Dog Cast interview with Culmore Canines now Live Online

We are proud to have been asked for an interview by Julie Hill of Dog Cast Radio about Culmore Canines Bichon Frise. From the Episode 51 description at their site:
Matthew and Patricia Culmore breed Bichon Frise dogs, and their highly acclaimed kennel is in California. Some of their recent litter have been ranked top in their State, and in the top three for the whole of America.
Producing high quality dogs with excellent temperaments is a priority at Culmore Canines, and health tests are done as well as well as making sure the puppies get the best start in life they possibly can.
In this interview, Matthew tells us how to recognise a good breeder, and passes on some of the measures he takes to make sure his pups end up in loving homes. We all want a breeder who has put the same effort into breeding a pup that we will put into raising it, and you can hear some wonderful advice about good breeding practices.
To see some of the beautiful Culmore dogs, and to read about Matthew go to the
Culmore Canines website.
To hear the broadcast go to
Dog Cast Radio Episode 51, and when you're finished, be sure to fully explore their site and subscribe to the Podcasts through iTunes.
You may also hear Episode 51 by playing it below:

Estee is fine after a false pregnancy

Estee and her Prince Charles had their 4th anniversary week in bliss in late July, however, their mating this time has resulted in a false pregnancy. Even though Estee exhibited all the physical signs of pregnancy such as weight gain, swelling of the abdomen, preparation of a nest and swelling mammary glands, there are no puppies. Our vet, Dr. Hauser says this could be caused by a hormonal imbalance, it might be that the eggs at that particular season were not fertile and, if the bitch is mated on a subsequent heat, that she will whelp a normal litter. In the mean time, Estee is snuggling with her Bichon puppet and CoCo and Einstein to "mother". It has also been recommended to occasionally apply alternating hot and cold packs to her swollen breasts, and to pat not rub her breasts as rubbing can actually stimulate the production of milk. We are also reducing the food and liquid intake and soon her problems will be over. Most importantly, Estee is happy, active and in no distress. Estee and Charles will mate again during her next cycle provided Estee is healthy and we have Dr. Hauser's approval.

Estee is taking her sweet time with this litter

Calculations and planning are alright if they are on target as in the past litters, but Mother Nature has her own schedule. Estee is doing fine and full of energy, so we patiently wait.