Summer Puppies

This year has been quite unusual for us at the CaveInn. All our girls blessed us with beautiful puppies that have grown and moved on to their families. We have welcomed a new girl to our pack, one of Moon's Stars, we have named "CaveInn's Summer Breeze".

Miss Summer Breeze - 3 weeks old

Miss Summer Breeze - 3 weeks old

For the first time in a year, we are accepting reservations for our Fall puppies! We are planning for silver and charcoal with Stormy & Cave and all colors with Billi & Cave. These girls should deliver a month or more apart making things a bit less hectic here. 

Enjoy this gallery of Summer puppies and watch for some beautiful Fall colors!

Moon's Star Wars Crew

With you, the 4th may be.

And so it was, May 4th! This is the first all white/yellow litter we have welcomed to the CaveInn. All 9 puppies were born by 10:30 that Star Wars evening. 

I had planned to post to our puppy blog about Moon’s Star Wars crew the day after they were born, but was delayed by a bit of emotion. Moon is doing great and, as always, is a wonderful Mom. There were 9 originally born and among them was a very, very tiny girl we affectionately named R-2. We intentionally left D-2 off thinking we'd add that when she grew a bit.  You can see her little head peeking out in this first family photo.

Saturday, our little R-2 went silent. We knew she was under developed but our vet felt there was a good chance for her to come around. I stayed with Moon constantly to keep the tiny one trying to nurse. She was a little fighter, but nature took its course. I watched as she took her last breath and Moon rested her head on the little one for comfort. I did my best to comfort Moon, but I’m afraid my tears got in the way.

Moon handled the situation so much better than I did. I think dogs are more accepting (and open) to the natural way of life, while we try to control things that are not up to us. Every experience has the potential to teach us something and I learned that I am not faint-of-heart, but have a very full heart. Even through tears, I do trust nature.

Our crab apple trees are blooming and it has been a beautiful last few day here. We had a nice little bonfire Saturday night to celebrate life and toast to all that is right.


So, here’s to Moon’s beautiful puppies. These precious puppies will grow up healthy and happy in special homes across the states (and one here with us) for years to come.

Cheers!

Billi and Cave's Gangsters

Spring is definitely in high gear at the CaveInn. Billi was right on her due date delivering her colorful puppies. We did expect just about exactly what she delivered. The exception was the beautiful fox red yellow puppies she has blessed us with.

As their eyes begin to open and the world becomes more than just what they can smell, they are on the move, walking and discovering one another. It all seems to happen so quickly!

There are a few boys available from this Gangster bunch!

2 charcoals, 1 silver and 1 chocolate not yet reserved.

Stormy Meets Gus

It's a new year and new possibilities for beautiful CaveInn Labradors. Stormy is the first female to come into heat this year. We are very excited to see her puppies about March 11. One of our Labs, owned by John & Carolyn, came to visit this past week. Gus, is a Robin and Tula puppy (also brother to #GoWheezer) that is now part of our team. Gus is the sire of our first litter in 2017.

Gus settled into the CaveInn quite nicely. He and Stormy became acquainted and breeding went very well. The two newbies now begin another chapter in their Labrador adventure.

The best way to describe Gus is...he is just like Robin! Gus has grown into a very handsome, well behaved young Lab. Of course we must give much credit to his dad, John. It was a tough week for John as he said, "There hasn't been more than a couple hours that I have been apart from Gus since he came home to us."

“There hasn’t been more than a couple hours that I have been apart from Gus since he came home to us.” - John

Gus is the first to step into his dad's paws and what a gift it is to have him visit and sire for Stormy.

Now the 60 day wait begins. In a few weeks we should be able to begin to see signs of pregnancy with Stormy. She is a very stout, strong girl with a serious face and sweet attitude.

Robin's Finale

This post is a week later than I would normally write when new puppies are born at the CaveInn. Tula delivered her babies late Christmas night. Two boys blessed the nursery that night, one black and one yellow. Everyone is very healthy and this is the most important factor for us beyond quantity and color.

Our parents completely understand this, but we still know that emotions can overcome us when we are anticipating a newborn puppy. Especially a Christmas puppy! Before I began to share the news about our little ones, I wanted to be certain that we visited with all parents that hoped for a Tula and Robin puppy. We know we have special families when, although disappointed, they look forward to the next litter. Just as we do!

We tell parents when they are looking for a breeder that doing your research is important, and we are not the right fit for everyone. Our best practices consider what is best for our Labs, first and foremost. I read an article today posted by our friends at Simply Behaviour Dog Training that inspired me and really struck a chord. The article titled "A Designer Dog-Maker Regrets His Creation" is an interview with Wally Conron, the man credited with creating the Labradoodle. (A good read by the way.)

What does this have to do with Tula's little ones and CaveInn Labradors?

We are not always going to have the perfect color or gender at the exact time that puppy buyers are looking. Sometimes it isn't even close! But we always know that the right puppy at the right time will be there for the puppy parents that become part of our extended family.

This year we have retired one of our finest, Boy Wonder "Robin". Watching our Labs age is no different (to us) than watching our children grow up or our parents in advanced stages of dementia. We make the best decisions with the level of awareness we have at the time. Basing our future on health testing and the best of temperaments. We adore all colors of Labradors. Our dilute puppies have some of the best improvements we can offer and are far from the "designer" series of dilute puppies that you will find in abundance.

 

Boy Wonder "Robin"

Boy Wonder "Robin"

So we move forward and enjoy our time with these special family members that are not with us long enough. Robin will continue visiting nursing homes with me regularly and making a difference to those we cannot always reach with words.

From our home to yours, our wishes for a healthy and Happy New Year.

All is calm...all is bright

These past few weeks we have watched puppies grow and learn so much. Moon's babies are using the potty tray nearly 95% of the time and Mossy's little one (now 3 weeks old) has begun socializing with the big kids. Everyone is getting along great.

Our first snowfall has been a blast for all the adults and they have spent a lot of time romping around the white drifts. Looks like we will be enjoying a very white Christmas. Next week we will be saying goodbye to a few of Moon's puppies as they venture home with their families to celebrate the holidays.

In a week there will only be two of Moon's puppies remaining with us until after the holidays. At that time we will move Mossy's little one in the same den as Moon's two. This will be good for all. We are praying for safe travels for all this holiday season and blessings in the New Year.

Tense Moments

It's been a long couple days here that included a trip to see Dr Keller, X-rays and anxious moments. Mossy was over due and we just weren't seeing any sign of labor. It is only safe to have an expectant Momma be only so overdue before puppies will not survive. With the weekend upon us, it was time to find out what was going on.

Mossy the day before delivery

Mossy the day before delivery

X-rays revealed that Mossy had just one puppy and it was breech. We were very concerned she would not be able to deliver normally. We have only experienced one other singleton but understand how intense delivery can be.

We were down to the last hours before we needed to interfere with the natural process. Mossy proved us all wrong and had an uneventful delivery of a 1.31 lb chocolate female. Both momma and baby are doing well.

Thankful for all our blessings!

Newborn baby girl

Newborn baby girl

Little Spooks Have Arrived

Early Sunday morning Moon delivered her puppies. There are 3 yellow and 2 black and all babies and Momma are doing great!

These first days as puppies adjust to the new world we find them eating or sleeping the majority of the time. Sometimes both at once. Often a puppy will fall asleep while suckling. The Moon babies were all born right about 1 pound or a little more. They are gaining weight very nicely!

Today we are headed to see Dr Keller to remove dew claws and have a well puppy check up. Momma Moon will stay behind as we find this less stressful for her.

Enjoy watching them grow over the next 8 weeks. All of these puppies are reserved.

Ready for Little Spooks

The nursery is ready for little ghosts and goblins any day now. Miss Moon is doing fantastic! Her temperature dropped on Wednesday night then went back up last night. We are guessing that puppies will arrive this weekend. Once her temperature drops again, we will be on our way.

Miss Pidge was tested a second time and we confirmed that she is not expecting. This is actually good because Mossy is going to deliver 2 weeks after Moon. A third litter is a bit much for us.

Our puppy parents are full of anticipation for both Moon and Mossy's puppies. The next couple weeks will be very exciting.

I think we are going to try the new Facebook Live feature to bring followers and parents in to the whelping area as things unfold. We'll see how this goes and hope to capture the precious moments live!

Moon will have black and white babies and Mossy is expected to have black, chocolate, charcoal and silver babies. Tula has also been bred with Robin and could bring in all colors about Christmas Eve.

Stay tuned and be sure to drop in on our Facebook page for the latest news!

Rufus & Roscoe

Social media has allowed us to be part of more lives than ever imaginable. Our message is simple and genuine. We wish to reach new perspective parents looking for their next family member, and stay in touch with our extended fur family.

The joy of celebrating that first birthday with your puppy and the sixth birthday are equally rewarding to us. With permission, these celebrations and even little moments in the lives of our fur families are shared with joy to our followers and friends.

We treasure the glimpses we have of our now adult puppies. The short clip below is of Rufus and Roscoe. These are brothers sired by Robin and Mamma Mossy.

These brothers are part of a Chicago TV station promotion. These boys were sired by our Robin and Mamma Mossy. How fun to see them on the big screen!