It’s going to get busy

Guess what?!

Rosie ❤️

Lucy ❤️

Yep! Two more girls confirmed pregnant. And they’re all due in the same week and about the time Jules’ pups are ready to go home 😳

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This ultrasound investment was a good idea because we just confirmed our next pregnancy!


If you look at the top of the picture you can see three, dark circles. Those are little puppy sacs. I didn’t get a picture of another view were it looks like there was four possibly five “circles”.

This will be a similar litter to Smudgie’s as it is her full sister, Mercy, also bred to Sundae.

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I love updates!!

“Hi Jennifer,
I know you follow Samuel on Instagram but I thought it would be also fun to send you a little update as he approaches his one year adoptaversary, also because he’s so darn cute!
Samuel has been the joy of my life for the last year I have had the privilege to spend with him!!! He’s literally a ball of love and I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on his temperament and demeanor. And people are mildly obsessed with him, haha. He loves people (men & women, often can’t wait to kiss them upon first meeting), he’s super good with kids of all sizes, and he loves other dogs! He loves playing with other dogs and exhibits curiosity and confidence. It’s really fun taking him on walks and to the beach and to the park, etc. He already has so many buddies he hangs with regularly.
He’s also incredibly adventurous. I’m very outdoorsy and I’ve been impressed by his stamina and his exploratory nature! He’s up for anything and has lots of energy. He was very easy to potty train and he even has a little bell by the front door that he rings when he has to go if I’m off schedule for one of his walks.
He’s incredibly smart and sweet and loves to snuggle on the couch when we’re reading or watching TV. One of my favorite things about him was how early he would get me up for our morning walks. I thought when I got a dog it would give me less time, but Samuel has given me more time and I love how he keeps me outdoors consistently. Of course now that he’s older, he likes to sleep in more.
Added bonus — this little guy is the best airplane traveler Southwest Airlines has ever seen, haha. He loves snuggling in his airline carrier under the seat and doesn’t make a peep until we get all the way to our next destination. He also loves his crate and is crate-trained!
My family and I really couldn’t have gotten luckier and I credit all the training and socialization and adventures you and your family took him on before we got him. He is now just about 1 year and 3 months, 11.5 lbs, and he’s literally the best pup ever. Thanks so much for raising such a beautiful creature and for continuing to take an interest in him! 🙂 We send our love to you and your husband and to Reba & Dickens!

Here are some photos!
❤ ❤ ❤
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Soaking up the sun

Fall is in the air. The mornings and evenings have definitely become cooler. And as I drove to town yesterday I noticed the sumac is turning red and some of the deciduous trees are changing into their autumn colors.

So when the girls went out for a potty break this morning we took the time to sit on the front porch to soak in the sun and enjoy the warmth for a bit.


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The struggle

Well, Smudgie’s delivery didn’t go as I’d hoped. Thankfully, it all ended well. But there was a period of time when we had quite a struggle on our hands! It was one of the most dramatic births I’ve ever been present at.
Her temperature never did the significant drop that we usually see before whelping starts (or it dropped between the morning and evening time when I checked it). But she started getting very whiny, needy and clingy. I set her crate up with lots of newspaper which she promptly starting tearing up and nesting in. This went on and off throughout the day. Around two in the afternoon, things got intense as she cried out when the contractions got harder.
And then there was a baby.
But this baby (and I could tell it was big) was coming breech. I could see its back feet and tail. Poor Smudgie pushed and did her best to get that baby out, but it was stuck fast.
I knew I had to help her deliver this pup and we had to do it quickly. Since it was a painful process and a first-time mom confused about what was going on, I enlisted my hubby to hold her head while I worked on the puppy. And I worked and worked.
The process of trying to pull a slippery puppy out is not easy. There’s nowhere to grab to help pull. I tried using a small towel to get a better grip. And I tried just grasping the puppy’s skin and pulling. I tried lubing mom up to help baby slip out better. That baby was stuck! Most likely the puppy’s shoulders were wide enough that it was hung up.
There was a span of time that I was seriously worried I’d lose Smudgie or the puppy, or both. It was that intense.
And since the closest vet is about an hour away, I knew it was up to me to get that puppy out into the world so we keep working.
And finally, we must’ve turned or loosen the pup’s shoulders enough that it slipped through and finally got completely out!
But my first thought was, “it’s dead”. There’s no way that pup is still alive and it sure wasn’t showing any signs of life.
But I wrapped it in a towel and start rubbing it like my life depended on it. Well, the pup’s did that’s for sure.
Rub, suction, rub, suction, gently shake it down (trying to get any fluid out), suction, pinch the skin on the neck and gently shake (this is to try to elicit a cry from the pup and get air in the lungs), but for what seemed like several minutes there didn’t seem to be any signs of life.
Then finally, the pup’s mouth opened in a gasp. The first sign of life.
So I kept at it; suction, rub, rub, rub! Another gasp. “Come on, little puppy!”
Finally, I pinched the skin on its neck again and gave a little shake and the puppy gave out its first cry.
That was the best sound ever!!
The warming and rubbing continued until the puppy was getting more lively and I felt comfortable enough to let mom take over and do her cleaning and bonding with it.
Whew! That was intense. I’m thankful that God answered prayers and brought this little one through that crazy time.
I checked mom after a bit and felt that she was done. There were no more puppies. And that was part of the issue. When a mom only has one puppy, all the nourishment goes to that one puppy which can grow quite large with all the food and room. Plus, Smudgie was a first-time mom so that probably didn’t help the process of delivering a large puppy.
I am happy to report that Smudgie is an awesome little mom and her puppy is growing by leaps and bounds! And she (yes, I said she) is g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s! (Okay, I probably say that about each new puppy that comes).
It’s been a while since we had a blond (almost light apricot) colored pup❤️
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Something different

As most of you know we have kept back two female Cavapoos from our litters this year in hopes of adding something new in the future. The “new” being some F1b Cavapoos!

For years we have only raised F1 Cavapoos (First generation Cavapoos with parents being purebred mini Poodle bred to purebred Cavalier). We thought it would be fun to add something a little different with the F1b. The F1b will be our Cavapoo girls bred back to a purebred mini Poodle which gives you basically a puppy that is 3/4 Poodle and 1/4 Cavalier. Still the same cuteness, trainability and such with a better chance of being a non-shedder for those with severe allergies or just wanting more of that benefit.

Of course, these girls are still babies so it will be about a year and a half before the F1b puppies will be produced and offered to those on our waiting list. And of course, that will be after the girls are mature and have passed their health clearances. We do already have genetic testing complete on both since we own the parents.

Sage looked like a slate blue/gray color at birth which later (when dried and in good light) looked almost chocolatey with merling (black speckles/spots). I would consider her a sable merle parti (Parti means a dog with a white base and added color spots. Those spots can be any number of colors). She has lighten up even more now and looks more grey like her mom.

And Raven, as you can see is a tri-color Cavapoo.

Most likely we will get parti-colored puppies from both girls, but it might depend on who they are bred to.

Then there’s one more thing we are planning for the future; something the same, but a little different.

This little cutie pie is our newest addition and hopefully future producer of some larger-sized Cavapoos with more substance; for those who love the Cavapoo attributes in a bigger package.

Aurora is a sable parti, small standard Poodle which will be bred to our Cavalier boys!

The future looks bright, promising and exciting don’t you think? 🙂

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The eyes

The eyes are pretty amazing organs. And since we and our dogs only have two they should be taken care of. Which leads me to my story.

The other morning when I let the dogs out to go potty, I noticed the Dickens was squinting a bit in one eye. So I scooped him up and brought him inside, set him on the grooming table and took a closer look. Yep, there was definitely an issue. His third eyelid (which is the membrane that comes up from the inside corner of the eye) was raised, his eye looked painful and I could see a cloudy spot. And as I peered closer, I could actually see an abrasion on the surface of his eyeball.

I was actually scheduled to take a friend to a doctor’s appointment in Spokane that morning, so I quickly called my vet and asked if I could drop Dickens off on the way to have that eye checked out.


This picture is a bit blurry, but I wanted to show the abrasion (which is actually a scratch on the cornea) which is in that cloudy area.

He was started on eye medication and now several days later is looking much better.

But, the thing I want to empathize is this, if your dog shows any signs of an eye issue; squinting, discharge, raised third eyelid, etc (like Dickens had), please do not try to medicate with something you have on hand. Get them to the vet as soon as possible. Eye injuries (which is what Dickens had. And we don’t know what happened, but he obviously scratched the surface of his eye. It could’ve been another dogs’ toenail, it could have been a piece of debris from the yard, etc) are something that needs to be seen asap and diagnosed and treated properly. If you put the wrong medication in an injured eye you could damage it further.

And that is your health tidbit for the day brought to you by Dickens 🙂

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