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I just had to share this . . .

Received this, in my early morning email . . .

Hi Wendyll,
Hope all is well.  I believe Amachi was the last pup born you said.
Well the best was last one out.
Had our first teen dog class last night.  Only 4 pups in the class, great
trainer.
Amachi never took her eyes off of me.  The trainer remarked, that is the sign
of true bred champion, it’s in her genes, comes from the parents.
I have had an issue with leash aggression because I believe when we walk
I have found a gorgeous cemetery near me with gardens etc.
We zen out & our walks are like meditation.  Not a lot of dog interaction.
That being said, off leash in class she was totally ready to play.
She had a pretemperment test before class & did well.

When we got home about 7:30pm last night she went right to the bedroom
& put herself to bed.😄😄😄😄😄
My only issue this morning?  She does not want her kibble she’s holding out
for the treats she had last night.  Oh well, dinner at 4 pm.

Amachi is a true testament to your dedication to these pups & parents.
While receiving trainer instruction, she sat on her towel and listen just as if to say,
“ bring it on.”😄😄😄😄😄

Amachi is the true offspring of your never ending work.
Thank you for your dedication.   The linkage she shows is a visible
walking  four legged love that makes me happy every minute.
Thank you, fyi, not sure you should retire.😊😊😊😊

SC (name withheld, to protect the innocent  ;>)  Pretty terrific, eh?  I’m so proud.  And this is why I do it the way that I do.  Whoo hoo!)

Yours truly,

WB.

 

What do I feed MY dogs?

19 May 2024

Everyone knows – well, not always do the newbies know!  But everyone ELSE knows that if you ask ten people in the dog world a question about dogs, you get eleven different answers.  Even I might give two different answers on two different days, because there’s no manual that is ultimately timely & contemporary and upon which the majority of people in dogs might agree!  Except maybe about things like ‘what gender is your dog?’  That one’s unequivocal.  ;>)  Although Piper was a pseudo hermaphrodite, she DID conceive & whelp two litters and produced some gorgeous puppies.  So, if someone asked me what gender was she?  I would say, ‘Female!’  (Still with me?)

Lady Pipes and her five day old puppies. New Year’s Day, 2021.

I DO get asked a lot of questions and I’m usually happy to answer, unless I’m sleep deprived or you get my evil twin.  I’m considerably nicer than my evil twin but she pretty much stays in her closet and we don’t have to worry about her too often.

Recently, one of my favorite ladies in the Kensington posse asked me what I fed my dogs, as her dogs were preferring food out of another dog’s dish and she really sincerely believed that she was doing her best for her dogs but they seemed not to be satisfied.

HOW FUSSY IS YOUR TIBETAN TERRIER?

How do we feed ourselves? My weekly share from Pete’s Greens in Vermont.

As an introduction, I will say two things about what to feed a fussy Tibetan Terrier:

You have the bigger brain.  You can outsmart your dog.  If you can’t?  You’re in the wrong breed.

Secondly?  You have the bigger body.  You should be alpha over your Kensington Tibetan Terrier in a gentle, kind, firm and Buddhist way.  It is of utmost importance that your dog knows you are boss and if that means waiting him or her out?  Then, you wait until the dog is hungry enough to eat.  They will never choose to starve!  They will always eat!  And while you are waiting them out?  They will be waiting you out, knowing that there are always other options that will get presented.  And they will and they can get into things that are ‘different’ or have the right ‘mouth feel’ or for whatever reason – are of interest to their noses.

Do not let them run the show.  Bad move.  And with spring here?  Be extra careful to keep your yard clean and keep your dog on a leash, especially when in new territory.  Spring smells bring many more options into the mix and some of them are rather dreadful.

Kristof (now Julius), as a very young puppy. Great chest, lovely movement and strong shoulders.

Dogs are scavengers by nature.  REMEMBER THIS!  They thrive on a balanced diet of protein, complex carbohydrates and the right amount of proper fats.  The amount of protein they eat can be varied, depending upon life stage and each situation.  Too much protein is not what you want to feed, if your dog has kidney issues, is a young pup or they are seniors.  It is wise and I strongly suggest using ‘puppy’ kibble with younger animals and ‘adult’ kibble with canines over ten months or more.

Dogs are lactose intolerant and that means you should NEVER offer them milk.  I don’t offer goat’s milk, either.  But if the milk product has been fermented and the lactose is gone?  In my opinion, they can be offered bits and I mean BITS of high quality cheese and fat free live culture yogurt.  The live culture yogurt is like a probiotic, with lots of live organisms that can aid in digestion.  I use it to hide small pills.  Or in the case of a lactating young bitch, I use it to hide 500mg calcium tabs when necessary and always ONLY if she appears to need it and my repro vet agrees.  Except for probiotics, I do not give any supplements without reason to augment the normal diet of a dog.

Outdoor winter play at Maple Street. Always under supervision!

So, with all of that said, please know that these are my opinions.  I have no professional training nor do I have a degree in canine nutrition and I really prefer to listen to and believe folks who graduated from Cornell with a degree in canine nutrition or from somewhere similar and with a similar degree.  The woman who founded Nature’s Farmacy is one such person and I have certainly learned quite a bit from her.  Most of the supplements I use are from Nature’s Farmacy.

The following is MY protocol and you can call it the Kensington Method, if you’d like.  It is MY method and others surely have their own protocols.  Please keep this in mind.

BEFORE BIRTH

Your puppy’s life begins before birth and that means that what I feed my pregnant or lactating bitch is what provides nutrition to her developing puppies.  I do my best to provide what I believe to be a rich and appropriate diet of professionally ‘engineered’, if you will, kibble designed for pregnant and lactating bitches from Royal Canin.  This is the brand I trust for my pregnant, nursing and young dogs.

I use Royal Canin 42D for the first two trimesters of a girl’s pregnancy.  Then, I switch to the Royal Canin STARTER, which used to be called Gestation/Lactation kibble.  That is what I feed the pregnant girl in her third trimester and also, what I feed her throughout the time that she’s nursing her puppies and up until the puppies depart for their forever homes.  Then, she goes back on the ‘formula’ I feed all adults.

AFTER BIRTH

Our lovely GRCH Piccolo and her five babies. 26 Nov 2019.

Puppies get their nutrition through their mother’s milk and so, in addition to the RC kibble I’m feeding mum?  I augment her food with dried liver from pasture raised cows here in Vermont for the folic acid necessary to avoid cleft palate, among other birth defects, and a mixture of 90% animal/10% fruits/veggies thawed frozen raw food from Vermont Raw.  I use the chicken and turkey blends (they are separate), because they are organic birds from Misty Knoll, also here in Vermont.  And bone is very important for the calcium necessary to pregnant and nursing mums.  Dogs can digest and absorb the nutrients in bone, especially when it’s crushed and wet.

I only use raw as a supplement with pregnant or lactating bitches, as the formulation in the kibbles I use are appropriate for adults and don’t need augmenting.

The formula I use is a base of Purina Pro Plan Sport kibble (a chicken based kibble) with small amounts of two other kibbles added in for variety:  Royal Canin medium breed adult and Fromm salmon based adult kibble.  I also use two supplements proactively and they are Dogzymes Probiotic Daily Balance and Keep It Pearly from Pet Naturals in Vermont.

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Remember the importance of low calorie healthy treats and feel free to treat with blanched green beans, broccoli and snap peas; raw carrots, pears and apples.  Don’t feed food scraps from dinner, though.  The spices, fats and rich flavors aren’t good for your dog’s digestive health or behavior!

From 2018 to 2019. Raven and her favorite blue bowl. Too funny.  She outgrew it!

I also weigh all of my dogs on the 1st and the 15th of each month.  You want to be able to feel the undulation of the ribs, when you run your finger down the side of your pet’s body.  The vets call this your pet’s “condition”.  Keeping your dog leaner is better than their carrying unnecessary additional fat on their bodies.  The same goes for humans!

So, I hope this helps you come up with a good regimen for feeding your own dog, whether Tibetan Terrier or other breed.  When in doubt, consult your wellness vet for their opinion during an office visit.  And get in the habit of weighing your dog regularly, as weight loss or gain are important things of which to be aware.  It’s great to have a history, if your vet ever needs to know!

Puppies expected over Valentine’s Day!

9 February 2024

That special love between a child and her dog is always inspiring and heartwarming. Claire and Roxy! September 2023.

There’s nothing more exciting than when love is in the air.  And for some?  The thought of pregnancy isn’t exactly at the top of their list – but for others?  We anticipate the news with excitement and hope.

Well, we’re way past that!

We had the breedings in December; and a few weeks later, the girls went off their food, as they do – and then?  The weight gain began and we had our first XRAYs today to count skeletons.  And what did Dr. Cindy see?  SEVEN little ones growing very nicely and anticipated to make their way into the world next week.

Magnolia with the family’s application for Koko. 2020.

While we have completed applications with deposits on the clipboard for these puppies, science is showing us that we have a real chance for additionally available puppies in later April 2024.  Our second girl will have her XRAY on Valentine’s Day and based upon what she gave us in her first litter?  Her weight gain indicates at least as many puppies as in her last litter.  My money’s on at least SIX more puppies to join us later next week.

If you are interested in a Kensington Tibetan Terrier puppy, you may email me: wendyll.behrend@gmail.com to introduce yourself and tell me a little about your experience in the breed – or in other breeds, if you are new to Tibetan Terriers.  Applications are available and can be emailed for your review.  I will know more about availability, after the puppies have “landed”, so to speak.  It is only after true vigor and health are determined that I can begin assessing puppies for their new homes’ requests for natural behavioral orientations, coat color, pattern and gender.  Once I know that I have the necessary number for these applications plus a couple more for wiggle room and for those people who wish to participate in their own puppy selection?  I can begin the study of the litter and the fun truly begins for me.

Allegra with her seven babies. 28 March 2022.

The ride has started and as always, I am very excited to begin my work (and a little nervous).  I can only do my best work, when everyone shares their details with me and the puppies have a safe, warm and quiet environment to begin their lives with me and their mum, aunties and uncles to guide and protect them.

Aunties are poised in the wings to help, when it’s their turn.  Questa’s ready to help keep them clean and safely entertained.  And Romeo and Roxy are with Rebecca Bradley, Kensington’s handler, working toward the last few points each need for their first CH titles in Conformation.  It is an exciting time and we look forward to sharing future news with you here at www.kensingtontibetans.com

Thanks for your interest in Kensington Tibetan Terriers!

Yours very truly,

Wendyll Behrend.

Valentine’s Day puppies – can you stand it? ;>)

20 January 2024

Celebrating Julius’ two Majors from the May 2021 Connecticut shows.

Wow.  First post of 2024.  Amazing that it’s been almost four years since New England shut down because of COVID.  Julius (CH Enchanter Kristof Erbosedition) was brought into the States in June 2020, right in the middle of COVID.  And now?  He is just one point away from his GRCH Conformation title – and one of his sons has become an integral part of my Kensington breeding program.  Julius has produced some gorgeous Kensington kids and I thank Veronika Kucerkova for breeding him and allowing him to come to the US to join our extended family.

Julius sired a boy dog registered as CH Kensington’s Heik(e) Hellbrook(e) and he is boarding with us now, as his humans are in India for a three week academic holiday.  Tashi (his call name) has sired five Kensington litters and our next litter expected to arrive mid February is also sired by him.

Tashi is a blonde sable boy with terrific temperament and athleticism.  He is so good & respectful of corrections that I let him sleep on the bed with me and Piccolo, when he boards with us.  And during this most recent stay?  Well, he decided that he wanted to sleep UNDER THE COVERS.  I haven’t had a dog do that, since we lived in Princeton, Massachusetts in that wicked cold house . . .  and it was Oliver and James who kept me warm UNDER THE COVERS in 2011 and 2012.

Too funny.

So, this is the deal:

It is possible that we will have available puppies in later April 2024, depending upon what ‘hits the ground’ around Valentine’s Day.

If it is a Tibetan Terrier that you seek and if you want me to be the person who breeds and raises your next TT, you are welcome to reach out and request an application.  I require both a completed application to be returned by snail mail AND a visit to my home, so that we can get to know one another a little bit.  Zoom.us calls are fine for starters, but they pale in comparison to a 3D visit.  However, if you are on the other side of the country?  They are a great tool and I would look forward to meeting you over a zoom video call.

Wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous New Year;  2024 has the potential to be a great one.

Yours truly!

WB.

Our current availability of puppies and adult Tibetan Terriers

19 August 2023

Thank you for your interest in Kensington Tibetan Terriers and my breeding program.

At this time, all of the Tibetan Terriers from Claire Coppola’s RinChen breeding program have been placed.  There are no adult dogs available and both six month old male puppies have been successfully re-homed.

There is one female puppy born July 19, 2023 who is still available from our summer born litters.  She will be eight weeks old on September 13, 2023 and is scheduled for her thorough wellness exam and first round of DHPP shots at Broadview Reproductive Services in Dover, New Hampshire with her littermates on that day: September 13, 2023.  I do not yet know exactly which one she will be, as I am studying them all for three families with different home environments and requests – and the puppies are only four weeks old.  You are welcome to view this video of the puppies, when they were just gaining stability on their legs.

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Should you have previous experience living with a Tibetan Terrier and interest in a female puppy, you are welcome to reach out by email to me at wendyll.behrend@gmail.com

Our next litter is expected to be born in mid October and there will probably be one or two available puppies out of that litter.  Once again, you are welcome to reach out by email to request an application.  Please know that visits to my home are also required as part of the application process.  COVID taught us that zoom.us video calls are a terrific alternative, thought not a perfect one.

Regardless!  Make contact and we can take it from there.

Thank you for your interest in all things Kensington!

Introducing Ink and Coco Chanel . . .

11 June 2023

It’s amazing, and true!

We have two Tibetan Terriers available: a two and a half year old female and a five month old male puppy.

A friend and fellow breeder reached out to me and asked whether I might be able to find homes for two of her younger Tibetan Terriers.  And of course, I told her that my guess was that I would be able to find homes for them somewhere in the Kensington community of peeps.  This is not an unusual situation, as some of you know.  I have placed quite a few older animals for fellow breeders.  These two are younger and the puppy is ready for action!  They are in fine health with no behavioral issues.

Ink, short for Incredible, was born 22 January 2023 and is black with classic white marks.  He is cute, funny and full of positive energy.  His tail never stops wagging and he is ready to hike Mount Mansfield!  Ink is crate and car trained but not potty trained, yet.  He has had all of his shots and is microchipped.

And Coco (Chanel) is so named because she has black spots on her white legs that reminded my friend of pearls and a little black dress.  Most of her body is black and I have a video available, should you like to see her.  Coco was born November 2020 and is less action-oriented than the puppy.  I think she would excel as a single dog but she’s grown up as part of a pack – so – if you have an older dog?  I think she would blend in nicely.  Her hips were OFA’ed as EXCELLENT and she, too, has had all of her shots and is microchipped.  She’s currently sporting a ‘summer do’, as her coat has been cut down.  No mats, anymore!

Please let me know if you might be seriously interested in either of these TTs.  You would need to travel to Stowe, Vermont to meet either one.  Zoom calls are ok but not ideal for meeting dogs.  It’s also possible that I could bring a dog to the Boston area for a play date, if your yard is fenced.

As always, thanks for your interest in what I’m doing.  Let’s find these sweet dogs a couple of great homes, please.  Email me at wendyll.behrend@gmail.com

Yours truly,

Wendyll Behrend.

Happy Holidays and May it Snow!

21 December 2022

Allegra with her seven babies. 28 March 2022.

Yvette’s puppies are making their squeaky puppy noises in their whelping pen, as they nurse in the middle of this night at 3:48am.  She’s a first timer and very much likes my being in the room with her, whether I’m sleeping on the floor, sitting with her doing her hair or helping her endure a marathon nursing session.  The first three weeks are easy on me, as the mummy dog does the ‘heavy lifting’ and my job is to support her, manage her mammaries and keep her in top condition (including potty breaks every three hours and daily presentations of frozen loin lamb chops grilled to unseasoned rare perfection).  While I couldn’t ever pull an all nighter in college or on New Year’s Eve?  Just watch me, when we have puppies in the house.  It is an enchanting experience to share with a non verbal mammal.  And every time?  It enhances the quality of the relationship I have with that unique animal.  The bond changes quality and we become more in tune with one another.  I swear, these girls LOVE that I help care for them and their little ones.  They appreciate my being there for them.

Rudolf posing with the sleigh on the porch at Maple Street. Here come the holidays!

When I designed this house in which we live and raise the Kensington Tibetan Terrier puppies up here in Stowe, Vermont, I did so with my passion in mind.  Breeding and raising Tibetan Terrier puppies is among the most wonderful things I’ve done in my life.  It pretty much tops the list, including dinner with Eddy Merckx & Ugo DeRosa in Italy, flying to the White House by personal invitation as a woman business owner in support of nationalized health care in 1993 and my incredibly exciting years doing bankruptcy turnarounds for troubled sporting goods manufacturers.  All were great experiences and part of the color of my life.

But living with Tibetan Terrier puppies and adults is a privilege that many do not know.  This is an intelligent and empathic breed; one to be protected and nurtured.  They thrive when offered security, love and variety.  That variety includes social interaction, change of place and a diet including raw vegetables, some fruits, high quality kibble and fresh water.  In return?  You can expect foot warmers in winter, someone at your feet in the kitchen while you’re prepping for dinner and an athletic companion comfortable at elevation in snow or on a clean sidewalk in suburbia.

Today, this December 21st, my little pack and I are enjoying the lights and sounds of the Christmas holiday season in snowy Stowe, Vermont.  I am listening to the ‘men of the night’, as they remove snowbanks from the village with their funny John Deere equipment that always beeps, when in ‘reverse’.  It is a comforting sound to me, as I appreciate how these wonderful people take care of me and us in the coldest and snowiest season.  Normally at 3:48am, I’d be snuggled and warm upstairs in my bed.  ASLEEP.  But with litters in the house?  My girls set the rules and I follow their lead.  All I need is one little bark and I know it’s potty break time or the kibble dish is empty or someone just wants a belly rub & a break from those little mouths.

We have some beautiful examples of the breed, living in this house.  Thanks to Tashi and Guinness, we have sable, jet black and genetically tri colored puppies with their brown fannies that I’m raising for Kensington’s newest peeps.  These puppies will be ready for their forever homes in February 2023.  Everyone’s personal story is unique and I love working with folks who have ‘wish lists’ for what they seek in their next Tibetan Terrier.  Most of the peeps with whom I work are already in the breed and that makes things that much more rewarding for me; I provide my best and they appreciate & understand what’s unique about a Kensington kid.

There will never come the day when I’ll be able to breed and raise enough puppies for the folks who come asking for a Kensington kid.  There is only one of me and these animals excel because of the quality & amount of one on one care & stimulation they get from yours truly and the aunties & uncles in the house.  Every breeder does it their own way.  Some breeders use Puppy Culture.  Others don’t.  Some breeders live with many dogs.  Others live with few.  Regardless of the differences among us?  All responsible breeders do their best and each one deserves respect for that.  This is a challenging commitment where peer support is invaluable and we are always there for one another.

Surprise visit from Annabel! With WB in the driveway at Maple Street. 31 Jan 2022.

So, as we enjoy the fellowship of this traditional holiday season, please give your furry pal a few extra ear scratches from us here at Kensington Palace.  It is the season for gifting one another and I hope that means that you’ve splurged on Stella & Chewy’s patties, Polkadog cod skins and other nuggets, Ethical Pet collagen based dog chews and maybe even have made some doggie treats from scratch.  Raw carrots, broccoli stalks and mango are a HUGE favorite up here.  And my dogs will go for ANYTHING that’s been exposed to chicken stock, too.  If you’ve never dried anything before, you might like to try making sweet potato ‘chips’ for your furry pal.  I use a mandoline and dry them slowly on top of my AGA.  I know there aren’t a whole lot of AGAs in this country – but – you CAN set your oven on ‘warm’ or 150°F and make naturally sweet and healthy chips that will bring out the red in your dog’s coat – or not!

Be safe with your decorated trees – don’t let your holiday guests feed your doggies off of the dining table, please – and remember to set your dog up for success this holiday season.

A good walk outdoors is ALWAYS the best!  Both before and after dinner.

Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and thank you for your support and inspiration.  It is ONLY because of you that I can do this for us.

Yours truly,

WB.

 

Navigating uncharted waters with only a compass

12 April 2022

Proud mummy dog. Bellie with her puppies on their birthday, 22 September 2018.

Breeding animals of any kind is not for the faint of heart.  Let’s start there.

Situations present themselves and require one’s immediate and complete attention.  This can happen, both in the whelping pen or in a pet owner’s environment.  One of the things most important to me, when reviewing an application for a Kensington Tibetan Terrier puppy is to ensure that folks have the resources to get to a vet and afford the quality care that every Kensington kid deserves for the duration of its life.  I remember one application where the person didn’t have a car and I wasn’t comfortable placing a Kensington kid in a home where the person had to figure out how to get to the vet.  Never did I ever think about that – but – I need my peeps to have at least one car, if they’re going to care for one of my kids!

My first outcross: Michael winning BEST IN SHOW at Tunbridge, VT on Friday, July 12, 2013.

Now, sometimes, there can be an accident in a pet owner’s life that requires fast thinking.  Breeding dogs requires fast thinking, too.  Sometimes?  You need to switch gears, because you have a semen sample of questionable quality.  Don’t want to use questionable semen with a beautiful bitch, if there’s a chance the breeding won’t take.  Better have a back up plan!  Other times?  An anticipated whelping isn’t exactly going according to plan and you need to be ready for a C-section.  Sometimes, a newborn arrives dead.  Or a newborn can arrive weak and not thrive, with the inevitable happening a few days later.  Breeders have tools and they include a variety of foods, milk replacer, nursing bottles, hemastats, thermometers, hot water bottles, coolers, whelping pen(s) – I designed my own and have four of them in active use.  Not all breeders make the investment in an incubator – but I have and I also bought an oxygen concentration unit that works in collaboration with the incubator to give every neonate an immediately & appropriately warm, dry and oxygenated environment to help it thrive, right out of the gate.  The equipment also serves as a ‘second set of hands’, when I am whelping a litter alone.  I also have designed a humidification chamber that I use religiously, for the first two weeks.  Since the prototype, I’ve made a number of materials and design changes and am currently using version three, built with corrugated polypropylene, corner moldings, observation windows, holes for electrical cords, a door for the mum and a door for me through which I can lean into the chamber and attend to whatever has caught my eye.

WB in the kitchen with her girls. 6 August 2017.

At this point?  I have been feeling pretty damned proud of myself and then?  I get a curve ball like I’ve never gotten before.

Dear Allegra had a C-section on March 25th, as she was carrying seven puppies, had been eating only minimally during her third trimester and had been in the first stage of labor for close to 36 hours.  Her tummy was as tight as a drum and I knew things had to be crammed inside her uterus.  I took her to my Vermont repro vet and we did a progesterone.  While the test was running?  Her contractions began and Dr. Cindy and I agreed that with all of the contributing factors including low blood sugar mid-whelp, because she hadn’t been eating hardly anything?  A C-section made a lot of sense.

I had not been planning on a C-section but I made the call, as it was for the health of Allegra and her babies.  Their health always comes first and I cannot be in the position of having to worry about what things cost, as good health is invaluable and has no price.

First minutes of life, out of the sac. Look at that head! 18 March 2019.

$3400 later, I was asked whether I wanted to see the puppies.  Of course, I wanted to see the puppies.  What an odd question.  And on the way down the hall, Dr. Cindy explained that one of the puppies had a problem in utero and I was prepared to lose one to death, as it was a really big litter for a 14″ bitch who weighed 21 pounds pre-pregnancy.  But I wasn’t ready for what she told me.

She said that one of the two sable males was born with only three legs.  Apparently, an umbilical cord had wrapped around one foreleg during late stage gestation and severed the leg, just below the elbow – otherwise?  He was vigorous and appeared to be beautifully formed.  But with an umbilical cord connecting two puppies coming down the birth cannal?  This could have created a very difficult and life threatening situation in a natural whelping.  Two puppies were somehow entangled together and it wasn’t clear exactly how.  When the puppies were removed from the uterus during surgery, the surgeon and assistants were able to untangle the situation and both puppies and the mother survived.  But I’m going to tell you something:

I have absolutely no experience with three legged dogs, nevermind a three legged neonate with six much larger littermates.

He was named Marco, in honor of the ONLY three legged dog I’ve ever met.  The first Marco was brought in a box to Sequist Animal Hospital some years ago, having been hit by two cars.  He was a pit bull mix and needed emergency surgery, rehabilitation and a special home.  The second Marco, our Marco, was of beautiful conformation, gorgeous coat color (sable with classic white marks) and vigorous, even with his little stump of a foreleg.  While I had considered euthanizing him in the beginning, I couldn’t justify terminating his life because he had only three legs and was otherwise healthy.  But I did think about it because I am committed to exploring all options and the thought crossed my mind.  And it was extremely clear that I’d be venturing into uncharted waters, especially given my mission of bringing only puppies into this world that meet the breed standard and appear to be in line with my personal standards for vigor & apparent health.

Judi Fisher suggested that he join Indiannabel Jones’ posse and become the fourth member of her Barkaeology team.  She even came up with a name for him – but at the time, I was clear that I wanted him to be a solo dog in a home with one or two humans.  And we had plenty of time, from where I sat.  And I was ready for options to present themselves, as I have no experience with such things.  Maybe there are people out there in the Kensington community who do have experience and might have had some really great ideas regarding what to do.

Oliver in Charlestown, enjoying the breeze. 2017.

If you have thoughts to share on this subject, please reach out to me by email.  wendyll.behrend@gmail.com  I have learned the importance of being prepared and ready to turn on a dime.  Dr. William Truesdale, DVM and DDS taught me this in 2010.  My second stud dog and first Grand Champion presented with symptomatic Lyme disease and the fever fried his little gonads.  His sperm count went down so low that he was unable to sire any litters.  It was a tragedy for me and my first.  Doc said, ‘Listen to me.  You need at least two back up plans for everything, if you’re going to be a serious breeder.’  And that is how it came to be that I have multiple stud dogs living with wonderful folks who want to support my breeding program.  And I have each of them frozen, too – just in case I get a curve ball during a collection.  You cannot do what I do, with only one stud dog and it is challenging to live with more than one intact male at a time.  That is how I started: with father James and son Oliver Twist.  All was well, until I added a third intact boy and that was Oskar, the Imposter.  With daddy dog the alpha and son dog the subservient, the third didn’t know his place and needed to establish where he fit on the totem pole.  That created problems and Oskar was ultimately placed with a wonderful retired couple who have kept him in perfect condition, for the last ten years!  I’ve used Oskar to sire eight Kensington litters, Nina Wagner used him five times and I’ve allowed another breeder to use him as a stud dog once.  What a terrific career he has had!  And he is Allegra’s great grandfather, to boot.

Allegra with her seven babies. 28 March 2022.

While there was no reason to euthanize dear little Marco in the beginning, Mother Nature stepped in and invited him to join her in puppy heaven on Day Five.  The situation was doomed from the beginning; I knew it.  He was born at 5 1/2 ounces, while his six littermates were all born at 8 and 9 ounces.  He could not maintain his hold on mummy’s nipple with his unbalanced front end and while I advocated for him by cupping him with both hands to protect his hold, I couldn’t do that both day and night.  As it was, I wasn’t sleeping more than three or four hours a night, with all of the interruptions.  And I am grateful to Mother Nature for having taken him peacefully and gently.

And so, my peeps, as I was navigating uncharted territory, Mother Nature stepped in and changed my situation.  The six puppies we are raising now are all vigorous, have terrific body fat and their eyes have opened!  Today is Day 18 of their young lives.  Each has a wonderful home to which to look forward and I now have more experience than I did before.  I guess you could say it’s another notch in my belt.

The first hundred years are definitely the hardest.

Yours truly,

WB.

Online Resources for New Puppy Owners

12 March 2022

Lady Bernadette, Doggie au Pair Extraordinaire, out with all ten puppies for afternoon play in the courtyard. 5 Jan 2022.

The puppies from our winter litters are all well ensconced in their new homes and reports have been coming in, from all across the US and up to Quebec City.  I’ve crossed the Canadian border twice, having had two PCR tests at Copley Hospital – and Sienna and Farouki are two other puppies from these litters who I hope will be participating in my breeding program, come 2024.

Lady Pipes had four puppies, two male and two female.  Both females were sable and both males were black with white marks.  And as  soon as the babies were weaned and under the care of perpetual mummy Piccolo?  Pipes left us for greener pastures and hasn’t looked back.  She’s now living happily and splitting her time between New York City and Stowe, Vermont.  Reveling in her new uber posh lifestyle, she wears booties for all city walks and has met quite a number of NYC TTs who live nearby.  It sounds as though a safe NYC play date could well be a part of our future.

Mia, nee Siena, at home in Connecticut. 25 Jan 2022.

Piper’s pups moved to FL, MA, CT and NJ.  Piccolo’s kids have new homes in MA, CT, RI, VT and Quebec.  Enjoy a couple of the photos we have of the latest batch of Kensington kids, while I put some links together for all of you to reference and use for self education.

How frequently and how much ‘exercise’ should you encourage in your new pup?  The AKC, Purina and Hill’s have articles published online that can get you started.  This link takes you to a great little article by Hill’s.   https://www.hillspet.com/dog-care/play-exercise/puppy-exercise  Remember, for every ten people who hear your question?  You can expect at least eleven different opinions.  ;>)

Maxfield Parrish Piper. Sunset over Mount Mansfield, 2 July 2020.

What about grooming your new Tibetan Terrier?  How frequently?  What tools do you need?  Should you learn to do it yourself or hire a professional?  Here is a great link to explore.  The videos featuring Lynn Meyer from All Things Dogs College are terrific.  https://all-things-dogs-college.teachable.com/courses?query=tibetan+terrier  Yes, you have to purchase them – but Lynn Meyer is arguably one of the best groomers/handlers/breeders/AKC reps out there and she bred the 2021, 2020 & 2019 #1 US TT, and the #2 US TT in 2018, 2017 and 2016.  Her techniques and her Dzine Tibetan Terriers win Best in Show over and over again.  And her grooming is among the best in the whole dog industry.

Oh, how Leo loves being the center of attention! With a bunch of 8 year old girls in Newton, MA.

I also wanted to call your attention to some of the most contemporary research out there pertaining to serious canine ailments including lymphoma & epilepsy.  The AKC’s Canine Health Foundation is absolutely worth supporting.  I donate for every litter that I breed, as I highly value what they do in the canine world.  This particular article mentions some of what the foundation has been focusing on, of late.  The paragraphs on lymphoma are definitely worth reading.  https://www.akcchf.org/educational-resources/library/2021-NPCCHC-Coverage-part-1-Canine-Chronicle-Oct-2021.pdf

Surprise visit from Annabel!  With WB in the driveway at Maple Street. 31 Jan 2022.

And while we’re all still home and trying to maintain our intellectual acumen?  The wealth of information available online can drown a person.  My hope is that these links will help you get to the core of the information you seek as new puppy owners – and existing TT owners, whether of Kensington kids or TTs bred elsewhere.

If you’ve not yet asked to join Wagging Tales at Kensington, a private Facebook page that I run – you might like to explore doing so.  We have about 150 peeps who live with Kensington kids or who are waiting to add one to their family – and these great folks love sharing photos and experiences they’ve had with their TTs.  You can introduce yourself & ask for folks who might live near you, so that you can organize a play date – or ask a question about grooming – training – or agility, rally or other kinds of group activities you can do with your TT.  Even asking about what other people feed their Kensington TTs – it’s a safe place to share thoughts and we would welcome you to the group.

Stay safe and warm!  We’re all looking forward to spring.

Yours truly!

WB.

Bears in the backyard . . .

15 November 2021

Lady Tracy with Suzi Q and Miss Paige. 4 May 2019.

How many of us live with wildlife?  I would propose that it is many families, if you want to include wandering deer, the occasional skunk and even, black bears.  Black bears have become commonplace in Stowe neighborhoods and it is because of loss of their native habitat.  I remember this past spring, Tracy was over helping me cut puppy toenails at Maple Street.  I was minding my own business attending to puppy paws and I heard Tracy say, ‘Look.  A bear.’

Well, before I looked up, I asked her, ‘How close to the house?’  And she said, ‘Up above the driveway.’

Fabulous black boy behind Dr. G’s house on Maple Street. May 2021.

And there he was.  ;>)  Looked like a two year old male ambling along an ancient cow path that curves through the forest above a stone wall that is just beyond my driveway.  She texted Dr. G and told him to bring Mojo inside and get ready for the visitor.  It seemed that no more than two or three minutes went by and G was already texting photos!  The bear came closer to their house than he came toward mine – but this is very normal in Vermont.  We have black bears in town and last year?  Lady Elizabeth and I were lunching outdoors on the Green Mountain Inn patio and I saw a mother with two cubs about thirty feet away going through the dumpster behind Von Bargen’s jewelry store.  I didn’t realize they had AirBNB apartments on the second floor and flatlanders ALWAYS throw food waste in with their trash.  Well, whaddaya know.  INSTANT ATTRACTION for black bears and then, folks whip out their cameras.

Q.T. in the courtyard at Maple Street. My pick from our March litters. 5 June 2019.

Anyway, I thought this year would be the year for my gardens to achieve new heights but that idea went out the window, as we had two Julius sired litters this spring and there was no time to manage conifers or perennials.

I’ve committed to myself that there will be no spring litters born in 2022, as the gardens at Maple Street look abandoned.  Enough puppies!

However, we are planning to breed Allegra in January 2022 – planning to skip Campari’s next season – breed Yvette a second time in early summer and then?  It will be time for a well deserved holiday.

WB and Annabel at Claire’s in Colorado, 1 December 2017.

We are planning a cross country driving trip with Questa and Campari as companions.  We’ll leave Stowe and, perhaps, take a northern route to visit our Canadian friends in Montreal and Ontario – then, drop down into the midwest to visit Earl Miller at Gemms, as I want to see Audi and Voodoo 3D.  I’ve got to visit Claire Coppola in Colorado and then, I’m going to go visit Chris Chance, my favorite ex.  He’s back to building bikes in Oregon – actually?  He never stopped building some of the most expertly designed and carefully executed bicycle frames on the planet.  And then, I’m planning to drop down south to Mendocino to visit Ani Diki-la and her human mum, Ann.  If I can drive 3500  miles in a breeding week?  I can surely drive 3000 miles across the country.  Anyone want a visit?  ;>)

Rudolf posing with the sleigh on the porch at Maple Street. Here come the holidays!

So, as for the gardens next year?  I expect to feel wonderfully refreshed upon my return from our trans American adventure and will respectfully attend to whatever survives our upcoming Vermont winter, unlike this past year of 2021.  Holidays are soon to be upon us, Annette & Dan will visit in early December and help to put Rudolf back up on the porch with his sleigh and, hopefully, we have Beckham x Campari puppies in the hopper now – and expected to arrive over Christmas.

Markus showing Moses, Sire of Beckham, 2016.  This dog is a DEAD RINGER for Questa.

The ‘Shadeacre Fast Love at Kensington’ (Beckham) x ‘Kensington’s With Tonic, Please’ (Campari) breeding is eagerly anticipated, as we have Yvette for comparison.  Yvette is the first Beckham daughter to join my breeding program and she continues to amaze with her shiny jet black coat, EXCELLENT OFA’ed hips, sweet disposition and terrific athleticism.  Granted, Yvette is a Beckham x Ziva girl and Campari is an Oskar x Billie girl – but either of these girls is a toss up for one of my best bitch bred bys, ever.  So, Beckham x Campari?  I cannot wait to see what is produced.  Look at Moses, pictured up above with Markus Gisslen of Shadeacre.  A spectacular dog and Becky continues to this day to ask for Campari to go back into the ring.  Campari is beautifully put together, has EXCELLENT OFA’ed hips and a personality that welcomes everyone for a belly rub.

Happy Holidays, eh! Canadian Whittaker enjoying a moment with Santa. Whit is one of Billie and Annabel’s brothers. December 2018.

So, while Christmas puppies will put a bit of a damper on my holiday activities, I know that come early March?  They’ll be ready for their new forever homes and I shall be ready for a road trip.

And between now and then?  The holiday season is about to begin and I’m getting my Moderna booster on Wednesday at 12:30pm, so that I can enjoy Thanksgiving with Jen & Andy.  Please be well, stay safe & smart and ENJOY the ones you love.  Every day has the opportunity to be the best day yet.

Happy Holidays, all!