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 and

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 and

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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Reign Pregnancy Week 7 {Texas Husky Puppies}

Week 7: Sat, Oct 17th – Fri, Oct 23rd

  • She may shred papers, blankets or bedding in an attempt at “nest building” in the last weeks.
  • During the last 2 weeks, your pet may become irritable and should avoid contact with small children.
  • Moderate exercise is the proper approach. Neither forced rest nor strenuous exercise is a good idea. Short periods of gentle play and short walks are good..
  • You may feel the puppies now but counting them may be a bit more difficult.
  • Definite abdominal enlargement.
  • Abdomen hair will start shedding.

Reign is doing well. We are now entering her 7th week of pregnancy. She is spending short amounts of time in the puppy room. She continues to stay close to me and loves pets n cuddles. Her tummy is not overly large but it is defiantly thicker/fuller. At this time I think litter size will be pretty close to her previous litter size. (4) Of course it is still a bit early as the puppies will continue to grow. We continue to feed Reign her kibble with nutritional toppers/add-ins.

Reign Upcoming Litter {Texas Husky Breeder}

I want to first thank you all for being patient and understanding when it comes to the lack of updates. The past month was a bit crazy with Nikita’s medical scare my daughter’s sad news about her, Belle and of course me trying to get my class completed. If I somehow missed an email or message from you during this time, please reach out to me.

Reign is doing well. We have noticed thickening around her middle and of course I have already commented on her moodiness. She has not experienced any morning sickness and never misses/refuses a meal. She craves my attention and closeness but the pack drive her nuts, she has no time for their shenanigans. *haha* Her favorite spot is next to me on the couch and she is not in the mood to share. Luckily, the pack mostly ignore her. I will be starting the weekly pregnancy update for anyone who enjoys following along.

The next several weeks I will be getting things ready, rewashing blankets and bedding, disinfecting the whelping pool, floors as well as equipment and toys. I also have supplies to restock and order.

Pre birth reserve spots (deposits) are full. We will take remaining deposits once the litter is born. This ensures we do not take more deposits than we have puppies. Because deposits are non refundable I feel it is a bad practice to lock potential families (buyers) into buying from us. Not every one wants to roll over their deposits and wait for the next litter. If you have any questions please feel free to email me!

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Bullymake box! {Texas Huskies}

So after over a year of procrastinating I finally ordered our huskies a 3 month subscription to BullyMake. One thing I love about Bullymake and why I chose it over other companies is that they have a Toy Only option. With a pack our size I spend a fortune on toys only to have most last a few hours at most!

My pack love the toys and I plan to continue with Bullymake after our 3 month superscription ends. I just found out every account comes with a ‘Refer a Friend” code. So if you decide to join please use our linking code (link below). If you do use it we earn a coupon for a free toy! Our pack would thank you greatly.

We purchased the Toy Only Box and used the code “FREETOY” at check out for an additional free toy in each box! Purchase your box HERE!

Continuing Education & Independent Study

I am taking this time to continue my education via courses and independent study. From books to video to webinars and even course work I am enjoying keeping myself busy and learning more about breeding, puppy development, canine behavior and training. My plan to start my training certification has been put on hold until spring of 2021 (thanks covid) but I will be taking a Fundamentals of Training and Behavior course this fall.

I just completed a wonderful Savvy Socialization (breeders/owners) course. I fully enjoyed this class and Gayle Watkins’ take on socialization and how we can improve and add to it. It addressed things I often thought myself. I look forward to implementing this into not only my puppy raising but also my puppy socialization and foundation training classes.

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Taking a break

Winter and Tyrion’s sweet Snowflakes have went home. We are so happy they all have found such amazing homes. The love and joy on our puppy families faces when they hold their puppy for the first time is truly heartwarming. We wish them all a wonderful journey and fun filled adventures! Remember We are Family, We are Pack!

I will be taking a little social media break. Not sure how long but I need some time to decompress. Of course my desire to share my silly pack is strong so I may upload photos via Instagram, which will automatically post to Facebook. If you need anything you can still reach me via email. When I come back we will be counting down the weeks until Reign’s sweet little Raindrops get here!