Leading the way to Chinook magic!

The New Beginnings Litter

And so quickly we arrive at a milestone that was unimaginable a mere eight weeks ago - the puppies' last photo shoot with me. It's going to be hard to say goodbye to these sweet faces this weekend, as we bonded at a deeper level than normal, these puppies and I. Just two months ago I was curled up on my side in the whelping box as these little helpless puppies nursed, impressive in their vigor even as day-old pups. It's hard to remember that far back, as the pups now routinely run the perimeter of the yard, climb rocks, play on the big dog dog walks, and are now able to climb on the furniture!

It's been an absolutely crazy last week and a half- with a LOT of learning and fun along the way. The puppy party a week ago saw the puppies meet some new faces and tackle new things - a chute, a ramp, and teeter totter, as well as getting fitted with a harness and pulling a very light weight. They loved the new people, treats, and were unfazed by the new experiences. During the party, one of the pups showed off a new skill - climbing the 30" ex pen. So there was an emergency Puppy Pen upgrade the pups really slept well that night!

More recently they had their final conformation (structural) examination with noted author, exhibitor and AKC judge Pat Hastings. Pat was very complimentary of the litter and rated it as well above average, with the pups each having individual strengths and weaknesses, but all overall quite strong. It was wonderful to get independent verification that meshing Chinook and Tamaskan genetics created some puppies well-suited to their job as family companions that can do almost any type of work.

The puppies will be going to their new homes over the weekend, and while I am thrilled they will be getting individual attention and support that I simply cannot provide for all six of them at this point, I will greatly missed their wagging tails and sweet puppy kisses, particularly in the morning. Puppy partings are always bittersweet, but I am so happy knowing that each puppy is already well-loved and eagerly anticipated by their new homes.

I've included the pups' new, official names this week - it's been good mental exercise for me to focus on using them instead of their puppy names.

Enjoy this farewell to the puppies, and wish them Godspeed on the next, exciting part of their journey.
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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. 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!
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Nella (Bashaba Sweet Nella)
New Moon
Female
14 lb 10 oz
18.9 oz



Nella means bright or shining, and she is set to bring new brightness to the Johnson family in upstate New York. Nella will be stepping into the big paw prints of Chinooks before her, WoodsRunner Mister Tumnus and Hurricane Crispin's Soul.

Her auspicious arrival in a New Moon seems to resonate strongly with her new mission to bring lots of puppy love to some children and adults that have been missing Chinooks in their lives for a bit.

Nella is just the one to do this- smart, fearless, and ridiculously waggy and kissy- the "Sweet" got added to her name after the Puppy Party because you just can't hold her without noting how sweet she is!
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Taavi (Bashaba Taavi VV Fowle
Birch Tree
Male
12 lb 14.1 oz
17.8 oz

Taavi is off to Indiana to join the Lanctot family. He is fulfilling a destiny of Chinook history by bringing Chinooks back to the descendents of Honey Greene, who was a key figure in the development of the breed in the 40-60s, being the sole breeder of Chinooks in the late 60s.

Taavi is the Finnish form of David, and means Beloved. It links to the Finnish heritage of the Tamaskan breed. Genevieve "VV" Fowle was Honey's niece, linking Taavi's family connection into his registered name.

Taavi is one of the sweetest and softest pups I know - I am confident he will have his new family wrapped around his paw asap!
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Phoenix (Bashaba Phoenix)
Phoenix
Male
13 lb 6.1 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 will be keeping his puppy name because it just fits him. He's so cute and earnest and driven and cuddly all at the same time! He will be joining the Goist family in Texas, where he will have a couple of role model older Chinooks to learn from. They will teach him well!
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Taika (Bashaba Taika)
Lotus
Female
14 lb 1 oz
18.3 oz
Taika and her thoughtful, adoring presence will be heading to Massachusetts. It's hard to believe she'll be the first Chinook(/Tamaskan) in the Griffin family, but it's true. Her name means magic or spell in Finnish, linking to the Finnish origin of the Tamaskan breed. She's a pretty magical pup, though, so I hope she carries that boldy forward into her new life.

There's something in her eyes that knows you. Just call her name and let her wag her way into your heart.
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Brud or Brudda (Bashaba North Brother Mountain)
Green Man
Male
14 lbs 12 oz
19 oz

Brud is heading to Maine, where his grandmother was born. He will be part of a pack of dogs taht are closely related to his mom and grandma and Uncle Conaway which will be a dream come true for him. Brud LOVES being with the big dogs!

Brud has quite a magical connection- he is named for North Brother, a mountain near North Trav'ler in Baxter State Park. North Trav'ler is Brud's great-great-grandmother, an iconic Chinook with an amazing legacy. While pondering connections, it surfaced that Brud/Brudda was the nickname of a human ancestor in Brud's (the pup) new family. And a callname was born.


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Khepri
Male
11 lb 11 oz
19.1 oz

Takoda will be joining the Grant family in Pennsylvania, and is looking forward to LOTS and LOTS of wrestling with his new human brothers.

The Aika portion of his name means love song, linking to his mother's Calista's musical middle name (Linto). And Takoda means Friend to Everyone, linking to papa Darwin (which means Good Friend).
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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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