Mrs. Santa Paws

What a fun trip to Seattle!!  A couple of days before Christmas, I went on a little road trip and delivered 9 puppies to happy families for early Christmas presents!  It’s always such a joy to meet everyone in person and the puppies did a great job traveling!  I hope this becomes a yearly tradition!

 

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Congratulations Bill and mother!

 

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Congratulations to my friend Jennifer.  I delivered this puppy for her!

 

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Congratulations Michelle and family!  This is their second Silver Paw Shichon puppy!

 

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Congratulations Susan and family!

 

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Congratulations Margie and family!

 

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Congratulations Patricia and family!

 

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Congratulations Colleen and family!  This puppy shipped to New Hampshire!

 

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Congratulations Karen and family!  This puppy shipped to Pennsylvania and this is their second Silver Paw Cavachon puppy!

 

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Congratulations Elaina and family!  Their friend picked up their pup while they were still on vacation before Christmas!

I’m sorry this is a week late to post.  After this trip, I’ve been flat on my back in bed until yesterday.  Today is the first day I finally have some energy to get things done!  Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year too!

Christmas Puppies!!

Things have been hoppin here getting ready for the big delivery on Thursday.  We are heading to Seattle with 7-9 puppies!  I am really excited for the new families as the puppies are going to be wonderful additions to their households!

We still have a handful of puppies that are available for Christmas!  Contact us quick if you still want a puppy for Christmas.  It’s getting tricky now with shipping, but we might be able to squeeze something in.  Otherwise, we can always ship the day after Christmas!

The following puppies are still available to new homes:

3 Bichon Frise males…these boys are just to die for gorgeous, playful, loving, cuddly, and sweet!  They are using their UGO pretty well and just have the most delightful personalities!

2 Shichon males…these boys are really doing well with their UGO!  They’ve gone 48 hours with no misses, except for one little pee.  They are bouncy, playful, love to be held, and love getting our attention!

1 Cavachon female…maybe, I should know by tomorrow if there is one female available, or if they are all sold.

2 Cavachon males…it looks like Bobby & Peter are still available for adoption from Lilly’s Cavachon litter.  Just really nice puppies, going to be small in the 12-15 lb range, and playful and sweet!

There is still time to get one of these bundles of fur for Christmas, but you have to act fast!  Of course, they will be available after the holidays as well!  Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to add one of these puppies to your family! 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Sneak Peek at the Young Puppies

The nursery is clean and quiet. All the puppies are sleeping and mamas are taking care of them. So sweet!

Raven’s Cavachon Puppies

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Laeci and her Malshi Puppies

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Pearlie Girl and her Shichon Puppies

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Mollychon’s Maltichon Puppies

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Aspen’s Cavachon Puppies

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Let me know if you see anything that you like. Official photos of each puppy coming soon!

Ava is 4 Weeks Old!

New photo of Ava on the Lucy & Skippy Litter page.  Find it by clicking on “Available Puppies”, and then clicking on the link for Lucy’s litter.  She is 4 weeks old today, got a bath, nails trimmed, bottom trimmed, and a new photo taken!  There is a video coming as well!

Shipping & Delivery

There are basically three ways you can get your Silver Paw Puppy.

You can come to our home, meet us with your vehicle, or have your puppy shipped, which can include the puppy shipping in cargo, or you flying with the puppy in the cabin.

 

COMING TO OUR HOME

We love when people pick up their puppy in person! We are happy to have visitors if you are willing to brave the drive out to our place! We are 320 miles from Seattle and 80 miles from Spokane! We live in the top northeast corner of Washington state, in the wilderness.

Your vehicle needs to be ready for our 2 ½ miles of gravel road in the summer, or chain worthy snow and ice in the winter! If you are coming from the Seattle area, you should plan to make it a road trip, with an overnight stay in Spokane. The next day, you can come out to our place, pick up your puppy, and make your way home. You should be well prepared for traveling with your puppy in your vehicle.

 

TRAVELING WITH YOUR PUPPY IN THE CAR

We have met many people on the road to deliver their puppy. We often will meet Seattle families in Moses Lake, and we have met people all along the route from WA to our family in California. If you plan to travel with your puppy in the car, you should be prepared with a few things.

First, you will want to have a travel crate. When we travel with the puppies, they are always in a crate. You will want to put something absorbant in the crate for the trip. This can be shredded newspaper, a potty pad, a towel, or a dog bed. Plan to have at least 1-2 fresh changes of bedding, depending on how long your trip is. You mostly want something that is easy to clean or replace if your puppy does have an accident in the crate.

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Molly

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Winston

I flew with Molly and Winston to CA, and met their new families at a local Arco Station. They were both prepared with a crate for their drives home.

Ideally, you will bring your UGODOG and set it up in the back of your vehicle or in the trunk. Your puppy will most likely let you know if he needs to potty, and you can quickly pull over, take him out of the crate, and set him on the UGODOG litter box.

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I delivered these two puppies locally. I brought a UGODOG Litter Box and set it up in the back of my vehicle for them.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOU CANNOT LET YOUR PUPPY DOWN ON THE GROUND ON YOUR WAY HOME.

If he is less than 13 weeks old, he has not had all of his shots and he is NOT SAFE from puppy diseases. We do not want your puppy to pick up anything on his trip home, so he must eliminate inside of your vehicle. Having the UGODOG Litter Box will make this process the easiest because your puppy is familiar with this as his toilet. If you do not have a UGODOG, then you must have some potty pads for this purpose.

You will also want to have some baby wipes, paper towels, an extra bath towel, and a water dish for your puppy. We like having a small stainless steel crate cup attached inside the door of the crate. This is very handy for traveling as you can use it for food or water. We usually don’t recommend that you feed your puppy until you get home, but you can offer him a small drink of water.

 

HAVING YOUR PUPPY SHIPPED

We use Alaska Airlines to ship your puppy.

Please check the Alaska Airlines Destinations Page to let us know which airport is closest to your home. Most of the puppies will ship out of Spokane, WA, and route through Seattle, WA, and on to their final destination. For some puppies going to the East Coast, we are unable to make the connection in Seattle, and this requires us to drive to Seattle with your puppy. In a very few cases, we will consider using a different airline if the Alaska Airlines Destination is more than 3 hours from your home. We will discuss these details when appropriate. We have found Alaska Airlines to be safe and reliable, and competetively priced.

Your puppy will come in a Petmate Travel Crate that is bolted on each corner. There will be a very small food/water dish attached to the inside of the crate door. The puppy will travel on shredded paper and will have a small fleece throw with the smells of home to snuggle in. You will want to bring something to put inside the crate once your puppy arrives. He may have eliminated in the paper and you will want to clean that out before driving home. Remember to hold the puppy and do not put him down on the ground at the airport, or anywhere else while you freshen up his crate.

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A well marked crate with bolts and zip ties for extra safety.

On the top of the crate, you will find a ziplock bag taped with packing tape. This will have your puppy’s food and the Lupine Collar & Leash. There will also be a large envelope taped to the outside of the crate which will have your puppy’s Health Certificate, Shot Record, and any other paperwork, including paperwork from Alaska Airlines.

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Dropping off my puppy in Spokane

The puppies have to be checked in at the airport two hours prior to the plane taking off. They are checked by TSA and then loaded onto the airplane shortly before it takes off. Alaska Airlines has a special cargo hold for the animals. This space is heated or cooled the same as the passenger cabin, the only difference is that once the doors are closed, there are no lights on.

Here is a video I took while traveling with two puppies. This was during our transfer in Portland. I thought things went very smoothly getting them off the plane!

Once your puppy has landed, it will usually take 30 minutes to 1 hour to get him off the plane. Depending on the airport, you may pick up your puppy at the ticket counter, or more likely, you will be picking him up at the cargo facility for Alaska Airlines. You will have already received the Airway Bill Number, and the telephone number to call to get details about picking up your puppy. They will require a photo I.D. and the Airway Bill Number before they will release the puppy to you.

You can take your puppy out of the crate to freshen it up, give him hugs, and receive his puppy kisses!

These are puppies that I purchased and picked up in Spokane. They were happy when they arrived, tails wagging, bodies wiggling!

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TRAVELING WITH YOUR PUPPY IN THE CABIN

We have had several families that chose to fly into Spokane so their puppy could ride back with them in the cabin. We are happy to meet you at the airport to make this happen. It is often a two day adventure, flying in one day, staying in a local hotel, and then flying back the next day with the puppy. In some cases, families have been able to do both legs of the trip on the same day.

You should make arrangements with your airlines to have a pet in the cabin. There is a fee for this service. Your puppy will need to be in a soft sided crate that will fit under the seat in front of you. You will want to have a potty pad inside the crate in case your puppy needs to eliminate during the trip. They will not allow you to take the puppy out of the crate while on the airplane.

I have flown with puppies in the cabin several times and it has always gone smoothly. They generally curl up and sleep the entire trip until the plane lands. This usually wakes the puppy up, and he will need to go potty. This is the toughest part of the trip because you will not be able to let him out of his carrier. He may be noisy until he finally does his business. You will want to have extra potty pads and baby wipes to clean up any messes. It’s handy to bring a plastic grocery bag for quick disposal as well. You should have a UGODOG in your vehicle for your drive home, and refer to the section above about driving with your puppy.

The Litter Box

 

THE LITTER BOX

We are happy to tell you that we get your puppy started on litter box training. We use the UGODOG indoor dog potty to train our puppies. We have tried several different potty systems, and for our needs, the UGODOG works the best. Your eight week old puppy is young enough to be molded with any potty training plan that you would like, but we encourage you to continue with what has been started, at least until your puppy is mature enough to make it outside.

 

THE TRAINING

We follow a precise schedule that involves reaching certain milestones during the litter box training process. We begin with a “Beginner Setup”.

During this stage, your puppy will begin to toddle off the bed and use the litter box. He is simply following his natural instinct to not soil his “den”, and it’s so exciting to watch their first steps as they navigate over the lip of the crate .

 

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As your puppy successfully completes each stage of the litter box training process, they are given more freedom until they are reliable in the “Advanced Setup”.

 

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For the best results with your new puppy, we want you to duplicate the above photo in your own home. Your puppy does not have full bladder maturity, so when he feels the need to go, he needs to find a place very quickly. You may wonder if you really need to get the litter box for your puppy. At eight weeks the puppies are just to young and taking away their litter box is like trying to potty train a 1 year old to the toilet and eliminating their diaper. The one year old is just not quite ready, even if they can do it sometimes. Your puppy is the same way. You *might* notice his need, and get him outside quick enough, but why take that chance? Eight week old, small breed puppies simply aren’t ready and don’t have the physical maturity bladder-wise to hold it long enough to get outside. We recommend having a litter box in your puppy’s “puppy zone” so he doesn’t have to go very far, or wait very long to relieve himself.

 

THE PUPPY ZONE

Besides giving your puppy a familiar setup, the “puppy zone” that you create in your own home will be a safe space for your puppy. You will want to set up this “puppy zone” on a surface in your home that is easy to clean. We recommend a simple metal exercize pen, that will form a 4 x 4 ft area. You’ll need one that is at least 3 ft high, as the puppies, and especially the Cavachon puppies will get over a 2 ft x-pen in no time!! Your puppy will spend his time in the “puppy zone” when you are not actively interacting with him. This is his safe space, safe from items in the house that could be harmful, like chewing electric cords, and safe from having accidents on the carpet or any other place in the house that is not his designated potty spot.

In the “puppy zone”, your puppy will have everything he needs…his crate, his bed, his UGODOG, his food & water dishes, and all his wonderful toys that squeak, and bounce, and tug, and snuggle.

 

USE THE UGODOG FOR THE LIFE OF YOUR DOG

You may be wondering if your puppy will think going potty indoors is what he’s supposed to do. In the beginning, it will be where he does his potty business, but you can begin to transition your puppy to outdoor training around 12 weeks of age. Your puppy is maturing and from 12-16 weeks, the bladder control is really beginning to develop more fully, and you will find that your puppy is able to hold it for longer periods of time.

If you live where an outdoor dog potty is inconvenient to get to, you can train your puppy to use the UGODOG outside as well. If you purchase the double UGODOG, which is essentially two units with a clear connector, you can use one indoors and one outdoors in the early weeks of training. When your puppy is older and can go outdoors to potty, you can take him to his 2nd UGODOG outside and he will have something familiar to eliminate on. Eventually, you will simply use both units outdoors with the clear connector, creating a doggie toilet, that can be used for the life of the dog.

This is especially convenient for those living in an upstairs apartment with a small outdoor porch, or for families that simply don’t want to have to pick up dog poop in the yard. It could also be used indoors if you would like to have an indoor trained dog, in an RV, or on a boat. If you always take your puppy to the UGODOG outside, he will learn that this is his spot to potty.