Rain Mountain Chinooks


2011 Northwest Chinook Picnic
at the Rain Mountain Slug Ranch





Beginning in 2009, the second Saturday in August is reserved for what has become the annual Northwest Chinook Picnic here at what has been dubbed (for very good reason) the Rain Mountain Slug Ranch. With five acres fenced, it's turned into a private dog park for Chinooks. While the dogs romp in the woods and meadow, the owners talk, walk the trails, make new friends both human and canine, eat burgers and brats, and have a few beers or a glass of wine. No way is this any sort of official event of any sort and no club or organization is associated.  It's simply a day to have fun.

And have fun we do. Chinooks are very friendly and we've never had a serious dog fight break out, even among intact males.  (Of course, owners are responsible and keep an eye on their dogs.)  With so much room to spread out, there's no reason to growl. We have included the occasional Lab, Irish Water Spaniel, Corgi, and Saluki but for the day they pretend to be Chinooks of a different color and in some cases, coat. We've had as many as 44 dogs attend and every year has had over 40 dogs present. 

2011 was no exception despite the cool weather. Many thanks to everyone since everyone chips in to make things happen. Once again Tammy and Judy won the longest-distance award, coming all the way from the Fresno area but we also had Tom and Janet here from Boise to pick up their new pup as well as many from Oregon.

Enjoy the photos below, please let me know if you can help identify all the dogs that I missed, and if you have photos to share, please send them to me via either email or USPS.

The 2012 Picnic is already in the planning stages.  The date will be August 11, 2012 and if you think you'd like to attend, please email ginger@rainmountain.net so your name can be added to the list for email updates.





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Mike Choy with Chaka and
two of the Frontier pack



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Chaka in a pensive mood. He's a handsome guy who has turned out to look quite a bit like his ancestor, my Chako (Hurricane Cheechako)

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Left to right, unknown dog behind flowers, dog with black mask is either Ozzie or Goodwin, Quileute with her back to the camera, Taga on the far right, and unknown dog behind Taga. If you can identify these or any of the dogs here, please let me know..



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3 of my own 4 trouble makers: Salishan on the left, Quileute on the right, and the Big Guy himself in the middle, Taga.

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Mike Choy watching Chaka (front) and one of the other dogs (let me know if you recognize the orange collar) stopping to smell the flowers.


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Almost all the dogs had free run of the fenced five acres. Chris Foss keeps youngster Enzo on leash until she is sure he remembers what "Come Here" really means. Even with so much room to romp, the dogs mostly hung around the humans. Could it be the fact that we had food?


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A lot of dog friendships were made as well. Here Salishan says hello to a younger dog. Help me out if you know which dog this is.

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Susan Fletcher is the Fairy Godmother as far as all dogs are concerned. Here she gets rapt attention in hopes of a treat. The dogs not staring at Susan are looking at Chris Nelson, just out of the photo, who they also hope may have a treat for them. Ron Schoener and Susan Shemeta in the background.

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Moonsong Halona Delilah of the Frontier Chinooks pack in her svelte summer coat.
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Almost all the dogs had free run of the fenced five acres though some like Chris Foss' young Enzo, had to stay on leash until she was sure he remembered what "Come Here" actually meant.

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Like a true Fairy Godmother, the dogs follow Susan everywhere she goes, with or without treats.



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Mostly we just stood around and talked. And drank a few beers or glasses of wine. Or sodas. And we ate. Then ate some more.


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We ate, and ate, and ate some more. The dogs were hoping that large stacks of hamburger was going to fall to the ground into their open mouths but the best they got were a few crumbs.
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Left Chaka and right his littermate Tehya. In the middle is the chubby and grinning Taaku, Chaka's house mate, nag, wrestling partner, stealer of the best spot on the bed -- you get the idea.

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With burgers and brats provided, everyone brings their own beverages and something to share. So we have quite a variety and you never know what to expect. This year was heavy on desserts. Yum.
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Don't fence us in! With so many dogs visiting, the Serenity Litter was confined to the
pen though they had a steady stream of visitors, sneaking in for a serving of puppy breath.

It was Going Home Weekend for some of the Serenity pups too.
Simi had already flown to Alaska and his new home with the Clark family
a few
days before the picnic and 
Shep went home with Susan Fletcher and his dad-dog Raferty.


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Wash is now named "Jackson" and makes his home with Steve & Nicole Grimes in the Portland suburbs.
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Malcolm is now Bo and has moved to Boise with long time Chinook owners Tom Christiansen and Janet Floyd. I have stories about Tom's introduction to Chinooks that I will try to dig out and post online.  Taga decided that Janet was a very wonderful person and that if he had to, he could move in with her quite easily since she knew where the itchy spots were.




You can see these photos at full size on the Rain Mountain Facebook page. Become a fan on Facebook to get updates of events such as weight pulls, shows, new litters, or other events like the annual Chinook Picnic.


Many thanks to our photographers: Chris Nelson, Dan Silvertree; Tammy Swift, and few that I even took myself. I swear that next year I will get photos of everyone with their dogs.