A few days ago, I received the genetic testing results for Bear & Fox. Unfortunately, both of them tested to be carriers of PRA-PRCD. PRA-PRCD is a genetic eye disease that can start to cause blindness sometimes as young as 3 years old. Luckily, Bear & Fox are only carriers meaning they are unaffected and healthy. However, breeding two carriers would pass two copies of the PRA-PRCD gene to their puppies. As an honest breeder that loves her dogs, I have decided to schedule appointments for both of them to be fixed. As much as it saddens me to know I will never be able to have a litter of puppies out of my dogs, puppies with complications like PRA-PRCD would be much worse. Anyone that wants information about genetic testing can contact me and I’ll give you some recommendations of the best places to work with. It can be expensive but so worth it.
I was so excited to raise Australian Cattle Dogs but I believe everything happens for a reason and I think God knew I already had a lot on my plate. So, instead of raising heelers, I’ll just enjoy the time I have with my dogs right now. Since Bear & Fox, I have added two other dogs to the pack. One of them is a little Cowboy Corgi or Corgi/Heeler cross. Her name is Yoti, she’s about 12 weeks old and she has the most energetic, fun-loving personality. The other dog is an Australian Shepherd named, Angel Eyes. She came to me to live out her retirement and be spoiled along with the rest of my dogs. She has a gray/merle coat and the most striking blue eyes, hence the name Angel Eyes!
I recently added a pot-bellied pig to the pack as well! Her name is Monkey and she’s still pretty young and small. So far she’s in the house, potty-trained, and knows how to sit and give kisses on command! I’m just figuring out how to have a pig as a pet but I’ve definitely learned some things that don’t work and other things that work a little bit better. If anyone is thinking of getting a pet pig or has one and wants to chat with someone about it, feel free to message me!
Last but definitely not least, my horses. Those of you that know me know I am a complete baby when it comes to cold weather. I’m not sure why I continue to live in Minnesota…I’ve tried to leave but for some reason I keep coming back!! Anyways, my horses have been put on the back burner for far too long and I justify it by saying it’s too cold out. However, I have big plans for the spring! I would share them with you but I think there’s something to be said about hustling quietly on your own and letting your hard work speak for itself. Stay tuned if you like keeping up with my crazy life and see what animal I’m going to bring home next!
Also, I’ll be taking in one training horse per month starting in April so if you’d like to have your horse get a refresher or need a colt started, let me know soon before the spots fill up! Last summer I offered riding lessons and have considered doing that again this summer one day a week if there’s enough serious interest! The best way to get ahold of me is sending a text to 218-526-0702.