~ 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: JUNE 25th, 2020
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! We anticipate that
their 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. Laurie Houghton -- LuluBelle (Sable Phantom Girl) ... PAID IN FULL!
2. Lewicki Family -- Daisy (Butterscotch Girl 1) ... PAID IN FULL!
3. William Graham -- Bella (Butterscotch Girl 2) ... PAID IN FULL!
Laurie also owns:
Isabella X Tobi 2014
Emma X Tobi 2018
NO puppies available!
ALL puppies have been paid for in full and the families on this list are anticipating taking their puppies home at 8 weeks of age!
What lovely Princesses they have become!
Holly's puppies are now 8 weeks old and were at the vet today. They were given a thorough health examination and because they were found to be in excellent health, they were given their first vaccine which covers:
-Hepatitis (Also called Adenovirus OR CAV2-Hepatitis)
And the puppies were also dewormed according to their weights with StrongidT.
Here is a complete breakdown of our vet's above-average health examination in a point form below:
- Eyes (checked for abnormalities or discharge, and the vet will look at the internal eye with an ophthalmoscope)
- Ears (checked for redness/infection or the presence of mites, and the vet will look in the ear with an otoscope)
- Mouth & throat (checked for gum colour, swallow reflex, and teeth alignment)
- Heart (checked for irregular heartbeat patterns or murmurs)
- 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 in the hips, knees, and elbows)
- 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, and assessing the gait of a puppy)
- Temperature (checked for normal body temperature)
- Weight (checked for healthy weight and growth rate)
During their vet examination, they were wagging their tails and trying to give the vet kisses. He was very impressed with their social nature!
Both to and from the vet (1 hour and 15 minutes each way) the puppies were all completely silent and content in the crate, which was actually their first time being in a plastic crate (they have a wire crate in their pen). Here are some video clips of the puppies ride to and from the vet where all you will hear is the silence of content puppies!
Here are their weights that were taken at the vet today:
Daisy weighed 3 pounds and 3 ounces!
Bella weighed 3 pounds and 5 ounces!
LuluBelle weighed 3 pounds and 3 ounces!
We have never had a litter this close in size -- we're so amazed!
We were able to go inside the vet clinic this time with their COVID safety procedures while wearing our masks, and they had a hand sanitizing station inside. We were instructed not to touch anything inside and the puppies were examined with us at a social distance, and there was only one customer allowed in the vet clinic at a time so that sanitization could happen between appointments. Here are some photos of the puppies relaxing in our vet clinic's waiting room with their mom, Holly:
The puppies are sleeping through the night from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM in a closed crate, and they have been exceptionally good at settling down and not whimpering in the crate when they have spent time in it for short periods throughout the day. We definitely hope that the puppies continue their easy-going nature for crate training, and this is a really good sign that they will!
They are eating 1/3 of a cup of kibbles that have been softened in water for around 2-3 minutes if boiling water is used (5 minutes if hot tap water is used). They can transition to hard kibbles in a couple of weeks, but we do still recommend adding water to their food so that it's not too dry for them to eat. The below video is on our Instructional page, but here it is for your convenience: (brand of canned food and food amount will vary)
When feeding your puppy, you will likely want them to eat their food at mealtimes for convenience and not leave food in the dish. And so it's a good practice to place the food dish down for a maximum of 15 minutes and any unfinished food should be picked up and removed. This is what is practised at Pleasant Meadows and is recommended by most trainers, and it will teach your puppy to eat when food is placed on the floor for them at a scheduled time. This method will also aid in potty training since a feeding schedule will result in a predictable elimination schedule.
Here are the puppies 8 week individual photos:
Holly will be receiving a much needed fur trim after having raised a beautiful litter of puppies, and so she will look a lot less "fluffy" at puppy pick up. As many of you know, this was always intended to be Holly's last litter and that was solidified by the fact that she needed a c-section, and she was spayed while under anaesthetic for her c-section. Holly has an amazing retirement home lined up with a loving couple (Margaret & John) who are waiting to welcome Holly into their home after the puppies leave.
The puppies have really enjoyed their outside time and love to romp and play in the grass. While we were outside with the puppies today, we were able to snap 4 amazing group photos of them -- they are incredible!
LuluBelle's new mom will be picking her up tomorrow for their trip back to her new home in Alberta, and we look forward to Daisy's and Bella's families coming on Saturday! These puppies have been nothing short of little Princesses ~ thanks for sharing this puppy journey with us!
Holly's puppies are now 6 weeks old! They have been enjoying trips outside for exposure to the outdoors and to get a start on good potty habits outside, and they have done exceptionally well! And as you can see from their photos this week -- they are very relaxed outside and they were absolute angels for their photos!
Back inside our home -- we made some changes to their pen enclosure which gives more room and also includes a crate which the puppies took to immediately! They loved playing inside it and were soon fast asleep for their afternoon nap!
We will be closing the crate door for a short period of time throughout each day to get the puppies used to spending some time in the crate, and they will also receive treats (softened kibbles) while inside the crate in the introduction stages to make it a "fun place" to be! Please note that we have used the 24" L x 18" W x 19" H crate as it is the perfect size for a litter of three puppies. We recommend using a divider panel for a single puppy in a crate of this size and you just move it as the puppy grows into the crate.
Here are some photos of the puppies in the crate and of their new pen:
Also, note that we have followed the previous advice given in the 4 week update -- the pee-pad space was expanded at the same time as the pen area was expanded. Once we are certain that the puppies are hitting the mark with the potential confusion of a new space we can remove one of the pee-pads.
We have also hung the scent blankets in the puppy pen which will allow for plenty of time over the next 2 weeks for them to gather lots of puppy scent. We hang them on the side of the pen so that the puppies can brush up beside them as they play and move about, and they also love to chew on them and play tug with them! We rotate the scent blankets around the pen so that they remain interesting to the puppies, and we also rub them down on their Momma so that lots of her scent gets on them too! And because we tie them to the side of the pen (or crate) it ensures that they only get puppy scent and they are unlikely to be dragged over the pee-pad for an unpleasant scent.
We will send one of these scent blankets home with your Princess to help her be more comfortable during the first few days in your home as the scent of her mom and siblings will remain and provide some familiarity and comfort!
Here is a cute little video clip of the puppies being adorable divas while responding to sounds and getting their picture taken:
We start all of our puppies on crate training to give them the best possible start when they transition from our home to yours! And so the puppies will now start sleeping in the crate for the majority of the night, and we will let them out when needed to go potty on the pee-pads.
Holly's milk has officially dried up and so the puppies are no longer nursing, but she will still play a big role in their lives and Holly will continue to teach the puppies valuable social skills through play and interaction that we as humans wouldn't be able to do for obvious reasons! All of the puppies have a sweet and gentle demeanour, and they are adapting easily to all the new changes!
The puppies are eating approximately 1/3 of a cup of softened kibbles and canned food 3 times per day (morning, afternoon, and evening). And this is the amount that they will be eating when they go home at 8 weeks.
This week, we will be starting to work on teaching the puppies to sit! We do this in order to give our puppies a solid base on looking to humans for direction and we use positive reinforcement which means that we reward with verbal praise and a treat (their food) when they sit down. We keep the training sessions short because of their young age and limit them to about 1-2 minutes in length to keep it fun and positive for the puppies!
The puppies have already been practising their "sit" without you even knowing about it during their photo session! They already have the concept down pat, we just need to add the verbal cue -- see them sitting like little Princesses in a row: