Welcome to the
2012 Rain Mountain
Rain Mountain Zen Litter has been bred primarily because the dad
and mom have such darn good personalities. Sure, they
other physically and their pedigrees are diverse and look great on
paper. I would have bred them even if it weren't for their
personalities. But there just aren't two dogs more friendly
than Kodi and Salishan. Salishan has known Kodi (who's about six years
older than her) since she was a baby and first arrived here from her
original breeder in Ohio. As she grew up, she practiced flirted on him.
You could see her teen aged crush as easily as if she were a 13 year
human girl. So this has been a fun breeding and litter to raise.
is the second litter for both. Kodi produced a litter in 2006 with
Ch. PR Thunder Paws Nany and Salishan had her first litter this past
summer (the Serenity Litter) with Frontier Brick Raferty. She came
through in such great shape that it was decided to have a
second litter right away, then give her a few years off for some
pages for Kodi and Salishan are in process so check back often. Kodi is
also available at stud to approved females. Contact Ginger
Here For Zen Pedigree
Though I thought all the pups in the Zen Litter were committed to
new homes, a couple families had to drop off. So I do have two pups available from this
litter as of March 28th.
One female and one male. Contact Rain Mountain for more
Here They Come!
Kodi plays kissy face with Salishan
Salishan is ready to take off and fly.
her ears are not like this all the time; they hang
down in a polite & acceptable Chinook fashion
Pups were born
January 21st, nine very big, fat
and healthy kids considering the size of Kodi and Shani. This
explained why she was so very large the last few weeks of her
pregnancy. Just as with her first litter, she had a very easy
delivery, all nine arriving withing four hours. She's an
excellent mom, spending every minute with her babies other than the
brief trips outside a few times a day. The first few
weeks while she is still nursing full time the other adult dogs long
Salishan's extra rich diet. Though she normally gets by on 2
cups of kibble a day and a few random treats, she's eating up to 10 or
12 cups of kibble, extra yogurt, cottage cheese, meat, soups, and stews
that I cook for her. Nine pups will need a lot of calories to
go from nothing to the 4 or 5 pounds they will weigh when she weans
them. The youngsters of our pack, Quileute (2 years old) and
new addition Elizabeth (7 months old) are interested in the food but
they are also quite curious about the squeaks and peeps coming from the
whelping box. Quileute helped with the litter last summer but Elizabeth
has never seen babies and in fact, when I tried to show her one
(Salishan was outside or it never would have happened) she was a bit
frightened and decided to throw her gear shift into reverse. Later when
the pups are weaned and able to play outside without Shani watching
their every move, it will be Quileute and Elizabeth that are their
Above, Salishan, with two weeks still to go before the pups were born,
is huge when standing
next to Quileute, who's usually close to her size.
are now scheduled:
Melissa Knapp will perform a
conformation evaluation evaluation here at the Rain Mountain Slug Ranch
on Saturday, March 10th.
Melissa has evaluated every litter I've had beginning with my
Heatwave Litter; she's learn the major bloodlines and
our standards, both UKC and AKC as well. She does and
excellent job with the puppies.
She herself grew up doing dogs in 4H and has a Master's
degree in Genetics,
along with breeding dogs, primarily Herding breeds, for many years
until she retired from breeding dogs to raise her three sons. She
taught conformation handling and handled dogs for several years as
well and was probably the top handling instructor in the greater
Seattle area. Now that her sons have grown up, Melissa teaches Special
Education for Monroe Christian School and does Agility, Tracking,
Rally, and other fun stuff with her Smooth Fox Terriers when she's not
teaching. In her spare
time, she like to catch whatever movies are playing at the Monroe
Temperament Testing will take place at the Academy of Canine Behavior
(www.aocb.com) on Tuesday March 13th.
The Senior Trainers will perform the test and will have the apprentices
assist as a training exercise for the apprentice
test will help us determine where the pups are in areas such as Social
Attraction, Social Dominance, Restraint, Willingness to Follow a
Person, Elevation, Retrieving, Sound Sensitivity, Touch Sensitivity,
Sight Sensitivity, Stability. Each dog will be slightly different than
its siblings and each breed will have a different general response
pattern. For example, a Setter or Pointer will be far more ready to
retrieve than a sled dog. So the lower score of the sledding breeds
should be considered normal for them.
I don't like to
let pups leave until they are at least eight weeks old at the minimum
and I know that I personally don't like to bring home a pup until it's
about nine weeks old. Here in Washington State it's actually illegal to
sell a pup before eight weeks old. The Zen Litter will not
until sometime after St. Patrick's Day, which is when they are eight
weeks old. So they will be leaving no sooner than the 18th of March and
most will be gone by the 24th when they are nine weeks old, which I
think is the perfect time to bring your pup home. (I have a family
event on the 25th of March so no pups can be picked up that
two more litters this year as well. Next will be Lolo bred to
Frontier Jackson, a proven stud who contributes excellent size.
This is a very distant line breeding but emphasis on the
"very." This will be Lolo's last litter. She was in season in late
February so I anticipate her being in season again in late August or
early September but really the timing is up to Lolo and Mother
The second Litter will be our "Ootie" -- Granite Hill Quileute Rain --
pending all her health tests completing favorably. The stud
to be will be Lolo's son from her first litter, Harry, also known as
Grand Ch. PR Rain Mountain Skookum Tum Tum. There are also other
litters coming from Moonsong and Frontier Chinooks from bloodlines that
closely parallel my own. Both these breeders are also located
here in the Northwest.
you're interested in a pup from any of the above litters,
the Rain Mountain Prospective
and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org
if you're introduced in a Zen pup or one of those later
Remember litters can't always be timed to our human convenience.
First we sit around and wait for our girls to go into season.
And wait. Then wait some more. Just when
you are ready to breed your girl at last, the dog who has always been
perfectly regular with her seasons will decide to be late.
She will be the watched pot that never boils. After
the breeding, we wait about a month to find out if the breeding
conceived or not. Is she acting different? A bit
sleepy? Eating a bit more or perhaps a bit pukey during the
third week? Finally the vet can check her at about the 26th
to 28th day after the breeding. The total gestation period
is nine-weeks, compared to
nine months for humans. After they are born the pups are
of time with their mothers since they are born far less
developed than humans; for example, both their eyes and ears aren't
open at birth and take a few weeks to open and begin working. Then we
like to allow plenty of time for their unique
personalities to develop, as well as their muscles and coordination.
Here at the Rain Mountain Slug Ranch they have plenty of opportunities
to run, jump, dig, and dance before we start performing Puppy
Aptitude Testing and conformation evaluations when they are 7 to 8
weeks old. This along with the questionnaire you have filled
out gives us the information we need to match each pup to the
So please enjoy following the Zen
Litter as they grow. I know we'll enjoy having them here. Stop back
often for new photos and check the Rain Mountain Facebook page too.
As with her first litter, Shani had an
easy time with the delivery of her pups. All nine arrived between 4am
and 9am on Saturday morning. There were only two difficulties: First
was that the whelping box which Kodi's owner Scott had just built for
me over the summer in time for her previous litter had been stored in
the pump house, the only outbuilding that is mostly water proof. But
water proof doesn't mean damp proof. I had meant to get it painted
before I put it away but forgot. Then when I went to pull it out I
found it inoculated with mold. Plus I was stuck at home with a foot of
snow topped by frozen rain and dusted by ferocious winds. So no
whelping box for the babies.
Second, since she was so
absolutely huge this time with about 15 to 20 pounds of babies inside
her, the last few days were difficult ones. Consequently she kept me
awake those last few days to share the experience. I didn't have the
heart to lock her in a crate at night and she had a "Get Out of Jail
Free" card for any accidents in the house since those pups were
squishing her bladder so much even though it was taking a lot of fluid
to keep them all going and growing. So by the time we'd had minimal
sleep on Wednesday and Thursday nights and no sleep at all on Friday
night, by the time the pups started to arrive, I was very glad that she
was such a capable mom. Especially when Richard was born. After having
the first two pups (Nancy and Chadwick), Salishan went outside to the
bathroom. I was going to go grab the dirty laundry but
something made me stop halfway there and turnaround to go back and open
the door. Running towards me at full speed was Shani,
carrying her newborn pup at full speed in the pouring rain, so cold it
was barely above freezing. It speaks highly to the sturdiness
of Chinook pups that once he was dry and warm, he was just fine.
Salishan knew exactly what to do, carrying him and the
placenta perfectly despite her speed, so that the umbilical cord
wouldn't tear and injure him. I heaved a huge sigh of relief as we both
hustled back to the nursery in my office. It really wasn't
any surprised to me in my sleep deprived state that I mixed up the
genders of the pups. It wasn't until Monday or Tuesday that I
finally figured out that I had seven boys, not five, and two girls, not
Above right, about 6:15am Saturday morning, the first five pups.
8:45am the last
of the pups was born and it was time to clean up and get some rest. The
pups and Shani stayed on a big dog bed in my office until Monday when
I could get out to a UHaul store for a huge wardrobe sized
box. That meant that I spent virtually every moment right next to them,
including sleeping next to the box. Let me tell you, they may be deaf
and blind, and can't walk but those little dickens can really get
around! They would be off the dog bed and under my desk in a heartbeat
if Salishan fell asleep for a moment and I was working or just reading
emails. Sunday afternoon Susan Shemeta stopped by to see the new babies
and most of all, play with the other dogs who'd been sadly neglected
for a few days while I got a nap in. No nap ever felt better! Susan is
a very experienced Chinook owner and has raised Chinook pups too under
the Seven Lakes name. A week later she was an angel again, coming over
to give Salishan a potty break so I could drive the hundred miles to my
mother's 87th birthday dinner.
Now the babies are two weeks old and
the honeymoon phase is coming to an end sooner than normal.
The so called "runt" of this litter would be what I would
consider normal in any other litter at a respectable 2½ pounds. But her
moose siblings are weighing 3 pounds and up, surprising me to the point
that I checked in with the veterinarian! That's a lot of pups for
Salishan to feed.
So another new stage begins in the
life of the Zen Litter. This will be exciting, what with their world
getting bigger, learning to drink and eat on their own, and beginning
to live just a bit separately from their mom. But all things will come
in their own time; no need to rush or make any drastic changes too
Good but Real Food is Great!
Above, the pups nap in their whelping
box when they are about 8 days old.
Here, at 17 days old, it's obvious they
are in need of more room, especially since with eyes and ears open and
bellies finally off the ground, play is starting. 9 pups need room to
rock & roll!
weighs in at 62 to 64 pounds, more than most people would guess since
she's a short little tank. But when you figure nine pups that were
weighing in at over three pounds each by the time they were 16 days
old, that means she is trying to feed half her body weight every day.
That's a lot of milk production! After talking to my vet, we decided to
get them started with gruel right away.
that first meant moving them out of their small whelping box and into a
pen where they would also have room to play and stretch their growing
muscles. So I may have got my office back but I said goodbye to my
dining room for the next six weeks. (I swear the next structure I build
will have a puppy room, be it my three-season porch or my garage.)
enjoy some of the very first meals and first days in their new pen,
which is at least five times or more the size of their whelping box.
Plus now they are in the middle of the family where they get to play
through the wire of the pen with Elizabeth and Quileute. Salishan goes
in and out over a big box, where she sometimes just perches to watch
them. Elizabeth, with the pea brain that only an eight month old
Chinook pup can have (it will grow) is just dying to get in with the
pups. Playing with them through the wires isn't quite enough. So she
lost her mind one evening and actually jumped in. Yeehaw! Salishan was
in there nipping at her nose, just as she would any other puppy (thank
doG! no bloodshed) and Lolo came running to get me out of the office.
When I saw how upset Salishan was, I promptly dragged Elizabeth out as
Shani carefully gave her a few
nips on the hind end. Mom has decided that the older kids are not yet
to play with the little kids. We will wait a while longer.
Quileute, Elizabeth, &
even Taga watch at the doorway
hoping to get access to the whelping box & all the special
Salishan gets while nursing.
The digital age expands: Enjoy a short video of the puppies eating (if
you can call it that) their second meal ever not fed to them by their
mom. Many thanks to Mike Choy for taking the clip and posting it to his
YouTube channel. You can also check out several videos of his Chinooks
Chaka and Taaku (litter sister to the babies dad Kodi) there as well.
Chaka and Taaku are frequent visitors here.
Puppy Feeding Video
I don't know that any captions are
really necessary to describe the mayhem going on here. It was mostly a
case of flinging themselves full on into the food dish (no wimps here)
then going for the full body experience. Afterwards, their mom came in
to clean up the leftovers and messy faces and the kids took a very long