Visit us in Stowe, Vermont or join us for a play date in Massachusetts
18 February 2017
Amazing. You blink your eyes around here? And five days pass.
Welcome to Kensington Tibetan Terriers. We are pleased that you’ve found us.
Our lovely Billie Jean performed beautifully this past Monday in the ring at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York. It was our first Westminster show and an incredible ride. To be shown in a field of such terrific animals was a privilege and something I’ll never forget.
Billie moved beautifully and looked fresh. It is still very exciting to me to have bred an animal who’s gotten this far, so apparently easily, and so close to her Bronze Medal. That takes 100 points and she’s got 11 points to go. We have the last four day show of her 2017 schedule coming up 23-26 February in Springfield. And then? She’ll return to Stowe to chase snowflakes and climb mountains with me. You know how that goes: SNOWBALLS! ;>)
I only wish my mentor and good friend Nina Wagner (of Shalimar) were still alive to whoop and holler with me. Nina passed away this past October in Massachusetts, having somehow fallen victim to mesothelioma cancer. Her three brood bitches are now living with me and her sister, Linda. Mitzy has been bred to Murphy and puppies will be born in late March/early April. Piper was bred to Murphy over Thanksgiving and I have that puppy with me in Stowe, as I’m raising my two litters and the little guy needed littermates. So, he has joined us and is on rotation, between the two litters. I look forward to helping Linda continue the Shalimar breeding program, her sister Nina worked so hard to develop. Nina mentored me and it is my pleasure to share what I’ve learned with Linda.
As my house isn’t yet finished and we still need a house number, thanks go to Lizzie, Lily and Daisy for sharing Candy Cane’s tack and rigging our faux reindeer to the antique sleigh on the porch – WAY better than a number on the house. And thank you to Kate Carpenter of Stowe Kitchen, Bath and Linens, for her gift of the most fabulous faux reindeer we’ve ever seen. He literally stops traffic. When you come to visit? Rudolf will catch your attention – guaranteed. You really can’t miss the corner display.
Since January 9th, I’ve been caring for my Ziva and her newborns. First, not sleeping; then, sleeping on the floor next to Ziva and her puppies. Now that Ziva’s pups are practically 6 weeks old, they sleep through the night. THAT means that I get to sleep in my bed upstairs. Whoo hoo! I’m still up at 4am to come and check on the mums, who usually have to do their peeps outside. But the pups are close to fully weaned, although they still get weighed daily and each handled several times each day. They’re in the AGA room with me in Xpens and have enjoyed being carried around the house, introduced to the washing machine, the blender, the Stowe Rescue Ambulance sirens and general life in the village. I expect they’ll be ready to leave mid March, for their new forever homes. Mummy Ziva’s been dining on Fromm puppy kibble, salmon skin and grilled salmon crunchies, Stella & Chewy’s surf & turf freeze dried patties, baked sweet potatoes and goat’s milk. I’m enjoying my Clementines, which leave a lovely fresh scent of orange zest in the air; natural aromatherapy.
For those of you more interested in the show scene, here is another photo of Billie (Gr Ch Kensington’s 1st Dance with Michael) with her Westminster handler, Karen Mammano.
People have been encouraging me to show my own Bred Bys in the ring – but I do not enjoy it. I’ve done it four times with Coppi (Ziva & Billie’s mum) – and it was much more stressful, than it was fun. Hasn’t ever bothered me, making presentations to bankers, lawyers or investors – but put me out in the ring and expect me to perform? Much better for me to apply my time to raising & nurturing my own pack and the puppies I so love to breed for my peeps. So, I say thank you to Mark Desrosiers, our professional handler, for showing Billie and all of the Kensington Tibetan Terriers before her, with skill and passion. Mark has taken Billie into the 2016 US Top 20 and that is absolutely terrific! She finished the year as the #14 US TT in All Breed Points and we are delighted. She’s got 89 points toward her Bronze medal, too. And now that we’re in 2017? The counting starts all over again and she finished January 2017 as the NUMBER 2 Tibetan Terrier in the US! Whoo hoo! (Chances are, this will NEVER happen again. ;>)
Billie is an enthusiastic, sweet, intelligent and athletic Tibetan Terrier with beautiful movement. She sings and can leap over any and all gates. Billie gave us our 11th AKC title, after 8 Championships and 2 other Grand Championships (Oliver and Ziva). I firmly believe that AKC Championship titles are an important part of validating an animal for my breeding program. The American Kennel Club is the governing body over canines, if you will, and their stamp of approval is an important one to me. I believe that every responsible breeder should put their animals out for scrutiny and evaluation by AKC Non Sporting Group judges, without cherry picking the judges. And I am extremely proud to be breeding two beautiful AKC Grand Championship Kensington bred females: our regal Ziva and the lovely Billie Jean.
If you haven’t already been enchanted by Tibetan Terriers, prepare to be wow’ed by the enthusiasm, brains and agility of Kensington’s Tibetans. TTs are brave, athletic, sweet, precocious and engaging.
Billie’s 2016 puppies left us last August, for their new homes in Massachusetts and Vermont. She hasn’t yet come into season, so the anticipated timing of her next litter is unclear.
Please know that we require at least one visit to Stowe from every serious potential forever family, in order for you to meet the pack and for us to meet you. We feel it creates tremendous value and we want to know that we’ve found the most terrific forever homes for our kids. If you live too far away to make the trip? Perhaps we can refer you to a breeder closer to you with a breeding program we respect and also admire. Or, perhaps we can SKYPE. TBD.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR:
In the meantime and if you’re thinking about bringing a Tibetan Terrier into your own home life, you are welcome to call with any questions you might have. Please know that we receive many more inquiries than we have available puppies. With this in mind, we now prefer to place our puppies in forever homes who have prior experience living with a Tibetan Terrier OR who have lived with a beloved dog through the elder years and experienced the heartbreak of losing a dog to death. We do not offer our puppies to families seeking a ‘first dog’.
WHAT WE OFFER:
Here at Kensington, our commitment is to breeding friendly, smart, healthy Tibetan Terriers of handsome conformation & balanced movement within the breed standard, with friendly disposition & enthusiastic spirit. We use progesterone testing to time our breedings, genetic testing to manage our blood lines and breed our own AKC Champions selectively, always keeping the 14” – 17” breed standard in mind. While our personal preference is for smaller TTs, every litter offers a range of sizes and it really doesn’t matter too much, as adult weights tend to range between 20 and 30 pounds. A Tibetan Terrier of this size is easily managed, whether raised in an apartment with daily walks or in a house with a fenced yard.
It is our commitment to protect the breed standard, using modern science and the best subjective analysis possible. We genetically test the animals in our breeding program for Neuronal Ceroid Lipofucinosis (NCL/CCL), PLL, Canine Renal Dysplasia (although this Canadian test has been challenged as flawed) and Progressive Retinal Atrophy RCD3 and RCD4. The lack of these genetic mutations can be described as ‘Clear by Parentage’ in progeny where both sire and dam proved ‘normal’ and ‘clear’ of the mutant gene. In these cases, we do not test every generation. In fact, our breeding stock is clear of NCL & PLL and has been, since 2010.
It is also important to me to repeat breedings, so as to fully understand what the genetic combinations of sire and dam produce. I am in no hurry. Rather, I’d like to get a really good sense of the variation that a genetic combination will produce, before breeding for a new member of my home pack. Living with more than four dogs becomes stressful for me and so, I like to keep my home pack size small. I couldn’t do what I do, the way that I do it, with more than four or five dogs in residence at a time. I also couldn’t do it, the way that I do it, if I had to work full time. Instead, I work part time at Fine Wine Cellars in Stowe and am available to help my friends, when they need me. I am grateful for the privilege of being able to focus on my passion for my dogs, fun in the kitchen with my friends and the occasional dog-free jaunt over the border and up to Montreal – or down to Boston. This, is my life. The dogs are my companions and I am happily retired.
We sincerely believe that a Kensington Tibetan will be one of the healthiest and best socialized TTs you’ll find available to you here in the States. The care and special attention we pay to nutrition, socialization and cleanliness set us apart from many other breeders. We like to keep our puppies until sometime between their ninth and tenth weeks of life, as the last week or two spent with the older animals truly helps them develop good manners. The animals and I live right on Route 100 in Stowe, Vermont, a busy road with plenty of road noise and startling sounds. We are in the heart of the Green Mountains and enjoy terrific terrain and winter views. In the warmer months, we do water training. Regardless of season, our puppies will have had solo experience in a variety of crates and different rooms of the house, before they leave. We also do car training, in an effort to develop secure, confident and inquisitive animals who love going for rides. Our forever families will happily reference us and we welcome your inquiries.
The puppies we have now are from a 2016 Ziva x Yogi James breeding. Ziva finished her Grand Championship in September 2015, including the Best of Breed win at the Non Sporting Club of NJ show in New Jersey on September 3rd. Ziva is out of Kensington’s Copper Goddess to Polygor’s Brady. She was born 6 July 2014 up in Stowe, Vermont. She is a mostly black girl with red highlights and profuse coat. Her sweet and infectious enthusiasm for life and play are indicative of the temperament behind the lines we breed. Grand Champion Kensington’s L.A. Noir, Aussi is her registered name and her puppies will all go to fine companion pet homes. If you are interested in a show quality puppy or in participating peripherally in my breeding program, please reach out and introduce yourself.
The KENSINGTON Community:
Enjoy your visit to our site. We welcome hearing from new friends and look forward to the opportunity to answer any questions you might have about the breed or our Tibetan Terriers. Those answers are often published as blog entries under the ‘NEWS’ tab on the far right up above. You may sign up to receive future postings under the NEWS tab, at the top of that page. If you’re interested in one of our puppies, please DO sign up, as that is where I will post the updates on breedings, whelpings and other things we learn or experience. There is an application you’ll need to fill out that I can email to you, before we can take your interest in a Kensington Tibetan Terrier forward. Remember, they are NOT terriers and we raise them lovingly in my Vermont home, as though they were our children.
There is an active community of Kensington fans and forever families on Facebook. You are welcome to search for us there, too. FB is a great place to seek out other forever families with Kensington puppies. Doggies love play dates, especially with other Tibetans!
In the meantime, my name is Wendyll Behrend and you may ring me on my cell, should you have questions and a situation you’d like to address now. Sometimes I have older puppies or dogs available, but sometimes, not. Try me at: 781.254.9941
Thank you very much for your interest in my Tibetan Terriers.
RESCUE NEWS: There are several adult TTs who have been recently rescued in NJ. They need homes and Camille at our TTCA Rescue has info.
If you can open your heart and help, these little furry friends would be grateful.