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Breeze Update

Thanks to those of you who have shared kind words with me. Its all a sensitive process, much like when someone dies, and people just don’t know what to say. Its all part of the wheel of life and navigating that isn’t a casual job for any of us.

Our veterinarian suggested Breeze had a “false” pregnancy. To have her milk glands swell and other symptoms are some of the indicators. Another big one for us, is this silly little toy-pup that she brings out only annually – its actually a black, gray and white racoon. She first brought out from her basket just before whelping her first litter, and again she did the same on her second litter. Then, again when we talked of moving the puppies in her third litter to the outside yard, and she promptly moved this toy-pup outside. So its her communication tool to us humans.

She is just such a good mom and so tuned in. Its quite touching to see her in her dilemma.

So, the last few days she has non-stop been bringing this toy-pup out to get my attention, plus doing some small whines like she has done after each litter would leave and go home to their families, as she was searching around for what happened to her little ones.

We began doing some treatments for myself to move through the feelings, and now today, we did a treatment for her as well. She is doing much better, reduced number of those little whines and lots less toy-pup, and back to showing a little more interest in food, about which I’m super pleased.

On another ironic note, we were planning on purchasing a puppy to be able to encourage Breeze to retire in a couple years, and give her someone with which to play. We had the right parents picked out with some great lineage, and the litter was going to be born in another 2 weeks. Just got the call that their dog also just had a false pregnancy! How strange is that?! As a musician I know that timing is everything. Mercury in retrograde gets the blame most of the time. And, it also makes me ponder about how beautifully entangled we each are with each other and the world around us. What an odd set of circumstances to be synchronized…

This has prompted me to do some discovery work. I may be doing treatments for Breeze to check for the round-up residue etc. that is in our food, for example. Its like when the frogs begin disappearing from the ponds, we know they are an indicator species of what is happening on the planet. Maybe I’m jumping into a different rabbit hole, but maybe many pieces are connected.

I wonder about hormone’s being disrupted by the chemicals, and the increase in radio frequencies. In humans there is an incredible change in fertility that no one really talks about, with much being attributed to these kinds of ‘unnatural patterns in our lives . Anyway, I’m going to be exploring this topic!

Wow…what a process! Thanks for listening…we’ll be back online with more info as another breeding comes forward in a few months…in the meantime, off to the Zimbabwe music festival in Monmouth this weekend at WOU (stop by the booth if you are there), and then on to Zimbabwe maybe in November. They are having a famine there, so I’m not sure how that affects a trip, but I’ll be back in touch at another point, hopefully in 2019.

Always feel free to write and stay in touch!

Who’s a good dog? Breeze!

The news of the day is that the breeding didn’t “take”, she is not pregnant, and we are not having puppies this time around.

Wow…this is so very disappointing and we are all sad…we had a vision, and preparations, and hopes for wonderful families to whom we can extend the puppy love.

Those of you who planned on one of these pups for your new family member, are obviously very disappointed too! I’m so sorry. We just don’t tend to do the ultrasounds, x-rays, etc. unless there is a medical reason. The “symptoms” that I was reading were actually telling me something else. For instance, they say to increase their food at 1 month…and I did that…and guess what…she is now a few pounds overweight.

Well, live and learn. What an assimilation of info and an educational process!

Those of you that are wanting a puppy, I will be able to give you contact info for some current litters that are part of this particular lineage, in case that would be helpful! Maybe you can find your puppy there…and if not, we will be breeding again next cycle for pups in early March and the puppies would be with families by early May. Those that may decide to wait because of the connection we are developing, I thank you. I’m honored that this is not just a transaction to you either. Its touching! And, as a musician I totally get that timing is everything. So, its paramount that everything is lined up for everyone!

The ultimate question is what might have “gone wrong”? I mean really, wolves and dogs and the like have been populating the planet for a long time. There are a couple of things:

Of course, we are doing controlled breeding rather than natural, so that we can assure having the appropriate genetics. This means that we, as the owner, have to have our finger on the pulse of the cycle. One possibility is that we may have bred too early in the cycle. Even though a female will only stand for breeding when “its time”, they can actually engage before the eggs drop, so then if its too early, by a day or two, the semen may not stay alive. This is undoubtedly why people will let the dogs breed more than once, or have them hang out for a couple of days.

Another possibility is that the tie was interrupted by some cats in the barn, so it was shortened from previous breeding encounters. That seems like a no-brainer that I could have realized, but there were some extenuating circumstances that complicated the opportunity. So, oh well…

I’ve learned tons. Not just about dogs and breeding, but all of the emotional, mental, and spiritual reasons that I’m a breeder of English Shepherds.

The Large Love that I get to share with the world through these dogs is immense…first of course, you have the Absolute Light that traverses from Creator through the galaxies into these little beings. And then, we get to be the steward of that…what a blessing! The frosting is a tasty morsel … the incredible relationships with the people that come from having a dog, and subsequent puppies. Not only the families who embrace their new life-long friend, but also all of the other people who Breeze and I encounter along the way.

Thank you for staying tuned and being part of our lives!

Quick Update!

Well, we made a few assumptions going into this. The first is that Breeze would just do what she has always done and whelp at 60 to 63 days.

Guess what? The full gestation can be 68 days! Ahhh…so Sunday was day 62 and we sit today at day 65. Nothing like feeling very premature about everything.

We are all waiting patiently! Thank you so much for your thoughts and encouragement!

Day 60 has Arrived!

“We have arrived” …in Zimbabwe they say “Tashika“… but no pups today…no panting, ‘nada…

So we are relaxing into the waiting mode and getting caught up on all of those things, like this blog post, that have received a lower priority over the last couple of weeks.

We set up Breeze’s den and have been hanging out in it off and on. This is my current office and is where she has been whelping each time. I’ve been inviting her inside the house at every opportunity since she has a favorite spot under the front deck where its super cool. She also loves to sun herself on the deck or lawn. We definitely do not want her accidentally slipping under the deck in a passionate moment.

Everyone says she doesn’t look pregnant. And I agree, until I see her in a particular position and she spreads her middle. She has a long body and hides the puppies up inside. Another litter was similar until the very last moment.

If you are looking at this picture on the computer you’ll notice the small colored wire around the base of the den. I found this great flexible hamster caging to use, instead of cardboard! The pups when first born for a week or so, can slip through the larger wire and find themselves in my office. Ahhh…the benefits of research!

In the den with her favorite whelping toy-pup, and also the litter gift from Canada in 2017 ( behind the toy-pup), which the puppies absolutely love.

She has a favorite place at the bottom of the stairs.

  • She Bent Her Knee to Pose for The Picture

Hoping to post as soon as we have any news! Guess it depends on whether we pull a whelping all-nighter.

Oh yeah…7 days and counting!

Here we are…right on the front edge of our seats. Doing all the nesting possible. The puppy yard got set up this week. (Although the pups don’t go outside until end of week 3, I don’t want hammering going on, once the little ones have arrived.) Its a great area just out the back door.

We put it together with this and that…but its wonderfully functional. I think the only thing missing is the carpet…that plywood ramp is slick when they are still tiny, and it turns into a slip and slide even on a dry day.

I can’t believe how much I’ve learned. The first 2 litters I loaded all the puppies in a wagon and would shuttle them outside multiple times a day. It meant going down a ramp and around the side building to get into the yard. Now we open the back door…;*)) Voila! Much easier on the body!

Right now, we are working on any tasks that would be good to complete over the next 2 months, since once we are in puppy-land, that takes over everything. Having pups sets the tone for every waking moment, through September…so we’ve been in a let’s get ‘er done mode!

Here are some pics from the 2018 litter. You guys have graciously shared photos of your beautiful puppies that have grown into wonderful family members…thank you so much! It warms the cockles of our hearts to see their happy faces!


  • Danny Boy 2019, Lake Stevens WA


  • Bascom 2019, Bend OR
Breeze and Gadget 2019

Gadget came over for a visit. Although they both know “sit” and “down”, they were very excited to be in each other’s company, so this was super fun to see them together and get them to listen. Gadget is a pint-size of Breeze.

We had gotten to know Amy and Christian better than most puppy buyers. They live 5 miles away, and came to visit the puppies regularly during the 8 weeks. Amy also had helped me on more than one occasion, in puppy sitting but also doing some of the routine jobs, like worming and bathing. She house sat for me when I went to Zimbabwe early in 2018 as well, so she and Breeze are old buddies.

Amy was a vet tech in a past life and so has spent countless hours with dogs. She fantasized about having a puppy and how it would get along inside with their pet bunny, and I could only cross my fingers, since the basics alone are often plenty for me. Here is a video she took of Gadget at 1 week in their home….yes, 1 week. Gadget was the little one of the bunch from the 2018 litter.

Gadget 2018 at 1 Week

And yes, all is good in the puppy-bunny frontier…not sure how they do it but its working!

Gadget 2018 at 3 Months (1 month with them)

Before 6 months old, Gadget got an AKC Novice Trick Dog title … Amy says, “Breeze makes whip-smart puppies!”

The possibilities are only limited by our imaginations!

And time, of course. ;*))

Holy pups! This Sunday is Day 42 (6 weeks)

(IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PLAY VIDEOS ON THE BLOGS, PLEASE TRY SOMETHING OTHER THAN FIREFOX, like chrome etc…UNTIL I CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO FIX IT! or if you know how, please give me a call! thanks much!)

We have thoroughly enjoyed all the pictures over the years, and are now taking a minute before this next litter to share.

You guys take great pictures. I’m always blown away at how striking the dogs are, and how some look so much like Breeze, but also this interesting blend of Ben’s coloring and Breeze. You can see that the dogs are much loved and living the dream!

Here are some pups from 2017’s litter with Ben!

  • Dottie 2017 Sointula, British Columbia

Here are more pups from 2017’s litter with Ben!

  • Baxter late-2018 Vernonia OR

Good News Here!

This Memorial Day weekend was memorable…we had an instinct to take Breeze to see Connor (one of her male pups from 2016 who is kept for breeding and lives close by).

Although she wasn’t really interested, she was definitely flirting with him. At a point in our visit, she walked over to the car, which she never does, as if to say, lets get going!

So, it seemed like the messages were all lining up and I was hoping it was worth a trip to Molalla. Sure enough Breeze hadn’t been out of the car more than 10 steps and the courtship began. She knew exactly what she was doing.

This Is Ben (Benedict)

This time around there wasn’t lots of romping and playing…they were very serious about getting to it and tying. We stayed a rather short time visiting and then made our way back home after they took time in the shade of the afterglow.

A potential date for whelping is the 28th of July – that’s figuring a 62 day gestation. If so, that would mean the 22nd of September they could come home to your family, just in time for autumn Solstice.

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Ginormous Hiatus Now Over!

Just a brief note to touch base. I can’t believe I have not posted since last year. Let’s just say life gave us fantastic mountains to climb….and we did it with much organization, cooperation and great friends!

First you should know, all the puppies went to wonderful homes with incredible families before the 8 weeks were up. We couldn’t be happier about that. I will post some pics about the wrap-up later to share the beauty.

You recall my work with Zimbabwe? Well, the last day of the 8th week as we were sending home puppy number 10, the packing began and we were out the door to the Zimbabwe Music Festival within 24 hours, where Ancient Ways raises awareness and funds for the work with the preschool, wells, and maturing girls. Breeze did great and didn’t bat an eye by all the changes.  From there the year continued with the same pace and intensity…not much of a lull.

Finally with 2019, I’ve been working on taxes, for myself and Ancient Ways,  with every spare moment (I clearly wear too many hats). And here it is March…almost got them out the door!

We skipped a cycle for Breeze and she appears to have some hormones starting up for being bred again within 6-8 weeks. We are planning a pairing with Ben as his last two litters have been very sweet.

She is currently “blowing her coat”,  meaning a major shedding. She began during the snow storms so I know it isn’t this nice weather we are having this week.  Normally she doesn’t shed much at all!

Relaxing after a quick brushing!  Yes, that is a pile of fur.

This means she might be bred by mid-May with puppies mid-July. I had originally been projecting sometime August. Summertime in general is a great time to be able to let the puppies explore so much nature and opportunity.  They can far more easily get outside, often meaning training is superior (December is a tough month to go outside regularly). They go home 8 weeks after birth.

We have been taking deposits for her litter.  Hopefully the difference of getting a pup a few weeks earlier will not be a problem for any of you who were listening to my earlier projections.

Its good to get a place on the list if you are serious.  It assures you of your preferences.  Her first litter was 7 puppies, then 12, then 10, so we are assuming she will be somewhere in that ballpark.  If you are interested in one of Breeze’s next pups, please email me at contactme@jaiaenbeck.com and we can talk about your family’s needs for a life-long companion. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Puppy Registrations Are in the Mail!

We are doing yoga to stay fit and trim for the next litter!

She is “working it” with her favorite elk antler.

Just a quick post to say to watch for my email and my snail mail coming about your puppy registrations.  Breeze is doing great and we have both recovered from having 12 puppies running the farm!  We are planning on a breeding this spring with puppies going home in July, so stay tuned…

The great spring weather has inspired her to do some yoga…I think she knew I was sending the pictures to you so was adding in extra poses. ;*))


Check Out This TOY!

Well, normally I do not promote products, but,

I have to say this has been an amazing addition to our litter!


Our Canadian friends, who are taking home Dottie Beth, brought this on Saturday and all the puppies absolutely love it.  They sleep on it in a huge pile, play with it more than any toy I’ve ever seen, and can share it so easily because its over 2′ long.

The Tony Toy is unattractive to my eye, cause he looks mean, but its a riot to hear and enjoy the puppies. It looks like Outward Hound has lots of toys with lots of squeakers…if they are all as cool as Tony they will be in business a long time.

As of today, I can get another Tony by Christmas eve!

find more info on the litter’s page

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