BrownStone Chinooks is devoted to fostering the excellent health and wonderful temperament of Chinook dogs. Hard-working Chinooks excel in many activities such as agility, obedience, back yard play, hiking, dog powered sports, search and rescue, and as service dogs. The affectionate Chinook is an excellent family dog matching its activity level to that of its companions - be it strenuous exercise or snuggling on the couch.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sailors Take Warning

When I awoke, I spotted the sky and took off running, leaving the poor dogs protesting "what about breakfast."
These pictures are in order of when taken  The sky changed from purples and pinks to golden orange. The bird songs grew more melodious in the glowing light.
 The Three Sisters
 Mt. Washington
 Camas Swale valley waking up. 
 South Sister casting a shadow on the clouds.
Listening to the forest wake up while waiting for sunrise then posting pictures with much needed rain pouring outside - life is good.

Friday, March 20, 2015

BrownStone Update

BrownStone Cascade Mt. Koma (Laika) was the second puppy from this litter to get CGC certified. Way to go! Trask is still the class goof-ball, so hasn't been tested.
The Iditarod is still going on and I have a couple more BrownStone Iditarod Litter 5th birthday photos. BrownStone Iditarod Takotna (Muku)
 
BrownStone Iditarod Nome (Nome) with what is left of his beaver.
 Nome on a birthday walk.
 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Happy 5th Birthday Koyuk

Cedar whelped the BrownStone Iditarod litter during the 2010 Iditarod and the puppies were named after the check points in order of birth: Willow, Nikolai, Takotna, Galena, Kaltag, Koyuk, Elim and Nome.
One day old BrownStone Iditarod Koyuk
 Eight week old Koyuk with her owl
 Five year old Koyuk with owl (minus a wing and foot).
Son BrownStone Cascade Mt. Trask (Trask); mom Moonsong Cedar River Touchdown (Cedar); and the birthday pooch Koyuk.
While this year's Iditarod leaders are freezing on the Koyokuk River, Team Nookies is in 65 degree rain and plum blossom "snow".
Koyuk, son Trask and mom Cedar.
Happy Birthday my beautiful, intensely intelligent; strong willed, wonderful mom and Team Nookies leader Koyuk.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Winter?

When I was picking bouquets for the house last weekend it dawned on me: "April Showers bring May Flowers". This was the beginning of March. Everything is in bloom but with freezing nights, the bees and bugs are still hibernating.  There is a lot of talk of low fruit harvests, forest fires and empty reservoirs.
Good thing no snow doesn't mean, no mushing. Clear, below-freezing, mornings are perfect for paper runs. Today I ran with just Trask and Koyuk. I want Trask to learn to lead and he can't do that from wheel. Cedar got to stay in bed with Dave.
The powerful duo just trucked up the hills.
I tie the rig off at the base of the hill because there just is not a good place up at the road. The dogs are waiting in an arch of blooming trees.

Trask checking the pond garden flowers as we went back by.
Ice cold water at the end of a beautiful run.
While reading the Sunday paper in the 70 degree sunshine, I decided it would be fun to take pictures of Chinook eyes. Koyuk immediately turned her head.
With the glaring sun, eye pictures were probably not my best photo idea. None of the dogs appear too happy when asked to look at the camera.


" Just too hot to sit and pose mom."
Only frog was ready for the "winter weather".
 He-who-always-has-what-he-spies-in-his-mouth with a whelping box toy.
"Yeah Right - Winter"


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Two Week Catch-up

I have to concede that the winter-that-wasn't is over. I finally took the "Let it Snow!" signs down. The unused dog sleds and skis are put away. Daffodils, crocus and plum trees are in bloom. While the blizzards rage on the east coast, the dogs and I are soaking in our unseasonably bright and warm "winter". February 17th found me doing taxes, wearing a "Life-Is-Good" tee, while sitting in the sun with a cup of coffee and dogs by my side. (Yes February - this picture of the Iditarod Litter was taken March 30, 2010)
 February 17th, 2015
During the entire "winter" the dogs have enjoyed vigorous games of Chinook tag on the bare lawn.
After the sun was high enough to break over the ridge behind the house, riotous play was followed with lying in the sun on the back porch.
Cedar and Koyuk have blown their winter under coats. Trask still carries his and prefers the coolness of the lawn to rest in.
Trask, Cedar and Koyuk February 21, 2015
Last weekend, Dave decided to fix the porch sliding doors. To keep the dogs from continually kissing and otherwise "helping", they were put inside. Fron there, Trask supervised Dave's every move.
Until Friday, last week was all play and hanging out for the BrownStone Pack.
Friday brought rain and Tule Loowit. Unfortunately my waterproof camera had a dead battery so I missed pictures of Tule, Trask, Cedar and Koyuk taking a long, wet run over the ridge to the back pond and back. Once home, the four, very muddy, dogs took a swim in the pond by the house; were given a toweling to dry off and a treat; then Tule, pronounced cured of her "cabin-fever", went home. Trask howled as sorrowful as any left-behind wolf for a solid 1/2 hour after she departed. He LOVES his sister Tule.
Today is again sunny. More flowers have burst forth. Vegetables are sprouting in the greenhouse. All thoughts now are "Don't Let it Snow!"

Monday, February 16, 2015

Firewood Run

We are near the end of the 4th winter without a functioning heat pump - not for lack of money and trying. Our heat pumps have been worked on extensively during this time. We are getting low on seasoned wood to heat the house. Firewood Run! Dave has not been out on the property for months. With help from a former Caboose tenant, Andreas, we took Dave's tractor and my quad and went in search of downed timber and an adventure for Dave and the dogs.
The day was 60 degrees. The dogs got quite hot exploring the woods as we drove up to the top of the ridge...
A handy puddle not only refreshed them but provided even more fun on the adventure. Unfortunately, I did miss the picture of Trask running down the hill and doing a face-plant in the water when his forefeet stopped his forward momentum by getting stuck in the muck. We haven't had snow but we have had periods of record rain. The woods are super saturated - a good sign for the upcoming dry months.
The dogs helping Andreas check-out a logging landing.
Then it was to the top of the ridge in search of "sunny-side" oak.
 Turkey fungus on downed oak.
 A very muddy Trask.
Even after a couple mile run up and over one ridge then to the top of the other, the dogs were hard to hold still for a group photo. Trask, Cedar, Koyuk and Lupin.
Lupin - who at 11 1/2 years old, kept up with the younger dogs.
 Cedar got a face full of mud running behind daughter Koyuk and grandson Trask.
Back down the ridge with a load of logs.
The heavy tractor made for deep, muddy ruts.
Another puddle to cool off in and it was home for a real bath for all muddy dogs.
This wood will have to be cut to length, split and stacked but if the engineers don't figure out the heat pump by next fall, I will have a head start on heat.