~ Holly's Puppies ~
Welcome to Holly's Puppies page! This is where we will post the bi-weekly updates for any current litter from Holly, and you can also click the link to
zip down to the bottom to see photos of all of Holly's past litters!
BORN: JULY 12th, 2019
These parents will produce *F1 CAVAPOOS* (approximately 50% Cavalier -- 50% Poodle)
Please see our CAVAPOOS 101 page for details and refer to the F1 Cavapoo.
This will be Holly and Cabello's second litter together -- they are paired together in 2018!
We anticipate thattheir puppies will mature to be in the estimated range of 15 to 20 lbs.
And the following colours are possible:
(MORE COLOURS MAY BE POSSIBLE, AND THE COLOURS LISTED CAN BE SOLID, ABSTRACT, OR PARTI)
Black ~ Ruby (MEDIUM OR DARK)~ Sable ~ Phantom ~ Chocolate ~ Cinnamon ~ Gold (LIGHT OR MEDIUM)
Please visit our Cavapoo Colours page for more colour details.
WAITING LIST FOR THIS PAIRING:
1. Jennifer & Farhan Pirmohamed -- "Nico" ... PAID IN FULL!
2. Megan Grantham & Stan Fainzilberg -- "Queso" ... PAID IN FULL!
3. Kristen Stevens & Pamela Stratton -- "Stanley" ... PAID IN FULL!
4. Andrea & Tim Bax -- "Harley" ... PAID IN FULL!
5. Diana Gomes & Jason Williams -- "Archie" ... PAID IN FULL!
Holly and Cabello's puppies have started their new adventures in their new homes!
Sorry! This Waiting list is currently full! No puppies available!
~ Five Little Princes ~
ALL BOY LITTER!
8 week old puppy update:
Holly and Cabello's puppies are now 8 weeks old and ready to start new adventures with their eagerly awaiting families! They have been exceptional puppies in disposition, weaning and transitioning to solid kibbles, potty training, crate training, and learning how to sit and lay down!
We are certain that each of the families on the waiting list are anxious to pick up their puppies and take them home, and they will be amazed at how clever and quick they are to learn! They have adjusted extremely well to everything new we have introduced and have a real exuberance for life and are quiet and calm in their approach and acceptance of new experiences.
This is actually the first litter in eons that we have been able to reduce their pee-pad area from two pee-pads to only ONE pee-pad and they are still successful at hitting the mark! As a result of their good potty habits, they have stayed very clean, and it has only been this week in preparation for going to their new homes that we gave them their first bath! This was so that we could give them a bath experience before leaving Pleasant Meadows (because otherwise they were clean), and all of the puppies were very accepting of the bathing process and the blow dryer ~ absolutely no fuss what-so-ever! This is the best litter ever for ease of bathing/drying!
All of the puppies have learned "sit" and "lay down" literally within moments! You could practically swear that someone had already taught them these commands with how quickly they picked it up like it was second nature to them! So, you're getting some HIGHLY intelligent puppies!
The puppies also are self-motivated to go to bed in their crate at night time (around 9pm to 10pm) all by themselves, and they sleep in the crate without a sound all night! We actually took the opportunity to sleep in this morning (a rare treat for us!) and when we came downstairs at 9:00 AM -- all of the puppies were still SOUND ASLEEP in the crate and completely content! As usual, once they came out of their crate they marched over to the pee-pad and did their business and then were asking for their breakfast! What awesome puppies!
The puppies have thoroughly enjoyed some outside time and are typical boys that love to play, romp, and wrestle in the grass! Oh, and chewing on the grass is fun too!
We know that you are going to enjoy these puppies so much! And we look forward to seeing you all when you come to pick up your little princes! And for those picking up their puppies tomorrow, please remember to arrive on time for the Taking Puppy Home Sessions at 11am and 2pm!
Just a friendly reminder to remember that the final balance owing for your puppy is $650 so that you are prepared to either send an e-transfer or bring cash. If sending an e-transfer, please do so a minimum of 2 hours prior to your arrival so that it has time to process.
Below are a couple group photos of the puppies for you to enjoy!
The puppies were at the vet today, and we were amazed at how well they all did on the vehicle ride! There was a little "puppy chatter" for under 5 minutes when we started out on the road, but the puppies settled down for a nap and only awoke once on the way up for a little bit of play in the crate with speaks volumes to how relaxed they are about vehicle rides! Our vet is 1 hour and 15 minutes away and so the puppies had a grand total of 2.5 hours of road experience! They slept soundly on the way home without a murmur (the shot can also make them tired)! The vet clinic was super busy so we weren't able to take the time to snap photos this time around, but ...
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, teeth)
- 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, Hepatitis (also called Canine Adenovirus 2), Parainfluenza.
- Dewormed with Strongid T according to weight.
The puppies weights are as follows:
Nico / Blue Collar Mix: 3 pounds and 2 ounces
Archie / Red Collar Mix: 3 pounds and 2 ounces
Queso / Grey Collar: 3 pound and 4 ounces
Harley / Teal Collar: 3 pounds and 9 ounces
Stanley / Rainbow Collar: 3 pounds and 1 ounce
Your puppy's next vet appointment for the 2nd shot and additional deworming at 12 weeks of age should be booked for October 3rd, 2019. Please remember to call your chosen veterinarian to book an appointment for your puppy as vaccines and dewormings are important!
Below are some photos of the puppies shortly after arriving home from the vet. The puppies love their crate and have had the scent blankets in their pen for the past week which will help with their transition to your home!
And here is a short video of the puppies for you to enjoy as well:
We'll post a larger update for their official 8 week update tomorrow on Friday, September 6th, 2019.
6 week old update:
The puppies are now 6 weeks old and as you can see in their photos, they have had more outside adventures! They have been sleeping soundly all night long in the crate with the door closed, then come out to use the pee-pads in the morning and are ready and eager for their breakfast! The puppies are eating 3 meals per day of kibbles that have been softened in water -- 1/4 cup at each meal (morning, afternoon, and evening). They are also now eating their food individually in separate bowls and this week they will be learning how to sit for food.
They remain quiet puppies, and they are becoming more playful and interactive amongst themselves and with their interest in toys. Holly and Cabello's puppies definitely win the prize being non-stop-tail-waggers! They wag their tails in play, while they eat their food, and even on the photo set! They are simply happy and content little princes!
We dewormed the puppies again today and their weights are as follows:
Blue Collar Mix: 2 pounds and 2.5 ounces
Red Collar Mix: 2 pounds and 8 ounces
Grey Collar: 2 pound and 10.5 ounces
Teal Collar: 3 pounds and 2 ounces
Rainbow Collar: 2 pounds and 9 ounces
This past week we have been exposing the puppies to many different sounds in preparation for going to their new homes. It's a necessary task to not only introduce pleasant sounds, but also to subject them to unpleasant sounds so that they are less scary for the puppies later in life. These sounds include sirens, alarms, car horns, fireworks, etc.
In the video in this update, we must warn you to turn down your speaker volume as about half way through the video there are loud recorded noises. The sound will be louder for you than it was for the puppies as the tablet playing the sounds was close to the camera speaker while recording the puppies. We're very proud of the puppies and their reactions, which are very minimal! We expect to see some whimpering and as they express their dislike for an unpleasant sound, and these puppies did exceptionally well hearing these sounds! The crickets and the boastful rooster are compliments of Pleasant Meadows ~ haha!
During their time outside, the puppies are starting to learn to go potty outside, although, so far they have only peed outside and haven't done any poops! Those are saved for the pee-pads when they return indoors! They are cheeky, but there is still time to learn that they can poop outside too!
So far, we surprisingly have not had to bathe this litter! At the most, we wipe them down with puppy wipes before we take their photos, but they are a litter that likes to stay clean! The fact that they are so well pee-pad trained definitely contributes to this! We will give them a bath for experience sake before they leave Pleasant Meadows, but for now we're focusing on exposing them to other sights and sounds.
We have already scheduled the vet appointment for the puppies for Thursday, September 5th and you will post an update that evening to let you know how they did at the vet!
The final 8 week update with their last photos will be posted on Friday, September 6th.
We will be holding a "Taking Puppy Home" Session on Saturday, September 7th at 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM. For those attending the session PLEASE e-mail us after reading this update to let us know if you will be picking up your puppy at the 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM Session time on September 7th. There are a couple families that have pre-arranged to pick up their puppy on the 8th and 9th, but we would appreciate if the other families could come on Saturday, September 7th. The "Taking Puppy Home" Session is approximately an hour and a bit long and covers the following topics:
~ The Vehicle Ride Home
~ Meal Time For Your Puppy
~ The First Night Home
~ Crates; Types & Training
~ Potty Training
~ Leash Training
~ Vaccinations & Deworming
~ Types of Toys
~ Basic Training
Now would be a good time to look over the Puppy Shopping List page to see if there is any item you missed purchasing and see our recommended Dog Food page to be certain you are purchasing the right brand of food:
Be prepared for your puppy's first few nights by reading up on our Puppy is Home, Now What? page:
And you will find plenty of training resources on these links:
We hope you have enjoyed this week's update!
5 week puppy matches:
The choosing process has begun! Check back here to see the puppy matches as they happen! We're so excited for the families who will be receiving a puppy from Holly and Cabello!
4 and a half week bonus update:
Holly and Cabello's puppies are so playful and sweet! They have reached milestones far beyond their age, most likely because their eyes opened fairly early, which has proven to create curious and very forward puppies! They are nearly crate trained, and the best part is that they have done it of their own accord! All of the puppies love to explore and play, and you'll be able to hear their absolutely adorable and hilarious barks, growls, squeaks, and other playful vocalizations. Usually, this type of "communication and expression" is not heard to this degree until around 5 or 6 weeks of age, and Holly and Cabello's puppies started to vocalize throughout this past week! Learning to communicate and express themselves in playful banter is key to the development of their social skills! Cavapoos, in our biased opinion, are one of the most happy-go-lucky breeds out there who play like there is no tomorrow and in a flip of the switch (ie. you sit down) they are ready to cuddle and settle down! Holly and Cabello's puppies are the perfect mixture of playful spaniel spunkiness and the calm sweet companion that so many of our families are looking for in their puppies! They are submissive and sensitive, beyond adorable, and with the exception of slight size and energy levels, these puppies remain fairly even in temperament which we think will be evident in the video. We hope that you enjoy watching the puppies playing and we look forward to all the families meeting the puppies whether by Skype or in person!
4 week old update:
Holly and Cabello's puppies have just turned 4 weeks old! They have changed so much in appearance since the 2 week mark and are now "little doggy replicas". They are well adjusted and quiet in nature with adorable big baby-doll eyes! They are a perfect little combination of curiosity and gentleness, with only slight variations amongst the puppies. This litter adjusts well to new surroundings, and possesses a quiet confidence. We couldn't be happier with these little princes!
They are doing very well with their weaning process and this litter has been the easiest to transition from full time nursing from Holly to readily eating new food. Whenever we place a bowl containing a mixture of goats milk, canned food and softened kibbles in their enclosure -- they gobble it up without hesitation! Normally there is a period of resistance where a litter prefers their mother and will initially refuse to try new food, but Holly and Cabello's puppies have been enthusiastic from the get go!
We have dewormed the puppies today and their weights are below:
Blue Collar Mix: 1 pound and 12 ounces
Red Collar Mix: 2 pounds and half an ounce
Grey Collar: 1 pound and 14.5 ounces
Teal Collar: 2 pounds and 4.5 ounces
Rainbow Collar: 2 pounds and half an ounce
We'll have to get a video within the next week and send out a bonus update in order to hopefully capture their sweet budding temperaments. Other than a slight variance in energy level, the puppies are surprisingly similar and we're seeing both parents' amazing temperaments shining through, but this litter is uniformly calm, sweet, and yet confident and curious. We will begin to see differences emerge, but for now we can tell you that we're loving what we see!
The puppies have had some outdoor time over the last couple of days, including their photo session. They took the new sights and sounds in their stride and were content to just enjoy the change of scenery! While we were outside getting the puppies photos, clouds started rolling in and so did the thunder! The puppies were not phased by the booming noise, and we managed to quickly get one group photo of the puppies just before the clouds opened up in a torrential downpour! We scooped up the puppies in a hurry before becoming totally soaked; and in spite of it all, the puppies didn't seem to mind the rain!
We look forward to introducing the families on Holly and Cabello's list to the puppies at the 5 week mark whether by visit in person or by Skype! This is a spectacular litter that we can't wait to share!
2 week old update:
Holly and Cabello's puppies are now 2 weeks old! Their eyes started opening around 10 days old which has given them a bit of a head start on viewing their world around them! Puppies that open their eyes ahead of the 2 week mark are typically more "intellectual" and learn faster! At this stage, their life mostly consists of sleeping and nursing, and this litter seems very content!
Now that their eyes are fully open -- we have introduced a few toys for visual and tactile stimulation! Even today's photo set was planned out specifically with lots of colour as a baby step towards the puppies desensitization! You can see just how chill the puppies are with all the bright colours! The world of sound is also completely new for the puppies as their ears open around the same time as their eyes do! The puppies have already been listening to various sounds like thunderstorms, fireworks, and the radio!
If you have been following along with our other litters, you will have noted how impressed we have been with the demeanor of Samuel's puppies. Likewise, since Holly is Samuel's sister, we have also noted the same calm nature in her puppies! This is Holly and Cabello's second litter together and this current litter is falling right in line with the easy going nature that we saw last year from Holly and Cabello. And Cabello is also a very mellow fellow and so the puppies have a calm and sweet nature instilled in them from both parents for those cuddly moments, but each still love to have fun and their puppies will too!
The puppies will be trying their first taste of goats milk this weekend as an alternate food source which aids in the weaning of our puppies. The process starts around 2 weeks of age and continues through to 5-6 weeks of age with a gradual increase of other food as they are weaned off their mother! We start the process young so that it is a slow and gradual process that is without stress on the puppies. Mom, is always around for social interaction and comfort, but when she needs a break, she can either hop out of the whelping box, or we can put a "jumpsuit" on her which limits nursing. It is important that the mom is present for puppies to learn social cues during the first 8 weeks of life!
Here is a video of the puppies nursing:
The puppies had their nails trimmed today as a start to their grooming that takes place while here at Pleasant Meadows to prepare them for life in their new homes. The puppies have their nails trimmed about every 2 weeks while here which prevents them from scratching their mom's belly while they nurse.
We also dewormed the puppies today and their weights are as follows:
Blue Collar Mix: 1 pound and 2 ounces
Red Collar Mix: 1 pound and 5.5 ounces
Grey Collar: 1 pound and 4 ounces
Teal Collar: 1 pound and 8.5 ounces
Rainbow Collar: 1 pound and 4.5 ounces
Here are some cute photos we snapped this afternoon of the puppies and Holly:
The puppies are not really sure what to make of the toys in their environment, and they mostly ignore them unless they bump into them, or they may find it comfortable to snuggle up against them -- play will come in time, but we thought you'd enjoy just seeing them hang out in their whelping box:
If you are not already doing so, we invite you to follow along on the "Timeline: Birth to 8 Weeks" which will outline all the "other stuff" that we can't always fit into our updates! There will be some differences as each litter is different, but it will give you an idea of what goes into your Pleasant Meadows puppy!
Now is also a good time to start preparing for your new puppy's arrival in your home! Take a look at our "Puppy Shopping List & Must Haves!" page to give you an idea of what you need to purchase to be prepared for a puppy! Also, don't forget to check out all the items we will supply you with in your Puppy Starter Kit:
We hope you have enjoyed this update! Our next scheduled puppy update will be when the puppies turn 4 weeks old on Friday, August 9th.
Holly and Cabello's puppies have arrived! For the first time ever, in the history of Pleasant Meadows, we have a litter of all boys -- 4 Vibrant Phantoms and 1 Gold puppy. Holly's labour and birth were somewhat untypical for us in that we decided to take her to the vet when we noted that her contractions were not strong enough for her to push out a puppy. With an injection of Oxytocin, administered by the vet to help her contractions, the labour progressed smoothly and efficiently -- so much so that Holly birthed a puppy within moments of the injection (which is how it is supposed to work!) and the vet said that she could go home and birth the remaining puppies at home in familiar surroundings. Her second puppy was born before we even made it out of the exam room at the clinic and her third and fourth puppies were born in the back seat of our vehicle on the way home (we pulled over and had all the necessary birthing supplies with us) and the fifth puppy was born at home in our puppy room! Needless to say, Holly is a trooper! She wasn't at all upset by the unusual birthing circumstances and in the end all that matters is that Holly was able to birth easily without strain! She and the puppies have settled in nicely to a routine of nursing and sleeping in the comfort of her cozy whelping box. Everyone is doing well and it's time to announce their birth!
We have new custom made and specially designed puppy ID collars that arrived just in time for Holly's puppies to debut them! The collars are made of soft paracord rope and are designed to be adjustable so that they can grow with the puppies! Thank you Release Equine for the wonderfully made collars! The puppy collar colours are as follows:
Blue Collar Mix: Phantom Boy -- born @ 12:01 AM
Red Collar Mix: Phantom Boy -- born @ 1:08 AM
Grey Collar: Gold Boy -- born @ 1:16 AM
Teal Collar: Phantom Boy -- born @ 1:56 AM
Rainbow Collar: Phantom Boy -- born @ 3:35 AM
We have also added in the puppies time of birth for all who are curious! The spacing between puppies is pretty typical, although the first two were a bit closer together than puppies are usually born because of the acceleration of the Oxytocin injection which increases the strength of contractions for a quicker and much easier birth!
Holly is an excellent mother -- quiet and attentive to the needs of her puppies! Her puppies last year were some of our most cuddly and relaxed puppies! She and Cabello make a great pair and we are so excited to share her puppies with you!
Our next scheduled puppy update will be on July 26th when the puppies turn 2 weeks old -- so stay tuned!
Holly's Past Litters at Pleasant Meadows:
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