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Puppy Available – October 2016

Callicoon Bigelow is a proud papa of 6 girls and 2 boys! Bashaba Jesson is a great mom and all the pups are doing well. We are looking for a home willing to keep a puppy intact to be evaluated for breeding. Fill out a puppy application here, or visit us on Facebook


You can follow the litter and find out more about Jesson at or on Bashaba’s Facebook page


SpookNook Chinooks is expecting puppies.

Spook Nook Chinooks is having their first litter! Callicoon Ukko is the proud daddy. If you are looking for a great pet or a hard-working sled dog, this is the litter for you.


5 Weeks – On the Move!

We are still accepting applications for puppies from this litter. If you are interested, please download an application and send it to us at

Week 4 – The First Goat’s Milk Adventure

Moving to solid food is messy. We start with goat’s milk, and little by little add solid food. This litter is starting off with Honest Kitchen Thrive. So far, the reviews are that it is tasty and filling.

Week 3 – Growing fast. Still looking for just the right homes for some of these pups. Are you one?

They look and act more like dogs every day! They walk, they wrestle, they bark and growl, all on a miniature scale. Madeline and Sky have literally jumped right in to help with puppy care. All of the pups are over three pounds and growing fast.

Week 2

We’re a little early, but it’s easiest to do updates on the weekend. Welcome to Week 2! Eyes are starting to open, the pups are noticing one another and their surroundings, and they are beginning to try to walk. STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR BREED POTENTIAL PUPPIES. Please ask about the details.

Everyone is well over 2 lbs and growing like crazy.

Week 1

Please enjoy the pictures from our first week together. It’s hard to believe the pups are already a week old. We are still looking for homes for breeding potential puppies, male and female. Please click here to download an application. 

Click on the thumbnails below to see the gallery.

We have puppies!

Ukko and Willow’s puppies were born on Tuesday, August 27th 2013. We have 3 Girls and 2 Boys. The pups are healthy and eating up a storm. Applications being accepted for breeding potential homes. Willy and Ithaca



















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Ukko is a handsome, powerfully built dog. He is extremely outgoing and friendly, especially with kids.

Ukko is a handsome, powerfully built dog. He is extremely outgoing and friendly, especially with kids.

Ukko is a powerful, proven sled dog.

Ukko is a powerful, proven sled dog.

Willow is a sweet, gentle, happy dog. She gets along with everyone.

Willow is a sweet, gentle, happy dog. She gets along with everyone.

Willow loves to run. She is fast, motivated and powerful. She runs lead on our team.

Willow loves to run. She is fast, motivated and powerful. She runs lead on our team.

We’re Having PUPPIES! Check out the pictures of Mom and Dad. Scroll to see the babies’ first pic. Accepting applications for pet and breeding quality puppies. See the contact form below.

We are happy to announce a successful breeding of GRCH GreatMountain Willowemoc and CH Callicoon Ukko.

Willow is a sweet, gentle, happy dog. She gets along with everyone.

Willow is a sweet, gentle, happy dog. She gets along with everyone.

Ukko is an powerful, proven sled dog.

Ukko is an powerful, proven sled dog.

Willow loves to run. She is fast, motivated and powerful. She runs lead on our team.Willow loves to run. She is fast, motivated and powerful. She runs lead on our team.

CH Callicoon Ukko

CH Callicoon Ukko

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Please fill out the contact form below to begin the application process.

Week 8 Pupdate – Goodbye and Hello

Last night together

That’s it! Week 8. The pups have moved on to their new homes, with the exception of Rhiannon, who will stay here for a week and then spend a week at Bashaba Chinooks before heading to her new home at Fox Meadow Croft. We will miss their funny antics and cute little faces, but we know they are with families that will love them and provide the kind of care and attention they need to be successful out in the world. We have gained new friends and hopefully made some families very, very happy. So – Goodbye, Puppies! Be good. We love you, and remember, you are always welcome here.

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Week 7 Pupdate

Well, it’s the beginning of the end. Our last week together. As much as they will be missed, it is definitely time for them to head to their new homes. They are good puppies and have learned quite a few dog manners from our pack. They have to live in the human world, too,  and it is only through concentrated, individual attention from humans that they will learn the skills necessary to thrive in “polite” society. So, next weekend they will head home with their new, very excited and loving owners. We have been blessed to find some really wonderful homes, and we are excited to welcome new members to our Chinook family.

With new homes come new names. We are pleased to introduce:

Callicoon Adjo (Ull) who will live with the Garabieta family in MA

Callicoon Rhiannon O’Fox Meadow, who will live with the Secondino family, including sheep, bees and Icelandic Shepherds, in MD.

Callicoon Arya (Aske),  who will live with the Sparks-Bramlett family in TX

Callicoon Kosmo (Aquilo), who will live with the Catalini family in NC.

Enjoy some pics for our last weekend together, and check back for more pictures later!

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The pups went to the vet to get their shots and a final once-over. All are healthy and well put together.

Puppy Weights

Adjo (Ull)   12 lbs, 7.4 oz

Rhiannon     10 lbs, 12. 6 oz

Arya (Aske)     9 lbs 10.2 oz

Kosmo (Aquilo)     12 lbs, 1.2 oz

Week 6 Pupdate

Welcome to Week 6! Now they look like real dogs. It is so fun to watch them play and interact with one another and with the rest of the pack. This week grandma Calli taught them to be good dogs – she made ugly faces and growled at them, then oh so gently showed them how to submit. At first, they thought she was trying to initiate play. When they growled or barked back at her, she would growl again, then nudge them down with her nose and paw, until they were belly-up and laying still. Some took longer to get it than others, but by the end of two nights of this game, she could scowl from across the room and everyone would freeze in their tracks. At first, both Madeline and I were concerned that she was seriously upset with the pups, but with wags and licks, Calli assured us she meant no harm, she just had a job to do. In addition to learning dog manners, the pups can go up and down stairs, are eating whole kibble, though still soaked in liquid to soften it, and are making strides toward some good house training. They also bite and chew EVERYTHING they can get their razor-sharp little teeth on. It’s a good thing they are so darn cute! Karen Hinchy made the trek up today to visit, help with some paperwork and take pictures. The pups are so exhausted from their adventures, they hardly complained at bedtime.

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Puppy Weights

Ull – 10 lbs, 8 oz

Rhiannon – 9 lbs, 4 oz

Aske – 8 lbs, 6 oz

Aquilo – 10 lbs, 6 oz

Week 5 Pupdate

5 weeks? Impossible! The pups are as cute as could be -running, playing, wrestling and doing all the other crazy things that puppies do. They are LOUD when they are hungry and so sweet when they cuddle up and fall asleep. They have been introduced to all kinds of weather this week – snow, ice, rain, freezing rain, wind, and finally, today, sunny and seasonally warm. They eat outside, and then get some time to explore the front yard. Until the last couple of days, they were easy to keep track of. Now that they’ve gotten the lay of the land, it’s hard to keep up with them.

They have the run of the house most of the time while we are home, so they have worked out their relationships with all of the big dogs, as well. Ande has a love/hate relationship with puppies, but he has been remarkably brave/tolerant of these guys. Calli is the slightly grumpy grandma, who loves them but has rules. Willow is their constant snuggle companion, keeping them clean and making sure everyone is accounted for. Sky is less obsessed with them than she has been, but she’s first choice as far as they are concerned for a good wrestle. They LOVE to play in the dogs’ crates, jumping in and out, digging in the bedding and eventually falling asleep. Madeline is not nursing a lot these days, but as often as not when she does, it’s in her crate in the back room.

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Puppy Weights

Ull – 8lbs, 7 oz

Rhiannon – 7 lbs, 6 oz

Aske – 7 lbs, 0 oz

Aquilo – 8 lbs, 7 oz

Week 4 Pupdate

It is unbelievable that we are already halfway through our time with the puppies. They are moving pretty fast these days – it’s impossible to get pictures of them being their cutest. They have started eating kibble soaked in goat’s milk, but they still nurse when Madeline lets them. Every night when we come home is playtime with the big dogs – it gets pretty crowded in our small living room. All of the big dogs love them. Calli is teaching them manners, Willow protects them, Sky lets them bite her and climb on her, and Ande is desperately trying to figure out what to do with them. He is afraid of them, but intrigued as well.

We have snow, and the pups have had a couple of short adventures outside. They will start eating all of their meals outside, regardless of the weather. They don’t like it at first, but it’s a great learning experience for them. As soon as dinner is served, they forget all about anything else.

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Puppy Weights

Ull – 6 lbs, 7.1 oz

Rhiannon – 6 lbs, 1 oz

Aske – 5 lbs, 8.9 oz

Aquilo – 6 lbs, 8.6 oz

Week Three

This has been a huge week for the pups. They are walking, running, wrestling and barking. They get some “floor time” with the big dogs and even short ventures outside. Sky continues to help with them, but over the last couple of days Willow has taken up more or less permanent residence in the box. Madeline still nurses them, but takes advantage of the babysitters and seeks out time alone in her crate or for a snuggle with the humans on the couch. She’s spending more of the night upstairs with us, venturing down several times a night to nurse or just check on the babies, which of course causes them all to squawk like a flock of seagulls, usually around 2 am. Puppies are great fun 🙂

Their box is now separated into half sleeping/play area and half potty area. Even at this young age, they “get it”, most of the time. We’ve started them on goat’s milk, which is a mess but a BIG hit, and they will transition to rice and oatmeal baby cereal and finally crushed kibble/goat’s milk mash over the next week. I can’t believe how fast time is going; we are almost half-way through our time with them.

Rachel Fentzke, who is owned by Tala from our last litter, came to spend the weekend. We had great conversation while watching puppies play. The Kramers from Skyland Chinooks stopped by for an afternoon visit as well, and helped take some good pictures. We had a bit of a jolt when we brought the pups out to learn about snow; while we were musing over whether or not the pups were being tortured or having a “learning experience” in the cold, a hawk swooped over our heads with a loud “kree-eee-ar!” causing an abrupt end to the photo shoot. Enjoy.

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Puppy Weights

Ull – 4 lbs, 9.4 oz

Rhiannon – 4 lbs, 3.6 oz

Aske – 4 lbs, 1.3 oz

Aquilo – 4 lbs, 10.3 oz

More Week 2

Thanks to a visit by Karen Hinchy and her camera, we have some awesome pics to share this week. We took advantage of the above average January temps to take the pups outside for a photo shoot – natural light always makes better photos, and no flash necessary. The pups are fascinating to watch – noticeably changing from the time we leave for work to when we get home in the evening. Their eyes are open; they are beginning to walk and make clumsy attempts at playing with one another. Madeline continues to be a great mom, along with her au pair, Sky. LIG.

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Two Week Pupdate

Madeline and Winter Solstice Litter, Week 2.

Today marks the end of Week 2 with the pups. It’s unbelievable how fast time has flown. They are changing every day, even between the time we leave for work and when we get home. Aske’s eyes are open, and everyone else is in various stages along the way. By the weekend, they’ll all have a whole new world to explore.

There are a few pictures to share. Check back for more over the weekend when we have access to natural light. Flash photography is hard on their brand new eyes.

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Ull – 2 lbs, 14.7 oz

Rhiannon – 2 lbs, 12.1 oz

Aske – 2 lbs, 11 oz

Aquilo – 2 lbs, 15.4 oz

(Do not EVER underestimate the smallest/last puppy born. Aquilo hit the ground running and has not stopped eating or growing since).

Week One Pupdate

Madeline, Aquilo, Rhiannon, Ull and Aske

Enjoy pictures from our first week together. Time has flown and the pups have grown like weeds.

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Ull – 1 lb, 12 oz

Rhiannon – 1 lb, 11.4 oz

Aske – 1 lb, 11.4 oz

Aquilo – 1 lb, 11.7 oz


These are some of the first pictures of the pups, taken on the night they were born.

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Ull – 13.9 oz

Rhiannon – 11.9 oz

Aske – 13.1 oz

Aquilo – 11 oz

A Poem for the Puppies

GreatMountain North Trav'ler, the pups great grandma and great, great grandma, peeking through snowy trees.

GreatMountain North Trav’ler, the pups great grandma and great, great grandma, peeking through snowy trees.

Penthea Burns, of GreatMountain Chinooks, wrote this poem for the puppies. It is amazingly beautiful and insightful, just like Penthea! Thanks, Pen.

Solstice Birth

The fiery glory of the Northern Lights

Emblazoned the late summer sky with a vision, a foretelling –

Announcing the arrival of the ones to come

And commanding the northern wind to carry this news far beyond.


“Honor has been bestowed to those who were due.

The one standing in judgment has created new life.

Let it be known that magic has been done and peace remains.

Soldiers, lay down your arms!

Seafaring warriors, turn away from battle and return home!

Make ready for the ones to come.”


And so it was a year of change, transition, a moving of many –

Carrying forward the lives lived before.

Facing uncertain opportunities ahead on new paths.

Choices would be made with the wisdom of generations

To create readiness for the ones to come.


Then came the Solstice of that year

And the birth of Ull, Riahannon, Aske and Aquilo

On an island which links all time

The four brought blessings to the hands that cradled their arrival

And to their mother who labored and delivered and loved.


Under the glow of the new moon they brought gifts to their kin,

Sending pure white snow to their grandmother – the trav’ler in the north

Delivering joy to the great mountain and across the land

Inspiring enduring hope that others may follow where they now lead.


What chapters lay ahead?

Are they written simply for us to read?

Or do we go forth, pen in hand

To craft the story as we go?


Let that be so.


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Winter Solstice puppies, born 12/22/11

Meet our puppies born on 12/22/11. Their mom is GRCH Callicoon Madeline Island (OFA Excellent, CERF Clear), the first puppy born in our first litter. Their sire is GRCH Bashaba Murphy (PennHIP 70th Percentile; OFA Prelim Good; CERF Clear). Their names, all related to gods and goddesses also said to have been born on the solstice, are temporary while they live in our home. Their new families will give them their forever names. So for now, they are:

  • Ull (male) – The Norse god responsible for Winter. His name means “Glory” and he is said to have created the Northern Lights.
  • Rhiannon (female) – Welsh goddess of the Moon, Inspiration and Endurance, “Divine Queen of the Fairies”.
  • Aske (female) – Sami god of the Moon
  • Aquilo (male) – Roman god of the North Wind

In the season of miracles, this litter is no exception. Timing, location and circumstance could not have been more perfect or unique. It certainly could not have happened without the help of Murphy’s breeder Karen Hinchy of Bashaba Chinooks and our good friend and fellow Chinook breeder Kim Kramer of Skyland Chinooks. A million thanks to Karen and Kim for everything, and to Jess Maurer of GreatMountain Chinooks for evaluating the litter and filling in on some key puppy-sitting shifts.