Puppies 4 weeks old!!

If you can believe it, Cherokee’s puppies are four weeks old already!  Here they are in another close up. We still have some available and are accepting deposits. Contact us today to reserve yours!

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Brown Girl – Isn’t she sweet?

 

 

 

 

 

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Green Girl, Can you tell I like my picture taken

 

 

 

 

 

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Only Boy – Aren’t I macho?

 

 

 

 

 

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Pretty Pink Girl

 

 

 

 

 

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Red Girl Little heartbreaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

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White Girl, I’m a snuggle bug

 

 

 

 

 

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Yellow Girl  She is so sweet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Light Green Girl, I’m good at tugging on your heart strings.

 

 

 

 

 

One of these beauties could be yours!                                                     roseshadowranch@yahoo.com or call 248 408 0310.

 

Ready for my close up!! Puppy pictures!!

More puppy pictures from Cherokee’s litter. 

Ready to go home May 19, 2015!!  Still a few puppies left.  Norwegian Buhunds, great family farm dog.  Here are the close ups and profile shots taken today of all eight pups!!

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Green Girl

 

 

 

 

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Green Girl Profile

 

 

 

 

 

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Red Girl

 

 

 

 

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Red Girl Profile

 

 

 

 

 

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Pink Girl

 

 

 

 

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Pink Girl Profile

 

 

 

 

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The Only Boy in this litter!

 

 

 

 

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Only Boy Profile

 

 

 

 

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Brown Girl

 

 

 

 

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Brown Girl Profile

 

 

 

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Light Green

 

 

 

 

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Light Green Girl Profile

 

 

 

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White Girl

 

 

 

 

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White Girl Profile

 

 

 

 

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Yellow Girl

 

 

 

 

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Yellow Girl Profile, to fast for us.

 

 

 

 

More to come!!  Keep watching as they grow.

 

PUPPIES Are Here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday March 24, 2015 Cherokee whelped a BIG healthy litter of wheaton colored AKC Norwegian Buhund puppies.

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Whelping began at 4:34am with the last puppy delivered at 8:07am.

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Here is the pedigree of this litter.

DAM: Zodiac’s Remember The Cherokee

Dam: Zodiac’s Bindy Bu

Sire: Vaulartun’s Tomba Kimura

SIRE: Zodiac’s Magni Catoson

Dam: Zodiac’s Mary Kate

Sire: Cato Magnuson

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We are now accepting deposits for this litter.

 

All puppies will come with first round of shots, will be current on worming schedule (a follow-up with your vet will be needed) and rear dew claws removed.

We can ship puppies anywhere in the U.S. at 8 weeks old at the buyer’s expense (prices dependent on airline) and we will have to look into shipping out of the country as the rules for shipping internationally have recently changed.

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PUPPIES are coming soon!!!

It’s been 19 months since we’ve had a litter of bouncing Buhund puppies! It’s hard to believe that Cherokee’s last litter of 8 healthy and beautiful Norwegian Buhund puppies is almost 2 years old already!!! With that said, it’s time for another litter……or 2!!! I am very excited to announce that we are expecting 2 litters of Buhund puppies in just a couple short weeks! Cherokee (Zodiac’s Remember The Cherokee) and been bred again to (Zodiac’s Magni Catoson) and is due around March 22, just 3 weeks from today!

Cherokee's puppy bump

Cherokee’s puppy bump

 

Cato (Zodiac's Magni Catoson)

Cato (Zodiac’s Magni Catoson)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our black female Vision Acres Storm aka “Stormie” has also been bred to a beautiful black male, Trollheimen Wisdom Of The World aka “Odin” and is due around March 16th, just 2 weeks away!

rare black female Norwegian Buhund "Storm"

rare black female Norwegian Buhund “Storm”

Odin (stud)

Odin (stud)

Odin

Odin

This will be Stormie’s first litter and we couldn’t be more excited to see what these 2 beauties produce!

We are currently accepting reservations and deposits for BOTH litters! To reserve your puppy today from either litter, please email us at  roseshadowranch@yahoo.com when reserving your puppy, please specify which bitch you would like your puppy from, Cherokee or Stormie. Also, please specify male or female and color, wheaten or black. We also need to know if you are interested in a pet quality puppy or a show quality puppy.

Stay tuned for updates…….

Sprouting For Chickens

Ever wonder how you can get your chickens access to fresh, healthy green matter in the dead of winter when everything is dormant, frozen or snow covered without the added expense of buying it from the grocery store in the produce aisle?

Sprouting is a wonderful and nutritious way to get a lot with just a little and it goes a long way too.  One of my favorites and the easiest things to sprout is wheat.  In about 5-7 days you’ll have fresh greens they will love!  1 quart jar gives plenty of fresh greens to my 12 chickens and 1 ducks for 1 day.

Here’s how:

~Start with a large mason jar with ring, fill bottom with about a half inch of raw wheat, fill the rest of the jar with cold water.  Put cheese cloth over the opening of the jar and secure with ring.  Let sit in a cool dark place, in a kitchen cabinet works well, or like me, I leave mine behind our coffee pot on the counter, be sure to keep it out of direct sunlight.

~After 24 hours drain water, rinse, drain again and let sit.  Rinse and drain every 12 hours after that. This step is very important! Without at least 2 rinses in a 24 hour period, mold will start to grow and you do not want that!!

~On the second day you will start to notice tiny little white fibers emerging from the wheat.  These are roots and they grow quick!

Wheat Sprouts after 2 days.

Wheat Sprouts after 2 days.

~On the fourth day, the roots will be much longer and the “grass” will start to emerge.

Wheat sprouts day 4

Wheat sprouts day 4

~Day 6 your wheat sprouts will now have grown into wheat grass, full of nutrients!

Many other seeds can be sprouted as well as legumes.  I have found that black beans do not sprout well, but still have plenty of nutritional benefits.

Wheat grass day 6

Wheat grass day 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

My New Addiction

Making homemade soap is something I have been wanting to do for a while now, so for Christmas my wonderful hubby gave me a soap making kit packed full of all the essentials to start me on my way.

soap making supplies

soap making supplies

Little did I know how much I would love making soap!! It is now my new addictionI find myself “ooh-ing and ahh-ing” over all the creations that I see other people post on social media such as facebook, instagram and pinterest with all the crazy colors and techniques……I can’t wait to add to my soap making arsenal! Once I am well seasoned, I want to experiment with a more natural approach by making my own lye using wood ash from our woodstove and tallow (rendered animal fat). I also would love to add dried herbs and essential oils. The possibilities seem endless and what better way to bathe then with all natural organic soap that I made myself without all the harmful chemicals that are found in traditional store bought soap. It’s just one more step in our journey to live a more self sufficient lifestyle!

My first batch of homemade soap

My first batch of homemade soap

The first batch I made was just a basic simple recipe I found in “The Soapmaker’s Companion” A Comprehensive Guide With Recipes, Techniques, and Know-How by: Susan Miller Cavitch

The basic ingredients used were:

Lye, distilled water, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil and an energy blend fragrance. Let me just tell you how amazing my laundry room smelled as my soap cured!!! Stay tuned for more fun posts in my soap making adventure!!

Happy 1st Birthday Rose Shadow Ranch!!

January 7, 2015 marked the first birthday of our farm! It is a 2100+ square foot home with 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms with basement on 10 acres. Please allow me to take you on a trip down memory lane, showcasing all that we’ve done in our first year on the farm.

This is what it looked like when we bought it

This is what it looked like when we bought it

January 7, 2014 we officially closed and took possession of the farm. It was a crazy day with below zero temps (-4* actual high) and well below zero wind chills. There was close to 2 feet of snow on the ground and 2 days prior to closing, we had a blizzard that dumped 12 inches at our city home and 14 here at the farm! The farm is a 45 minute drive north of our city home in good roads! With a recent blizzard and below zero temps, needless to say, road salt was ineffective and our drive was very treacherous! Upon arriving, we had to have our 300 (estimate) foot driveway cleared of the mountain of snow and our new propane tank delivered.  This pretty much sums up day 1 on our new farm!

Tearing out and re-building of main walls and master bedroom subfloor

Tearing out and re-building of main walls and master bedroom subfloor

The days following January 7th were spent moving which meant that every trip (no exaggerating) was in bad weather conditions and bad roads. My personal last trip was the worst! I had our 2 kids and 4 dogs loaded in my minivan. It was 10pm when I pulled away from our city home for the last time. I made the normally 45 minute drive in ice and snow covered roads and white out conditions. The white out was so bad that people were pulling off to the shoulder because no one could tell if they were actually on the road!! I trucked on. It took an hour and a half but we made it safe and sound! We also spent these days ripping out nasty old flooring and carpet, washing and cleaning everything from floor to ceiling, tearing down walls, painting and making longggg to-do lists.

old basement windows

old basement windows

new toilet and tile floor in toilet room of master bathroom

new toilet and tile floor in toilet room of master bathroom

new basement windows

new basement windows

Finally on January 26, 2014 we handed over the keys to our city home which I have lived in my entire life (my grandparents were the original owners) and said goodbye. Now the fun really begins! Our new home needed soooo much work, so we got right to it….

Before I begin listing what we’ve accomplished in our first year here, I would like to let everyone know that most of the work that’s been done, we’ve done ourselves!!! It’s taking wayyy longer to get it all done this way, but as I said, we’re doing it ourselves as funds are available (no credit cards here)! My husband is truly AMAZING!! I would say the biggest job to date was tearing out all the old carpet and replacing with maple hardwood flooring. This is a job that my wonderful and talented husband has been doing himself! 1 year later, there is only 1 more room to go!

new maple hardwood flooring

new maple hardwood flooring

Painting is another big job and another job that is still incomplete, but coming along nonetheless.

We have also turned and completely rebuilt our basement stairs, front deck stairs, tore out a wall that divided our dining room and living room to create a big spacious room, completely gutted and remodeled the main bathroom, installed new toilet and tile in the master bathroom “toilet room” (a toilet room in my definition, is just that, a small room with door for only the toilet), re-plumbed half the house, installed new tile flooring in the laundry room, installed new laundry tub, installed all new basement windows, rebuilt main walls, hung some new drywall, updated some electrical, new roof, new vinyl siding, new gutters, new entry doors and storm doors, new woodstove, new woodstove surround, built new rabbit hutch, dug up a garden plot, and planted 2 cherry trees (first of many trees we will plant in our orchard).

Old main bathroom before gutting and total remodel. So ugly and gross!

Old main bathroom before gutting and total remodel. So ugly and gross!

new front deck stairs

new front deck stairs

new basement stairs

new basement stairs

As you can see we’ve come a long way since last January! We absolutely LOVE our farm and our community! We look forward to seeing what this next year brings to the farm. HAPPY HOMESTEADING HAPPY FARMING!!

new wood burning stove and tile surround

new wood burning stove and tile surround

New siding and freshly painted shutters

New siding and freshly painted shutters

old wall… GONE! New wall going in.

old wall… GONE! New wall going in.

 

 

Stormie Update: 1 Month Home

June 12th marked 1 month since Stormie came home! 1 month already!? It’s hard to believe isn’t it!

After 8 weeks and 1 day on the run and 1 month back home, she continues to do well. She is definitely different but yet the same. She still loves attention and is the “attention hog” and a big baby! Thunderstorms once scared her, but now they terrify her! She used to just bark at loud claps of thunder but now she shakes like a leaf in the wind.

She lived threw many storms while on the run for those 8 long weeks, and just about every kind of storm our area sees. Thunderstorms, snow storms, high winds, hail etc.. and if you remember, it was a stormy day that finally brought our Stormie home! She just gave herself up to a complete stranger and we believe she did so because that day in particular was a bad storm day around here and she had just had enough of being alone, scared, wet and cold!

She went back to the vets on her 1 month anniversary of being back home for another check up and another dose of lyme disease vaccine. She’s doing great!

We continue to spoil her and give thanks for her homecoming! We are blessed indeed!

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New Alpaca Baby

On June 1, 2014 we welcomed a sweet little brown alpaca cria to the farm! After several girls, Momma Buffy delivered a healthy boy weighing in at 18.6 lbs.

He does not have a name yet and is up for sale! If interested, please email us at roseshadowranch@yahoo.com

He will be ready to go to his new home with you December 1, 2014

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