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Berkeley is a morning person — like me. When I am in Boise on a weekend, like yesterday, I go over at 5:45 a.m. so that I am there to take care of her when she wakes up; this gives her parents the gift of sleeping in.

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Once her family was up, it was time to hit the road.

As I drove along the Salmon River towards Montana, a Bald Eagle posed for me…

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I jumped from Lucky and took photos — note the traffic…

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I could leave the door open because my dogs are always secured when traveling — they are never loose in the van or RV.

And now we are home and forced to practice more patience as wait for mid-May, which is when we will know if Sparklers 2.0 will be making a June 16 appearance.

Luckily we have Frantic Training and then the Specialty to keep us busy.

Have a wonderful Easter Sunday.

The Reveal (Sort of)

It is time for the reveal — the mystery of the father we selected for the very wanted and hoped for Sparklers 2.0.

Berkeley, dressed appropriately for the occasion, agreed to help with this.

Note the sparkle shoes!

Note the sparkle shoes!

That moment when the presenter reads the winner to herself — unless the presenter cannot yet read, and then she looks at the pictures.

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And the Winner in the Category of Best Dog for Siring Sparklers 2.0 is…

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True Story. Frozen.

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Very, very Frozen.

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LONG Frozen…

See the collection date?

See the collection date?

I have planned for some time to use this male — I knew and loved this dog; he is one of Dear Husband’s all-time favorite Berners. The only reason he was not originally Plan A is because I was nervous about using frozen given Sparkle’s age (almost six). I changed my mind because I learned a few things.

Isn’t that usually the reason we change our minds — because we learn to see things in a different way? I am reminded of the importance of an open, curious mind and the need to be a lifelong learner.

Anyway, it went like this…

About three weeks ago Cindy H. said that Kira (her daughter) said that their acupuncture vet said that a hotshot repro vet had recently relocated to Boise and was working at one of their clinics.

Then Plan A for Sparkle fell through and I decided to consider Frozen (the term we shall use for the currently unnamed male whose semen is frozen).

I did a telephone consult with the Boise repro vet — LOVED her. More important — I learned a few things that made me feel comfortable using Frozen.

We set the wheels in motion.

The semen was in another state. A form was needed to release it — and that had to happen within 24 hours in order to get the semen to Boise in time.

YIKES.

The Head of the Costume Department and her spouse win the BFF Award for printing the form I emailed to them (not quite as easy as it sounds), driving over to have said form signed by the owner of the semen, and then more driving to deliver that form to the clinic where the semen was stored!

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Much gratitude to them!

The cost of shipping the semen left Elizabethanne wondering if it had been sent on a Lear jet! But regardless of mode of transportation, it arrived safely the next morning in Boise.

Whew.

And then we watched the progesterone rise — slowly — until the timing was such that Sparkle had entered her fertile period.

Because the humans involved with Frozen are generous and want this to work — and because transcervical inseminations (TCI) are effective and not overly invasive — we have enough semen to do repeated TCI breedings to maximize the chances of success.

So much gratitude to Frozen’s people for so many things. As I said yesterday, this has been a community endeavor.

And so because of all that, TCI #1 happened yesterday and #2 is this morning; we will do a total of four!

More on the methodology of all this tomorrow but for today — don’t forget your Lucky Socks!