Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Yay! It's BarkBox day!

Rini with today's BarkBox
Yay!! Our BarkBox arrived! Rini is excited!! My whippets loooove BarkBox. If you'd like to try BarkBox, use this link and both you and I will get a free box. 
https://www.barkbox.com/r/JOW0F21DZ0
BarkBox is a monthly surprise box with 2 toys, 2 bags of treats or cookies, and a chewie -- all corresponding to the month's fun theme. There are options available for extra toys, and there is a free upgrade for super chewers. Every toy is guaranteed, so if your dog doesn't like it, or destroys it in 5 minutes, you can contact them for a credit in their BarkStore (with free shipping).

We have the "extra toy" option, so each month we get 3 premium guaranteed chew-proof toys instead of two. They have all been a hit with our whippets except for one, and BarkBox quickly offered a $15 credit to their store when I emailed them -- with free shipping, and didn't require me to return the toy. The themes are also fun -- my husband Derek loves the packaging, it always has fun stories and illustrations.
My dogs have become convinced lately that every single box that comes into the house is actually BarkBox, and they are disappointed when allowed to inspect and they discover a box is a non-BarkBox. Fiona's longtime conspiracy theory about the UPS man continues to stand, however. She doesn't seem to credit him with the monthly arrival of the BarkBox. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Our puppycams

We invite you to visit our mamas with their babies ... Siren welcomed a litter in Virginia with Sharyn on June 12 and Fiona had her babies in South Carolina with Jo on July 14.

Siren's puppycam: http://waltah.camstreams.com/

Fiona's puppycam: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/timbreblue-whippets2

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New to whippets? 

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Visit our website to learn more about whippets and find out about our puppies and our breeding ethics. Fill out our questionnaire to start a conversation with us about whippets.

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http://amzn.to/2tfANFe


This is the BEST book about whippets ... it answers many of the questions you might have. It's a quick read and inexpensive. It covers the basics about the breed, pros and cons, quirks, and really captures the essence of whippets. It answers a lot of the basic questions about whippets, and can also teach experience whippet owners a thing or two. 

It was written by experienced sighthound breeder Dr. Caroline Coile, and is a must-have for any whippet lover's library.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fiona's puppies arrived!

We're so proud to announce that Fiona welcomed her second litter on July 14, 2017! She whelped 11 healthy puppies at home in South Carolina with Jo. Fiona was bred to our Welsh import, Denim, for a repeat breeding of last year's litter "Fiona's Thirteen." The birth weights of these puppies was excellent, with the smallest arriving at 9.5 ounces and most of them over 11 ounces. Those are excellent birth weights for such a large litter! We're calling this "The City Litter" and have named the puppies for world cities: Rome, London, Tokyo, Austin, Bombay, Dublin, Rio, Vienna, Firenze, Montreal, and Aberdeen. We have 5 boys and 6 girls.

Fiona's puppies are live on our puppycam!

An average-sized whippet litter is 5-7 puppies. Fertility runs in our line: Fiona's mother, Rini, had one litter of ten puppies, and Fiona's grandmother, Juliet, had 11, 12, and 12 in her litters. We also outcross, instead of "line breeding" or inbreeding as many breeders do, and outcrossing provide better genetic health through "hybrid vigor" -- here's a link for more about hybrid vigor.

We do have a waiting list for this litter, but we might have a puppy or two available. If you're interested, we invite you to fill out our questionnaire, visit our Facebook group to get to know us better, and enjoy Fiona's puppycam where you can watch the puppies grow up.





Mama Fiona:




Daddy Denim:
(our import from Wales)




New to whippets? 
The only book you need about whippets: http://amzn.to/2tfANFe
This is the BEST book about whippets ... it answers many of the questions you might have. It's a quick read and inexpensive. It covers the basics about the breed, pros and cons, quirks, and really captures the essence of whippets. It answers a lot of the basic questions about whippets, and can also teach experience whippet owners a thing or two.  

Visit our website to learn more about whippets and more about our puppies and our breeding ethics.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

We're expecting July puppies

Hi guys! We're so happy to announce a repeat breeding of Fiona and Denim, the parents of last year's May 23 litter ("Fiona's Thirteen") -- new puppies due July 13, 2017. We have a waiting list for this litter, but if you'd like more information, please contact us at inquiries@timbreblue.com

Fiona

Sweet FiFi

Fiona is past the rough morning sickness phase and is feeling great! We're keeping up with her daily exercise, and she's had an increased appetite. She's getting daily fish oil (wild Alaskan salmon oil) for DHA and amino acids, folic acid, and Solid Gold Seameal vitamin supplement. At day 40, she will start getting an extra meal with fresh fish and Panacur (see our website for info on our Panacur Protocol).

We keep our puppies with their mothers until ten weeks old, so this litter will be ready to go home in late September. We do not ship puppies, but new families are welcome to fly to Virginia (we're convenient to the Richmond airport) and fly their puppies home with them in the cabin. We insist on meeting all of our new families, and we're very selective about placing our puppies. A Timbreblue puppy comes with the lifetime support of the Timbreblue extended family. Most litters are all promised before they are born.

If you're interested in this litter, please visit our website and fill out our questionnaire under "Contact Us" to start a conversation. If you have trouble with the form, email us at inquiries@timbreblue.com -- some people have trouble with the form on mobile devices.

Fiona's Thirteen -- May 23, 2016


Fiona's Thirteen at age one week

Fiona's Thirteen at age 9 weeks -- 7/22/2016

Monday, March 27, 2017

Puppies Available!

UPDATE: Thank you for your interest! These puppies have all been placed with families. Visit our website to find out more about our puppies or submit a questionnaire to start a conversation with us about our whippets.

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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!