Welcome to the 2021 Louie x Mango Litter micro-blog! This page is intended for new owners to get a weekly update on their new puppy. Please send us a message with any questions. Thank you! – Kim
Dogs. September 8th. Day 47. After being sick for a couple of weeks with strep throat, I headed up to the White Mountains in Arizona to see some Barrett dogs at a field trial. Upon returning home about 10 days later, I was SHOCKED to see how much the puppies have grown! Below are some photos of the day. We didn’t get a chance to formally stack the puppies because they had just been fed and their bellies were full, but we did manage some candid stacks, got the pups going up and down the stairs, and tried getting the gang together for a group photo on the sofa.
Baby Dogs. August 27th. Day 35. Five weeks old today! We brought the puppies out to the front porch for a little bit of afternoon light and playtime with new objects. Puppies were a little bewildered at first, but didn’t take long to figure out all the fun possibilities. Orange Boy even walked into a cobweb and paraded some bits on his face for a little bit.
First Look. August 25th. Day 33. A large part of what we’re trying to achieve with the Louie x Mango breeding is to maintain proper breed type and good structure. To that end, the best way to evaluate puppies for that is to stack them up so we can review geometrical lines and angles. And holy cow, these babies are gorgeous. Top row: Purple and Green Girls. Bottom row: Blue and Orange Boys.
New Digs. August 21st. Day 29. The puppies have moved downstairs and are loving their new digs. They’ve also begun eating dry food soaked in raw goats milk and they LOVE it. Currently in the pen with them are some toys that crinkle. We’ll switch them out for some more toys in the next few days so they don’t get too bored with what they have. Also on the do-list, stacking puppies!!!
Snuggles. August 12th. Day 20. I’ve been sick and home from work all week (and waiting for COVID test results) so I thought I’d go upstairs for a few and spend some time inside the whelping box with the puppies. Eyes are open! Ears are open! They’re toddling around like drunken little sailors, pointing each other, wrestling with each other, and playing bitey face with each other. They’ve also gotten so big that they’ve grown out of their ribbon collars and are now wearing their new biothane collars. Pink Collar Girl is now Purple Collar Girl; all the other colors remain the same.
Support. August 9th. Day 17. Some of you may notice that we have an erratic schedule of posting a weeks’ worth of photos, and then going dark for a few days. Between a full time day job, running a rescue, raising puppies, training dogs, weekend traveling, and competition (field trial season is just around the corner), it’s hard to find the time to post photos, even though I promise that everyone is doing well. So, how does that work?!
MEET BARRY. The real hero behind the scenes. Barry thought that when he retired from his career of about 25 years that he’d fill his days by sipping coffee, doing the NY Times crossword puzzle, and sailing into the sunset off the California coast… but instead, has found himself busier than he’s ever been, managing the homestead and keeping up with all the dogs. Somehow, he still also finds time to make his wife dinner every night. Now that’s a saint! At left is a photo of Barry (who thinks he’s Andrea Bocelli’s older brother) flying to Washington DC with a puppy a few weeks ago to hand deliver her to her new owners. Thank you, honey!
Mothership. August 5th. Day 13. There she is!!! Upstairs with her kids, being a good mom. But not without giving me the signature Mango side-eye to let me know she’s not pleased that four little gremlins are constantly robbing her of all the energy she usually reserves for chasing deer in the canyon out back. Soon Mango, soon. And you can chase all the deer you want.
Companionship. August 3rd. Day 11. As a typical Weimaraner, Mango struggles with whether or not she wants to be upstairs with her kids, or downstairs with the rest of her family (including us, her biological grandma, and biological cousins, nieces and nephews). These days she’s spending more and more time downstairs with us. In fact, I’m not sure I actually see her upstairs very much, but I know she’s doing her job because we’re still weighing puppies everyday and they’re gaining weight like American Gladiators.
Hanging Out. August 2nd. Day 10. Even though eyes and ears aren’t open yet, I’m convinced that puppies benefit from me smothering them every night when I come home from work. So in between bio-sensing them, I snuggle them, kiss them, tell them what good babies they are, and that they’re all going to have bright futures ahead of them.
The Guest Room. July 31st. Day 08. Every hobby breeder has a different set-up. What works for one may not work as well for another. Some folks have fancy kennels with whelping quarters. Others (like us) simply use a guest bedroom because that’s all the space we have. So here is Princess Mango’s set-up. She’s in our guest bedroom. In the first few days, someone’s in there 24/7 with her to make sure that no one gets rolled on or suffocated, and that the Princess’s needs are met. It’s nice and quiet up here; none of the other dogs in the house are allowed upstairs so there’s no chance that anyone would infringe on Mango’s nursery and mom-ligations. When puppies are about four weeks old, we’ll move them downstairs so they get to be an active part of our daily routine.
Early Neurological Stimulation. July 30th. Day 07. The textbooks say that conducting early neurological stimulation on puppies improve their natural abilities. It also improves their cardiovascular performance, gives them stronger heartbeats, stronger adrenal glands, makes them more tolerant to stress, and gives them a greater resistance to disease. Do we know for sure this works? Meh. Have we done our own research to confirm the same findings? No… But – It’s easy to do, doesn’t cost anything, and provides an excellent excuse to hang out with the kiddos.
Also, a few new photos since the puppies are a week old now.
Tails. July 25th. Day 02. A few times a year, we get inquiries from well-meaning folks who want to know if we could please leave their puppy’s tail and dewclaws intact. Some feel so strongly about this subject that they’ve offered to pre-pay for their puppy. Unfortunately, we’ve declined every single one of those requests. (And oh by the way, look at those meaty thighs!)
Decades upon decades of really hard work by a lot of really passionate people have gone into developing and then preserving the Weimaraner as we know it today. Our roles as modern breeders is simply to carry the torch.
If you close your eyes and have someone read for you the current (American) Weimaraner breed standard, a very clear picture will form in your head. Primarily, it will be of a medium-sized gray dog with fine aristocratic features. His coat will be short, smooth and sleek. In his silhouette you’ll see a moderately long neck, well developed chest, straight strong back, firmly held abdomen, well-angulated stifles, and finally:
A docked tail.
To put it plainly, the docked tail is a big part of our breed’s type, and to change that signature silhouette, to un-do all that work, now, just seems a little… rogue.
Nails. July 24th. Day 01. Surprise! We’re #nailsnobs. In other words, we are fanatics about nail care (for both ourselves and our dogs) so nail care starts now. We’ve already clipped the Mango babies so that when they nurse on her, she doesn’t get clawed up. By the time these puppies are old enough to go home, they will have been clipped more than a dozen times and also introduced to a nail grinder. Please keep up the work we’ve started so your puppy’s nails don’t turn into nasty talons that scratch your patio doors and etch your wood floors.
Delivery. July 23rd. Day 00. Mango decided that our 11th Wedding Anniversary was a good day to have her puppies so without further ado, please welcome two girls and two boys out of Louie and Mango!!! All four puppies are doing well, and Mango is being a very attentive mom. Pink and Green collars are the girls, and Blue and Orange collars are the boys.
Expectation. July 16th. We finally traded in the 2012 Audi Q5 for a 2022 Subaru Outback!!! Of course, our first errand was dog related and Mango had to be the first guest. Thank you Southern Kern Veterinary Hospital for getting us in quickly so we could get home before the traffic started. It appears we’re expecting FIVE little nuggets to arrive next week. After the loss of Mango’s previous litter, we’re hoping to finally have our happy ending. The next few days will be busy while we load up on supplies, get a new layer of blankets ready, and pray to the fertility gods for an uneventful delivery. More to follow soon. xoxo
Barrett Weimaraners is pleased to announce a planned breeding this Spring/Summer between CH Cheyenne’s The Big Easy JH ACT2 TKA NSD NRD V, “Louie,” and CH Smokey Topaz ‘n Barrett’s Santa Margarita Peak, “Mango.” The purpose of this out-breeding (COI over ten generations is low at 9.74%) is to preserve a beautiful, moderate and versatile Weimaraner with a beautiful headpiece, balanced structure and high bird drive.
The best puppies out of this litter are expected to do very well in AKC conformation shows, as well as hunt tests and ratings. As companion dogs, we expect them to be active, loyal, and family-oriented.
More about Louie. Louie was bred by Christine Trujillo of Cheyenne Weimaraners in Colorado. Louie finished his Championship in 6 weekends with a 4 point major and a pair of 5 point majors. ❤ Proving he’s not just a pretty face, Louie also earned his Junior Hunter title and learned to swim! Then earned both is Novice Shooting Dog and Novice Retrieving Dog titles, which qualified him for his Versatile rating! Somewhere in between, he knocked out 3 levels of Trick Dog titles, and qualified his ACT1 status. Then he passed all his health/breeding clearances with flying colors!
More about Mango. Mango’s grandmother is our foundation bitch, Friday. If you’ve been following Barrett Weimaraners for any length of time now, you’ll know that our entire lives revolve around her, her kids, and her grandkids. We photo-journal the crap out of them. Mango in particular is incredibly photogenic. She’s also brilliant, sassy, tenacious, and mischievous. That said, she’s also friendly, kind, mellow, demure, and poised. Mango is the kind of dog that breeders dream about.
When I’m meeting someone at a coffee shop to introduce them to Weimaraners, she’s my go-to girl. Friendly with everyone she sees, content to sit under a table, quiet as a church mouse, she almost lulls people into a false sense the Weimaraners are perfect. (They are not.)
Mango was the six month old puppy who inadvertently spent an entire afternoon loose in the house while we were away. (We forgot to lock her up, oops.) We came home to an angel who was still sleeping on her bed, and she hadn’t touched a thing.
On another occasion, I was traveling with Mango to Arkansas, and we had stopped at a friend’s house in New Mexico for the night. (We were on our way to a National Field Trial, and Mango actually placed Third in the National Open Derby Stake!) I left Mango in the guest bedroom so I could have some dinner and conversation. By now, I knew her well enough to expect this, but I was still impressed when I returned a few hours later, and she was just sitting on the bed, waiting for me.
Mango is also the kind of girl who will shoot you a dirty look or sneer in your direction… all because you wouldn’t share the chicken. After all, she is a Weimaraner, and Weimaraners are S-P-E-C-I-A-L.
Really though, Mango’s best trait is that she’s good natured. And she’s more affectionate than most of them. Mango is the one who has to ride shotgun with her head on your lap. She’s under the covers with her head on your pillow. And she’s always down for a road trip, no matter where the location.
Should you be lucky enough to bring home one of her puppies this year, you’ll know exactly what I mean.
- May 2021 – Breeding
- June 2021 – Pregnancy confirmation
- July 2021 – Puppies due
- September 2021 – Puppies placed with new families
10/1/20 UPDATE: No inquiries, please. At this time the interest list is full/closed. For those interested in a future Barrett puppy (pet/companion, or otherwise), please feel free to check out our other planned breedings and submit a prospective owner questionnaire if there’s a litter you might be interested in getting a puppy from. Thank you!
SIRE: CH Cheyenne’s The Big Easy JH ACT2 TKA NSD NRD V
DAM: CH Smokey Topaz n’ Barrett’s Santa Margarita Peak
CH Cheyenne’s The Big Easy JH ACT2 TKA NSD NRD V, “Louie”
AKC AKC SS08117902, DOB 7/9/2018, Sire: GCHB Cheyenne’s Go Big or Go Home JH NSD, “Larry,” Dam: CH Cheyenne’s Love Bug JH NSD, “Cricket,” Bred by Christine Trujillo and Megan Kelleghan, Owned by Ann and Mark Lincoln, OFA CHIC # 151085 (Hips: Excellent, Elbows: Normal, Eyes: Normal, Thyroid: Normal), HUU N/N, HYM N/N, SD N/N, Coat Length S/S, Coat Color K/K
CH Smokey Topaz n’ Barrett’s Margarita Peak, “Mango
AKC SR98702701, DOB 5/1/2017, Sire: GCHB Knight N’ Barrett’s Pioneer Mountain Man, “Boulder”, Dam: GCH Weimshadow-N-Smokey Topaz’s Lenka, JH NJP V, Bred by James and Deborah Ebert, Owned by Kim Burnell and Barry Burnell, OFA CHIC # 145384 (Hips: Excellent, Elbow: Normal, Thyroid: Normal, Eyes: Normal), HUU N/N, Coat Length S/S
This is a four generation analysis of the dogs behind both Louie and Mango. In summary, it’s a varied pedigree (the COI over ten generations is only 9.74%) that’s loaded with beautiful versatile dogs. Cheyenne, Smokey Topaz, Barrett and Reiteralm make up approximately 75% of this pedigree.
Louie’s Sire: GCHB Cheyenne’s Go Big or Go Home JH NSD, LARRY
Louie’s Dam: CH Cheyenne’s Love Bug JH NSD, CRICKET
Louie’s Paternal Grandsire: GCH Cheyenne’s What Goes Around Comes Around, JET
Louie’s Paternal Granddam: CH Cheyenne’s Eleventh Hour NSD, PIP
Louie’s Maternal Grandsire: CH Foxfire’s Bohemian Rhapsody, GUNNIE
Louie’s Maternal Granddam: GCH Cheyenne’s Sparks Will Fly, AURORA
Louie’s Great Grandparents:
- CH Foxfire’s Bohemian Rhapsody, GUNNIE
- CH Cheyenne N Foxfire Common Ground, TRUE
- CH Win’Weim N Nani Paparazzi, PAPARAZZI
- CH Cheyenne’s Spontaneous Combustion NSD, SPARKY
- Can/NZ/US CH Win’Weim’s Rio Grande, RIO
- CH Foxfire’s Platinum Evanescence, BABS
- CH Cheyenne’s Esprit Malifaisant, KODA
- CH Cheyenne’s Eleventh Hour NSD, PIP
Mango’s Sire: GCH Knight n’ Barrett’s Pioneer Mountain Man, BOULDER
Mango’s Dam: GCH Weimshadow-N-Smokey Topaz’s Lenka JH NJP CGC V, LENKA
Mango’s Paternal Grandsire: GCH Camelot’s Heidelberg Maximillian Von Reiteralm JH, MAX
Mango’s Paternal Granddam: CH Axel N Reiteralm’s Gun Run Gal Friday JH, FRIDAY
Mango’s Maternal Grandsire: CH Weimshadow Double Barrel Sport CD NSD NRD, SPORT
Mango’s Material Granddam: CH Smokey Topaz-N-Monterra’s Lumination JH NRD V, SHINE
Mango’s Great Grandparents:
- GCH Camelot’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door BROM, STEWIE
- CH Axel’s Reiteralm Chica V Kasamar JH BROM, ______
- CH Axel Reiteralm of Weimar’s Joy CD JH RD NSD VX FROM BROM NAVHDA NAIII, AXEL
- CH Smokycity Off the Charts, VEBA
- Weimshadow Huntsabird CD RN SH NSD NRD , ______
- Orion’s Kwik Trip Riza, _______
- GCH Monterra’s Best Bet MH NRD SDX V BROM, STOLI
- CH Smokey Topaz Winstar Zephyr CD MH OA AJP CGCA NRD NSD VX2 BROM, ZEPHYR