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2014 > 09

This passed weekend I had two gorgeous Kadamo boys being shown in Eckerö, Åland (Finland). SEJW-12 Kadamo Rob Roy "Dexter" recieved Excellent and CQ and placed 3rd in the Openclass. SEVCH Kadamo Fire and Ice "Nixon" recieved Excellent and won the juniorclass. 
Judge was Lars Widén, Sweden. 
Congratulations to you both! 

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Yesterday me, Ellen (my daughter) and the dogs went to Västerås to participate in a Ridgeback Race at the Greyhound track. Moa and Yaya has done this several times before but it was more than a year since their last time. The two of them absolutely loves it!
Since Ellen came into our family the dogs haven't gotten to do that much fun activites more than normal walks in the woods, so I thought they would enjoy this day!
We got some lovely company from Mira's brother Kadamo A Big Hunk o´Love "Attila" and his owners who came to try this for the first time.
Mira and Attila did not really get the hang of it this time, running after a plastig thing dragged by a machine?! But they ran fast to get to their owners at least! 
Thank you Jessica for help with the dogs, Andreas for taking pictures, your friend for taking videos of the dogs (see them below the photos), Lillan for watching Ellen and to Pernilla Johansson for great photos too!

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My old boy Dando is not the healthiest of dogs... He has several diagnoses, luckily none that gives him any pain or so far have shorten his life.
Since the beginning of this year he has lost some function in his backlegs/feet. Dando is an old boy now almost 11 years and 4 months old, so in the beginning I just assumed it had to do with age.
It started with him walking a bit wobbly and stumbling with his backfeet. He lost more and more muscles around his thighs, bum and back and it just kept on getting worse. He started to stand with his hooks more in toward eachother, problably easier to keep his balance that way.  
He sometimes during every walk knuckle over and steps on the top of his backfeet and sometimes it makes him trip so he has to sit down.
In the beginning we took all our walks in the woods were he got natural training having to lift his legs over fallen trees, roots, stones and so on. It did him good, but during the very warm summer it got to hard for him. When he was warm and tired he walked even worse, and now we only go for walks on surfaces that is more flat and easy for him.
He still enjoys getting out but we can't go far or we have to take several breaks.  At home we have carpets laid out in the room with slippery floor so he can get around easier. We help him up and down in the car when we go somewhere since he doesn't jump that well anymore, even though he still thinks he can do it!

When I decided to test Mira for DM (degenerative myelopathy) before breeding on her I started to read more about the disease and I realised that all the sympthoms described could have been written by me discribing Dando's problems. 
So I decided to test Dando for DM aswell. 

Dando's result:
DM: N/DM carrier (exon 2)

The analysed dog is a carrier of the mutation in exon 2 of SOD1-gene that has been suggested to be a major risk factor for the development of Degenerative Myelopathy. The mutation will be passed on to the offspring with a probability of 50%.

This test was not taken to get a diagnose for Dando. This does not say that he is sick in this disease, but it doesn't exclude it either.
To diagnose DM you have to do a lot of exams which I will not put Dando trough. Even if he would get a diagnose there is no treatment for it so it won't make a difference.

Below are videos of Dando just walking from August and September this year. There you can see his changed way of moving his backlegs. The first video is from August were he walks like "normal" for his condition. The second video is from the end of September on one of his "bad" days where he walks worse.
He has both good and bad days normally, sometimes it hurts my heart watching him and next day I think he is doing a little bit better. But at least here you can see and get an idea of his problem.

Now I just keep my fingers crossed that he won't continue to get worse at least not fast. I really want to keep him around for as long as he seems happy which I hope will be for months, and in my dreams, years to come! 
As long as I have him I will make sure he lives a good life despite his problems and stays as happy as he can be!

Above Dando in August and below Dando in September.

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Last week I send in a bloodsample to Laboklin in Germany for a couple of healthtest for Mira. I am not expecting her to be sick at all I just wanted to test her for a couple of genetic diseases before I start making breeding plans for her.
I tested her for DM (degenerative myelopathy) Hemophilia B (factor IX).

Her results:
DM: genotype N/N clear (homozygous normal) 
Hemophilia B: genotype female X (N)/(X) N clear N/N (homozygous normal)

Interpretation DM: 
The dog is homozygous normal concerning the intact SOD1-gene. The dog does not carry the mutation in the exon 2 of SOD1 that is suggested to be a major riskfactor for the development of Degenerative Myelopathy. The dog can only pass the normal gene on to all its offsprings.
Read more about this disease here: 

Interpretation Hemophilia B:
The analyzed  dog is homozygous normal concerning the intact gene. It is a noncarrier of  the defected gene (X-chromosomal inherited factor IX deficiency resulting in haemophilia B). This dog can not pass the mutation on to its offspring.
Read more about this disease here:

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This summer I had four of my boys and their families going for an amazing trip to Swedens highest mountain Kebnekaise far up north.
These lovely boys are owned by two sisters, Petra and Therese and their families. Petra and Mattias owns Kadamo All Eyes on Armstrong "Masai" from the C-litter and Kadamo Set the World on Fire "Bilbo" from the F-litter. 
Therese and Daniel owns SEVCH Kadamo The Stage is Set for You "Ramoz" from the A-litter and Kadamo Playing With Fire "Zeppelin" from the F-litter.
First of all, very happy and proud to have these four males getting along so well! Second of all I am very happy to have wonderful owners of my breedings!
Thank you for sharing your photos with all of us from your wonderful hike! Makes me want to go up there aswell! 

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This weekend my European little showstar Kadamo It's Now or Never "Elvis" went to Hungary with his owner/handler Sarka for two shows.
Day 1 he was Best Male with CAC and CACIB aswell as Best of Breed under judge Nebojsa Savicis, Serbia. He didn't stop there, he went all the way to BIG-2!!!
Day 2 he did just aswell, first Best Male with CAC and CACIB and also won Best of Breed under judge Miroslav Zidar, Slovakia. 
This boy now has several CAC and CACIB from different countries and with that also several Best of Breed placements! So unbelievable proud of this young boy, can't wait to see what the future will bring for him and his owner!

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Today I had a few dogs shown at the International dogshow in Högbo. I was not there myself but got reports from the show!
In Openclass males BISS-13 Kadamo Johnny Walker "Loke" got Excellent and was placed as 3rd Best male in the class. In Championclass SEUCH SEVCH Kadamo Don't Mess with Texas "Charlie" also recieved Excellent and was places 3rd Best Championmale. 
Gorgeous girl Kadamo A Hero in Halifax "Haley" was shown for the first time this year and did very well gaining Excellent and finished 3rd Best in her class aswell!
Well done all of you and thank you for reporting back to me!
No pictures from today so "old" photos of this trio above!

At the show in Gimo SEVCH Kadamo Lady in Red "Chanel" recieved Excellent and won the Working/Huntingclass. Congratulations to owner Helene!

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Today it was time for SRRS Stockholms yearly show at beautiful Årsta Slott, breed judge Per Lundström, Sweden. I had for Kadamoboys being shown today and even though I wasn't showing myself I wanted to  be there as support and of course introduce my daughter to this world!
First out in petclass was Kadamo Jack Daniels "Zimba" who was Best male and BOS, judging petclasses was wellknown breeder Ann-Marie Hilding, Djungelkattens kennel. 
Congratulations Amanda!
After Zimba it was time for Amanda to enter the ring with their second dog, Kadamo Fire it Up "Arrax" in juniorclass. He behaved perfectly and recieved Excellent and was placed 3rd in the class.
After him we had two brothers in Workingclass, Kadamo Devil in Disguise "Isidor" and SEVCH Kadamo You're the Boss "Bellman" who both did well. They recieved Very Good and finished 2nd and 3rd in the class.
Well done to all of you and lovely to see you as always!

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