Klardyn aka Klara, Zulu, Zulie and Zuligan

First… The story behind Klaradyn’s name… I was searching for a pitch black girl and being on a waiting list, I waited a few months for her. I never name my dogs “just a nice name”; I wait for their names to be ‘given’ to me, so each one’s name has a very special meaning. The litter black puppies were born and I had to choose one, so I chose the one that had the most black fur but still I didn’t have a name for her.

At the same time, I was busy writing an article about our hearts that has to be clean and pure for the Lord to use us for His purposes. Psalm 51:10 says: “Create in me a clean heart, o God, and renew a right spirit within me.” For a few days (or weeks) I wrote about this subject and one night I woke up in the early morning hours with the name ‘Klaradyn’ crystal clear in my mind. I searched on the internet what the menaing of the name was, and believe it or not… Klaradyn means: “Create in me a clean heart, o God”. I was overwhelmed by joy and I no longer had to wonder what my black girls name was, as the Lord already named her Klaradyn.

So Klaradyn is pitch black with a heart of gold and her personality reflects the meaning of her name perfectly. She is a soft-hearted, friendly, loving, talkative and spirited girl. She has loads of energy and she LOVES to swim, which is sometimes problematic because she learned to climb into the tree, high enough to jump over the wall… and off goes Klaradyn to take a swim in one of the dams. She is very submissive towards other dogs with no aggression at all.

Oliver is usually dad of her puppies as their temperaments form the most amazing puppies with wonderful temperaments. The can be playful, wild, silly and very loving! She usually has 3-4 pitch black puppies as well as outstanding black and white puppies. Underneath are photos of Klara’s previous litters…

Parvo Virus

What Is Parvo?

Parvo in puppies is caused by the canine parvovirus. This virus is highly contagious and spreads through direct contact with an infected dog or by indirect contact with a contaminated object. Your puppy is exposed to the parvovirus every time he sniffs, licks, or consumes infected feces. Indirect transmission occurs when a person who has recently been exposed to an infected dog touches your puppy, or when a puppy encounters a contaminated object, like a food or water bowl, collars and leashes, and the hands and clothing of people who handle infected dogs.

The Merck Veterinary Manual classifies the virus as a disease of the stomach and small intestines, as this is where the virus does the most damage. The virus prefers to infect the small intestine, where it destroys cells, impairs absorption, and disrupts the gut barrier. Parvo in puppies also affects the bone marrow and lymphopoietic tissues, and in some cases can also affect the heart.

Why Do Puppies Get Parvo?

Puppies ages six weeks to six months are the most susceptible to parvo. Puppies younger than six-weeks-old still retain some of their mother’s antibodies, assuming that the dam received her full series of parvo vaccinations. Puppies are vaccinated against parvo at approximately 6, 8, and 12 weeks of age. They are vulnerable to the disease until they have received all three shots in their vaccination series, which means owners need to take extra precaution during this time to prevent their puppies from contracting the virus. Puppies should receive a dose of canine parvovirus vaccine between 14 and 16 weeks of age, regardless of how many doses they received earlier, to develop adequate protection.

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The severity of parvo cases varies. The stress of weaning can lead to a more severe case of parvo n puppies, as stress weakens the immune system. A combination of parvo and a secondary infection or a parasite can also lead to a more severe case of parvo in puppies.

To top it off, certain breeds of dogs are at an increased risk of parvo:

How Long Are Puppies With Parvo Contagious?

Puppies and adult dogs with parvo start shedding the virus within 4-to-5 days of exposure. Unfortunately for conscientious owners, this time period does not always coincide with the first parvo symptoms, which means dogs can be contagious before owners even realize that they are sick. Puppies with parvo continue to shed the virus for up to 10 days after a clinical recovery, so be sure to keep any puppies recovering from parvo away from unvaccinated and partially vaccinated dogs.

Outside of your dog, the virus can survive indoors for at least one month, and outdoors it can survive for many months and even a year under the right conditions. Talk to your vet about the best way to remove the parvovirus from your home environment or kennels.

Symptoms of Parvo in Puppies

A puppy with parvo is a very sick dog. The sooner you catch the early signs of the virus in puppies, the sooner you can get your dog to the vet. Since parvo is common in young puppies, you should call your vet any time your puppy is feeling under the weather, but you should also be aware of the specific symptoms of parvo in puppies:

All of these symptoms are serious by themselves and could be a sign of parvo or another serious illness. You should contact your vet immediately if you suspect your puppy has parvo, and be sure to notify the vet’s staff ahead of time of your suspicions and your puppy’s symptoms, so that they can take the appropriate quarantine procedures to prevent your puppy from infecting other dogs.

Treating Parvo in Puppies

Your vet will diagnose parvo based on clinical signs and through blood work. She may also run a test called an ELISA to search for virus antigens in your dog’s feces and will perform additional diagnostic testing as needed.

There is no cure for parvo. Your vet will offer your puppy supportive care over the course of the illness, treating symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration, and making sure that your puppy gets adequate nutrition.

Serious viruses like parvo weaken a puppy’s immune system and lower his white blood cell count, reducing his ability to fight off secondary bacterial infections. The damage the virus does to a dog’s intestinal wall increases the likelihood of a secondary infection. Your vet may put your puppy on an antibiotic medication to combat these bacterial infections and will monitor your puppy carefully for additional complications.

Parvo is a potentially fatal disease. The survival rate of dogs treated by a veterinarian is 68 to 92 percent, and most puppies that survive the first three-to-four days make a complete recovery. Recovery times vary depending on the severity of the case, but it usually takes approximately one week for puppies to recover from parvo.

Preventing Parvo in Puppies

Parvo is a preventable virus. All puppies and adult dogs should receive their parvo vaccinations, and it is especially important that bitches used for breeding receive a full course of parvo vaccinations, as the puppies will depend on the mother’s antibodies for the first few weeks of life.

You should not allow puppies to come into contact with unvaccinated dogs until they have received all of their parvo vaccines. Make sure all dogs in your household are vaccinated, and be very careful when socializing your puppy. Dog parks and other places where dogs congregate are potential sources of parvo, so plan on socializing your puppy in a less public environment.

Socialization and training are very important for puppies. You can safely socialize your puppy with fully vaccinated adult dogs in an environment like your home. Puppy classes, boarding facilities, and doggy daycare facilities usually require proof of vaccination for all of their participants, but it is a good idea to talk to your vet about the appropriate level of caution.

Parvo is a serious and highly contagious disease. Understanding how parvo spreads, the symptoms of parvo, the treatment options for parvo, and the best ways to prevent parvo in puppies will help you keep your puppy safe.Note: This article is not intended as a substitute for veterinary care. If you suspect your dog has parvo, contact your veterinarian immediately.

About the breed – Miniature Schnauzer

cropped-8bb3df90-4ec4-4f9f-84c8-ca9075e85761.jpgThey’ve got it all in one small package: intelligence, affection, mischievous, an extroverted temperament, humor, and a personality that’s twice as big as he is.  Throw in that walrus moustache and quivering enthusiasm, and they’ll make you laugh every day.  They always have to be the center of the action and attention…

Mini Schnauzers are incredibly loyal to their family — and they require a great deal of attention. They are very protective of their people and make excellent watchdogs… sometimes to your frustration…  They will alert you to visitors, burglars, and blowing branches and their bark can be piercing.  Some of them can be noisy.

A bored Mini Schnauzer is an unhappy Mini Schnauzer.  Because he’s intelligent and energetic, he thrives on varied activities and exercise. Make sure that you give him both, or he’ll become destructive and ill-tempered.  They enjoy going for brisk walks and love running around and frolicking without their leash.

Mini Schnauzers learn quickly, but at the same time, can be stubborn.  Really stubborn! Their favorite way of rebelling is to pretend that they doesn’t hear you when you try to make them do something.  To maintain order in your household, you must be in charge. If you let them get by with something even one time, they’ll remember it forever and you’ll find the behavior escalating. This is one of the downsides of living with a dog who might possibly be smarter than you are.

They usually play well with other dogs — they are not one of those terriers who can’t play nicely with others. They typically aren’t as aggressive toward other dogs as many other Terriers are, but they are brave and fearless around large dogs, a trait that can get them into trouble.   


Miniature Schnauzers are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions. Not all Miniature Schnauzers will get any or all of these diseases, but it’s important to be aware of them if you’re considering this breed.

Cataracts: Cataracts cause opacity on the lens of the eye, resulting in poor vision. The dog’s eye(s) will have a cloudy appearance. Cataracts usually occur in old age and sometimes can be surgically removed to improve vision.

Entropion: Entropion, which is usually obvious by six months of age, causes the eyelid to roll inward, irritating or injuring the eyeball. One or both eyes can be affected. If your Schnauzer has entropion, you may notice him rubbing at his eyes. The condition can be corrected surgically.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): This is a family of eye diseases that involves the gradual deterioration of the retina. Early in the disease, affected dogs become night-blind; they lose sight during the day as the disease progresses. Many affected dogs adapt well to their limited or lost vision, as long as their surroundings remain the same.

Urinary Stones: These can cause your Miniature Schnauzer to start straining to urinate, pass blood in the urine, need to urinate more often than normal, and have cloudy or foul-smelling urine. While small bladder stones may pass on their own, your vet should be consulted. Dietary changes can’t get rid of existing stones, but they can prevent more stones from forming.

Myotonia Congenita: Only recently discovered in Miniature Schnauzers, this is a hereditary skeletomuscular disorder similar to muscular dystrophy. Symptoms begin when puppies are a few weeks old. Their muscles contract easily and they have prominent muscles in the shoulders and thighs. They have difficulty getting up, their coats are stiff, and they bunny-hop when running. Their tongues are enlarged and stiffen when touched, their lower jaws are peak-shaped, and they have difficulty swallowing. All breeding stock should be DNA-tested for the gene that causes it.  (All our dogs are DNA tested for this illness and all clear)

Von Willebrand’s Disease: Found in both dogs and humans, this is a blood disorder that affects the clotting process. An affected dog will have symptoms such as nosebleeds, bleeding gums, prolonged bleeding from surgery, prolonged bleeding during heat cycles or after whelping, and occasionally blood in the stool. This disorder is usually diagnosed between three and five years of age, and it can’t be cured. However, it can be managed with treatments that include cauterizing or suturing injuries, transfusions before surgery, and avoidance of specific medications. (All our  dogs are tested for this disease and all clear)

Congenital Megaesophagus: This is a condition in which food and liquid are retained in the dog’s esophagus, causing him to regurgitate his food. As a result, dogs can get aspiration pneumonia or their esophagus can become obstructed. Diet can be adjusted to provide for the least regurgitation. The disease itself can’t be treated, only resulting conditions such as pneumonia; and the prognosis tends to be poor.

Mini Schnauzers are also prone to heart diseases, please click on the link for more info:  Heart disease

Please make sure you will have enough time to spend with your Mini Schnauzer!

About us…

Welcome to Hadeshua Stars

We are situated on a farm in the heart of the Karoo between Middelburg and Graaff-Reinet.  Our animals are our passion – from the dogs to the chickens, ducks, sheep and cattle.  All our dogs are part of the family where they go for daily walks, swimming in the dams, chasing after birds in the field and just doing what dogs love doing.  Back at home, they receive alot of discipline and too much love.

I am blessed to be married to a wonderful man who loves dogs just as much as I do. We have 3 sons who were raised with dogs surrounding them, so dogs play a huge role in their lifes as well. Our youngest son, Ernoe, was born with the same crazy love for animals (especially dogs) like me. He is my right hand in helping with the dogs and he does an excellent job. He is very passionate about the dogs, so I’m sure he will be going on with the Hadeshua-breedings when I am too old.

We mainly breed minature Schnauzers as well as a few Longhair Dachshunds and French Bulldogs.  All our breeding dogs are healthy and without any physical disabilities.  They and tested for genetic illnesness as MC & VWD 1, certificates can be provided. My main goal is to breed healthy dogs with outstanding personalities. Their looks are an absolute bonus😊


I work according a booking system and breed puppies for approved homes only.  Sometimes we might have one or two extra puppies from a booked litter.  Please uderstand that my puppies are little pieces of my heart that I’m sending out to new homes and that’s not always easy for me, so I have to make sure they go to the best homes where they will be loved just as much as we love them!  I will have a lot of questions and it’s only fair that you may also have a lot of questions!

If you are interested in a Hadeshua puppy, please make sure to contact me in time to be added to the waiting list.  We are a registered kennel and all our puppies are registered with breeding restrictions and a spay/neuter contract. Puppies are vaccinated on 6, 9 and 12 weeks as well as dewormed. Delivery of puppies are not a huge problem, as most of our puppies travel either with Global Paws or fly with Pet Lounge.

There’s alot of information about our breeding dogs, how we raise our puppies and alot of photos on the website, so enjoy browsing around….