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.
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.
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.
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?!"
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.
The cheat/answer sheet!
Xray's aren't always completely accurate but for us this time it was. Molly delivered 5 beautiful puppies on Feb. 10th.
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.
Our beautiful girl keeping a watchful eye.
This newborn business is tough work.
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!
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.