Saturday, May 26, 2012

Zoey's winners

After dinner tonight Zoey decided it was time to pick the winners for our drying coat giveaway

If you are wanting some grooming tricks and tips make sure to check out the comments on the bottom of the post.  We had some wonderful suggestions submitted, many of which I am going to try out myself!  Thank you so much to everyone who contributed. 

Ready when you are!
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Searching for her first winner
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Found it!
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Our first winner is CK - Congrats!
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Zoey's second winner...
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Congrats Kari Wise!
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Zoey decided she wasn't done yet and wanted to draw one more name...shes been watching me make cooling coats all week for our friends and wanted to share one.  Zoey wins. 

Our final name
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Congratulations Charleen on your new cooling coat!
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CK, Kari, and Charleen, please email me the measurements for the dog you wish to fit.  embeecav at gmail dot com
- head to tail measurement
- neck measurement
- chest measurement, taken from behind the front legs
- approximate weight of your dog

Its taken me several months and too many hours of trial and error to count... but I finally have succeeded at making a pattern for drying coats, and cooling coats that I am thrilled with, and I can't wait to share them.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: A visitor

A beautiful visitor at that.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Our grooming favourites and a drying coat giveaway

For most, owning cavaliers comes with a love and hate relationship for their long silky coats.  We all adore looking at beautifully groomed Cavaliers, we love their long ears, flowing tails, and their breed characteristic furry slippers. Its the practicalities of keeping a well groomed cavalier that most find daunting.

I really feel that with the right tools and equipment even the most unskilled can get some control over crazy cavalier coats. 

I never have perfectly groomed dogs.  They are far too busy being dogs to aim for perfection! 

Zoey and Molly have natural affinity to burr bushes, Mylee loves puddles and mud and Sadie's white legs show everything.   That being said, Mylee is a nightly bed hog, Zoey sneaks up in the mornings to act as my alarm clock, and while visiting, Sadie and Molly both enjoy cuddling on the bed too.   Nothing grosses me out more than having dirty dogs in my bed, so I have learned some tips and tricks along the way.

Here are some of my favourite tools and tricks:

1. Grooming table:  If you don't own a grooming table, make this the first on your list. Grooming tables provide easy access for grooming your cavalier,  and contains them so they can't escape.  Prior to a grooming table I used the bathroom counter, and the top of my washer as alternatives.  

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2. A rubber curry:  This stems from my years experience with horses.  They work great on loose dead coat!  Zoey is shedding enough for 3 cavaliers right now and every few days I take her on the deck and tri-colour fur starts flying.  Pictured is a Kong ZoomGroom

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3. Kids detangler spray:  I came across this tip largely by chance.  My Mom always used detangling spray on our hair when we were little to ease ouchy tangles.  When she got Molly she asked if there were any reasons why she couldn't try it on her.  Mom found the cheapest spray she could find to try it out and has never looked back.  It has been wonderful and works better than most of the expensive sprays made for dogs.  It is especially wonderful at getting burrs out of dry coat.... yes we are unfortunate experts at burrs. 

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4. A good shampoo:  My favourites are Chris Christensen Spectrum 10, and The Original Mane and Tail for a cheaper option.  (Its cheaper if bought in the human section of Walmart vs the Pet section, same product)

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 5. A buttercomb:  Perfect for tangles on ears and feathering.

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6. A finishing product:  This one was recommended to me to give Molly a little bit of extra shine when she went into the ring.  The person who suggested it says she uses it on her own hair every day and loves it.  I'd say it worked.. she took Winners Bitch that day at the Purina National! 

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7.  A drying coat:  I can't say enough about the importance of owning a drying coat and using it from the start..even when they don't have much coat yet.  A drying coat keeps the coat laying flat while you are drying it or while they air dry.  It also helps to train the coat to stay growing in the right direction.  Even now that Zoey is spayed she has kept her beautiful straight coat.  

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8. Yummy treats:  Last but not least, don't forget the most yummy high value treats you can find.  You always want the grooming experience to be very wonderful and positive for your dog.  The girls love these right now.

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Grooming Giveaway Details

Let us know by commenting on this post what your favourite grooming tool, product, or tip is by May 25th at midnight.  The furry beast and I (Zoey) will draw two random names to receive a custom made drying coat.

If commenting anonymously make sure your comment includes your name so that I can contact you directly if you win.  Our giveaway is for everyone no matter their location.  

Good luck and happy grooming!    

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sharing photos

As a self-taught hobby photographer the most uncomfortable part of the entire process is sharing my work with others.

Along my photography journey i've discovered that people can be very sensitive about photos being shared. I've learned to always respect the privacy of others and never share a photo of a person online without their permission. I've also discovered that the same can be true about dogs, people do not always appreciate having photos of their dogs shared online.

One of the promises I made to myself at the beginning of the year was to try and share more photos.

Its a never ending internal battle with myself; share more photos, get worried about the photos not being of my own dogs, admire all the beautiful photos i've taken, close the computer and not do anything.

In this post 2011- That's a wrap I promised, promised myself to get over it. Being its the first of May I thought I had better keep to that promise.

As always if anyone has issue with the photos appearing on this blog please contact me directly.  The watermark "Embee Cavaliers" simply means I took the photo.  It does not claim ownership or breedership to the dogs presented. 

Kady, Baxter, and Dini: Getting a decent photo with three of my own dogs is hard enough, try dogs that belong to someone else!  I think this shot turned out pretty cute though.  
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Meet Dini.  She's a spit-fire of the best kind and reminds me so much of Zoey as a puppy.  I love her to bits even if she is baaaaaad and keeps her owner and breeder Joan MacIntyre VERY busy.
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Beautiful Kady
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This sweet girl is Woodmere's Princess Tara.  Tara is 9 years old and is heart and MRI clear.  She is our Sadie's great great Grandmother!
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Rupert one of Tara's sons who was visiting from Ottawa
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Fiz!  Can you guess who this puppy is related to?  Bred by Norma Moffat, Brinklow Cavaliers.
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Ali, Fiz's litter sister.  She has been coming out to handling classes and turning into quite the little show puppy with her spunky attitude.
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This very handsome fellow is Burbrook Storm Chaser..

"Chase" bred by Peggy Wallace and owned by Carol Rose and Darlene Petralia.  Chase and his sister Annie, Burbrook Storm Warning, were recently shown at the ACKSC National Speciality in Wisconsin with amazing results.  A very big congratulations to their owners, and breeder on their incredible accomplishments.

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And of course no photo share would be complete without sharing some pictures of my own girls!  I seem to have a thing for bath photos. 

Say dee dee (Sadie), growing up and doing very well.
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My gorgeous Mylee

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Molly says pfft enough is enough!
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To spring flowers and showers.  Happy May 1st!