18 October 2019, 9:15am EST
Second night? Not so good. Tough on me. Up every hour, I swear, with the baby monitor giving me the sounds of Ziva’s puppies in stereo. And when she barks to be let out? Oy! Loud, is an understatement.
For someone who spent most of her business career ordering other humans around, it is humbling to be ordered around by a bunch of quadrupeds. But, honestly? I wouldn’t have it any other way. ;>)
Koko’s three male puppies arrived Wednesday morning and I believe that we have one or two of them available to new forever families, come mid December 2019. This time around? More of our peeps seek female puppies and Mother Nature is not cooperating!
In our breed, males have the reputation of being ‘cuddle bugs’ and females are often perceived as a little more ‘independent’. My female puppies are all very affectionate, as are the adult TTs in our pack. So, while males don’t have the same innate biologically programmed responsibilities that females have, I think that temperament is part nature and part nurture. If it weren’t? We’d never be able to remediate rescues.
Life here at Kensington is never boring. This past spring, I got the urge to add Polish Crested chickens to the mix (as I’ve raised in years past) and so? Tracy and Gordon built and painted a coop, enclosed it with beautiful 6′ high powder coated dark green fencing and gave the enclosure a waterproof Sunbrella roof. Everything needs to be beautiful, right?
First casualty? We lost seven birds to a very healthy mama red fox. Boy, was I mad to watch her systematically dessimate my flock.
Second casualty (or so I thought)? We lost one white crested Black Polish to an aerial predator, last Saturday night.
But not so!
Tuesday afternoon? I got a call from my elderly neighbor’s prayer group next door to tell me that there was a rooster on my roof. And lo and behold, it was my missing hen! Four hours later, Gordo arrived in his climbing shoes and with ladder in hand to scale my roof, catch the hen and return her to her coop for a well deserved ‘night in’. Unbelievable! We had the whole neighborhood involved until I said, ‘STOP THROWING THINGS AT MY ROOF!’ OMG. Only at my house, I swear, and not to be believed. ;>)
We now have the latest Canine Chronicle Top 20 National standings. As of 30 September 2019? Our boy GRCHB Questa is ranked #8 nationally among the US Tibetan Terriers in breed points. When considering all of the breeds in the Non Sporting group, he is still ranked #7 nationally among the US TTs in all breed points.
A terrific achievement for such a young dog! However, I am going to let him rest and play for a couple of months, as our original goal was ONLY to finish better than his mum who finished in Position 14 in 2016. It is expensive for me to have him out competing with a professional handler – and I want to see what he can do next year. So, we’re going to let his position fall and hope that he finishes better than his mum, GRCHB Kensington’s 1st Dance with Michael. It is only my second dog in the US Top 20 Rankings and I have patience. Life is long and we are young! ;>)
If you’re interested in a Kensington Tibetan Terrier puppy, our application process requires at least one visit to our home here in Stowe, Vermont, so that we can get to know you a little better and you can get to know us. There is HUGE VARIETY in the style and quality of care each breeder utilizes in the breeding and rearing of their puppies. You will want to find the best fit for your family; someone who will be there to support you over the years, if you need guidance or a second opinion. Visits help us all to get clear on whether we want to work together in the breeding and rearing of your next family member. Because frankly? I might not be the breeder for you.
Traditionally, I use repeat breedings to ensure that I know what will be produced in our litters and to work toward consistency in what I produce. If I breed a pair of animals two or three times and the offspring are all similar? I know that I can pretty much depend upon those animals ‘breeding true’. We try to keep our surprises to a minimum! Then, when it’s time for an outcross? I can better evaluate what I get and why.
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