Leading the way to Chinook magic!

The New Beginnings Litter

Ack! 3 weeks already and the puppies are starting to have their personalities emerge! Eyes and ears are open, the startle phase of development has come and gone, and they are firmly into the beginnings of their socialization period. We've had solid tail wags, first barks (and howls- Khepri and Phoenix are most often the song-leaders!) The pups continue to be robust and hearty, and bless Calista for managing to keep up with them so well- she's still nursing full time.

We did start some goat's milk over the weekend- the earliest I've ever tried with my pups. They took to it IMMEDIATELY - lapping up like pros. They are still a bit wobbly on their toddler paws, but they did well enough to get to the food dish! This week will be more focus on nail trims, and more focus on taking each puppy out for a bit of time with just me and them. This starts to lay a foundation for the pups enjoying themselves being away from each other, which should help mitigate risks of separation anxiety developing later in life.

The Nanny dogs are more involved with the puppies, playing with them (and licking milk off of paws and faces) when the pups come out to visit. Calista is pretty chill with all of them around the puppies- even Conaway doesn't bother her at this point. And the puppies have had plenty of human visitors to entertain them. Or vice versa….I'm not sure. Visitors will continue and hopefully ramp up during the next few weeks.


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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 likely there are puppies available to homes that will keep them intact for potential breeding. Please contact Karen@BashabaChinooks.com for more information.
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Sex:
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Birth Weight:
New Moon
Female
3 lb 14.6 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 continue to love cuddling and is rarely found alone. Her sweet soprano rings out when she's displeased, but that is fairly infrequently. She likes to explore and has visited all of the corners of the living room out of the whelping box.

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.
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Birch Tree
Male
4 lb 0.8 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 has been very people-focused this week. He is one of the first to recognize me and run towards the door of the whelping box. He was the first to develop the startle reflex, and seems to like being around other pups and dogs more than being off on his own. He loves to cuddle.

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
3 lb 10.4 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 really turned a corner with me this week- he routinely seeks me out for attention and love. He is one of the first pups to scamper towards my voice. He still likes to explore, and is perhaps the most vocal of the puppies.

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
3 lb 14.8 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 quite the puppy. She has her own agenda, and while she loves to cuddle, she is also one of the first pups to take herself off to nap. She has no issue napping by herself while the rest of the pups are all nursing, or off exploring an interesting new toy. She'll explore like a Champ, but on HER schedule, not everyone else's!

Her coat is very similar to Phoenix' - tanpoint? Agouti? Tawny? Time will tell!
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Green Man
Male
4 lb 1.3 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 the puppy is one of the Big Boys. But he loves to hang out with others. He only uses his size to bull his way closer to the milk container, because he does love his meals. That toy is definitely a (light/neon) Green Man, by the way!

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
4 lb 0.9 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 LOVES attention- greeting any human voice with a sharp "bark!" and quick scamper over to be loved. He still sleeps like an infant- the lights go off and he is out, boneless. It's cute to watch.

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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