Thursday, March 6, 2014

When you can't win, join in

There is only one way to beat the winter blues, get out and have some fun... even if the snow is over your head.

Stretch girl!
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Loki is our brave snow diver, he'll charge through the drifts to get to pretty much anything
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I got it!
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So proud of himself, what a silly happy face
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Zozo says, let me in on the action too!
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Our pretty frisbee loving girl
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Snow everywhere, but LOOK at his beautiful topline and neck
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This is hard work!
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Flying black and tan boy
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Looking and feeling very proud of himself
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Our pretty Momma didn't want to join in, I can't blame her
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Please let me in
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I've got little ones to look after!
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We've celebrated and introduced Molly's puppies to some important Canadian winter sports
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Worked really hard to get eyes open in time to watch the game
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Mastered it!
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Now we're working on adorable factor
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But I don't think that is going to take long,
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To more adventures ahead.

Also check out Our Family page that is now live.  So proud of our puppies! 

ps: we need some more pictures to add to the gallery ;)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Our February so far

All is well around here.  Lots of snow, lots of visitors, and some new little ones to welcome into the world.  February can't get much better. 

Sadie's beautiful Son, Baron came to visit for a quick afternoon playdate.  When our puppies visit it is always amazing to me to see how fast they change.  When they are living with you, you just don't seem to notice it as much.  He is going to be one good looking little man when he is done growing.
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This handsome guy is Nika's son, Tiger.  Tiger has been here a few times while his family has been away and somehow I haven't managed to take any proper photos of him.  This was taken on my cell phone.  What's funny about this photo is how much like his half sister Ebby, and mother Nika he is. They are all very heat seeking and love to camp out over the vents.
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This beautiful guy may look familiar to some.  I had the opportunity to have an impromptu photoshoot with Geordie who is near and dear to my heart.  He's the father to both Molly and Nika, and Grandfather to Loki, Bucky, Ebby and Coco.  I managed to get some stunning photos of him but I know his owner wants to use some in the future, so I will just share this one for now.  He's the sweetest and kindest dog you'll ever meet, but is full of zip and spunk, much like his kids and grandkids.
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Like everywhere else in Canada we're dealing with lots of snow.  Our backyard tunnel system is not only for fun, it's necessity.  The snow is over their heads!  Look at poor Molly a few days before she delivered.  I think her face says it all.  "You gotta be kidding me, more snow?!"
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Our big news of course is that we have new puppies to introduce.  Can you guess how many by looking at this photo?  Breeder's routinely xray bitches prior to whelping to get an idea of how many to expect.  A cavalier can run into trouble if it is a small litter of one-two puppies, or likewise a huge litter.
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The cheat/answer sheet!
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Xray's aren't always completely accurate but for us this time it was.  Molly delivered 5 beautiful puppies on Feb. 10th.
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It wasn't our most smooth of deliveries.  In fact, it started out really badly.  I thought for sure both Molly and the puppies were in major trouble.  Every textbook sign certainly pointed to that being the case.  I packed her up and took her to one of my favourite Vet's in the entire world and somehow everyone was born very alive and well on the floor of one of the consult rooms.

I still don't have the how or why figured out, but I'm so thankful for everything that happened.  I owe a special thank you to Joan MacIntyre of Woodmere Cavaliers for coming and keeping me company and helping me get everyone here safely.  My Vet quietly observed on and off through the night, and that is why I adore him.  He was there if necessary but let us and Molly do our thing.

The end result, 4 black and tan girls, 1 black and tan boy.  All gaining weight like crazy under the incredible care of Molly.

Everyone must be spotless at all times.  Molly insists.
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Our beautiful girl keeping a watchful eye.
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This newborn business is tough work.
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I have no idea who was born in which order, other than Clark.  He was third.  So in no particular order we have;

Zenya - living up to her namesake, she is the biggest!
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Can you guess what our name theme is with the exception of Clark?  He was named for where he was born.  Still a bit sleep deprived but getting less concerned as time goes on. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

How are you keeping warm?

We are in full hibernation mode here and loving it.

I've consumed many cups of tea thanks to David's Tea advent calendar.

I've had my favourite foot warmer on my feet non stop (he's furry, black and named Loki)

I have completed several sewing projects.

My ensuite bathroom is scrubbed from top to bottom,

and I have even managed to do some much needed work on this website.

I always seem to get itchy for a new look when the seasons change. With all the beautiful snow outside I really wanted to dress everyone and go out with my camera in an attempt to get a new header photo.  With -30 or so windchill I'm content to leave summertime Mylee and Loki awhile longer.

We've had Ebby visiting for boot camp.  She's turned into a bit of a spoiled farm dog but we've mostly been working on getting her ready for a few upcoming shows.   She's really matured into a beautiful girl and selfishly I wanted to steal her to get some updated photos.

Ebby is Nika's daughter.

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So pretty!
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Looking thoughtful
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We also celebrated a very important NFL win this weekend.  Mylee says Go Indy!
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Someone insisted Zoey needed her photo taken too.  Her ratty ears are a dead giveaway that she is overdue for a bath, tomorrow's job.
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In my hunt for winter photos to turn into a new header, I came across photos of a very hairy winter beast.
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Is it a dog?  Can't be.
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Busted, that face gives it away!  It's Loki.  What a difference a year makes.
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Cavalier puppies definitely teach you a lesson in patience.
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From that hairy snow photo though you can sure tell who his mother is.
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Stay warm and drink lots of tea.  Orrr do what we did and book a last minute vacation to somewhere warm.  This time next week I'll be sipping a cocktail on the beach. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Best wishes

Friday, December 20, 2013

Off on new adventures

We're down to just two puppies here right now, and for some reason it feels SO quiet.  I've been in a bit of a blogging slump, a combination of extra work, adorable puppies, and just not being in the right frame of mind to write something interesting. 

Seeing puppies leave for their new homes is always both sad and happy.  When you put your heart and soul into getting them conceived, whelping them, and ensuring that their first 9-10 weeks here are the very best they can be, emotions are running on high when we say goodbye.

The only thing that makes it worth it is being able to share this incredible breed with others.  I've met some wonderful people through cavaliers, and those that I've chosen to share with are no exception.  They rock. 

There have been lots of "talk to you soon" and "please send lots of pictures" conversations around here the past couple of weeks.  My puppies are thriving in their new homes and I couldn't be more thrilled for them. 

Comet is now known as Jax.  The sweetest most outgoing little red thing in the entire world.  There have only been two puppies to leave here with warnings about high energy, he was one of them.  LOOK how adorable he is in his new home.
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We try and make sure they are well started on potty training.  Jax's mom captured an important special moment!  Yay Jax, you smart boy. 
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Tiger is down right lucky in that he ended up exactly where he was meant to be.  Every puppy has a different personality and temperament.  That is why breeders like me are adamant that it isn't a good idea for you to pick your own puppy.  Some are suited to be show stars, some want to be professional fetch players, some want to be a permanent lap dog, and others like Tiger DESPERATELY wanted to live with kids.  Tiger got to keep his name, and more importantly he's being adored by two girls he can call his own. 

This gorgeous little lady is Jetta, formerly known as Rodeo.  Jetta is living with a very good friend of mine and we're thrilled that she has her.  Her main job is tiring out her big half sister Allie, but we're also looking forward to seeing her in the show ring and excel in obedience and rally.
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Recognize this beautiful face?  Dottie, and all her mischief has gone to live with her Mom, Nika at Brinklow Hill.  Like Jetta, I will get to see her often.  We hope to see her excel in the show ring and she couldn't be in more skilled hands with Norma and Lang. 
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(updated) Mr. Skip is now known as Mr. Bingley and we couldn't be more thrilled with his new home.  They are very much enjoying his confident temperament and free spirit.  I hope that in time his new brother will adore him as much as we do. 
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Sadie's beautiful daughter Astrid is clearly stressed out about her new living arrangement.  She goes by the name Ceilidh now and her owner is just as horse crazy as me.  When they came to get her they brought me the most beautiful leather dog leash made out of an English riding rein.  I of course was over the moon. She will have cavalier friends, and all the belly rubs in the world.  What more could a girl ask for?
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Meet Nelson or as you might have known him, Gus.  Nelson was named after Nelson Mandela and it is so fitting for this dapper guy.  He has a lab for a big brother, and tons of room to run.  As you can see, he's an athletic little guy and the farm life will suit him just fine.  
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Our beautiful sweet Sam is now better known as Baron.  Baron has the kindest energy about him and I knew exactly the family he'd be perfect for.  He's their first dog and I hope he will be a wonderful introduction to both dog ownership and our breed.   They are doing a fantastic job with him, and he is so lucky to have them.
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Mats, well what can you say about this wild little man.  He's a firecracker and he knows it.  As anyone who has visited here knows, it really is all about HIM.  Mats is going to live with a friend of mine but we have high hopes for his future.  We're looking forward to showing him off when he is old enough.  Until then, he will thrive on having 110% attention on him!
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Hello?! You are supposed to be paying attention to ME!
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The little gang in the big yard learning how to get scratches like Zo.  Sorry kids, Zo is always number one in his book.
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To more blogging soon.... maybe.  For those who have tried to email me i've also been horrible at responding to those too.  If you are desperate to talk to me, I'd suggest calling.  I forsee New Years resolutions involving a blog and email in the near future.