Not too adventurous yet

Gracie’s babies are not too adventurous het when I put them out on the blanket. But they’re such cute. And pretty soon they’ll be all over the place!

Yep, poop happens. But at least she missed my shoe!

❤️

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Is she or isn’t she

I thought I saw “something” when we did Aurora’s ultrasound about a month ago. But I had been starting to doubt whether she really was pregnant or not?

She has a tiny belly that’s slightly rounded but nothing obvious. Granted she is a larger dog and she’s never had babies before so all those abdominal muscles are tight and holding things in place well.

I mean look at that dog! She doesn’t look like a mom that’s due to have puppies anytime soon!

But the other day as I was rubbing her belly I thought I felt something move. And then we pulled out the ultrasound machine and looked again just to make sure. And well, she is definitely pregnant!

I don’t think she has very many babies in there but at least she has some. And I’m super excited to see what she has! This will be our first litter of the larger sized Cavapoos (Cuddle Cavapoos as they’re called).

Although I’m starting to doubt my sanity in getting such a large Poodle for these larger Cavapoos. My house is just not big enough! Since the other moms are in the living room (and they’re not really good “friends” with Aurora. She usually hangs out with the boys in the boy yard when they’re outside. And she has her own “room” in the dog house) we have her large crate set up in our dining room by the back door. And once the puppies start coming we have a large kiddie swimming pool for her to hang out in with her puppies. We’ll probably put an exercise pen around it so she has some privacy from the other moms coming in and out the back door. And in order to have the room (although it will still be tricky making it work) we had to move the dining table at a weird angle and removed all but two of the dining room chairs.  Dog breeders due weird things to accommodate their dogs. We can’t be considered “normal” people. ;P

But she’s settling in, had her bath, tummy shaved only (because my clippers till aren’t working well enough to groom the whole dog) and getting lots of love. Seriously this dog would sit all day on my lap if I’d let her. She is the sweetest (large) lap dog ever!

Now it’s just a waiting game!

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Little darlings

Lyric’s little darlings are two weeks old. They’re smaller than what Gracie’s pups were at this age, but still little chunks in their own right. And absolutely darling!

Some of them are starting to open their little peepers. And by next week’s pictures they will all have their eyes open.

Lyric is still being a wonderful mother. Although she is enjoying longer breaks away from them. When she goes outside to potty I sometimes find her sunning herself on the back step. And she’s putting on some weight thanks to our puppy pudding (I guess I should call it mama pudding). She happily laps up each bowlful and licks the dish clean!

The puppies got their weights checked and they are ranging from 13.8 ounces (Sonata) to 1# (Cadence) with the rest in between those two. I trimmed their sharp, tiny toenails, did their ENS (which ends on day 16) and gave them all collars.

Cadence is red. Melody is blue. Chord is orange. Harmony is purple. And Sonata is pink.

Okay, everyone look to the right. 😉

❤️

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Four week old cuteness

Gracie’s babies turned four weeks old and they just keep getting cuter (if that’s possible)!

I gave them bigger collars because the small ones are getting close to being too small. Now the bigger ones are a bit loose but hopefully they’ll work okay until they fill them out. Everybody has the same color except Easter, who went from purple to purple/blue/pink combo because that was the closest color I had.

They had their toenails trimmed, weights taken, another dose of de-wormer done and got to do a bit of exploring on the fuzzy blanket on the living room floor while I cleaned their pen. They’re not super adventurous yet, but the next week that should change.

And I switched out the UGOdog litter box for the big box with wood pellets. The side nearest the bed is cut down for easy access of little toddler legs.

2# 14 oz

3# 2 oz

3# 2 oz

3#

2# 13 oz

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Escape from home

It’s always nice to take a day off but it’s hard to sneak away when we have babies, especially with Sage having so many, very young ones. But when the kids invited us for a visit and lunch last Saturday, you can bet I was going to do my best to find a way to go!

Thankfully, I have one of the sweetest sister-in-laws in the world, who also happens to be my neighbor! She hardly had to think about it before answering my question about “puppy sitting”.

So late Saturday morning after getting chores done we set out for the kids place (about two hours away). We didn’t even miss church (well, we weren’t there physically) because we listened to the YouTube sermon on the truck stereo system.

We had a wonderful picnic lunch out on the patio with a small group of family. It couldn’t  have been a better day! <3 The weather was gorgeous (although typical of Washington as one minute it was sunny and warm and the next the clouds came and shaded the sun, with a bit of wind.) But we’re used to PNW weather!


Is that a fluffy puppy or a large dandelion?

(Sorry, not sorry for the overload of cute Winter pictures 😜)

After lunch we took a walk to their local park to exercise the dogs (They have a Boxer, named Rousey and we took Winter).

The kids were having fun hitting golf balls while the dogs had fun running around. Rousey loves to fetch her frisbee and Winter got some practice coming when called.

Although my SIL didn’t quite have the quiet day we expected as I received this message from her.

Apparently, in my muddled, sleepy state when doing the chores that morning, I had forgotten to latch the little gate.

This is a small walk-thru gate that hubby made to access the water trough. I had gone in that morning to top off the trough and forgot to re-hook the bungee cord that holds the gate closed.

I’m sure it was one of these boys that played around with the gate and figured out “hey, mom forgot to latch this! We can get out and eat all the grass that’s outside of our pen!” And that’s just what they did. (Although I’m surprised my big mare actually fit her round body through that opening!)

They happily munched on the lawn until my SIL let the mama dogs out into the backyard for a potty break and they immediately started barking at the horses just outside of the backyard fence!

The oldest horse was easy to get back in her pen but the two naughty boys had fun running up and down the hill between our house and my SIL’s (she has horses too so mine went to visit hers) until my BIL caught them and got them back where they belonged. Never a dull moment on the farm!

But despite the “escape” at home it was nice for us to escape the farm for a day.

 

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Change of colors

Sage’s big bunch are already one week old today! They are doing nicely, although someone has to still be fairly close by because Sage sometime gets up and lays down…on a puppy. So I’ll hear this distressed, muffled cry and run to rescue it. I don’t know why mom doesn’t “worry” about it, but she doesn’t seem to be upset by the noise. Dogs are so weird sometimes…

Thankfully despite their clumsy mother the pups are all doing well. Five of the eight are at one pound or over. The three “smallest” black female (yellow collar), apricot male (orange collar) and the merle girl are not far behind though weighing in at; 14.5 oz, 15.4 oz and 15.8 oz.

The will get their first teeny, tiny toenail trim today (those sharp nails are killer on mom’s soft tummy), their ENS (Early Neurological Stimulation) and I changed their collars, from ribbons (which I use at birth to identify each one) to adjustable paracord collars (which aren’t quite small enough for newborn Cavapoos).

But I don’t have the same color ribbons and collars (especially since we have more than one litter using them). So I had to switch some colors up!

Blue now has a blue/green collar

Green is now army green

Purple is now purple/blue/pink

Brown is now tan

Yellow got her yellow collar a few days ago

Orange stayed orange

The merle girl didn’t have a color so I gave her a rainbow-ish one.

And the closest to pink I had was red.

And now for the group photos (in birth order).❤️

 

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Improvise

Cajsa got a boo-boo a few days ago. It looks like she ran into something a tore a flap of skin on her side. Country dog problems.

I’ve been treating it, but she keeps licking it which just hinders the healing process more. I have E-collars for small dogs but nothing her size. And I didn’t really want to drive a couple hour round trip to the vet to buy one. Or even ordering one online would take a couple days to get here.

Well, this morning I had a “light bulb” moment and remembered something I had seen on the internet. Tah-dah!

“Really mom?”

I had some pool noodles laying around that I had picked up to make an obstacle (course) for my horse. And every country girl know that there are many other uses for hay bale string besides tying hay bales. 😉

Holding her paw while the medicine soaks in.

“I refused to look at the camera”

Chilling with Winter in the house. She is not a happy girl. But this should give the wound a break from her over-active tongue so it can heal up!

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Just a reminder about the waiting list

I have a lot of people contacting me about when or if I have an idea when the waiting list will reopen and we will take applications again for our Cavapoo waiting list.

Honestly, I don’t know. But I imagine it still may be months away. When we reopened our list last October (for what ended up only being four days) we were slammed with applications. It was overwhelming to say the least. I really didn’t expect the reaction we got; close to one hundred and thirty applications! (Not everyone got on, but there we still a huge chunk that did). So I closed the list. For the first portion that applied and got on I believe I gave them a 10 month to 18 months approximate wait time. The last batch of people that were added got more of a 1-2 year wait estimate.

It blows my mind that some of those new people that got on in October have already been matched! How does that happen?

Another question that is frequently asked by those already on the waiting list is “what number am I on the list?”

Let me back up a bit and try again to explain our puppy matching process to those that don’t know or need a reminder and try to also answer this last question.

Anyone that is on our Cavapoo waiting list (to clarify that means you sent the application, it was approved, you sent the application fee and were told you were officially added to the list) can reach out (email, please, and if possibly on the original thread that I sent for your application approval) and be added to any litter list. (That means you are interested in the colors/genders available in that litter, you are available by phone on the Puppy Matching Day and your schedule allows you to meet me to pick up your puppy on Puppy Delivery day. (Please don’t ask to be added to a litter list if you already have a vacation planned when the pup is going home or soon after or don’t know how you’re going to get it home; as far as I know the US/Canadian border is still closed. I don’t want to match a puppy with someone and “hope” the border opens by the time the pup goes home. Sorry:/)

So for instance you may be on our list and do not care what color or gender you get, you just want a Cavapoo puppy! So you may have already contacted me and asked to be added to Gracie, Lyric AND Sage’s litter lists. And it doesn’t make sense to just take a “blanket”statement from someone of “just add me to all the litters” because the adopter won’t know ahead of time if the each litter’s schedule corresponds with theirs. So please reach out for each litter you are interested in.

So how are some of the new people that just got on the list in October already being matched? Well, if nobody (or just a few people ahead of them) show interest in the litter, they have a good chance of being matched.

(I always take the list of people that have reached out from when I announced the litter until about the Friday before puppy matching day, and put those names in the order they are on the main waiting list before I make phone calls on Puppy Matching Day. So obviously the higher you are on the list and the longer you’ve been on the list the better chance you have of being matched with a puppy.)

BUT I have people who have been on the list for 1-2 years that I never hear from! 

So you might be way down the list and don’t think you have a chance so you don’t reach out, but if I have just a handful of people reaching out for each litter you might have a better chance of being matched than you think. I can’t guarantee you’ll be matched with a puppy sooner than the “estimate” I gave you, but you never know what can happen. (If I don’t hear from you I can’t know you’re interested and ready to be matched with a puppy.)

If you don’t get matched, just keep reaching out with each litter you’re interested in. It’s a process and it will take time and patience.

(Back to the “what number am I on the list”question…I almost dislike telling someone, “oh, you’re #97” because they’re thinking “oh, my I’m years away from getting a puppy!” But in reality maybe  #42 and #71 are the only ones that are ahead of you on the main waiting list who actually reach out about the litter you are interested in. So technically you are #97 on the main waiting list but only the third person I’ll be calling on the litter list on Puppy Matching day. So you can see why the number you are on the main waiting list isn’t as critical as how many people ahead of you reach out for any particular litter. And we can never predict who or how many will until we make a litter list after a litter announcement.)

In a nutshell, if you’re on our Cavapoo waiting list and interested in a particular litter, please let me know and I’ll add you to that litter’s list so you have a chance of being matched.

Typically only about one quarter of the waiting list even reaches out and asks to be added to a litter list. Some people have gone through the application process, have been added to our list and have never reached out with interest on any litter. And granted, that may be because I gave them a ten to eighteen month + estimate of a wait time for a puppy so they don’t think they have a chance and are waiting until more time has gone by. (Or they’re sitting up north waiting for the border to open…I understand).

And as I’ve shared before the apricot/red puppies are the most requested so it’s likely you will wait longer for that color. Those puppies typically get matched with the top people on the list that reach out.

Sorry for rambling on so much and giving so much detail about everything. Hopefully things are clear, but if you have any questions please let me know.

If for some reason you got on our list and found a puppy elsewhere, life changes have occurred or you know longer want to be on our Cavapoo waiting list, please let me know.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and follow along! We appreciate each one of you!

 

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Class continues

I’m happy to report that Asher is still continuing his “education” and gets better and acts more comfortable each week at training class. The “worried” look in his eye is for the most part not there. There are still moments when he’s a bit unsure, but he’s come a long way in four weeks.

We had some time before class started to do a little exploring at the dog park. This is a very small, country town, but our dog class instructor (who also taught the kids “Dog 4H” class for years) was the one how implemented the idea of a dog park, got it approved, has gotten help and donations, etc to build it. It’s an amazing little park (with a division for small and large dogs). Since we live in the country we don’t have a need to visit it often (plus it’s 45 minutes from home), but when I have a dog with me in town it’s a nice place to let them stretch their legs and go potty (they have dog bags handy for clean-ups).

Now, there are pros and cons about using a dog park, so please read up on dog park etiquette before you introduce your dog to one.

Thankfully for shy Asher there were no dogs on the little dog side so he had it to himself and was free to sniff, run and investigate. He didn’t actually get very far from me, but it was a good experience from him.

Most of the big dogs stayed way out in the middle of their area and didn’t even come close to the division fence. Well, all except this adorable husky that stopped to stare, hoping Asher would want to play. (I talked to her owner a while later and he told me she has a best buddy that’s a small white dog).

Then it was time to load up and head to class (which was just a short drive next door at the fairgrounds).

Waiting our turn.

“yes, belly scratches”

(This was a practice course, weave around the buckets and have the down sit and down inside a hula hoop. Asher still needs “help” on the down.)

My friend was watching from the sidelines (her kids are in class) and snapped a few short videos of us working.

Practicing stairs. I waiting until after class to try these so we wouldn’t feel rushed.

Dog class is exhausting! 😉

 

 

 

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Jam packed

Our house is not big. The main living area downstairs is comprised of the kitchen, dining area and living room in an “L”-shape. There’s only so much room. And it is now full!

By the stairway we have Gracie and her babies in the small puppy pen. Then on either side of the wood stove are Lyric (on the right) and Sage (on the left nearest the couch I crash on to keep on “ear” on things during the night).

Gracie’s puppies will start getting more active in the next week or so. Lyric and Sage’s are still in the sleep and eat stage so it’s more a matter of keeping moms happy (feed, watered and let in and out to potty) and making sure mom is messing up her bed and puppies are getting “lost” under or along the edges.  So they’re all still in the “easy” stage.

Every morning when moms go out first thing, I change their beds, fill up food and water, add calcium and NuVet, serve the pudding, weigh puppies (if needed), do ENS (if needed) etc.

So my priority right now is moms and babies.

But I also have the other adults to tend too (I’ve just scheduled three days of grooms next month). I’m doing dog class with Asher on Thursdays and in May another class starts (when Asher’s ends) and I’ll be taking two more dogs, one on Tuesday’s class and one on Thursday’s class day.

(Then there’a the garden…I really want to get out and dig in the dirt!)

Weekly pictures of each litter take a lot of time. Besides taking the pictures (and as they get older and more wiggly it’s even more difficult) I have to review all the shots to pick out the best of each one, watermark it, add it to the album on the website and the photo albums in my pictures.

As these pups start to get more active we’ll have more videos to post and that also takes time as I have to watermark and upload each one.

Plus there’s the blog (I really try to share a little something each day) which takes time to write and find pictures for. Then there’s Facebook and Instagram to keep up with. (I do all the blogging, photos, social media myself. Hubby helps with more manual labor and outside chores and projects).

Aurora is due to have her first litter in May. Although I must say, she is not very big so I don’t expect a lot of puppies from her. Time will tell.

This spring and summer are going to be extremely packed and busy! So I’m asking for a bit of grace and patience. If I don’t return your emails right away, please forgive me. I try to “star” each one until I respond so as not to lose them in the pile. If you need to talk to me by phone you can leave a message on our answering machine (yes, we still have a landline and an actual answering machine). But I do prefer emails as then I can answer them whenever I have time.

Thanks for your help through this crazy, busy (fun) time and for following along with our dogs, puppies and crazy life!

 

 

 

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