Gizmo Under the Rainbow

Gizmo is owned by Hannah, our seventh of eight children. He is her right hand man and chore buddy. Gizmo would give his life for his girl should any of the stock go rogue. Although our property is only 25 acres, it is one half mile long, leaving Hannah often out of hearing.

Hannah and Gizmo

Gizmo would love to work stock, but most of ours come when they’re called. He has proven himself useful, returning escapees to the correct field or convincing a cow to go through a gate. He naturally heals, but will head in a heartbeat. Gizmo is full of grit and short on fear.

Gizmo watching the cows as Hannah checks them.

Gizmo has also been shown in 4h. He is quite the man in showmanship if, he resists the urge to take the leash in his mouth and haul Hannah around the ring. He performs well in obedience except when he decidesHannah has gotten too far away and reasons he must protect her instead of staying so far from her. Lastly, thinks agility is sort of ridiculous. Especially he wonders, what is the purpose of those jumps? Gizmo does everything with a bang. Don’t get me wrong, he is very biddable and loves to please his girl…, his way.

Hannah and Gizmo showing at the 4h fair

So, you ask, why are you using this goofball for a stud.? The answer is, Gizmo may not be perfect, but his drive, loyalty, and desire are phenomenal! This boy does everything with gusto. He would shine, with proper training, on a cattle ranch or such. He loves to work and wants desperately to please. He is my right hand man on nighttime lambing checks. He gives me a safe bubble to work, staying out of the barn yet, always on watch. When I’m done he makes sure he brings me safely to the house, often pulling me by the coat in his excitement of what a good guard dog he has been.

Gizmo checking sheep

Importantly, Gizmo has excellent health records. His Embark DNA panel came back clear/non carrier of all genetically tested diseases. He also scored very well on his PennHip with scores of .29/.28. The only issue that has beset him is discoid lupus erythematosus, also known as Collie nose. This is an auto immunity that he struggled with when we were having mold issues in our home. Since we have remediated the problem he has shown no signs of blistering on his nose. We were apprehensive of using him, but at this point there is no definable genetic link and our veterinarian was in support of us letting him stand at stud.

Our Tiny Warrior

Starting at 1:00 a.m. on Saturday September 3, 2020 Mesa gave birth to her first puppy. By 8:00 a.m. she was the slightly overwhelmed mama of 13 puppies. Until the last two puppies, the total was 10 to 1 in favor of the girls. One little girl was half the size of her average litter mate. As expected one fourth of the pups were tri-colored and the others are all sable and white.

Early on it was quite apparent our tiny warrior was going to need a little extra help. She was vigorous, but without putting part of the litter in a warming box alongside, she could not get to the milk bar. Little Miss Mighty had a great suck reflex and was determined to make it in this world. We wanted to help her along and began supplementing her with some stored colostrum we had for emergencies in the freezer. She quickly learned to suck on a colostrum filled makeup sponge. Before noon of her second day, she was doing great and had regained her lost birth weight. Just after I left working near the puppies, Mesa came to me in the kitchen. I followed her back to the puppies in the next room and immediately saw that our special little girl was no longer with us. We all felt grieved, but are trusting that God’s will is best.

Saturday was very physically challenging. Much of the family had gone up to meet our older sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren for a canoe trip on the Wisconsin river. Cat and I kept rotating puppies, trying to help Mesa relax and encouraging puppies to eat the stored colostrum while waiting for Mesa’s milk to come in. Friends came alongside to bring needed supplies and help with the puppies care. It became apparent by evening that we had to make formula with the raw goat milk and begin bottle feeding. A few of the puppies were becoming dehydrated. Bottle feeding was time consuming as we tried to learn together. Some puppies were more cooperative than others and actually began gobbling their formula.

By 11 p.m. Cat, her friends and I had the puppies settled in, and off to bed they went. By the time I finished the last cleanup I only had an hour before I had to begin again. Since my proficiency lacked; by the time I fed the last pup, took Mesa out for a potty break, cleaned up the bottles and supplies, it was time to start all over. Finally, I thought I was going to get back to bed when the weather became threatening. Thankfully, Cat climbed out of bed and we scrambled to care for the rest of the animals on the farm. Lo and behold, by the time we finished it was time to bottle feed, again! After some success, off to bed I finally went for a short nap.

Church time was spent feeding puppies while streaming our service. By this time more puppies were refusing the bottle. Thank you Lord, Mesa’s milk was truly in. Cat and her friends went to town and not terribly later, the family was back at home. Life suddenly was calm. The puppies were full and Mesa felt settled with her people back.

We have not supplemented at all today, hoping Mesa establishes a good milk supply. Our early evening weighing of the pups showed gains for all. A couple of the smaller ones need a few of their more aggressive siblings to take a break so, they’re resting in a basket under the heat lamp.

Litter | Mesa x Gizmo Fall 2020

Prairie Creek’s Good Seed Mesa x Gizmo Under the Rainbow, are expecting September 5,2020. Gizmo and Mesa are both clear/non carriers of any genetic diseases tested by EMBARK. Gizmo’s PennHip is .29/.28, Mesa’s is .37/.41. Both dogs participate in 4H Obedience, Showmanship, and Agility. Gizmo is a very active, all in, working dog. Our sheep and cows come when called, but he is all grit when he’s been asked to help. Heading or heeling he has no fear and keeps our girls safe when in with the stock. Mesa has a guarding/tending temperament. We expect these dogs to mature into level headed, biddable, working companions.

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