Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Embee Fam Jam 2015

Embee Fam Jam 2015 came and went with great success.  We had an incredible turn out and beautiful weather.  A special thank you to Jen for playing photographer this year.  I know everyone looks forward to the photo booth pictures and I couldn't have done them without her.

We host this event annually as a thank you to the special people who own and love our Cavaliers.  Selfishly, it's for me.  It gives me the best excuse ever to hug our "kids", see how wonderful they have grown up and how much they are completely adored by their families.  Embee Cavalier owners are simply the best.

Even our little guys got to visit with everyone.  They were almost six weeks old and spent most of the time being passed around from person to person.  Nothing like early socialization!
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Let's get this party started!
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Lots of time for snugglin'
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 The perfect time to see old friends and make new ones
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This breed amazes me, it doesn't matter how many Cavaliers are together it is very rare that there is ever a problem
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Saying hi!
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Smiles everywhere
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When you are tired there are lots of loving arms around!
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Time to eat
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Yep, this hat was made for me
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Some of my favourites from the photo booth.  Make sure you view the slideshow for the entire day!

Grandma Molly, Daddy Loki, and Daughter Ellie
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Molly and her daughter Ruffi giving sass to the camera
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Momma Molly, Brother Max, and his sisters!
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My girl
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Baron simply rocking the photoshoot, born model
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Jetta, always a lady
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Tyson.. I'm sorry buddy, I didn't do it!

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My favourite bowtie boys
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Molly's daughter Princess Puff
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3 of 4 same expression, with tongue!
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The full slideshow.  Please let me know if you want a copy of your picture. So love having these photos of everyone.

Can't wait for Fam Jam 2016!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Water Intoxication; a story about a Cavalier but a warning for anyone with water loving dogs

This is a serious post but please if possible take the time to read it, especially if you have a dog who loves the water.  It may save their life.  

Embee puppy owners know that the puppies born here have a certain joie de vivre about them.  They are athletic and smart, fun loving, have no fear, and their whole goal in life is to please you; no matter the task or adventure.  This happens to be the temperament that I personally love and will always aim to keep in my breeding program, however it also comes with some challenges.

My fun loving Cavaliers tend to have have trouble with self control, knowing when to stop, and self regulating.  They will fetch and hike until they drop, they don't think twice about jumping off of bridges into water or running across the road, and chasing bunnies will almost always be more exciting than coming when called.

A Saturday afternoon started no different than any other for one of my puppy owners.  Her boys really have the best doggy life and are truly looked after to perfection. High quality food, a work at home "mom", regular trips to the groomer for nail clipping, a few days a week at doggy daycare, and daily walks and adventures.  On this day they decided to go to one of their favourite conservation areas and spend the afternoon hiking and swimming.

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Like a typical Embee Cavalier her boy adores to fetch and swim, and if you can combine the two.. even better!  What was different was they ended up staying longer than usual.  A couple good friends had joined her and she wanted to make sure that they knew where the best spots were to take their Cavalier.  Instead of going to one or two spots to swim, they went to all of them.  An hour outing turned into well over 3 hours.

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The boys were having a fabulous time running, swimming, and fetching from the water.  They were dirty, wet, tired, and it was time to head back to the car to go home.  She said goodbye to her friends and went to leave when she noticed her boy was acting a bit strange.

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His eyes looked a bit glazed over and he seemed disoriented.  He then threw up a ton of water, foam, and some grass and lost control of his bladder.  She quickly loaded in the car to take him home, thinking he had just ate something and would feel better by the time she got there.  On the drive things quickly progressed from bad to worse.  He was becoming more and more disoriented and unresponsive, instead of heading home she made the life saving choice to take him to the closest Veterinary emergency clinic.

By the time he arrived he was very lethargic.  His heart rate had bottomed out and what had been a very fun afternoon was now a life threatening emergency.  The clinic was able to stabilize him and give him medication to up his heart rate.  They ran some blood work and could tell that his electrolytes were very low, but they did not know what the cause could be.  Due to how severe his symptoms were they felt it was best he be transferred to the Ontario Veterinary College(OVC) in Guelph where he could receive better diagnostics and care in their ICU.

His loving owners transferred him to OVC, a 35 minute drive from the emergency clinic.  Along the way they gave me a phone call to let me know what was happening and wondered if I could offer any advice or ideas about what was going on with their boy.  Thankfully I was home to take their call and offered to go and meet them at OVC. 

By the time we reached OVC his heart rate had dropped low again and he had begun having seizures.  His brain was swelling and he was completely unresponsive.

Several years ago I belonged to a online Cavalier community and Suzie a member at the time lost a dog to delayed drowning.  Following the heartbreak of losing her girl there had been several discussions about delayed drowning and water intoxication and I became very well versed on the subject.  There was no doubt in my mind that we were dealing with one or the other, and it was very possible that the outcome was not going to be positive one.  Over half of these dogs do not make it, even with early treatment and intervention.

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While we were waiting for news I messaged Suzie on Facebook for some suggestions and support.  Because of her courage to share the story about losing her girl Pixie, she saved this boy's life.   

By 11pm, OVC was able to get our boy stabilized but he was still unresponsive and showing signs of brain swelling and severe neurological damage.  On my insistence they finally administered diuretics and he was on IV to slowly raise his electrolyte values.  OVC did not believe this was a water intoxication case, they were insistent on trying to rule out every possible Cavalier issue under the sun rather than looking and listening about what the owners were telling them.  They didn't seem to believe that this was a healthy dog not even a few hours before.  At last we were allowed in to see him and the reality of how sick he was quickly set in.  I took a few moments and said my good-byes to this sweet life loving boy, I did not believe he was going to survive until morning. 

Over night a true miracle happened.  All the excess water was making his way out of his system and things were retuning to normal.  His electrolytes were up, his heart rate  normal, he stopped having seizures and he awoke responsive and looking for his owners.  He was discharged home later that afternoon. I fully credit miracles and the true resilience of this special little breed for saving his life.

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After only a few weeks this little man is almost 100% back to his normal self and his owners are enjoying every moment possible with him.  Life is truly fragile and can change in an instant.

This boy's day to day life will not change much.  He will still enjoy playing fetch, going for lots of walks and adventures, and swimming every opportunity he can.  What will change is the amount he is allowed to swim at one time and how much fetch he is allowed to play in the water.  He can't regulate or make smart choices about water for himself, but fortunately for him he has very loving owners who will always be able to watch and manage him carefully.
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How can water be toxic?
Hyponatremia occurs when more water enters the body than it can process. The presence of so much water dilutes bodily fluids, creating a potentially dangerous shift in electrolyte balance. The excess water depletes sodium levels in extracellular fluid (fluid outside of cells). Sodium maintains blood pressure and nerve and muscle function.
When the sodium concentration in extracellular fluid drops, the cells start filling with water as the body attempts to balance the sodium levels inside the cells with falling levels outside the cells. This inflow of water causes the cells – including those in the brain – to swell. The central nervous system can also be affected. - Written by Dr. Becker, DVM
  Symptoms of Water Intoxication
  • Staggering/loss of coordination
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Vomitting
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Glazed Eyes
  • Light gum colour
  • Excessive salvation
and at later stages
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abnormal heart rate
  •  Collapse
  • Coma
  • Death
For more reading on water intoxication and how to prevent it visit the links below
Water Intoxication: Too much of a Good Thing
The Danger of Water Intoxication 
Beware of Water Intoxication
Pixie's Story about Delayed Drowning

To a happy and safe rest of summer for everyone. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Queen Molly turned 6, puppies, shows, and training classes

Under the official ruling of Queen Molly, the month of June has been officially declared as birthday month. Every day must be entirely dedicated to the Queen and her wishes, lots of treats, bones(dental chew), and unlimited hugs and kisses....oh wait, I think that is everyday!  Happy Birthday Molly. 

It's hard to believe that our Molly turned 6.  It doesn't seem like very long ago that we were working on her Championship and delivering her first litter.  My breeding program owes so much to Karen at Mysticmoon Cavaliers for the foundation she entrusted me with.  Molly is a big part of that and she never fails to remind us that she really is that special.

Some of my favourite photos of our Queen

Molly and her son Calvin
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Her first time being a momma
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Goofy happy smiles, Loki and Molly. 
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Not long after my Mom brought her home on a "trial".  Skinny, immature and just a year old.
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Season's Greetings!
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Modelling new winter outerwear at a show for a friend
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Queen's of course have to cross their paws when they sleep!
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Besides celebrating a birthday we've been attending lots of classes.  Ruffi and Loki learned about Rally O and we hope to continue with it in the summer.  I'd really like to have one of them ready for their first trial at the CKCSCC National Specialty.  We'll see, they rock at it.. me I can't keep the signs straight!

We've also been busy attending conformation classes and getting ready for some shows.  Ruffi and Zac are working on their Championships and our annual CFSO specialty show is at the end of June.   (Notice that the CFSO website has undergone a redesign? Yep, I've been busy)

Ruffi at handling class wondering why I'm taking her picture and not holding her lead!
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Glamour boy Zac picked up a few points last weekend by going Winners Dog at one show and then Winners Dog and Best of Winners at another. 
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See any resemblance?  Fenton looks like his Daddy Loki and is slow maturing like him too.  This smart little man has been busy taking classes for foundation agility, rally, and obedience work.
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CH Woodmere's Princess Tara, Sadie's Grandma, getting ready for the Specialty show.  At 13.5 she has the longest record of winning the old timer's fun match in a row.  Both Zo and Mylee are sporting summer trims, so we'll sit this one out and cheer for Tara instead!
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Ebby welcomed her first litter, she was bred to Loki and had a beautiful litter of five.  We're co-owning a black and tan girl now known as Chai with Jewelcroft Cavaliers. 
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Cute little red trouble
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My puppies love to garden!
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Molly's little boys lounging in the shade.  They were known here as Rocky and Rusty but now have the names of Tucker and Ramsey
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Molly's daughter Raven, hoping she'll make her way into the show ring some day
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That's it for now, if you are coming to the specialty show in June, make sure you stop by our tent and say hi!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Feeling like Spring

If you've been following my Instagram feed lately (embee_cavaliers) you'll know that we've been busy with some new additions.  I'm still a bad blogger but I've really been enjoying the quick and convenience of Instagram.  If you have a smart phone with a camera,  I encourage you to join and follow us!

Molly would like to introduce her four beautiful puppies, born at the end of Feb.  In typical Molly fashion they were all black and tan, the only colour that exists in her world. :)   It wasn't an easy delivery for her, but she's feeling 100% back to normal.  We have 3 boys and 1 girl, all doing well.  Two of the boys were born extremely little but never had any trouble gaining weight or eating.  They are still playing catch up in terms of growth, but they are chubby and sweet just like they should be.

This is an extra special litter for us as it will be her last.  She's given us some incredible puppies and has been a fantastic mother to them all.  Although some would say to breed her again based on those reasons, we feel it's best for her to be done with motherhood.  She'll continue to have duties as chief farm dog.   Chasing bugs,  mice, and squirrel's,  vising the cows,  making sure my niece and nephew know all about being adored by a dog, and of course being the ultimate potato inspector.

In typical Embee fashion all of her puppies were given call names within 24 hours to distinguish them.  Some breeders use colours and numbers, we prefer names, even though we know and encourage them to change when they leave here on new adventures.  We have Raina, Rudy, Rusty, and Rocky!

Molly, only a few hours after they all arrived
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Size difference?  What size difference?
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Feeling more like herself and loving those babies!
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We're just at the stage where everyone is opening their eyes.  Still waiting on little Rocky to get his fully open.  This is the big boy, Rudy!
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Raina, she's going to have those brothers of hers running circles around her
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Little Rusty, eyes not quite fully open yet.  He's so cute.
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Molly doing what Molly does, feeding them!  I was attempting to clean out their box and she felt they couldn't go 5 minutes without food.
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Clean bed, waiting for Molly to finish nursing!
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Upside down girlie again!  With her purple monkey.
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Since I stole both Molly and Ebby, Zoey and Ruffi have been filling in for farm duties.  My Mom is so good to send pictures of them, but I can't help but notice a common theme...
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Cupboards open, empty food dish, and poor starving Zo.  She's so hungry that she taught herself to open the kitchen cupboards and help herself.  Obviously no one feeds her there.  (Too bad everyone knows that Zo is my naughty dog!)
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Anxiously wanting to share news about these two.  No news to share yet, it's why I've had time to blog this afternoon!
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Lastly, note that we've updated our puppies page.  We're hoping to have a litter in the summer from Sadie.  If you are interested in a ruby or a blenheim, now would be the time to get in touch, not when they arrive or are a few weeks old.

To spring, puppies, and some nicer weather.