Kitchen crew

The puppies are enjoying taking over my kitchen during play times. Now, if I could just teach them to put their toys away! 😉

“Do we really have to pick up our toys, mom?”

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We do not have Cavapoo puppies available

 

A lot of you reading this are already on our waiting list,  so you know that we have an application process and then the waiting period until you get matched with a puppy.

But now most of the world is home-bound, and have more than the usual amount of time on their hands at home. Some of those are able to work from home, some aren’t working, some are now home-schooling their kiddos and some with a lot of time on their hands. I’m getting multiple messages each day asking if we have puppies available so I figured it was time to address this issue. (Even though we have a pinned post on our Facebook page that states “we do not have puppies available”.)

Trust me, I totally get it! You’re home, with time on your hands and what would be more fun then to spend that time with an adorable puppy! You have time to train, to play with and enjoy a new furry companion.

But, getting a puppy should not be a hasty, impulsive decision. You’re looking at a 12-14 year commitment.

And most, if not all reputable breeders are going to have a waiting list, and not have puppies available.

For those of you looking for a new companion during this time, if you’ve thought it through, have the time and are ready for the commitment, please do your research, find a reputable breeder that you feel comfortable with, get on their waiting list and prepare to wait.

The Cavapoo breed has exploded in popularity in the past year or two. More and more people are learning about this unique mix of Cavalier and Poodle with it’s wavy, low-to-non-shedding coat of many colors, it’s happy temperament, it’s train-ability, it’s wonderful way to integrate as a family dog whether you are single, married with kiddos or enjoying retirement years. They can be couch potato love-bugs one minute and hiking down the trail with you the next.

But along with it’s popularity, the rise of unscrupulous breeders, puppy mills and scams has also shot up. Puppy mills are what they sound like, “mills”. Puppy are generally raised in a barn or outbuilding with their parents, usually in a dog kennel/run with hardly any interaction or seeing the light of day. But lots of times they are not even given that much room, but raised in a wire pen raised off the ground. Parent’s are generally never handled, health and genetic testing is generally unheard of. Puppies are pumped out in great volumes to keep up with demand from the public. These pups will also be sold in pet stores and through brokers.

What’s a broker? A broker will have a spit-shiny website that looks great with lots of adorable puppy pictures and all the information that will convince you to buy from them. But they are just the middle-man for the barn-raised puppy mill puppies. Occasionally they will get puppies from an in-home raised litter from a small family operation but you just don’t know. You won’t be able to talk with the person that actually raised your puppy, see pictures of parents or know anything about them.

“But if I buy a puppy from one of these places, I’m saving it’s life!” Yes, you are, but you are also emptying a spot for those mills to produce more and continue doing what they’re doing. If nobody buys these puppies, they will have no market and we could “hope” that things could better. But there will always be someone that will continue to purchase these puppies. That’s why we must spread the word and educate people.

And lastly, we are seeing more and more scams. I get contacted by people who have been personally scammed out of money and never received a puppy. Unfortunately there will always be thieves and con-artists trying to scam people. Many breeders have had their photos (family photos and puppy photos) stolen and used on these scam sites. Beware.

So what can you do to make sure it’s not a scam. Research, look for an online presence, ask for references, check Yelp, Google is your friend! If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Reputable breeders are going to be active online so you will know about them, their dogs and how they are raised. A lot of the Cavapoo groups on Facebook now have reputable breeder lists in their files. The admins have done the research for you and only added those names of breeders they know are doing things right. Some pages are more particular about who they recommend. One page is so particular they only add breeders who health/genetic test, raise the pups in their homes and do extras like starting crate training and potty training. They are going the extra mile to give you a great pup!

So even though you have this extra time on your hands, please don’t jump into this commitment lightly. I imagine we will see a rise in pet surrenders in our pounds and shelters after things settled down from COVID19. Don’t be one of those people.

Do your research. Find a reputable breeder. Get on their waiting list. And be patient. I promise it will be worth it. And if you’re not ready to make that long of a commitment, reach out to your local shelter or dog rescue and foster a dog. ❤

Stay well everyone!

 

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Puppy Outtakes

I snap quite a few pictures trying to get one good one of two-week old puppies. At least they don’t move too much, but they’re just so cute, it’s hard to stop taking pictures. So I thought I’d share a few of the outtakes from out two-week-old photo shoot of Gracie’s crew.

❤️❤️❤️❤️

 

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The saga continues

Dickens went in for another check-up on Friday. He saw a different doctor because his original carer was not working the day of his check-up. This new vet changed his meds up and bit and suggested we try to get him into the eye clinic in Spokane.

Oh, and as I was walking him in the parking lot before his appointment, the sun hit his face at one point and I saw what looked like another injury, but in the other eye! *sigh (This can be an issue when we love dogs that a more prominent eyeballs. Plus the boys have been a bit edgy because some girls have been in season. My guess is someone’s toenail made the injuries.)

So now he’s on three different eye meds in both eyes, and oral antibiotics. And he’s in the house with me! The antibiotics are twice a day, one drop is three times a day, one is four times a day and one is eight times a day. Oh, and they have to be spaced apart 30 minutes from each other. So this is what our day looks like.

  • 7am-serum
  • 7:30-gel & pill
  • 8-drops
  • 9:00 serum
  • 11-serum
  • 11:30-gel
  • 12-drops
  • 1-serum
  • 3-serum
  • 3:30-gel
  • 5-serum
  • 7-serum
  • 7:30 gel & pill
  • 8-drop
  • 9pm-serum

My vet sent Dickens records down to the eye clinic on Friday. (We are very fortunate to have a veterinary ophthalmologist in Spokane). I called them Monday and left a message. They called me back Tuesday morning and got him scheduled. Unfortunately, because of the Covid19, they are down to half staff and he has to wait two weeks to get in. I stopped by my vet yesterday and they gave me more meds so we can continue the current treatment until his eye appointment.

And to top off the unwelcome news, my regular vet is basically closed down except for emergencies and “necessities”. I do already have puppy well-checks scheduled for all of our current litters as those are “necessities”.

Stay safe and well everyone!

I have to say, as many times as I’m getting him out of his crate or calling him in from the yard to administer more medication throughout the day, he is always willing and ready. He really is a good boy! ❤

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Another adventure

The puppies checked out another part of the great outdoors. We have a nice, safe covered kennel right off the laundry room door. It’s a great potty area and place to play and explore safely. And they get to meet and greet whatever other dogs venture out into the backyard.

So much fun!

 

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Pupdate

Who doesn’t like a pupdate? And this one is extra special because it includes a precious new human baby too! ❤

“Hi Jennifer,

Hope you are well. We thought in these tough times you might like to hear just how wonderful Louie is with our baby. From the moment we came home from the hospital, he has not wanted to leave her side. He is so sweet and gentle with her: coming over for a nuzzle when she’s crying (he actually will stay next to her through considerable decibels of screaming before he finally retreats to his bed), not wanting to get too far ahead of her on a walk, and snuggling up next to her on the couch. Wherever Aurora is, Louie isn’t far away – if she’s on her mat, he’ll bring a toy over and play there too. He has now started dropping his ball next to her and sitting patiently, waiting for her to throw it for him! (it’ll happen soon, buddy!).
For her part, Aurora is totally unfazed by any noise he makes, his tail inadvertently in her face, etc, and has begun watching him intently and smiling at him.
We can’t wait to see them grow up together. For anyone trying to decide if a Pinewood pup is a good fit for a young family, our experience is a most resounding Yes!”
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❤ ❤ ❤
(Louie was Charlie from Allie & Dickens April 2017 litter)
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Fresh air and sunshine

We all need fresh air and sunshine, especially with what’s going on in the world. In fact, those are just two necessary “tools” for us to stay healthy. Before I share some cuteness to improve your day, this reminded me of something called NEWSTART. NEWSTART is actually a healthy lifestyle program, but it’s also an acronym for eight essential things we all need to stay healthy; Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunlight, Temperance, Air, Rest, and Trust (in Divine Power). So stay healthy and try to get plenty of each!

Another important thing is to stay positive and spread some love and cheer anyway we can. Here’s hoping these adorable puppy pictures will shed some love and cheer into your life today!

This was Friday, when the pups got their first outdoor adventure! As the days become warmer and more spring-like, they’ll get more adventures like this.

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