The past 3 weeks has been full of puppy squeaks and lots of care for our Mommas and babies. Enjoy this photo recap and watch for additional updates to come very soon!
When we chose our names for Billi’s litter we didn’t realize there actually is a show called “Southern Charm”. I guess we don’t watch BravoTV very often.
Billi had her puppies Saturday. How odd we have had 2 daytime deliveries. We are thankful for this as the last few days before delivery can be unsettling for all. She had an uneventful labor and delivery. For this we are always very thankful.
We will be have a few puppies available from both litters. When we hear from all our parents with reservations about their preferences, we can post what is available!
Our first Spring puppies have arrived! Stormy delivered 8 big healthy puppies today. I think it must have been the super moon that prompted her to go into labor. Of course, it could have been that today was her due date. She had 4 boys and 4 girls. Simply fantastic!
All puppies were over a pound and all are nursing quite well. Stormy is settling in and ready for a nice quiet night loving her puppies. This may just be the beginning of the storm this weekend. Billi is also due any day with her puppies.
Busy time, it must finally be Spring!
The first part of 2019 has been a busy breeding time at the CaveInn. Stormy, Billi, and Moon are settling into the 2nd half of their pregnancies without incident. I’m such a worrier and watch each girl every day eat, drink and poop - yes, poop! You can tell a lot about a dog by their poop. Truly, I’m not crazy, just a helicopter dog Mom.
Stormy is the first girl due about March 21. We expect her to deliver charcoal and silver puppies and also expect this crew to all be spoken for. We are so excited for our parents waiting for the arrival of their new puppy!
The winter weather has been challenging with more snow and blizzards than we’ve seen in many years. The kids love the snow, but time outside in -30 degrees is limiting at best. You might say the troops are getting restless! Here we are into March when our temps should be in the 30’s and there’s another winter storm due to pass through this weekend.
We are very fortunate to have numerous large areas to allow the kids to play ball inside and get plenty of time to burn off energy. Nothing is as good as the outdoors, but at 25 below floor heat is pretty darn nice!
Around the holidays we are thrilled with all the fun photos we get from parents. Labs love the holidays!
Halloween is just days away and Moon’s little leaves are ready for trick or treating! They tried on their pumpkin costumes and today practiced “the look” that usually works for food.
The white puppies always intrigue me with their beautiful eyelashes and dark eyes and nose. The new kid on the CaveInn block, King Lynus, is maturing into quite a stunning young man. It won’t be long before his final testing is complete and we will be planning for more white puppies.
Lynus is developing his own style and royal presence among a pretty impressive group of adult Labs. He gets along with everyone. Gunther has taken Lynus under his wing and seems to be showing him the ropes as he matures.
Cave is most interested in hangin’ with his dad, Robin. Every day we have with our elder Labs is a blessing. Robin has set a great example for Cave to follow in his paw prints.
Miss Breeze is ready to enter our CaveInn breeding program this next year. We are so pleased with her maturity and she certainly has the best of both mom and dad (Moon & Cave).
Should Lynus be her partner in 2019, we will look forward to stunning white and yellow puppies! It will be a rebuilding year as new Labs will enter and many will retire. We’ve never felt the passage of time as much as we have this year. The future is exciting and will be filled with more improvements and color!
Mossy and Moon arrived at the CaveInn together in mid-October when they were just 8 weeks old. Here we go headed into the colder months and raising 2 puppies. These two were quite the pair and continue today to be best of friends.
Moon has always been the spirited one, always curious. Mossy has been our big bear with a heart of gold. Their birthdays are just a day apart and have recently turned 6. This is really about the time we retire our girls from raising puppies and begin a leisure life, or move on to complete a new family all their own.
Mossy was bred with Cave one last time and things seemed to be progressing normally with a nice belly and developing as we would expect.
This is where I need to say that breeding is not for the faint of heart.
Mossy began spotting. She was acting very normal, but this was not normal. Off to the vet we go and after a few tests and xrays we left with medicine and instructions to keep her quiet and a close eye on her. The xray did confirmed her pregnancy, but there was concern about her being able to carry to term. We were ready for anything. It was a pretty quiet week and we returned the next week for more xrays. This confirmed that she had miscarried. But how? Why?
I think this is as much of a mystery for canines as for humans. At this point Mossy’s milk had come in and she was physically ready for puppies. We cried together as we helped her through the weeks that followed. We were fortunate there was no crisis with Mossy and she has indeed recovered nicely. She is still sleeping between us and ends up with her head on my pillow most nights. That’s okay, well done our majestic Mossy. Her puppies are her legacy and we will treasure every update we receive.
Moon was also bred with Cave and due just days after Mossy. Her xray revealed what looked like 5 puppies. All was good and she began labor right on her due date. This was a longer labor for Moon, but she did deliver 5 beautiful white babies. Her very first puppy was one of the smallest ever born here.
This was reminiscent of her litter in May of 2017. There was one puppy born very small yet was actively nursing and we had hope she would survive.
This sweet little one did not survive. I was with her and Moon as she faded away. One of the toughest days for me.
So here we were with yet another very small girl. She gained a little weight which was encouraging and was nursing well. On day 3 I decided to begin sponge feeding her goats milk, I went to get the supplies I needed and when I returned to the nursery, she was gone. We had named her Goldie and we were going to do all we could to help her thrive.
Moon was a bit out of sorts. We let Goldie stay with her for a little while hoping this may help her cope. Moon is an amazing Lab and momma. I stayed close by her in the nursery all this week and I’m happy to say she’s back to her spirited self. We went for a nice walk today and she enjoyed getting out to stretch her legs. She is smiling again and loving on her 4 little leaves as they nurse and are getting very round.
Moon will be retired in 2019.
Time just seems to slip away. These two beautiful. loyal girls will always have a part of our hearts and have given many parents happy, healthy puppies!
The Zodiac puppies are over 5 weeks old and looking forward to vaccinations and microchips coming up soon! They are completely on solid food and playing like crazy with toys and each other.
The Zodiacs have all traveled home. What a joy these colorful kids have been at the CaveInn.
It's raining here today but the humidity and temperature is more comfortable than it has been lately. Billi's little ones have met most of their families and enjoyed lots of activity. This week they will transition to solid food and by the weekend will be introduced to the pool and maybe the water slide!
There is just one final choice that will be made between the two black boys. We do know that we have Miss Aries (champagne female) and Miss Virgo (black female) along with one of the black boys available!
Billi's puppies have arrived! Before the night was done on July 23, Billi had delivered 10 very colorful, healthy puppies. There are 5 males and 5 females! Good job Billi!
The last week of pregnancy, we have Dr Keller xray our expectant Mommas to get as close an idea as we can what to expect during delivery. We knew there were for sure 8 and in my over zealous numbering I imagined there to be 10. I truly thought I was being a bit creative with my numbering, but when #10 was delivered we were thrilled!
Billi is doing great and puppies are all gaining weight. Caring for 10 is a big job and we are very attentive to Billi yet still giving her space to nurse and love on her beautiful puppies.
We do expect to have a few puppies available from this litter at this time! There are 2 black boys, 1 black girl and 1 yellow girl available.