Spring Litter 2017

We have bred US Grd. Ch. Mungo of Nutstown to Heathview Dear Prudence.

Puppies pending April 2017

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In memory of: Cdn. Ch. Heathview Sophie Tucker

DOB: October 23, 2008

Deceased: February 10, 2017

Sire:  Ch Lonnkyle Pathos

Dam: Cdn. Ch. Heathview Dulcie

Sophie was our matriarch at Heathview.  This year she was 8.5 years old.  She was a wonderfully strong bitch who definitely was the boss amongst our pack.  Her health challenges started this year as we noticed a drop in weight and the development of a lump on the back of her neck.  We were distracted by the development of necrotizing fasciitis in her left rear leg in December. It was over 45 days of dressing changes as she responded favorably to the healing process.  In the last few weeks, she came into season, lost her appetite and the weight loss became more and more pronounced. She was vomiting anything we could get down her.   Diagnostic tests determined her prognosis was very poor with her lungs becoming involved.  Although we did not do an autopsy, we suspect a cancer process, likely a lympho sarcoma.  We made the very difficult decision to let her go peacefully.  Sophie is now  running over the rainbow bridge with Trixie and Mamma Mia.  We have lost 3 of our dear friends in the last 3 months.  It has been heartbreaking

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Sophie’s Healing Journey

Our nightmare started December 17, 2016 with Sophie presenting with a very swollen left rear leg and lameness.  We sought vet assistance and got her on antibiotics immediately.  The leg started to drain and by Sunday she developed a large necrotic area on the lateral side of the leg.  By Monday night a second even larger area on the medial side of her leg showed signs of necrosis.  The two wounds were debrided on Tuesday.  Through cultures we have discovered that we were dealing with necrotizing fasciitis due to a Streptococcal infection.

Sophie has made amazing progress.  We are using Manuka honey and non adherent dressings, changing it every two days.  Today is Day 32 since the wounds were debrided.  The lateral wound has healed over.  The medial wound is showing great progress in healing over granulating nicely.  There are no signs of loss of function with the leg.  Sophie is bright in herself and back to normal at 8.5 years of age.

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Cdn. Gr. Ch. Mamma Mia Von den Erzminen

Mamma Mia came to us from Germany from her Breeder: Brigitte Lins-Tennert.

DOB: July 7, 2012

DOD: December 28, 2016

We have always felt so blessed to have Mamma in our lives.  She has been known for her gentle spirit and soft approach.  She was impeccably trustworthy around children and such a joy to live with. My Grandchildren Aiden and Lily saw that first hand while they lived with us this past summer.

We showed her to her Cdn. Grand Champion and she was awarded her first major in the USA during the summer of 2015 as a 3 year old.

We were blessed with a litter from Mamma out of Melodream Maker O’Marksbay and have kept Heathview Melorose aka Rosie or “Baby Mia” as coined by Lily.  Rosie is Mamma reincarnated and has her same very sweet disposition and similar look and quality.  We are so fortunate to have her after the sudden loss of Mamma.

Mamma succumbed to a “narcotizing disease” process that we are still trying to sort out. So sudden and tragic a loss.  It’s been a tough year here at Heathview.

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Heathview in Mourning 2016

Please note: graphic images

2016 has been very hard for Ian and I.  In November we lost Kellyhide’s Imp aka Trixie after a short battle with a fungal pneumonia.

Lagertha developed canine influenza around the same time and after 5 days in hospital, did recover, praise the Lord.

Recently we endured an episode of some sort of necrotizing disease process with our matriarch Heathview Sophie Tucker.  The effect resulted in two very large necrotic areas on either side of her left rear leg.  With the help of our vet the process was arrested and we are now into a very long healing phase that will take weeks with daily dressing changes.  Sophie has proven to be very strong through this whole ordeal.

Within 5 days after Sophie’s ordeal, our bitch Mamma Mia went lame.  We rushed her to the vet as the disease process was very similar to Sophie – her leg swelled and a small necrotic wound appeared over her left hock that started to drain purulent fluid.  With Mamma things progressed much quicker and we became very worried when her rear leg swelled became hot and reddened and started to break down, draining Sero-sanguineous fluid.  We started to see involvement of her right front paw which swelled up within 4 hours of arrival at the vet.  Her heart developed a murmur and her blood work showed early stages of DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation).  Emergency vet care could only do so much.  We were devastated by the loss of Mamma in the early hours of December 28th.

To date we are unsure what hit our kennel.  The swab for C&S on Sophie was inconclusive showing “no growth”.  We are awaiting results on Mamma Mia’s wound.

Both lived in the kennel building for short periods.  So had Eachna, Lagertha and Rosie and for a lot longer.  We researched spiders on the intranet thinking perhaps it might be the brown recluse spider, but they are not typical in our area and after cleaning the garage there was no evidence of spiders.  Our vet isn’t convinced it was spiders either but more likely some necrotizing disease process.  We also thought  about snakes (it’s possible I suppose) but again, we saw no evidence in the garage.  The only other possible thing is the kennel doors that are firm and potentially could cause blunt force injury as the dogs pass through if they swing back.  Perhaps a break in the skin could get infected??

We have no one in the garage at the moment.  We are playing things very safe.  The kennel building has been cleaned, vacuumed and will be disinfected before it is used again.

We are still staggering with the loss of our dear Mamma.  The stress of loosing one of the family without the “why” being answered is overwhelming.

We hope 2017 is a much better year for one and all

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Up and Coming Breed Plans – Winter 2016

Heathview is looking forward to our future breeding plan.  This winter we tried to breed Ch. Glor na Gael Eachna to Cdn Grand Ch. Heathview Lagertha but we were unsuccessful.  It is our hope to try breeding Heathview Dear Prudence (Lagertha’s Dam)  in February 2017.    Stay tuned

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Cdn. Ch. Heathview Lagertha

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As of August 15, 2016, Lagertha stands #4 Irish Wolfhound in Canada.  We are so proud of our home bred girl from the Viking litter born August 22, 2014.

On May 28, 2016 she was awarded Best in Show at the ALCA Sighthound Specialty under Judge Karen Doyle, Mexico.  Ian did a wonderful job handling her over the weekend as she also obtained a Group 3 and Group 4 placement at the NACA Shows.

At Evelyn Kenny, Calgary AB July 14 – 17, 2016.   I showed Lags to two Group 2 and a Group 4 placement taking her to #2 in Canada.  We slipped back to #4 at AKC after competing with a very nice Curian male.  Regardless, she showed amazing.

She definitely isn’t just another “pretty face”.  We have tried her coursing and she has proven to have a natural talent for the chase.  Over the weekend she completed her 3 Chase Ability runs and now has her Chase Ability Certificate.  Nothing like watching an Irish Wolfhound take flight.  We are planning to enter in the ALCA Lure Coursing Competition September 3 and 4th for her first time.  This is so much fun.

We are enjoying the idea of knowing we have met the qualifications to show Lags at Westminster, NY in February 2017.  Not sure if we will, but it is sure wonderful to know we could

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