Sunday, July 10, 2016

Catching up

Our very important post on Water Intoxication is being shared all over Facebook today and I'm thrilled that dog owners are recognizing it's importance.  The goal isn't to keep our dogs out of the water completely, it's to keep a watchful eye on how they are playing/how much water is being ingested in the process and following the cardinal rule of everything in moderation.  It's also inspired me to get an update up, we'll see how long that inspiration lasts ;)     

The Little Lolly's aren't so little anymore.  They've made their way to new homes and are taking part in all kinds of adventures.  We're missing them, especially since finding out that our Ebby girl is not going to have puppies this summer.  We are thrilled though to have added some wonderful new owners to our Embee family.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Embee Fam Jam.  I haven't sent out invites yet but will get them out in the next little while. 

Bo now known as Milo
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Atlas now known as Kane
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Gizmo now known as Montego
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Luna now known as Kanda and living with my good friends Tessa and Josée and the Amitola Cavaliers
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And Miss Sassypants... I mean Nova, now known as Queenie
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We've also been busy showing a wild crew of black and tans and having a very successful spring and early summer!

Our gorgeous Embee's Mischief in Maui "Tigs" owned by my good friends Chris and Paul, made his official show debut this spring.  In only a few shows he's 1 point short of his Canadian Championship and won Reserve Winners Dog at the Cavalier Fanciers of Southern Ontario specialty show.  So proud of this boy!

Tigs at his first show going Best of Breed
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And our Reserve Winners Dog win at CFSO under breeder judge Jenny Macalpine!
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His sister, Embee Jewelcroft Midnight Luau "Chai" also obtained back to back Winners Bitch majors, under breeder judge Elaine Whitney and all breed judge Dr. Gail Forsythe at the Monarch Kennel Club for her first points towards her Canadian Championship. Chai lives with Bonnie Sands at Jewelcroft Cavaliers and she's doing a fantastic job with her.  Our Chai baby has grown up! 
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Our Embee Brinklow Fenton, CGN also made his show debut this spring but his brags are more about Cavalier health than show ring wins.  We're incredibly proud of him for being MRI'd this spring and having a beautiful MRI scan just like his parents and grandparents and a few great grandparents if you want to get technical ;)  CM and SM clear, second generation.  His little round cerebellum is a work of art and I'm thrilled to have another generation of MRI tested Cavaliers to move forward with.

A rare glamour shot for this active and smart boy!
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What you lookin' at?!
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Come a little closer and I'll wash your face!
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And the highlight of my year so far, our gorgeous Riff Raff girl (CH Embee's Raising the Stakes, CGN) won Best of Opposite sex at the Cavalier Fanciers of Southern Ontario Specialty show under Jenny Macalpine.  I couldn't be more proud to have owned and bred such a special girl.  

Win photo!
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The weekend before she won her first Grand Championship points under Dr. Gail Forsythe at the CFSO Booster show at Monarch Kennel Club.  Dr. Gail Forsythe was one of the most kind and thorough judges I've ever shown to.  She took her time to evaluate everyone and made my day when after our win wanted to know more about my girls (Ruffi and Chai) and complimented them on being beautiful wholecolours.  I agree.. they are :)  It's very rare that any judge at an all breed shows takes time to give feedback and it was just so appreciated.   Not such a great photo of me or the judge but Ruffi looks gorgeous so I cropped it!
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Next task.. update my poor top pages.  Such a neglected site lately. A little tlc should help.  

Friday, March 18, 2016

Little Lolly's

Norma(Brinklow Cavaliers) and I would like to introduce our new litter born on March 7.  GCH Revelry's Blue Moon Rising (Jace) x Brinklow Embee Lollipop.  2 tri boys, 2 tri girls, 1 blenheim boy.  All are doing fantastic, including our beautiful little Momma.

Their Embee names in birth order:
Atlas - tri boy
Bo - tri boy
Luna - tri girl
Gizmo - blenheim boy
Nova - tri girl
Head count, how many can you see?
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Brand new.  First born at 4am, last born around 9am.  Lolly just wanted to be sure I couldn't have any sleep.
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A few days old and already growing
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Just over a week old, yes Gizmo is the biggest!  That little blenheim dude sure knows how to eat
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Taken a few days ago by our good friend Gwenne.  Our beautiful Momma and her little ones
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We're just starting to see hints of eyes thinking about opening.  I love it when they are first able to discover their world!   Looking forward to sharing more puppy photos soon.

Our next litter is planned for the summer and will be black and tan and rubies.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Family resemblance

I've been working on my CKCSCC yearbook ad and decided that I really needed to get some new photos of everyone.  It's always a process but I'm never sorry after I get them done.  Very pleased so far, the brick wall of our house has made the perfect backdrop for black and tans!

Can you see the family resemblance?  I sure can, not only in looks but everyday in personality too. 

Molly - CH Mysticmoon's Danika
Our beautiful, sassy, demanding, Queen of everything.  Looking as glamorous at close to 7 as she did at 2.
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Her son, Loki - CH Embee's Mischief Managed
The sweetest boy there is.
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And her daughter, Ruffi - CH Embee's Raising the Stakes, CGN
Our wild and beautiful Riff Raff girl.
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Still have a few left to go. 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Champion Riff Raff

Ruffi has some exciting news to share!

At one of the last big shows of the year held at the International Centre, she officially became known as CH Embee's Raising the Stakes, CGN.  Riff Raff finished her Championship in grand style going Best of Opposite sex over a very competitive entry including 4 female specials, the judge was Desmond Murphy.  It was such a large entry because our regional club having a booster, so not only did she finish her championship she got to take home some wonderful swag too!  She is the third black and tan Champion from our Molly and I couldn't be more thrilled.

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Ruffi says we've still got lots of work to do because she wants to finish her rally novice title and possibly do some more agility when the weather warms up again. What a life this girl lives. 

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And I adored her from the start.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Have a happy and safe holiday.

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.  He was finally administered diuretics and he was on IV to slowly raise his electrolyte values.   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 returning 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
  • Vomiting
  • 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.