Our journey with Karelians has been an absolute whirlwind. It began unexpectedly a few years ago when we took over the kennel from some very dear friends. We’ve spent these last years learning, listening, laughing and very frequently losing the battle of wits with our dogs. We have gained a great amount of knowledge and experience along the way, and have developed an outstanding program which focuses on finding the perfect dog for each individual client. That remains core to our mission – matching our Karelian puppies as closely as possible with our clients’ personalities and intentions.
Jackknife Mountain Ranch
Kettle Falls, WA
Howie Hambleton is an Idaho native and transplant to Washington state, where he and wife Charisse operate Jackknife Mountain Ranch. A lifelong accomplished outdoorsman, and decorated Army veteran, Howie is also an Ordained Minister. He enjoys hunting, fishing and is a skilled craftsman. He is a natural leader and problem-solver, making him well suited to the challenges of living in remote mountain areas.
Charisse Hambleton not only operates Jackknife Mountain Ranch with Howie, her husband of 24 years, but is also the respected author of the MOUNTAIN MAVEN blog. Charisse is also a recognized published recording artist and songwriter. Her experience as an office manager has prepared her for the many tasks required in running the day-to-day operations of a small business. She enjoys researching, crafting, drawing and meeting new people. Being surrounded by family in their beautiful, mountain retreat is her greatest joy.
Together, Howie and Charisse have raised 7 beautiful children and also have a very successful track record as small business entrepreneurs. They began Jackknife Mountain Karelians as a family venture and with it have created a legacy that they intend to pass on to their children and grandchildren after them. With the advice and guidance of mentors, they have designed a breeding program that is respected within the Karelian community and is focused toward the health and happiness of their dogs. When you work with Jackknife Mountain Karelians, you become a part of an extended family of Karelian lovers. Come join the family!