I’m excited to introduce to you a new mini schnauzer at Russell Homestead. Her name is Tachianna Faith. We call her Tachi (ta-chee) for short. Tachi is a dark salt and pepper gal who is sweet, submissive, and smart!
Let me begin with the story of her name. As we were picking names for our children, my husband and I usually saw eye-to-eye with fairly common, solid names. We had a boy and girl name picked out long before our first child was born. When boy #1 came along, we used the boy name and tucked away the girl name for later. When expecting child #2, we picked a new boy name and pulled the girl name out of reserve. If you know our story, we had boy #2 and boy #3, but still the original girl name endured. However, sometime after boy #3 was here, my husband heard the name “Tachianna” on a radio show. He fell in love with it instantly! Now, I don’t share my kids’ real names on my blog, but let me assure you this name does not have the flavor of our three boy names. Think something like this – “Here are my children-Nate, Collin, Ben, and Tachianna.” I just couldn’t imagine myself introducing my family using this name, and I just wasn't sure I liked it. However, at the time, we didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl. Since I was guessing it was boy #4, I made a deal with husband to make him happy. I told him IF we have a girl and IF she has red hair (a rare, but not impossible thing for our family), I would name her Tachianna. I felt pretty safe in my deal, since I didn’t even think we were having a girl.
Well, lo and behold, we did have a girl! At birth, she appeared to have a little bit of blonde/light brown hair. So, we named her the girl name we had picked out since the birth of our first child. In about 15 minutes, as the nurses weighed her and cleaned her up, her hair had an undeniable red tint. My husband quickly pointed this out and declared I was lucky she didn’t have that tint at birth or her name would be Tachianna!
Since my dear husband did not get to name his daughter Tachianna, we named one of our goat kids, born just a few days after our daughter, Tachianna. But she quickly went to her new home. So, it was only natural when we got our next female schnauzer to name her Tachianna.
Tachi has been a great dog for us! She passed the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy program and basic obedience school through Berks County Dog Training Club in the summer and fall of 2017. She is currently in training to receive her therapy dog certification through Alliance of Therapy Dogs.
Tachi is a ball of fire in some ways and a complete snuggle bug in other ways. She loves to romp and play with our other dogs. She is very bonded to me and follows me all over. She has a very gentle, cuddly side that shines through when she does therapy visits. We are very happy with how she has matured, and we are eager to see her first litter of puppies (likely to arrive in early 2019.) You can see more pictures below or visit her page.
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Our house is a bit quieter these days without 6 puppies reminding us around 6AM that it's breakfast time and PLAY time! For this litter, we decided to do something new and do a "going home" post. For anyone who wanted to participate, we took a picture as they ended their time here at Russell Homestead and began their new journey with their own family. Here are the pictures in no particular order. We say a big "thank-you" to all the families who have welcomed one of our puppies into their home! We wish you many happy, healthy years!
Photographing 7 week old puppies is...ahh...well, I will let some pictures speak for me!
The puppies are at such a fun age! They are so curious, energetic, & simply adorable! In spite of all their antics, I did get a few good pictures of them for their weekly update photo.
The puppies had a fabulous week full of new experiences & lots of sunshine! They experienced (tolerated is a better word, perhaps) their first bath. They smelled so wonderful after a bath in Life's Abundance Revitalizing Shampoo. Their coats are thick & beautiful! Here are Sasha & Pollyanna getting dried off after their baths.
The puppies also took a trip to the vet for their health check. We were thrilled to have them all check out to be very healthy! To top it off, they were super well-behaved while there. No barking and very little whining (only when they had to wait their turns to come out of the crate for their check up). And no accidents in the vet office!
This is my last weekly update for this litter since they will be headed off to their new homes next weekend. I will wrap up with some snapshots from the week! Thank-you so much for following my blog & for watching this litter grow up! We feel very blessed to have the privilege of raising these cuddly little puppies!
Vanessa from Russell Homestead. Follower of the Lord Jesus, wife of my knight in shining armor, mother of 5 wonderful children, and joint-keeper of the Russell homestead. Thanks for stopping by!
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