~ Daphne's Puppies ~
Welcome to Daphne's Puppies page! This is where we will post the bi-weekly updates for any current litter from Daphne, and you can also click the link to
zip down to the bottom to see photos of all of Daphne's past litters!
BORN: SEPTEMBER 27th, 2019
These parents will produce *F1B REVERSE CAVAPOOS* (approximately 75% Cavalier -- 25% Poodle)
Please see our CAVAPOOS 101 page for details and refer to the F1B Reverse Cavapoo.
This will be Daphne and Cabello's first litter together! We anticipate that
their puppies will mature to be in the estimated range of 16 to 20 lbs.
And the following colours are possible:
(MORE COLOURS MAY BE POSSIBLE, AND THE COLOURS LISTED CAN BE SOLID, ABSTRACT, OR PARTI)
Ruby (MEDIUM OR DARK) ~ Apricot (LIGHT OR MEDIUM)
Please visit our Cavapoo Colours page for more colour details.
WAITING LIST FOR THIS PAIRING:
1. Pleasant Meadows -- FEMALE "Desta"!
2. Nyssa Black -- Winston ... PAID IN FULL!
3. Maryna Buvaylo -- Toby ... DEPOSIT & HOLDING FEE RECEIVED!
This litter is starting their new adventures
in their new homes this weekend!
2 BOYS & 1 GIRL
8 week old vet & final update:
Daphne and Cabello's puppies are 8 weeks old today and they have just returned from their vet and a quick stop on the way home for last minute supplies for the Puppy Starter Kits!
We're very pleased that the puppies were, of course, found to be in excellent health and our vet found them all to be adorable -- no surprise, eh!?!
Winston was a little social butterfly that loved to give kisses and wag his tail with the staff at our vet clinic, and our vet wanted to take him home!
Toby was the lovable clown and his curiosity lead him to grab some cotton swabs that were in a jar next to the weigh scale (we all got a good laugh out of that!) and he too was full of wiggles!
Here is what our vet checked on each puppy:
- Eyes (checked for abnormalities or discharge)
- Ears (checked for redness/infection)
- Mouth & throat (checked for gum colour, swallow reflex,)
- Heart (checked for irregular heartbeat patterns)
- Lungs (checked for rhythmic breaths and clarity of lungs)
- Stomach palpitation (checked for any signs of bloating, discomfort, or the presence of a hernia)
- Flexion of joints (checked for fluid movement of joints)
- Postural Reflexes (the "paw flip test" checks for proper neurological function where the paw is flipped under so the pads face upwards towards the belly. This is done to see how quickly the puppy rights it's paw so that the pads are flat on the ground/surface again the way a dog would normally bear weight/stand)
- Equilibrium (checked balance by turning the puppy on it's back to make sure the puppy can roll upright again)
- Temperature (checked for normal body temperature)
- Weight (checked for healthy weight and growth rate)
- Because the puppies were found to be in excellent health -- all of the puppies received their 1st shot which covers Parvovirus, Distemper, and Hepatitis (also called CAV2-Hepatitis).
- Dewormed with Strongid T according to weight.
The puppies weights are as follows:
Toby -- 4.2 pounds
Winston -- 4 pounds and 15 ounces
Desta -- 3.1 pounds
So far, the puppies have had ZERO adverse reactions to the vaccination they received. We always watch our puppies closely during the recommended 24 hours, but reactions are quite rare and providing that they don't react to the first vaccination -- they're good for all remaining vaccinations!
The puppies have had a chance to play in the snow and they didn't mind it too much, but they were able to retreat to a puppy bed placed in the pen for when their feet got too cold! Both boys peed outside in the snow too! Here is a video of their mini adventure:
As we have mentioned in previous updates -- the puppies have been exceptional for their potty training and to date there have been no accidents off the grass pad and they should bounce right into using the outside world with consistency!
Daphne's puppies have slept together as a group with Adelle's in a crate with the door closed at night and all of them have been accepting of this! We have let them out to go potty around 1:30 or 2:00 AM and again at 6:30 or 7:00 AM and they will march right over to the grass pad, have done their business, and then they go right back to sleep in the closed-door crate. What good little puppies! Probably, Daphne's boys could get by without being let out twice, but we're doing it for the benefit of Adelle's smaller puppies with smaller bladders, however, the puppies have a great and predictable routine down that should be beneficial for when they go home with you!
We take away the puppies water 2 hours prior to bedtime to ensure that they are not "refilling" and make sure that they have gone potty before closing them in the crate. With a good routine established -- this is the perfect opportunity for you to take your puppy directly from the crate straight outside for these potty breaks in the night!
We have created a little nail trimming video that will eventually make it's way into the Taking Puppy Home Instructional page, but we're placing it here in the update as it's brand new:
Same goes for this brand new video on how to prepare your puppy's food:
As shown in the video -- the puppies are eating 1/4 of a cup of softened kibbles 3 times daily. We feed them at 8:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and again at 8:00 PM, although you can alter the meal times to suit your schedule providing that the meals are still evenly spaced which allows for ease of digestion and elimination.
Two weeks ago we placed the scent blankets in the puppy pen for optimal "smells of home and siblings" and here is a cute video of the puppies ensuring that the scent blankets are "well scented".
Please remember to use the scent blankets to help your puppy to adjust during the first few nights in your home! It definitely makes a difference! The ONLY completely inconsolable puppies reported have been by those who do NOT use the scent blanket! It's not meant to smell "pretty" but rather to help your puppy have a smooth transition to your home which is the most important thing!
This is the last update -- and we have some important info for you! We ask that if you are paying via e-transfer the remaining balance that we ask that it is sent a minimum of 2 hours prior to your arrival to ensure that it is received prior to you pick up time. As per our current 2019 prices -- the final balance is $650.
Puppy pick ups are at either 11am or at 2pm on the 23rd or the 24th. Either of those dates or times are fine -- just let us know when you're coming if you haven't already done so in order that we can have your puppy ready to go!
Below is one last video of the puppies having a blast! Once again, it's a combination video of Daphne's and Adelle's puppies together -- these cousins really love each other!
6 week old update:
Daphne and Cabello's puppies are now 6 weeks old! As you can see, we have expanded their pen area and have switched out the plastic crate for a larger wire crate. (click to enlarge photos!)
This wire crate is what the puppies will be used to sleeping in when they go to their new homes! We will allow them to go in and out during the day time and start closing the crate door for brief naps and at night time over the next week. As you can see in the photos below -- the puppies are already making good use of the crate: (click to enlarge photos!)
The artificial grass pee-pad area has proven to be very successful and we plan to use method with future litters! The puppies are 99.9 % potty trained to go on the artificial grass with the ONLY accidents being normal and occasional "oops-a-daisy" misses where a puppy may get 2 feet on and forget the back end!
The puppies are eating well and are making good use of their emerged teeth as they chew on slightly harder kibbles that are only soaked for about 5 minutes in hot water to just "take the crunch off".
The puppies had their second bath prior to the photo session today and did even better than the first time which is the goal! They sat calmly in our kitchen sink for a thorough scrub and did okay for the blow dryer too! We also trimmed their nails again and the puppies showed great co-operation!
In keeping with our strict deworming schedule for the puppies -- they were once again dewormed, this time using BAYER Quad Dewormer which covers 4 of the main types of worms that puppies often carry in their systems.
At this stage their personalities are really developing and you can see in the video below (a combined video of both Daphne and Cabello's puppies and Adelle and Samuel's puppies) that they are inquisitive and interactive and busily moving about their pen playing amongst themselves and with a wide selection of toys!
5 week puppy matches:
4 week old update:
Daphne and Cabello's puppies are now 4 weeks old and adventurous and playful with toys, siblings, and their cousins!
In the gradual process of weaning the puppies have taken well to the mixture of softened kibbles, canned food, and goats milk, and they eagerly devour each meal! With an increased intake of this food mixture and less nursing from Daphne during the weaning process, the puppies are growing well! We have weighed them again today for their 4 week deworming and their weights are as follows:
Boy #1 -- 2 pounds and 6.5 ounces
Boy #2 -- 3.5 pounds
Desta -- 2 pounds and 4.5 ounces
The dewormer used was Pyrantel Pamoate (equivalent of Strongid T) and both the puppies and Daphne were dewormed today. And their nails were trimmed again today as well -- something they didn't mind at all!
For today's photos, the puppies were co-operative and curious on the set for picture taking! They are inquisitive and happy-go-lucky puppies with a real enthusiasm for life!
We have been taking each puppy out of the box daily to provide a few minutes of exploration on their own within our puppy room and giving them a mini grooming session with the comb to get them used to grooming. Doing things individually provides opportunities to build their confidence and individuality!
The puppies have continued to have exposure to a variety of sound effects and take all noises in their stride! This is not only a part of their socialization but it is in preparation for moving the puppies to our kitchen area! Their activity level and curiosity is now greater than the confines of their whelping box and as you saw in the video, the puppies are wanting to poke their heads over the doorway which leads to their tails following as gravity directs! Needless to say, we will be moving the puppies into our kitchen area where they can have use of a more secure puppy enclosure and further their socialization with our other dogs and general household activities. We'll probably move them this coming week which will give them a few days to adjust to a new location in preparation for the families coming to visit on November 2nd to choose their puppy!
When the puppies are brought into our kitchen, this will be their first introduction to pee-pad training! We're always looking for new and/or better ways to prepare our litters of puppies in all aspects of their training, and with Daphne's puppies we will be trying an artificial grass pad -- simulating the real thing! We'll keep you posted on how that goes!
We look forward to meeting the families on the list for Daphne and Cabello's two boy puppies for their scheduled visits on November 2nd!
Please take a peek at our Visitation Procedures page so that you know what to expect when you arrive by way of our bio-security measures that help keep our puppies safe from disease and other parasites:
We appreciate everyone's co-operation in helping us keep YOUR puppy healthy!
3.5 week old bonus update:
While the moms of our two current litters (Daphne and Adelle) are not in the whelping box, we have been placing both litters together for some play time and extra socialization. Having had two litters born only a couple days apart, and when both litters are on the small side, it creates a unique opportunity for another social dimension! Both Daphne and Adelle have been doing some "co-parenting" and it allows for their puppies (which are cousins) to interact in a larger group setting.
We have a video below, and it's important to note while watching both litters that even though the puppies are very close in age, there is still a reasonably big difference in activity levels -- two days is a lot at this stage! And so Adelle's puppies will appear less active sometimes and Daphne's puppies will appear more active at various times. We may not do any more combination videos, but these energy levels will even out as the puppies mature a bit more! And in the video we also highlight the moms and we want to note that we picked random cute things to highlight and both moms are equally wonderful in their care for their puppies!
Daphne's puppies, being 2 days older have been a huge influence on Adelle's puppies while learning to play with toys and tasting the mixture of goats milk, canned food, and softened kibbles we have been offering the puppies while the mom's are out of the box for a break! This is why situations like this can be so beneficial for the puppies and us!
We hope you enjoy the video!
The puppies cuddle with each other as though they have always been together, and by the photo below, it's clear to see how much they enjoy being apart of this bigger combined group!
2 week old update:
Daphne and Cabello's puppies are now 2 weeks old! They have been absolutely thriving under Daphne's care -- she is such an excellent mother! The puppies opened their eyes this past Wednesday which is earlier than most litters! It's possible for puppies to open their eyes as early as day 10 and as late as 18 days old with 14 days being the average. Although, the sooner that the puppies open their eyes, the more "adjusted" they are to new experiences. The head start on seeing the world seems to give them a confidence boost!
During the photo session today, Boy #1 was very curious and playful, which is astounding for this young age! And Boy #2 was very content and happy to pose for his photo! As you can see, Boy #1 can already sit up as well, but the puppies in general are very strong and already are capable of walking! It can also be typical for puppies to startle at the camera flash at the 2 week mark, but Daphne's puppies were completely at ease which we only ever see in puppies that have opened their eyes early!
With the opening of the puppies eyes, also comes the opening of their ears! Not many people know that puppies are deaf as well as blind until about the 2 week mark when the eyes finally open and their ears do too! And so, as you can imagine, the 2 week mark is a huge change in the puppies development and it's at this stage that we start introducing many new sights and sounds to stimulate them as well as desensitize them! Over the course of the next few days we will be introducing toys to their environment of various shapes, textures, and colours! Have you ever wondered what dogs see? "Experts" agree that dogs see blues and yellows the best, so be sure to keep that in mind while you are shopping for puppy toys, but don't forget that other colours can be fun too!
Besides a variety of toys, we will also be introducing the puppies to various sounds like thunderstorms, construction noises, train whistles, and much more! The intensity and type of noise will be increased and changed as the puppies accept the sound and can sleep soundly through the noise without it bothering them.
If you haven't already taken a peek at our Puppy Shopping List page, we recommend doing so in order to get some of the bigger ticket items checked off your list in the early stages:
Please let us know if you need any help figuring out which items you'll need! And don't forget to check out the list of items you'll receive in your Puppy Starter Kit!
The puppies have had their first taste of goats milk which is the very beginning stages of our stress free weaning process that will extend over the next 4 weeks. For now, the puppies are offered an alternative food source (goats milk) and they can taste it if they want to or leave it be if they want mom instead. Our puppies are weaned by 6 weeks of age, and we'll keep you posted on the gradual process over the next 4 weeks. The final 2 weeks here are used for getting our puppies eating food on a schedule and ensuring that they are eating enough softened kibbles when it's time for them to go home with you!
We have also been in the process of "going green" and offering a lot of our reading material online. You will actually be the first families receiving our "Taking Home Puppy Online Instructional" and we're giving out the link to you now so that you have time to fully go over the information provided. There are a few items on the online instructional that we will be adding soon in ample time for you to review prior to taking your puppy home, and we'll note any changes to the instructional in the updates to be sure that you don't miss them! The benefit of having an online instructional is that you will be able to prepare in advance of taking your puppy home and you can refer back to it whenever necessary from the comfort of your home!
This page is password protected and we'll e-mail the password to you and give the link once more:
Please let us know if you have any trouble viewing anything on the page! The page is best viewed on a large desktop computer screen or on a large tablet screen.
Over the next week the puppies will be building up their muscles for walking and play, right now their energy bursts are very short and their legs are wobbly. Another interesting fact that most people don't know is that puppies are born with legs and joints that have not yet fully formed. The bones in the body are held together by the tissue and cartilage and your puppy's bones are growing and changing well into his first year of life. View the video below to see the changes your puppy goes through structurally in the first 12 months:
Endochondral Ossification of the Elbow joint in the dog.
Age 1 week - 12 months.
This video shows x-rays taken throughout a dog's first year of life and its very interesting to see how your dog is still developing up to a year old. After seeing that, it's easy to see why puppies have to develop before they are strong enough to walk, sit up, and to do activities like playing. Puppies also sleep a lot, up to 18-20 hours a day in these early stages because they are growing at such a rapid weight that their body needs time to rejuvinate!
Credit to Physio Evolution for this video: https://www.facebook.com/PhysioEvo/videos/201964403744475/?v=201964403744475