Winter / Ghost {Texas Husky Breeder}

I am so sorry for the lack of updates with Winter. It has ben a bit hectic to say the least. She is doing great though. The last few days she has not wanted to finish her meals, we have had to encourage her with add ins and toppers and she is still picking and eating slow. She is cuddly and loving, still playful with Muffin and Tyrion who she is hanging out with a lot now. According to the pregnancy calculator she is nearing the end of Week 6. I’d like to take this time to remind you all the due dates are estimates and my girls tend to go several days past them. The last week of pregnancy we go on Puppy Watch and take care to never leave our girls alone and I never go far. (just normal household errands). All of our pre birth deposits are reserved and we will take remaining deposits once we are sure the litter is thriving, and the first 3 reserve picks have chosen.

March 1 – March 7

Week 6

  • 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.

Recourses used : https://www.dogbreedinfo.com/breedingdogs/whelpingdogpregnancycalendar.htm and http://www.maplesprings.com/pregnancy.html

The Great Mask Debate. {Texas Huskies}

We are not here to argue or debate masks vs no masks. We respect your right to do what’s best for your family and we hope you respect ours. With that being said even with the Texas Governor lifting the mask mandate we will still follow social distancing guidelines for puppy pick up. I can give a list of reasons including a soon to be newborn but at the end of the day we all need to respect each other and what we feel we need to do to protect ourselves and our family. Thank you for understanding!

-Missy

March Again? {Texas Siberian Huskies}

Well, it’s March again… or is it still? It’s been a crazy year for sure. We survived the Snow Apocalypses and several days with little to no electricity and a broken pipe. I never want to be that cold again. My son and his girlfriend (who is expecting) had to stay with us while all the water leaks were being fixed in their home. At the same time my hubby came home after being gone for 2 weeks only to have to isolate because he had direct contact with someone who tested positive at work. We found out after he was home for 24 hours and we were very concerned especially for my son’s pregnant girlfriend. Thankfully he never had symptoms and just to be sure he wasn’t asymptomatic he had a test done. All is well.

We have been working on our garden and of course have work still to do with the kitchen remodel. Hubby working out of town makes home projects difficult but we keep plugging along. This next project is closer to home so hopefully that means we can finish things up.

Family/Pack Update

We are doing well. So much is going on, I’m not sure where to start.

Reign is recovering very nicely from having laceration repair surgery. Mazikeen, the puppy we kept from her recent litter is a dream and doing great. We are working on socialization and foundation training with her. It feels good to put my knowledge to work and start building experience. I hope to start making video of her progress once I get my training area set up. Having anxiety this is a huge step for me but one I think I need to take to help me gain experience and confidence.

Jasper has been with us for 3 months and he has settled in nicely. He is still a good boy who loves everyone he meets. My kids have all fallen in love with him. Of course another male (unaltered) means we have to really up our management skills to keep everyone happy. I am so thankful that he adapts easily.

Winter will be paired with Ghost and I will post after mating has taken place. We will take 2-3 pre birth deposits. Based on pedigree we expect a traditional litter of black and whites, and grey and whites with a small chance for white. Reds are not expected. Woolly and Standard coats are expected. Blue eyes are probable but all eye colors are possible.

Our beautiful grandpuppy, Belle (the Saint Bernard) lost her battle with cancer and peacefully went over the Rainbow Bridge. We miss her dearly.

I am fully homeschooling my son. This is time consuming but so far we are enjoying the freedom to explore subjects and really learn material. I am now utilizing planners to keep me organized. I wish I knew what a costly hobby this was going to be before I started. 😀 I hope to start prepping for a larger spring garden this year. Maybe add a few fruit trees. I’m not the greatest at planets and gardening but I’m gonna try. Our hens are finally starting to lay eggs, and the dogs are loving the rewards. haha

That about sums it up. I hope your 2021 is off to a better start.

Hot coffee and random thoughts

As I sip my cinnamon hazelnut coffee and rotate between social media platforms I notice a real trend in lies, exaggerations and misrepresentations. It is not new, in fact you can scroll though my past posts to see I’ve touched on many of these topics in great detail. I balance between dog breeders, dog education and dog training groups/pages, and it is everywhere.

Dog Training: At this time dog training is unregulated. That means anyone can call themselves a dog trainer and offer half assed advice or even charge you to “train” your dog. Being a dog owner who successfully trained your dog to walk on a leash and sit does not make you a trainer any more than changing your own oil makes you a mechanic or removing a splinter makes you a doctor. Dog trainers should have knowledge and experience in not just dog training but at least basic dog behavior. Some trainers choose certification courses, some trainers are self taught and use a mentor, while some watch a few YouTube videos. From adverse trainers to so called balance trainers to positive reinforcement trainers (often called force free) the philosophies and style vary not just between the type of training style but with the individual trainer as well. Please, please choose your trainer carefully.

Dog Breeding: I’m learning dog breeding is highly competitive. It’s as if breeders want to be THE ONLY ONE. Convincing protentional buyers that they are THE BEST AND ONLY OPTION means they basically become used car sales men and say whatever it takes to make that sale. I refuse to play this game. People can charge 3000 for a puppy with mediocre bloodlines, no genetic or health testing and not actively show and that’s honestly not my business. I wish you well. But if people are lying about testing, lying about puppy raising programs, lying about vetting, lying about the “socialization/training”, then that pisses me off. They hide behind the internet and that makes it’s hard to verify breeders are in fact doing what they say. So PLEASE PLEASE if testing, vetting, puppy raising programs (Puppy Culture. Avidog, Badass Breeder, etc.) and/or socialization is important ask for proof. Paperwork, certifications, receipts, videos of them doing the protocols/training/socialization, etc. I can give you a hint, Puppy Culture is not just sound desensitization and toys in pen, in fact that is the least important parts of it. Socialization is so so so much more than your puppy meeting kids and seeing a cat. NOTE: You can get a healthy puppy that’s not raised with specific programs. Often breeders have the experience and knowledge to preform similar protocols without investing in programs, but they SHOULD NOT LIE about it.

*Unfortunately, Puppy Culture (the powerful first 12 weeks that can shape your puppy) is becoming a marketing scam. Breeders say they use it to not just be competitive but to justify prices. Puppy Culture is not a casual program that you can just “say” you do, in fact many breeders discuss how time consuming it is and how they have to work to hard to get it all in. It is especially hard if they have multiple litters or work fulltime. Because there is no certification to prove we use Puppy Culture, we as Puppy Culture breeders are encouraged to document and make available to our puppy parents, video and or live feeds of us working with our litters. It is really the only way to know your breeder is in fact using the program. Please look at the website to see just how detailed the program is and or join the Puppy Culture Facebook group to ask Jane, the creator or other admin how to best verify a breeder is using Puppy Culture. Another great option is to purchase the Puppy Culture program yourself and follow along to ensure your breeder is doing the work!

I am a certified Puppy Start Right Instructor
Our puppies are raised with Puppy Culture

*In addition to the above programs I have also completed Avidog Puppy Socialization course for breeders and owners and I have read The Ultimate Badass Breeder’s Guide. I have completed VSA Fundamentals of Dog Training and Behavior Course and plan on investing in the Dog Training Certification course this Summer/Fall. I continue my education by independent study (books, online webinars, etc.).

If you breed long enough…

My ex friend and mentor told me early on that “if you breed long enough things can and will go wrong.” Boy was she right. No matter how much we educate ourselves, no matter how much we think we are doing things correctly and being responsible, things happen. Nature can be fickle… I love breeding, I love rising, loving and training puppies. I love my dogs with all my heart. Sadly love isn’t always enough. I honestly don’t know how much longer I will be doing this. But I will continue to educate myself, learn from my success and my mistakes. I will promise to continue to improve and stop when I no longer find joy in what I am doing. Because love and joy and sharing that with you all is why I do this.

Reflecting on 2020 and Moving Forward {Texas Huskies}

I started 2020 out on a huge high. I took a real course for the first time in over 29 years. I had myself convinced I would fail before I started but in a flash on January 1st I purchased the course (through Karen Pryor Academy) and dove in. I shocked myself by finishing in less than 2 weeks becoming a certified Puppy Start Right Instructor. I had goals and plans to set up my Puppy Socialization and Foundation Training business but it all came crashing down as Covid hit. I didn’t give up, I took Avidog Puppy Socialization course and a few months later took VS-Behavior and Training Foundation Course. In 2021 I am going to get my puppy socialization and training started as well as investing in and pursuing my dog training certification. While I am going to focus on puppies and currently have my education to do that, I feel a full dog training certification will give me the knowledge I need to be a more rounded trainer. Also I just really enjoy learning about things I love. In 2020 I finally have a goal, a dream and a passion. It feels great.

I am always reminded that nature is a bitch, that I don’t know the things I think I do, and that no matter how hard I try, things can and will go wrong. 2020 was no different. All we can do is try to learn, and move forward. My dogs will always be my pets, my companions, my anti anxiety helpers, and my family. I love breeding, nurturing, raising and training. I love sharing my love and excitement with puppy families. We have made decisions recently to try to do better. We added a beautiful boy who will be our main stud by 2022. Because our dog are family first we have decided we will not be adding anymore for many years to come….. if ever. My heart says “there is always room for more” but my time, energy and anxiety say otherwise. I am not sure how much longer we will do this. I know so many who are burnt out, the stress of it all becomes overwhelming. I just remind myself this is not a job it is a joy. When it is no longer a joy is when I know we are done.

In 2020, we found out our grand puppy, Belle had cancer and maybe only a few months left with us. She is still here with us fighting but we are not sure for how much longer. Months later our Nikita suddenly lost mobility in her back end. We doubted she would improve. I was determined that if I had to support her, carry her, and wheel her around I would do everything I could for as long as she was willing to fight. She surprised us all by slowly regaining movement. She was well enough to accompany us on a beach trip for our beloved Belle. 2020 taught us to cherish each moment.

2020, the year of, fires, blm, toilet paper shortage, covid and covid deniers, masks and mask deniers, elections and well, I’ll just leave it at that. I guess I can say people were defiantly passionate this year no matter what side they were on.

I hope 2021 brings peace, love, change, hope, growth, kindness and good fortune to you all!

Revisiting Registries! [Texas Huskies}

Each registry depends on the honesty and integrity of the breeder to submit truthful documents. Yes, some registries are closed while others are still open, and yes some registries have a more reputable history than others but all that is for nothing the minute someone uses a different sire’s registration number to turn an “oops” litter into a registered litter, uses a deceased dog’s registration number to fake a champion pedigree, or uses old litter registrations to register a dog they got off craigslist. I know the history and value of registrations, I respect that and if a specific registration is what you need, than by all means only pursue that registry. But its juvenile to try to bash and dismiss certain ones for being less reputable while the most popular one is the one being forged and faked more often because of that myth. If a trashy breeder knows they can make more money per pup with AKC, that’s the one they are going to try to fake. So until a registry sends a rep out to personally DNA test every dog and every litter to confirm breed and lineage, then really a registry is only as reputable as the breeder using it. If you don’t trust your breeder, don’t purchase from them.

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Upcoming Litters {Texas Siberian Husky Breeders]

We are currently mid way though Reign’s litter and they have all our attention. I try my best to focus on “the now’ but I have had a few questions about up coming litters.

Winter is due to come into heat next. At this point we are debating between pairing her with Tyrion or trying her with Ghost. Her pairing with Ghost would be a traditional litter. Based on pedigree there is a chance for Black and White, and Grey and White. A slim possibility for Whites. We do not expect Reds. Nothing is set in stone and we will let you know when we have made up our mind.

The boy who stole our hearts! {Texas Huskies}

I don’t know where to begin. I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason and I know this was one of those things.

A month ago I started to reach out to in state breeders about their breeding plans for next year and the how to go about possibly acquiring a pup. I was only intending to “put out feelers” to get ideas and make a plan for the future. I was in no rush. This gorgeous boy was brought to our attention. My husband and I were both apprehensive as we have not had great luck bringing non puppies in. We agreed to a trial period. The minute I saw Jasper in person my heart melted. I could not stop looking at him. We took great care to slowly introduce him to our very established “pack”. It was important to us that he be accepted by our main group and live cohesively with them in our home. Our worries were soon put to rest. Jasper was perfect and the pack love him. We had a few minor squabbles as he learned personalities of the pack. He and Millie being close in age quickly became best friends. It is safe to say after a month long trial period, he is staying. As we expected, Tyrion is not a fan but he is already kept on the other side of a partition (his side of the house) and there have been no issues.

Jasper is a perfect addition to our family. My youngest son is in love and tells me all the time to not take away “his Jasper”, like I took away the other dogs. Personality wise he is loving, easy going, smart, very friendly easily adaptable in fact he acclimated to our routine very quickly. He is a beautiful Siberian Husky, has wonderful confirmation and a lovely pedigree. We think he will compliment our girls very well, helping to improve in the areas they are lacking. By 2022 he will be our main stud.

We thank Malorie from Siberian Legacy for working with us. We know this was not a decision she took lightly. She checked in almost daily making sure things were going well. Her love for Jasper was obvious and she was ready to take him back the moment things did not work out. As is our current policy, stud service is not an option and we will continue to breed companions/pets only not offering breeding rights. This is mutually agreed upon by both Siberian Legacy and Supernova Siberians.

Here are a few photos of this sweet boy making himself at home!