The secret rendezvous

One day about two months ago I let all the house dogs out to potty in the back yard. The other dogs were in their respective yards having some play/potty time too.

A bit later, I opened the back door to let them all back in and was surprised to see some activity that I wasn’t expecting; Reba was flaunting herself in front of Sundae!! Oh no, is she in season I wondered? (She had shown no signs). But when I picked her up to check it was obvious that there had already been some “activity” between them. *sigh

Miss Slut-girl had so fastidiously kept herself clean and tidy that I wasn’t even aware that she had come in season! People, this is the dog that sticks to me like glue and hangs out on the couch in the evenings with me. I should’ve seen something; but no. And now we had this potential breeding that might have happened between two Poodles that I wouldn’t have necessarily matched up. Usually, when I breed a purebred litter (whether it be Cavaliers or Poodles), I plan it out carefully between the male and female that I choose because I want to keep a puppy (or puppies) from that union.

I wrote a note in my planner and promptly forgot about the whole incident.

Until about three weeks ago when I picked Reba up, laid her on her back and was rubbing her belly. Wait, something is not “normal” here.

Thankful that we now have the ultrasound machine, I grabbed it, sat down on the floor propped Reba on her back between my legs and starting scanning.

I sent it to a breeder friend. “What do you see?” I asked. She wrote back, “Congratulations!” I told her I was hoping she was going to tell me those were “air pockets” 😜

So now we had confirmation that that secret rendezvous wasn’t just a flirt-fest!

Seriously, if you’d kept those legs together you wouldn’t be in this predicament!

This was the look I was getting last night.

And right now, well, she’s in labor as I write this!

And even though this wasn’t a planned litter, (I did genetic color coat testing on them both after the rendezvous and it looks like we might get some fun colors) I’m excited to see what we’ll get!

So if anyone is interested in a purebred mini Poodle, shoot me an email!

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Go, Ross, go

As you know little Ross stayed with us sometime after his littermates went home so we could do some “extras” with him while his family was busy (technically a “Progressive Puppy).

He went home last Sunday with his new, excited family, but I just wanted to share some of his adventures while he was here.

Time to head to my forever home! ❤

But first, some adventures!

“That’s the biggest water dish I’ve ever seen”

“I’m coming!”

Looking ahead to more adventures!

He took to leash training like a pro! Look at that, already in the “heel” position!😲

We also visited some places in town and met many nice people. 😀

“Are those squeaky toys, mom?”

“I found the Fromm Puppy food! This is for BIG sister, Aurora.”

So many choices. Which yummy treat should we choose?

Aunt Karen is always happy to meet me in town for puppy kisses 👅🐶

Whenever I go anywhere with puppies or a puppy, I always take a litter box for potty breaks. That way puppy (Ross, in this instance) can safely be socialized and still have a safe place to potty without getting on the ground and picking up something nasty.

There are lots of fun things to see and do with your puppy and still keep him safe. ❤️

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A new twist

Our last winter/spring Cavapoo litter has arrived! (Born in winter; going home in spring). One of our Cavalier “sisters”, Glory (a black and tan) has delivered six gorgeous, healthy puppies; three boys, three girls (four black with some white) and two apricots.

The (possibly) proud father/s is/are Sundae and Clancy. What?! Yep, she had dates with two of our handsome boys. This is what is referred to as a dual-sired litter where two different males are allowed to mate with one female. Sometimes this is done if one sire is older, or a young sire is being started, or if someone is wanting the chance of puppies from two nice boys. It is not an uncommon practice in the purebred dog world. We had the chance with these two of getting a variety of colors or even parti puppies (“cow” puppies). If these were purebred puppies that were being registered with the American Kennel Club we would do DNA testing to know for sure who the father was before registering the pups. But since these are a hybrid breed (not purebred) that will not be registered or producing their own pups (because they are going to be spayed or neutered family companions) we don’t need to have proof of fatherhood and since both boys are health and genetic tested (and sweethearts) we’re good!

Aren’t they beautiful?! ❤️

And yes, this means we have another “herd” of Cavapoos here!😲❤️

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The first play area

When the puppies are little I first let them explore just outside their puppy play pen in the living room. When they are a little more confident I’ll set up an exercise pen with some different surfaces and toys for them to investigate there. They will graduate to the kitchen play room later.

To make things easier at this point I use a small plastic tray with a potty pad instead of dragging out the big litter box. And you can see they’ve used it. I don’t like using potty pads in the puppy pen as most puppies like to play with them and drag them around. But for this small, initial play space they work well.

Checking out the first, small tunnel!

Well, that’s not exactly how you use it. 😉

Auntie Hope is always willing to join in the fun. And she is the perfect “outside” (i.e. not mom) adult dog to introduce the puppies too.

Taking her babysitter duty seriously 😉


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Tunnel of fun

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Three little rascals are still here for a bit, but their training continues! Individual time is important as is play, crate, and potty training. Luckily, they are all pretty good pups (and still adorable)!

“Mom, why are it’s ears so big?”

Puppy kisses👅

“What are we doing next?”

“Can you rub my belly some more?”

“We’re having what for dinner?!”

“Why are you upside down, Auntie Hope?”

“Now I see you better.”

“I is so handsome.”

“Yep, just keep rubbing my back until I tell you to stop.”


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A favorite

I know a lot of people were in love with our little Jack. I recently got an update from his family and thought I’d share. And look who his best friend is; a boxer!

“Hi Jennifer,

I just wanted to send in a little update on Riley (Jack) as the year draws to a close! Riley has been an amazing addition to not only “A” and my life, but also the lives of the rest of our family. He has found a best friend in my parent’s boxer puppy, Bleu. He now thinks he’s part boxer and doesn’t realize there is a difference between a 60lb puppy and a 4lb one. Riley is such an interesting and hilarious little guy. He is fearless! We are also so lucky to have met “D”, “J”, and Sugar! I am sure they will be lifelong friends and we’ve already had a puppy party in San Mateo!
Lastly, our vet was so impressed with how healthy and well-documented all of Riley’s health records are. She could not say enough good things about how great of a breeder you must be!
We are so thankful that Riley made his way into our lives and he was 100% worth the 18 months we waited for him!
Happy New Year,
“M”, “A”, and Riley 🐾
*Sugar that he mentions was Rachel from Rosie’s litter and the families found at our delivery “party” that they lived near each other ❤
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