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.
The night was very short. Everyone had to be up and packed and ready to leave at 0600 for the flight back to Juneau.
The official last morning 2 puppy wake-up howl.
Dave with Toolik
"Official BrownStone (very early in the morning) Happy Family" photo. Toolik also has kisses for Elizabeth.
Official family photo-bomb by Trask.
I had to leave for a few hours to do some winter prep-chores. When I came back I found that Washington had significantly rearranged the whelping condo.
He looks so alone.
Waiting for the big dogs to come play with him.
Washington is 21 lbs and has outgrown his puppy collar so I took him to PetSmart for socialization; to see if he could still squeeze into a flight Sherpa bag; a new harness and; to ride in a car. PetSmart was having a pet adoption event. Several people tried to adopt him from me.
Socialization - check
Sherpa bag - check
new harness - check.
Car ride - check though he was quite vocal about the experience.
When we got back, we worked on leash walking while the big dogs checked out the PetSmart smells and new harness.
"hey big bro"
Teasing Trask with a proudly carried toy.
His end of the leash was also strutted about but I only caught pictures when he was using it as a chew toy.
Cedar with her grandson.
Handsome in his new harness and evening sunlight.
Washington amazed me. I was expecting another sleepless night. But, other than joining in the nightly 11 p.m. howl-in he was quiet until the morning when he initiated a BrownStone Pack howl-in. The boy loves to sing.
Early morning in the whelping condo - two puppies, one desired toy, blurry shots matching my half-asleep vision, noisy, fighting puppies at 0430. Koyuk was very persistent in getting me up to deal with her squabbling kids.
Brothers! Sometimes it feels like I have human sons that don't speak English.
"OK, if I can't keep it, I'll just bite your ear."
Today was moving about to where I could hear the pups while I worked on overdue fall chores.
Pup-corral during party clean-up, hose storage, gutter cleaning and well, I admit to sitting with coffee watching the puppies play during their last full day together.
Meals are consumed in seconds.
Koyuk barely has time to run outside and share try to steal their food.
Trask and Cedar joined in the puppy play.
The puppies were moved to the front of the house kennel while I put away the vegetable garden, such that it is since Icemageddon wiped out my irrigation and fence; the deer helped themselves to novel goodies; and with storm clean-up and then puppies, I had to rely on Ma Nature to produce whatever from compost bin soil seed I have roto-tilled in. I still had to drain the repaired irritation system; harvest what I could; clean the greenhouse; clean and fill the heat-sink barrows; hose storage; put away pots...tomato, garlic, grape, pepper, pear and apple harvest along with bulb planting, weeding and grape vine salvage for a new Vineman and Christmas wreaths will have to wait.
The big dogs can get into the kennel from inside the house to play with and console the pups. Luckily the pups haven't figured out the double dog door - though today they did destroy the outside frame in their attempts. Add "fix dog door" to my fall to-do list.
While in the kennel, I did start the puppies on clicker training - no easy feat. Once the big dogs heard the clicker it was all paws preforming tricks for potential treats. Grizz quickly associated the click with a treat and then figured out there was a gimmick to process - he had to do something to earn it. "Sit" came easily. Because the big dogs managed to spill and devour the bowl of cheese bits, I only had a few left to work with Toolik. Both he and Grizz mastered "puppy" as come.
Three big dogs, two fast puppies and one old lady with a camera in chase made for a great ending of the day. I had harvested two buckets of volunteer ornamental gourds. For some fun and color in the pictures, I brought out one bucket.
The puppies were not quite sure what to make of the bright, bitter gourds.
Grizz found one he could prance about with.
Never one to sit still and always on the run Toolik took off with his prize...
until he dropped it.
Grizz with another brighter gourd...
trying to sneak away.
Toolik in pursuit...
the game is on...
"My turn to have it."
The victor with the spoils.
All dogs chased about for about an hour as I snapped away and Dave got an entertaining show. I did my best to prevent the big dogs from playing with the gourds as they are destined to become holiday decorations and I would prefer they stay on the porch rather than litter the lawn as discarded dog toys.