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Dream .... bred to.... Cherub
"Mira" - Dark Brown Female
Height: still growing
Weight: July 20, 2018 = 41.7 lbs

As breeders we do not usually share with the public our struggles or hardships.
They do not know of the many ups and downs, nightmares, hopes dashed
nor the hundreds of thousands of dollars reputable breeders spend chasing the breed's ideal.
The public just knows when we have an adorable puppy for them, easy breezy.

Mira's mother was Cherub.
Or as we called affectionally her "Chubby Cherub".
Cherub was such a delight, always willing to try anything and obviously gorgeous.
Cherub made CKC history by being only the 2nd Brown Female Grand Champion !
I was so excited when the time came to breed her
because I knew I was going to get just the most incredible
larger, darker, stunning brown pups the world has ever seen.
Unfortunately this is not the way, that day unfolded.
Mira was the only one to survive. My over $25,000.00 baby.

I sent out a plea to my friends on facebook hoping someone would have a nursing
mother and would be willing to take on a foster puppy to save her.
I knew things were not going well with Cherub and her delivery.
My good friend that responded, said that her mother was also septic and in Emergency
so she was unable to help me out.

Thankfully, Amanda L. responded that she could help me.
I raced back to Canada, with little Mira, who thankfully had already nursed from Cherub
Once notified, Amanda and her mother and her nursing female drove
2 hours to meet me half way so little Mira would get to nurse ASAP.
I don't know many people that would go this extra mile for anyone.
Keep in mind I only know Amanda from dog shows.
Amanda talked me through what to do, what to bring and where to meet her

I have to admit I was numb, just stunned by my loss ... 30 years of breeding
I have never experienced anything like this tragedy. I don't remember much now.
I have a coping strategy of memory loss, which helps me get through
so much I deal with at work each day.

However I wished to document this, so I would always remember there are good people
out there in the world and miracles do happen.
To remember the good, to celebrate people who are good and selfless.
Mira had a few bumpy days, Amanda went through some heroics to save her.
I never got my hopes up, to avoid disappointment, but Amanda kept saying
"She is not going to die on my watch" and she survived.

As Mira grows up I may shorten, or share less of her beginnings in her introduction
be less dramatic, or to not have people be sad, reading it.
But for now I want to share my "breeding experience" and how good people can be.
Either way Mira's name will be my reminder forever.
Amanda came up with Mira's name and I have to admit it was perfect !
Thank you Amanda for raising an honorary Keeshond "Mira".
Your selfless, kindness will not be forgotten.

Mira will be tested CLEAR of the following Health Problems and Diseases:
*CERF (eyes)
*Hip Displasia
*Thyroid Disease
*Elbow Displasia
*Patellar Luxation
*Dentition Database
*DM (Degenerative Myelopathy)
*Congenital Cardiac Disease
*vWD (Von Willebrand's Disease)
*CMTP (Congenital Macrothrombocytopenia)

Mira at 12 weeks of age
She is so dark it is difficult to get a nice clear photo of her
even in the direct sunlight. Cloudy days seem to work the best.

May 7, 2018

Faith entertaining Mira all day every day
Mira was at the vet today and weighed 13 lbs

Mira @ 12 weeks her first stack

Mira 9 weeks of age and having her first hair cut

Mira getting handed off at the Vet office to me
She is going to miss her furball family !

Mira at 6 weeks of age with her foster family
I think we have another show kid !

Mira @ 2 weeks of age
Yup browns will have green or blue eyes
when young pups, just like human babies

Mira makes it through the first week

Mira and her foster family
She was being picked up by Amanda and her mom
and a nursing Keeshond

Cherub still damp from her bath, getting ready for pups

I was very excited for this litter
Xray showed 7 pups !!

Mira being made in the cold of New York

Mira 18/04/13