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Hey everyone!

Look who’s in heat!!

Yes, Nikki is now in heat! We should know in one month if there’s any “buns in the oven.” We will keep you posted!

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Tica (Mackenzie) Update: 3 Years Old

Anyone remember Mackenzie from Litter 2013? I recently heard from her owners, and they sent a picture of this adorable pup, now 3 years old. Her name is Tica now.

Tica (aka Mackenzie) at 3 years old:         Tica (Mackenzie) - 3 years

Mackenzie at 4 weeks old:

She was so cute then….. DEFINITELY even cuter now!

Leo (a.k.a. Jordan) Update: 3 Years Old

How many of you remember Jordan from Litter 2013? Well, just the other day I got an update from his owners! They said, “I thought you would like an updated photo of Leo (Jordan). He is now three years old. We still live in Connecticut. He enjoys snow and sunny days just the same but due to his fur plays longer on cooler days. We show him the pictures you send of his family. He seems to look longer when he sees his mother in a photo. Our daughter is so happy to have her cute dog. He still loves to eat and give lots of doggie kisses.”

Below is a picture of Jordan at 5 weeks old, and then his most recent 3-year-old picture. What a handsome boy!

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Puppy Jordan (Leo) - Week 13

Kia Update: 13 Weeks

I recently was pleasantly surprised to receive a Week 13 update from Kia herself. She says, “Look what a fur ball I am! I’m settling into my routine in Iowa. It’s been super hot during the days here, so I take advantage of early morning and evening walks. Tomorrow I get my 2nd set of boosters and find out how much I weigh.”

Kia - Week 13

She is SO. STINKIN’. CUTE! How are your Cavapoochon fur babies doing? Any pictures or updates you would like to share? Head over to our Facebook page and post them there!

 

Two Brothers Meet For the First Time!

How heartmelting is this! It turns out the Dover and Bentley now live in the same neighborhood, and the other day, they met for the very first time!

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Dover is from Litter 2015, and Bentley from Litter 2016, but both of them have the same parents, Nikki, our Cavachon, and Aristan, the Poodle.

Bentley & Dover

I don’t know–would you call Dover and Bentley half-brothers, or just brothers? They have the same parents, but they come from different litters…. I’m thinking that you would just call them brothers. If a human parents had one set of quintuplets one year, and another set the next year (heaven help those poor parents!), all the children would be full siblings, not half brothers and sisters. That’s my reasoning. 🙂

Either way, I think it’s so sweet that these two got to meet for the very first time. I wonder if they could tell by smell that they are related….

Bentley Update

Bentley-boy–our last puppy!–has now gone to his new home! We had two delightful days of him all to ourselves. Nikki enjoyed some quality time with her last puppy as well.

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He got to sleep on my bed the first night, because he missed his brothers and sisters too much to sleep alone. We got to take him for a walk with the big dogs, and, I must say, what a trooper! He went the whole 1.5 miles without needing to be carried! He sure slept good that night! 😉 He didn’t even need to sleep on my bed. He just walked over to his crate, asked to go inside, and zonked out for the entire night!

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Katie and her family sent us the following update: “You and your care have created such a perfect addition to our family. Being a country dog Bentley’s had to get used to sidewalks, more cars, and some barking neighborhood dogs. He’s done better than we could have dreamed. No accidents, super friendly, knows his place and only chews on his toys. He’s napped in his bed and put himself in kennel and slept during our dinner. Only bark we’ve heard was when our son was using his light saber in the back yard. So we’ll have to get him used to the noise from Star Wars play. 🙂 Thanks again for providing such a wonderful start in life for Bentley.”

Bentley @ 9.5 Weeks

Photo Update: Week 9

Most of the puppies have now gone to their new homes! We only have Bentley and Rosie left, and they are going to their new homes this weekend. I thought it would be fun if Kia, Maggie, and Dodge-excuse me: he’s Cooper now–could still get in on the Week 9 photo update, so I had their new owners each send a picture, as well as descriptions of their puppies in their own words. Check it out below!

First, a couple milestones: Nikki has almost completely weaned her two last puppies now, allowing maybe only one feeding per day. They still try to sneak a suckle here and there, but she’s usually quick to growl and fend them off. As a result the three of them romp and play a lot more, as Nikki knows that the only way to keep them distracted is by playing with them. 🙂

Oh, and the Bentley and Rosie have learned to climb the steps on our deck now! So, I got pictures of the two of them up there today.

Females

Mercedes, now named Maggie, is adjusting well. Her tail has been wagging almost non-stop, and she is enjoying exploring her new surroundings. She’s been making it through the night without any accidents (10 PM to 5:30 AM), and making it with hardly any accidents through the day. She is settling in well. The only challenge is to keep her from being mothered too much, as I’m sure you can tell from the picture below!! 🙂 Maggie is adopted by Bill and his family from St. Paul, Minnesota.

Mercedes - Week 9

Lexus, now named Rosie, is the little pipsqueak of the litter! She is curly-coated, with a deep red coloring that none of the other puppies have. She has bold white markings, including the cutest little white toe tips. Lexus Rosie is very sweet and loves to crawl up in your lap and cuddle, but also is very spunky, playful, and outgoing. She loves to meet new people and make new friends! She’s just a tiny little wisp of a puppy, but she’s able to hold her own and assert herself with her big brothers and sisters. Rosie is reserved for James and his family from Washington, D.C.

Lexus - Week 9

Kia is happily settled into her new home in Ames, Iowa. She has officially been declared “The Cutest Puppy Ever” by everyone who meets her, and “perfect” by her new vet Dr. Fett. We kept the name Kia because Kia Ora in New Zealand’s Maori language is an informal greeting meaning “Hi!, G’day.” Our daughter thought it was a perfect fit since half of the family is Kiwi. She loves to snuggle, play with her rubber chicken, tug rope, and little stuffed pig. Walking with a leash is going to take a while, she prefers to just run around in the grass. A big thanks to Sarah and Country Cavachons for giving her such an awesome start to life. Kia is adopted by Lavonne from Aimes, Iowa.

Kia - Week 9

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Dodge, now named Cooper, is very snuggly and sweet-tempered, and he is also very busy and curious about everything. He pounces on his toys with a little growl, loves tug of war and running in the yard. He is learning how to chase a ball and “sometimes” he brings it back. He is great in the crate at night and sleeps from about 9:30pm -6:00 am, and last night he didn’t whimper at all. My cats are not sure of him yet, because he wants to bark and play with them. 😉 Cooper is adopted by Susan from Maple Lake, Minnesota.

Dodge - Week 9

Bentley is a chunky boy; medium-sized. He is smooth-coated and has dark red coloring with a small white stripe down his face and throat. Bentley has a very calm, sweet personality. He just melts in your arms when you hold him, and melts your heart while he’s at it. He is becoming more playful and spunky, running around and joining in the fun instead of only sitting back and observing, but his docile personality is still there under the surface. He is going to be a very patient, loving addition to his new family. Bentley is reserved for Katie and her family from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Bentley - Week 9

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Photo Update: Week 8

Week 8 is here, folks! Maggie will be going home with her new owners today, and Kia on Friday. The other three puppies will all be gone by next Friday. It’s sad to see them go, but it’s not hard at all for us to give them over to their new families when we know they’re going to be in such good hands.

Everyone went to the vet yesterday for their shots, deworming, and wellness exam. All the puppies are in perfect health! We also got everyone’s weight. I had predicted that Dodge would be the biggest, followed by Kia, then Bentley, Maggie, and smallest of all, Rosie. I was almost right, but, as a matter of fact, Bentley is heavier than Kia, and Maggie and Kia weigh the same! That did surprise me. Here’s all the weights:

  • Dodge: 4 lb. 8 oz.
  • Bentley: 4 lb. 6 oz.
  • Kia: 4 lb.
  • Maggie: 4 lb.
  • Rosie: 2 lb. 14 oz.

Can you believe how tiny Rosie is? A little over a full pound smaller than the next largest puppy, and over a pound and a half smaller than the biggest puppy! What a little squirt! 🙂 Now for this week’s pictures: Which one is your favorite?

Females

Mercedes, now named Maggie, is a medium-sized, chunky girl; smooth-coated. She is a brownish-red color with a few bold white markings. She is very outgoing and adventurous–never afraid to explore new places and situations! She likes cuddles and snuggles, but is also our little wiggler–doesn’t like to stay in one place for too long! She is energetic and independent, but has this a way of gazing up at you so adoringly that it completely melts your heart. Maggie is going home today with Bill and his family from St. Paul, Minnesota!!

Mercedes - Week 8

Lexus, now named Rosie, is the little pipsqueak of the litter! She is curly-coated, with a deep red coloring that none of the other puppies have. She has bold white markings, including the cutest little white toe tips. Lexus Rosie is very sweet and loves to crawl up in your lap and cuddle, but also is very spunky, playful, and outgoing. She loves to meet new people and make new friends! She’s just a tiny little wisp of a puppy, but she’s able to hold her own and assert herself with her big brothers and sisters. Rosie is reserved for James and his family from Washington, D.C.

Lexus - Week 8

Kia is a big, chunky girl. She is curly-coated and tan in color with a blending of lighter white accents. While the other puppies have pointy noses or rounded faces, Kia is “blocky.” She has a big, wide paws and a big square head. Her legs also seem shorter than the other puppies, giving her the most adorable appearance of a short-legged Corgi. Kia has a vibrant personality–she loves to give kisses and be held and snuggled. She also loves to play, run around outside, and strike the cutest poses for pictures. She’s bright and energetic, but also sweet and cuddly. Kia is reserved for Lavonne from Aimes, Iowa.

Dodge - Week 8

Males

Dodge is definitely the biggest of all the puppies! This big, hefty boy is curly-coated and tannish-red in color with lighter tan, almost-white patches on his legs and chest. He has an even temperament, but also a playful, spunky streak. Right now, Shasta (our Border Collie) is his hero. He loves follow her around everywhere and tries to play with her (although her big bark does scare him a little). He loves to pretend that he’s a big, ruff, tuff dog, full of big-dog growls, but at heart he’s a big softy who loves to be snuggled and petted. 😉 Dodge is reserved for Susan from Maple Lake, Minnesota.

Kia - Week 8

Bentley is a chunky boy; medium-sized. He is smooth-coated and has dark red coloring with a small white stripe down his face and throat. Bentley has a very calm, sweet personality. He just melts in your arms when you hold him, and melts your heart while he’s at it. He is becoming more playful and spunky, running around and joining in the fun instead of only sitting back and observing, but his docile personality is still there under the surface. He is going to be a very patient, loving addition to his new family. Bentley is reserved for Katie and her family from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Bentley - Week 8

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Photo Update: Week 7

Hello everyone! JUST. ONE. MORE. WEEK. That’s right! You are so close to bringing your new little fur-babies home with you! There have been a few updates to personalities this week, so take the time to read through the descriptions below. There have also been name updates! Mercedes is now Maggie and Lexus is now Rosie! I love the names! Dodge’s new owners are considering Cooper for him, but I haven’t heard anything definite yet. And, as far as I know, Kia and Bentley are going to stay Kia and Bentley!

This week the puppies had another first: Their first baths and trims! Well, Lexus Rosie, Dodge, and Kia got trims around their eyes, but Mercedes Maggie and Bentley didn’t need it. Everyone got a bath, though, and, while they were a little nervous about the whole process, they did surprisingly well, even for the blow-drying! No crying or struggling… just some nervous shivering.

The puppies are now to the completely crated phase of their potty training! That means that they are in a medium-sized crate at night. It is large enough for them to move around, but small enough to be cozy and discourage them from going potty. Dogs have an innate dislike of messing their sleeping area, which is something you have to use to your advantage when potty training.

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Above: What I call the “puppy pile.”

The newspaper is no longer a part of the picture, and the pups are learning to only go outside on the dirt or grass. They spend the entire night from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am in the crate (if we need to, we’ll take them out at 2:00 am for a quick potty break) and they are nearly to the point where they can make it that whole time without wetting their bed. We have them on an 4-hour-interval schedule now, which is what we are probably going to keep them on until they go to new homes. Here’s what their day looks like:

  • 6:00 am – Good morning, outside to go potty and nurse mama. Back in their crate.
  • 10:00 am – Outside to go potty and eat a puppy chow and/or milk breakfast. Into the outdoor pen (weather permitting).
  • 2:00 pm – Let out of the pen to go potty, nurse mama, and run around for 1/2 to 1 hour. back in the pen.
  • 6:00 pm – Let out of the pen to go potty and eat a supper of puppy chow and/or milk. Again let them run around and get their wiggles out for an hour or so. So long as it’s warm enough out and the weather permits, we try to let them stay outside as long as possible.
  • 7:30 – 8:00 pm – Bring inside and crate.
  • 10:00 pm – Outside for one more potty break and opportunity to nurse mama.
  • 2:00 am – Outside to go potty if needed.

Enough of the update! I know you’re all dying to see this week’s pictures! It’s been raining for the last three days here, so the puppies have been spending a lot of time indoors in their crate, or exploring the kitchen if we’re with them. At 10 this morning, the rain had stopped, so I took the pups out to go potty and was able to snap everybody’s picture except Lexus before it started to rain again. So, Lexus sorry, Rosie is the oddball picture this week, posing on a chair in the living room instead of out on the lawn. 🙂

Females

Mercedes, now named Maggie, is a medium-sized, chunky girl; smooth-coated. She is a brownish-red color with a few bold white markings. She is very outgoing and adventurous–never afraid to explore new places and situations! She likes cuddles and snuggles, but is also our little wiggler–doesn’t like to stay in one place for too long! She is energetic and independent, but has this a way of gazing up at you so adoringly that it completely melts your heart. Maggie is reserved for Bill and his family from St. Paul, Minnesota.

Mercedes - Week 7

Lexus, now named Rosie, is the little pipsqueak of the litter! She is curly-coated, with a deep red coloring that none of the other puppies have. She has bold white markings, including the cutest little white toe tips. Lexus Rosie is very sweet and loves to crawl up in your lap and cuddle, but also is very spunky, playful, and outgoing. She loves to meet new people and make new friends! She’s just a tiny little wisp of a puppy, but she’s able to hold her own and assert herself with her big brothers and sisters. Rosie is reserved for James and his family from Washington, D.C.

Lexus - Week 7

Kia is a big, chunky girl. She is curly-coated and tan in color with a blending of lighter white accents. While the other puppies have pointy noses or rounded faces, Kia is “blocky.” She has a big, wide paws and a big square head. Her legs also seem shorter than the other puppies, giving her the most adorable appearance of a short-legged Corgi. Kia has a vibrant personality–she loves to give kisses and be held and snuggled. She also loves to play, run around outside, and strike the cutest poses for pictures. She’s bright and energetic, but also sweet and cuddly. Kia is reserved for Lavonne from Aimes, Iowa.

Kia - Week 7

Males

Dodge is definitely the biggest of all the puppies! This big, hefty boy is curly-coated and tannish-red in color with lighter tan, almost-white patches on his legs and chest. He has an even temperament, but also a playful, spunky streak. Right now, Shasta (our Border Collie) is his hero. He loves follow her around everywhere and tries to play with her (although her big bark does scare him a little). He loves to pretend that he’s a big, ruff, tuff dog, full of big-dog growls, but at heart he’s a big softy who loves to be snuggled and petted. 😉 Dodge is reserved for Susan from Maple Lake, Minnesota.

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Bentley is a chunky boy; medium-sized. He is smooth-coated and has dark red coloring with a small white stripe down his face and throat. Bentley has a very calm, sweet personality. He just melts in your arms when you hold him, and melts your heart while he’s at it. He is becoming more playful and spunky, running around and joining in the fun instead of only sitting back and observing, but his docile personality is still there under the surface. He is going to be a very patient, loving addition to his new family. Bentley is reserved for Katie and her family from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Bentley - Week 7

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