Portrait of Backroads Kayak, copyright 2004, Susan Fletcher
and Frontier Chinooks are located on "Mud Hill
" just outside of Washougal, Washington.
Washougal is one of the northeastern suburbs of Portland, Oregon, on the Washington State side of the Columbia River.
" got its name for a reason.
Susan Fletcher with her partner Marian Brennan moved to the property outside of Washougal in the early 1990s, looking for a place to build a house and have as many animals as they wanted.
Susan is a professional dog trainer with a wide variety of interests, both canine and otherwise.
dogs compete in agility, flyball, obedience, weight pull, and have an extensive repertoire of tricks.
Frontier dogs -- both those she
has bred and those that arrive by other means -- are known for their outstanding temperaments.
The emphasis in the Frontier breeding program is on healthy dogs that with the best personalities possible.
Puppies are placed in homes where they will have a job to do, be it as a family pet and companion, as service dogs for the disabled, showing in conformation, or in competitive agility, rally, or obedience.
The job can be almost anything as long as there is something to occupy the brain of a dog that tends to be rather smart.
Enjoy your visit to Mud Hill
and introduction to the Frontier Chinook pack.
In addition to your virtual visit to Mud Hill
, actual visitors are also welcome; Susan
enjoys having people come by to meet the dogs.
Though the breed is not as rare as it was when she
first began her
Chinook adventure in the late 1980s, there are still very few locations where you can meet a group of Chinooks all at once.
The only breeder currently in the Portland/Vancouver area; the next closest are 200 miles north in the Seattle area or 135 miles south near Eugene, Oregon.
Please call to arrange a time (usually on weekends).
works in Portland at a dog training and daycare facility and occasionally has people meet her
works in Portland at a daycare facility and training center for dogs so she
will occasionally have people meet her
Owned & Handled by Susan Fletcher, Frontier Chinooks
Meet the Chinooks
first read about Chinooks in a Dog Fancy article in the late 1980s.
That began her
partner Marian Brennan already owned Lab mixes Star and Sasha, an Australian Cattle Dog named Britta, and German Shepherd Dog named Raya.
Susan was looking for a friendly and readily trainable breed since she was working as a trainer in Portland.
The Chinook attracted her
due to their friendly nature and "every-dog" look.
A purebred would make it easier for her
to compete in formal obedience trials.
The floodgates were opened and within a few years, Boone, Kayak, Dakota, and Quinn joined the family as Susan
met other Chinook owners and breeders.
and Marian had moved from the Portland suburbs to Mud Hill
and I guess you could say it was all downhill from there.
But these dogs developed in Susan
and Marian a lifelong passion for the Chinook breed.