Tahoma French Bulldogs

Dale Melsness & Rick Rocheleau -- email: dmelsness@aol.com

Sunday, May 4  -  4:00 pm

Please join us at Robinswood Park off-leash area in Bellevue for our
next Seattle Frenchie Walk. Everyone and all breeds are welcome.
For details, or to receive future walk notices, please email us.

On April 6 we kicked off our eleventh year of monthly French Bulldog walks with a gathering at Seward Park.
There were lots of Frenchies (22) and lots of smiles.

Tahoma's Darn the Torpedoes (Boomer) had a great weekend at shows in Cloverdale, British Columbia.
On Saturday he was Best of Breed from the puppy class, over 4 specials and an entry of 14,
and then went on to win a Non-Sporting Group 4.
On Sunday he was again Best of Breed, and continued on to win a Non-Sporting Group 1
and Best in Show Puppy!

The Tahoma gang is off to a great start at the Peninsula Dog Fanciers Club shows in Silverdale this weekend.
Boomer (left) took reserve Winner's Dog. His litter mate Bismarck (2nd from left) was Winner's Dog.
Their half brother Dexter (2nd from right) was Best Of Breed. Their half sister Solo (right) was Winner's Bitch, Best of Winner's,
and Best Bred by Exhibitor and Best of Opposite Sex, and she went on to win first in the Non Sporting Bred By Exhibitor Group!

Yukon and Gold Rush (aka Laratte) are 4 months old now.
As the days get longer, sunnier, and drier, they are spending more time exploring our yard,
seeing who can find the biggest stick to try to drag back into the house.

Yukon and Laratte take a break from playing keepaway with their new best friend Solo.

Like mother, like daughter. Here's a comparison of Hannah (left) and her baby Russett (right) at
about the same age, 12 weeks. Russett has moved to her new home at Baohuao French Bulldogs.

Tahoma's Darn the Torpedos "BOOMER" was Best Puppy in Breed under breeder judge James Dalton
at the recent regional French Bulldog Specialty in Portland.
He also was Winner's Dog for a 4 point major at the Puyallup show the weekend before.


Born November 9, 2013 - Two girls, one boy
Thanks for all of your requests. We already have homes for all of these puppies.

10 weeks old: Laratte, Yukon, and Russett.

8 weeks old - The lighter girl, aka Laratte. Weight: 4 lb 11 oz

8 weeks old - The darker girl, aka Russet. Weight: 5 lb 1 oz

8 weeks old - The boy, aka Yukon Gold. Weight: 5 lb 10 oz

Merry Maxxmas from our boy Maxx, who turns 10 this week,
and from the rest of the Tahoma gang!

Six weeks old: Too much Christmas dinner!

Five weeks old: The puppies are beginning to develop distinct personalities.
The boy on the left is very playful, and the only one who's showing an interest in toys.
The middle girl is the most affectionate. She loves being held, and giving kisses.
The girl on the right is the most active. She was the first to walk, and now she is running.

Four weeks old: The lighter girl hangs out with mama after snacks. She is the most active and curious of the three.
She went from crawling to walking to running in a little more than a day, and she props herself up on the
side of her wading pool home to get a look at the world outside.
Darker girl: 2 pounds 14 ounces
Boy: 3 pounds 3 ounces
Lighter girl: 2 pounds 8 1/2 ounces

Three weeks old: The puppies are becoming aware of the world around them,
interacting with each other, and starting to respond to sights and sounds.
Darker girl: 2 pounds 5 1/2 ounces
Boy: 2 pounds 8 1/4 ounces
Lighter girl: 2 pounds 2 3/8 ounces

19 days old: Fat and happy.
Darker girl: 33 1/2 ounces
Boy: 34 3/4 ounces
Lighter girl: 30 1/2 ounces

16 days old: Yaaaaawwwwwnnn!!!

Two weeks old!

The boy: 1 pound 10 3/4 ounces

The darker girl: 1 pound 9 1/2 ounces

The lighter girl: 1 pound 7 3/4 ounces

13 days old: Fat puppies!
Darker girl: 24 5/8 ounces
Boy: 24 1/4 ounces
Lighter girl: 22 1/4 ounces

11 days old: Eyes wide open!
Darker girl: 22 3/8 ounces
Boy: 21 1/4 ounces
Lighter girl: 19 5/8 ounces

10 days old: The eyes are just starting to open.
Darker girl: 21 1/4 ounces
Boy: 20 1/4 ounces
Lighter girl: 18 1/4 ounces

9 days old: Plenty to eat!
Darker girl: 19 1/2 ounces
Boy: 19 ounces
Lighter girl: 17 ounces

8 days old: Hannah is starting to take breaks away from the puppies when they're all sleeping,
but she always keeps a watchful eye.
Darker girl: 17 3/4 ounces
Boy: 17 1/2 ounces
Lighter girl: 15 3/4 ounces

7 days old: Like mother, like daughter.
The puppies are right on track weight-wise, at double their birth weights in 1 week.
Darker girl: 16 3/4 ounces
Boy: 16 1/2 ounces
Lighter girl: 15 1/8 ounces

6 days old: Total contentment.
Darker girl: 15 ounces
Boy: 14 1/2 ounces
Lighter girl: 13 ounces

5 days old: Dreaming I Can Fly!
Puppies are doing great, gaining weight, and crawling all around.
Today we got our first "puppy breath", and it is so sweet.

Darker girl: 13 1/2 ounces
Boy: 12 1/4 ounces
Lighter girl: 11 7/8 ounces

4 days old: The darker girl's mask extends all the way down her chest!
It will be interesting to see how her color develops as she grows.
Darker girl: 11 7/8 ounces
Boy: 10 3/4 ounces
Lighter girl: 10 3/4 ounces

3 days old: Hannah and her boy.
Hannah has really begun to bond with the puppies.
Darker girl: 9 3/4 ounces
Boy: 9 1/8 ounces
Lighter girl: 8 1/2 ounces

2 days old: Big meal, a little cleanup, and now it's time for a nap.
Darker girl: 8 7/8 ounces
Boy: 8 3/8 ounces
Lighter girl: 8 1/8 ounces

1 day old: Everyone is doing great. The puppies are nursing eagerly and then sleeping.
Two of the puppies lost a little weight the first day, which happens more often than not.
Darker girl: 8 1/4 ounces
Boy: 8 ounces
Lighter girl: 7 3/4 ounces

November 9, 2013 - Hannah gave birth to three beautiful puppies.
Darker girl: 8 5/8 ounces
Boy: 7 7/8 ounces
Lighter girl: 8 ounces

SOLO (Tahoma's Flying Solo) finished her Canadian Championship at the Frazier Valley Shows 2 weeks ago,
and was a move up for Lower Mainland shows, where she was Best of Opposite twice in the 4 days.
She just needs a major to finish in the US.

Happy birthday to Lucy, the last of the Woody/Wanda puppies, who turns 13 this week.
Thanks to her owner, Dave, for many long, loving years with this beautiful girl.

Our annual Frenchie Halloween costume walk at Seattle's Volunteer Park attracted 25 Frenchies and 2 canine friends.
Watch for more photos in the next few days! Click here for more photos from the walk.

A great weekend for the Tahoma gang in Canada!
Boomer (left), who just turned 6 months old, took a Non-Sporting Group 3 and Best Puppy in Group.
He now has 8 of the 10 points needed for his Canadian Championship.
His half-sister Solo (center) finished her Canadian Championship.
Their half-brother Dexter (right) finished his Canadian Grand Championship!

Happy 12th Birthday (Oct 1) to our sweet PHOENIX - great grandmother of DEXTER, SOLO and BOOMER.
She is Am CH/Can CH (BIS PUPPY at 10 months) and our foundation here at Tahoma.

Boomer (Tahoma's Darn the Torpedos) is approaching 6 months old,
and getting ready for his first shows next month.

Happy first birthday to our girl Solo.
She's really enjoyed her first months in the show ring.
Currently she has 5 out of 10 points toward her Canadian championship,
and 11 out of 15 for her American championship, including one major.

Gertie, age 10-1/2, and Maxx, age 9-1/2.

Dexter took Best of Breed at the Sammamish Kennel Club show
this weekend, and received this nice medallion from the club.
Solo took Reserve Winners Bitch.

It was a clean sweep for the Tahoma gang at the 4-show weekend in Castlegar, British Columbia.
Solo (above) took Best of Breed and a Non-Sporting Group 3 at one of the shows, as well as a
Best Puppy in Group at another show. She comes home with 5 of the 10 points needed for
her Canadian championship.

Dexter (below) took Best of Breed at the other three shows, plus a Non-Sporting Group 4.
He comes home with 14 of the 20 points required for his Canadian Grand Championship.

Thirteen Frenchies attended our August French Bulldog Walk on a warm, sunny Sunday.
This month's walk was at Jack Block Park, a hidden gem in West Seattle
with spectacular views of downtown and Elliot Bay.

At the Bell Vernon Kennal Association show in Mount Vernon, our 10 month old girl Solo
(Tahoma's Flying Solo) placed 3rd in the Non-Sporting group, and 2nd in the Owner-Handler
Non Sporting Group. She has 11 of the 15 points required for her AKC Championship.

It's a double wonderful day - our Dexter turns 2 years old today, and he has gotten his
official invitation to the Top Twenty Show at Frenchie Nationals in September.

(Photo by Danielle Silverstein)
We are back from the first regional specialty of the Pacific Northwest French Bulldog Club.
Nearly 70 Frenchies were entered. Our boy Dexter made the cuts at one of the specialties.
Our puppy girl Solo won her class of 6 at one of the specialties, and Best of Opposite Sex in the sweepstakes.
Our ten year old Gertie (shown above) was entered in the Veteran class and had a great time.
And we are very pleased that Sarge, the father of our new litter of puppies, took Best in Specialty Show!

It was a good weekend for Dexter at the shows in Puyallup, Washington, this weekend.
He was Best of Breed both days, out of an entry of 25 Frenchies.
Solo also did nicely, getting Reserve Winners Bitch to a major on Saturday.

It was a perfect day for our June French Bulldog Walk at Greenlake Park in Seattle.
Twenty Frenchies and a Coton de Tulear hung out in the shade and took a short stroll
along the popular path that encircles the lake.

A dozen Frenchies showed up for our May French Bulldog"walk" at the Robinswood Park
off-leash area in Bellevue. I'm sure all theFrenchies slept well that night!

At our first monthly French Bulldog walk of 2013, a dozen Frenchies enjoyed a not-too-rainy stroll in Seward Park,
followed a first brithday party for Sugar and Stella, complete with a bone-shaped doggie birthday cake!

Happy first birthday, Sugar and Stella!

This weekend we revisited a litter of 8-week-old puppies sired by our boy Dexter, and found big, beautiful puppies.
We posed them for their first stacked portraits, and are already seeing their potentials.
Hopefully, there will be some show futures for a few of them.

At the Peninsula Dog Fanciers Club shows in Silverdale, WA, this weekend,
Solo won Best of Opposite Sex from the 6-9 puppy class both days, beating a bitch special on Saturday.
Dexter took Best of Breed both days, giving him the last 2 of the 3 majors he needs for his Grand Championship.

Am/Can CH Tahoma's Slice of Life ("Dexter") was Best of Opposite Sex at the Seattle Kennel Club
show on March 17, earning 4 points toward his AKC Grand Championship title.

Solo is preparing for her debut at the Seattle Kennel Club shows March 9-10,
just one day after she turns six months old.

Our oldest girl, Phoenix, may not be able to see or hear as well as she used to,
but she's still happy, healthy, and active at 11+ years old.

Maxx and Hannah enjoy an all-too-rare sunny day in February.

The next generation begins. Our boy Dexter (Am/Can CH Tahoma's Slice of Life) fathered a litter of four puppies, born today.
This makes Lacy a grandmother, her dad Maxx a great grandfather, and his mom Phoenix a great great grandmother!

Tahoma's Sugar Rush, nine months old, wins a 3 point major!

Congratulations to Jodi for her masterful showing of Tahoma's SUGAR Rush
at the Puyallup Dog Fanciers Association show this weekend,
where she took Winner's Bitch for a 3 point major.

Solo is four months old.

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