Since this is the start of our blog we will start where any dog breeder starts. Breeding a bitch. We are primarily exhibitors of Kerry Blue Terriers and one Bedlington Terrier. We are Casey Kerry Blue Terriers and although we have owned this breed since 1956, we consider our line to have begun in 1968 when our first show dog, Ch. Townshend’s Fair Chance, was purchased. Between ourselves and our handler, we show over twenty weekends a year. Showing dogs, training dogs, grooming dogs and breeding dogs is our life. And to make this happen you have to have puppies. And to make that happen you have to breed a bitch.
We have leased a bitch from our friend, Lynn, who breeds our line in Washington State. Of course the stud dog we picked lives in New York State. Since we are in Colorado, and are the middlemen, this could be a challenge. Fortunately, the stud dog owner, Carol, is experienced and something of a scientist. She is organized about her part of this endeavor and if it happens it will be due in no small part to her persistence.
After all the requisite tests on the bitch it was determined that the optimal days to breed would be Thursday, February 26 and Saturday, February 28. Carol collected the semen and shipped it via FedEx to Washington for an arrival on Thursday. What happened next could not have been more unbelievable.
Lynn was at her vet’s office when the shipment from New York should have arrived. However, it has been a long cold, wet and uncharacteristically snowy winter in the Northwest. This resulted in a thin ice film on the runway in Seattle. The FedEx plane was so overwhelmed by this it couldn’t land for several hours. Meanwhile, back at the vet’s, the doctor had chipped a tooth and had to leave to have the tooth repaired. Lynn waited patiently at the clinc for FedEx. FedEx was enroute, but the truck the semen was riding in had a flat tire. The driver, who seemed to lose all common sense, sat in his truck for several hours while he waited for somebody to come out and change his tire. Finally the truck arrived at the clinic, but since the vet was not there, the driver would not release the semen. It was taken back to the terminal and locked in a semi to wait for the next day. The breeding was not going to happen. This was not the outcome we had all be working for. When Lynn told Carol of the events of the day and the wanderings of the semen, things took a turn in our favor.
Carol is very persuasive. After working on FedEx for a while, the semen was back enroute to Lynn who would meet the truck part way. Lynn was directed all over the countryside of rural Washington by the FedEx dispatcher. Finally, she stopped and the FedEx driver walked up to her with the important box. He looked at her and said, “Lady, I don’t know who you are, or who you know, but this is never done. I was rerouted here when I had deliveries for the OR.”
It seems Carol had impressed upon somebody at FedEx how important this delivery was. A supervisor entered the semi and retreived the box full of semen and sent it on its way again. Carol was advised the next day this never happens.
When you are breeding a bitch, there are no obstacles too great.