Crate time

The puppies have been sleeping in crates at night (with the door open and access to the litter box). They’ve also had time in them during the day when we’re cleaning pens and such.

But I’ve wanted to get them further along in their crate training before they go home to help their new owners out. What that entails is making sure dinner is served around five o’clock and then the dishes picked up before too late so puppies can go potty. They usually crash about nine to nine-thirty. My plan was to go upstairs around eleven to eleven-thirty, wake them up potty, then shut them in the crate for the night, Then, of course, the next step is setting my alarm for five-thirty to six-ish in the morning to let them out for their morning potty break.

I’ll be honest, with this nasty bug that got me down for so long (and I’m still fighting the remnant cough and congestion), the idea of staying up late to wake puppies up to potty and then getting up extra early to let them out tires me out just thinking about it! I just haven’t had the energy.

But last night we succeeded!

After all the puppies, dogs, and horses are “tucked in bed” for the night (usually nine to nine-thirty), that’s my down time to just relax. I usually watch a movie or something that doesn’t take too many brain cells to process. 😉 And I usually fall asleep on the couch before it’s over. 😛

Last night the evening routine wasn’t much different except for the fact when I woke up late to head to bed (I know, why don’t I just go to bed earlier?!), I turned the other direction and headed upstairs to visit the puppies.

They are pretty predictable. When you wake them up, pretty much the first thing they do is go potty. So I piddled around, giving them all a chance to relieve themselves, then put them all in crates (each litter in one crate together for the first night), closed the door,  covered them with a blanket, turned off the light and headed to bed, finally.

I could hear crying as I headed downstairs, but I think it was mainly our youngest litter, the Poodles. They quickly settled down, as did I and off to dreamland we all went.

My alarm startled me awake at six a.m. this morning and I jumped out of bed and quickly headed upstairs to open crate doors so puppies could potty. (By the way, they were quiet before I headed up there. So the key is to wake up before your puppy does!)

Out of the four litters, I only found one little “accident” in a crate. I’d say that’s pretty good for the first night!

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A.m.a.z.i.n.g!

Gracie’s puppies had their checkups yesterday (plus Kiss, since she is also going home this weekend).

It’s normally a few hours with the drive to the vet, the time it takes to examine all the puppies, do the paperwork for the health certificates needed, the vet health sheet, plus any microchips that are done, and then turn around and make the hour + back home. Sometimes I’ll make a quick stop at the store in town if I need to pick up something and the weather is okay to leave pups for a few minutes in my truck.

I always take their litter box, of course, so they can have a potty break and stretch their legs in the bed of my truck. Then a dish to offer water, and food if we’re there during a mealtime.

Yesterday was a bit different.

A couple days earlier hubby had mentioned he needed to go to town for some things. I told him I was going on Tuesday so we could go together. So instead of a couple stops, it turned into a lot of short jaunts into different stores to grab this or that.

First stop was the vet for the puppy exams. They did great and got lots of extra attention. The staff love when babies come in!

Then it was back to our other little town for errands before heading home. Grand total, the pups were in their crates for about six and a half hours with a break at the vet’s and another break for potty and to stretch their legs. It was great crate training experience and the pups did amazing!!

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Vacation

Okay, maybe a vacation or maybe just a breather away from puppies (sort of). When our current puppies go home (the Poodles will be the last to go on March 24th) we will be (almost) puppy-less for a while. I’m keeping a Poodle so he is going to be spoiled!

But the “girls” and the humans here will be taking a short break before more puppies arrive.

I’ve had several people ask “when are you expecting the next Cavapoo litters to arrive?” Well, it’s too early to tell for sure but the first possible spring litter could arrive towards the end of April. We will likely have several litters arrive throughout the spring months.

Oh, and when I said almost puppy-less, I didn’t mean just my Poodle puppy 😉

Let me introduce you to our newest Cavapoo!

Yep, we have a new baby! Just one little golden/apricot boy who is being thoroughly spoiled by his mom and me. ❤

I really thought I was going to have about a month with no new puppies here, but this little nugget showed up last week. I had bred his mom (Allie) to Justice in hopes of keeping a Cavapoo daughter from Allie for our future F1b program. But we ended up with a different plumbing system in this one then I planned so he will be available to someone on our list and ready to go home April 28th.

I honestly didn’t think she was pregnant. I kept checking her and nothing felt different (I failed to confirm that hunch with the ultrasound, which I won’t do again.) Allie is a “private” dog and kind of keeps to herself. When she’s had puppies in the past, she hardly makes a noise or a mess. So when I opened her crate Friday morning to let her out to potty, I found the little bundle clean and dry snuggled in mom’s bed. ❤

What a fun thing to wake up to! 😀

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Multiples

When each of you takes your cute little puppy (singular) home it will be fun! It will also be a lot of noise, training, cuddles, messes, and memories ❤️

If you have children at home or have raised a child you have a bit of an idea what it’s like because having a puppy is like having a four-legged, mouthy toddler!

But let me give you a new perspective. Having a whole litter of puppies underfoot and in your home for weeks at a time is even crazier! It’s not just like having a bunch of noisy, busy children at home. It’s more akin to have multiples!

Now, I’ve dealt with twins myself (my first two children). Talk about a rude awakening into motherhood! 😳 Of course, I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world. But I remember what havoc twin boys could make through the house.

Just imagine having four, five or six puppies; all the same age, same mentality (remember “like a toddler”), but we’ve multiplied the noise and the mess!

And they are like kids. Their “voices” might not be intelligible language but their high-pitched barks translate just the same….”MOM, he bit me! MOM, she took my toy! MOM, he ate some of my food! MOM, he pulled my hair! MOM, she touched me! MOM, MOM, MOM!”

I am by no means complaining, just giving you a little glimpse into my crazy world.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way! ❤️

 

 

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Ready, set, play!

Flower’s

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Gracie’s

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Glory’s

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Playtime snapshots!

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Sick day

Hey, everyone! Puppies are all doing well, little Levi went home with his new family this morning, got some checks in the mail (application fees and deposits)to respond to, emails to answer and puppy matching to do, but some bug has hit me and I’m moving kind of slow today. So I’ll be getting these things done a little at a time as I feel up to it. So thankful hubby is here to take care of the puppies! I almost had him meet Levi’s family this morning but I felt pretty good when I got up and then by mid-morning I’m dragging again 

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