This litter is confirmed and will be born the day after Christmas (or so)! It may be a busy time of year but it will be exciting to experience two fun and favorite things at once- Christmas and Puppies!!!
This will be a first litter for both Zazu (52 pounds, 24 inches) and Howard (82 pounds, 24 inches). This litter should be colorful! Each pup has a 50% chance of being black & tan AND a 25% chance of expressing the dilute (silver gene). Pups could be tawny (like Zazu), dilute tawny, black & tan (like Howard), or gray & tan. Pups more than likely will be about average in size for the breed. Zazu is a fun loving, sweet girl with a great head and rear. She has excellent drive in harness and is built solidly for speed. Howard is a friendly and gentle boy. He has a thick coat, heavy bone, great balance, and a very good head.
Both have OFA 'Normal' eyes and have OFA 'Good' hips. Neither has a history of seizures or food allergies. Genetic diversity is extremely important to the long-term health of the Chinook breed. As with all Desert Sol litters, dam and sire were chosen to maximize genetic diversity of the resulting puppies.
Zazu is a sweet, smart, and fun loving girl. She is an outdoorsy dog and will let you know when you are late for her morning walk. The sad puppy eyes and pathetic small whine will follow you around until the walk has begun. Zazu loves playing with other dogs and enjoys her weekly visits to PetSmart Doggie Day Care. She also loves people and can be just as friendly as her mama Kyra, although in her home she's a bit more reserved with strangers. After lots of training and socialization, she now warms up quickly to strangers- the more dog friendly the people, the faster she starts to lick you and want attention!
Zazu is a curious dog and will follow you from room to room to see what's going on, and will try to play with anything if she can. During chore time it's really hard to use the Swiffer sweeper with all the barking and attacking of the sweeper going on. Zazu has that perpetual puppy personality that we hope she passes onto her puppies! She had a blast taking care of and playing with Kyra's third litter, so we tell her frequently that although pregnancy isn't the funnest thing, she is at least creating little friends to play with soon!
Howard (Rain Mountain Lummi Song) lives in Southern California with his owners, Mark and Jenine. They consider him to be the best dog ever and for good reason. Howard is a lively dog, full of life and love. He is gentle around children and “dog people”, but watches over his turf and family. Howard knows who is ok and who is not and it is a great comfort knowing he is always on the job. Jenine says she feels safe with Howard around.
Once, Howard and Mark went to visit their friend and neighbor, Darlene. Her grandson, who was about 7 years old at the time, was there and Darlene asked if Howard could stay outside since her grandson was terribly afraid of dogs. Before I could say anything, her grandson saw Howard, all 80+ pounds of him, and began to tremble. I could tell he was afraid, but before I could respond Howard dropped down on all fours to get as low as he could and put his head on the floor. Then he started inching slowly toward the boy. I said to the boy that it was ok if he wanted to let Howard smell him and showed him how to put his hand out. He did it and Howard gently licked his hand! A few minutes later, Howard and the boy were playing on the floor. I had never seen anything like that in my life! His entire life he has been like that around children – gentle.
Another time, someone knocked on our door at 2 o’clock in the morning and Howard woke us up out of a sound sleep with his barking. This was not the “someone’s at the door and I want to meet them” kind of bark, but the kind that let us know he was serious. I found my bearings and took Howard with me outside (by a side door) to see about our visitor. We trained Howard to heel with the words “stay close”. As we went out, I whispered to him, “stay close!” He never left my side, but focused intently on what turned out to be an observant policeman who noticed that we had left our garage door open! Howard gave me the confidence I needed to go outside. I don’t think I would have done that had I been alone. Once he felt me calm down, he went about the process of marking his territory, but not before letting the police officer pet him. Such a good boy!