Rescheduled and rescheduled

I had Bonus, Asher, Lyric and Raven scheduled for their check-ups back in October after we got home from our trip. I ended up rescheduling the appointment so we could not have to rush away from family and drive back from California so soon.

The appointment was rescheduled for Halloween. And then I had to rush back to California. It was the weekend so I just quickly messaged my vet and let her know what was going on and that I needed to reschedule it again. She was so kind and said she would take care of it.

They rescheduled me for yesterday. So the “kids” finally got in for their exams. But boy, did they look like country bumpkins. They’re all past due for grooms and baths. Thankfully, I just messaged my groomer on Monday and got all the dogs scheduled for the end of the month. But I couldn’t even bath them if I wanted to before their appointment. On Sunday, hubby noticed our hot water heater was leaking. So he turned the hot water off after the last shower that night.

He ran to town on Monday to get a new water heater and supplies, but also had to pick up three more big bales of hay for the horses so he was gone most of the day. Needless to say, I ended up having to run to grandma’s house for a shower. So thankful for nearby relatives and a hubby that can fix just about anything!

So I hauled my scruffy, dirty dogs to the vet and they got the best of care and thorough check-ups none-the-less. They all checked out wonderfully, except that Asher needs his teeth cleaned. He’s a booger about letting me brush or scale them!

I forgot to get a picture of Bonus.πŸ’™

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The truffle hunter

You’ve probably heard of the dogs that search out the elusive and expensive delicacies?

Well, we have a truffle hunter too, of sorts ;P

Whenever I’m out in the morning doing yard duty and picking up dog “deposits”, Aurora is one step ahead of me sniffing them out.

Okay, so we are finding actual truffles, but she is helpful in the clean-up process around here! πŸ˜‚

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Rest day

Our normal day off doggie business is Saturday (Sabbath). We usually attend church then we head to grandma’s house where all the nearby relatives get together for a big, family lunch. We might spend time outdoors in nature too depending on the weather or visiting with friends in the afternoon.

This past Saturday I just needed to rest. So after morning chores, I decided to do something really weird and went back to bed. Nothing like a nap only a couple hours after getting up in the morning. But it’s what my body was asking for.

Hubby had been sick all week so he stayed home to watch church online. And we didn’t join the family for lunch since we didn’t want to share his germs with his elderly mother.

I finally got up just in time to have breakfast just before noon…heehee.

We had a nice, restful day at home with just us and the critters.

In the past, I would let the little dogs out into the front yard to romp and explore after I put the big dogs to bed for the night. But now that it gets dark at zero-dark-thirty that hasn’t been an option. So I rounded up the big dogs with lots of treats and shut them into the boy yard.

Then we turned the girls loose for a free-for-all! Boy do they love exploring the whole fenced in front, side and barnyard. There are so many smells and things to stimulate their senses! I love watching them.

After they had plenty of time outside (and thankfully the sun came out) they went in and had some treats. Then it was the boys (and Oakley’s turn). Oakley hangs out with the boys because for some reason she clashes with a couple of the girls.

My Velcro boyPlease pick me up dad!the play-bowkisses!And here’s the funny part. The fence-climbing escape artist knew something was “off” and stood at the open gate not wanting to come out..lol! I bet if I’d shut the gate he would’ve climbed over and joined us!

Hi there! (Says Asher to Hope)The “princess” went potty then headed back to the house. “Don’t they know I’m royalty and don’t hang out with peasants” she says. πŸ˜‰

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Trying to catch up

Hi. It’s me. I’m home but still having a time getting back into a “normal” work/office routine.

For those that might be new to our blog, we’ve suffered two great loses in the past few weeks. And as the regulars here know, I’m pretty transparent about life. I probably share too much.

At the first part of October we drove to CA to visit my family. It had been a year since I’d been down to see my dad (who had dementia). I think he recognized us and we were able to spend time with him. At that time, my FIL was declining but we had to make the trip to CA. When we returned after a week away, my FIL was fading quickly and passed away on October 19th, just three days after we got home. As we tried to deal with that loss, dogs and such, my dad starting declining. I hopped on a plane on October 29th and flew back to CA by myself. I was able to sit with my dad for several hours that evening and into the night before heading to my brother’s for some rest. My dad passed to his rest, just after midnight. I had made it down just in time. Losing a parent is so hard, and losing two so close together is a double gut punch.

So I apologize for those waiting on email replies. It’s so hard to get back to “normal life” and work. I’ve had applications, questions and such come in, in the past ten days or so, that I’ve yet to reply too. But I’m working on them. Thanks for your patience during this time. If you reached out via messenger, email, text, phone etc in the past couple of weeks and don’t hear from me within 24 hours, please reach out again.

Hope sends love ❀️

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Saturday snapshots

Fall is in the air and things are starting to look a bit different around here. Mornings are crisp and cold and the dogs don’t like to stay outside any longer than necessary to take care of business. The garden is “asleep” for the winter and the last of the plants have gotten frosted. The horses are are growing fuzzy winter coats. And we’re enjoying the last of the flowers inside.

Could this be the original “angry bird”? Heehee

Also, I’m taking a break from the blog as I’m off to visit family again. Hubby will be home to hold the fort down ❀️

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Sharing more

Yesterday I shared about Aurora. Today and in upcoming days, I’ll share about more available adult dogs looking for a comfy couch or an active retirement πŸ˜‰

If you’re new to our blog, you may be wondering why we are looking for new homes for some of our dogs?

People frequently ask me if saying good-bye to cute puppies on puppy delivery day is hard for me. To me, that is one of the funnest parts of raising dogs. New families are anxiously awaiting their new puppy and there is so much joy and sometimes even happy tears, that’s it is one of the best days!

But the hardest part for a breeder is to say farewell to an adult they’ve raised and loved. But sometimes you have to do the hard things to make things better for the dogs. I want them to have happy, peaceful retirement years being the center of someone’s world.

Some may think it is horrible that I place my adult dogs in loving homes when they retire. I would love to keep each one forever. <3

But if I’m going to continue raising these adorable puppies for potential adopters, I have to raise more adults to be future parents. Obviously, we want our parents to have a nice life and β€œretire” at a nice age. So we raise some purebred Poodles and Cavaliers or keep a Cavapoo puppy occasionally to step in when those current ones are ready to retire. So there are always more dogs around then just the current parents. All those dogs require attention, grooming, love, medical care, and space. And I only have so much of each.

So I would much rather have an adult that is no longer being a parent, be spayed and retired into a home where he or she is the center of attention; a place where they will be doted on and spoiled. Where they can sleep on the couch, be part of the family activities and given all the attention they want. And I screen and place the dog into what I think sounds like the best home for that particular dog. Placing an adult dog is much harder on my heart than saying good-bye to a darling puppy.

Today, I’d like to share about this special boy.

Rumor is a purebred black phantom (black & tan) miniature Poodle. He is the son of my heart dog, Reba and our fence wonder dog , Sundae. Thankfully, he did not get either parents fence climbing skills, but this boy has “Tigger-springs” in his back legs! He jumps straight up and down with excitement. When I walk through the yard, he will be right next to my side boing-ing up and down. I usually just see a blur next to me. But the other day, my son saw him and said, “mom, that dog jumps clear up to your shoulder!”

He has gone through basic obedience class and earned his AKC Canine Good Citizenship certificate. I sometimes wonder how he did, because he rarely sat in class. I always had to push his butt into a sit when it was time to practice the sit. His back leg “springs” are so tight that he usually just stays at attention and wags his tail furiously.

He is a “velcro” dog and will become very attached to his person. He would love to be someone’s buddy and constant companion. And he’s a nice size at 14″ at the shoulder and about 13 lbs of lean muscle. He is four and a half years old. He is not neutered yet and I may still use him on our girls in the meantime. I just need to have less boys around here. We can have our vet do it or the new owner can. He’s up-to-date on his annual exam, vaccinations and he is micro-chipped. He gets along with most other dogs but would do best with a female if he has a house mate.

 

If you are interested in our sweet boy, please fill out the puppy application and note it is for Rumor.πŸ’™

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I love her

But in an effort to get my numbers down and make all the female dogs happy (Zuma is threatened having another female running the yard with her and tends to pick on Aurora) I would be willing to let Aurora go to a new home with a fenced yard.

Since we have decided not to do any more of the bigger Cavapoos (on purpose) she got spayed yesterday. So she needs a couple weeks to heal before she can leave. She’s up to date on vaccinations and just got groomed. Speaking of grooming though, for some reason she absolutely won’t let the groomer do her feet, but she lets me do them(?) So I would suggest she goes to someone that know how to groom or is willing to learn.

She is an absolute love bug and loves a good hug. She has a happy attitude and will sit in front of you and reach out her big, lanky paw to get your attention. She loves having a big yard to play and explore in. She’s a good watch dog too and will alert when someone arrives.

Aurora is an AKC registered purebred (small) standard Poodle and is just five years old, so has so many more fun years to share with the right person. She wasn’t raised around kids, so I would suggest an adult household to make her the most comfortable. And with any adult dog going to a new home, she will need plenty of time to adjust and feel comfortable. So having patience and time and ideally someone that works from home or is retired would be best. She’s used to having us around all the time.

She would do well with another dog, but I would suggest male only and probably big enough to handle her size and playfulness. She is about 40-45 lbs tops and stands about 22″ at the shoulder.

If you are seriously interested, please fill out the puppy applications on the website and in the section asking (“What are you looking for in a puppy?”) please note that you are applying for Aurora.

Aurora as a puppy. She’s is a sable parti but has obviously lightened with age. But this picture shows her colored spots. As an older puppy

Adult pics

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What’s next?

Some of you might be wondering when our next Cavapoo litter will be arriving. Well, we had one in the works that was supposed to arrive any day now. Unfortunately, nature sometimes has other ideas. Our planned litter between Sky and Dickens did not pan out. She is not pregnant.

I’ve been waiting and waiting for one of the other girls that I’d like to breed to come in season, but they all took a break for a while.

Finally, while we were away on our trip, Winter came in season. So this week I’ve been introducing her to her new “beau” which in fact is Bonus, aka Bo aka Bobo. (Winter is a Cavapoo and Bonus is a mini Poodle so the pups will be F1b Cavapoos).

“If” she gets pregnant (and you never know with a first-timer) St Nick should be delivering some Christmas time puppies for us! And they will all be “cow” puppies. For those who don’t know, when we have parti-puppies (white base with colored spots) I call them cow puppies because they look like little Holstein cows!

I’m not sure exactly with colors we’ll get between them but likely blenheim, tricolor and black and white.

Both Winter and Bonus are on the smaller side so they pups may stay smaller although there is no guarantee on size. And sometimes with the Poodle background a pup may grow taller/bigger than the parent dogs.

But between these two parents the pups ought to be sweet, spunky and a lot of fun! I can’t wait to meet them. Fingers crossed that she gets in the family way.  <3

I will update with any news or when we know she’s pregnant for sure. But we won’t take names for the litter list until after the puppies are born.

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It’s quiet around here

We spent the weekend with family….. and then little Rabbit headed home with her new family yesterday.

Sharing lots of love with grandma

…….and then little Rabbit headed home with her new family yesterday.

Snuck in a little visit with my sis too <3

And that makes the last of the Aussiedoodles off to their new homes! I’m so thankful these darling little “oops” puppies all got good homes, even though it took a while to get them all matched.

And to make sure that never, ever happens again, Cody is going to the vet tomorrow to be “tutored” *wink, wink*

And now I’ve got just a couple days left before the weather gets crazy!

When I got home from Spokane yesterday, I headed to the garden to pick the rest of the veggies and start cleaning things out. Today, I’ve still got to get my garlic planted too.

Hubby got the apples picked. We usually wait until after the first frost but the crazy squirrels and chipmunks were knocking more off the trees each night!

Saving more flower seeds

Picking the last of the spoon tomatoes that came up voluntarily from last years plants. And found a few cucamelons hiding! They look like tiny watermelons but taste like cucumbers!

I’ve still got lots to do to preserve all this goodness. πŸ™Œ

 

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And then there was one

Well, it’s just little Rabbit now. All her littermates have gone to their forever homes. It’s taken a while, but we’re happy that all of these little Aussie-oops! have gotten great homes. Rabbit will be with us a few more days and then go home with her new family on Sunday.

In the meantime, she’s learning how to be the “only child”. And although she’s the only puppy here, she has lots of other dogs to keep her company, teach her and interact with.  Sometimes she’s in the kitchen/dining area with Reba, Hope and myself. Sometimes she’s exploring the backyard when her mom climbs the fence and joins her for a while. And sometimes she goes out front with me to “help” with chores and hang out with the big dogs. She’s also learning to sleep by herself (no littermates). Although she and Panther were already sleeping, each in their own puppy pen at night when Panther was still here. And Auntie Hope sleeps in the same room so she has company.

So we’ll enjoy a few more days with her and share about the day she goes home soon.

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