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The Future of TrailsEnd

The last 17 years have been a wondrous adventure. However, like all things, adventures end. It is with mixed emotions, I am posting today. I have decided to stop breeding.

When someone is truly a breeder, and not just a pet owner that throws two dogs together, it consumes your heart, time, money and emotions. This year we started with an incredible litter, I have never been so proud, but as in life, when things go bad, they really go bad. To lose two wonderful puppies from that litter, well, it broke something inside me, and I do not see a way forward.

I have loved this adventure from the start. I will always have the most incredible memories from it, and some of the best friends.
But this part of my life story, has ended.

If you are searching for an Estrela. Please go to a real breeder, someone who does the health testing needed. I recommend Portugal.

Is your Estrela fat?

Attention current TrailsEnd owners, Attention hopeful owners. Please read this!
The ideal weight of your Estrela is NOT A NUMBER on the scale. I do NOT care what your vet says about that number either. Have him/her call me if you want. Some vets want a fat dog, it is more money for them down the road. Unethical but true!
I have just returned home from Premier, where I was lucky enough to see one of my TE Estrela that is 3 years old now. She was just very recently rehomed due to some neighbor conflicts. Luckily the new home knew she was overweight and has put her on a diet. Even after several months on the diet she is still at least 10 pounds overweight. With the care and concern of her new home, I am sure she will have that off in no time.
So, how do you tell the ideal weight? Put your hands on your dog! PLEASE do not just look at your dog and judge, TOUCH THEM!  Can you easily feel the ribs? If you have to dig, that is NOT considered easy.

dog body condition chartThis is not about you not loving your dog. In fact the reason they are overweight is usually too many treats. You do love your dog, you just do not understand they really ARE fat and you are the only one that can stop it. This is not a personal attack on you, but lifesaving information for your canine family member.
The list of health problems with an overweight dog is numerous. The same as it would be for a person. You are shortening their life drastically.

If you need ‘real’ proof (although the word of your breeder should really be enough) here is a list of VET Schools that will give you the same information.
http://vet.osu.edu/vmc/companion/our-services/nutrition-support-service/body-condition-scoring-chart
http://www.wsava.org/sites/default/files/Body%20condition%20score%20chart%20dogs.pdf

Body Condition Scoring Your Pets


http://www.greencrossvet.com.au/News/?id=90

I would list dozens, but you get the idea. Just because you have a large breed does not mean they need to be ‘bulky’ too. An Estrela SHOULD BE AGILE, not cumbersome. Even we have weight problems here at TE. I have a few dogs that are alway on less rations because they can get fat from the air, I swear. But we acknowledge it and work VERY hard to control it daily.
I have edited my contract to include weight management now, because this is important.
**Photo credit is Purina**

A new book by Manuela Paraiso, Ponta da Pinta.

Your Estrela will be your true loyal friend for several years, probably 12 or even more, and fill your life with sweet loving memories. Now you can share his gorgeous looks with everyone in the Estrela community, making sure he’ll always be remembered! Donate to help publishing the new book Cuidar do Cão da Serra da Estrela / Rearing the Estrela Mountain Dog and have his photo included in the book, in whole-page-size or in small format. To learn more lease visit http://ppl.com.pt/pt/prj/cao-serra-estrela 

Care of the Estrela

News and updates~

We have a super new page! Thank you to Joanna from Ruffly Speaking for such an excellent article.

Puppy Buyer Etiquette

The Parade of Portugal and UKC Premier is over now but was wonderful!

A Portuguese Water Dog, Hi Sea’s Dr Romeo Macduff won BISS. Congrats to his owner Louise Glenda Newton on this wonderful win, under a Portuguese Judge Maria Amelia Taborda.
Our own McCoy was Best of Breed at PoP. We are very proud of her continued success and maturity.

During the Premier, an eye clinic was going on. Supporting health clinics is a sure way to see more in the future so we had McCoys eyes tested., and we are happy to report she has normal eyes and will soon be on OFA with her results.

We hope to have puppies in August. This litter is booked, but are also planning a fall breeding of either Quinta x Dourado or Unalakleet x Dourado.

There is also going to be a breeding in Virginia in August. I am happy to give you more details on this, both parents have had the required health tests done.