A lot has happened here at Silver Paw Cavachons over the Christmas vacation and New Year, some happy news, and some not so happy news.
The happy news is that Abbey, Justyne, and Roxy puppies have been going home during and after the holidays with 4 more scheduled to leave this coming week.
All of our fall litters have been matched except for 2 puppies that I will talk about in another post.
My email is bursting with inquiries, so if I haven’t responded to your email, I will soon. Our waiting list is jam packed and the estimated wait time for a puppy is at least 3-6 months or more. A few changes will be happening here at SPC this year, including a cap on the waiting list. We will only be holding 20 deposits at any one time, so there are just 2 spaces left until puppies are born and people make their selections, opening up more spaces.
As much as we’d love to have all the puppies available to feed the demand, we are also keenly aware of their social needs and too many puppies at one time is overwhelming for us and not good for their socialization needs.
I just took some time to update the list, including the details about color preferences and ideal timeline choices, but please understand that people do change their minds, choose other colors, or accelerate their timeline if they see just the right puppy born and available.
Since I snapped this photo, we have received another deposit from Nancy R., so she is #18.
If your name is on this list and you have had any changes in your timeline or ability to bring a pup home, please do let me know so I can update the list immediately.
Some of you have asked about the upcoming litters, so I’d like to share with you what you can expect this spring/summer.
Because dogs are living creatures, we are at the mercy of nature and sometimes not everything goes as planned. We have experienced some sad events the past few weeks, and the term “when it rains, it pours” has sadly been our experience.
Our first hurdle was with the Abbey litter. But that will actually be my next blog post because it’s a whole story all on its own.
Some of you may remember that Jazzy delivered puppies back in December. We are very sad to let you know that we have lost that litter due to aspirating pneumonia. We unexpectedly found the golden male puppy dead one morning and the next morning the sable/white female was also gone. After speaking with my vet at length, we determined that the probable cause was pneumonia due to the puppies accidentally breathing in milk from the mother dog. We are devestated and hate to have to give this type of news.
Shortly after losing Jazzy’s pups, Paige gave birth to 3 babies. Due to complications during their birth, we lost her litter as well.
We can’t remember a time when we have experienced back to back complications like this, but both experiences were out of our hands and there was very little we could have done to intervene. The sad truth is that things do not always go as planned and nature does not always follow the rules in the book we’d like to write.
This has left us with no new puppies right now, which will delay our ability to provide spring 2016 puppies.
We did have a mating with Chantel, so if all goes well, we should have a new litter born in March and ready to go home in May. Litter size is usually 3-6 pups, so we still won’t make a very big dent in the waiting list.
We have a couple young females that are of breeding age, but we have not seen any activity yet and they have never had puppies before, so we have no timeline to work with to anticipate future litters. If anything develops, I’ll be sure to let you all know.
I’m very sorry to have to share these experiences, but life is not perfect and things go wrong in spite of careful planning and attentive care to details.
We do have a golden female and a solid sable male yet from Abbey’s litter. I will tell their story next!