Four years ago today, our beautiful Oonah was born at kennel
Amal Hayati in Belgium. I found this kennel sometime in June. I contacted Sven,
the breeder, and showed my interest in a female puppy. She was the only one
that was not spoken for. After some days I told Sven that I can’t have her as I
was close to loosing my job. It hurt a lot but there was nothing to do about it.
I continued to follow Oonah on Facebook and I did loose my job.
In the end of September, Oonah was still available. I am very emotional person and I was weak for this little girl no one wanted so I talked with my husband. Even if I didn’t know so much about my future when it came to job, I did knew that I wanted Oonah in my life so very much that I was prepared to take a risk. With the support of my loving husband she moved to us in the end of October. This little “left over” girl grow up into the sweetest, gentle, calm and very beautiful saluki female. I can’t imagine my life without her. And in less than a week she will become mother herself. <3
Follow the pregnancy in our pregnancy journal that can be found HERE
Oonah met with Chili today and everything went very well. Together they were the kindest and the sweetest couple I could wish for. No hurry, no force, just love them between. And it is fantastic as none of them has done this ever before. They just knew what was the right thing to do.
We will let them meet a couple more times during next week just to increase the chance of puppies.
Her questions were followed by a simple answer that Oonah is not ready yet and that she would just get angry at Chili if he tried to do anything at this point. We need to wait until she gets ready.
Below is a more facts based explanation of a dogs heat:
The canine heat cycle is also called estrous or season and it has four stages:
Proestrus. The signs of the first phase are bloody vaginal discharge from your female and somewhat enlarged vulva. This discharge is often bright red coloured. Males will be attracted to your female but she will be unwilling to mate. This phase can last for 4 to 20 days with an average length of 9 days.
Estrus. Not to be mixed with the entire cycle name estrous. During this time your female’s vulva will get even more enlarged and the vaginal discharge will change it’s colour from bright red to pink-yellowish. It is during the estrus that mating occurs. This second phase can last for 3 to 20 days with an average of 9 days. It is during this period that eggs are released. After they have been released the eggs need 2-3 days to mature. It is generally more difficult to find the right day for mating if a female has long lasting estrus.
Diestrus. This is the time after estrus or mating. It can last for 60 to 90 days. If the mating was successful the pregnancy lasts around 60 +- 5 days.
Anestrus. This is the period of resting and is characterised by sexual and hormonal inactivity. It lasts for 2 to 3 months or as long as up to 9 months.
The above description of the canine heat cycle is a profoundly simplified one. There are several other factors that are affecting the heat cycle such as several hormones and environment female is living in just to name a few.
So where in the cycle is Oonah now?
We are now in day seven of Oonah’s heat which means that she is still in the proestrus period. Her discharge is clear red and she is not ready to meet with Chili. So for now we can’t do much but wait for her to get into estrus. It is first then she will allow Chili to try to mate with her.
If I go back to Oonah’s previous heats I would say that she will come into estrus around 27th of March. This means that we have one more week to go before any big news can be shared.
This post is for you who never had a saluki and are waiting for one now or who just want to learn more about the breed. Below you can see a picture of Oonah when she was around 6 months.
One interesting and at the same time funny thing was that at this point in her development she had so much puppy-fur that she was looking more like an afghan puppy than like a saluki puppy. This is how most feathered salukis look like at that age but it can be somewhat confusing for a first-time saluki owner. It for sure was confusing for me. I wondered if she would ever look as nice as her mother or her father do.
The most important thing to remember is that you should not try to remove this puppy-fur. It will fall off by itself, you just have to have patience.
If you never had a privilege to be owned by a saluki
and you are on the way to be that, then you probably want to know that they can
jump high. Very high. That is why you should have a fence that is at
least 1,80 meters high. Some individuals don’t bother to jump over fences even
if they are only 60 cm high. Some do their best to jump over fences no matter
how high they are. We are privileged with saluki that is not jumping over
fences at all. This makes it easier for us to let her run free in areas that don’t
have “saluki safe” fence.
However we did notice that our girl like jumping long, fly-like jumps just as she does in the video below.
7 months and 9 days since the last time Oonah was in heat. The time between the two last heats was 6 months and 10 days. Shouldn’t her next heat be close now I wonder?
She is showing many of the signs that it will come soon such as, peeing 6-7 times during our walks instead of just 2-3 times. As soon as she see a dog in a distance she forgets everything called obedience. At the same time, at home, she is more clingy than ever. And the latest behaviour that we can add to the list of signs is that my other dogs have started to sniff Oonah under her tail.
So will the heat start soon or is Oonah just getting more dominant? Honestly I don’t know. I so hope that it is a sign of the heat being close now but the only one who knows for sure is Oonah and she kind of don’t want to tell me. She is just being very cozy and relaxed. Maybe that is what I too need to be in order for her to start with her heat.
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.
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.