It's All About the Eyelashes

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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).

King Lynus

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!

 Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze

Happy Halloween!

 

Mossy Oak & Blue Moon

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.

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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?

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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.

  Moon’s StarWars Crew from May, 4, 2017

Moon’s StarWars Crew from May, 4, 2017

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.

  Little Goldie on the end

Little Goldie on the end

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!

Well done.

Puppies have all traveled home!

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.

Zodiac Puppies 4 Weeks Old

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!

 This sweet champagne girl is Aries ~ she is AVAILABLE!

This sweet champagne girl is Aries ~ she is AVAILABLE!

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!

 Here's Miss Virgo ~ she is AVAILABLE!

Here's Miss Virgo ~ she is AVAILABLE!

The Planets Have Aligned

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!

 How many do you see?

How many do you see?

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.

As Wonders Depart...Little Fish Arrive

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Safe Travels

Stormy's Wonders

We are saying good-bye to Stormy's wonders this week. So many have asked us how we can part with our puppies after the time we spend with them. The answer is simple, we have amazing parents and families that we have been blessed to work with and become part of our extended family.

Whenever we decide to have a family reunion we will need a lot of sandwiches!

Sunday evening proved to be a grand event as Tula delivered her 7 little fish. Seven seems to be the magic number this year! Momma and puppies are all doing well. We absolutely love the colors Tula has delivered.

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Beautiful Momma Tula

All 7 of her little Fish are reserved.

Introducing the 7 Wonders to Water

Finally a beautiful warm, sunny day. Joel always has something new to introduce to puppies and today it was...The CaveInn Water Slide.

Everyone did such a good job. The water was a little cool, but they all navigated the way down the slide with a little help from Coach Joel. They are 4 weeks old and before we know it parents will be taking them home!

Spring Storms

Miss Stormy began our spring babies on April 13th. The puppies are now 4 weeks old and growing like like the dandelions in our yard! By the time these little ones make their way to their homes, Tula will be delivering her puppies!

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 Just a couple days before Stormy delivered her puppies we brought home our long awaited new white boy, Lynus. Now he was from the South and the day after he arrived in Iowa we had a major snow storm! Before April was finished with us we had another even bigger snow storm. Lynus has adjusted to his new Midwestern life very well!

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The latest news this week is that chocolate girl, Billi is in heat. We will be pairing her with Cave next week and hope to have rainbow of beautiful puppies in July!

Always an adventure here at the CaveInn!

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!