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.
We have a windstorm outside and inside the house
all our beauties are sleeping peacefully. I can’t say that I am as calm as they
are. I am so longing for Oonah’s heat to start that it is very difficult for me
to just take it easy. And the days like this, when we can’t do much but stay
inside, it is extra hard to not think of it. And I think of all of you who are
longing for a puppy from Oonah and Chili as much as we are. I am so sorry that
you too must experience this boring time of endless waiting.
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.
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.
Today I received the analysis of Oonah’s sample in regards to the E-locus. Her colour is Eg/eat/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.
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.
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.