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We had an AKC inspection on Wednesday (9/16/20). We passed with flying colors. The inspector said he wished all breeders were this well organized and maintained.
An article I posted a few years ago:
Link: AKC Inspection
We give each puppy a 3-4 letter temporary starter name. The family picks out the name of the puppy.

One of our former cavaliers started training at 4-months old. Go Charlie! This note was from one of the seasoned dog trainers:

 

"It was a highlight of my day to see you and your adorable Charlie. He has one of the all-around BEST personality and temperament I’ve seen in any Cavalier!"

I recommend you read thorough these articles:
 
Link: New Puppy Information
 
Link: Puppy Feeding

 

Link: Puppy Teething
Link: Leaving For New Home
 
Mia with her new big sister:

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

As of December 3, 2021:

 

 

Apparently, our website server rolled all the updates back to November 15th. This has happened before.
All cavaliers are doing well. Pregnant moms are in private kennels eating puppy food.
December will be a busy month as we are expecting 3-4 litters. We're hopeful for around 15 puppies. We have smaller cavaliers and they produce smaller litters. We like the smaller cavaliers and the puppies get the majority of their size from mom. I've seen a single litter of 6 puppies go all the way to pick number 20 before being adopted. It can be the wrong timing for families or they could want a specific color/gender/markings that is not available.
As you know, we don't like to share information about newborn puppies until they are at least two weeks old. We don't want someone to get their hopes up about a puppy and the puppy not make it. Newborn cavalier puppies are around 5 ounces and fragile like little eggs. Mom can lay on them, they can have a difficult birth, they can get a cold...a number of things can happen. Getting a cold and diarrhea are kills of newborn puppies. Newborn puppies eat every 2-3 hours. If they get a cold, they can become weak and not nurse enough. They can also get diarrhea which is basically equivalent to not eating as the food goes straight through them. It's an avalanche effect...once it starts...it's very hard to reverse course even with the help of a veterinarian. We've bottle and tube feed puppies to try and get them over the hump and back to nursing. Unfortunately, it's difficult to save newborn puppies once they start downhill even with 20+ years of experience. After 7-10 days, they are strong enough to withstand a cold. We've never lost a puppy after 10 days.
We're expecting the first litter within the next couple of weeks. It'll be a busy time as we set our alarm clock and check on the puppies every 2 hours 24 hours a day for the first 3-4 days.
One time...we had a family (at the top of the list) want to to see pictures of the newborn puppies. I sent some pictures when the puppies were around 2 days old. They wanted a Blenheim female and there was one in the litter. They planned to adopt the puppy, the kids had picked out a name, and the puppy passed away at 6 days old. It started with diarrhea. I carried the puppy to our vet. He gave her fluids and antibiotics. It was miserable telling the family. Horrible for them and us. Lesson leaned so I don't talk about any newborn puppies. I don't want another family to go through that again.
 
I will post the next update in around a month. That will be time for the litters to be born and the puppies will be a little older and out of the danger zone.
As of November 15, 2021:

 

Bella: Bella is confirmed pregnant.
Zoe: Should be able to determine pregnancy in around two weeks.
As of October 25, 2021:

 

Ruby: Ruby had her second progesterone blood test today. Her test showed a level of 12.9 ng/dl. This would put her in the correct breeding level. She had surgical insemination today with Apollo as the father. We should know in around 4 weeks if the procedure was a success.
As of October 21, 2021:

 

Ruby: Ruby had a progesterone blood test today (10/21/19). Her level is at 1.5 ng/dl. That level is to low for breeding. She will have another progesterone blood test on Monday (10/25/21).

 

As of October 18, 2021:

 

Luna: Luna is in the first stage of heat. She will be naturally bred by Rusty.

 

Zoe: Zoe went to the vet this past Friday for a second progesterone blood test. Her test showed a level of 8.5 ng/dl. This would put her in the correct breeding level over the weekend. She had surgical insemination Saturday (10/16/21) with Apollo as the father. We should know in around 4 weeks if the procedure was a success.  
Ruby: Ruby is in the first stage of heat. She will most likely have a progesterone blood test toward the end of this week. Apollo will be the father.
As of October 14, 2021:
 
Bella: Bella is doing great. We should know if the AI procedure was successful around November 4th.
Luna: Luna is in the first stage of heat. She will be naturally bred by Rusty.
Zoe: Zoe went to the vet yesterday for a progesterone blood test. Her test showed a level of 3 ng/dl. That's below the number needed for AI. She will have another progesterone test on Friday.
As of October 4, 2021:
 
All the cavaliers are doing great.
Bella: Apollo has been showing great interest in Bella the last several days. She went to the vet this morning for a progesterone blood test. Her test showed a level of 20 ng/dl. This is the optimal level for breeding. She had surgical insemination today with Apollo as the father. We should know in around 4 weeks if the procedure was a success.
A quantitative progesterone blood test is the single most accurate method for timing breeding. The test is reported as a numeric result, usually ng/dl. Combined with observing the behavior of the dog, vaginal cytology ovulation can be pinpointed with great accuracy in most dogs.
Luna: She should go into heat around the end of the month. She will be naturally bred by Rusty.
Zoe: She should go into heat around the end of the month to the first of December. We plan to surgically AI her with Apollo.
As of August 29, 2021:
 
Future Plans:
 
It seems we are having a dominance problem with our females. Ruby has been the dominate female but in a passive way. They all accepted she was the boss and it never affected breeding of the other females. She is being challenged now and it's caused hostility in the ranks among the all the cavaliers. We have the male and female separated from the other cavaliers but the breeding is not occurring as it should. It's similar in wild canines. In wolves, the alpha male and female are the only wolves that breed and produce pups in the pack.
One of our veterinarians is very knowledgeable on canine reproduction. Actually, he is considering opening a separate clinic for canine reproduction services. People travel from other states to use his services for different insemination techniques.
Surgical Insemination - The highest fertility rate and breeding success occurs when adequate semen can be placed, at exactly the proper time, into the anterior uterus. With a natural breeding, the semen must traverse the cervix to enter the uterus for fertilization to take place. Surgical insemination allows direct exposure of the semen to the developing egg. The success rates for pregnancy are excellent using this method of breeding. Insemination should take place 4 days after the progesterone reaches the 2.5 ng/ml mark or 48 hours after the 5 ng/ml mark.
In the future...when Ruby, Candy, or Zoe (these three are trying for alpha status) starts their heat cycle, their progesterone level will be checked by our vet. When it reaches the correct level, they will be surgically inseminated.
Zoe - Her next heat cycle will be in October. She will be surgically inseminated using semen from Apollo.
Puppies born in December 2021.
Luna - Her next heat cycle will be in October. She will be naturally bred by Rusty. Puppies born in December 2021.
Lexi - Her next heat cycle will be in November. She will be naturally bred by Apollo or Rusty. We have not decided yet. Puppies born in January 2022.
Candy - Her next heat cycle will be in December. She will be surgically inseminated using semen from Apollo. Puppies born in February 2022.
Ruby - Her next heat cycle will be in December. She will be surgically inseminated using semen from Apollo.
Puppies born in February 2022.
 
I understand if you would like a refund of your deposit. Just let me know and I'll return it to you. 
 
As of August 28, 2021:​

 

 

 

Candy: Candy's x-ray only showed one puppy. That's never good. Single births rarely go well. She delivered a tri puppy and it did not survive birth.
As of August 24, 2021:​

 

Luna: Puppies are at their new homes.
 
Lexi: Puppies are at their new homes.

 

Candy: Candy is doing great. She is due within the next 7-days. The gestation period is an average of 63 days. It can be anywhere from 54-72 days. She has a vet appointment tomorrow for an x-ray. The vet will count the skulls on the x-ray to determine the number of puppies. We've never had an x-ray performed at this late of a date. It will be interesting to see the outcome.
As of August 13, 2021:​

 

Luna: Puppies are at their new homes.
 
Lexi: Puppies have their vet appointment this coming week (Wednesday). They will receive a full exam and their first Distemper/Parvo vaccination. Most vets recommend a Distemper/Parvo vaccination at 8, 11, and 14 weeks. You should be very careful with a puppy until they've received all three vaccinations. Dog parks, walking trails, common gas station doggie areas, and anywhere animals congregate is a dangerous place for Parvo. I never let our puppies or adults touch the floor at the vet office. Our vet office is clean but I still take every precaution.

 

Candy: Candy is doing great.
As of August 9, 2021:​

 

Lexi: Puppies are growing and doing great.

 

Candy: Candy is in a private kennel eating all puppy food. Just over two weeks from projected due date.
As of August 2, 2021:​
Luna: Tiffany and Remi are at their new homes and doing well!
Lexi: AKC paperwork has arrived for the litter. Pups are doing great.
I added new pictures to the adoption page for Remi and Tiffany.
Link: Adoption Pictures
Note: If you click on the picture it will enlarge and display the puppy name at the bottom.
As of July 30, 2021:​
Candy confirmed pregnant today by ultrasound. Ruby is not pregnant.
As of July 27, 2021:​
Luna: Pups are playing nonstop and having fun. Some will be leaving this week for their new homes.
Lexi: Puppies have been adopted. Later this week, I'll remove the adopting families and reset the deposit list for the next litter.
Today is my mother's birthday in heaven. I'm sure she's having a great day. Happy Birthday Mom!
As of July 23, 2021:​
Luna: Pups are at a great age. They're lots of fun! Pickup day/time is being set for them. They have their second vet exam and vaccinations this coming week.
Lexi: Puppies are growing and they love being outside walking around.
As of July 18, 2021:​
Lexi: Adoption process has started.
As of July 15, 2021:​
Luna: Pups are doing great. They are wide open or sleeping. They've been eating canned and dry food the last two weeks. Mom will be placed in a different kennel on Friday. They're completely weened at this point. They'll be on all dry food starting Friday and will be on all dry food when they arrive at their new homes. It's very important to start them off on the dry food they are currently eating.
Link to: Puppy Food
Link to: New Puppy Information
Lexi: Puppies had their 3-week vet exam today. All checked out perfect.
As of July 9, 2021:​
Luna: Pups are doing great. Running and playing nonstop.
Lexi: Lexi has three puppies...two Tri males and one Tri female. All three are doing great!
We have smaller females which results in smaller litters. We like smaller cavaliers. Most canines get approximately half of their size from the male and half from the female. It seems with all spaniels it's more along the lines of 70% of their size from mom. We think the smaller adults are healthier and more of what the breed standard dictates. Most breeders get the largest females they can find to produce the largest quantity of puppies per litter. Then, families end up with a 40 pound adult cavalier. Our females are smaller. Over the years, we have averaged five puppies per litter. Luna and Lexi's litters were a little smaller than five but it's not about making money for us. It's about producing the healthiest puppies and adults possible.
We adopted all of our adults as 8-10 week old puppies. That way we could train them to be the way we expect cavaliers to be...caring and gentle companions.
As of June 29, 2021:​
Luna: Pups have been adopted. Later this week, I'll remove the adopting families and reset the deposit list for Lexi's litter.
Lexi: Pups are doing great.
As of June 28, 2021:​
Luna: Pups are moving through the adoption process. You can follow along online. Once the litter has been adopted, I'll remove the adopting families and reset the deposit list for Lexi's litter.
Lexi: Lexi had her litter on Friday, June 25th. They have their three week vet exam on July 15th. The adoption process will start around July 16th.
Ruby: Was bred on June 16th. Will be 30-35 days from breeding date to determine pregnancy. Gestation period is approximately 63-days.
Candy: Was bred on June 23rd.
As of June 24, 2021:​
Luna: Individual pictures have been posted and adoption process has started.
As of June 22, 2021:​
Luna: Pups had a great 3-week checkup at the vet. Adoption will start tomorrow or Thursday. Their 8-week vet appointment will be July 28th. They will be ready for their new homes after that appointment. They can leave that day, following weekend, or when it's convenient for you.
Lexi: Lexi is quite large. I expect puppies within the next 10 days.
As of June 16, 2021:​
Luna: Pups are two weeks old today. All four have their eyes open. They should be taking their first steps in the next 7-10 days. Their first vet appointment will be Tuesday (June 22nd). They'll receive a full vet exam. They'll receive a second vet appointment around 8-weeks old for another full exam and their first Distemper/Parvo vaccination. We will start the adoption process around June 24th. Kim and I will take individuals pictures of the puppies and post them to the Deposit List page. The first pick is S.M. (Acworth, GA). She can adopt a puppy or pass to a future litter. When it's your turn to adopt a puppy, you have up to seven days to adopt a puppy or pass.
Weight at Two Weeks old:
Cloe - Blen F - 16.5 ozs
Lady - Blen F - 13.4 ozs
Mia - Blen F - 11.7 ozs
Rex - Blen M - 19.1 ozs
As of June 10, 2021:​
Luna: Pups are gaining weight and doing fabulous. They're 8-days old today. They should open their eyes between 10 & 14 days and be able to hear by that time.
As of June 7, 2021:​
Luna: Luna and pups are doing great.
Lexi: Lexi confirmed pregnant.
As of June 6, 2021:​
Luna: Luna delivered a beautiful litter of puppies on June 2nd. They are still very fragile but all are doing well. She has four puppies...three Blenheim females and a Blenheim male. They all have great markings. They will receive a full vet exam around 3-weeks of age and then the adoption process will start. Kim and I will take individual pictures of each puppy and post them on the website. When it's your time to adopt or pass, you're welcome to come see the puppies or ask for more pictures/videos of the puppy(s) you're interesting in adopting. Each person will have up to 7-days to make a decision to adopt or pass. We ask that you not take the entire 7-days unless it's needed. I make sure each person knows it's their time to adopt. I'll text or call to let you know. You can also follow along with the adoption process as we try to make it as transparent as possible on the Deposit List page. At four days old, the puppies are not out of the woods yet. They're are still fragile like little eggs. They currently weigh around 8 ounces. Kim and I are checking on them every two hours 24/7. Fingers crossed...so far so good.
Lexi: 95% sure Lexi is pregnant. She's currently in a private kennel eating all puppy food.
As of June 2, 2021:​
Luna: Luna is very large! She should deliver her puppies in around a week.
Lexi: I hope to confirm if Lexi is pregnant by the end of this weekend.
 
As of May 18, 2021:​
Luna: 100% sure Luna is pregnant. She's in a private kennel eating all puppy food.
Lexi: To early to determine if she is pregnant.
Zoe & Candy: Both should go into heat in the next 3-weeks.
Ruby: Ruby should go into heat in around 6-weeks.
As of May 11, 2021:​
 
Luna: Luna looks and feels pregnant. She's putting on a large coat of hair and her stomach feels extended. I'm going to be surprised if she is not pregnant.
 
Lexi: Will be a couple of weeks before we know if Lexi is pregnant.
 
As of May 8, 2021:​
 
Luna: Luna was breed by Rusty on April 8th. It's been a month. We should be able to palpate for puppies within the next 7-days.
 
Lexi: We did not witness Lexi being bred by Apollo. She was bred twice during her heat cycle using Artificial Insemination (AI). Apollo will be the father. We should know if the AI took in around 3-weeks.
As of April 22, 2021:​
 
Luna: Luna was breed by Rusty on April 8th. We should be able to confirm pregnancy around May 10th.
 
Lexi: She received a hormone booster shot on April 7th. The process seems to be moving along. She is swollen with discharge. Hopefully, breeding will occur within the next 7 days.
As of April 8, 2021:​
 
Luna: Luna was breed by Rusty on April 8th. This will most likely produce Blenheim and ruby puppies, however both parents have all four colors on their pedigree. All colors are possible.
 
Lexi: Lexi seems to be stuck in the first phase of her heat cycle. She received a hormone booster shot on Tuesday. Hopefully, this will get the process moving along.
As of March 30, 2021:​
 
Lexi: Lexi is phase one of her heat cycle. She's in a kennel with Apollo 24/7. I expecting breeding to take place in the next 7-10 days.
Luna: Luna is phase one of her heat cycle. She's in a kennel with Rusty 24/7. I expecting breeding to take place in the next 7-10 days
As of March 16, 2021:​
 
Ruby: Ruby had a single birth and it did not survive labor. This is common with single births. The puppy tends to be 20-30% larger than normal. Over the last twenty years, I've seen it happen quite a few times and more times than not single births do not end well. Ruby is doing fine. She's still in a private kennel and getting lots of love and attention.
Lexi: Starting to show the first signs of her heat cycle.
As of March 9, 2021:​
 
Ruby: Ruby has been in a private kennel eating all puppy food for the last 6-weeks. She is due in a week. We're hoping for two puppies as single births typically do not end well. A single birth puppy is normally larger and does not survive labor. We're checking Luna and Lexi daily for the first signs of heat. We plan to bred Luna with Rusty and Lexi with Apollo. This should give us a mixture of Blenheim, Tri and Ruby puppies. There's no way to know until birth. They could all be Black & Tan puppies but it's doubtful.
As of February 20, 2021:​
 
Ruby: Ultrasound showed only a single puppy. There could be one more but it's unlikely. Winter mating has been the the most difficult over the past 20 years with huskies and cavaliers. Even husky females, who love the cold, could be a challenge for conception in the winter. FYI - We currently only breed cavaliers and have no intention of starting any other breeding program. With the breeding sessions also falling on the second consecutive breeding, it has produced disappointing results this winter. After a skipped heat cycle, their body seems more receptive to conception. Of course, we wish it were different this winter. Also, many times a single birth does not end well. The puppy tends to be larger at birth resulting in a more difficult birth. Most times, the first puppy of a litter has the most difficult birth as it can remain in the birth canal longer. Once it is the born, the others tend to be delivered much easier on mom and the puppy. So, combining a larger puppy with it being the first born can be difficult on the puppy. With the warmer weather for our upcoming mating...we're hopeful they're more productive.
As of February 11, 2021:​
 
Ruby: Confirmed pregnant by ultrasound. I have another appointment for Thursday, February 18th at 2:15 for a follow-up ultrasound.  Ruby is 32-days from first mating. The process is over 5-7 days. It could be very early in the process. The vet did see at least one puppy to confirm pregnancy.
Link: Ultrasound Information
As of February 8, 2021:​
 
It's always tough giving people bad news.
Candy: I keep track of the females heat cycles on a spreadsheet. Once a female is within a month of a projected cycle, we start checking her daily. The first sign is swelling. If a female is to be bred that cycle, she is then placed with a singular male during the entire heat process which will last three to six weeks. Candy has averaged 6 months and 11 days between heat cycles. It was strange that her previous cycle began at 5 months and 22 days. This time frame is much earlier than in the past. There's a theory called "the McClintock effect" that is a possibility. There's little scientific data; however, it could potentiality explain what happened concerning Candy. The pheromones released by Zoe caused Candy's reproductive system to hit overdrive and start the process much earlier than when her body was ready. Candy was bred on December 1st and should have been bred around December 22nd. She was with Apollo from November 15th through January 2nd. We witnessed her breeding on December 1st and 4th. I believe the pheromones from Zoe triggered Candy to began her cycle three to four weeks early. As a result, the eggs were not at the stage of development to produce puppies. Candy gave birth to single puppy on February 5th. It was stillborn and smaller than normal. There were probably 4-5 eggs at the time of breeding, one was slightly ahead of the others in the process, this egg tried to produce a puppy, and the other eggs just created a false pregnancy.
 
Zoe: Zoe averages 6 months and 9 days between heat cycles. This past cycle was right in line with that schedule. She was bred on December 1st (twice), December 2nd, and December 3rd. That's the ones we witnessed. I'm sure there were others as we were not with them 24/7. She is right in her prime for delivering puppies. I have no explanation for why she didn't conceive. Rusty has fathered five past litters. Every time he's been with a female in heat, it has produced puppies. He fathered Zoe's previous litter of seven beautiful puppies. Unfortunately, it happens occasionally.
Ruby: Was bred on January 11th by Apollo. I have a pregnancy test (ultrasound) scheduled with our veterinarian on Thursday at 3pm.
As of February 1, 2021:​
Disappointing News: Candy and Zoe are not pregnant. Candy appears to have experienced a false pregnancy. It's a common condition with dogs; however, we've only experienced it one other time. We witnessed Candy and Zoe mate several times over a 7-day period. We have video surveillance cameras that can be viewed at any location with cell phone coverage. In the past, Candy and Zoe have become pregnant and delivered litters each time they have been with a male during heat. We've been in breeding programs for over 20-years. Unfortunately, this happens from time to time. It's disappointing to say the least.
 
We do all we can to maintain the health of our cavaliers. Each cavalier receives a daily multi-vitamin, monthly heartworm preventive, and quarterly dewormer medication. Each female receives a daily special veterinary blend of liquid B-Complex vitamins. Once a female is pregnant, she receives a daily blend of calcium-phosphorus which helps with fetus and milk production. We spare no expense in keeping our cavaliers at their top physical condition. Basically, a female dog gets one opportunity every 6 to 8 months to become pregnant. Humans have a chance monthly and it can take years to become pregnant. We do all we can to keep our cavaliers in top notch physical shape to help with the conception. Sometimes, it doesn't work out the way we all want.
 
​​Updated Projections for 2021:
Ruby - Puppies born in March and September
Luna - Puppies born in May and December
Lexi - Puppies born in May and December
Candy - Puppies born in August
Zoe - Puppies born in August
Bella - TBD
As of January 18, 2021:​
Luna: Pups vet appointment went great...all healthy.
Candy: Confirmed pregnant.
Zoe: 75% sure she is pregnant. Should know more this week.

 

​​As of January 11, 2021:​
Luna: Pups doing great!

 

Ruby: Ruby was bred by Apollo today. Projected litter date of March 15th. Puppies leave for their new home around May 10th.

As of January 10, 2021:​
Luna: Second vet appointment scheduled for January 18th at 9:15am. They receive a full exam of eyes, ears, heart, lungs, joints, etc... They receive a worm test and their first round of distemper/parvo vaccinations.
I listed a pickup schedule on the Deposits List page. The day your puppy leaves for their home is a busy one for the puppy. We make sure they eat, have time to potty, give them a bath, dry the puppy, and put them on a puppy warmer for at least an hour. Their normal body temperature is 102 degrees. Even a warm bath drops their temperature some. It's important to get them warmed up on the puppy warmer after a bath. The warmer looks like a human heating pad but made for puppies. We cover the puppy pad with a blanket and have room for the puppy to lay on or off the pad depending on the temperature they prefer. I normally list the puppies in order of birth.
The family selects a time that is convenient for them to pickup the puppy. Let me know when you would like to pickup your puppy and I will add it to the Pickup Schedule. It's first come first served on the pickup times. The pickup can be the day of the vet appointment, that week, upcoming weekend, etc... Whenever is convenient for you. We just make sure the times don't overlap. We want to spend as much time with the family as needed for any questions. The puppy will go home with their AKC registration form, health record from our vet, AKC packet, AKC new puppy online handbook code, Baby Book Sheet, and Kim makes each puppy a blanket that smells like it's siblings and mother.
If possible, we ask the pickup time to be no earlier than 10:00 am. On the day a puppy leaves, we want to make sure they have breakfast, go potty, get a bath, and have time to dry on the puppy warmer. It takes 2-3  hours for this process. We also take care of the other puppies and adults in the morning. We understand if you have a long drive and need to pickup the puppy earlier than 10:00am.
Payment at pickup can be made by check, cash, Venmo, or PayPal. If you use PayPal, please use the Friends & Family option; otherwise, it will charge me ~$50. That's money that can be used for food, vet cost, cleaning supplies, medicine, etc...

 

Zoe and Candy: 90% positive Zoe and Candy are pregnant.
Ruby: Currently in stage two of her heat cycle. She's with Apollo 24/7 at this point. The gestation period is approximately 63 days. This will put her puppies being born in March.
As of January 6, 2021:​
Luna: Second vet appointment scheduled for January 18th at 9:15am. They receive a full exam of eyes, ears, heart, lungs, joints, etc... They receive a worm test and their first round of distemper/parvo vaccinations.

 

Zoe and Candy: We should be able to confirm pregnancy within the next 7 days.
Ruby: Currently in stage two of her heat cycle. She's with Apollo 24/7 at this point. The gestation period is approximately 63 days. This will put her puppies being born in March.
As of January 3, 2021:​
Luna: Puppies are eating wet and dry food. They receive wet food twice a day during weeks four and five. They will be on all dry food at week six. They typical eat Blue Buffalo canned puppy food. We feed them other high quality brands also. They'll be eating all dry food when they arrive at their new homes.

 

Zoe and Candy: They're being monitored daily. Information below from a previous ultrasound:
I added a new page that has ultrasound information and pictures of Candy's ultrasound.
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As of December 28, 2020:​

Lexi: Puppies are at their new homes. I've updated the Adoptions page on the website.
Luna: Puppies are doing great. The adoption process starts today. It's difficult to get good pictures of young puppies. Also, we can only clean with wet wipes. A dogs normal body temperature is 102 degrees. Even a warm bath will drop their body temperature. It risky giving a puppy a bath before at least 6-weeks old. We don't want them to get a cold.
Zoe and Candy: Were bred on December 1st. If we can't determine they're pregnant by 35 days post mating, we'll schedule an ultrasound. We're at day 27.
As of December 25, 2020:​
Merry Christmas!

 

Luna: Puppies are doing great. Their vet appointment on December 23rd went fabulous. They received a full exam. All their hearts checked out perfect. They'll receive another full exam with vaccinations at 7.5 weeks old. The adoption process will start soon.

 

As of December 16, 2020:​
Lexi: Puppies vet appointment went well. They're leaving for their new homes over the next ten days.
Luna: Puppies are doing great. They have a vet appointment on December 22nd. They'll each receive a full exam. They'll receive another full exam with vaccinations at 7.5 weeks old. The adoption process will start around Christmas. I registered the litter with AKC on Monday. It normally takes 2-3 weeks for their paperwork to arrive. It will contain a registration form for each puppy.
As of December 12, 2020:​
Lexi: Puppies have their vet appointment on Wednesday December 16th. They're doing great! At a fun age for sure. Their AKC paperwork has arrived. You;ll receive the AKC paperwork with the puppy. It's your decision on whether to register the puppy or not. AKC charges around $40 to register the puppy. They receive their final, of three, rounds of dewormer today. Today, they'll be weighed and the videos sent of the adopting families. I've been sending videos 2-3 times a week of the puppies while the families wait for their new puppy.
Luna: Puppies are doing great. I'll schedule them a vet appointment around Christmas. They'll each receive a full exam. They'll receive another full exam with vaccinations at 7.5 weeks old. Adoption process will start around Christmas. They have their eyes open but have not started to walk. I registered the litter this week with AKC.
Zoe and Candy: Were bred on December 1st. If we can't determine they're pregnant by 35 days post mating, we'll schedule an ultrasound.
As of December 7, 2020:​
Lexi: Puppies have their vet appointment on Wednesday December 16th. They receive a full exam of eyes, ears, heart, lungs, joints, etc... They receive a worm test and their first round of distemper/parvo vaccinations. I listed a pickup schedule on the Deposits List page. The day your puppy leaves for their home is a busy one for the puppy. We make sure they eat, have time to potty, give them a bath, dry the puppy, and put them on a puppy warmer for at least an hour. Their normal temperature is 102 degrees. Even a warm bath drops their temperature some. It's important to get them warmed up on the puppy warmer. The warmer looks like a human heating pad but made for puppies. We cover the puppy pad with a blanket and have room for the puppy to lay on the pad or off depending on the temperature they prefer.
I'm not a vet but I've listened to hundreds of puppies heartbeats. I use a high quality Littmann stethoscope. There's three areas to listen as each represents a different heart valve. I normally start this process when the puppies are 4-weeks old. To me, all six of these puppies show signs of a healthy heart.
This is a good link to read:
Link: New Puppy Information
Luna: Puppies are doing great. Very pretty! Adoption process will start around Christmas.

 

As of December 1, 2020:​

 

Lexi: Puppies have been adopted.
Luna: Puppies are doing great. Very pretty! Adoption process will start around Christmas.
Zoe: Was bred this morning by Rusty. That puts a litter born around 2/2/21 and leaving for their new home 3/30/21. The 63-day gestation period is an average. It can be anywhere from 52-74 days. The due date of February 2, 2021 is from the first time we witnessed breeding (this morning). It could've happened a day or two before that time. We have video cameras in each kennel and keep an eye on the cavaliers. The cameras are WiFi and can be viewed on a cell phone anywhere with cellular coverage.
Candy: Was bred today by Apollo.
As of November 30, 2020:​
Lexi: Puppies all doing fine. They've been eating wet food for the last 8-days. They're now eating two full cans. They love it. They'll be transitioned to all dry food by Sunday.
Luna: Luna delivered a beautiful litter of puppies. I don't want to say the number of puppies or what colors she delivered...it always seems to jinx us when I tell everyone early on. They're very fragile...like little eggs the first week of life. The vast majority of puppy deaths are in the first 10 days. The national average is around an 80% survival rate from birth. We are currently at a 90% survival rate on puppies. We've never had a puppy pass away after 12 days. The death of a newborn puppy is by far the worst part of raising puppies! We'll start the adoption process of Luna's litter when the puppies are 4-weeks old. This is her second litter and they'll get a vet exam before starting the adoption process. We always take the puppies for an early vet appointment if it's the first few litters from a female. I'll post the colors and gender of the puppies when they are around two weeks old.
Zoe: In phase two of her heat cycle. She's full time in a kennel with Rusty. We expect breeding in the next 3-7 days.
Candy: In phase one of her heat cycle. She's full time in a kennel with Apollo. We expect breeding in the next 7-14 days.
As of November 26, 2020:​
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Lexi: Puppies all doing fine. They love the wet food!
Luna: Still beautiful. She has the sweetest personality and we love her coloring. Kim said it looks like she has blonde highlights on her ears...very pretty!
Zoe: In phase two of her heat cycle. She's full time in a kennel with Rusty. We expect breeding in the next 3-7 days.
Candy: In phase one of her heat cycle. She's full time in a kennel with Apollo. We expect breeding in the next 7-14 days.
As of November 23, 2020:​

 

Lexi: Puppies were 4-weeks old yesterday. They're all doing fine. They start on canned wet food today. Lexi has started to ween them. Lexi will stay with them for another week or so and then be moved to a different kennel. The pups try to nurse forever if mom is with them. It's very stressful on mom and she needs a break.
Luna: Luna is large. Her milk has not started to come in. That normally occurs in the last 3-4 days before birth.
As of November 18, 2020:​

 

Lexi: Ava has been adopted. Notice her named changed to Milly. Kim and I named her Ava as a temporary name. We give each puppy a 3-4 letter temporary name. Once the family names the puppy, we change the name on the website. Jennifer adopted Ava and already had the name Milly picked out. Some families have name picked out and some wait until the puppy as at his/her new home. Either is fine. We update the name once the puppy has a permanent name. Each puppy has their own page on our website.
As of November 15, 2020:​

 

Lexi: Puppy pictures have been posted. We'll start the adoption process on Monday November 16th. It's hard to take good pictures at this age. When it's your pick, you can visit to adopt a puppy and I'll be glad to send videos of the puppies you're interested in.
Luna: Luna's doing great. She's getting larger every day.
As of November 9, 2020:​

 

Lexi: Puppies are all doing great! They weighed between 14.9 and 18.4 ounces this past Sunday at two weeks old. They gained between 4.4 and 5.8 ounces last week. We have two week old weights from our previous 100+ puppies. This litter is at a great weight.
Luna: Luna's in a private kennel eating all puppy food. She's quite large and doing well. She's due in 20-days. The 63-day gestation period is an average. It can be anywhere from 52-74 days. The due date of November 29th is from the first time we witnessed breeding. It could've happened a day or two before that time. We have video cameras in each kennel and keep an eye on the cavaliers. The cameras are WiFi and can be viewed on a cell phone anywhere with cellular coverage.
Apollo, Candy, and Bella are in kennel one. Rusty, Ruby, and Zoe are in kennel two. They're all doing well and enjoying the nice weather.
As of November 4, 2020:​

 

Lexi: Puppies are all doing great! They're active and eating well. They weighed between 9.6 and 12.1 ounces this past Sunday at one week old. It's a beautiful litter!
Luna: Confirmed Pregnant. She's currently eating Iams Adult MiniChunks and Puppy Chow. We're in the process of deep cleaning kennels 3 and 5. Once the kennels are cleaned, we'll move her from kennel 2 into a labor kennel and feed her Iams Puppy food. It's takes several days of pressure washing, Clorox spray (concrete floor, river rock, walls, ceiling, gate, and whelping box) to deep clean a kennel. We repeat the deep cleaning process each day for several straight days after a litter leaves for their new home. Luna will move to her new kennel this weekend.
As of October 31, 2020:​

 

Happy Halloween!
For those waiting for a new puppy or have plans to pickup an adopted puppy:
You should read this post I made concerning puppy food.
Link: Puppy Feeding
You should read this post I made concerning new puppies.
Link: New Puppy Information
Lexi: Puppies are all doing great! They're active and eating well.
Luna: We're 75% positive she is pregnant. We'll know more in a few days.
As of October 29, 2020:​

 

Ruby: Puppies have their vet appointment today.
Lexi: Lexi delivered a beautiful litter of puppies this past Sunday. They're all doing great! They're active and eating well.
 
Kim and I set our alarm every two hours 24/7 for the first 4 days and every four hours days 5-7 to make sure they're in the group and eating. They can't see or hear for the first two weeks. Everything is by smell. If they crawl away from their siblings and mom, they whine and are not happy. It's important to keep a near-constant watch on them.
 
I don't want to say the number of puppies or what colors she delivered...it always seems to jinx us when I tell everyone early on. They're very fragile...like little eggs the first week of life. The vast majority of puppy deaths are in the first 10 days. The national average is around an 80% survival rate from birth. We are currently at a 90% survival rate on puppies. We've never had a puppy pass away after 12 days. The death of a newborn puppy is by far the worst part of raising puppies! We'll start the adoption process of Lexi's litter when the puppies are 3-weeks old. I'll post the colors and gender of the puppies when they are around two weeks old.
Luna: Luna was bred on September 27th and 29th. There could have been others with the same male. As of today, we're 70% positive she is pregnant. We'll know more in 5-7 days. Once a female is close to being in heat, we make sure the female is in a kennel with a single male the entire heat and breeding process. We keep a spreadsheet of heat, breeding, and delivery dates. Once a female is within a month of a heat cycle, we check her every day for progress and she is kenneled with a single male the entire process. A cavalier heat cycle is between six and nine months apart.
As of October 22, 2020:​

 

Ruby: Puppies have their vet appointment on Thursday, October 29th. They will be ready for their new homes after the vet appointment. It can be that afternoon, weekend, or whatever day is convenient for you.
I have the pickup schedule listed. The family picks a time that is convenient for them. We just make sure the times don't overlap. We want to spend as much time with the family as needed for any questions. The puppy will go home with the AKC registration form, health record from our vet, AKC packet, AKC new puppy online handbook code, Baby Book Sheet, and Kim makes each puppy a blanket that smells like it's siblings and mother.
The pickup time needs to be no earlier than 11:00 am. On the day a puppy leaves, we want to make sure they have breakfast, get a bath, and have time to dry on the puppy warmer. It takes at least 2 hours for this process. We also take care of the other puppies and adults in the morning. Thanks
Payment at pickup can be made by check, cash, Venmo, or PayPal. If you use PayPal, please use the Friends & Family option; otherwise, it will charge me ~$50. That's money that can be used for food, vet cost, cleaning supplies, medicine, etc...
Lexi: Due date is in 6-days. The 63-day gestation period is an average. It can be anywhere from 52-74 days. We're in that window now. The due date of October 28th is from the first time we witnessed breeding. It could've happened a day or two before that time. We have video cameras in each kennel and keep an eye on the cavaliers. We're checking on Lexi every couple of hours in person and using the cameras. The cameras are WiFi and can be viewed on a cell phone anywhere with cellular coverage.
As of October 17, 2020:​

 

Ruby: Pups are doing great. They've been eating all wet food the last 13 days. They'll eat wet food tomorrow and then all dry food. They're eating the dry food now between meals of canned wet food. They'll be on all dry food when they leave for their new homes.

 

Lexi: Getting large and has put on a big, thick coat which occurs during pregnancy.
 
As of October 11, 2020:​

 

Candy: Puppies have left from their new homes. I'll update pictures from them today - Sadie (TN), Lady, and Presley.

 

Ruby: Ruby has been removed from the puppies. Once the puppies are weened, we remove the mother. The puppies still want to nurse 24/7 and have sharp teeth. Mom cannot get away from them at this age. The puppies are eating wet food twice a day. We leave dry food out and they chew on it. They're eating some dry food at this point.

 

Lexi: Confirmed pregnant. She's starting to show at this point. She's doing great. We have her taking vitamins, supplements, and a special vitamin B liquid complex.
As of October 6, 2020:​

 

Candy: Puppies are eight weeks old today and doing great!
Payment at pickup can be made by check, cash, Venmo, or PayPal. If you use PayPal, please use the Friends & Family option; otherwise, it will charge me ~$50. That's money that can be used for food, vet cost, cleaning supplies, medicine, etc...
Ruby: Currently in the adoption process. They started eating wet food yesterday.
Lexi: Confirmed pregnant. She's putting on a hug coat at this point. The moms put on a big coat when they are pregnant. It's natures way of keeping the puppies warm. When the puppies are 3-4 weeks old, mom starts to shed and loses a lot of hair over a couple of months. Their coat gets very thin a couple of months after giving birth.
As of October 2, 2020:​

 

We have the heat lamps going for the puppies at night. Yes, they love the heat lamps!
Candy: Puppies all had perfect vet exams!
Payment at pickup can be made by check, cash, Venmo, or PayPal. If you use PayPal, please use the Friends & Family option; otherwise, it will charge me ~$50. That's money that can be used for food, vet cost, cleaning supplies, medicine, etc...
Ruby: Puppies are walking and starting to figure out have to make noise....grunting, trying to bark, and making a purring noise. They're funny at this stage. The first three weeks is all sleeping and eating. Weeks 3-6 is the "can't stay clean" period. They're to young for a bath so we wipe them down several times a day with baby wet wipes. Their body temperature is in the 102 degree range. Even a warm bath reduces their body temperature and a bad idea. Around week six they start figuring out potty training and how to stay clean.
Lexi: Confirmed pregnant. She'll be moving to a private kennel and eating all puppy food.
As of October 1, 2020:​

 

Candy: Puppies have their vet appointment on Friday.
Payment at pickup can be made by check, cash, Venmo, or PayPal. If you use PayPal, please use the Friends & Family option; otherwise, it will charge me ~$50. That's money that can be used for food, vet cost, cleaning supplies, medicine, etc...
Ruby: Puppies are walking and starting to figure out have to make noise....grunting, trying to bark, and making a purring noise. They're funny at this stage. The first three weeks is all sleeping and eating. Weeks 3-6 is the "can't stay clean" period. They're to young for a bath so we wipe them down several times a day with baby wet wipes. Their body temperature is in the 102 degree range. Even a warm bath reduces their body temperature and a bad idea. Around week six they start figuring out potty training and how to stay clean.
Lexi: Confirmed pregnant. She'll be moving to a private kennel and eating all puppy food.
As of September 29, 2020:​

 

Candy: Puppies have their vet appointment on Friday.
Payment at pickup can be made by check, cash, Venmo, or PayPal. If you use PayPal, please use the Friends & Family option; otherwise, it will charge me ~$50. That's money that can be used for food, vet cost, cleaning supplies, medicine, etc...
Ruby: They're doing great. They're walking around and starting to adventure out of the whelping box. Their adoption process has started.
Lexi: We should find out this week if she is pregnant. Fingers crossed.
As of September 24, 2020:​
Zoe: Zoe's puppies all had a great exam at the vet. They have started to leave for their new homes.
Payment at pickup can be made by check, cash, Venmo, or PayPal. If you use PayPal, please use the Friends & Family option; otherwise, it will charge me ~$50. That's money that can be used for food, vet cost, cleaning supplies, medicine, etc...
Candy: Puppies are growing and eating. They're a very sweet and happy litter. Their little tails don't stop!
Ruby: They're doing great and just starting the walking process. Their adoption will start around 9/28/20.
 
As of September 19, 2020:​

 

Zoe: Zoe's puppies are just fabulous! We've had a lot of visitors lately and they all love these puppies. I have the pickup schedule listed. The family picks a time that is convenient for them. We just make sure the times don't overlap. We want to spend as much time with the family as needed for any questions. The puppy will go home with the AKC registration form, health record from our vet, AKC packet, AKC new puppy online handbook code, Baby Book Sheet, and Kim makes each puppy a blanket that smells like it's siblings and mother.
Payment at pickup can be made by check, cash, Venmo, or PayPal. If you use PayPal, please use the Friends & Family option; otherwise, it will charge me ~$50. That's money that can be used for food, vet cost, cleaning supplies, medicine, etc...
You should read this post I made concerning puppy food:
Link: Puppy Feeding
You should read this post I made concerning new puppies:
Link: New Puppy Information
Candy: All puppies have been adopted. They're 5-weeks old and eating wet food. They'll be migrating to all dry food on Tuesday.
Ruby: The adoption process will start around 9/28/20. They're two weeks old today. They're eating and doing great. The first three weeks are all sleeping and eating.
As of September 18, 2020:​
Zoe: Pups are doing great. Been sending out videos to the families. 7-weeks old today.

 

As of September 15, 2020:​

 

Zoe: I have their vet appointment scheduled for September 23rd. They are ready for their new homes anytime after the appointment. I have a list on the deposit page and will fill in as times are reserved...it's first come first serve on appointment times.
The pickup time needs to be no earlier than 11:00 am. On the day a puppy leaves, we want to make sure they have breakfast, get a bath, and have time to dry on the puppy warmer. It takes at least 2 hours for this process. We also take care of the other puppies and adults in the morning. So, we appreciate scheduling no earlier than 11:00 am. Thanks.
Candy: Pups are five weeks old today. The adoption process is progressing.
Ruby: The adoption process will start in around two weeks.
As of September 12, 2020:​
There's no way to know what colors or gender will be born until the actual birth. We have ultrasounds performed, however, it's typically early on just to confirm pregnancy. The vert looks for one puppy to confirm. It's almost impossible to get an accurate count of puppies at that stage of pregnancy. The only true way to know the number is to have X-rays performed at a late stage of pregnancy. They count the skulls as that's the highest mass of bone. It still does not show color or gender. We have detailed records of each birth and history shows us what to expect from a sire and dam combination. However, history doesn't always repeat itself. Like with Candy, in one stretch she delivered five Blenheim and one Tri in two litters. Now, her last two litters have been all Tri puppies. All four litters have been with Apollo. Ruby had two consecutive litters with all four colors in each. Her current litter is all Tri and B&T. It's like the ruby-colored gene was not prevalent in this litter.
Cavaliers come into heat every 6-8 months. There are three stages of the heat cycle. The breeding occurs in stage three. Regardless of whether they become pregnant or not it only occurs every 6-8 months. Just like with humans, it doesn't always result in pregnancy. Some families try for months to get pregnant. We give all our cavaliers vitamins and supplements daily to make sure their body is in peak health to make it easier for them to become pregnant. In addition to vitamins and supplements, our females get a special complex of liquid B vitamin daily. Sometimes they get stuck in stage one or two of the heat cycle and never progress to stage three. Sometimes, they are bred and it just doesn't result in pregnancy. Sometimes they are bred and it's a false pregnancy. They appear pregnant for 4-6 weeks, it's just cell mass, and then it's gone. We do everything we can for them to be healthy and ready to become pregnant.
Zoe: Pups are doing great. I've sent out videos this week to the adopting families of them playing in the grass. They're doing great on their potty training! They're also socializing with our adult cavaliers and cat. I'll call this coming week and schedule their vet appointment for September 23rd. They'll get a full exam and first round of Distemper Parvovirus vaccination. Food is VERY important! The puppies have received Iams dry food their entire life. Mom ate it before birth and while the puppies were nursing. The puppies will eat it starting around 5-weeks and full time starting at 6-weeks. If you feed a different brand there's a high probability they will get sick. Not because it's less quality food but due to what their body is accustom to digesting. You can ween them off of Iams to a different brand but it should be done slowly.
 
You should read this post I made concerning puppy food:
Link: Puppy Feeding
You should read this post I made concerning new puppies:
Link: New Puppy Information
Candy: Pups are starting to explore outside their whelping box. They still like to sleep a lot and love being around Candy. She's a great mom! The adoption process for them is underway.
Ruby: Ruby delivered a beautiful litter of puppies this past Sunday. They're all doing great. Kim and I have been setting our alarm every two hours 24/7 for the first 4 days and now every 4 hours to make sure they're in the group and eating. They can't see or hear for the first two weeks. Everything is by smell. If they crawl away from their siblings and mom, they whine and not happy. It's important to keep a near-constant watch on them. She had five puppies...three Tri (2 male and a female) and two Black & Tan (one male and one female). We will start on the adoption process for this litter after Candy's litter.
Lexi: Lexi was breed 17 days ago. She should start to show around the 30-day mark. If we can't determine if she's pregnant by 35 days, we'll schedule her an ultrasound.
 
As of September 8, 2020:​
Zoe: Pups are growing and at the fun stage. They're my little buddies! They get super excited when we go see them. All these puppies are going to make great pets! This is the best eating litter we've had. They love wet food. They'll be eating wet food through Friday and then starting on all dry food Saturday. They'll be eating all dry food when they get to their new homes around September 23rd.
Candy: Pups are growing and doing great. They all have unique coats and very pretty. I'll list them, with pictures, on Wednesday.
Ruby: Ruby delivered a beautiful litter of puppies Sunday. They're all doing great. I don't want to say the number or what she delivered...it always seems to jinx us when I tell everyone early on. They're like little eggs the first week of life.
As of September 5, 2020:​
Zoe: Pups are playing, sleeping, or eating. They've been weaned and mom is not with them. Once they are weaned, mom can't get a break. They can feed when she's standing up and have small razor-sharp teeth. They don't know to take it easy on mom. We always remove mom once they are weaned. The puppies are doing great. They're eating all wet food and some dry food. The litter can eat two cans of wet food at a time. Weather permitting, I plan to send the adopting families videos of them playing in the grass this week.
Candy: Pups are growing and doing great. They all have unique coats and very pretty. I'll list them, with pictures, a few days after Zoe's litter is complete.
Ruby: Due date is this Wednesday. It could be at any time. We don't always see the first breeding and gestation of 63-days is an average.
Lexi: Was bred multiple times by Rusty. Her 30-day mark will be around September 23rd. We can get an ultrasound at that time if she is not showing.
As of August 29, 2020:​
Zoe: Pups had their first wet food yesterday (Blue Buffalo Puppy). They loved it! It's normally difficult to get puppies to eat at first but not these guys and girls! They went right to it. They'll get wet food twice a day until 6-weeks old and then will be eating all dry food. The puppies will be on all dry food when they arrive at their new homes.
Candy: Pups are starting to take their first steps. They can crawl/slide everywhere. They have very pretty black and white patterns. After Zoe's adoptions are complete, I'll remove the 7 families from the list who adopted a puppy. The families will move up the list. Then we'll start Candy's adoption process at pick number 1. I expect Candy's puppies to all be adopted in the first 4-5 picks.

As of August 26, 2020:
Lexi: Lexi was bred this morning by Rusty. That does not necessarily mean she will deliver all Blenheim and ruby puppies. Lexi's father is a Tri, her two grandmothers are Tri's, and half her great grandparents are Tri cavaliers. Half of Rusty's grandparents are Tri's and three of his eight great grandparents are Tri cavaliers. It's impossible to know for sure but I won't be surprised if she delivers Tri puppies as part of the litter.
As of August 25, 2020:
Candy: Pups doing great. Received their first round of dewormer on Monday. They're walking around everywhere. They spend almost all their day outside the whelping box. Their AKC paperwork arrived this week.
Candy: Pups are eating and growing well. They're two weeks old today. Kim and I are working on temporary names for them.
Ruby: Getting closer. She's doing great.
Lexi: Should be bred any day.
As of August 20, 2020:

Zoe: Puppies are doing well. All are growing and eating great. They are just starting to take their first steps. That's early in the process. As a general rule, larger litters learn to walk and run at a faster pace than smaller litters. The competition for food since birth makes them move and learn coordination quicker. Most moms have 8-9 places to feed the puppies. Some moms will lay on their side which covers half the eating locations. It's a struggle rooting and digging for food. As a result, they become stronger. The adoption process has started for Zoe's puppies.
Candy: Candy delivered four beautiful puppies. All are Tri females. Candy is our smallest cavalier and normally delivers the smallest number of puppies. One passed away. Some do pass away from time to time. It's sad. The vast majority of puppy deaths are in the first 10 days. The national average is around an 80% survival rate from birth. We are currently at a 90% survival rate on puppies. We've never had a puppy pass away after 12 days. It's by far the worst part of raising puppies! We'll start the adoption process of Candy's litter after Zoe's litter. Everyone who has passed to a future litter has been made aware of what Candy delivered so they could factor that into their decision.
Ruby: Ruby's ultrasound showed she is pregnant. She is getting larger by the day and due September 9th. Her last two litters have produced all four colors. You never know what colors she will deliver. She has been in a private kennel for a couple of weeks eating all puppy food.
Lexi: Lexi is finally moving into stage three of her heat cycle. This is the breeding stage. I expect breeding to take place over the next 7 days. If so, that will put her puppies born in late October and ready for their new home around Christmas. I expect her to deliver some combination of Blenheim, Tri, and Ruby puppies.
Bella: Bella is still in stage two of her heat cycle. It's just a waiting game. She could move to the breeding stage any day or it could be another two weeks.
Once breeding occurs, we mark the date on a spreadsheet and register it in our AKC breeding records. Of course, it doesn't always result in pregnancy. At around the 30-day mark, we'll schedule an ultrasound (if we cannot determine she is pregnant by feel).

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