Welcome to Rain Mountain
What's a Chinook --
Meet the Family --
Getting Your Chinook & Our Breeding Program --
Chinook Health --
For More Information --
Here's the meat of what you're probably looking for: What puppies and adult Chinooks are available now or in the near future? Take a look here and if there aren't upcoming pups or any adults that sound right for your home, the section For More Information has links to other kennels that I'm familiar with. You can also get a list of Chinook breeders on the COA website at www.chinook.org/breeders.html.
Very few Chinooks end up in rescue. This is because breeders commit to being responsible for all the pups they breed from the time they are born until they die. Should a Rain Mountain Chinook need a new home at any time in its lifetime, it can simply come back to Rain Mountain. We will be responsible for finding it a new home or, if we can't, we'll keep the dog forever. It's commitment like this that separates good hobby breeders from shabby backyard breeders giving away puppies in the grocery store parking lot or the high volume dealers you'll see on the Internet who let you put a pup of almost any breed on your charge card.
About the only time you'll find adult Chinooks looking for new homes is when either something has changed for the worse in their family situation or when a breeder like me decides to cut a dog from a breeding program or retire the dog. For example, by the time Cheyenne was a year old she was one of the three top-ranked Chinooks showing in the country. But her hips were not of high enough quality for her to go on and have pups. Even though I loved her dearly, I found a great home for her where she has her own humans -- Mom, Dad, and two young girls -- who love her dearly.
In other cases I may find a retirement home for a dog after s/he is done its breeding career. Taaku raised two wonderful litters for me but I found that six dogs in my little house was too tight after we moved north. At the same time, Mike needed someone to help his young Chinook develop confidence. Taaku now lives with Mike and his other Chinook, Chaka, and is spoiled rotten. She gets days at daycare, spa days at the groomers, and plenty of long walks and trips to dog parks. She and Chaka stay with me whenever Mike flies home to visit his family in Hawaii. Lolo is being retired as soon as she finishes weaning her litter. She has shared me with four or five other dogs and she's now decided she wants a better human to dog ratio so she'll go to a family where there are two other male dogs (whom Lolo will soon have under her control), and human mom and dad with three kids.
When I do have an adult available for placement, I will typically put a notice on the Rain Mountain Facebook Page as well as putting a notice on the opening page of this website. I do try to remember to update this section too but usually the above are the most effective. I will not ship an adult dog though I will ship puppies. That's because puppies are essentially blank slates where adult dogs need to meet prospective owners in person first before we can tell if it's going to be a good match.
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