that I love to tell: it's winter, snow on the ground, below freezing, dark early, the last day to possibly inseminate due to the date of ovulation. The sire belongs to another breeder, and after several tries over the course of a week, has been unable to get the job done. He's never been collected. Sire owner is in the emergency room with a sick roommate. Sire's farmhouse is dark, no lights, no way in. Luckily the sire is outside, and I have permission to collect and do the ai, but the conditions!! Well, it all went fine, the litter produced 8 beautiful puppies! The thrills of being a breeder!
This was the first time I have ever collected and inseminated on my own at home for side by side AI. My male was trying, but he is a few inches shorter than my girl. I collected, which I have done in ... more
Especially if they know you and are excited...sometimes a maiden boy is wiggy but otherwise a male, is a male, is a male....wooo hooo....;) Doing the ai can be a bit trickier...especially the first... more
Both of my boys stood still, just like if they were tied to a girl. The still get the glassy look in their eyes, just kind of space off. My biggest challenge was to keep the girl close to keep him... more
I have one ai story Carol - Aspen Hill,Wed May 2 21:26
no thanks! Kristy - Shelbydoodles,Thu May 3 08:02
Well at least you had a nice dark night to set the mood! Ha ha to the chilled semen comment below too!
Congrats...not that hard now is it :) I think the collecting part is what gets most breeders at first..hehe Just takes some practice twisting the tube up, down and around and using lots of lube...... more