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.

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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! 🐝🐶👫🏻❤️

Can we just keep them all?

Yes I am sleep deprived and yes I am a bit on the “crazy” side and yes I am obsessed with caring for all of Gods creatures, I mean who catches spiders in the house and let’s them go outside! Umm, I do! Save the bees, save the kids, save the family, save the marriage, save the world! Sounds like the Miss America Pageant, you know the “world peace” girl. Squirrel! Back to the post…I am in love with these precious fur babies!

As much as I would love to keep them all, I also cannot wait for these sweet Beehive Fur Friends to start their lives with their loving families that are so excited for them! Each one is already starting to show their little personalities and this guy, well…he’s a pretty chill BFF!

Mom and Light Blue collar boy taking a minute

I had a couple favorites in the first litter but these littles have stolen my heart and I just love everyone of them. Sweet, snuggly, playful and just plain fun. I love my job!🐶❤️

Ok so I’m not going to keep them all but I want to! They bring such joy and sunshine ☀️

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!