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The most important thing to any breeding program is its bitches. Read any book by a knowledgeable source on how to get started in breeding dogs and it will tell you to put all your money into the very best brood bitch that you can find. That's all well and good for people who have commercial kennels but I have pets. My girls are probably sleeping on my bed as I type this. Or chewing on my slippers. Most Chinook breeders -- in fact ALL Chinook breeders have Chinooks first and foremost as their pets. They start out with a female that is their pet that they decide to breed for a variety of reasons. When I got my first Chinook in the late 1980s, it was a given that if you ever wanted to have another Chinook, you were probably going to have to breed it yourself, especially out here int he Northwest where I lived, away from the core population in New England. That was fine with me since I had determined to breed my own future pets after one too many bad experiences with dogs that I'd got from other sources that came with too much baggage: health problems, emotional problems, fear issues, you name it, they had problems with it. I wanted a predictable purebred dog with a personality that I shaped myself.Dams Over the Years
There have been many Chinook brood bitches over the years that have contributed to the success of Rain Mountain. Here's just a quick list of some of our litters and the females of past years you'll meet in the sections on Retired with Respect and The Rainbow Bridge.
As you can see, over the years I've brought in as many females from outside breeders (*) as I have bred of my own Rain Mountain bloodlines (Lolo's kennel name is BrownStone but she is still of my bloodline and breeding). I have developed and shared parallel bloodlines with Frontier and Moonsong Chinooks too so using their bloodlines is much the same as using my own. Bringing in females from outside (marked with * in the table above) has allowed me to keep my bloodline diverse, an important factor in the small gene pool we have for Chinooks. We're lucky that our breed is as diverse as it is thanks to the early years of choice based on working ability, not on looks.Today's Females
Here are the females that are currently being bred or that are "on deck" pending their growing up and having their health tests done. Some of them live with me and others live with friends of mine.
Rain Mountain Quilceda Song -- "Emma" is co-owned by Rain Mountain and the Crowder family of Whidbey Island. From our 2009 Solstice Litter, she came back to stay here at the Slug Ranch fall of 2013 so she can have her health tests run and hopefully be bred and raise a litter or two for Rain Mountain. (Though her co-owners had hoped to raise her litters themselves, their lives just got too busy so this was the easiest way.) Emma fit in as if she'd never left, wrestling with her little sister Castiel and cousin Elizabeth, kissing up to Taataga, and chasing around the trails of the Slug Ranch. Curiously, though her dam Lolo had three litters over her years as a mom dog, Emma and Castiel are her only daughters (one other daughter died shortly after birth in her 2007 Oh No! Litter). All her other pups have been sons. So getting a litter from Emma was important to our gene pool.( You can see Emma's pedigree here.)
Hurricane Elizabeth in the Rain
Elizabeth is probably the sweetest accident to ever land on this planet. Born just days before Joyce Maley was to drive from South Carolina to Washington for the 2011 Chinook National Specialty, Joyce had been planning to deliver Mercury to Carie Taylor for some training and a new home here in the Northwest. So instead of coming alone, Mercury brought her four daughters along and Carie raised the litter before she was able to complete Mercury's training and find the right home for her. Out of the four girls, one pup was such a stand-out that we couldn't bear to place her in a pet home though so Carie and I began passing "Guppy Puppy" back and forth as we'd found out that Joyce's cancer was terminal. By January she was six months old and I lay claim to her on a permanent basis, promising Joyce that her first litter would be under the Hurricane kennel name.
Elizabeth Ann is the most cuddly and sweet Chinook I could ever ask for. She has been helping to raise litters ever since she moved in and she's a great puppy nurse. She's ever so gentle with the babies and has unending patience with them. I have no doubt that she will be a wonderful mother when it's her turn to have babies of her own.
We're still deciding on which stud we want to use with her for her first litter but there are some exciting young males here in the Northwest. (You can see Elizabeth's pedigree here.)
Rain Mountain Tolo Tulalip -- Castiel
"Baby Cas" will be our baby until there is someone younger in the household. And she intends to milk every minute of her status as baby. She's my imp and cuddler, the one who wants to take each plastic bottle out of the recycle bin one at time and parade around the house with it, until she's satisfied that she's been sufficiently told how gorgeous that specific bottle is. Then she will switch to one of her many teddy bears, teddy beavers, teddy skunks, or teddy whatevers. She is the Queen of the Toy Parade. She looks like a young colt right now, all legs and bones right now, about as thick as a paper clip. Luckily I've seen enough Chinooks to know that eventually she will fill out and there will be a well built girl under that lucious fur.
I recently had the chance to show a few dogs to one of my favorite people in the world of dogs, Ms. Pat Craige Trotter, breeder of world class Norwegian Elkhounds, AKC judge, and author of Born to Win, Breed to Succeed, one of the definitive books about the purebred dog game. Pat had met her dam, my Lolo, when Lolo was the same age that Castiel was at the time, about six months old, and had told me that when I needed to know what a good front was, I only needed to look at Lolo. This was high praise from Pat who's a stickler for fronts. This time I was primarily showing her two other dogs so that she could see the correct proportions for Chinooks as reference for her future judging assignments; so I had taken Elizabeth and Kody Joe with me, both of whom have wonderful and correct Chinook proportions. Castiel was along for the ride only because she was too young to leave out in the kennel for the whole time I would be away. After I introduced Pat to Elizabeth and Kody Joe, Cas came out for a short potty break and she instantly attached herself to Pat and it was love at first sight. Pat was quite effusive in her praise of Cas, despite the obvious puppy awkwardness. "This is a gorgeous bitch pup Ginger. You really need to get her out and show her. She really has it all." Okay, I guess I have to get Castiel into the show ring. Her mom's career was waylaid by her broken legs and other injuries so perhaps Castiel can have the show career that was denied Lolo. We'll have to wait and see if other judges take to her with as much enthusiasm as Pat Trotter.
Born in January of 2013, there will be no plan at all to breed Castiel until at least late in 2015. She needs to learn an awful lot of things first. (You can see Castiel's pedigree here.)
Rain Mountain Lady Loma Katmai -- Lalo
We're still deciding on which stud we want to use with her for her first litter but there are some exciting young males here in the Northwest. (You can see Lalo's pedigree here.)
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