In early November 2005 Dare was mated to Dylon
(Dylon E Do Well) belonging to Sammie Stevens, which we hope has been
successful. Pups should be due in
early January 2006 and we are expecting merles, black and whites, and
possibly reds & red merles. Pups would be clinically CEA unaffected, but to
ensure they are not carriers, pedigrees were be endorsed for breeding until the
appropriate health checks have been carried out. To see pups from the previous 2 litters please
click in the year.
Pups 2002 or
On the 6th January 2006, Dare had 7 beautiful pups between
4.25pm and 10pm. 4 girls and 3 boys. Mother and pups all gorgeous and doing well.
We're obviously very, very proud of our special girl. Names courtesy of 6 year old Leo!
Dad Dylon was said to be very very proud.
Left to Right:
Harry, Flirt, Bo, Bex, Dare, Pixie
||This picture (and the one
above) was taken by local photographer Eddie Nolan at the Kings Gallery in
Left to Right on
this picture are:
Dare, Gunna, Flirt, Harry, Bex, Pixie and Bo
|Dare and the pups
The 7 pups were all KC Registered, and could not be CEA affected by
parentage. They all now have their own pages to visit.
||Borderstorm Heeza Kracker
||Borderstorm Dare To Flirt
Borderstorm Dare To Be At Jolysses
||Borderstorm Baby Dare
Borderstorm Gunna Be Magic
the pups to visit their own pages
||Dare and her daughter
Flirt. One of my favourite shots.
|| Two handsome
brothers, Gunna and Harry
|| Is it too early
to learn to tie my laces?
|| I love you mummy
||Up to know good!
|| Please can we
come in now - its cold out here!
|| So this is how
you heard a sheep?
|| Mine, all mine!
|| Stuff the toys,
this kitchen roll is much more fun
So why Dylon this time? Finding a good stud dog had
been difficult this time. I wanted a non white factored dog to try and get a
more classically marked litter. I wanted a boy with lots of drive, and a
great temperament. I looked at more stud dogs then I care to remember,
sitting by the ring at agility shows, travelling to breed shows and just
watching dogs work. Some didn't have the right eye test results, some breed dogs
were just too laid back without that "spark", and others just didn't "feel"
right. I needed a perfect man for my princess. At last a friend
suggested Dylon (thanks Jayne!)
and the match was made :-) I
hadn't appreciated Dylon was an entire dog. Dylon has awesome speed, a
quick brain, but a heart of gold. He has a light build and is very eager
to please. Dare fell for him immediately and tried desperately to get him
to like her. Eventually her merlie charms won him over.
||This chart indicates Dare's temperature. When there
is a significant temperature drop (usually to about 98 degrees F or
thereabouts), it indicates that whelping will take place within about 12 -
24 hours. Up until day 57 the temperature is only taken once per day,
but from day 57 onwards, the temperature is taken 3 times each day.
Dares Pregnancy Diary
Day 14 - I don't look any
different, and as yet mum can't tell whether I'm pregnant or not, but I hope
I am 'cos that Dylon was just gorgeous! I call my fertilized ovum
Dareberts (Dare after me and bert after Dylbert - thats Dylon's special name
xxx) and they are still floating free in my uterus and uterine tube.
They are very well protected and safe from infection right now. In a
few days time they will begin to implant in my uterine horns, spacing
Mum has been feeding me on BARF now since before my season. She
says that its supposed to promote fertility and aid whelping whatever that
means. I love chicken wings, and turkey necks are just yummy - shame I
don't get to chomp on the rest of the turkey though. I feel great and
have healthy appetite as usual, but its too early yet to start increasing my
I have stopped doing agility now, mum says to protect the Dareberts,
but I still get my runs in the woods every day with the others. I'll miss
Newton Heath show this weekend, I just get to watch so I'll be a bit grumpy,
but I'm making sure that the Dareberts are cooking nicely. Bye for
Oooooooo, this frost is cold! I hope the
Dareberts are nice and warm.
17 - Saw Dylon again yesterday at
Newton Heath show. He's still lovely, but when he got a bit too friendly
with me I smiled at him! Mum got some puppy toys at Newton Heath for
the Dareberts to play with. If I'm not pregnant I hope she gives them
to me, 'cos they looked fun. I saw lots of my babies from the last 2
litters at the show and they all looked great, and I had a cuddle from a
couple of the possible new Darebert mummies too - how exciting.
The Dareberts should now be implanting
in my uterus wall, and during the next week the important organs will
be developing. My nipples should be getting pinker and enlarging in
the next few days, but I can't see under there to check. I'll have to
ask mum. That's all for today folks,
Day 20 (a third of the
way through) - Mum has moved my bed upstairs to
hers and dad's room, as mum says this is where the Dareberts will be born,
so she wants me to get used to it. She took this photo of me when I
had sneaked onto the bed. I'm not allowed on there really, but mum said just
this once as I looked really snug.
Today I had some "Raspberry Leaf" with
my food. Mum says I'll get it every day now as its supposed to make
giving birth easier. I had it last time, and I had no problems, so its
probably a good thing.
Mum booked me in for my scan today, its
for next Friday. I don't like them really, they switch off all the
lights and its a bit spooky, but mum will be there and Auntie Jackie came
last time too, to have a look. I wanted a photo, just like when mum
had a scan of Leo, but Nicki the vet said their scanner didn't take
pictures. Humph - can't be a very good scanner. I'll get mum to take
her camera this time!
Hopefully if I lie very, very still, she won't notice
I've jumped on the bed!
Day 21 - Wow, can you
believe it, mum showed me this picture of what the Dareberts look like right
now! They are half an inch across, and their central nervous systems
are formed. Next its the brain and the spinal cord. The brain
won't be a problem, all my babies have great brains LOL!!! All the
organs, the limbs, face and eyes are now starting to form. Gosh its so
exciting, I can't wait.
Mum says I might get a bit of morning
sickness at this time - yuk - apparently I did last time, but I can't
remember. I'm sure I'll be fine, it won't stop my walks that's for sure!
Baby Dareberts. Cute aren't they, or maybe not!
- Brrrrrrrrrr, its a bit cold outside today so I've been keeping the
Dareberts warm by the fire. Its not snowed, but the wind was icy on my
walk, and mum had a funny hat on. Mum says I've been a bit quiet
today, a bit clingy. Not sure what that means. Mum also went to
the butchers today and ordered me 20kg of chicken wings - that should keep
me going for a while, hope I'm not expected to share them? We had a
visitor today, the man to repair Sky TV. I practised my herding skills
on him, he kept ignoring me so I kept circling his heels. I herded him
neatly into a corner LOL and kept him there until mum came, then I gave him
a lovely lick. He thought it was really funny, said I was weird!
Some people just don't understand collies.
- Gosh, where does the time go, I've been really busy, and also a bit
poorly! Mum had some lovely black boots, and Ski, my son, couldn't
help but chew them up! I had to help of course, but the leather
didn't agree with me, and it gave me a poorly tummy! Mum didn't know
I'd helped Ski to chew the boots until I sicked up the black leather - that
gave the game away. But I'm feeling fit as a fiddle now, and looking
forward to my scan tomorrow.
The Dareberts are about 1 inch across
now, and fully formed miniature dogs, about the size of a walnut. The
eyelids close at this point and don't reopen again until about 10 days - 2
weeks. Its also about now that their male and female "bits" start to
show. That's the exciting bit. I told Dylan I wanted 8 girls and
2 boys, mostly merle. Wonder if he listened? Mum wants a merle
girl just like me. She wanted a merle girl last time, but had to have
Ski instead as there wasn't one. I think that's why she puts him in
sparkly collars, she thinks he's a girl really.
Have to go, lots to do, mums making
tuggies for the show this weekend, and I like to run off with them and keep
them all for myself. Bye for now,
The Dareberts are fully formed miniature
Day 29 - HOORAY - I'm so
excited as I'm definitely expecting Dareberts. The vet Nicki scanned
my tummy and there were lots of Dareberts in there. She couldn't tell
how many exactly, as they go quite a long way up so couldn't reach them all,
but she counted at least 4. (Last time she counted 3, and I had 6 so I
don't think she's very good at counting!). You still can't tell any
difference if you look at me though, I'm obviously keeping my figure in
Today was a very sad day for me though.
Nicki has been my vet for 3 years now, and she's leaving to go to Australia.
I'll miss her a lot. I hope the new vet understands me like she does.
She'll be gone before the Dareberts are born, so she won't get to see them.
Well, lots of planning to do! Mum
will get the whelping box out soon and give it a good scrub, dad is going to
set up a web-cam so all the new Darebert mummies and daddies can keep an eye
on the Dareberts. Mum will start breaking down my meals now, so
I get fed more regularly, (but not any more! that can't be right!) Yum,
chick wings twice a day now.
And me? I'm just going to take it
easy and continue to cook the Dareberts till they're big. I'm at Wyre
agility show tomorrow, not competing, but I can watch the others, maybe see
Dylan again and tell him the good news, and meet some of the new Darebert
mummies again. Life is such fun,
Me and Nicki the vet
just before my scan.
Can you tell what it is
yet? The black blob is a Darebert, aaahhhh bless!
Day 31 (about half way through)
- Dylan wasn't at the show yesterday. His mum said it was too far, so
I didn't get to tell him our good news. It was quite a good day, mum
didn't get any prizes but I got lots of fuss from some of the Darebert
mummies, especially Sue who gave me loads of cuddles. She wants a
merle boy, so I'll try my very best. She says she's going to call the
Darebert "Pickles". I don't understand, why doesn't she call it
Darebert???? Humans are such a strange species.
I got cottage cheese added to my
food today. Mum says I'll get that every other day from now on.
Yum! And do you know what....the Dareberts are developing toes,
whisker buds and claws about now. Amazing isn't it.
Day 34 - Oh no, oh no, oh
no, we got a package in the mail today - it was ...... lots and lots of
WORMER! I'd forgotten about this - I have to have it every day from
day 40 onwards. I hate it. Mum used to try and disguise it in my
food but I always found it, so now she just "shoots" it down my throat with
a plastic gun thing. This is the very worst part about being pregnant.
I usually manage to spit some back at her though hehehe. There was
also something called "DopramV" in the package. Not sure what thats
for, mum says she's sure we won't need it, but its for "just in case".
I had a sneaky look at the instructions on the package while mum
wasn't looking. Apparently if any of the Dareberts aren't breathing
properly, mum will put a spot under their tongue to stimulate them.
Phew - nice to know we're well prepared.
Mum says I'm looking a bit rounder now,
and losing my tuck-up. Apparently the Dareberts are getting skin
pigment now and are about 3 cms long. It won't be long now. I'm
Day 36 - I saw one of the
new Darebert daddies today - Rod, he goes to our club. He has Belgian
Shepherds at home. Wonder why he wants a Darebert? I heard him
saying to mum that he wants something with attitude! Ha, he may regret
taking things a bit easier now, although when mum took the others training I
just did a few contacts and a jump or two. They were at the new height
- easy peasy I reckon. I did my favourite job, herding all the other
dogs and making sure they are in nice neat rows. One dog at club,
Josh, fancies me like mad. He's quite sweet really, don't tell Dylon I
Taking a quick kip on the sofa. I
think I match this fur throw really well! Mum says that if I'm naughty
I might get made into a throw!
Day 39 - Mum put the
Christmas tree up today. I helped a bit, but I mostly just snoozed and
watched. Mum's put some birds on the tree this year - she says
they're not real, they're just made of feathers, but I'm keeping my
eye on them just in case. They may need to be neatly herded at some point.
Tomorrow is the day I have been dreading -
the start of worming. But I have a cunning plan. Watch this
space to see if I can avoid the nasty white stuff!
I have the largest nipples in the world - its
official! They've grown really quickly. And mums got a new toy -
its called a "rektal fermometer", not sure what she's going to do with it?
Answers on a postcard please......
|I love Christmas.
Any prezzies for me under this tree?
Day 40 - I'm a bit
confused today. Its day 40, and in big letters on the calendar it says
"WORM DARE". I've seen no sign of the wormer. I have my plan
ready to spit it out, but I can't think why mum hasn't tried to force it
down my throat with that plastic gun thing. I had a lovely milky drink
this morning - cottage cheese mixed with milk and some of Leo's leftover
breakfast cereal - delicious! .........Oh no, you don't
think.........I bet mum hid the wormer in the milky drink. That's not
fair, very underhand I must say. Hmmmm, will have to watch out for
those tricks tomorrow.
Day 42 - Well, no
complaints about the wormer. I get a lovely cottage cheese milky mix
each morning, and I suppose mum hides the wormer in there, but its so yummy
I don't care. The others were wormed yesterday , but they just got
tablets, no milky mix so I must be a really special girl.
Not much else to say really.
I've started slowing down a bit on my walks - I still like to have a good
chase around to start with, let off some steam, but then I like to trot next
to mum while the others charge around. We used to run and run and
sometimes would knock each other over, so I'm protecting the Dareberts by
taking it easy.
The Dareberts are about 4.5 cm long
now, so it must be getting a bit crowded in there, but I like to think I'm
keeping my lovely trim figure. Less then 3 weeks to go now and I'm so
|Guess how many Dareberts
in my tummy!
Day 44 - Hmmm, I now know
what a "rektal fermometer" is and I must say, I wasn't impressed!
Haven't got much time to write today, I need to go and see my son from the
first litter - Zak - he's at Olympia tomorrow, so I need to give him some
words of wisdom. I'm really proud of him for being the first of my
babies to get to both Crufts and Olympia (but I'm equally proud of all my
babies, they are all so different, but all very special). Zak's mum,
Jackie, has worked really hard with him, and he is a credit to her, and me
of course. I shall tell him "Eyes on the Prize". He's really
fast and clever, faster than me, but not as clever LOL. I'll let you
know how he gets on,
Day 47 - Had a long lay
in this morning, in my whelping box which is now in mums room. I'm a
bit more tired now, on my walk this morning I took it a bit steadier then
usual. I'm still keeping my figure when you look down on me, but
underneath I'm the size of a heffer, its probably as my uterine horns are
folding over to accommodate the pups in my tum. The Dareberts are now
about 9cm long, and their bones are calcifying right now. Mum says we
might be able to see the Dareberts moving when I'm lying still - I can
certainly feel them!
My boy Zak did well at Olympia. He and his mum Jackie just got 5
faults in the morning qualifier. Mum said that Jackie crossed behind
him on the dog walk and he got confused and came off. That's just
experience. And in the afternoon he was faulted on his weaves, but the
video play back shows he got them. I should think so too, my babies have the
fastest weaves ever. But never mind, some you win some you lose.
That's life. He still got to Olympia which is more then I did this
year! Mum says that next year will be my year, she qualifies one of us
for the semi's every year, but never quite gets to the finals. Watch
this space! By the way, mum says she saw one of the Darebert new
mummies at Olympia, the one who is calling her Darebert "Pickles". She's
very excited apparently. I also got a Christmas card from one of my
babies, "Star Boy", and mum got some "Star" things - hair bobbles etc, and a
keyring which said "if the tiara fits ....". Not sure what that means
but mum said it was very apt!
Day 49 - Mum decided to
re-cover the whelping box today. It has been home to 3 litters
previously and so the wipe clean fablon was looking a bit scratched in
places. Its now very girly - pink and silver. I feel like a
princess. I'll get mum to take my photo in it later.
Mum also said she had a dream I only
had 3 pups, and only one of them was merle! Well, I can tell you that
I now have an undercarriage like a Boeing 747, and no way are there only 3
pups in there! My usual sprightly gait is now more of a waddle, and I
feel very unladylike! I think these next 10 days are going to
literally pass very slowly! On the positive side, its 3 meals a day
now, smaller meals though, but still...3 meals yum!
Day 52 - Christmas Day
Merry Christmas to Everyone, 2 paws and 4
paws from me and all of us at Team Borderstorm.
Thats me, Dare, the leader of course,
Fizz (she's a witch and I don't much like her),
Cruise my pal, we have lots of fun together and I boss him around,
Ski my son, he's a handsome chap but wild as the wind, Sash, the old girl. She can't
see or hear very well and is a bit wobbly, but she still said to wish you
all a merry Christmas, all the
Dareberts, and of course mum, dad and Leo too.
Well its Christmas Day, and this is a
picture of me on my walk this morning getting into the Christmas Spirit (but
not as much as Dad last night, he had plenty of Christmas spirits!) Santa Paws came to our house last night.
I got lots of treats, toys, and even toys for the Dareberts too. Leo
got a Scaletrix, and chasing the cars is great fun, but they didn't seem
impressed and kept telling me to go away. Mum got a snow dome thing
with a picture of me inside it from Auntie Jackie and lots of doggy bits and
pieces. I love this time of year. Mum was singing "have
yourself a merlie little Christmas", too much brandy in the Christmas Pud I
I have to stay on my lead now for
walks, or else I chase around too much. I'm getting a bit
uncomfortable now, but thats to be expected I suppose. Mum's been
trimming the hair around my nipples to make it easier for the Dareberts to
suckle. I can feel the Dareberts wriggling inside, but mum says she
can feel them too when she strokes me. Mum was looking on Borderbility
and said that a litter had been born and one of the pups was "Lilac". LILAC,
I ask you, what kind of colour is that for any self-respecting Border
Collie. We're supposed to be hardy, outdoor types - not bloomin' LILAC.
Then mum said there was a slim chance that a Darebert could be Lilac.
Its quite a nice colour really!
Merry Christmas Everyone, Love from
Day 54 - Holiday Tuesday - The time is drawing near, and I feel like a
whale. I tried to jump on the bed earlier, and I make strange grunting
sounds. I can't help it, they just happen. I also seem to trump
a lot more!
Mum has the web cam set up, or at least I
think she does, she was swearing a lot this afternoon!
My temperature is steady at 99.8 degrees, and
mum has a chart that she puts numbers on each day. Its a bit exciting
to think that this time next week the babies could have arrived!
I'm ready now! Can't wait...Love
Me in my silver and pink whelping box
Day 57 - Mum has been fiddling with the web cam all
morning and still can't get it going. She's now changed providers!
I saw Dylons mum this morning on something called Microsoft Messenger, via a
video link - amazing. Dylons mum will be able to see the Dareberts
from her desk at work.
have to have my temperature taken 3 times a day, boo! Not much fun.
Also, the Dareberts are "viable" according to mum, whatever that means.
The weighing scales are in position by my box, and there's a huge pile of
newspaper and white vetbed which won't stay white for long.
Its very snowy here, shame I'm not
allowed to go charging through the snow like I normally can. Mum took
my photo, and we went walking with some friends and my son Zak too.
The times getting nearer.....Love
Me and the gang in the snow - that's me
on the lead with mum!
Day 60 - Sorry I haven't updated my diary for a few
days, but mum has been making me rest in my whelping box. She says I
have to calm down a bit and take it easy. My tummy is sooooo tight
that it sounds like a drum. Every time the Dareberts kick my tummy ripples.
But no imminent signs yet! I wish they'd hurry up and be born.
My temperature hasn't dropped yet. Can you believe it, Dylon's mum
suggested I should go into the Freezer to get my temperature down! Not
funny. I'm in a very delicate state!
On new years eve I went with mum and dad
to a party at Karen's house and had a good time, apart from Chris' singing,
and Josh's barking. He needed to be herded! Mum took me so she
could keep an eye on me, and in case there were fireworks at home.
Better go, I'm supposed to be resting. Love
Day 62 - Bad day, I just can't seem to find a
comfy position to lie in, so I'm just mooching around and panting all the
time. Had a girlie day with mum today. We slobbed on the bed
upstairs and watched loads of episodes of Ally McBeal. I wish these
Dareberts would hurry, my temperature is still normal, but surely they must
arrive soon. Must go, typing isn't comfy right now with the Dareberts
wriggling in my tum. Speak soon....Love
Day 63 (am) - at last - my temperature has gone
down. Mum says the Dareberts should be here today, or at the latest
tonight. Watch this space......Love
Day 63 (pm) - no change, I like to keep everyone waiting!
I've been scrunching my bedding, to keep mum interested, but thats about it!
Day 63 (midnight) - I can't get comfy, and my temperature has
gone really low. They are definately on the way, but not fast enough.
Auntie Jackie is a lightweight and gone home, but Auntie Amy looks like
she'll make the distance!
Stay with me folks.....Love
Trying to get Comfy!