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Meet the Family


In this section:
Here At Home
Stud Muffins
The Ladies of Rain Mountain
Retired with Respect
The Rainbow Bridge
Here at Home:
Taataga
Kaibab
Elizabeth
Toketie

Over the years, many Chinooks have called Rain Mountain home. Some were born here, some came to visit for just a short time, some have stayed forever. Every one of them has been unique, loving, and taught me a great deal about canines in general, the unique characteristics of Chinooks, and a bit about myself. With every year, I find myself growing more patient, more observant of body language, and better able to convey my thoughts without words. And what some people may see as an excessive amount of talking to myself, I consider simple family conversation with my non-human house mates.  (Okay, I admit it, they aren't always with me, like when I'm talking to myself in the middle of the store, but we all have our quirks and talking to myself is mine.)

So in this section you'll meet some of the members of my family today, some that visit frequently, and some that have gone on to "the Rainbow Bridge." Hopefully you'll get to meet them in person someday soon since visitors are always welcome.

Here at Home

Chinooks don't make good kennel dogs or backyard ornaments. They want to be with their people as much as possible.  Sure, they can adjust to your going to work.  For many years my Chinooks were content to hang out in their pen while I commuted to work in downtown Seattle where I sometimes worked long hours in a high pressure sales job. But when I was home in the evenings and on weekends, they were with me virtually all the time. That's all they ask. Keep them safe and occupied when you're not home and keep them with you when you are home.

Over the years the generations have changed a few times now and dogs have come and gone. Many times my friends have adopted my females after they've retired from life as a mom. Taataga's mom Taaku is now retired to a life of ease and luxury where she gets days at daycare, grooming at the dog spa, and other luxuries with only one other dog to share Michael's attention. This allows me to focus my attention on just a few dogs at a time rather than trying to spread myself too thin. I need time to train all of the dogs and the space for all of them to sleep on the bedroom floor. I'll never have more than can fit on my bedroom floor or that I can fit into the car all at once.

So please meet the dogs that I live with today. Sadly, Kitty Rory passed away during August of 2010 so we are cat-less for now. But I am sure that a cat will find it's way to our house again some day soon.



Ch. Rain Mountain Tonasket Legacy CGC -- "Taataga"
Taga is the special dog that hardly ever leaves my side and sleeps on the foot of my bed at night. Most of the time he's simply known as "Tawg the Dawg." He's a big boned, tall Chinook, about 27" tall and 80+ pounds. He is OFA Excellent and it's obvious when you see him running the property and jumping over downed logs. He sired one litter with Lolo in 2007 but at age 3, after previously testing clear, he developed a cataract so was neutered. In 2011 he won National Best of Breed - Altered at the Chinook Specialty. I have had people offer me as much as $4,000 for him since he's such an impressive dog. Sorry, you can't have him. He's staying with me.



Grand River Kaibab
Sadly, in the summer of 2012 one of my oldest friends in the world of Chinooks died of cancer. I had promised Joyce Maley of Hurricane Chinooks back in the early 1990s when the first Gulf War broke out and she was still on active duty with the Air Force, that I would make sure her dogs were cared for should anything ever happen to her since no one in her family was involved with the Chinook world. So as she battled cancer in late 2011 and early 2012, I went to work to place her Chinooks. One of them, my "grand pup" Kaibab, came to live with me and now I can't imagine what my home was ever like without his silly love songs and goofy dances. Kai was bred once before being neutered. He and Taga have become the best of friends and life here at the Slug Ranch is just what the doctor ordered for Kai. I am his huamn.



Hurricane Elizabeth
in the Rain


Elizabeth has grown into a beauttiful young lady Chinook. She has great bone from her grand sire, Rain Mountain Tonasket Thunder, but in a smaller package. She has great love of life and everything involved with powering it (as in FOOD!). We hope that 2015 will be the start of her career as a brood bitch for Rain Mountain, though her first litter will be under the name of "Hurricane-Rain" in memory of Joyce Maley. Dogs just don't come any more beautiful than Elizabeth. though we do wish she had smaller ears since they are about the size of the wings of a 747.



Toketie came to me courtesy of Susan Fletcher. "Toketie" means "pretty" in Chinook Jargon, the local language of the Coast Salish Indians and early white settlers (English speaking, French, and Russian). She is a loving young dog, eager to learn new things and thriving in the routine of her days here. First things first though so we're starting with potty training and Basic Obedience. Like most kids, recess is her favoirtie part..

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Copyright  Ginger Corley, Rain Mountain Chinooks, 1988 to present.  No material may be reproduced without permission, though permission is usually granted.  Logo by Susan Fletcher, Frontier Chinooks, used here with permission and much appreciation of her great talent.