Just as we were lamenting the quietness of an almost empty nest, comes the news of the upcoming Frontier Chinooks Litter out of Washougal Washington! Our team mate (and Kenna Lu's littermate) Frontier Halona Joy Kasute is expecting a larger litter due July 20, 2014. We are super excited to be helping welcome this litter. For more information, see here and check in at the under construction frontierchinooks.com and www.facebook.com/frontierchinooks for updates! For an application, click here.
Well, it happened. The day arrived when all the pups went off to their new homes to start the rest of their lives. We had hoped for time to slow down a bit, to prolong the inevitable but the day came anyway.
We are overwhelmed with emotions at this parting; we are thrilled that our pups are all going to active, working, and loving homes. We are glad that we'll get to see Thiago (now Tug), Jozy, and Reina reasonably often as they will all be within a few hours' drive from here. Song the little troublemaker will stay with us and we look forward to seeing her grow up in front of our eyes. Meeting Rooney's new owner Jackye, who flew in from Alaska, was great and we are confident he is in good hands.
We have loved these puppies from the moment the idea of having them was dreamed up. We have invested a significant amount of time, thought, and money into giving them the best possible start in life. We've socialized the heck out of them and done everything right by them. Now it's their new owners' turns to continue nourishing, training, and loving them.
What a special, overwhelming treat it was to have everyone together today at send off for a puppy party (at 8 o'clock in the morning)! Even Tug's owners drove him four hours up to our house, again, just for one last visit. We thank all our puppy owners for participating and allowing us that moment.
We owe extra special thank you's and acknowledgment to those that have helped us along the way: dear friend, mentor, and fellow Chinook breeder Susan Fletcher of Frontier Chinooks, who helped us beyond words before and after the whelping box, Karen & Dave Schiller of Mountain Thunder Chinooks in Colorado for their expert advice and supply and reading lists, Karen Hinchy of Bashaba Chinooks in New Jersey for her pedigree work and structure evaluations of these pups, Lonna & Jeff Coleman along with Leslie Donais (Granite Hill Chinooks in New Hampshire) for stud service provided by Jetty, and all our friends in the Chinook world and in our social network for watching with us via the Puppy Cam, helping socialize, and sending us such kind words about this litter. We sincerely appreciated every note, comment, and accolade. Last but not least, we'd like to recognize our Kenna Lu who, despite some difficulties at first, was a great first time mom and showed these pups how to be confident, stable, calm little ones. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
It was an exciting week! First, our long-awaited FIFA World Cup started on Thursday 06/12/14 with a kick off match between Brazil and Croatia. Then on Friday, we packed all the pups and all their gear (you'd be amazed at how much they required) into the car for a 3 hour trip to Central Oregon for the annual Sisters Rodeo festivities. The weekend was jam packed.
Once we arrived on Friday, the pups got to meet their Aussie cousin, Remington, and saw their Aunt Ashley and Uncle Mark who were visiting from San Francisco. Then the Colemans arrived to visit and take Thiago (now Tug) home with them. It was sad to see him go but we know he's in great hands and has a wonderful life ahead of him!
On Saturday morning we packed the pups up again and headed to main street in the small Western town of Sisters, where they got to be front and center for the annual Rodeo Parade. They were exposed to a ton of friendly cowboys and cowgirls, got to see dozens of horses and Rodeo Princesses, and heard a lot of various noises (the marching band was a little scary).
Afterwards, the humans headed off to watch the Rodeo and then we had a BBQ party back at the house, where the puppies got even more socialization with a bunch of new people.
Sunday we headed home to watch more World Cup games and prepare for the rest of the puppies' send offs, coming next week.
Click here to see Week 8 casual portraits and other pictures from the exciting weekend!
This week brought Temperament Tests and more visitors to the Silvertree home. It also marked the difficult task of assigning each pup to his or her new home. We are very pleased with the quality of homes we are sending our pups off to and we're looking forward to the long term relationships we'll be having with our puppy owners. What a great group of folks and pups!
Here are some of our Week 7 portrait outtakes. Actual portraits found here.
We say this every week - it's going by so fast! Too fast. This week Mother Nature blessed us with wonderful dry weather, for the most part, so the pups had lots of outdoor time. We're having a hard time keeping them all in count out in the backyard and making sure they're not falling off rocks, down tiered garden steps, or falling into Momma's dens. We definitely need more hands now to puppy watch. They went on their first car ride and got to see some new places. It's always exciting around here at Silvertree Chinooks! See Week 6 portraits here.
The pups are now five weeks old. See their weekly shots here. They've met nearly 60 visitors and have enjoyed spending lots of time in the backyard. As you can imagine, it's starting to become very difficult to get pictures of them as they are all very mobile now!
We can't believe how fast the pups are growing up. They've gone from tiny, helpless beings to little plump potatoes, to real little dogs. Tomorrow they will be 5 weeks old.
We're trying to finalize their forever homes, complete another structure evaluation, and get ready to test their temperaments (though it's clear who's who when you spend enough time observing them interact with others, canine and human alike).
We've welcomed 52 visitors so far and the pups have enjoyed interacting with every one of them. Though truth be told, they're enjoying chewing on toes, ankles, jewelry and hair the most. Check out our late-to-post Week 4 photos here.
We have been diligently monitoring Kenna Lu's temperature several times a day to try and catch the 1 degree drop that will signal her labor is imminent. Yesterday morning she registered 98.5 degrees and we believe this was the drop we were looking for. Last night as we prepared to go to bed, she insisted on staying in her whelping box downstairs, and we knew this was a sign! Lindsay slept on the couch down in the whelping room and this morning Kenna is showing all the signs of Stage 1 labor - restlessness followed by napping, digging, panting, vomiting and refusing breakfast, and really wanting to dig herself a den in the backyard, "al fresco." We are standing by for puppies.
Once the puppies have been whelped and everyone's health observed, we will turn on the puppy cam!
Kenna has started showing the physical signs of impending motherhood! We are less than 2 weeks away now from welcoming the World Cup pups!
The first time mom is doing well, though seems a bit perplexed as to why she's more easily short of breath even on regular walks (this is new for the fit working girl that she is), and she is more restless at night. These days she prefers to sleep on harder floor surfaces vs. soft comfy beds.
We are putting the finishing touches on her whelping box and area. Dan built the box from scratch, and Lindsay planned the World Cup theme designs.
We are still accepting applications for these pups. Please visit our upcoming litters page to learn more and apply if you think we'd be the right match.
Xrays to determine likely puppy count will happen next week so check back!