Wednesday, December 22, 2010

OFA hip results are in!

To cap off a great few weeks of news, Solstafir's OFA hip scores also came in today.  His hips have been rated "good - well formed hip joint conformation as compared with other individuals of the same breed and age".   As he was only 13 months old at the time the radiology was done, these results must be labled preliminary, and I'll likely have an adult OFA done once he reaches 24 months.  One more credit to the wonderful set of genes he has.  I could not be happier, and it is a wonderful way to go into Christmas and the New Year!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Solstafir's hips scores - PennHIP excellence

Just got my mail, and it brought great news.  Solstafir's hip scores are excellent, per PennHIP results.  This places his hips among the very top of all Icelandic Sheepdogs.   I would expect to get his OFA hip scores very soon, as well.
Left hip DI is .32 
No cavitation
Right hip DI is .35 
No cavitation
Laxity profile ranking is greater than the 90th percentile.  "your animal's hips are tighter than approximately 100% of this group of animals, (alternatively, 0% of the group has tighter hips than your animal)"  Now, this quotes sentence I do take with  agrain of salt, since I personally know an Icie with a bilateral hip score of .31, but to score this high is very exciting!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hip testing - Health clearances pt. 2

I just got back from the vet.  Of course it's not official without sending the radiographs out for certification, but the doctor looked at Solstafir's hip radiographs, and said they look excellent - very tight.  My vet is sending the results out for certification by both PennHIP, and for a preliminary OFA rating.  Assuming the results come back as my vet saw them, we're all clear, with a nice set of genetics!  I'll update in a few weeks with official results.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gettysburg AKC show, December 11

We had an awsome time at yesterday's AKC conformation show in Gettysburg yesterday.  Very soon after we arrived, we were greeted by the show Chairperson, who was quite excited to meet her first Icelandic Sheepdog.  She really made our day, kicking off a tremendous number of greetings by many others, who were also meeting their first Icie.  This even included our breed ring judge, who though Solstafir was just darling and loving.  I cautioned her that Solstafir may go in for a kiss during examination.  He did.  He charmed all who stopped by, with hugs and kisses.  If I only had a dollar for everyone who said "my gosh, look at his beautiful face!"  Although he was near perfect in the breed ring, exhaustion had set in by 4pm, when we went to the herding group ring.  I was very happy to come home with a wonderful experience, having introduced many to a deilightful young dog.  The Best of Breed ribbon we got to bring home wasn't so bad either.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Solstafir's health clearances

Yesterday, Solstafir took his first visit to the Canine Opthalmologist for his CERF testing.  All went well, and his eyes get good grades for his first annual CERF.

Today, we went to his vet for a consultation on hip testing.  We discussed the differences between the PennHIP and OFA methods, and have decided to do both types, at the same time.  His hips will be examined on December 14.  Based on his pedigree, which I have extending back 5 generations, his hips should be nice.  Looking forward to it!