Puppies available March 2017

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Kensington puppies are born on natural fibers and raised with green grass under their feet.

Kensington puppies are born on natural fibers and raised with green grass under their feet.

Beau, Oliver's littermate from our March 2009 litter

Beau, Oliver’s littermate from our March 2009 litter

15 January 2017

Happy New Year!  Welcome to Kensington Tibetan Terriers.  We are pleased that you’ve found us and are excited to share our news:

Ziva whelped her first litter in the very wee hours of the morning, this past Monday and we have seven solid little angels: four females and three males.  They’ve had their dew claws removed and first wellness checks and my repro vet pronounced their hearts ‘clear and strong’ and commented on their vitality and strength.  I am very pleased with this litter of puppies.

At this time, I believe that we still have room for one or two more forever families and then?  After these January puppies, we won’t have puppies again until late summer and ready for their forever families in October.

On top of the puppies, our lovely Billie Jean is headed to the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York on February 13th.  It will be our first Westminster show and we are both proud and excited.

Not only can Billie pull it off in the ring – but she’s whelped two wonderful litters, one in 2015 and the other last year.  It was obvious that her agility and sense of balance were special as a puppy.  She used to ‘rock the cradle’ and would generate enough momentum to catapult herself out of the cradle and through the air – only to come back and do it again – like a snowboarder practicing on a balance board.  I’ll have to post the video – soon.  ;>)

Billie moves beautifully and is in the ring in Virginia this weekend.  She took the Breed yesterday and this past Thursday, too.  Whoo hoo!  I am waiting for her to get into the ring at 10:45am this morning, to see/hear how she does today.  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 Grand Championship (with 29 points to go).  Just terrific.

Billie’s top line is lovely and she defines ‘balanced angulation in motion’, as she moves around the show ring.  And at home?  She’s an indoor athleta with a sense of humor, who loves to watch television.  I’ve often wondered ‘what’ she thinks about video.  ;>)  Can’t wait, until she’s back home.

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Rudolf, hitched to our one horse open sleigh. Maple Street, December 2016.

Meanwhile, thank you to Lizzie, Lily and Daisy for sharing Candy Cane’s tack and rigging our faux reindeer to the antique sleigh on the porch for Christmas morning.  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.  I think it’s time to remove the presents and I only wish I had an Abe Lincoln dummy for the February Presidents Week, to sit in the sleigh.  Without Abe?  Guess the reindeer will stand waiting for an alternative.  ;>)

Since Sunday night, I’ve been caring for Ziva and her newborns.  First, not sleeping; then, sleeping on the floor next to Ziva and her puppies, and for the last two nights, sleeping on the couch outside her door, with a baby monitor.  Haven’t slept much, as I’ve been helping acclimate her to nursing.  It’s all worth it, as I get to watch the puppies grow and all are healthy & active, especially Mr. Phelps.  They get weighed daily and handled many times each day and at night.  Lovingly, carefully, with gentle long strokes of my fingers, kisses and cooing, although with neither sense of hearing nor sight.  These senses develop fully, sometime around Day 16.  In the meantime, the puppies can smell and have had whiffs off my fingers of grilled salmon, Stella & Chewy’s surf & turf freeze dried patties, baked sweet potatoes and 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 a photo of Billie (Gr Ch Kensington’s 1st Dance with Michael) with her handler, Mark Desrosiers of Tessahoc.  This was a Non Sporting Group Placement, after a Breed win – not sure which one and not sure which place, as the type is too small.  ;>)  I’m waiting for photos with big rosettes.  Told Mark that I’m done with photos of Billie and the little ribbons; we have plenty.

Non Sporting Group Placing, 5 Nov 2016. Only problem? Need my glasses. ;>)

Non Sporting Group Placing, 5 Nov 2016. Only problem? Need my glasses. ;>)

Some folks fault me for not showing my own Bred Bys in the ring – but I do not enjoy it.  I’ve done it four times with Coppi, Ziva and Billie’s mum – it was entirely too stressful – I can’t tell you why.  But the way I see it, my time is better applied to raising and 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 so well.  He has taken her into the 2016 US Top 20 and that is absolutely terrific!  She has finished the year as the #14 US TT in All Breed Points and we are delighted.  She’s got 71 points toward her Bronze Gr Ch, too.  Billie is an enthusiastic, sweet, intelligent and athletic Tibetan Terrier with beautiful movement, who 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 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.

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Rosie, nee Pearl (Billie x Oskar, 2016)

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Chico, ne Charlie (Billie x Oskar, 2016)

Billie x Oskar’s 2016 puppies left us last August, for their new homes in Massachusetts and Vermont.  Rather than repeating these breedings (2x), I am evaluating other sires, at this time.  Billie hasn’t yet come into season, as expected, so the anticipated timing 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.

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’.  And if you’re coat color specific?  It might be better to seek a puppy from another breeder, as the psychosocial match between puppy and family lifestyle is more important to me.  If you get lucky and coat color matches, too?  Wonderful.  Otherwise?  I’m looking for philosophical resonance with my peeps and previous experience with the breed.

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One of six embryos in Gigi’s tummy, Day 32. March 2016

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.

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Ben O’Brien (of Manchester By the Sea (2016) fame), enjoying our Gigi x Oskar puppies, Memorial Day weekend in Marblehead, 2016

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.

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Going over the puppies from a fellow breeder’s litter, February 2016

It is also important to me to repeat breedings and breed youthful females, so as to fully understand what the genetic combinations produce AND to be able to retire the girls sometime around their fourth or fifth birthdays.  I am in no hurry.  Retiring the girls early gives retiring brood bitches more years in their new forever homes and their departure from the pack gives me an opportunity to keep new puppies for longterm evaluation, myself.  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 managing real estate for second homeowners 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.

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Bobby and Ava on the river, Summertime 2016

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.

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My ‘desk’, when we have puppies in the house.

The puppies we have now came from Ziva x Yogi James.  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.  Kensington’s L.A. Noir, Aussi is her registered name and her puppies will all be going 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.  While I’ve not placed any of my ‘Bred Bys’ into show homes, I do have several great intact Kensington males living in forever homes who enjoy being part of my breeding program.

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Day One: Gigi and her pups on August 4th, 2015 (Yogi’s litter)

Please 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, as though they were our children.

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Who says that Tibetans don’t swim? Ava, 2015.

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

Yogi James, sire of Kensington's 2017 litters

Yogi James, sire of Kensington’s first 2017 litter (Ziva x Yogi)

Thank you very much for your interest in my Tibetan Terriers.

Woof.  ;>)

RESCUE NEWS:  There are three adult TTs who have been rescued and are currently being fostered in Vermont at Yonpo in the Barre/Montpelier area. They need homes and Camille at our TTCA Rescue has info. http://www.ttca-online.org/html/rescue.html There is a 12 year old female, a 10 year old male and a younger female, too. If you can open your heart and help, these little furry friends will be grateful. Thank you, Maureen, for telling me.