I really don't need any pups. I have a couple of young males that I wanted to try some pups from, but there was no hurry. As Dissident and Diamond start to show though, I am excited. There is something about seeing a female that is going to have pups that gets the blood pumping.
Part of it is the excitement of the possibilities. Which each litter I wonder if this will be a great cross. Before any cross is made I spend hours thinking of strengths and weaknesses of the female. Then I try to consider which male will build on the strengths and minimize the weaknesses. As the female swells with each day, I wonder how it will work.
When you have a male that you raised that you like, I think it is only natural to want to try them. Rambler and Butcher aren't totally proven dogs (ask me when they are five). I like what I see and they have the characteristics I am looking for in my dogs. They come from producing dogs and I hope they continue the tradition of dogs like Neal, Hobo, Nada, Rocky, and so many others.
I look at the females in the pen and think about the pups being born. Will they look like their mothers or fathers? I can't help but wonder if I want another redtick or black and tan. Hopefully there will be some nice big open marked males.
Then I consider when they start. I imagine listening to them running in the pen. It starts with a few chirps and squeals and within a week or two, I know they will be running good. I wonder if they have a big mouth and sound like Rambler and Butcher.
Who knows what the future will bring, but there is nothing quite so exciting as seeing a female grow, and knowing pups are on the way.