Wednesday, October 18, 2006

She's Baaa-aaack...

Tina / Taiya is back at WhiteStar.

It's not her fault, and it's certainly not the fault of the wonderful family that had her.

Both the husband and wife had some *serious* medical things come up requiring extended hospital stays and recuperation and they felt that Tina was not getting the attention a five month old puppy needs, so they asked me to take her back.

Sam is thrilled. Babe is thrilled. They have been playing non-stop in the snow for hours.

I'm not sure what will happen next. For now, I'm just enjoying the interaction between the pups and waiting for the next WhiteStar pups to make their appearance!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Taiya Goes Home

I promised an update if anything exciting happened.... and it did!

The puppy formerly known as Tina went home a little over a week ago. I didn't post right away because I wanted to make sure this time it was not just another overnight camping trip, but it looks like she's sticking this time :)

Here she is with her new mom and dad, Leona and Charlie, and her new big brother Rocky:

Rocky was not too sure about her at first, but I think he's coming around now.

Her new name is Taiya, which is the name of a river in Alaska that Charlie and Leona have actually visited. I think it's a beautiful name for a beautiful little girl!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Oh. My. God...

Are these not the most Most Gorgeous Puppy Pictures ever????

World class (although he won't admit it) photographer Scott Vail has taken beautiful pictures of my last three litters (as well as my favorite picture of Pumpkin) But I didn't think Sam and Tina would have a chance to sit for him.

Well Scott was at the Denver Samoyed Association picnic today and he can never resist a cute puppy. Here's what happened....



Sam and Tina

Yes, Tina is back.

I have no idea how long she is staying or where her permanent home will be, but for now Sam is ecstatic.

The Aliy Cam was shut off yesterday and I now think it's time to shut down Aliy's World, The Sequel. Babe has very gernerously invited the puppies to share her blog, so go on over and visit The Babe Blog from time to time and see what sam, Tina and the rest of the WhiteStar Sammies are up to.

If and when Tina leaves I will post an update here as well as over there.

Thank you all for visiting with us over the past 11 weeks!

All pictures in todays post copyright Scott Vail.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Wow!! Look! There's a front yard too!!

C'mon Sam, let's go!!

Hmmmm... that's a really Big Bug isn't it Tina?

Sam, what are you doing over there??

Taking time to smellthe flowers Tina!

Mom's calling, must be dinner time. Let's go!

In reality they did not willingly come back inside. I had to chase the little monsters down. I have never had such bold and adventurous pups at this age. Tina is completely fearless and Sam will follow wherever she goes.

In other news.... Tina went on another overnighter last night and so far has not come home. Picures to come soon....

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Why Are People So Rude??

Is my time less valuable then theirs?

A couple was coming up to Denver from Albuquerque to see a litter of puppies that is several weeks younger than mine. When they found out that Tina was still available, they asked if they could come see her. The plan was:

They would drive to Denver on Friday.

Visit the younger puppies early Saturday morning.

If they decided to take one of those puppies they would call me and tell me they were not coming.

Otherwise, they would call me and tell me about what time to expect them.

Get the picture? In either case they were supposed to CALL ME.

I cancelled plans with two sets of friends, which I didn't mind doing, assuming I'd either have these people visiting Tina, or I'd know they were not coming and could get out of the house by noon and still get stuff done.

Well here it 3:00 PM and like a dummy I sat around and waited. I didn't have fun with my friends, I didn't get my grocery shopping done and I didn't get to the bank like I needed to.

Yes, I'm annoyed.

More puppy pictures tomorrow when I'm in a better mood....

And yes, I know the blog is having problems... specifically the server on my ISP where I host my pictures is apparently down. I've called them twice, no idea when they will be back online...

Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Name Game

Tina went on an overnighter last night to see if she fit into the home of a very nice family here in Colorado Springs.

That meant Sam had to spend the first day of his entire life alone! How did he handle it? You be the judge.

Last night...

... and this morning....

Yeah he seems really stressed out doesn't he? Last night was his first night in a crate. I put him in about 10 PM along with an ice block and prepared myself for a sleepless night. Not a peep out of him. Not one. I got up about 4 am to make sure he was still alive. Took him out to go potty, put him back to bed in his crate where he slept until I got up at 6 AM. Boy am I lucky!! His half sister Babe was the same way. Must be an Aliy thing. Thank you Aliy!!

Although Tina may end up leaving we've decided Sam will be staying here. So now we have to come up with a name for him. As I've said before, I think Sam is a really dumb name for a Samoyed, I mean really - Sam the Sam-oyed?!?!? But it fits him so well that unless something else really strikes me, Sam he is going to remain.

So in a reverse of what I usually do, which is come up with a registered name and then add a call name that ties in, I have a call name and need to find a registered name. In the running right now are two Sam Cooke songs:

WhiteStar's Another Saturday Night
WhiteStar's Having A Party


Okay now Sam and I have to go wait for Tina to return! Unfortunately only one of the two dogs at the potential new home thought Tina was pretty neat, the other was not so welcoming, so Tina is still looking for the perfect forever home.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

9 Weeks, 3 Days