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!

Reign Pregnancy Week 9

Week 9: Sat Oct 31 – Fri Nov 6

  • Your dam, may appear restless, and will be uncomfortable, and stretch out a lot.
  • She may express milk from her nipples.
  • Start taking rectal temperatures. Normal is 99.5 to 101. A drop to 97 – 98 on two readings an hour apart will mean the start of pre-labor.
  • She will be ‘nesting’ 12-24 hours before the birth
  • Expected date of whelp. Average is 63 days but may take place from the 58th to the 68th day.
  • Keep watching for temp drop.
  • 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.

*Pregnancy Calendar thanks to Dogbreedinfo.com and www.maplesprings.com

Reign is doing great. She is choosing to spend more time in her room. Most of the hair on her tummy has fallen out. I can feel movement and at this time I am guessing litter size will be the same as previous sizes.

I will spend this last week prepping food for her. Making bone broth and yogurt and pumpkin cubes. I have goats milk on hand for making my girl’s favorite mother’s pudding. I will also being doing one last round of disinfecting and cleaning before pups due date.

Deposits, Reserves, Wait Lists

One of the hardest things to do as a breeder is plan out how to best accept deposits and handle reserve pick spots and waiting lists. It seems we can never please all the people all the time.

Back in the olden days when puppies reached 8 weeks old, breeders evaluated pups based on “quality” (pet, breeding, showing, performance, etc) priced them based on evaluation and went on to list them for sale. People visited and picked their puppy based on which best suited their needs. *

Flash forward to now when everyone wants a certain color, gender, and they want what they want NOW!! If I accepted every non refundable deposit offered to me I would have my litters sold for over a year. It also doesn’t help that all breeders handle deposits and waiting list differently and there is no right or wrong way. We all do what’s best for us, whether that be taking deposits for litters planned months or years in the future, taking deposits once the pair has bred, or not taking deposits until the puppies reach a certain age. There are also people who keep a structured waiting list and weeds through them at each litter, people who charge a fee to be placed on the waiting list, people who keep a less formal contact list or people who ask interested parties to contact them if they are still interested once the litter is born. Again a lot of these options are based on our past experience as breeders.

I have tried many different ways from taking deposits early to not taking deposits until the litter is born to keeping long waiting lists. Long waiting lists do not work, people move on to other breeders, people change their mind, refuse to answer emails and often seriously interested people are discouraged and go elsewhere because the list is to long. I refuse to take money (non refundable deposits) to lock people into buying only from me so taking deposits on future litters does not sit well with me. People should be able to change their mind without losing hundreds of dollars. So here is what works for me:

  • I only accept deposits on litters after breeding takes place. This assures there is a good chance a litter is actually on the way and we know exactly who the sire is. Sometimes sires change due to a great number of reasons. If you were wanting a certain pairing and it changes I would hate for you to be disappointed and locked into that litter or rolling over to another.
  • I only take a limited amount of pre birth deposits. 2-3 normally. This prevents me taking more deposits then pups are available and forcing people to roll their deposits over to another litter or losing their deposit.
  • I take deposits for 1st pick, 2nd pick, etc. I do not reserve picks for gender or coat color. I can not control genetics therefore I can not guarantee your desired gender or color will be produced. For example my first litter was 7 males!
  • I do not keep a structured waiting list because the only way that would realistically work is if I took either a waiting list fee or full deposit. And while that benefits me greatly it locks you into purchasing from me and not changing your mind. I do not think that is fair.
  • I advise all interested parties to keep track of upcoming litters by following my Facebook page. Once a litter is born contact me to let me know you are interested in placing a deposits after 1st and 2nd pick have chosen.
  • I accept deposits based on the questionnaire/application first and order the applications come in second. I need a puppy application on file for all potential buyers/families.
  • I can refuse to sell to you for any reason and at any time.
  • Placing a deposit means you are committed to the purchase process and your deposit is not refundable!
  • If something unforeseen comes up and you are no longer able to purchase the puppy, your deposit will roll over to a future litter. Please note this is only good for one year from the time a deposit is placed.
  • I always reserve the right to first pick of any litter if a puppy is produced that will improve or complement my program. So if that happens first pick will move to second, and so forth.
  • I will not hold a puppy without a deposit. Full payment is due by the time the puppy is 8 weeks and must be paid before pick up. I will not release the puppy to you in good faith that you will continue to make payments.

I hope that helps clarify why I do things the way I do. It is a bit complicated and things do not always come across well written. If you have any questions please let me know.

*based on my experience when my mom bred and showed in the 80’s.

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Brown Eyed Babies!

We have brown eyed huskies. We produce brown eyed puppies. And I think I need to clarify a few things to people who may be new to huskies or have been fed lies by other people/owners/breeders.

Brown eyed huskies are pure huskies. Brown eyed huskies are not undesirable. Brown eyed huskies do not warrant a discount.

Brown eyed huskies cuddle, play, go on hikes, can be shown, can mush, they can lick away your tears, listen to your problems, and keep your secrets.

Brown eyed huskies love you just as much as blue eyed huskies! If you only want blue eyed huskies this is not the place for you!

“Eyes may be brown or blue in color; one of each or
parti-colored are acceptable.”

akc Breed Standard

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Reign Pregnancy Week 8 {Texas Husky Breeder}

Week 8: Sat Oct 24 – Fri Oct 30

  • Dam begins to spend a lot more time grooming herself.
  • Her breasts become swollen as her milk forms.
  • Nesting begins as she looks for a place to have her puppies… Make sure you have her box or spot ready..
  • The dam may not have as big of an appetite during this period. Her abdomen can be crowded with puppies.
  • Offer your girl as much as she will eat several times a day rather than one huge meal.
  • Pups have fur and are more active in their crowded space.
  • They move to get into position for birth.
  • You can feel the puppies move now.
  • See if you can get her used to her whelping box

Reign is starting to lose the fur on her tummy. She is eating well. She is a bit restless and we are spending time in her whelping pool snuggling and cuddling. This week I will be getting whelping supplies restocked and making sure all the towels and bedding is re washed and ready.

*Pregnancy Calendar thanks to Dogbreedinfo.com and www.maplesprings.com

My “Facilities” {Texas Huskies}

Hey guys. It never fails that at least once per litter I get someone asking for the chance to inspect and tour my facilitates. I understand that well meaning animal “experts’ recommend this for anyone purchasing puppies and it is suppose to somehow prove the breeder is reputable and responsible.

Unfortunately, this is not a reality. The first issue is that this assumes one has “facilities” to begin with. Not all breeders are commercial breeders or large kennels with the need for large facilities. Some breeders (large and small) offer tours of their property, and kennels and that is great that they can do that. But for many of us our “facilities” is our home, and the idea that in order to prove I am reputable I must allow strangers into my home to inspect my office area, spare room or even master bedroom where I may have my litter of pups is a little nuts and also infringes on my safety and private life. No one wants to see my bra hanging out of a drawer. *hahaha*

There is also safety issues to address. Again people who commercially breed or have large kennels may be totally fine with strangers visiting, but my facilities is my home. Having strangers in and out brings with it safety issues for my family and my dogs. There are stories all the time of puppies being stolen, breeders assaulted and even killed. While others may be fine with that risk, it is not one I am willing to take. There is also bio security issues. I have always taken bio security very seriously. Some are willing to take risks with bio security to get you on the property and make sales but I’m not. Certain diseases can wipe out litters as well as stay in the ground for years. I don’t have facilities where I can simply move my pups to a different area of my property if God forbid something was brought in. While we use crates, doggies rooms with outdoor access, all of this is in my home. A place I need to feel safe. I think many of you can relate.

Another thing to factor in is this…. if you have a deposit down on a puppy you expect me to keep them safe and healthy, correct? Do you want a revolving door of visitors in your puppies’ area, holding them or their siblings and exposing them to possible diseases? I’m guessing the answer is no.

Pre Covid19 I did allow pick up on my property with several bio security requirements in place. I take this virus very seriously as I have several family members at risk due to medical history and or current medical conditions (pregnant, etc). Right now I can not take chances therefore we have to err on the side of caution. I hope you all understand. At this time pick up is taking place off my property and masks and social distancing is required.

What about socialization? As you know I am well educated in Puppy Socialization and that includes puppy socialization in the time of Covid19. Rest assured your puppy is getting introduced to novel stimuli daily. All that is well explained and for you to observe in videos and live meetings. (see below)

Now I have several things in place to hopefully make up for the lack of in person visits and facility inspections. I am one of the few breeders that I know of who take photos and video almost daily. Not just when I have pups, but all the time. You can go though Instagram or Facebook and see how my dogs live, how we interact, play, spend our time and how our pups are raised. I am totally transparent. I offer live in real time meetings with all our new puppy parents, almost daily NON STAGED video and or photos of your puppies in the actual environment they are raised in. I do not move them for video or photo ops (except for weekly more professional type photos). You see their whelping area, weaning pen, outside area, etc. I think once you see this, it will put your mind at ease. If you feel you MUST inspect facilities/kennels/homes in person then I respect that and finding a different breeder may be best for you. At the end of the day we all have to do what’s best for us, our families and our dogs/animals.

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