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.
Since 2002, I have person/dogged two small trail intersections in the wilderness for the Waldo 100K Ultra-marathon. Some really insane people from all over the world have decided that running 100K including 5 peaks, at altitude, in one day, is the thing to do. These same crazy people start at 0300 and run from the base of the ski area to the top as the first few hundred meters of their marathon. My job is less strenuous. I hike in 3 miles; set up some trail signs; sit for 10 hours and ring a cowbell to cheer on 150 people who run by once in the morning and quite a few less coming back by in the afternoon. This year since it was predicted to be 104 degrees and I knew I would need extra water. I only took one dog - Trask my heavy-freight, eager to please Chinook. We started at the trailhead in the dark.
"OK it is 0645 and we are here, now what?"
0815 "I think I hear someone coming"
Finally enough light to take a picture of our trail junction post.
I put the easy-walker on Trask to keep him from choking himself whenever anyone came by. Trask LOVED greeting the runners and the PCT thru-hikers on their way from Mexico to Canada.
Many of the runners and most all of the thru-hikers took time out for some Nooktime. Homesick hikers got extra special loving and the sweat kissed off their faces (any any other body parts Trask could reach). Along with water and his treats, Trask carried in sweet goodies for the thru-hikers.
Resting up for the next lovin' opportunity.
It was hot. We moved constantly to new shade and drank all but a swallow of the gallon of water and thermos of coffee we carried in.
Getting to evening time.
The last of the days rays on Trask as he patiently waits for the last runners.
We made it back to the trailhead at 1845. It was still in the 80's and our last swallow of shared water was a memory.
BrownStone Cascade Mt. Trask is the best. He loved every moment and looked forward to the next. He also made Chinook admirers out of a lot of people on the trail.
Water, glean, preserve vs blog. Produce is coming on overwhelmingly fast. I have found myself too worn-out to spend on-line time. In the meantime, wonderful birthday photos have been coming in.
BrownStone Cascade Mt. Mazama (Bramble)
Cooling with a birthday swim.
BrownStone Cascade Mt. Karuk (Alaka'i)
Special birthday treat...
and birthday day at the beach.
BrownStone Cascade Mt. Loowit (Tule Loowit)
On a road trip.
BrownStone Cascade Mt. Klah (Luca)
With her forever mom.
Counting her chickens.
BrownStone Cascade Koma, CGC (Laika)
Kay Lee and all -
I thought you would enjoy seeing these photos of Laika working as a therapy
dog with the Girl Scouts at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego today.
The Golden Retrievers are Brady and Annie who are two of Laika's friends who
work as therapy dogs also.
Trask was the first born and was all ready to explore his world before any siblings arrives.
Newborn Trask with his Buck
Three year old Trask with his Buck
I couldn't get enough of photographing my handsome boy.
Trask has become the Chinook I always dreamed of. Perhaps that should be restated. When Trask gets a bit more impulse control, he will become the Chinook I dreamed of. But then at 3, he is still a pup in Chinook years. And I do also adore and love his mom Koyuk and grandmom Cedar.
BrownStone Cascade Mt Loowit
Tule, as you know, is the light of our life! We just love her so much. She
goes most places with us, although she really likes her house too. She is very
independent and is fine by herself at home. She has traveled quite a bit - many
trips to California, occasionally to Canada, and often to Ashland where her best
friend the smooth haired collie Wyatt lives. She loves car rides to anywhere
and is perfect even on very long rides.
Here she near Yosemite
Here she is with Wyatt on a car trip:
Here she is after a good bone session that tired her out:
You cannot get her to climb in bed with people in it, but if they leave...it's
At the beach!
We just love our Tule and cannot imagine life without her!
Sarah and Greg
BrownStone Cascade Mt. Koma (Laika)
I can tell you that Laika is not happy when I am out of the
compound. She constantly looks for me and waits at the gate (like “Lassie”) for
my return. Laika visits her friends at our local dog park at least twice a day
and loves to go for a long walk with me at night.
At Mammoth Lakes earlier this year I began training her to
“skijor”, that is pull me on cross country skis (see photo attached). We have
all the gear, but we still need to work on technique. Next winter we are
resolved to master this sport.
In summary, Laika is the joy of our lives and a constant
topic of conversation in our house.
Thank you so much for giving us Laika!
BrownStone Cascade Mt. Shasta (Alaka'i)
Cascade Peak Mt. Mazama (Bramble)
Bramble's family has been very busy baking thousands of cookies for a humungus charity bake sale put on by their son. This year they added Dog Cookies, tested and approved by BrownStone Muku and Bramble.
BrownStone Cascade Mt. Pahto (Kyrik)
with his Owl.
Still to come: Luca
This entire litter has been outstanding. Happy Birthday to all.
The landscaping is turning into summer-tan-blah. Fortunately, the porch baskets and vegetable garden are coming into their own.
Today I harvested tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, onions, an unexpected asparagus bounty, blueberries and strawberries. The dogs made sure I didn't mistakenly put the berries within reach. Chinooks LOVE their fruit. Trask is trying to take advantage of my harvest photo-op.
Berries safely out of snout range, time to check out the vegies.
How can you resist Chinook eyes and smile? Honestly, I don't know if this is Cedar or Trask.
"Awe-mom, this basket is not nearly as inviting as the berry basket."
This is definitely Trask. If he isn't into eating vegitables, he is seriously into posing with them.
The dog's kennel contains a large Jasmine plant wafting heavenly. The early morning light was back-lighting the Jasmine. I couldn't resist grabbing my camera for the shot.
As soon as they realized my pocket was full of treats the dogs joined me for a photo op.
I encourage swallows. Even with all the water around here, swallows keep the mosquitoes at bay. This year we added 9 more nesting boxes. One persistent pair still chose the light in the garage, over the back door, to nest. They successfully raised 6 chicks and made a phenomenal mess of the back stoop and our cars. I caught this picture the day they all flew away.
The topiaries on the back patio were seriously root bound. I could not keep up with the sculpted plants in the entry way. Those got pruned and moved. The cypress now take their place. I turned from taking this picture to see...
the dogs in the morning light.
Another of the handsome boy.
I just let the dogs know that they would be cat food if they dug up the new transplants.
My office is upstairs. The coffee pot is downstairs. Each morning I have to step over the gauntlet of dogs to get from the coffee pot to my computer.
Koyuk on the stairs.
Trask and Cedar in the office.
If I move to another room for a period of time, they position themselves in the exit path. Chinooks always want to know what you are doing and don't want to miss anything if you move.