I know you’ve been wondering

Since Joy and Clancy puppies are some of our most popular, I know a lot of you have been waiting to hear what she had after my “sneak preview” last week.

Well, all six of her puppies are settling in and gaining weight nicely. Sometimes it takes a couple days for the mom’s milk to come in so we don’t see a lot of gains at first (and other litters start gaining from the get-go).

We have reds and apricots; two boys and four girls.

Joy is doing fabulous at mothering (except for the occasionally time when she gets too warm and digs her bed up leaving some puppies all over the place. *sigh) Silly mom! I gave her a little fan to help keep her cooler because we are still having some hot days.

These pups will be matched with families on our waiting list on Puppy Matching Day (Sunday, August 29th) and go home on Sunday, September 19th. You can email me (if you’re on our main Cavapoo waiting list) up until noon on the Friday before Puppy Matching Day to be added to this litter list for possible consideration for a puppy. I will let you know that the red/apricot pups get matched rather quickly. But please don’t hesitate to reach out even if you think you’re “too far down the list”. You never know what can happen.

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Saturday snapshots

Just sharing some cute snapshots from our quiet Saturday. Enjoy!

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Past time

It was past time to move Sky, Smudgie and babies upstairs. Once they start using the regular litter box they’re heading in the right direction for a bigger play pen, plus the living room becomes a mess, even with sweeping frequently. The “fluff” from the disintegrated pellets and dog hair (gotta love those Cavaliers!) goes everywhere….. :O

And Joy was was getting restless so I knew babies were coming and she need the room and the quiet in this space.

So upstairs we went!

I put Smudgie, Wave, Glory and Banner in the first puppy pen.

And their next door neighbor is Sky, Manny, Diego, Syd and Scrat. Now the pups can start sleeping in a crate and they have more room to stretch their legs and explore. I will also set up some small play areas outside of their puppy pens for them to do more playing when moms are out on their breaks.

 

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So much cuteness here!

Sitting on the floor playing with five-week old puppies is one of the best things. They are still small enough that they aren’t too rambunctious and crawling up the front of you, but they’re starting to play, interact and explore. And they’re cute, little cuddly bodies are still easy to scoop off the floor and smooch on!

Just a bunch of little loves❤️

Sorry some of the pictures are a bit blurry. Those little bodies like to move!

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My little pig pen

This little monster (I mean that in a kind way, every puppy seems to get a nick name here) is keeping me on my toes!

She is a happy-go-lucky, funny puppy! She races through the house and is constantly trying to lick my feet and chew on my toes (part of the danger of summer and going barefoot). She loves to go out in the yard and find things to chew on (right now it’s dead grass, sticks and dried weeds). She can be playing one minute and then crashed on the floor the next.

And she loves playing in water!

This is what my floor looks like after she’s done at the water dish. And that’s just near the dish. Then there are wet foot prints all over the floor. Silly girl.

Today hubby and I were out in the garden with our water monster 😉 She hopped up in the raised beds with the tomatoes and found a puddle of water on the plastic. She pawed at it then laid down and wallowed in it! She was a mess! And she was so happy about it….haha

What a pig pen. Her tail looks like it belongs on a rat!

After having her fun, I scooped her up and headed to the laundry room and a bath.

Soooo dirty! I scrubbed and scrubbed that little body to get the dirt out.

All done

Air drying on the front porch

Now she’s all clean again.

And just like I instruct my puppy families, Indy has her own Iris pen set up in the dining area. She has a crate, litter box, toys and her water. This is where she is when I am too busy to watch her. The back door is right next to the pen, so if she gets fidgety like she needs to potty, I can quickly take her out. But if I’m not nearby she has the litter box to use if she needs it.

She has the biggest, fluffiest bed that will fit in her crate.

But this is usually where she crashes…..🤦‍♀️

Remember when I stopped at Ross after the last puppy delivery?

Well, I found this two-pack of bumpy bones. They are perfect for smearing with cream cheese or peanut butter. I just pop them in the freezer and it makes a fun, cold treat for her to lick and chew on when I want to keep her busy with something for a while.

This is another thing I like to do with puppies. Instead of just giving them a bowl of food, why not “hide” their food in something so they have to kind of work at it. It gives them a little mental stimulation and keeps them busy for a while. The stuff-able item or game/toy should be age appropriate. You don’t want to hide your puppy’s food in something that they can’t master and frustrate them. The cow hoof is a great starter stuff-able.

I just fill it with her puppy food, then smear a layer of cream cheese or peanut butter on top to hold the kibble in, wrap it in plastic wrap and stick it in the freezer.

You can see she is really enjoying it and ate up her kibble quickly once she licked the top layer off.

And that’s what little Indy is up to these days! <3

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The start of the week

Well, Sunday we were able to match all three of Smudgie’s adorable Cavapoos pups! Congrats to their new,  forever families!

Yesterday it was time for Joy’s beauty treatment as she nears her delivery date.

And since I groomed and bathed her, I thought I might start doing some other grooms and baths. Dickens and Clancy also got done.

So this week were on puppy watch! Look at that full tummy!

Today these curly cuties are five weeks old. Little Scrat our preemie is just adorable. He feisty and playful. He’s growing, but still very tiny compared to his littermates. But he’s now 2 lbs and the same size as Banner! So he may end up being big enough to go home when his littermates do!

I’ve had some interest in him, but no applications.

I am keeping the girl, Syd. But all three of our boy Poodles are available. These are purebred mini Poodles! If anyone is interested please feel free to reach out to me soon!

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But the week wasn’t over!

Well, if you’ve been following along with my posts, I left you hanging on the last one as hubby was scheduled to have surgery early Friday morning. (Sorry, another long post!)

They wheeled him out of his room about 6:00 am and down to surgery. I called a couple hours later because I hadn’t heard any updates and the nurse I talked to said he was “still in procedure”. She said someone would call when he was out. About 8:30 I got a call that he was in recovery and taking a while to wake up, “he likes to sleep” said the nurse. I said, “because he’s not used to the drugs”.  (He’s hasn’t had an anesthesia since his motorcycle accident forty years ago).

They said it would be a while before he was in his room and I needed to call the doctor to find out if he was staying another night (please, no!) or going home that day. Thankfully, I had a nice chat with the doctor who said everything went well and he could go home probably early afternoon after he had some lunch.

So I headed into town after he called and had finished his lunch. He was still a little “happy/high” from the drugs but doing pretty well and ready to get home. So the nurse wheeled him out to the curb while I went to get the truck.

And we headed home.

But as we were driving down the river road with the Columbia River at our side, we noticed a huge plume of smoke rapidly ascending across the river! Oh no, not another fire!

Summer used to be the time to garden, go to the lake, have picnics and enjoy the warmer weather, but the past few years, it’s all about watching for, worrying and following the fires that seem to be burning up the west coast every summer. Summer isn’t fun anymore and I think we all look forward to cooler, fall weather and less threat of fires. But I sure do miss summer fun.

As we drove towards home, we tried to assess the location of the fire as we have several friends that live across the river from us. I texted one friend (who was actually south of the fire a safe distance).

Then I though of another family who might be closer to it and messaged her. I got an urgent message back that the fire was burning on the mountain across the road from them.  They have a cute little farm with goats, sheep, a llama and several alpacas, and no way to transport them.

And me, well you might remember from last year’s fire near us and my post about the larger horse trailer I bought to transport dogs in an emergency, it also can carry livestock of course! So I told her I would hook it up when I got home and head her way.

So I checked on the dogs when I got home, then headed out to hook the trailer to the old Dodge since it can pull a lot of weight if we ended up with a full trailer.

And my crazy, just-out-of-the-hospital hubby says, “I’ll go with you”. *insert open mouth* “Hon, are you sure you’re up to that? You should probably stay home and rest”. “No, I’ll go”, he says. I’ll just sit in the truck. *shakes head*

(The pain meds hadn’t worn off yet. Which brings me to a question for the medical people out there. Why, why, why do most doctors automatically give everyone that has surgery a narcotic for pain? It’s no wonder we have so many people that get hooked on pain meds out there. I only took Ibuprofen after my C-sections! We didn’t even fill my hubby’s prescription. He took some Advil that night and has been fine ever since with his pain.  I just don’t understand why these heavy drugs seemed to be handed out for every surgery, injury, etc. Maybe I have high pain threshold or just don’t like what drugs would do to me. Okay, I’ll get on my soapbox now 😛 Rant over!)

The drive  back towards town, then down the other side of the river to the friend’s house takes about an hour. When we arrived my poor friend was really worried. Although looking at the fire, the direction the wind was going, etc. hubby thought they’d probably be okay.

You can see from this picture, just past the outside fence is the road then a field which leads to the mountain on fire. The wind was blowing it north and the main part was burning north, but it was also creeping down the mountain towards the field.

I made a friend. This guy was so friendly!

And this little Alpaca I wanted to sneak in my back seat and take home. ❤️

We hung out that afternoon and watched as the family decided what they should do. There were four water bomber planes and two helicopters working on the fire that kept our attention. These guys, plus the ground crew of firefighters are heroes in my book!

The fire was close and probably wouldn’t reach them. But there was always that risk. And besides ourselves, three other people from the community had shown up with two more truck/trailer rigs to help. Yep, just community members that heard there was a need, total strangers reaching out to help. I love this area we live in. People look out for each other and step up when there’s a need!

So it was finally decided to be on the safe side. We would move the livestock off the farm and to the local fairgrounds about forty-five minutes away.

Out trailer was loaded with about fourteen sheep (I never actually counted, but it was full.) The main flock were in the trailer and we put two young rams in the tack compartment too. On a side note, sheep are hard to load in a trailer when you don’t have a chute!

 

Our caravan to town included the first trailer loaded with the llama, four alpacas and three large goats, the second trailer loaded with a flock of goats and our sheep-filled trailer. Another trailer would later come to her house to haul the rest of the alpacas.

And when we arrived at the fairground, the fairground manager was there ready with a bunch of 4H kids and their parents. They had pens ready, water buckets filled and they jumped into action helping us unload all the animals and get them set in comfy pens. It was amazing! What a great group of volunteers! <3

We finally made it home late. And we were both beat. Poor hubby. If I’d known it was going to be such a long day and into the evening, I would have insisted he stay at home!

Thankfully, Saturday was quiet. We watched church online and then sat out in yard like tourists as the planes from the previous day made their rounds. They would scoop water out of the river than fly over our house as they made they way back across the river to drop their loads on the fire. (The fire is across the river and north of us).

These pilots are amazing! There were three identical planes (my pilot husband said they were AT802 planes…whatever that is 😛 ). They would make the pass about every five minutes one following after the other.

Later the hubby and I snacked on some munchies for a late lunch/early dinner. The youngest came home, and the grandparents stopped by too. It was nice relaxing day!

“Please give me attention”

No Ben, that’s not for you.

Go ahead and just take over my lap, Reba.

“PLEASE, pet me!”

And I heard from my friend today. Someone loaned them a rig and trailer and they started moving their livestock back home today! 🙂

 

 

 

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What a week

Sorry things have been a bit quiet on the blog these past few days. I thought I’d catch you up on things! This could turn into a long post…

Sunday was our Puppy Delivery Day for Aurora’s puppies! Only four of the five went home that day since one person could not meet us on Sunday.

So it was another late Saturday night getting the puppies bathed and tucked in bed for an early morning start.

We made it! And thankfully I found the only shady spot again to set up for puppy deliveries. After going through our puppy packets and paperwork it was time for the families to receive their new puppies! (my favorite part)

Eclipse; name to be decided.

Comet has kept his name!

Solstice; name to be decided.

Zenith is now Minnie Mai.

After puppy deliveries I did a little shopping. If you’ve never perused through Ross for dog toys, you’re missing out! (although sometimes there are lots of choices and other times not). I hadn’t been in since pre-lockdown so it was fun to go searching.

I found a “few” things. And this was before I was done shopping…(*insert cheesy grin)

After finding fun dog toys, I headed to Costco for people food.

And look what I found there! This is going to be so handy in the puppy room. It’s like a grooming table on wheels (I added a non-slip mat for the table top for puppies to stand on)! There are a couple basket shelves underneath for baby wipes, dewormer, syringes and other items that are usually stacked on the window sill upstairs since I don’t have a big, flat surface. So this will make a handy work area and with the wheels I can just move it around the room or tuck it away when not in use. Score!!

Monday these little cutie Cavapoos turned four weeks old so it was picture day!

“Wave”

“Glory”

“Banner”

These guys will be matched this Sunday with their forever families. If you’re on our Cavapoo waiting list and are interested in this litter, available for a phone a call on Sunday and can meet in Spokane on August 15th, please email me before noon tomorrow to be added to their litter list.

Later that afternoon I bathed our last Aurora puppy and headed to Spokane again.

Nova’s owner’s flight was delayed so we had plenty of time for potty breaks and even went for a short drive to kill time once we got to the airport and found out about the delay.

Then we went inside to wait and find him.

All snuggled in with his new dad.

The late drive home was pleasant as the sky gave quite a show!

Tuesday the Poodles turned four weeks old. Aren’t they cute! It looks like all three boys will be available and we do not have a waiting list. If you are interested please fill out our puppy application forms and mention you are interested in a boy Poodle puppy.

The new table came in handy for weighing puppies that morning.

Manny

Diego

Syd

Scrat~he so little, he’s almost lost in that wagon!

But look! He’s over a pound now!

That afternoon I was on the road again! I had veterinary exams lined up for two more of our young adult “ladies”; Cami and Sally.

I also took Lucy along because a lady who was interested in adopting her was meeting me at the vet to meet Lucy. They seemed to get along great. Unfortunately, the lady didn’t want to take her until September. I’d rather Lucy be in a retirement home sooner that that. So if anyone is interested in Lucy (mini female purebred Poodle) please contact me via email for more information.

Wednesday morning rolled around and hubby wasn’t feeling well. He said he had a rough night and his stomach hurt. So he rested all day Wednesday as I tried to get liquid into him. (He did have a slight fever part of the day too). I kept poking and prodding and asking hime questions. Well, as he was rubbing his stomach when he got to the lower right side and pushed a bit, he winced pretty good. I said, “That’s your appendix”. But he’s not one to run to the doctor on a moment’s notice. He was feeling better later in the day (although I was starting to feel a little off…sore throat, headache. Goodness me, we’re all falling apart!)

This morning he was feeling better and was up and about more, but that soreness in his right side was still there. (Of course, we’d been picking the brains of all the nurses in the family this whole time). So he finally decided to drive himself to the hospital this afternoon to get checked out. (I didn’t go with him because I didn’t know if they’d let me in).

I stayed home with this dry, sore throat, stuffy nose and headache. Everything is so dry and dusty right now. And unfortunately it’s forest fire season again and there are several on the reservation. Thankfully we are not in any immediate danger but we are getting enough smoke that we have to keep the windows closed. So I’m sure allergy issues are my problem.

And hubby, well he needs his appendix taken out. They were going to do surgery tonight, but then found out the surgeon wouldn’t be finished with another surgery until 10pm. So hubby now has to sit there overnight and have his done in the morning!

And so that’s how the week has gone and why you haven’t heard much from me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday snapshots

Today was sunny with a little breeze. It did get up into the mid-90’s but most of the day was pleasant. The dogs got to spend some free time outside in the fresh air. The big puppies are spending their last day playing, having crate time and just being their usually silly selves!