Welcome Spring

The winter here has been a blur for us. Although the weather has been quite mild, and all Labs and puppies are doing wonderful, we have been grieving the loss of my mom. Sometimes, it's necessary to just be still and thankful for all our blessings. Mom was 91 and even though she earned her angel wings a long time ago, on January 12 she was able to finally use them to fly.


We welcomed our first puppies of 2018 with Mossy delivering 9 perfect babies the thirs week of January. Everyone is home and learning all new things with their families. One of our families now have 2 Mossy babies. Pictured below are Shadow and Josie settling in nicely. Shadow is the big brother and has been gentle with his little sis. Josie seems to be the more rambunctious one of the two!


Over and over we are thankful that we have been able to meet amazing families. Thank you, all for sharing your lives with us and becoming part of our extended family!


Billi's Elves

Just after enjoying a Thanksgiving, Billi delivered her 8 beautiful puppies. As expected, she brought many shades of yellow, black, and charcoal to the CaveInn. They are already 3 weeks old and this is the first blog post I have been able to write.


It's a busy time of year when families are gathering, people are traveling, shopping or toasting to the season. We have been celebrating life in many ways. As often as I mention our puppy parents and families and how incredibly blessed we are, I just can't say express enough how much we love our extended fur family.

I'm overwhelmed by the updates and the holiday greetings from so many. Thank you for being part of our journey and part of our family!

Merry Christmas to all!

A Fall Storm

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The autumnal equinox brought in Stormy and Cave's puppies. Stormy delivered 10 big babies Friday the 21st. All kids and Momma are doing well. We visit Dr. Keller tomorrow to remove dew claws.

We will have a few charcoal puppies available. It looks as thought the entire litter is charcoal. Although it is a bit early to tell. Sometimes there is very little difference between light charcoal and dark silver. In any case we will have a few females available!


Welcome Fall Storm

There are 6 females and 4 males.

There are 2 females & 1 male available!

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.


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