things are not always what they seem. {Texas Siberian Huskies}

Things are not always what they seem…..

Please be mindful of people who do not freely show their pack, who do not show where puppies are whelped and raised but only stage and set up photo and video ops. Please watch for people who toss toys in a pen to imitate what they see others do but have no idea of the reasons behind it. People who refuse to invest to better themselves because it’s easier to imitate what others are doing. People who have not taken the time to educate themselves but manipulate what you see by offering up an illusion.

It matters less where dogs are raised, what matters more is the honesty and pride people have in what they are doing, from raising and caring for their own dogs to whelping litters and raising puppies. What good is experience if people have not grown or educated themselves?

The internet allows people to hide behind a screen, free to be whoever they think you want them to be…. Watch for honesty in claims being made about pedigrees, showing, vet care, etc. No one is perfect, we all make mistakes and even when we think we are doing everything right nature throws us a curve ball. But mistakes and accidents must happen for us to grow and seek out new information.

Just be careful out there…… remember all that glitters and sparkles is not gold! Sometimes it is just someone good at smoke, mirrors, manipulation, imitation, setting the stage and photoshop!!

A Year in Review

2019 was the year of growth for us. I was blessed with wonderful friendships and mentors. The knowledge gained though years of hands on experience and growth is invaluable and I am I so thankful to have people so willing to share that with me when I’ve needed help.

This year we incorporated Puppy Culture into our program and with it a new found understanding and appreciation for the importance of early socialization in puppies beginning at birth! This has sparked a desire to learn more and has paved the way for a possible new venture. I will be continuing my education in January 2020 by starting the Karen Pryor Academy, Puppy Start Right Instructor Course. I believe so much in early puppy socialization and providing a good foundation for puppies that I hope to not only add this knowledge to my program but to start instructing puppy classes in 2020. I am inspired by the science behind early socialization and positive force free training that I want to share it with puppy parents everywhere to help provide a good foundation for their puppies and preventing many of the typical behavior issues that can lead to frustration and possible homeless pets. Because I believe I can make a difference I will be launching (c) Sit n Stay Pawsitive in 2020!

This logo was created for us by Cameo Anderson.
It features our very own Nikita and Zuko as puppies.

We have made some changes in 2019. Autumn has officially retired from breeding and was recently spayed. She will be wonderful grandma to Winter’s pups and a great auntie to all our babies here. Going into 2020 we have 3 females and 2 males intact and the remaining 5 are altered. A reminder that we will be resting our intact girls on their next heat cycle and will not have litters until late 2020. If you can not wait for our next litters I would love to refer you to another breeder that I trust. 2019 was full of blessings and loss. Losing a life sadly happens but is never easy. We love and value each life born here and mourn each loss. 2020 brings more work on kennels, building whelping and puppy rooms, enrichment equipment and a new venture for my son …. bikejoring.

I am so thankful for my family who helps not only to care for our pack and litters but supports me when things get tough and anxiety sets in. I really could not do this without them and surely would not be able to move on to this next step without their words of encouragement and them sharing my excitement. I also want to thank you, our puppy families for your support and for loving our babies and giving them wonderful homes…. you are the reason we do this.

Thank you!!

Winter’s Labor and Whelping

*Note: I’m sharing Winter’s labor story more for my records (cause my memory sucks) but I thought others may enjoy it.

1/13/19: Winter ate a full breakfast. Because of this, when I took her temp I did not expect a drop. She has been fluctuating between 99.2 and 100.2 for 6 days. Temp was 98.8, I was surprised so used a different thermometer. and it was 98.6, tried at third time and it was 98.8. Winter seemed relaxed, and very calm. Took it again an hour later and it was 98.4. She went out to go potty, had an appetite and other then small panting sessions, she mostly napped.

1/14/19: Winter again ate breakfast. We were at 24 hours and I with no visible signs of labor (first or second stage) I began to wonder if I was wrong about the temp. Hours passed and she napped, with short bouts of panting. Around 1pm, I took her out to potty and she ran back in and went straight to the whelping pool. But once in she was very calm and continued to nap. Almost 31 hours passed temp dropped, I decided since she was in no distress to let her continue on her own and if no progress by the next morning, I would call the vet. Around 2:30 pm, Winter started to get restless, going in and out of the pool, laying down and standing up. At 3:00 pm she began to leak fluid and she started to visibly contract. By 3:13 pm the first puppy was delivered.

She was a bit frantic after the first puppy was born, I administered calcium and she was able to calm down a bit before the second pup was born. She was very attentive with each pup. She was a bit obsessive about the cords and kept wanting to chew even after they were cut. I was worried about her pulling to much on the already short cords so I gently redirected her focus when I noticed her trying to pull and chew the cords down even more. Other than that she did wonderful. About 6.5 hours between first and last puppy. She relaxed and settled downright away. I checked on her through out the night.

*This is the first litter where I had no visible sings of labor. Very different from what I was use to. If it wasn’t for the temp drop I would not have known she would be delivering soon. I use to laugh and think that taking the temp was silly because by the time it dropped, I could tell they were in labor. haha So this proves how useful taking their temp 2 times a day is. 😀

2019 Breeding Plans {Texas Siberian Husky Breeders}

Good Morning Friends! We are going to have a busy early 2019!  Mother Nature threw a curve ball at us, but it is not a surprise. Female canine’s cycle sync up just like human females.  Winter was originally “suppose” to come into heat back in Sept which would have been 8 months from her previous heat. Instead she waited until November and started her heat a week before Reign’s expected cycle.  We knew there was a chance this would happen.  What surprised us was that them both being in heat brought Amara into heat earlier than expected.  She and Autumn have been on the same cycle since they started.  After a lot of thought and discussion with family we decided to go ahead and allow her to breed with Ghost. She is due early February.  We think the spacing of the litters will make thing a bit easier. Developmentally Amara’s puppies will be behind Winter and Reign’s (if she is pregnant) making things easier on us. So far Autumn has not come into heat.  At this time we plan to skip Autumn’s next heat.   This will be hard for Autumn because she and Amara have always had litters at the same time. She loves being a mommy and is really good at it. We are worried about jealously issues so we will be keeping an eye on her.

We knew bringing more girls into our breeding program would be mean an increase in more litters at the sometime, but we do not want to overload ourselves or our girls. Their health is always our top propriety as is having the time to care for the litters and making sure we find them all forever homes.  At this time I plan on staying home and making sure everyone gets adequate attention and supervision.

Our upcoming litters page has info on our current plans.  We are taking deposits on Amara and Ghost’s litter.  I will be taking deposits on Winter’s litter once I can confirm pregnancy and I will NOT take deposits on Reign litter until after the litter is born. Puppy Applications will need to be on file for all new families. Puppy application does not guarantee you a puppy. I can refuse anyone a pup at anytime for any reason.

Please feel free to message me with any questions, or concerns.

Thank you,

Missy 😀

Temperament and Behavior {Texas Husky Breeder}

Husky Temperament: Friendly, affectionate, eager to please. Huskies are high energy and can be stubborn. Huskies love to dig and are known escape artists. Huskies are known to  have a high prey drive and should be watched around small animals. Huskies need mental and physical stimulation, including enrichment activities, frequent walks, biking, and hiking. Boredom can result in destructive behaviors. Huskies are pack animals and need pack camaraderie. Huskies can be strong willed, training can be a challenge but huskies are also known to be food driven which helps in training. Be prepared to devote time and effort to train and exercise your pet or else you can have one unmanageable Husky on your hands. Huskies need confident owners, structure, boundaries, and consistency.

I found the above on a couple husky pages.  It was very easy to find. I ask all puppy buyers to fill out a puppy application. One of the questions I ask is “have you researched the breed fully”.  This is because it is your responsibility as a buyer to know about the breed you are buying and to know their typical breed temperament. I also ask if you are prepared to train your puppy. I suggest all families attend puppy training classes. Especially if you are a first time husky owner. Puppies need training, and boundaries to establish acceptable behavior. You have to make it clear early on what behavior is acceptable and what is not. What is cute at 10 weeks is not what is cute at 10 months. If you have children do not leave your puppy alone with them, and please, please teach both puppy and child acceptable behavior and how to interact with each other.

If you pack around your puppy constantly, you are setting your puppy up for separation anxiety.  It will be difficult to crate train and it will whine, and howl and even destroy if left alone.  You need to teach your puppy that it’s OK to be alone, and that when you leave, you come back. Remember that your puppy is not a human baby it is a canine. And while it needs love, attention and affection it needs to be a dog. Often times a new puppy gets all the attention, everyone wants to have a turn and pack him round, unfortunately once that newness wears off and the attention declines, the puppy has a hard time adjusting. As hard as it might be, give your new puppy time to play alone, and learn to entertain himself. Enrichment activities, stuffed toys (kongs), etc are all easy ways to give your puppy things to do, while you busy yourself with other things. With that being said they also need pack time, if you don’t have other dogs, you are their pack and they need interaction and play time with you.  They need walks, they need to run, they need to be pet and cuddled. This is NOT a dog you can just ignore and leave alone in the yard. If you have other dogs, you need to know that husky play is rough play, It’s like watching football in my yard. They chase, tackle, pin, throat grab, tail pull, bump each other and roll each other. It can get vocal, and look scary.  But they are just playing. We do have to watch for signs of it getting out of hand, because sometimes it does happen.  If you have smaller dogs, teach your husky that they have to be easy and you may not be able to let them play at all if his need to play like a husky is strong.

*I do not have any huskies with bad temperaments. I would never own them, let alone breed them. I have children, and grandchildren and grand-puppies that come to play.

*I do have huskies with typical husky temperaments, for example birds and squirrels are chased out of the yard if they are not caught, and our chickens have their own yard away from the pack.  I have holes in my yard, we have had cords chewed, and damage to our walls.

*I do have some puppies with bad behaviors. For example, Zuko is a jumper, and several of my pack are counter surfers and trash diggers.

*I do socialization and enrichment activities with all our puppies starting at just a few days old. I would never, never, release a puppy that I thought was ill tempered.  It is very important that you continue socialization, and training to help establish good behavior and habits.

*I am not a professional trainer, but all of my dogs are taught basic obedience. This makes things easier especially when we have up to 8 in the house at a time.

Upcoming Litters: Week 9 {Texas Husky Breeders}

Week 8

Sun 1 July 2018 – Sat 8 July 2018

  • Nipples and vulva should be gently cleaned with warm water, you might want to trim the hairs surrounding the nipples, to allow easier access for the puppies to suck.
  • She may express milk from her nipples.
  • Watch for her temperature to drop.
  • She may also become restless, seek seclusion and in the last few days, soil the house.
  • She will be ‘nesting’ 12-24 hours before the birth

Mon 9 July 2918

  • Expected date of whelp. Average is 62 days but may take place from the 58th to the 68th day.
  • Keep watching for that temp drop. If you’re actually taking the temp, it does drop from 101 to 98 degrees.
  • Appetite will disappear as whelping approaches.
  • May see a clear discharge from the vulva.
  • At onset of labor may pace, dig, shiver, pant and/or vomit.
  • First fetus will be delivered within 4 hours of the onset of labor.

Please remember these calculations are based on Amara’s first tie. That may or may not be the one that took. It all depends on when she ovulated. Autumn’s first tie was 4 days after Amara.  Please adjust the above dates accordingly.  In the past both girls have gone several days past their estimated due dates so do not let that concern you. I will keep you updated the best I can while keeping my girls a priority.

Both girls are showing with little round tummies.  Amara continues to spend a lot of time in her puppy room.  She prefers to be out of the way of the pack.  Autumn is the opposite she likes to be where the action is. Both girls have strong appetites and do not seem to be uncomfortable in anyway.

If you have any questions please feel free to message me. I will continue to update on the facebook page.  😀

Upcoming Litters: Week 6 {Texas Husky Breeders}

Week 6

Sun 10 Jun 2018 – Sat 16 Jun 2018

  • During the last several weeks, your dog’s nutritional needs nearly double. Feed small meals several times a day.
  • Increase water.
  • Enlargement of mammary glands as nipples darken and enlarge.
  • Your girl could start to be less comfortable, and could vomit on occasion.
  • There may be some clear fluid discharge from the vulva. This is normal.
  • Pigment develops as the pups keep growing.
  • Eyes and lids have formed and remain closed till 2 weeks after birth.

We have some very good signs of pregnancy now. Both girls are showing clear discharge.  Both are starting to get a bit irritable.  Autumn has become very picky, refusing kibble but eating sardines and other yummies.  We are moving to smaller meals throughout the day for her to try to make sure she gets her full daily serving. Both girls as always are on vitamins and get fresh foods daily.

There is only 4 days between both girls first ties with many ties over lapping. So there is a good chance they can deliver very close to the same day or Autumn can deliver before Amara, it all depends on when ovulation took place.

 

Deposit Information {Texas Husky Breeder}

DEPOSIT INFO FOR UPCOMING LITTERS: Puppy Application/Questionnaire is required for anyone interested in placing a deposit and does not guarantee you a puppy. We only take 2 deposits (pick one and pick two) per litter and only after we confirm breeding took place. We may hold off on taking deposits with first time momma’s to ensure they safely whelp. Since deposits are non refundable we feel this is best for potential buyers and us. We rather be safe than sorry. Deposits should be paid in full and sent promptly to reserve your spot. You may forfeit your spot if payment is not received in a timely fashion.

There is never a deposit to be placed on our waiting/contact list but it is your job to watch our page and contact me once the litter is born if you are still interested in a pup. I will try to reach out to people on the list, but I don’t have time to track people down and wait days for replies.  Deposits placed after the first two reserve picks have chosen are first come first serve and deposit must be made promptly. After that payments can be made as long as the puppy is paid off by 8 weeks old. Balance must be paid by the time the pups reach 8 weeks. Pups go home at 8 weeks, and only after their vet check including fecal test. There will be a boarding fee for pups not picked up on time unless prior arrangements are made. Pups will not be released unless complete balance has been received.

I am very easy going, if something comes up please be HONEST and talk to me.

Stages of Labor {Husky Breeder In Texas}

Alright guys, we are now playing the waiting game. Amara’s estimated due date was yesterday (the 31st) and Autumn’s is next Tues (the 7th).  I have been talking about stages of labor and I thought I would share with you guys what I am looking for.  😀

In some instances the first stage of labor is missed altogether.

Sings we are looking for:

  • Nesting behavior
  • Dam could become distressed (including: pacing, acting uncomfortable, panting, restlessness, discomfort, licking vulva, vomiting, and frequent urination.)
  • Temperature should be taken three times per day and should be 100-100.8° prior to labor.
    When temp drops considerably, to 98-99° puppies should present themselves within 24 hours. At this time, inform your vet of pending puppies. After the drop the temp will stay at about 99.4
  • Dam may refuse food as her appetite goes away.
  • Stools may turn dark.
  • Do not let dam out to relieve herself without supervision.
  • Offer smaller meals, and maybe try some more expensive canned food.

The first stage of labor can last 24 hours, and can go totally unnoticed. Do NOT give calcium during this stage of dilating. Calcium can only be given when contractions are a minute apart, and she is constantly pushing.

The second stage usually begins with a rather clear or mucous-like discharge from the vulva. In the second stage of labor contractions should start. There will be more discharge, and the presentation of a round, golf-ball size membrane sac of water. This sac is still the 2nd stage of labor and dilating. Do not give calcium. She is not ready to push. This is usually just the horn sac. Pup can follow in 20 minutes to a few hours. Some vets recommend not letting her puncture this sac. This is the protective sac that the puppies are in. But do not fret if she pops it. This is Her water breaking. After presentation of this sac, the puppy could be out in about 30 minutes, but it can take a couple of hours. If the dam continues to strain hard for longer than 45 minutes on a single puppy, it is wise to call your vet. (Remember there should never be time limits, as every situation is different.) It is always best to call your vet and do what he/she recommends.

The third stage: Presentation of puppy and delivery of placenta.

 

*Source: dogbreedinfo.com

Pregnancy 8 & 9 Weeks {Husky Breeder in Texas}

We are in the final stretch with about a week to go. I am working a few days this week and then will be limiting my availability to ensure I am home around due dates and home for puppy supervision. Both girls are right on track.  Nikita always went a week past her due date (she ovulated late in her cycle)  Hopefully these girls will stick close to their due date. I will update when girls go into labor via the facebook page.  I use to document and post photographs after each pup was born. I found that I was focusing more on posting then on momma and pups. More recently I have posted photos after whelping was done and mom and pups were resting.  I am not sure how I will work it this time. I think we will just see how things go. I have been asked for video, and if things are going smoothly I may attempt one or two. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Amara: 9 Weeks

*Gently clean nipples and vulva (my girls get a spa day)

*May become restless, seek seclusion.

*Oct 31st, Expected Date of Whelp.

*Average Day is 62 days, but may take place the 58th to the 68th day.

*Watch for temp drop. Will drop from 101- 99.5 to 97-98

*May see clear discharge from vulva.

*At onset of labor may, pace, dig, shiver, pant and or vomit.

Autumn: Week 8

*Dam spends a lot more time grooming herself.

*Breasts become swollen as her milk forms.

*Nesting begins.

*Dam may not have a big appetite.

*You can feel puppies move now.

*Introduce whelping box (area).