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The New Beginnings Litter

It's completely amazing to me that we're at the magical Week 4 already! It's time for me to step up, as the pups are now little learning sponges. I have a lot of work to do!

This last week has been full of developments - the pups are now eating four times a day (and continuing to nurse as much as Calista will let them). The food started out as watered down goat's milk, and has progressed into actual slurry of powdered food rehydrated with the diluted goat milk. They seem to enjoy it, and the big dogs LOVE cleaning up after them.

On Friday, the whelping box was retired and the new Bashaba Puppy Pen was erected. I'm pretty sure there will be a lot of modifications as the puppies grow, but for now it is (mostly) secure. Green Man broke out pretty quickly, but I've since fixed that hole in security! The pen has plenty of room for puppies to run and play, while incorporating novel objects. It also has room for crates (which will become important in a couple of weeks), and the all-important potty area. The puppies are doing a really nice job considering moving to the potty area to do their business- there are still a lot of misses, but they are improving over time. This will help lay a foundation for house training, and also makes it a lot easier to clean up several times a day. The potty area itself has moved from pee pads to an environmentally friendly tray of wood pellets. The pellets disintegrate to sawdust when wet, so the puppies are not enthusiastic about eating them. And used pellets can go right into the flower compost bin!

It's been hilarious watching the big dogs interact more- Grandma Tikaani has begun her manners training- she has strict concepts of appropriate puppy behavior that has worked well with our prior dogs. Even Conaway is interacting with the puppies, although always under the eagle eye of Sakari or Calista.

We've had a lot of visitors, and the trend is accelerating. The first children were here over the weekend. The pups have bursts of energy- running around for 20 minutes at a time. And then they crash and sleep hard to make up for it. They really loved snuggling with the young boys that were here.
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These puppies have some big paws to fill as the first litter in the new Chinook Breed Conservation Program (CBCP). They are standing in the pawprints of some amazing ancestors from the prior Chinook CrossBreeding Program. You can learn more about the CBCP and what I hope for these pups here.

These pups represent a bit of a New Beginning to me. Their names come from different cultures that have assigned meaning to these sympols —rebirth, renewal, and a New Beginning. It is worth noting that Calista's labor started on August 21, with the arrival of the New Moon and the Solar Eclipse that transited the entire continental US.

It is possible there is a male puppy available to a home that would keep him intact for potential breeding. Please contact Karen@BashabaChinooks.com for more information.

Click HERE to download a Puppy Owner Questionnaire, or HERE for a pdf version.

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Sex:
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Birth Weight:
New Moon
Female
5 lb 4.5 oz
18.9 oz



The New Moon has long held symbolism of renewal as it quite literally marks the rebirth of the moon for another lunar cycle. As one website notes "a New Moon is a blank page on which to speak your dreams out loud".

She was also born on the day of a full moon, just after a full solar eclipse. And for a while at least, she was the biggest Bashaba puppy ever born.

New Moon has really come into her own this week, showing off some really sweet boldness. She loves to nap behind/under things, but when she's awake, she is one of the first puppies to move into novel situations. She likes to look around but has no fear of new things, just curiosity. She is the puppy that has taken the biggest shine to eating real food- and her weight gain this week proves it!

She has a very light sable (tawny) coat for now, but seems to have hints of gray and black mixed in, and she has white points on her legs and cheeks that also look like they will grow. She's looking more and more like a "standard" golden tawny Chinook.
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Birch Tree
Male
5 lb 0.9 oz
17.8 oz

The Birch Tree is known as Beith (pronounced Bay) to the Celts, and is the symbol of new beginnings, regeneration, and hope. It is a promise of what to come, and carries ancient wisdom.

Birch continues to be developmentally a bit ahead of his siblings, and entered a fear period this week. A couple of days ago, when the pups were relased from the pen, he was the last to charge out and he had concerns about moving around the house to get to the back porch. He worked through these beautifully while I patiently waited - it is EXACTLY what we expect of puppies to move from charging towards the unknown to having a think about it first around this age. Puppies recover from this fear phase pretty quickly, and Birch was back to his inquisitive self a couple of days later when his siblings were in the middle of this fear phase. It's fascinating to mark these milestones and known the puppies are maturing completely normally.

His coat is very similar to his sister New Moon's - they are two peas in a pod. I expect them to look similar as adults- if only I knew exactly what to expect!
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Phoenix
Male
4 lb 13.6 oz
16.7 oz

The legendary Phoenix is from Greek mythology, a creature synonomous with the Sun and renewal. It's life is cyclical - as it ages it spontaneously bursts into flame, and is reborn from the ashes of its past incarnation.

Phoenix has a shiny little mischievous streak and loves to pounce on his siblings. He is one of the first to come running to my voice, and seems to have two speeds - dead asleep and full speed ahead. He is incredibly sweet and actively seeks out people.

His coat looks superficially like a typical dark tawny Chinook, but there are hints of lighter colors in areas that often carry tan points for black and tan Chinooks. And…you try finding a Phoenix dog toy. In case you can't see it, that is a fire extinguisher…funny, no?
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Lotus
Female
5 lb 1.8 oz
18.3 oz
The Lotus is widely known to be symbolic in Buddhism, but in particular the Blue Lotus was also significant in Ancient Egypt, where is was used as a metaphor for the Sun and rebirth. This is due to it's behavior- raising from the water and flowering every morning, only to sink below the surface as evening draws near. In Buddhism, the Blue Lotus is associated with victory of the spirit over the senses, intelligence and wisdom, and common sense.

Lotus is a confident, somewhat independent, but very devoted puppy. She loves to go on field trips alone with me to other rooms of the house. She enjoys having her belly rubbed and knowing what is going on around her - she will investigate pretty much everything and anything. She was the first puppy to figure out how to get on top of the hammock dog bed.

Her coat is very similar to Phoenix' - tanpoint? Agouti? Tawny? Time will tell!
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Green Man
Male
5 lb 5.0 oz
19 oz

The Green Man is figure found in many cultures around the world, often depicted with greenery and universally associated with renewal of the land in spring and rebirth, and the balance of nature and man. In Celtic mythology he is related to Cernnunos, the horned God,, and he is often depicted as a mask with a man's face peering out of greenery. Green Man bears his own mask of rebirth- this is apparently a common Tamaskan marking.

Green Man is a bit ahead of his siblings with Birch Tree in hitting development milestones. He is quite the explorer, letting no stone or leaf or new room corner go without being throughly investigated. He is very snuggly and just looks up at you inquiringly if he is on his back for belly rubs.

His light tawny coat shows strong lighter cream markings in what I suspect are the beginnings of a domino pattern. This is a bit of a mystery as we've never seen domino patterns in Chinooks! He will be a very striking adult!
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Khepri
Male
5 lb 9.4 oz
19.1 oz

Khepri is an Egyptian God associated with the sun. He is both depicted as a scarab beetle, and a man with a scarab head, and represents creation and rebirth.

Khepri is the most "standard" Chinook looking puppy of the litter at this time, with typical tawny coloring and dark masking. He is generally the first puppy to hear my calling and is the most responsive to human voices. He enjoys being petted and held. He is also a pretty bold explorer and seems like one of those puppies that will be getting into a lot of stuff in a short period of time!

I don't want to put money on anything, but I wouldn't be surprised if Khepri looks very much like a purebred Chinook as he grows up.
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The New Beginnings Litter
Meet the Parents


Chinooks are a very rare breed with around 100 puppies born every year. As we have been successful in keeping our dogs from being exploited in puppy mills, we rely on Chinook owners that are willing to keep a male intact or raise a litter to support a diverse gene pool. While all Chinooks are first and foremost pets, some owners participate a bit more directly in sustaining the breed. An owner's contribution can range from simply raising a litter for which I take responsibility for finding and supporting puppy homes, all the way to people starting a new kennel on their own. This helps ensure we have healthy Chinooks in the future! If you are open to discussing this, please contact me for more information.
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