Remembering Isaac

Isaac Parker 9/17/18 – 10/10/18

If love could have saved you, you would be with us now…

It is with much sadness that we have to say goodbye to tiny Isaac. He was with us for just over three weeks, but we spent those three weeks fussing over him, praying for him, and doing everything possible to give him the best chance to thrive. We’ve had little puppies before and had hoped that he would be like them and just need supportive care to get over the hump.

We helped him latch on to nurse and gave him round-the-clock supplemental feedings when it seemed like he needed it. We gave him extra warmth, occasional supplemental oxygen, dexamethasone, hydration, antibiotics, liver water… anything we were advised to help him with to get him over the nebulous “fading puppy syndrome” we were battling.

Other than poor weight gain, it didn’t seem like Isaac was fading. He was a talker, a mover, and the sweetest little puppy we could ever have the privilege of spending those intense weeks with. He taught us a lot, and hopefully what we learned can be applied to future little ones that struggle from the start, and intervene even earlier.

Breeding dogs is not for the fainthearted…

It is said that up to 30% of puppies die in their first weeks of life — either in the womb, during birth, or within the first two weeks after birth. We’ve been extremely blessed to not come anywhere close to this statistic.

Isaac’s death hit us hard. Even my tough former volunteer firefighting husband cried with me when my alarm went off at 2:00 a.m. to feed him and our boy was gone. They had been cuddle buddies.

Bill built Isaac a beautiful box and wrapped him in a blanket so it looked like our littlest boy was just sleeping. We loved him every second he was here!

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Isaac resting peacefully with Bill a few nights before he left us.

Our hats are off to other dog breeders who have been doing this for years. We’ve heard several heartbreaking stories from other Mi-ki breeders and patrons of other breeds as well. Dog breeders all know it’s just a matter of time before we face this kind of loss. But we carry on for the love of these precious companions and the joy they bring to others.

May we see you again, across the Rainbow Bridge, where you can bring us laughter again, sweet Isaac!

The Mi-kis Love Cheese

It’s Labor Day, and we’re taking the opportunity to do some Mi-ki grooming. All that brushing and bathing can make both groomer and dogs hungry.

So it’s time for some cheese!

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I love the dog memes featuring cheese, and there’s nothing like cheese to make a person feel popular. Imagine how popular I feel with all these Mi-kis staring adorably at me and my cheese?

Breeding Mi-ki Dogs: Not for the faint of heart!

We are so pleased to announce that we have had another litter here at Royal T Mi-kis! The proud parents are Rayne and Moses. You can read more about them on the “Our Dogs” page.

For those of you that prefer to cut to the chase, the good news is that we have two beautiful puppies! The first is a girl we’re calling Felicity after good fortune and happiness. She appears to have her mother’s black and tan saddle pattern with white toes and a white stripe down her chest. She is tiny but vocal! She already looks like she has her mother’s sweet face.

We also have a handsome dark sable boy named Finnegan, which means “little fair one.” Surprisingly, Finn looks just like what his father Moses did when he was a puppy. You’d never guess now that our strawberry blonde stud was ever so dark! The color changes are just one of the fun features of the Mi-ki dog breed. And sweet Finn will likely become his namesake and be a light creamy apricot with dark fringe as he matures.

Now for those of you who appreciate details, here’s why we say that breeding dogs is not easy.

Puppies come when they want to come

This was Rayne’s second delivery and it was nothing like her first. The first was a textbook whelping with the puppies coming at even intervals with few complications other than helping reposition mom’s pelvis to make room for the new life.

According to our dog birthing calculator, Rayne would likely be due today (8-7-2018), and not three days ago, but I also knew that her first suitor was trying to woo her for several days and couldn’t seem to get the job done. Moses came to Rayne’s rescue late in her cycle, and so it wasn’t shocking that she delivered a bit earlier than what the calendar said (basing it on ovulation rather than the date of breeding.)

But it was a little disappointing that Rayne chose to deliver during my brother’s giant going-away party. Dog breeders pretty much have to put their lives on hold around delivery time, and that’s just how the cookie crumbles sometimes. Sorry to miss the event, Jeremy and Barbie! We’ll visit you in Alaska!

Puppies don’t always come easily

Rayne started leaking fluid, and developed the classic bubble of the sac, but no puppy was coming out… for over an hour, then two. We used the wheelbarrow technique to help reposition the puppy in case it was transverse over the canal. After elevating Rayne’s hips higher than her head for several minutes, the sac went away. I was getting pretty nervous and was gloving up to get ready to perform the stuck puppy protocol with lube and a feeding tube. But Rayne finally started pushing and out came a beautiful little female – Felicity!

The next puppy took a very, very long time. I found myself scrolling through the files and entries of the various puppy birthing Facebook community pages I belong to and my Myra Savant Harris dog breeding books. Savant Harris believes we need to trust nature more than we have been, that we’ve lost far too many of our precious dogs to complications with all-too-common C-sections. She says the main key is to watch your female and not the clock. A resting and nurturing mother who is tending her pup(s) is not one that needs to be cut open. Pauses in delivery, even very long ones, are normal.

Uterine inertia or a natural pause in labor and delivery? How to decide? All I know is that Rayne is my treasure, and as long as she wasn’t freaking out, I would try and follow her lead while lifting up prayers. I stayed in my street clothes all night with the emergency clinic on speed dial.

Sometimes there are angels

Early the next morning, Rayne calmly delivered a beautiful stillborn female after resting peacefully through the night. The tiny angel came down folded wrong and judging by her size and the placenta, she may not have survived, regardless of early intervention. It is a difficult thing to face and was our first loss as a kennel. Apparently, 30% of puppies die before, during, or shortly after birth, and we’ve been way ahead of that statistic and are extremely blessed.

Twenty minutes later, a very dark sable boy was delivered, and he is healthy and just so sweet! Finnegan is larger than his sister Felicity, but he’s less demanding. We’ve had to supplement his feedings to keep his weight up, which isn’t uncommon in the first few days with the very tiny breeds. It’s my privilege to stay near these babies and lose sleep for feedings, though now I remember why it’s the young people who have babies!

Though it was heartbreaking to lose a puppy, our beautiful Rayne is whole, healthy and happy with two puppies to tend. It was the right decision. She taught me a lot about patience and trust.

No, breeding and raising puppies is not for the faint of heart. We do it for the love of the breed and to bless others with such wonderful companions.

Hopefully, our next litters will be less complicated. Stay tuned!

 

 

Introducing Our New Mi-ki Champions!

Mi-ki UKC Champion: Royal T’s Brilliant Brighton

We are very excited to announce that we have two new UKC champions! First, it was Royal T’s very own Brilliant Brighton, and she really did shine with her silky white coat and gleaming personality. The icing on the cake was that Brighton achieved her champion status on my birthday, and I couldn’t have asked for a better gift!

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As you may recall, our first foray into the show ring last November was very successful, except for the fact that yours truly managed to accidentally miss one of the group competitions. Being so rare, Mi-kis can usually only receive their UKC championship titles by competing with other breeds in the companion category. Along with at least 100 points, three competition wins are required to win a championship. Brighton had enough points but needed one last competition win.

So when Brighton beat her kennel mate Truffle on Friday, I realized, “I think she’s a champion!” And she was, and is, and always will be… ribbons or no ribbons. She’s our firstborn Royal T offspring, and it felt right to have her win on my special 45th birthday.

Mi-ki UKC Champion: Jubilee’s Champagne Truffle

With Brighton’s championship in the bag, next, we focused on our sweet little chocolate Truffle, bred by Barbara Briggs of Jubilee Mi-kis. Weighing just 4 pounds 5 ounces, Truffle is a little dot on the show ring floor. Her beautiful chocolate color has silvered to a gorgeous taupe, but I was worried that she’d blend into the concrete floor of the ring.

To become a champion, we needed Truffle to beat Brighton in the next four shows. Those would also count as competition wins. Beating Brighton would be a feat because Brighton’s outgoing personality and bright white coat are so vibrant.

How would tiny Truffle do against the other companion breeds in the group competitions? We learned that many of the other dogs were already AKC champions, so the competition was pretty stiff! Plus, with UKC shows, our tiny Mi-kis can be competing with athletic Dalmatians, glamorous Shih Tzus, popular French Bulldogs, and flashy miniature Poodles.

Truffle always gets lots of positive feedback at our Plum Creek Kennel Club conformation class. She naturally stacks beautifully (meaning she stands straight and evenly) and always gives the judge a warm expression with alert ears. Truffle moves so smoothly and has such lovely proportions, so I was hopeful that she was just a little nervous when she lost to Brighton but would do well after that practice run.

Sure enough, after a long weekend of four more shows, Truffle was able to beat Brighton each time to gain her required 100 points! Since Truffle beat Brighton, those also counted as her competition wins.

The pleasant surprise was that tiny Truffle was able to catch the notice of the judges. She placed 4th in the group competition three times! I’ve heard from more experienced showers that the rare breeds don’t usually get much recognition in the group rings, so the fact that Truffle placed at all was a significant win not only for her but also for the Mi-ki breed. We’re very proud of her!

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Special Thanks

Of course, these wins wouldn’t be possible without the support of our friends and family. Thanks to Bill Parker, the other half of the Royal T Team for helping me show, to my daughter Annaliese who also showed for the first time, and my aunt Marty Frick who came to support us and even took a little video for us!

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Aunt Marty Frick came out to support us at the Twin Peaks dog show!

We are also grateful to our judges including Kathy Carter who awarded Brighton with her Championship, Alan Krenek who gives us wonderful advice and training, Heidi Scheff, the cheerful and thorough Sandy Shaw, and Rick Gann, who awarded Truffle with her Championship.

Championship photos credit: Randy and Kindra Solomon.

Mi-ki Dogs are Ideal Medical Alert and Emotional Support Animals

Have you been searching for the perfect dog breed to be your medical alert or emotional support animal? Perhaps you’ve been looking for a dog breed to partner in therapy work at hospitals, nursing homes, or in hospice care.

The traits in support animals that are important for these tasks include having a naturally friendly, cheerful demeanor. A great therapy dog is intuitive and able to read and respond appropriately to the emotional and physical needs of each person that they meet. Other helpful traits are being hypoallergenic, non-shedding, and being small enough to lift and carry.

The Mi-ki dog breed possesses all of these traits. This is the specific reason why I selected Mi-kis for myself. Back in 2013, I was suffering from a medical condition and I was desperate to find a medical alert dog that would detect my health events before they happened.

It’s tough to find a small, hypoallergenic, non-yappy medical alert dog!

I am allergic to most dogs and preferred one that was small but I didn’t want it to bark a lot. I scoured the shelters for an appropriate candidate but was unable to find a young, gentle, small dog that didn’t shed. I realized I would likely need to find a purpose-bred dog to help me.

Fortunately, I was asked to write about every dog breed for my job and eventually came across the Mi-ki. The traits of the breed were a perfect match for my needs. Being versatile and easy going, I knew this was a dog I could take everywhere.

Soon I began interviewing Mi-ki breeders. When I heard that Barbara Briggs of Jubilee Mi-kis had Halle, a diabetic medical alert dog in her lines, I knew I had found the perfect candidate. Barbara agreed to place one of Halle’s precious granddaughters with me – Savannah!

Savannah is a delightful dog who goes with me to work, hair appointments, and travels easily. She actually models for me at BaxterBoo.com which is why you see so many professional photos of her wearing fancy dog dresses here at Royal T Mi-kis and plastered all over BaxterBoo.com and other pet clothing retailers. Since Mi-kis are intuitive, she learned quickly to pose and actually smiles for the camera!

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Jubilee’s Savannah is a rare chocolate Mi-ki. Here she is modeling a Doggie Design dog dress.

As it turned out, I was able to cure my medical issue with dietary changes and essential oils, so Savannah has not had to function as a medical alert dog. I am still determined to help others find the medical and emotional support they need through this wonderful breed. It is what drives me as a dog breeder.

Seeing the Mi-ki intuitive nature in action

We like to invite visitors to our home to meet our Mi-kis and feel comfortable with us as the foundation for their future pet. A few weeks ago, we had a lovely mother and daughter come over to see if a Mi-ki might be a good fit. The daughter suffers from allergies as well as likely another unnamed condition, but my guess would probably something on the autism spectrum.

Normally, the Mi-ki pack tends to be a bit excited when folks first come over but quickly settle in and make their way over to our guests for pets and general socializing. They’re very friendly. Some are more outgoing than others. Usually, Brighton (the white dog pictured above) is the most forward as the welcoming ambassador of the breed. But this time, I got to witness a new facet of the amazing intuitiveness of the Mi-ki breed.

All of the Mi-kis uncharacteristically hung back, giving this sensitive girl a pleasant and needed space. Very, very slowly, Brighton gently approached the visitor. Brighton took a very sweet and submissive slow approach with her and, the girl, though initially nervous, was delighted. I was in awe of all of the Mi-kis and how respectful, responsive and kind they were with this precious girl. It’s one thing to hear about the breed being ideal for service and therapy work, but another thing to witness it in a whole group of Mi-kis. Amazing!

Royal T Mi-kis is now partnering with an ESA registry service!

To help people in need of an Emotional Support Animal, we are proud to be partnering with ESAnimals.com. If you suffer from anxiety, social phobias, depression, PTSD, or are looking for a healthy way to cope with stress, a Mi-ki is an ideal choice as an emotional support animal.

If your dog is being adopted specifically to help you cope with emotional difficulties and/or stress, ESAnimals gives you an official confidential evaluation, paperwork, pet photo ID card, and a working vest for your pet. Additionally, your Emotional Service Animal will be added to a national registry.

These tools enable you to legally and easily take your ESA pet with you on planes or to allow your pet to live with you in your rental housing without incurring extra fees. Simply choose the ESA Housing plan, the Air Travel ESA package, or the popular all-in-one Companion combo pack that includes official letters for both housing and travel.

How does it work?

Once you select the ESA plan to fit your needs, a licensed mental health counselor from ESAnimals will evaluate you for ESA assistance. Once approved, you’ll quickly receive an ESA kit that includes letters for housing and/or air travel, a photo pet I.D. card, and an ESA working vest for your pet. No longer will you have to worry about being accused of having a “fake service or emotional support dog.” You’ll be able to travel and live with reduced stress with your dog (hopefully a Mi-ki) by your side.

The ESA plans range from $99 to $149, which could provide you with tremendous savings in pet fees with housing or with air travel. It would likely pay for itself in just one flight. I know this for a fact since I routinely fly with a Mi-ki and pay $125 for an in-cabin under-the-seat pet ticket!

Want to save even more? Simply use the Royal T Mi-ki special discount code:

“RM303”

for an additional $10.00 off!

This code can be applied in the “How did you hear about us?” section of your order. Select “Other” and enter RM303 (for Royal-T Mi-kis and our 303 Colorado area code.)

Please note that Royal T Mi-kis does not promote the use of an emotional support animal service simply to circumvent high pet housing and travel fees. An ESA does not have the same legal function or rights as a service animal. However, if your pet helps you cope with stress, emotional, or cognitive difficulties, an Emotional Support Animal is a healthy way to address these concerns.

To give you confidence and security, ESAnimals provides the materials, the registry, and customer support to individuals in need. It’s also 100% guaranteed.

Visit ESAnimals.com to learn more, and don’t forget your discount code: RM303 !

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The Royal T Mi-kis Dog Breeding Program is Expanding

Breeding with a purpose

Mi-kis are amazing dogs that have been bred specifically for use as therapeutic companions. We hand select every dog in our program both as a treasured household member and as a contributor to the future of this fledgling breed. We choose friendly, calm, cheerful, intuitive dogs that are also simply adorable.

Breeding selections are made after health tests are done to select for the most desirable traits as well as for low inbreeding coefficiencies to promote the genetic health of Mi-kis.

Knowing that genetic diversity is the foundation for any sound breeding program, we’ve added new members to our pack for evaluation as future breeding hopefuls.

Brighton

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Royal T’s Brilliant Brighton is a 6.5-pound cream and white female who has done very well for us in the show ring.  She has a very friendly personality and is very sweet. So far she has passed her heart and patella exams and will get her eye screening soon as well as a DNA trait and health panel test.

Truffle

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Jubilee’s Champagne Truffle is a small chocolate female (we’re calling her a white chocolate mocha color) that we’re very excited about. She has an outgoing personality to make sure she’s noticed despite her small size. Truffle will have her health tests done in June. She has had very positive feedback from our coaches in our conformation class.

Our Youngest Hopefuls:

Baron

Brumby’s Run Baron von Royal T is a handsome and sweet red sable parti-color who carries chocolate and smooth. He has been hand selected to ensure we have a future of beautiful chocolate Mi-kis in our program.

Eden

Eden is a beautiful black and white female with a charming, gentle personality. She has a beautiful coat and a lovely, smooth gait. She carries chocolate and the smooth-face demi-long-coat gene.

Denaya

 

Denaya is very graceful and athletic with beautiful proportions. Her solid black coat is lush and soft. She is very affectionate and fun! We look forward to her participating in showing in the future.

Why We’re Growing

Mi-kis have been a purebred dog breed for only about 30 years but they have won the hearts of many people. The rare Mi-ki dog breed has been accepted by the United Kennel Club (UKC) and is on its way to recognition with the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Recognition and preservation of the Mi-ki dog breed

In order to get full recognition with the AKC, more generations (litters) must be recorded in the Mi-ki pedigree records as well as other qualifications that the Mi-ki clubs are working towards. Royal T Mi-kis registers with both the American Mi-ki Registry Association (AMRA) and the UKC.

Royal T Mi-kis is partnering with local branches of the UKC and AKC to help educate others about the Mi-ki dog breed and to help attain recognition by the AKC. We’ve begun showing our dogs with the UKC to get feedback on the desirable traits that healthy and sound dogs should exhibit for dogs in general as well as for the breed standard.

Royal T Mi-kis is making an effort to be part of the movement to secure a healthy and lasting future for the Mi-ki dog breed through several avenues. We’re making informed decisions for breeding through the use of health tests with both genetic and physical exams. We’re also taking canine genetics classes to understand the best breeding practices not only for a pleasing appearance but also for a sustainable future with a healthy and diverse gene pool.

Future goals

In order to fulfill our dream to provide others with healthy Mi-kis to enjoy and to secure a healthy future for the breed, we are looking to find a property with a bit more space and the appropriate zoning to accommodate a small in-home kennel. We will always remain small to ensure every puppy is socialized in a family home setting.

Watch Out for Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in Your New Mi-ki Puppy!

Now that our latest batch of puppies are ready for their new families, we want to provide resources for our new and future Mi-ki adopters. We know you’ll want to provide your new puppy with the very best care.

The most important thing to be aware of is that your Mi-ki puppy may suffer from low blood sugar if not fed small meals throughout the day. Young puppies, especially toy breeds, can quickly burn through their energy reserves with even a heavy play session.

We wait until our puppies are about 2 pounds or are around 10 weeks old to make hypoglycemia less of a risk, but we still recommend letting your puppy free feed with access to their favorite kibble at all times.

Speaking of kibble, what is my Mi-ki eating again?

Our puppies are currently being sent home with the Small Dog Breed formula by Nutrisource as well as Horizon Amicus Small Breed Grain-Free Puppy kibble. Transitioning to the kibble of your choice is easily accomplished with the Honest Kitchen’s Dehydrated Puppy Food (just add water.)

As a side note, we like referring to the Dog Food Adviser when making our food selections. They also keep subscribers up to date with any pet food recalls.

Symptoms of hypoglycemia in Mi-ki puppies

It can be tricky to spot the signs of puppy experiencing low blood sugar. Look for any one or a combination of these symptoms:

  • Weakness
  • Glassy unfocused eyes
  • Sudden sleepiness
  • The puppy appears lost or disoriented
  • Your puppy walks unsteadily or wobbly
  • Shakiness or twitching
  • Head tilts to one side (not the cute, alert kind)
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness without the ability to wake

Treatment of hypoglycemia in puppies

As mentioned earlier, the best treatment against low-blood sugar in puppies are regular small meals and/or snacks. But even an active play session or walk can deplete your puppy’s energy (sugar) quickly, so it is important to be vigilant and prepared.

Hypoglycemia is a serious condition and without acting quickly, your puppy could get into trouble fast and possibly even die. Fortunately,  you should be able to recognize the signs early in the process and the low blood sugar is easy to treat at home or on the go.

If your puppy is being transported home by plane, you or the puppy nanny will be given a little oral syringe of Karo syrup in case your puppy starts looking a little spacey or lethargic. Should this occur, squeeze a little syrup in their mouth or rub a little on your puppy’s gums to give them a quick sugar burst.

In almost all cases, your Mi-ki puppy will respond very quickly to this treatment — usually within five or ten minutes. However, if the Karo syrup doesn’t reverse the symptoms within ten minutes, take your puppy to the veterinarian immediately as something else could have caused the signs (such as ingesting something poisonous or contracting a disease.)

Keeping your puppy fed and hydrated on the go

If you’re taking your puppy out and about (hopefully in a sling or carrier until their shots are completed) always have puppy snacks and/or kibble on hand in case your errands take longer than anticipated. You should have received a collapsible dog bowl in your puppy starter pack to help keep your puppy hydrated.

Keeping your puppy safe when you’re gone

If you are leaving your puppy alone at home for more than a couple of hours, we recommend using a puppy playpen or a large crate with room enough for kibble, water, a potty pad with a grate to prevent shredding, and a dog bed.

The traditional crate training method for housebreaking puppies is not advised for long stretches of time for tiny breeds due to the risk of hypoglycemia.

Of course, your veterinarian is your first resource for information about preventing and treating hypoglycemia, but we’re here to support you throughout the life of your Mi-ki. Call or email us with any concerns:

Mary Parker: 303-246-3196, mary@royaltmikis.com

Mi-ki Blessings – 10 puppies in 5 days!

Savannah_Chocolate_Mi-ki_Royal-T-Mi-kisBeing a small Mi-ki breeder, we don’t have litters very often, so we were surprised when our three eligible girls decided to all go into season together.  Their cycles had been delayed by several months so we were scratching our heads trying to figure out if there was a reason. Eventually, we decided to switch their food believing that perhaps there were hidden phytoestrogens that might be affecting their hormones.

Sure enough, a few weeks after switching to Sport Dog Elite Grain Free Active Dog & Puppy, it looked like the three girls were going into heat… all at the same time! This was going to be interesting.

Since we only have one male, as studly as Moses is, I knew he was going to need some help. Plus, it’s better for the gene pool to have more contributing males. I had been making several inquiries, specifically for a chocolate carrying male for Savannah, in the hopes that we could have some chocolate pups from her.

A whirlwind trip to California for a boyfriend

Ultimately, we selected Sinbad on a hunch, based on the photo of one puppy he’d produced. We heard Sinbad had a gorgeous, non-matting coat, beautiful eyes, and perfect structure. So I  hastily booked a flight to California with a car rental. Early in, drive 6 hours, and fly home late in one day. This was a crazy plan since I was told Sinbad wasn’t very successful. In fact, he’d only produced that one puppy we had seen!

Once I was at Brumby’s Run, I finally got to see Sinbad and their wonderful Mi-ki pack. He really was handsome. The Thomson’s were gracious as always, taking me to lunch, and letting me borrow their boy as long as we needed… perhaps even to keep, if the puppies turned out nice.

As Sinbad and I drove back to Los Angeles, he wasn’t sure what to think. I kindly asked him to be quiet, and surprisingly, he listened. From that moment on, we got along splendidly, and he’s my little shadow. At least he was until I brought him home and he realized he had a job to do. Which he did very well within 10 minutes of arriving. So much for basically being unproven!

Evie’s delivery – 1/3/18

Approximately two months later, the puppies were just about due. I wasn’t too worried about Evie, because she is an absolute pro. I’d been taking temperatures to help judge the arrival, but I wasn’t too concerned. I’d predicted the exact right birthing date the last time, and I’d scheduled time off in a two more days.

Perhaps I should have been more worried, because Evie started delivering while I was at work. I knew it would be soon, but based on her patterns before, and the fact that she’d eaten breakfast, I thought we had 12-24 hours. Still, I knew she’d shown a bit of nesting behavior that morning, so at lunch at work, I texted my son Keegan, age 17, “Could you check on Evie?” to which he replied, “She’s had three.”

I thought he was joking so I called. She really did have three puppies right there in the family room on a blanket by the garage door where she was probably waiting for me to come home. So I raced home and kept Keegan on the phone during the drive. “Which one is the driest? Which one is the wettest? And that was how we determined the birth order.

I’m very grateful that Evie is such a good natural whelper. We’ve heard several stories of puppies that didn’t make it out of the sack and died without help, but Evie had everyone cleaned and nursing without intervention, just as nature is supposed to work… even with the other dogs nearby watching, as well as the cat.

After I got home, Evie delivered two more. Three girls, two boys! Everyone was healthy and had nice even weights. One down, two more litters to go!

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The newbie Mi-ki moms made me nervous

As exciting as the thought of puppies are, my Mi-ki moms are our babies, first and foremost. How would our new moms do? How many puppies would they have? Would they be able to deliver naturally? Could we really be so lucky and not have any losses when the average is as high as 30% puppy mortality without any intervention? I was trying not to let my concerns show to the girls because I know the sensitive Mi-kis pick up on these things.

On Saturday, I knew Rayne and Savannah were getting pretty close to their deliveries but I really didn’t know what to expect with these maiden moms. Our vet said it was a good idea to get x-rays of them to see if the heads were small enough to pass, and he graciously squeezed us in between appointments.

It looked like everyone was appropriately sized, and Rayne would have three, and Savannah had two. Both girls’ puppies were entering the birth canal, so delivery was likely going to be within 24 hours.

Rayne’s delivery – 1/7/18

Rayne’s big day was Sunday. She was nesting, panting, and had skipped breakfast. Despite my nervousness for my littlest Mi-ki, she did really well. Being so small, we weren’t surprised that we needed to help Rayne with a Woods maneuver to help ease the pups through the birth canal. Three dark girls! They looked a bit brindled and matte at first. The third was the tiniest we’d ever seen, weighing just 3 ounces.

I was actually a bit concerned about this last girl. She was just so tiny! I’d had to intervene with tube feedings on other puppies in the past, and I was thinking it was a good thing I’d already made plenty of Myra Savant Harris’ puppy formula.

We decided to name the littlest girl Denaya after our beautiful neighbor, Denaya Desormeaux who was crowned Miss High School Colorado at the same time this tiny princess was born.

I’ve included a video of Rayne and her littlest princess Denaya so you can get an idea of just how small she was. Keep in mind that Rayne is barely 5 pounds and is quite petite herself!

 

As it turned out, Rayne is quite the “helicopter” mom – always hovering, always mothering. She never let any of the other dogs get anywhere near her puppies. Her vigilance really paid off because I never had to worry about her tiny puppies. They all grew nicely and I didn’t have to do any supplemental feedings!

Rayne’s puppies all looked like black brindles at birth. Rayne is herself a black brindle, but she also has the black and tan saddle pattern, so she mostly has the brindle silvering on her legs and chest while the remainder of her has retained her beautiful black coloring, which is unusual for a Mi-ki. Often black puppies silver as they mature.

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Rayne’s puppies looked slightly brindled at birth.

Interestingly, Rayne’s puppies all looked shiny black within a few hours of her getting them all “spit and polished” without any brindle pattern. Many Mi-ki breeders say that the shiny black puppies are sometimes the ones that stay black, so it will be interesting to see what color these girls end up being. Danica has the most white on her chest and paws. Dakota is solid black with a bit of bronze undertones. Denaya has a thin white stripe on her chest and just a touch of white on a couple of paws.

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Savannah’s delivery – 1/8/18

Savannah, our chocolate Mi-ki girl, graciously gave us a little breather and waited a day before going into labor for her big debut. She was very relaxed about laboring. She was so relaxed, in fact, that I was worried. She’d push a little, then take an hour off. Basically, she pushed off and on casually starting at 2 p.m. but really didn’t get serious until after the local vet clinics were closed (of course.) Was this uterine inertia?

Based on her behavior and the fact that Savannah didn’t seem to be in any distress, I decided not to freak out and mostly just let her be with the exception of a bit of supplemental calcium to give stronger contractions. With only two large puppies, it was in the back of my mind that she could get into trouble. How much bigger could the puppies have gotten in two days since the x-ray? Would they get stuck?

Finally at 8 p.m., Savannah seemed to be getting into some serious pushing. This seemed to be more difficult, but she just kept looking at us with her big trusting eyes and didn’t seem very stressed. More time passed. More pushing. I eyed my Stuck Puppy Kit. Would I need to use it?

After more pushing with no delivery, we decided to try the Woods maneuver on Savannah as we had done on a couple of Rayne’s. This did the trick! Soon a big black baby girl was born along with the placenta, and we were thrilled.

Ugh! What is that??

Savannah, however, was not thrilled. She took one look at that ugly placenta and was horrified. Instead of trying to take care of her new puppy, Savannah wanted to hide that terrible glob of tissue. She most certainly wasn’t going to eat it.

So we removed the sack, got the puppy rubbed down, gave her a bit of oxygen, and got her breathing, and cut the cord. Savannah still didn’t know she had a puppy. She was still working on covering that nasty placenta thingy.

Finally, Bill just removed the placenta so Savannah could relax and concentrate on the fact that she’d just given birth to a big pretty baby. We had a good laugh because we always joked about how much of a licker Savannah is, and how her babies would be the cleanest on the planet. But now that her puppy was finally here, she didn’t lick her. Nope.

“Hey Savannah… here. Look. Here’s your baby. Want to see her?” There was a halfhearted lick. Finally. Eventually, the puppy’s instincts kicked in, and she made her way to the warmth of the nipple. I knew that nursing would help mom’s instincts to work better too, as well as start the contractions for the next baby.

The next puppy didn’t take long. We had to help pull the next puppy a little bit, but she slid out fairly nicely. Another girl! She needed a bit of work to get her moving and breathing. A little oxygen helped pink her up.

Surprise! This one looked like a little black and white Boston Terrier! Huh. Interesting. Both Savannah and the sire are solids, so I really expected we would have solids. But Savannah’s mom is a parti, so we had a little chance of getting some white patch puppies. What fun!

This time, Savannah decided she’d at least try to eat the placenta and try to chew the cord. She wasn’t very good at it. I guess she’s a bit of a diva. But she did do better and was cleaning her babies pretty well this time. Eventually, we ended up disposing of the placenta in the end so she could focus on the pups.

We waited a couple of hours to make sure there weren’t any hiders on the x-ray (this has happened to us before). We were finally able to rest with three boxes of healthy puppies and content moms on three sides of our bed.

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We feel really blessed to have so many cute Mi-ki puppies that are all healthy and all gained without any supplementation.

Differences in parenting style

In addition to differences in whelping styles, the new moms have their own styles of parenting. Being the experienced mom, Evie is pretty relaxed and doesn’t stress as much when the other dogs come near.

Did we mention that Rayne is the helicopter mom? Well, she takes her mom role pretty darn seriously. If there’s one tiny squeak, she’s all over that puppy. She makes sure everyone is clean and fed, clean and fed. And clean and fed.

Rayne does not care for Savannah’s less intense parenting style.

See, Savannah has lots of milk (and it’s rich chocolate milk.) She doesn’t feel the need to feed her puppies 24/7. They have gained fast. Really fast. In fact, Savannah’s puppies soon passed Evie’s puppies’ weights, even though they are five days older.

Sometimes Savannah’s puppies would cry, even if they were well fed. And Rayne didn’t like it. Rayne is that mom at preschool that wants to tell you how to parent your own children too. So Rayne and Savannah have had some good fights over proper parenting techniques. It’s been interesting, to say the least!

Puppy season goes by too fast!

Now that several weeks have gone by, we’re happy to say that the hormones have calmed, and we’re all getting some much-needed sleep. The puppies are all super cute and we are amazed that we’re already halfway through the time we get to cherish them. Soon I won’t be doing weekly photo updates.

We’re a bit sad thinking that they’ll no longer be with us, but happy that we’ve already found wonderful homes for most of them. Two puppies are going to live with Royal T Mi-ki alumni, and there’s no greater compliment and comfort than that!

If you’re thinking about adopting one of our remaining puppies, but aren’t sure, please know that we won’t likely have more puppies for at least ten months or more. We may end up keeping one of the puppies for our program, but are still deciding.

Either way, we won’t likely have more puppies for ten months or a year. If you miss out on this batch, the future ones will be worth the wait!

Thanks for journeying with us on our Mi-ki puppy adventure. If you adopt one of our babies, we hope that you’ll stay in touch and share your stories with us and keep the adventure going!

Introducing the Royal T Mi-kis Petite Pup Boutique

Grand-opening-bannerAs Mi-ki pet owners, we know it can be difficult to find the right products for toy breeds. To meet the need of our fellow small dog lovers, we’ve hand selected products to suit puppies, teacup and toy-sized breeds.

Whether you’re looking for a puppy collar, a luxury bed, a harness, a carrier, toys, or fun fashions, we have the products your pup has been dreaming of.

We’re adding new products daily to the Royal T Mi-kis Petite Pup Boutique to offer a wide selection of the best puppy and small dog gear anywhere!

As part of our Grand Opening, we’re having a Site-Wide 25% off Sale! (Select items excluded.)

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Royal T Mi-kis – Now Registered with the UKC – and we went to our first dog show!

 

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The Mi-ki was officially recognized by the United Kennel Club in January of 2016. Founded in 1898, The UKC is the world’s largest performance breed registry. This esteemed club offers family-friendly events that not only judge a dog’s appearance but also give dogs an opportunity to demonstrate the skills they were bred for.

With this in mind, we decided to register all of our dogs with the United Kennel Club to be able to participate in dog shows and make it easier for any future Royal T Mi-ki offspring to do so as well. After all, Mi-kis definitely deserve more exposure in the dog world for their beauty, temperament, and trainability!

We joined a local chapter of the UKC, the High Plains Kennel Club (HPKC), and it has been a lot of fun to get to know other dog lovers in Colorado. Alan Krenek, the president of the club, has taken us under his wing to prepare us for UKC shows, for which we are incredibly grateful!

In fact, our first show went so well that Brighton nearly earned her championship, and probably would have had her handler (me) not accidentally missed one of the group ring competitions while socializing with other dog lovers. It was a beginner’s mistake, but we had a lot of fun in spite of ourselves.

Brighton earned tons of ribbons, and excelled in the group ring, competing against seasoned adult companion breeds. Since Brighton is only 7 months old, we are thrilled that the judges found her to shine among such a wide range of excellent breeds.

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There’s always next time, and next time, we’ll show even more of our Mi-kis. We chose to show just Brighton since it was our first event, and the other Mi-kis are much too busy working on new puppies! We hope to have new additions in early January 2018! Stay tuned!

BaxterBoo.com asked us to share about our first show dog experience on their blog. You can read about that here: Brighton’s Big Day – Tips and Trials from our First Dog Show.