I have terrible news today. This morning when I went out to the kennels and opened the shop to let Ziva out for her first airing session of the day, I found an opened and chewed mouse and rat poison paper container in the shop floor. This is my fault and I feel absolutely terrible about this!! I had put out a small container of rat/mouse poison in the corner of my shop behind some stuff I though twas out of any dog's reach, nearly a couple of years ago. I usually pick all that type of stuff up when I have a female whelping puppies in there, but I forgot this time! Luckily, I did locate a portion of the poison uneaten on the shop floor. I cleaned that up immediately. Ziva acted fine. She was still drinking water at that time. I let her out and she urinated and pooped just like normal. I called my vet and he told me that if I could find out what type of poison she had ingested he would know how to or if he could treat it. The package that Ziva chewed up was unreadable. I was able to locate another package of it in the attic of my shop. We were able to read that one. Anita my wife called the pet poison control center and they were able to look up the type of poison it was. We were told by the pet poison control center to treat Ziva and her puppies for 28 days with vitamin K 1. Earlier while I was speaking with my vet he told me that he hoped that the type of poison she ingested was one of the types that could be treated with Vitamin K 1. Once at the vet's office we gave her medication to induce vomiting. Then we had to shove a bunch of activated charcoal down her throat! That wasn't fun for her or me! The vet recommended that we treat her and the puppies for 42 days. That way we can be sure that the poison had had enough time to get completely processed out of their bodies. I will update their progress daily here! Once Ziva got back home she drank water and ate her food as normal.
Little Hurricane may only be a tropical storm now but the rate she's growing she'll be a category 3 storm soon.
Congratulations to Tylor & Madraye Stanley of Jacksonville. They are getting the black & tan male. His name is Chief!
Day three and mamma Ziva is doing well. We did lose the smallest pup of the litter yesterday. It was a black male. But all the other pups appear to be doing quite well, even the smaller ones.
OK folks, when I left for work this morning at 730am after checking on Ziva she had 7 puppies. When I came home she had 3 surprises for me! Now we have 10 puppies. Mom and pups are all tired but doing well. Stay tuned for more pictures and updates.
As of 730 this morning Ziva has whelped seven healthy puppies. All black except two, they are black & tan. Mom & pups are doing well. Pictures will be posted tonight!
My ole boy Yoda loves to ride. I was out working in the yard this past Mon. and I left the back doors of my truck open. Yoda hoped in and decided he wasn't going anywhere until I rode him. I think he'd sleep in the truck if I'd let him.
Chase Marshall at one year old. This is one of Ziva & Yoda's puppies from their first litter. He is a nice looking dog. This is Copa's brother.
My name is Ryan Strickland and my wife Anita and I fell in love with the white dog, "Ziva" on the our dogs page. I found an older male "Yoda" and brought him home and we talked it over and decided to branch out Strickland's Kennels into NE Cape Fear GSD. Strickland's Kennels was a working retriever kennels that bred, raised, trained, and hunt tested retriever. We bred Golden and Chesapeake Bay Retriever since the early 1990's. I still train a retriever every so often for myself as a hunting dog or for a special client. We've been breeding and raising dogs since 1993.