“Hounting Dog”

There is nothing more adorable than a gang of Spinoni

You’re asking yourself right now, “what is a hounting dog?” Well let me tell you all about a house/hunting dog aka “Hounting” dog. A name we came up with here at Beehive Fur Friends to make no mistake as to where this dog should live!

A dog that for many many years is believed to be best suited for a chain link fenced in area in the back corner of your yard and only to be addressed twice a day to feed and water and let out to run off some energy or to go hunting, fast forward a few years of research and greater intelligence and they are now the dog that lies at your feet while you watch tv and sleeps on a mat in your bedroom at night and sometimes even in your bed with you if he’s lucky enough (or when Dad is out of town in our case here at “the hive”). We raise Italian Spinoni or Spinone Italiano same dog, different name. If you watch them in the field and saw just how intense they are at finding every possible bird out there, you would have no idea that the minute they walk through the front door, they become the most docile, affectionate, over grown lap dog you could ever meet. And get ready to laugh because laugh you will at these hilarious clowns. (of course sometimes you’re not laughing at first, you’re actually cursing and then eventually laughing) I wish I could describe the kind of joy this dog will bring you but until you own one, you simply cannot understand. And now before you go signing up to be an owner, remember this, everything in life has it’s opposites, you know, you can never know the good if you’ve never known the bad or ever be happy if you’ve never been sad? This breed will stealthily steal an entire chicken off the counter when you turn your back, they will put their nose on everything so don’t walk in front of them unless you want a Spinone nose on your bum! They will take their weight and slowly climb on your beautiful couch while your watching a movie and your won’t even notice they’re there until they’ve weaseled their way onto your lap and then stick their wet nose on your face announcing their arrival and when you go to yell at them or scold them for doing so, they will look at you with the most human sad eyes you have ever tried to say no to and well, there you have it, a lovely foot warmer and friend right there next to you all curled up and sound asleep. So sometimes they are just awful and if you pride yourself on being tough and strict, you probably don’t want a Spinone because they will teach you how to be gentle and patient. So you see, they may be considered a “hunting dog” but here at Beehive Fur Friends, we sell them only to people who agree to have a “hounting” dog and not a just a hunting dog. I believe you could kill a Spinone by leaving them outside by themselves, they are far too social and attached to their humans to be alone. Here is an excerpt from an article that I think is spot on. (https://gearjunkie.com/rare-bird-hunting-dogs)

The Spinone Italiano

Spinone Italiano

With its wiry coat and big houndy ears, it’s easy to mistake a Spinone Italiano (pictured above, photo by Camera Eye Photography) for a living muppet. But don’t let its sweet and goofy countenance turn you off from its hunting potential.

The Spinone Italiano is an ancient Italian hunting breed long renowned for endurance, field savvy, and intelligence. The docile nature of this bigger bird dog also makes it an ideal family dog. This breed is quickly growing in popularity, and reputable breeders around the nation are working to keep its ancient legacy intact.

This is how the AKC describes the The Spinone Italiano, a densely-coated hunting dog, is sociable, docile, and patient, sometimes stubborn but always endearing. Of ancient Italian lineage, the Spinone is among the field dogs of Continental Europe famed for versatility. (https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/spinone-italiano/)

WARNING: The Spinoni enthusiasts will tell you that once you own one, you will want another and will never want any other breed. We have found this to be pretty accurate. I love my goldendoodles too. It’s important to note that most Spinoni are adopted as family pets and not as hunting dogs. Nelli came from a litter of 13 and I believe that only 2 or 3 of those are used for hunting. Nelli is a full time family pet/comedian and an occasional hunter. She does love to hunt though so I suggest that you teach your Spinone how to play hide and seek as this will mimic their hunting natural abilities in the back yard. It’s also fun to watch her point at little song birds sitting on the fence while she’s moseying around the yard.

If you’re interested in being on our waitlist for an amazingly wonderful sweet nosy furry love and best fur friend BFF, then send us a message at, beehivefurfriends@yahoo.com or shoot us a text at 801-928-3737. Nelli will be getting “married” next week. (That’s what our granddaughters call it) AKA bred or breeding. 😉

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!

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!

One of the least of these…

The remaining two puppies I have out of my litter of 11, are the tiniest and the most laid back.

“Little Runtly” is a whopping 10 pounds at 12 weeks old. Her next closest littermate is 16 and they go up from there! She has been dear to me because I had to syringe feed her for a month and then make special private milk bar times for her for 6 weeks. I had a constant vigil on her and would carry her around inside my shirt to keep her warm. I love this little girl! And then there’s Flash, because he has such a docile personality, he was all but unnoticed in the litter until now…now he isn’t being shoved to the back of the line, he comes and sits next to me every morning when I let them out. We have a little ritual of bonding time and then he wanders off to potty. He always comes back though for his belly rubs. There is a generalization among dog people that females are more needy and therefore make better pets, I don’t agree. My male Lab, Jake and this sweet puppy, Flash are proof that it’s just not true. They follow me and seek my attention always!

So far, all of the families are happy with their puppies and my trainer friend says that they are all just great! I’ve loved the process of whelping puppies alongside the sweetest mama dog, Mika. She is such a gentle and patient soul. I’ve learned from her and been blessed by her gentle soul. She calms me when I’m stressed and stays with me when I’m sad.

I’m not sure why it seems in life that those who have gentle souls, or perhaps a smaller “presence” sometimes get overlooked? I’ve been drawn to the “underdog” my whole life and this situation is no different. I love these babies, I really just want to keep them both for myself, if there weren’t laws against it in my community, I probably would. My dilemma is this, I am getting pictures of the other puppies in their new homes and they all look so happy and I can see that they are loved and getting so much attention and being snuggled and adored. I already have 3 dogs, I simply don’t have the ability to give 5 dogs “enough”, I don’t have a car big enough for 5 dogs to go in car rides and hang their heads out the window, I don’t have a bed big enough for 5 dogs to sprawl out on, I don’t have enough a/c vents for everyone to get their own, or enough kennels for everyone to have their own den…I want those things for my puppies, I want them to each have a warm lap, a cool vent, a window to hang their head out of riding down the road, a comfy kennel to call their own. I pray for my puppies and I’ll continue to pray that just the right family comes along and sees all that I have done to help them get a great start and one that wants to continue to love and train and will help their puppy become the best dog ever!