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This Memorial Day weekend was memorable…we had an instinct to take Breeze to see Connor (one of her male pups from 2018 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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Breeze’s Latest…

We are on the edge of our seat watching for the next signs to take her to our “test” male, Connor. He is one of her pups from a couple of years ago who has become a breeding male. We visit to see if its time to organize and meet the “real” male, Ben (same as 2017-2018 litters), who is a little over 1 hour away in Molalla. Ben has been a super match for temperament as well as genetics. Here are a few pictures while we are waiting!

That Intent Look, Like What Are You Wanting?

Next thing I know she has become the ham for the camera!
Exactly what we were asking for…a picture!

Our next door neighbor’s were here and got in on some dog action. Breeze genuinely loves kids – she had an incredible start in a houseful of children!

Breeze is wearing the finest in 5G apparel…
the special copper ring on her collar gives her extra juju…
we all have one!

Hope to have good news soon!

If you have pictures of Breeze’s pups (who are now growing leaps and bounds and are no longer puppies) please send me, so I can post. Any stage of growth is great. I will most likely be making a collage of sorts. We want to hear from you!

Thank you!

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!

Day 23 First Outside Expedition!

Virgin Voyage – What an Adventure!

Oh Boy! We are Going Outside!
We are so excited – Mom told us all about it!

I mean, we are really excited…but, of course, patient

You aren’t getting me…I mean reeeeaaaly excited!

Actually, Breeze has this wonderful little stuffed toy, that during her labor of her first litter, she carried this little animal around the house and into her den, as if it were a puppy.  So in the last day or so, as we have begun discussing taking the pups outside, she has all of a sudden started taking this stuffed toy outside!  Its like she is agreeing with us, that they need to get out there and get a handle on the world.  Funny…we are all so tuned in to each other!

They aren’t quite big enough to climb over the fencing door jam.

We thought we wanted too…

Its just confusing…

Getting outside was quite a process…

And, the ramp was like a slide!

Who’s A Good Dog?!

We had adjusted last year’s yard access to make it even easier for this  litter (little if any wagons and carts and loading)
although this day, we didn’t make it all the way to the ground.
(Sorry that my vertical pictures are so huge. I’ve tried everything to resize and nothing changes – if you have any advice please feel free to call!)

We also weighed and wormed. 

Amy gave great assistance!

Clearly Breeze has plenty of milk to share. 
Very robust puppies…
the one girl (shown below) is slightly lighter but super healthy.
It most likely means she is just milder mannered…Ms. Mellow

Pups all settled in quickly as we came back inside.

Please feel free to come and play with the puppies…

bring your children or grandchildren –
there is plenty to go around!

We moved to the New Den!

Day 22

We took everything from the spare room into the main room.

This move was organized over a month ago.  Actually I was planning on using this for the whelping den but it wasn’t what Breeze was used to, so we had set up the small den we’ve been using to get us through the first 3 weeks before the pups go outside.

If you look closely you’ll see the black fencing is folded up back by the crate so we can double the size of this pen in a few weeks when they need a larger area.  We are borrowing the fencing from Amy (she took care of the house and Breeze (including breeding!) when I went to Zimbabwe, and they have the fence for her bunny, and one of the forthcoming pups from this litter.)

Yes that is a 4′ buffalo hide drum hanging above the crate.  Long story!

I use a $4 shower curtain liner under the sheets and it keeps the cushioning blanket on the bottom dry.

Another long story about why I have soooo many blue flannel sheets from 40 years ago, but it has given me some ultimate flexibility in keeping the den clean.

What’s Your Name?

They Have Just Learned to Really Play in the Last Couple Days

Face Cleaning is Essential

Mo’ Face Cleanin’

Breeze is a Fastidious Housekeeper!

Hmmm…What an Interesting Site…

What a Good Mom

Check your calendar for when you can visit! 

We all appreciate socializing…

Visiting on Day 20

Christian and Amy spent some great time with the pups and Breeze. Thanks for photos but thanks mostly for your time!

That puppy looks like its hanging from a limb out in space.

Ahh…Breeze settles in with all the excitement of puppies and friends.

Everyone is getting mellowed out….nothing like mother’s milk!

You might think this is a still shot, or that your film isn’t working right, since everything is so still. But eventually you see the shadows and ha! it is a moving picture.

They do love feet!

Pile o’ Pups

You are too cute!

Now that everyone else is sleeping…maybe there is something here.

   

 

Feel free to make an appointment to visit!

Day 18 and 19

Wow – these days are moving along so quickly!

Marimba class brought in a few visitors.

 

Whoops this isn’t a pup…Bullwinkle?

Day 19 was a big visitor day!

More Day 19…and “big kids”

Come see us!

Oh My! 2 Weeks has Gone By!

Really!  Summer is moving on…Solstice has come and gone and here I am wanting to catch up with the kite that is flying over my head … feels like there is no string attached now…

Life is good and the pups are great.  Please bear with my slowness to upload pics.  Summer demands are over the top this year.  So here are the first 2 weeks in one post.

DAY 5   Ahh… the Love of Licks…

Day 6 Visitors!

Day 7 Pure Joy

Day 7 Proud Mama Just Watching…
Day 7 Pyramid King of the Mountain

Day 9 – Finding the Perfect Place to Sleep

Day 9 – A Little One on One

Day 10 – Another One on One

Day 12 – One by One

Day 14 – Lost and Found
This little one was wandering around a full minute before the video starts. …reminds me of my habits, returning to what is familiar.
 

Day 14…Visitors Welcome!

After the boys left everyone fell asleep…a big day on campus. 

 

Today was the first day their eyes were really open!

It was most obvious when I went to change the sheets. 
Today they would not be contained easily and were walking all over.

 

This little guy was off sleeping by himself. 

I like to document the unique behaviors and watch how they evolve,
so we will be watching this little one – does he hang out solo a lot? 
I’m looking to match up the growing dog to their family and home,
so it starts early by observing the strange, rare and peculiar!

Please write or call and make an appointment to come play with the puppies!  Breeze and all enjoy it immensely!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1 Update

Just a couple of reports about Day 1. 

I promise I won’t be blogging daily,
but I did want to let you know about the “day after”. 

Sleep is good and well appreciated by all!

Friday morning came early.  We had 3 visitors already today.

  • Our vet Ellen made a house call to check out the mama and she says all is looking good.
  • Jerry, who helps me around the farm, came in to secure those wooden boards around the perimeter, since the pups are small enough to squeeze through.
  • And then Amy came by to see the puppies and Breeze after dinner.

Big first day!  Breeze is such a delight with people.  She is happy to share her litter and be the proud mama.  Although I’m sure she appreciates the resting, she also doesn’t seem to be the least affected by people in her midst (after the initial hearty greeting).

Looks like not a lot going on here (look closely) –
this was the nature of reality all day long.

After getting a new sheet to freshen the bedding, I was able to track the weights based on the descriptions from yesterday.  I’m amazed that the frantic comments I was making during whelping actual worked to connect to each puppy.

Although my scale is really old and funky, meaning it may not be accurate, at least if I continue to use it I will be consistent for comparisons sake.  Here are our birth order results (Irish means black/white and Tri means black, tan, white):

  1. Male Irish 13 oz
  2. Male Tri 15 oz
  3. Male Tri 16 oz
  4. Male Irish 15 oz
  5. Male Tri 13 oz
  6. Male Irish 12 oz
  7. Male Irish 14 oz
  8. Female Tri 13 oz
  9. Female Irish 15 oz
  10. Female Irish 12 oz

Please feel free to call for an appointment to come socialize the puppies!  We count on people to come out of the woodwork for this occasion so they get plenty of handling.  Thanks!

Day Zero – Whelping Movies

We have some exciting movies to watch.  Granted it may not compete with Netflix etc. but they are home grown and educational (if you like to know the rest of the story).

This is really delightful to get to share with you.  I don’t know that its popcorn-worthy but its very interesting if you have not been present at the birth of puppies.

First Born

(Hang in there when the screen goes black…

I had to put the phone down to get a towel!)

For some reason Breeze unexpectedly and repeatedly insisted on moving her first pup out of the den, which would be a real problem for clean up.  So, we had to put up fabric so she couldn’t see us, and then she settled down, and stayed inside without a problem.  Last litter she had also tried to move the first pup to the futon.

We waited a healthy hour for pup #2.  During that time Breeze just hung out and panted, also taking care of #1.

I like this film even though its very dark.  Its so tender. The silhouette effect satisfies my inner artist.

2nd born is a tri-color male.

Breeze is taking care of the umbilical cord nicely.

This is #6 on the right with#5 on Breeze’s nose … you can barely see #5’s tri-color cheek.  Often the brown evolves and become darker as time goes on, so watching them grow is like opening a treasure box.

 

#6 is the pup on her leg, finding a nice resting place.

#7 is the last of the boys….what a run of males!

#8 is the 1st girl!

Are these kittens or puppies?

There are 8 of them, whatever they are.

#9 has arrived and is a girl!  Are there any more coming?

Patiently waiting the 2 hours for their last sibling.

#10 is a girl!

And yes, we get dew claws removed, but so far have never had any.

Day Zero went extremely well, thanks to all hands on deck!

Breeze and I really appreciate everyone for everything –

(even the last minute purchase of goat’s milk from Jan
to be prepared “in case”
thankfully it wasn’t needed
so I guess I’ll just have to drink it …  Its oh-so tasty!)

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