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.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

January 2018 Pup-date

The BrownStone Chinook Centennial litter pups are 6 months old.
BrownStone CHK Century Treadwell (Cedar)
 Hi Kay Lee!
We were happy to hear you are feeling better finally, although the bed of Chinook cuddles looked fantastic. I just wanted to drop a little email about the Vesper Cedar as we have just passed the 6 month marker (which is crazy to think of).
In short he is just an absolute joy to our household and my engineering office. He goes to work with me every day and loves it to provide input on if a meeting is going too long with a comedic sigh haha. He has picked up the Chinook habit of crossing his front legs when laying down too. Still not exactly sure what his ears are doing since they switch by the day between flopped, helicopter, or some combination. Regardless he is constantly commented on how handsome, big (65 lbs now!) and well mannered he is.
We finished our first obedience class series earlier this month and are now in a "training games" class which is supposed to provide some specific exercises to help with recall and name attention since that is going to be so big out in the woods for work and play. We have a snow trip planned for next weekend so look for snow pictures on Facebook.
Anyways just wanted to let you know how well he is doing and definitely living up to his puppy poster of "brawny flanks like an armored tank's." :)

BrownStone CHK Century Mt Wash (Remy)
A big event in Remy's life was that his human parents were married.
Snuggling with dad.
 Remy still has the most interesting ear set.
  BrownStone CHK Century Kate MT (Tika)
Tika with big sister Desert Sol Kima assisting with a fence construction project.
 Kima and Tika.
 Kima showed Tika the joys of digging in the mud. A rare treat in sunny California.
BrownStone CHK Century Arthur (Toolik)

Toolik, Jaylie, Hvit, Elizabeth and I all send greetings from the green and brown Northland.  After a very snowy start around Thanksgiving, we've not had much of a winter.  Very sad!
Toolik is doing great - learning lots of things, playing a lot with Hvit the cat, and pestering Jaylie whenever he can.  She's a great teacher though and can put him in his place when she thinks he needs it.
Toolik weighed in yesterday at 50 lbs and is approximately 21.5" at the shoulder.  It's a very lean 50 lbs - he gets a lot of exercise and is rather skinny, but very well muscled.  He's a gorgeous dog!  His coat and coloration is just beautiful.  You should see him in motion - while he's still a gangly youngster, you can see how his conformation drives his movement - and it's perfect (I think).  He'll probably never see a show ring though to really be judged.  I am planning on driving down this coming summer for the Chinook Picnic, so there will definitely be some experienced eyes there to look at him.
Met some friends today out on the trail and they were amazed at how well behaved he is and at his recall from a distance - even when distracted by dogs, people, etc.  He's a good pup indeed and I am SO pleased to have him!  Thank you for trusting me with him! Training, training and more training!
Hoping that things are going well for you!  Take care.
Toolik is a VERY friendly fellow!  It's nice knowing that he's going to greet whomever he meets, out on the trails or even on the street, with a smile and a wagging tail.  (And if you get your face too close, it WILL get licked!)  He has surprised me several times in the past couple of weeks by using his "big boy" bark to alert me to the approach of strangers at the house.  It'll be nice to have a Chinook early warning system without having to worry too much about the system going into "Auto-launch" like I did with the Kuvasz.  (Actually, I didn't "worry" about Taku doing something unpredictable, I knew exactly what he would do and his threat response when anyone, animal or human, intruded on the property.  He was an "I'm not shitting you - I will do whatever it takes to stop you in your tracks" kind of dog.)   Toolik's a much lower risk fellow - a watch dog rather than a guardian, but I love the fact that he's going to have a big, deep voice that commands attention.

Take Care!
BrownStone CHK Century Wind (Ullr)
Ullr is leading a very adventurous life with his young family. From the beach...
to the mountains...
to joining his grandmother Cedar, mother Koyuk and 1/2 brother Trask.
Then there is down time for helping with homework.
During her 12 years with this family, BrownStone Lupin patiently endured being dressed-up by her little girls.
Ullr is carrying on the fashion shows with stoic dignity.
BrownStone Cascade Peaks Mt Mazama (Bramble) and BrownStone Iditarod Takotna (Muku)
B.C. Canada has also seen a dearth of snow this year but that has not kept the family from daily runs in the woods.
BrownStone Cascade Mt Loowit (Tule Loowit)
None too happy Tule with her "Crown" of Shame after a recent operation.

Friday, January 26, 2018

BrownStone CHK Century Wind (Ullr) Visit

I was finally well enough that I did not feel contagious and more than ready to welcome a visit from Ullr's family and Ullr. They came not only bearing the frantic frivolity of an excited puppy reuniting with three cooped up Chinooks but they also brought, get-well, Christmas and birthday gifts.
The excited dogs were in and out of the house and often proved too much for my camera to focus but I did get some pictures.
Trask and Cedar giving Ullr the once-over once they up with caught him.
Ullr found squirrel and immediately initiated a game of tug-a-war.
Grandma Cedar, Ullr and mom Koyuk. At one time all four had hold of squirrel.
 K. in the pouring rain with the Nooks.
 After about 45 minutes they were worn out enough for a quick sit-stay photo. Love Ullr's ears!
Along with gifts of a tee shirt and bouquet of yellow lilies, the had made suit ornaments for the birds to enjoy.
This Holiday Season, I decorated the porch with 5 different grapevine wreaths. The suit ornaments fit right in.

And yes, I am still decorated for the holidays. I am also still waiting for winter.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Flu/Pneumonia Sucks and More Musings

I don't know whether it was spending 6 days in an unheated medical floor, hospital room with nurses running around in down coats (it was in the 20's outside) while caring for Dave. Or 3 hours in a crowded, hacking DMV office waiting to renew my drivers licence. But I, who has never missed a flu shot, spent three weeks feeling like a truck ran over me, with fever, chills and near continual cough in a house without heat all the while continuing to care for Dave at home. My birthday was a bust. Neither Dave or I wanted to get out of bed any more than we had to, let alone celebrate.
The dogs and kitten Jake kept me with company and warmth - abet relegated to the very edge of the bed.
Jake, named after the male star in the movie Avatar for his yellow eyes, peaked ears and continual leaps of faith.
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Jake received numerous baths from Koyuk and..
provided hours of on-bed entertainment.
My sister and brother-in-law came down for a belated birthday dinner this weekend. I am now starting on the mend and computer again. Then again, it is stormy outside with pouring rain and high winds. A warm bed with my pawed family is sounding better than catching up on social media in a cool room with a kitten enamored with the computer cursor.
Must be nap time.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

BrownStone 2017 December Pup-date

With the screen blocking aid of cursor fascinated kitty Jake, lap blanketing Trask and keyboard assistance from Koyuk and Cedar, here is the much edited December 2017 Pup-date.

BrownStone CHK Century Arthur (Toolik) 
Hi Kay Lee,
 Wow - time certainly flies by!  Hard to believe that the pups are four and a half months old already.  Toolik continues to thrive and learn.  he's doing great and I can tell already that he's going to be quite a dog!  I feel very lucky.
Cross country skiing is one of his favorite activities, plus, there's the added bonus of potentially meeting up with other dogs for impromptu play sessions.  This past Saturday we met a couple out on the ski trail that had an eight month old pup that weighed 85 lbs - and he and Toolik had a grand time wrestling and playing.  He's a tough little guy and held his own with a dog twice his size.  They were fun to watch.
Attached are a few photos from various skiing sessions and lounging around the house.
Hope all is well.
Take care,Dave
BrownStone Cascade Mt Karuk (Alaka'i) 
Ka'i deals/dealt with change and chaos so incredibly well. The fact that he loves everyone and adapts well makes it so stress-free to have someone watch him. He has grown into such a sweet and intuitive companion. He is the best couch cuddler. 
BrownStone Iditarod Takotna (Muku) 
and BrownStone Cascade Mt Mazama (Bramble)
BrownStone CHK Century Treadwell (Cedar)
Cedar celebrating 5 months 
BrownStone Cascade Mt Klah (Laika)
I am forwarding the email that I received this morning from Shirley Colman, Director of Independent Therapy Dogs, Incorporated regarding the visit that our teams had with the injured US Marine Corps trainees at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot yesterday.  Jim Collora and "LAIKA" participated.
Hi everyone -
THANK YOU TEAMS ... Saturday's MCRD Recruit Holiday with the Hounds was dog-gone PAWsome.  Sandy and I have always been amazed that when we need Teams the most so many of you make the time to participate.  Yesterday was a pawfect example of what makes ITD, Inc. such a great organization, and one that we are so proud to be part of.  Twenty Teams ... yes, that is 20 ... volunteered to bring 'miles of smiles' to the injured Marines at MCRD San Diego.  What an amazing turn-out. 
 Photo options for Recruits are exceptionally strict, so we were not allowed to take any fotos.  Thus there will be a bit of a delay in posting an Album.  We will be receiving approved pix to post in the next week so keep checking our Facebook pages.
 This event went off pawfectly which makes us, and our USMC POCs, hope it will help bring back our monthly visits for MCRD injured Recruits.  The planning IS in the works.  Word yesterday was that they'll be scheduled on Saturdays.  Keep your fingers and paws crossed and we'll keep you posted!
 Sandy and I sincerely thank all of you who were able to volunteer yesterday on such short notice.  Twenty Teams is a new record for an ITD, Inc.  special event.  We know more of you would have attended had you been able to.
 Again, we thank you all and wishing you and yours safe & happy holidays.
Shirley Colman - Director/President
S.L. Storrie - CFO/Secretary

This visit was highly anticipated by the injured Marine Corps trainees and they and the dogs and dog owners thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
BrownStone Cascade Peaks foster pup Moonsong Mouse
BrownStone 2013 Christmas Litter Ms Pink (Nala) 
on her 14th birthday
 BrownStone CHK Century Mt Wash (Remy)
Remy wins the price for the most original Chinook ear-set.
Could this be Remy's ear-set secret?
BrownStone CHK Century Kate MT (Tika) and Desert Sol Kima
BrownStone Cascade Mt.Loowit (Tule Loowit)
BrownStone CHK Century Wind (Ullr)
And not to be forgotten, Trask's son Rudy
Kitty Jake
Keep the pictures coming. Happy New Year from Dave, Kay Lee, Cedar, Koyuk, Trask and Jake.