1. Do you think Minna has been digging?

    Do you think Minna has been digging?

  2. Faust demonstrates the Dick Eye.

    Faust demonstrates the Dick Eye.

  3. Kanazi is almost six, but he’s graying all over.

    Kanazi is almost six, but he’s graying all over.

  4. So, Jekyll will be having surgery for a perianal hernia today, along with a neuter. I had no idea this was even a thing, and it turns out to be a thing that owners of intact male dogs should be aware of, since it occurs mostly in males that still have their dangly bits, and is exacerbated by testosterone and prostate enlargement. 

Click Jekyll for an informative link. YUCKY PICTURE WARNING. Note that Jekylls butt looked nothing like most of the pics in google images, he is just kind of poofy around the anus, and he had some trouble pooping on Saturday evening. I have a (bad) picture of his (pre-surgical) bum if anyone wants to see.

    So, Jekyll will be having surgery for a perianal hernia today, along with a neuter. I had no idea this was even a thing, and it turns out to be a thing that owners of intact male dogs should be aware of, since it occurs mostly in males that still have their dangly bits, and is exacerbated by testosterone and prostate enlargement.

    Click Jekyll for an informative link. YUCKY PICTURE WARNING. Note that Jekylls butt looked nothing like most of the pics in google images, he is just kind of poofy around the anus, and he had some trouble pooping on Saturday evening. I have a (bad) picture of his (pre-surgical) bum if anyone wants to see.

  5. Nahnny in color.

    Nahnny in color.

  6. I never get a good picture of Cida. She always looks like she’s drunk or she left her brain in her other pants.

    I never get a good picture of Cida. She always looks like she’s drunk or she left her brain in her other pants.

  7. Dust devil picked up a shopping cart and threw it at the truck.

    Dust devil picked up a shopping cart and threw it at the truck.

  8. Tired puppy ::ba dump bump::

Yeah, I used the same line on Facebook, so sue me.

    Tired puppy ::ba dump bump::

    Yeah, I used the same line on Facebook, so sue me.

  9. kookiesaluki:

    desertwindhounds:

    In better news, we have puppies. Two smooth Salukis, Sharqquiyah (Sharkie, the dark male,) and Anisah (NiNi, the light bitch.)

    Their parents are from Saudi Arabia, and live in Canada. Mum and dad are registered through the Puerto Rican kennel club, which is an FCI member, as ‘generation zero’ Salukis, which is a rather round about way of saying they are now considered founders, as direct imports. Our pups will be registered as generation ones, their offspring will be generation two, and their grandoffspring will be generation three and eligible for AKC registration.

    (Minna and Enki, our black Salukis, are gen 3s.)

    We are very excited to have Sharkie and NiNi.

    Congratulations on the new pups! It won’t be long before they realize what an amazing home they’ve found their way into. How are the resident dogs taking to them?

    The older dogs mostly ignore them, “Oh, yay, puppies.” The younger dogs want to play with them. NiNi has to be watched, because she is the Puppy Without Fear and gets in the middle of everything. I’m very pleased with them, they act like they were born here and know exactly how to act with the older dogs, even the ones that aren’t terribly thrilled about pups.

  10. cooldogofficial:

    desertwindhounds:

    bochelly:

    desertwindhounds:

    In better news, we have puppies. Two smooth Salukis, Sharqquiyah (Sharkie, the dark male,) and Anisah (NiNi, the light bitch.)

    Their parents are from Saudi Arabia, and live in Canada. Mum and dad are registered through the Puerto Rican kennel club, which is an FCI member, as ‘generation zero’ Salukis, which is a rather round about way of saying they are now considered founders, as direct imports. Our pups will be registered as generation ones, their offspring will be generation two, and their grandoffspring will be generation three and eligible for AKC registration.

    (Minna and Enki, our black Salukis, are gen 3s.)

    We are very excited to have Sharkie and NiNi.

    Absolutely gorgeous, and look at that coat on NiNi! I can’t tell on my iPod, but is she a very light brindle? Either way, what amazing puppies!

    Yep, she’s a very light brindle. She’s got some gold and red along her back and on her ears, but otherwise she is much lighter than the pictures. She has a sister that is identical in color. This type of color in Afghans is called oyster brindle or silver brindle; it’s rare enough in Salukis that a snazzy name has not been coined yet.

    The stripes in this litter were a surprise, dad is gold with a black mask and mum is also gold, but hiding stripes because she’s e/e. The owner did not see mums parents, so when the first pup came out brindle, it was a bit of a shock.

    Brindle is a bit contentious in Salukis. ::snerk::

    They’re both beautiful, but Sharkie’s color is confusing me. I thought tanpoint dogs could only have brindle on the points, but he looks like he has it on the darker parts of his coat as well! He’s gorgeous whether I knew his color was possible or not, though. Look at that squishable little face!

    Sharkie is a grizzle. Technically black and tan being modified by EG, the ‘grizzle gene.’ EG affects the expression of black pigment, how much and where. EG is epistatic to black, whether it’s black and tan or brindle or just plain dominant black, in Salukis, Afghans, and several other breeds. It does a lot of entertaining things to brindle, black and tan, and plain old black in Salukis, Afghans and several other breeds, and the effect changes according to the other genes the dog is carrying.

    Grizzle in Salukis can range from dogs that have an open face, like Teshie, to dogs that have a bar down the nose, like the Bean. The dog to the Beans right is a black and tan (silver.) I have seen grizzles that had so little black pigment you could not tell they were grizzle, it was confirmed via DNA testing. Others are almost indistinguishable from a highly marked black and tan.

    http://cynoanarchist.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/smteshieandlolly121009.jpg http://desertwindhounds.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/victorviento070307.jpg

    In Afghans grizzle is called ‘domino’ (after a dog named Tanjores Domino, before that it was called ‘reverse mask,’ which makes no sense at all.) Domino Afghans usually have an open face, without the bar down the nose. Nappy is a brindle domino.

    http://cynoanarchist.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/nappy100308.jpg

    Shiva is 75% Afghan, 25% Saluki, and she is also brindle domino, but she has a bar down her nose.

    http://cynoanarchist.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/smshivaface092209.jpg

    NiNi, Sharkies sister, also has EG, but it has affected her brindle stripes by lightening them. Houdini is also a ‘silver brindle,’ just darker. I don’t know why the stripes often tend to fade towards the feet and face in brindle Salukis; undoubtedly there is another modifier at work. I’m not a real color genetics nerd, I just like to know enough to guess at puppy colors.

    http://cynoanarchist.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/houdiniheadturn021311.jpg

    For some reason the formatting and images whacked out and editing this on my iPad is causing my eyes to cross, so Ima just leave it.

  11. All of my sunset photos are taken from the large dog yard. The little structures on the left are a trailer and some out buildings, put there by people who bought the lot as ‘vacation property.’ They’ve been out here maybe four times since, and I haven’t seen them in at least six months.

    We have one ‘close’ full time neighbor, and he lives about five miles from us.