met. We also wanted to remind Oonah that Chili is there. We also exchanged some sms with a pleasant family that lives close by in Genarp and that is interested in a puppy from Oonah and Chili. They too could come to Sjöbo dog park this morning to meet with us.

We decided to meet at 08.30 am. This meant that we needed to go up at 07.30 am to get to the dog park in time. At approximately 06.00 am I woke up filled with fear as I smelled smoke in our bedroom. None of the dogs reacted to the smell, they were all sleeping. I almost thought that I was dreaming. I got up and walked through entire house without finding any trace of smoke or fire. All dogs were still sleeping. Back in the bed I turned on my phone and checked the newspapers page. There was just a short notice of a fire in a building containing a small restaurant and a shop just 400 m from our place. It was updated during the day as the building slowly burned to the ground.

I tried to sleep but I couldn’t calm down. My thoughts were with the family owning both places and I so hope that they will manage it. I also always thought that our dogs would warn us if we were in any danger. They are guarding our home with their lives so why didn’t they even woke up this morning and barked? They were supposed to have better smell than we have. I came to the conclusion that they simply didn’t feel that we were in any danger this morning. They were right. I overreacted.

We arrived to the park at 08.30 sharp. Nini was already there with both beauties. Tesla and Oonah were so happy to meet with the boys that both of them whimpered at the entrance to the park.

Genarp-family came shortly after and we all had a nice time together. I had camera with me but, as usual, I was too occupied with talking and looking at the doggies that I forgot to take pictures. The handful of pictures I took were nothing I could use as they were taken in the rush.

Published on: 28 Feb, 2019

Children-friendly

From time to time I get a question about how children-friendly salukis are. I can’t talk for the breed in general but I can tell you that Oonah is one of my girls (Saga’s) best friend. They simply love eachother. Where Saga goes Oonah follows. So even if Saluki is one very independent breed there is not a thing that Oonah would not do for Saga. So if we assume that Oonah is one typical saluki then we can say that they are children-friendly.

Resting at my parents’ home.
Cuddling at our place.
Waiting for a dinner.

Published on: 26 Feb, 2019

Filming running dogs is not that easy

Each time our dogs meet other dogs and they all start running I get so taken by the moment that I forget to record their run. By the time I remember to start recording they usually stop running within seconds. This has been happening for years and it will probably continue to happen in the future too. This simply because I love watching my darlings have so much fun. However, this time, I managed to capture some 30 seconds of their second run. In the video Tesla, Oonah and Heidi are running with Lennox and Sidney. We have known these salukis for a long time.
For all of you that are waiting for Oonah to get in the heat I can just say that Lennox and Sidney did show some more interest “of that kind” for her today compared with what they showed when they met in the last week. I am so nervous about this that I don’t dare to interpret today’s happening.

Published on: 24 Feb, 2019

Feeling grateful

I can’t stop feeling grateful for all of you nice people that are showing your interest in Oonah and Chili’s future puppies. All of you that I talked with and that are seriously interested in a puppy from us are so kind, engaged and offer perfect homes. That makes me feel blessed. Thank you very much for your interest and patience! I can’t be 100 % sure when Oonah will get in heat but I so hope that it will be very soon.

Published on: 14 Feb, 2019

Colour test results

Today I received the analysis of Oonah’s sample in regards to the E-locus. Her colour is Eg/e at/ay, which is a bit unexpected as the Eg locus (grizzle) most probably comes from five generations back on her father’s side (red marked dogs in the picture below were grizzles).

How will this be reflected in the colour of Oonah’s and Chili’s puppies?

After talking with some people I now believe that Chili’s monther is not a grizzle but a red sable. This leaves me with not knowing anything at all about Chili’s colour code. As so the only thing I can be sure of is that the colour of the puppies could be creme and red and all shade of these. 

Published on: 12 Feb, 2019

Dirty saluki is happy saluki

Not everything is about shows and fancy looking dogs. The most of the time Oonah is actually spending as a family dog doing what she loves the most. This happens to be running free and during the winter, here in south of Sweden, this also means getting dirty, getting very dirty. Lucky for her I am not as pedantic as my parents as she would never be alowed into their home looking like this.

UC Davis Veterinary genetics laboratory finally received the sample I sent them 8 days ago. Now it will only take 3-6 working days for them to analyse it. Can’t wait until I receive the results.

Published on: 05 Feb, 2019

NCL Genetic free

The neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCL) is devastating inherited progressive neurodegenerative disease. The NCL is characterized by progressive cognitive and motor decline, vision loss, seizures, respiratory and swallowing impairment, and ultimately premature death. 

It is very rare in saluki and we are very happy that the test has been developed. 

Oonah has been tested and I received the test result today. Oonah is tested N/N Genetic free and she or her puppies will never get this disease. 

Published on: 03 Feb, 2019

Published on: 31 Jan, 2019

WAITING PART 2: Possible colours of the little ones

I know that it is not only me that is waiting for Oonah to get in heat, we are several that are waiting for that to happen. I don’t know what you are doing to get your time to go faster but for me there were some pleasant tasks I could do. One of them was to check which possible colours could Oonah’s and Chili’s puppies get. I will share my findings with you below, but first let me write a link to >>an article<< written by Caroline Coile that explains the basic genetics of saluki colours. It will help you understand things I write below. Please read it before you continue to read this post if you lack knowledge about colour genetics.

Very short explanation is that there are two loci that are important for Oonah and Chili combination and these are A locus and E locus. There are other loci as well but these are the same for all salukis, regardless of their colour, so I will leave these out.

Some colour codes’ combinations:

  • Eg/e at/at will result in grizzle saluki
  • Eg/Eg at/at will result in grizzle saluki
  • Eg/E at/at will result in grizzle saluki
  • Eg/e with at/ay or ay/ay will result in fawn or red with fringes saluki
  • Eg/E with at/ay or ay/ay will result in fawn or red with fringes saluki
  • Eg/Eg with at/ay or ay/ay will result in fawn or red with fringes saluki
  • E/e with at/ay or ay/ay will result in fawn or red with fringes saluki
  • E/E with at/ay or ay/ay will result in fawn or red with fringes saluki
  • e/e with at/at, ay/ay or at/ay will result in cream or red saluki
  • E/E or E/e together with at/at will result in black and tan saluki


Now here is what I know about our couple. The bold characters below means that I am 99% sure of them being right. Only by testing for these genes we can be 100% sure of them being there.

Let us start with what we know about Chili:

His father is red, probably e/e ay/ay
His mother is red grizzle with Eg/e, Eg/Eg or Eg/E and at/at

This actualy means that Chili is either e/e, Eg/Eg, Eg/E or Eg/e and has at/ay. If he is e/e he could also be at/at and still be red. In another words we don’t know so much about Chilis colour genes.

What about Oonah?

Her father is red, probably e/e ay/ay.
Her mother is black and tan with E/e or E/E and at/at.

This means that Oonah is either e/e or E/e and has at/ay. So we don’t know much about Oonah’s colour genes too.

However, people do say that if your dog had one black hair when puppy it is not e/e. So can you see on this picture of Oonah if there is any black hair?

Photo: Sven Elen

And to summarise it all: the good thing is that both Chili and Oonah have at least one at locus. This means that if Chili also has one Eg locus there could be grizzle puppies. In the same way, if Oonah has one E locus there could be some black and tan puppies. And if they don’t have these loci there will only be cream and red puppies.

BUT, and it is a big but, some people say that there must be one more gene, that we are not aware of today, which regulates the depth of coloration e.g. the difference between cream and dark red dogs or black and tan and black and white dogs just to give some examples. This gene could also make all puppies look cream or red even if Eg or E are present. Unfortunately there is a high possibility that Oonah and Chili carry that unknown gene.

So, as I prefer to base my assumptions on facts I sent a way Oonah’s DNA sample to Davis University of California today. Hopefully they will be able to tell me which of all E-loci she has.

But even then we will not know which colours puppies will have. So we will still need to sit tight and wait until they are born.

Published on: 30 Jan, 2019

What is she doing???

I know it is not the best photo quality but I just needed to share this picture with you. It is the first time ever I see any of my dogs sleeping in this position.