Monday, March 27, 2017

Puppies Available!

Hi guys! We have a puppy or two available from our Aimee and Tula litter, born January 22, 2017. They are 9 weeks old and will be available to go home as soon as the first week of April. We'll be having a puppy party at our home in Virginia on April 1st for the new puppy families to meet, have some lunch, play with puppies, and take their puppies home.

We have a very close-knit Facebook group for our puppy owners, and it's always fun to put a name to a face with the people you'll be chatting with and comparing notes over the next few weeks (and years!) of your puppy's life. We're here to help with any and all issues, from housetraining to choosing sweaters and coats, any health problems or concerns, and, many years from now, letting go. Our puppies and puppy owners span the years and life stages of all dogs.

If you're interested in talking with us about a  puppy from Aimee's litter, please check out our website at Timbreblue.com and fill out a questionnaire, or contact Sharyn at either (540) 464-8046 or (540) 784-8948 (or email inquiries@timbreblue.com). We'd love to get to know you, and discover if you're a fit for one of our babies!





Kong frog toys are a big hit!

Rini with her granddaughter Brienne
We just got an order from Amazon, containing 3 of the medium-sized Kong brand toy frogs, and they are a big hit with our whippets!

They're a great size for whippets, and the fur on the toys is as soft as silk. They come with a squeaker in their heads and a velcro pocket in their backs with an extra squeaker included. You can open the velcro pocket and put in the squeaker, then if your dog "kills" the squeaker, you can replace it with a new one. I love this feature!

So far I've had a hard time convincing the younger puppies (Brienne and Jaime) not to take the frogs outside, they love to play keep away with them.

I highly recommend these toys, they're a great deal on Amazon right now at $4.69 with Prime shipping -- here's a link:  http://amzn.to/2nZUJg7

Timbreblue whippet tested and approved! 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Placing Adult Whippets

Because we seem to get a lot of traffic on this blog (Lord knows why--we are not exactly great at keeping it current, though we're always striving to do better!) we're sometimes contacted by people looking to find excellent homes for their beloved whippets. There are many reasons people have to give up dogs and until you've walked in a whole lot of moccasins, it's best not to second guess them.

Life does not always work out exactly the way we've planned and sometimes it is better for the dog to go on to a second chapter in his life. Having rehomed a number of adult dogs, I know the pain and guilt involved, but I can say every dog we've let go to another home has ended up happy, spoiled rotten, with just as good (or better!) care than he or she got here. As hard as it is, I have never regretted it. I've missed the dogs, and still do, but I know I made the decision that was best for the animal, if not for my broken heart.

These past couple of weeks, we've learned about several older dogs looking for retirement homes. The oldest of these dogs is ten, and they all still have life to live and love to give. My Ivy lived to five days short of 16, and up until two days before she died, was playing with her toys, running ahead of me on walks, and in general, running the household. Most whippets live to 12 - 14 at least and many make it longer than that with a good quality life.

Older dogs are easier to live with than puppies, you don't have the whole housetraining issue, they're already leash trained, crate trained, over the carsickness...in short, as Walt says frequently, "If people knew about old dogs, we wouldn't be able to give puppies away!" Mature dogs are especially good for people who think they want a whippet but aren't ready to commit to a puppy or for someone looking for a companion for another whippet.

And you would be amazed at how quickly they bond to you. Whippets are the original "love the one you're with" breed!

More Good Dogs in Flux and the Story of Babs

A couple of months ago-- okay, three months ago -- I posted about a couple of good dogs looking for homes. We were inundated with emails about them and they found homes very quickly. Thanks so much to all of you willing to open your hearts and homes to them.

Now we know of a few more. They are not here at Timbreblue, but I can put you in touch with their owners. I can tell you about a couple of them now and there are a couple more I believe with be available soon. None of these dogs are rescues. They are well-bred, well-loved and well-cared-for and are only looking for homes because life has a way of throwing curveballs. Most of them are mature adults...eight or nine years old, Their owners have decided that their circumstances have changed to the point that it would be better for the dogs to start the second halves of their lives in new homes where they will be just as pampered. This is a hard, hard decision to make and shows how much these dogs are loved.

Before we get to them, though, let me tell you about Babs. Babs came to us when she was 12 years old and many of our friends were horrified that her owners could let such an old girl go. But when the family had acquired Babs, they were mostly-at-home folks with a stay-at-home mom and three kids. Years came and went and suddenly the kids went to college, Dad was working out of town all week, and Mom went back to an eight-hour job...with a two-hour commute.  Suddenly little Babs was spending all day and half the evening alone. She was miserable. Her family called to ask if we thought rescue would take her. She was still in good health, but her quality of life had been greatly reduced in the last year or two. We said sure rescue would take her, but we had a better idea. She could come live with us.

It took Babs all of two days to adjust to us as her new family and we enjoyed her for a year before she was diagnosed with cancer. We wouldn't have missed that time with her for the world, and her last year was spent surrounded with love and other whippets, The moral of Babs' story is that older dogs can be perfectly content in a new home as long as they are spoiled adequately.

Babs changed my attitude entirely about rehoming older dogs. I came to realize that these owners, far from being uncaring or irresponsible, are taking the best option for the dog rather than for themselves. It is an extremely difficult and selfless decision to allow an old friend to start a new life in another loving home when the first one is no longer the best one. Once when I was placing a young adult dog with  family with children, the eight-year-old daughter exclaimed, "Now she will have more people who love her as much as you do!" Out of the mouths of babes...

Next up, more good dogs looking for homes!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The best way to make a whippet happy....a cozy cave!

We've discovered that whippets love cozy caves more than anything in the world. Cozy caves are a type of dog bed that has a built-in cover, sort of like a built-in blanket and your whippet can "nest" in the cozy cave without needing assistance with covers. They're just a requirement for any whippet owner, and multiple whippets require multiple cozy caves. The following is a link to the large-sized cozy cave, but you might want to look into the extra-large if you have the space and multiple dogs. Cozy caves rule!!

>> Find Cozy Caves on Amazon


Monday, February 15, 2016

Top 5 favorite chewies at Timbreblue

Ceri wants to know if there are chewies!
My dogs consider the UPS guy "the chewie man" because I order so many chewies from Amazon, and they greet him with enthusiasm! Rini and Ceri can spot an Amazon box from across the room!

Chewing is an essential part of keeping your whippet's teeth clean -- and keeping her entertained! We have tried all kinds of chewies, and there are tons of good ones, but these are the kinds we tend to order again and again.

1- Braided bully sticks

Bully sticks last a lot longer than most chewies, and braided bully sticks last even longer. This brand has very little mess or odor, and our dogs just love them. Beware, they are very addictive and your whippets will quickly learn what the words "bully sticks" mean, and will come running!



2- Beef tendons

Tendons are a bit faster to chew than bully sticks, but they cost a good bit less, as well. My dogs absolutely adore them, and I've heard only good reviews from other whippet owners, as well. My dogs go absolutely NUTS when they can smell beef tendons inside an Amazon box -- there is no fooling them! I tend to order the bigger bag and just keep them on hand. This brand is not messy or smelly.

Also excellent are buffalo/bison tendons, cheaper than beef but a tad more messy. Buffalo tendons should be fine unless you have a white couch or carpet. They are basted, which makes them taste better to the dogs, but can leave a little bit of residue. If you do have light furniture, these would make a nice crate reward treat.



3- Rawhide mini bones, twists, and flips

Rawhide has gotten a bad reputation in the past few years, but it's a tried-and-true safe chewie for dogs and lasts a good long time. Whippets adore the tiny twisted bone-shaped rawhides, either plain or flavored.

You can also get rawhide twists (our favorites are Dingo brand) which last a little less time, but are smaller to store.

Chew flips last longer than any of the other rawhide products. Green Cow produces all-natural, made in the USA chew flips in a big 5-pound bag. Our dogs love them and they last for a long time! Natural rawhide bones, twists, and flips have no mess and no odor.




4- Knuckle bones

Knuckle bones are an excellent way to naturally clean your whippet's teeth. They ADORE knuckle bones, even puppies who are too small to pick them up! Keep an eye on your dog though, if she chews too emphatically she could crack a tooth. Knuckle bones can be a bit messy, so you might want to try them as a crate reward treat. They last months and months!



5- Chew hooves

Hooves are a natural source of protein, made from trimmed and sanitized cow hooves, and provide a firm chewing surface for whippets with an entertaining shape that helps massage gums and clean teeth. Chew hooves last a long time, and although they occasionally disappear under the sofa, when found again they provide tons of more entertainment for your dog. Chew hooves are another "very hard" chewie that could cause tooth fractures -- keep an eye on your whippet to make sure she doesn't chew too hard. No mess and no odor.



Let me know in the comments if you have other suggestions for chewies that your whippets particularly loved -- I'm always looking for new ideas to entertain my oh-so-spoiled hounds!



Monday, November 30, 2015

A couple of great dogs looking for homes

We have a couple of boys here available to special homes.

Pepper



Pepper is a gorgeous brindle and white boy, two years old, who just wants love. We are helping his owner rehome him due to some catastrophic personal events. Pepper is housetrained, leash trained, trained to use a dog door, and good with other dogs. He will stay in a crate (though not too happily), but left loose in the house has not been destructive at all. 

We didn't breed him -- we just happened to be in the right place at the right time to help him out.

Pepper is a little anxious and really wants to be with you -- touching you! -- all the time. He needs a home with:
-- an owner who is home most of every day
-- another whippet
-- someone who has lots of love to give him,
-- a home where there are not too many surprises and things are on an even keel.

There is nothing he loves better than to snuggle up next to you on the couch while you read or watch TV.




Some of the anxiety will probably ease as he gets comfortable in his new home.He has had a confusing couple of weeks.

Pepper is neutered and AKC registered. I'll get some better pictures in the next day or two.





 Dashiell

Dashiell is a three-month-old Cirpet (cross between whippet and Cirneco dell'Etna - see earlier posts). He is a typical, rowdy little boy, quick to learn and mostly cooperative. He's three quarters of the way to housetrained and 100 percent paper trained. We're working on leash and crate training!

He seems to have more whippet qualities than Cirneco at this point and looks pretty much like a purebred black whippet. He will probably mature out to about whippet size or a bit smaller.



Dashiell would make a wonderful dog for someone with an active lifestyle. He'd be thrilled to live with a runner or someone interested in agility, flyball, obedience, etc. Or he'd be fine in a less active household if he had another dog to play with an a fenced yard. He is energetic, but not Jack Russell energetic, if you know what I mean.



Both of these dogs come with the Timbreblue "lifetime takeback" guarantee -- they can come back at any time in their lives if life doesn't go as planned for the owner. You also get a lifetime of support with any problems or questions; a bag of books, chewies, treats, toys, and other stuff; an invitation to the Timbreblue reunion every October; and support and encouragement from the ever wonderful Timbreblue family of owners.

Dashiell and Pepper have been vet checked and are healthy, up to date on all vaccinations, and microchipped.

I would love to get these boys into their new homes within the next week or so. If you are interested, fill out our questionnaire (under contact us at timbreblue.com) and then drop me a note or call me at 540-464-8046 and we'll talk!


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Another Visitor and Some Naps!



If you have not been following this blog and don't know the story of the Cirpets (pronounced Chur-pets), please note that this is an unintended but cherished litter. The sire is our whippet
 Denim and dam is Rowan, the Cirneco dell'Etna. It is a breeding that will certainly not be repeated, but it has been fun to watch them grow and develop. We're considering a chastity belt for Mom.


So our friend Bev came to visit the Cirpets yesterday and they had a ball showing her just how much fun and mischief they could get into!

Daphne claimed Bev immediately. 





  ...and a bone.


Dashiell and Wilkie shared another bone (for awhile...the brotherly love did not last long with a bone in play.)



 Conan, ever sensible, found his own chewie.
  Checked out the situation







   Wilkie looked for trouble





    Recruited brother Dashiell  









And together they claimed the favorite chair. declaring it a girl-free zone.










Dashiell nodded off while Wilkie kept watch for intruders.




Daphne didn't care. She knew she was Bev's favorite.

 Conan, as usual, was minding his own business and staying out of trouble, 



  

 And even outlaws have to sleep sometimes.





Timbreblue Talks in Class "Whisper," Bev's constant companion and freestyle dancing queen, was not sorry to see them pass out.



Daphne held out for a little longer before joining Conan for her nap.



The End


Dashiell and Wilkie are still available as of November 12.  Write Sharyn if you're interested in a funny, active companion who will be ready to do whatever strikes your fancy!





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