'Rutlands Wh Masketeer'
THE STORY OF MUSKIE R.I.P. 2021
This lovely boy was the beloved cobber of Graeme Richards in Australia and he sired just one litter before he was desexed and retired to an Obedience Trial career. Under the dedicated training of Jane Richards in Australia he excelled himself by winning his first two Obedience competitions, the first when he was still under 12 months of age. And he just kept on winning. But it is the incredible influence he has had on his breed from just the one litter that is so impressive.
In May 2011 we took Muskie to the Monash Veterinary Reproduction Clinic in Victoria Australia, to have his semen collected and assessed. We wanted to be sure he was fertile before mating him with Rutlands Ava.
The young vet returned from the lab with a serious expression on his face. He knew how much I believed that this would be a breeding made in Heaven. My heart fell as he explained that Muskie's semen was of such poor quality that he would most likely never ever produce a puppy.
Well I'm a bit stubborn when I have a strong hunch about something. I didn't want to over face the much smaller Muskie by presenting him with a tall female for his first time, so we went ahead with the A.I. much to the young vet's exasperation. He was convinced that I was wasting his time. He convinced me too, so after the A.I. Muskie was neutered without giving him another chance.
Fast forward 62 days to July 2011 and Rutlands Ava effortlessly delivered ten healthy and gorgeous puppies! Looking back I realize I didn't know then, things I know now. I'm sure that the young inexperienced vet tested the first release of pre-seminal fluid to conclude that Muskie was infertile. Once that was out of the way, his next ejaculate was obviously brimming with fertility. Lesson learned!
A daughter (named after her mother) went to Holland for breeding, a son to America for breeding and Rutlands retained his beautiful daughter, 'Rutlands Wh Seanna' who was to become the dam of the unforgettable 'Rutlands Sensation'. (Sennie) and unforgettable legend in her own time, Rutlands Style N Grace (Grace).
The influence Muskie has had on the Australian Cobberdog breed from siring just one litter makes him a super sire indeed. He is the Great, Great, Grandsire of both the young dogs in the photo below, from different mothers
Rutlands Duncan's Me Mate and Rutlands Little Ray Of Sunshine owned by Graeme and Jane Richards in Australia.
Rutlands Lil Alfred
Another profound influence from limited opportunity
'Alfie' was exported from Australia to Jill Crenshaw in the United States when he was a puppy. To preserve his bloodlines in my breeding program I kept his litter brother, Rutlands Trek. When Trek was stolen from me in Texas by business partners/'friends', Jill was kind enough to send me frozen semen from Alfie when I returned home to Australia. Thank you so much Jill! Your gift has had a huge impact on the breed.
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