~ 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:
The puppies were bathed again for today's photos as they get messy faces while diving into their food bowl, and while it is adorable -- it doesn't make for very Princess-like photos!
We also dewormed the puppies today for their final at-home deworming (their 8 week deworming will be given at the vet), and their weights are as follows:
2 lbs 11.5 oz (1.23 kg)
2 lbs 10.5 oz (1.20 kg)
2 lbs 10.5 oz (1.20 kg)
We have scheduled the puppies vet appointment for Thursday, August 20th where the puppies will receive a full health examination, their first shot, and they will be dewormed by our vet. We will post an update in the late afternoon on August 20th after the puppies vet appointment to let you know how the puppies did at the appointment as well as their 8 week old update with photos! It's over an hour drive (one way) to our vet's clinic and so we will also be able to assess whether or not any of the puppies are prone to car sickness.
Now is the time to confirm with us what day and time you would like to pick up your Princess! Because of the need to social distance between families arriving to pick up their puppies we will need to schedule families to arrive a half an hour apart. The 11:00 AM time slot on Saturday the 22nd has been secured by the Graham Family and so the next time slot would be 11:30 AM that day.
We will end this update with a few more candid photos of the puppies:
Joining the Houghton Family with her big brothers Wally and Casper!
Joining the Lewicki Family with their
two very excited children!
Joining the Graham Family who was
enamoured by her sweet nature!
4.5 week "extra" bonus update:
We captured a bit more video of the puppies playing, and of course, had to share it with you! Can't wait for the families on the list to meet these precious darlings!
We have moved the princesses to a slightly larger puppy area and we wanted to highlight what we did as there is a pretty good potty training lesson involved that can be applied when you take one of these princesses home in a few weeks! You can see their new area here in the photos below where we show their previous smaller pen and pee-pad alongside their new larger area:
When we upgraded the puppy pen in size, we also added a larger pee-pad, which takes up a good portion of the pen and sort of defeats the purpose of expanding. Why would we do this? It does take up more space initially, but the rule of thumb for successful potty training is to always increase the size of a pee-pad for 3-5 days for any of the following scenarios:
-- a puppy is moved to a new location (whether in a new location/home or simply in a new room in your home)
-- a puppy's pen in changed either in size or in type (a change in the pen can temporarily confuse a puppy)
-- if a puppy starts having accidents, make the pad area larger by either decreasing the size of the pen to go back-to-basics or increase the pee-pad area in size within the larger pen. (either option serves the same purpose)
And remember, the use of the pee-pads is meant to be a tool for you to use as a "back-up system" to going outside and is only meant to be temporary. It's for the times like now when the puppies are too little to be outside often, and for when you take them home and you're busy on the phone, making dinner, etc. and can't watch your puppy for a short period of time. We will get the puppies started on going potty outside around the 5-6 week mark by allowing them to have some playtime outside, and we recommend that you start off by establishing a good outdoor potty routine with your puppy right from the beginning. Here is a good article on establishing puppy routines:
It should also be noted that giving your puppy too much freedom in the beginning stages can also lead to poor potty habits. You don't want to let your puppy free-run in your home -- it's far better to have a puppy pen area set up in your home where you will have quick access to take your puppy outside as needed and to only allow your puppy to explore when you are right there in the room to watch!
One other thing to mention is that whenever we change the pee-pads and replace them with a clean pad(s) we first wipe the soiled pad on the new clean pad to transfer some of the scents from previous bathroom habits which allows puppies to smell where they have gone before and will further add to your puppy's success in using the pads!
We look forward to Skyping and visiting with the families this week and weekend!
Here is the video that you all have been awaiting:
The princesses have turned 4 weeks old and they are delightful little darlings! As you already know from the 3 week bonus update -- they have been introduced to a lot of new things in recent days. Firstly, their change of environment from their whelping box in the Nursery to our living room, and what you may not think about is all the extra visual, auditory, sensory, and social stimuli:
-- the puppies can see all the activity from both two and four-legged varieties at Pleasant Meadows, which includes socialization with different people handling them and our other dogs.
-- the puppies can hear all of the comings and goings, as well as, normal household sounds like conversation, television, preparing meals, washer/dryer buzzer, and so much more!
-- the puppies are old enough to have a rotation of toys for mental and physical stimulation, and this also includes different sensory textures and colours.
That's just a small portion of what goes on for our puppies -- we also play many different recordings like train whistles, thunderstorms, fireworks, traffic noise, and more! Plus out-of-the-ordinary things like opening and closing an umbrella, flapping a blanket, etc.
They have also been introduced to the pee-pad, and we are happy to report that the puppies are using it 100 % at this stage, which is beyond phenomenal! We will be giving them a larger pen space in the next day or two and will be working on a video that will get sent out as a bonus update!
We introduced the puppies to a mini grooming session before their photos were taken and they all were relaxed and placid for the procedure. They were wiped down with puppy wipes, brushed, and had their nails trimmed.
We weighed the puppies today for their 4 week deworming and their weights are as follows:
Butterscotch Girl #1
2.3 pounds (1.04 kg)
Sable Phantom Girl
2.2 pounds (1.00 kg)
Butterscotch Girl #2
2.3 pounds (1.04 kg)
The puppies are eating a good amount of solid food. Holly is still nursing the puppies several times per day and throughout the night, but they are still consuming 3 full meals of goats milk, canned food, and kibbles that have been softened in water. Not all puppies take to food as readily as these girls have, and so that has been a nice little blessing!
It is amazing how close these girls are in their weights and I guess that shows just how much they love their food (and their mom!).
We are thrilled with the emerging temperaments that can be seen in each of the puppies! And we are amazed at the clear differences that we can see in them! Within this litter there is what we feel, from past puppy matching experience, a perfect temperament and energy level for each of the three families on this list based on their applications.
The Sable Phantom Girl is middle of the pack and would be best suited for a family with other dogs as companions as she is "pack orientated" and gains her confidence from others around her.
The Butterscotch Girl #1 is confident and playful and would be nicely suited to a family with younger children for her energy, but also we often will recommend pairing a confident puppy with smaller children as they won't be as startled by their excitable nature.
The Butterscotch Girl #2 is sweet and composed and would be nicely suited to a family with slightly older children as even though she is just as playful, we class this temperament as "thinkers" and puppies with this quieter nature like to process what's happening before jumping into the situation or activity.
These are our observations at this stage and we will go into more details with you at the 5-week choosing!
We'll end this update with a reminder that we will do a video soon!
Holly's puppies turned 3 weeks old this past Thursday and we are posting a bonus update to let the families on the list know that we have moved them into our living room this evening just before supper! It is about a week earlier than we normally move litters from their whelping box in the nursery to experience the activities and sights of our household, but a move this early on is reserved for our most advanced litters who adjust well to change. The puppies were also at the stage where they were ready to crawl out of the whelping box and they are walking sufficiently to learn to use the pee-pad!
In the photos below, you can see the puppies new pen area in our living room. They will be using their natural instincts to use the pee-pad on one side of the pen and eat, play, and sleep on the other side (with all the toys). The smaller size of the pen aids in allowing them to use this instinct successfully and once the concept is grasped we will enlarge their play area.
Here is a little video to capture the puppies in their first moments in their new pen in our living room! They were amazingly calm and looked around with curiosity as Holly looked on proudly and our other dogs said "hello" to the new additions! Their little squeaks of excitement can be heard, but they were still true to their princess nature and were very happy when Holly joined them in their new pen for a comforting nursing session.
Last but not least, here are some photos of the adorable princesses as they settled down in the new pen for a nap (see the last photo). CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE!