Stars and Stripes Pups Have Gone Home

All the puppies have now joined their forever families in homes from Maryland to New Hampshire. It has been fun watching them grow and develop their individual personalities. They are already claiming the hearts of their new families and exploring new realms. A huge thank you to Kali Hart for doing such a fabulous job raising these puppies and to her husband, Steve, for his support and assistance all along the way. They gave these pups a great head start.

Please join us in wishing all these puppies many wonderful adventures, belly rubs, and love. Here is one last roundup of photos from the past week. Enjoy!

Stars and Stripes Pups are 8 Weeks Old!

These puppies are ready to go to their homes! They have been well prepared by their human mom, and by Willow. Some of their activities have included tons of socialization with many children and adults, practice at recalls, potty training, sitting on command, grooming, and getting used to loud and unexpected noises. They have done really great with learning to walk on leash and having time away from their siblings. In fact, they all cry until they get their turn at the leash walking! Blackjack left for his forever home today, but he is just a few houses away and will be back for frequent visits. The rest will go to their homes at the end of the week.

Buzz
Male
Wt. 13.94 lbs.
Blue Collar

McClain (Lainey)
Female
Wt. 11.77 lbs.
Pink Collar

Blackjack
Male
Wt. 15.64 lbs.
Teal Collar
Holland (Holly)
Female
Wt. 11.31 lbs.
Purple Collar
Ike
Male
Wt. 12.79 lbs.
Green Collar

Stars and Stripes Pups Sneak up on Week 7!

How is it seven weeks already? These Spook Nook puppies are living up to their name and their great grandfather, Ukko, who was born on Halloween. They are really enjoying pumpkin season and getting ready to enjoy some spooky treats of the season! They love, love, being outside and were very happy when the rain stopped. They have experienced the front yard now too, where they have been greeted by many children, and were unphased by a noisy lawnmower that was nearby. They all enjoyed a car ride around the neighborhood and did very well. Soon they will venture out into the greater world, but not quite yet.

Buzz
Male
Wt. 11.86 lbs.
Blue Collar
McClain (Lainey)
Female
Wt. 10.19 lbs.
Pink Collar

Blackjack
Male
Wt. 13.58 lbs.
Teal Collar

Holland (Holly)
Female
Wt. 9.46 lbs.
Purple Collar

Ike
Male
Wt. 10.77 lbs.
Green Collar

Stars and Stripes Pups Mark Week 6!

I got to visit these sweet puppies over the weekend. They are everything I expected them to be, solid and affectionate. They were unfazed by the rain and still spend plenty of time outside. They are doing a great job interacting with all of their visitors, large and small. They are learning to come running when called, and it is fun to see the whole pack dash over. They are alert and more and more tuned into the world that surrounds them. They are getting a lot of socializing and exposure to new things every day.

Buzz
Male
Wt. 9.57 lbs.
Blue Collar

McClain (Lainey)
Female
Wt. 7.87 lbs.
Pink Collar

Blackjack
Male
Wt. 10.48 lbs.
Teal Collar

Holland (Holly)
Female
Wt. 7.56 lbs.
Purple Collar

Ike
Male
Wt. 8.32 lbs.
Green Collar

Stars and Stripes Pups are Five Weeks Old!

These puppies are having a blast in their outdoor space and expanded indoor area. They got to experience a bit of rain today, which made digging in the dirt that much more fun! They keep jostling for position on the weight chart, keeping us guessing as to where each will land. They are enjoying softened kibble but still really enjoy a meal at mom’s milk bar. How Willow puts up with those sharp teeth is anyone’s guess. She is a real trooper!

Buzz
Male
Wt. 7.84 lbs.
Blue Collar

McClain (Lainey)
Female
Wt. 6.68 lbs.
Pink Collar

Blackjack
Male
Wt. 8.33 lbs.
Teal Collar

Holland (Holly)
Female
Wt. 6.17 lbs.
Purple Collar

Ike
Male
Wt. 6.73 lbs.
Green Collar

Stars and Stripes Pups are 4 Weeks Old!

What a week for these pups! They had their first taste of goat’s milk, and then with a little food mixed in. They are responding well to the diet change and have grown, grown, grown! Blackjack finally caught up and passed Buzz on the scales, and Ike is no longer the smallest. That is currently Holly, though, she burns a lot of calories by lots and lots of play! As you can see from the photos, they have also had their first trips outside onto grass and other new surfaces. They are also starting to have some visitors to keep them entertained.

Buzz
Male
Wt 5.93 lbs.
Blue Collar

Lainey (McClain)
Female
Wt 5.31 lbs.
Pink Collar

Blackjack
Male
Wt. 6.0 lbs.
Teal Collar

Holly (Holland)
Female
Wt. 4.85 lbs.
Purple Collar

Ike
Male
Wt. 5.1 lbs.
Green Collar

The Stars and Stripes Litter Turns 3 Weeks Old!

The pups are getting big very quickly. Their sharp little teeth are starting to make momma Willow a little uncomfortable and she is starting to spend a little time away from them. However, those moments of rest may not last long for Willow as the pups are getting more mobile every day. Although, they are still a bit wobbly, they are able to escape the whelping box whenever they spy their momma lounging nearby.

Buzz
Male
Weight 4.45 lbs.
Blue Collar

Lainey (McClain)
Female
Weight 3.89 lbs.
Pink Collar

Blackjack
Male
Weight 4.06 lbs.
Teal Collar

Holly (Holland)
Female
Weight 3.67 lbs.
Purple Collar

Ike
Male
Weight 3.52 lbs.
Green Collar

The Stars and Stripes Litter Celebrates 2 Weeks!

These puppies are growing fast. All have their eyes open, and they are taking their first wobbly steps, an exciting time for all! Willow continues to be a great, and doting mom. Ike has made great strides, gaining on his siblings. Undaunted by being smaller, he was the first to open his eyes, and one of the first to try taking some steps.

Buzz
Male
Weight 3 lbs. 4 oz
Blue Collar

McClain (Lainey)
Female
Weight 2 lbs. 11.4 oz.
Pink Collar

Blackjack
Male
Weight 2 lbs. 15 oz.
Teal Collar

Holland (Holly)
Female
Weight 2 lbs. 11 oz.
Purple Collar

Ike
Male
Weight 2 lbs. 7.5 oz.
Green Collar

The Stars and Stripes Litter is One Week Old!

Pups are already one week old and growing quickly. They have all double their birth weight, including Ike, who had a slow and tenuous beginning. Willow is being a great and doting mom with them. Even though they can’t walk yet they manage to move around the whelping box with amazing ability. They are also getting quite vocal, and their tan points are becoming more evident.

Buzz
Male
Weight 31.89 oz.
Black and Tan
Blue Collar

McClain (Lainey)
Female
Weight 27.69 oz.
Black and Tan
Pink Collar

Blackjack
Male
Weight 29.27 oz.
Black and Tan
Teal Collar

Holland (Holly)
Female
Weight 27.69 oz.
Black and Tan
Purple Collar

Ike
Male
Weight 21.34 oz.
Black and Tan
Green Collar

The Stars and Stripes Litter has Arrived!

Please welcome five puppies, born on August 21, 2022 to Spook Nook Willow and Sirius Rising Praus.
There are three males and two females and a real rarity in the Chinook world being all black and tan!
The puppies were born at Fort Meade in Maryland. They are all military brats, so it is fitting that they are named in honor of notable West Point graduates.

Spook Nook Buzz

Male
Birthweight 15.52 oz
Blue Collar

Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin was a pioneering Apollo 11 Astronaut, and a 1951 graduate from West Point.

Spook Nook McClain (Lainey)

Female
Birthweight 13.05 oz
Pink Collar

Anne McClain is an astronaut, who worked at the International Space Station, and is a 2002 graduate of West Point.

Spook Nook Blackjack

Male
Birthweight 12.87 oz
Teal Collar

John Pershing Blackjack was the General of the Armies and Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces during WWI, and an 1886 graduate of West Point.

Spook Nook Holland (Holly)

Female
Birthweight 12.87 oz
Purple Collar

Diana Holland was the first woman Commandant of Cadets, and is a 1990 graduate of West Point.

Spook Nook Ike

Male
Birth Weight 10.4 oz
Green Collar

Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States, the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during WWII, and a 1915 graduate of West Point.