Glacial Calves Four Week Update

Here we are already at four weeks old. The puppies are growing like weeds now that they are transitioning to solid food. Their teeth have come in, as shown by their desire to chew on things from each other and toys to the kittens. My female kitten, Freyja, has taken up the mantle of puppy nanny, spending most of her time with them. She actually keeps them in line more than Reine does, letting them know when they get too rough. The weekly photo shoot was quite a challenge between several uncooperative puppies, and the kitten being either in the photo or on my back. In a few days they will move into their new, larger enclosure with easy access to the great outdoors.

Tasiilaq (Female) 4 lb 10.6 oz

Narsaq (Female) 4 lb 4 oz

Paamiut (Male) 4 lb 11.1 oz

Kulusuk (Female) 4 lb 3.2 oz

Aasiaat (Male) 4 lb 11.3 oz

Qaanaaq (Female) 3 lb 13.1 oz

Kalaallit (Female) 4 lb 15.1 oz  Still the biggest!

Ilulissat (Female) 4 lb 2.5 oz

Nuuk (Male) 4 lb 9.2 oz

Week One                                                Now

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Ukko checks out his son, Nuuk

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Tasiilaq and Ilulissat

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Paamiut

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Ilulissat

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Kulusuc

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Paamiut tormenting Freyja the kitten

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Glacial Calves Three Week Update

The puppies are now three weeks old. Eyes are fully open, and hearing is improving, as evidenced by their barks and looking around in response to sudden noises. When I clap my hands repeatedly many of them toddle in my direction. They have had several howling fests in the last two days trying out their high little voices. Their first meals of gruel (goat milk and crushed puppy kibble) is in their bellies. Everyday there are changes in their abilities, and interactions with each other.

 

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Paamiut (Male) 2 lb 12.9 oz

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Ilulisaat (Female) 2 lb 7 oz

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Kulusuk (Female) 2 lb 7.1 oz

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Tasiilaq (Female) 2 lb 9.8 oz

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Aasiaat (Male) 2 lb 11.4 oz

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Narsaq (Female) 2 lb 10.5 oz

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Qaanaaq (Female) 2 lb 6.6 oz

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Nuuk (Male) 2 lb 10.7 oz

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Kalaallit (Female) 2 lb 13 oz

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Aasiaat and Narsaq

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Kalaallit and Kulusuk

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Kalaallit and Kulusuk

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Aasiaat and Nuuk

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Nuuk

 

 

Glacial Calves Two Week Update

The end of the second week has been marked by big changes for the puppies. The eyes of all the pups are now fully open. This has encouraged them to start to interact with their litter mates, and explore the limits of the whelping box. More and more they rise up on all wobbly four legs and attempt to walk, only to fall into a heap. They endure nail trimming, grooming, photo shoots, and other little stresses with copious amounts of squealing. Enjoy the sometimes blurry images that mark their second week and see how much they have grown.

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Nuuk 1 lb 14.6 oz
Nuuk
1 lb 14.6 oz

Male

22

Qaanaaq 1 lb 10.7 oz
Qaanaaq
1 lb 10.7 oz

Female

3 (2)

Aasiaat Male 1lb 12.6 oz
Aasiaat
Male
1lb 12.6 oz

44

Paamiut Male 1 lb 12 oz
Paamiut
Male
1 lb 12 oz

55

Ilulissat Female 1 lb 11.4 oz
Ilulissat
Female
1 lb 11.4 oz

66

Kulusuk Female 1 lb 10.6 oz
Kulusuk
Female
1 lb 10.6 oz

7

Kalaallit Female 1 lb 15.4 oz
Kalaallit
Female
1 lb 15.4 oz

88

Narsaq Female 1 lb 12 oz
Narsaq
Female
1 lb 12 oz

9

Tasiilaq Female 1 lb 12.7 oz
Tasiilaq
Female
1 lb 12.7 oz

Narsaq & Kalaallit

Kalaalit & Nuuk

Kulusuk first eyes open

Kulusuk

Nuuk checks out breakfast options

Cornered

Aasiaat with a big yawn

Day Two Mug Shots, Profiles,and Fun Photos

Nuuk

Male Birth Weight 15 oz. Light tawny coat with dark mask and ears Light Green Collar

Male Birth Weight 15.0 oz Light Tawny with dark mask and ears Light Green Collar
Male
Birth Weight 15.0 oz
Light Tawny with dark mask and ears
Light Green Collar

Nuuk (nuke or nook or new’-uck) is the capital and largest city. It is the world’s most northern capital and one the smallest, by population. The name means “cape”  and refers to its location at the end of a fjord.

Qaanaaq

Blue Front

Female Birth Weight 12 oz. Gray and Tan Blue Collar
Female
Birth Weight 12 oz.
Dark Tawny with dark mask and ears
Blue Collar

Qaanaaq (kah’-knack or kah’-knock) is Greenland’s northern-most town, in  the northwest, formerly Thule, which was set up as a military base.

Aasiaat

White Front

Male Birth Weight 12.3 oz. Gray and Tan White Collar
Male
Birth Weight 12.3 oz.
Gray and Tan
White Collar

Aasiaat (ah-shot’) is in western Greenland, and is the 5th largest town, located at the southern end of Disko Bay. Lies in the heart of the Aasiaat Archipelago. The name means “spiders”.

Paamiut

Red Front

Male Birth Weight 13.1 oz Black and Tan Red Collar
Male
Birth Weight 13.1 oz
Black and Tan
Red Collar

Paamiut (Pa’-me-ut) is in southern Greenland on the coast of the Labrador Sea at the end of a small estuary. the name means “Those who Reside by the Mouth”.It was first settled in 1500 BC.

Ilulissat

Gold Front

Female Birth Weight 11.1 oz. Dark Tawny with dark mask Gold Collar
Female
Birth Weight 11.1 oz.
Tawny with dark mask and ears
Gold Collar

Ilulissat (i-loo’-li-sat those are short i’s) is on the west coast, and was formerly called Jacobshavin, which was a trading post. Ilulissat is the Kalaallisut word for “icebergs”. Here is the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the birthplace of explorer Knud Rasmussen.

Kulusuk

Yellow Front

Female Birth Weight 12.8 oz Black and Tan Yellow Collar
Female
Birth Weight 12.8 oz
Black and Tan
Yellow Collar

Kulusuk (kuh’-lusk) is on the island of Sermersook in the southeast, and means “Chest of a Black Guillemot” (a black seabird with a white wing patch).

Kalaallit

Pink Front

Female Birth Weight 13.2 oz Black and Tan Pink Collor
Female
Birth Weight 13.2 oz
Black and Tan
Pink Collar

Kalaallit Nunaat (Kah’-lah-lit new naht) is the Inuit name for Greenland. It is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark.

Narsaq

Black Front

Female Birth Weight 11.6 oz Gray and Tan Black Collar
Female
Birth Weight 11.6 oz
Gray and Tan
Black Collar

Narsaq (nar’-zak) is an agricultural town in the south of the island. Its name means “plains” and refers to the plain it sits on. Its mainstays are fishing and sheep farming.

Tasiilaq

Dark Green Front

Female Birth Weight 13.3 oz Gray and Tan Dark Green Collar
Female
Birth Weight 13.3 oz
Gray and Tan
Dark Green Collar

Tasiilaq (Ta-zee-eye’-lack or tahsh’-lack)is a southeastern town founded in 1894. It is located in a deep fjord.

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Welcome to the Glacial Calves Litter

This litter is named in honor of the roots of the Chinook family tree. The dam of the progenitor of the breed, the male named “Chinook”, was a Greenland Husky. Greenland, land of snow and ice, where sled dogs outnumber people in some towns, is home to some 53 glaciers. These arise from the giant ice sheet that covers 84% of Greenland, 4th largest island in the world.

Greenland, Kalaallit Nunaat, lies mostly within the Arctic Circle. The Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier is one of the fastest and most productive glaciers in the world, producing more calf ice than any glacier outside of Antarctica. The act of ice breaking off the head of a glacier is called “calving”, and these “calves” that are born are icebergs. While these new Chinook puppies are much warmer and more cuddly than icebergs, they too will be at home in the snow.

The puppies are all named after “cities” in Greenland, except for  the country’s Inuit namesake, Kalaallit.