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!

Why a (BFF) Beehive Fur Friend may be good for your soul and good for your health too!

I have personally always known that life was better with a dog but I’m grateful that the professionals here in America are figuring that out too! In Europe, horses have been used for therapy since the 1860’s.

My current dog, Mika is my “unofficial” emotional support animal, especially when my husband travels. I suffer from depression and anxiety and mostly do ok but on those days when getting out of bed seems impossible, my very patient girl will lay next to me while I pet her and offers a pure unconditional love. She accepts me for exactly who I am and doesn’t judge my choice to stay in bed for awhile. She will stay with me as long as I need her.

Here are some professional points of view found on healthguide.org

Pets come with some powerful mental health benefits. Here’s how caring for a dog or cat can help you cope with depression, anxiety, and stress.

The health benefits of pets

Most pet owners are clear about the immediate joys that come with sharing their lives with companion animals. However, many of us remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can also accompany the pleasure of snuggling up to a furry friend. It’s only recently that studies have begun to scientifically explore the benefits of the human-animal bond.

Pets have evolved to become acutely attuned to humans and our behavior and emotions. Dogs, for example, are able to understand many of the words we use, but they’re even better at interpreting our tone of voice, body language, and gestures. And like any good human friend, a loyal dog will look into your eyes to gauge your emotional state and try to understand what you’re thinking and feeling (and to work out when the next walk or treat might be coming, of course).

Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Caring for an animal can help children grow up more secure and active. Pets also provide valuable companionship for older adults. Perhaps most importantly, though, a pet can add real joy and unconditional love to your life.

Studies have found that:

  • Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
  • People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets. One study even found that when people with borderline hypertension adopted dogs from a shelter, their blood pressure declined significantly within five months.
  • Playing with a dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.
  • Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.
  • Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.
  • Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.
  • While people with pets often experience the greatest health benefits, a pet doesn’t necessarily have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish in an aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and lower pulse rate.

One of the reasons for these therapeutic effects is that pets fulfill the basic human need for touch. Even hardened criminals in prison show long-term changes in their behavior after interacting with pets, many of them experiencing mutual affection for the first time. Stroking, hugging, or otherwise touching a loving animal can rapidly calm and soothe you when you’re stressed or anxious. The companionship of a pet can also ease loneliness, and most dogs are a great stimulus for healthy exercise, which can substantially boost your mood and ease depression.

Mika comes from a line of Golden Retrievers that have retired from the show ring to become full time service dogs. Several of her puppies are being used as Emotional Support Animals in their current homes and are doing a wonderful job. Get on the waitlist today for your very own BFF!

The Purpose Of Spokes on a Wagon Wheel and…life!

I vividly remember a lesson given in Sunday School on the importance of the spokes on a wagon wheel, how each one was as important as the next because the purpose of the spokes is to distribute the pressure evenly so that the wheel doesn’t get a flat spot and become a horrible ride for those in the wagon. For this particular lesson, each spoke represented the things that matter most in our lives and how we need to evenly distribute our time and efforts to those different things so that we don’t “get flat spots”. My spokes are loving, nurturing and supporting a wonderful husband, 9 children, 6 and 1/3 grandchildren, callings at church, service within our community, working for my son in law, raising a litter of Goldendoodle fur friends and being the best version of myself that I can be…each of those things are important to me and my well being. In the last month, some of my spokes have been getting weak and my “wheels” are off balance. I tease my family that my puppies get more attention, better meals and more money spent on them than my teenage daughters do right now…truth is, that is the truth! It’s kind of a joke around here but not one I’m happy with. I never want my family to feel second to anything in my life. This is my first time raising these beautiful babies and there are 11 of them so the task is a bit difficult. They are precious and we shed tears when the first one was born because even fur babies are little miracles in my eyes. I had an inkling but not a REAL idea of just how much of ME these littles would require. I’m not complaining because I do love them, but to say that my spokes are a little out of wack is an understatement. I am raising them with a protocol called Puppy Culture, it is a way of using socialization and positive reinforcement right from the start with these tiny little 3 week old puppies. I love the program but at 4 weeks old today, my day goes something like this from about 7 am to midnight…clean dishes from mommas night feedings and teenagers midnight snacks, feed all 3 adult dogs, grab a hard boiled egg on the run, check messages, feed puppies, clean out pen while they eat, wipe each puppy clean, put puppies back in clean pen, start a load of laundry, read some puppy culture information to make sure we are doing the right things today, introduce new toys, new environments, clean up food area, sweep floors, steam floors, put pads down for next feeding, and start the process over again for lunch, then dinner, spend a few minutes running errands and such, clean pen, finish some laundry, wash rugs and hang outside to dry, have a sleep over with a grandson, put puppies to bed and make sure mama is well, watered, fed again, and play fetch with 3 adult dogs in between there somewhere and oh, yes, the husband, the kids, the grandkids, the church callings, the service, and ME…we are just hanging out on the fringes wondering if mom will ever surface again…

Balance, the hardest part of life for me living with ADHD, I tend to hyper focus and the rest just doesn’t exist. Right now the puppies are the hyper focus and the husband and kids…they don’t really seem to exist. It’s been on my mind a lot lately as I have so many people that truly NEED me right now and I feel like I’m failing them miserably. I also believe in the Bible verse in Ecclesiastes…

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

So for now, the season is raising Beehive Fur Friends first litter and hey, if you’re looking for or know someone who may be searching for an amazing Goldendoodle, I still have 5 spots on the reservation list available. And my family and friends will appreciate you more than you can imagine! And I might get some rest~