Training training training…

And in case you don’t know what I’m going to chat about, it’s

TRAINING, DOG TRAINING, PUPPY TRAINING!!!

I really started becoming interested in training when I met Amy Jensen of Baxter and Bella Online Puppy Training. Amy and I were assisting JoAn of Ellsworth Australian Labradoodles with a litter that were being evaluated for conformation. Amy was making a final decision that day on a puppy that she would train for the organization, “Good Dog Autism”. I watched her evaluate a couple of puppies and asked some questions. Chili was the winner and so was I that day because I met Amy and was introduced to Baxter and Bella.

I had just purchased my girl, Mika and I thought I was pretty educated and well prepared to start my breeding journey. After spending just a few minutes watching both JoAn and Amy, I knew I was completely clueless! Luckily for me, my foundation girl Mika is a one in a million dog with an excellent lineage. She is so trainable and has always been willing to do what I ask her. She trusts me and I trust her. I didn’t however know anything about training her and more importantly I didn’t understand why it was so important to do so.

We have come a long way in the Beehive Fur Friend journey. I am committed to become a top notch breeder of Goldendoodles and Spinone Italiano but perhaps what I have become even more passionate about is…

TRAINING

I encourage my families to at least take a stroll through the Baxter and Bella Training website and highly suggest and just about beg them to invest the minimal amount of money it costs to purchase a lifetime membership. I simply cannot tell you the difference it makes in the dog long term. Amy has been a trainer for over 20 years and has been training dogs for “Good Dog Autism” for the last several years. She has created a program that even children 8 and up can do. All of this and it’s done by you in the privacy of your own home at your convenience. I simply cannot say enough great things about this training program. I wish I could shout from the rooftops that anyone and everyone that adopts a puppy NEEDS this amazing program! I am part of the Baxter and Bella Partners Group and we offer feedback and work with B&B to make sure we are all doing our very best to raise amazing pups that transition beautifully into the online program.

Why training? If you have ever met a dog that jumps on you, barks at you, runs out the door for hours of the get in your car and come find me game or had a dog that simply just doesn’t listen to your commands, you know the frustration, fear and embarrassment (not to mention the possible fines/tickets from the dog catcher) that goes along with those dogs. It’s stressful and makes being a dog owner not much fun. On the contrary, if you have met a dog that is well trained, regardless of the breed, fur, name, size etc…you tend to really like that dog. My first well trained dog was a Doberman and although she wasn’t a dog I would have chosen for myself, she was well trained and free and so we got her. Well guess what? To this day she is one of my favorite dogs. Mika has been trained but not perfectly. I still had a lot to learn and we train everyday now. She doesn’t do a ton of training when she has a litter of pups to care for but outside of those few weeks, we are always working on something…Dogs love training and it is so good for their mental health and ultimately for yours too!

If you know someone that is getting a dog or has a pup/dog that needs some help, send them to www.baxterandbella.com and feel free to use my breeder code: BEEHIVE for 25% off of a lifetime membership! You will all thank me later, I promise! Until then, enjoy watching this awesome pup from Mika’s most recent litter being trained by dad and a mom that has never owned her very own dog before! I think they’re doing a killer job!!! Way to go you two, way to go! P.S. You’re going to make excellent kid parents someday too!

Juneau and his parents teaching him some great things at almost 11 weeks old.

Mika’s Memorial Litter In Memory of Family and Friends we love and have lost… October 27, 2020

Mama Mika and her Memorial Litter Fall 2020

I had a conversation with one of my daughters and she suggested I not name this litter after family and friends that have left this earthly existence and now live in a different realm but I cannot shake the “coincidence” of this date and the significance it has in my life. I will simply not allow it to be just a “coincidence” but rather I will like to see it as a manifestation of a power greater than I and a sign, if you will of a love and concern from those who have “passed on” and undoubtedly still have a deep interest in our well being and even occasionally a desire to remind us that out of sight does NOT mean gone forever.

I tend to be a bit of a sentimental sap anyway but I knew Mika’s babies were due between the 26-28th and honestly it didn’t really occur to me the significance of the day until the day arrived. You see, 20 years ago on October 27th, my first husband of 16 years took his last breath with our 4 children and I by his side. He had so courageously fought a battle against a brain tumor and He won! At peace and free from the physical limitations that had beset his mind and body, he could now watch over us in a different way and we both expected it and needed it. I was devastated beyond words and felt at that moment as if life had just ended for me as well. I was a young 30 something year old with 4 kids and what on earth was I supposed to do now…everything felt so empty, so pointless, I was bothered that neighbors were just driving up and down the street going about their business as if everything in the world was fine. Didn’t they know? Didn’t they care that I was hurting and I needed them to just stop for a minute and imagine being in my shoes? Didn’t they care that someone had just passed away and that someone was my EVERYTHING! How could they just keep going?

A couple of weeks ago now, a prominent figure in the Utah community by the name of Collin Kartchner passed away very unexpectedly and left behind a beautiful wife and young children, similar in ages to mine when my own young husband passed away. Reading her thoughts seemed to open a gaping wound in my soul, and I’m always surprised and caught off guard when it happens but every year that date finds me even when I’m not paying attention, I always feel something isn’t quite right and then I remember… My husband wasn’t as “famous” as Collin, but he was famous in his own right in our little community, at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Ohio, but most especially in our home! I had to go sign some papers in the HR department shortly after his passing and the flags were at half staff…an auditorium was named after him and a plaque hangs on the wall to this day, The TEC auditorium…it was hard to process it all and honestly I don’t think I did for many years. Collin was laid to rest on October 26th and I couldn’t help but feel so strange that I was just going about my life and some sweet woman was dying of pain and sorrow.

I am remarried now to one of the most kind, compassionate, forgiving and encouraging men I have ever known in my life. He has healed my soul and has brought peace to this mama bear and her cubs. Not an easy task! He allows me to grieve and to feel the pains of a young mom lost and so so insecure those 20 years ago. He allows my children to reminisce and talk about their dad and he has had spiritual experiences where he has felt Tim’s presence as he has given blessings of comfort/healing to our children.

But as we were delivering puppies on October 27th and 28th, I couldn’t help but think that this was no coincidence, but rather a gentle reminder that heaven isn’t far away and that there are angels among us always watching over us and wanting to do all they can to be a part of our lives…I have so many angels and it just felt like I needed to acknowledge their little reminder that they are here and love and serve us often. And for whatever reason, this year seemed different than so many other years, 20 years just seemed like something big and grand, like something we needed to acknowledge in a bigger way than the other “anniversaries” Well what better way than to joyfully bring 10 beautiful puppies into the world and name them after those loved ones that are out of sight but not gone!

  • The first born is a little gold boy named TEC Tillman pronounced “Teek” standing for Timothy Eric Corbett, my late husband. And his father, Henry Tillman Corbett.
  • Second born is a little black girl named Barlie Marie, after two of my cousins and sisters to each other, Brandi Marie Svoboda and Carlie Ellen Crocker
  • Third is a big black and white boy named Carl Mooch after my Grandfather Carl Crocker and my uncle Toby also known as “Mooch”
  • Fourth is a beautiful silver boy named, Brother Davey. You can guess that one! Oh, how I miss him and would love to sit on the couch and have a conversation. He was such a wonderful big brother and I don’t remember a part of my childhood that he wasn’t the center of.
  • Fifth is another gold boy named Tommy Terryn. Named after both my Uncle Tom and a little boy from North Carolina named Terryn. The morning after the pups were born, a friend had read my facebook post about a Memorial Litter and asked if I would use the name of a sweet young 10 year old boy that was a family friend and had just passed away from a brain tumor, more “coincidences”?
  • Next is Terri Ruth, a little black and white girl named for both my Aunt Terri who practically raised me and my Grandma Helen Ruth who was my earthly angel.
  • Another little girl named Mary Leona, both my grandmother Mary Crocker and my husband’s grandmother, Leona Frampton who we both lived with at times in our lives.
  • Little brown and white boy named Danny Bo Doug, in memory of my Uncle Daniel Glen Brewster, my Uncle Robert “Bo” Biltz and my husband’s grandfather Douglas Eldredge who was a great comfort to my husband as he was preparing to serve a mission in Japan.
  • Last of the girls is a black and white little one named Constance Faye after my husband’s grandmother Constance Baugh Eldredge and my first mother in law Faye Hiatt
  • And the last of the boys is a precious gold boy named, CK Max. He is named for Collin Kartchner, a hero to so many youth and parents for generations to come I’m certain, and Grandpa Max who was a man with a long legacy of hard work and service to the Lord.

Although these will not be their names in their forever homes, I feel like in some small part, I have honored our family and friends in naming these perfect little precious pups after them.

Out of sight but not gone or forgotten, I will love you forever my family and my fur babies who’s names you bear while here with me. BFF forever and ever.

Picking your puppy…

Puppy Pile of Adorableness

https://www.baxterandbella.com/free-how-to-pick-my-puppy

We here at Beehive Fur Friends are committed to making sure you get the right puppy for your family and we know that although all of our puppies are adorable and sweet, they each have unique personalities that will be noticeable to us within a couple of weeks. We will do our very best to help you get just the right puppy for your family. As an added help, feel free to use this free resource from Baxter & Bella Online Puppy Training. Amy has been training for well over 20 years using positive reinforcement methods and has an excellent record of creating the best family companions as well as service animals for children with autism. She starts her process by choosing a puppy that will fit her criteria and she can help you do the same.

Training starts before you even bring your puppy home and it’s all online with videos and podcasts and live coaching sessions…you become the trainer and getting the whole family involved allows for greater success. Check out their free resources for all Baxter & Bella has to offer.

If you choose to purchase the program, use the code: BEEHIVE for 25% off the price of a lifetime membership!

We are so excited to be a part of your family and hope you are just as excited about becoming part of ours when you take home your own “BFF”

If you already have a best fur friend, that’s ok too, feel free to use the code and start training your own BFF today!

Grain Free or NOT?

I was reading an article from Hemopet, (a blood bank for dogs) and Dr. Dodds take on the whole “grain free” rage that happened about a year and a half ago…it appears that they are not really any closer to a sure conclusion and so Dr. Dodds suggest some bloodwork that can be done and sent to UC Davis for answers. Long and short of it all is that if you feed grain free for specific reasons and feel that it’s what is best for your pup, then you may want to have your dog’s bloodwork done and calm your fears. I personally feed my dogs a couple of different dog foods at different times and I am at peace with my choices. If you are concerned, I would recommend that you follow up with your veterinarian and have your dog tested. I will post any updates that I hear about and also feel free to subscribe to Dr. Dodds Hemopet newsletter. I try to follow her protocol for immunizations on puppies as I trust her many many years of research. I recommend this protocol to our BFF families but also support your choice as the owner once you have your new BFF in your home.

The following is an excerpt from the most recent newsletter from Hemopet,

Again, where are we in September of 2020?

We are nowhere closer to having the appropriate and correct answers. This is going to take some time.

Remember, if you’ve stopped feeding grains to your companion dog, think back to the many reasons why you stopped. It could be to prevent leaky gut syndrome, to help curb food sensitivities or intolerances to a particular grain, to maintain optimal weight in your dog, etc.

If you are worried, we understand. We suggest having your veterinarian take a blood sample to measure the methionine, cysteine and taurine levels in both whole blood and plasma, and send it to a diagnostic laboratory (University of California – Davis or University of Wisconsin) experienced with the appropriate reference ranges for circulating taurine. If the levels are lower than normal for dogs, please discuss the appropriate next steps with your veterinarian. Please send the information on your dog, including the food you are feeding, breed, health regarding DCM and retinal degradation, age and weight to the FDA. You and your dog would potentially be helping millions of other dogs. Sept 10, 2020/Hemopet/Nutrition

And we have a lot of precious reasons to help all dogs!

Half way to “Gotcha Day”…

My heart❤️…today while I was loving on puppies, I had that horrible sinking feeling you get when you remember a sad moment in life!

Saying goodbye was one of the hardest parts of raising puppies last litter.

No good bye, see ya later!

And I had a fleeting thought about the process that will take place again in 4-5 weeks with the newest BFFs. The families of our fur babies have become my friends, I love them for the loving homes they’ve given our babies. I look forward to pictures, birthdays and Instagram posts! Until then, I will continue to pour my heart and soul into each little BFF❤️ and making sure they’re ready for their new families and my new friends! 🐝🐶👫🏻❤️