Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

It was always my dream that my kids would learn to play the piano. It was also my dream that they would take piano lessons from the same teacher as me.

There was one BIG problem. We had moved four hours away from my childhood piano teacher. How would we ever take lessons from her? It seemed impossible.

But I never let go of the dream, and one day I decided I was going to just do it…I would drive 3 1/2 to 4 hours, ONE WAY, so my kids could have music in their lives. I was thrilled when we were not put on the waiting list, but just accepted into the piano studio.

And so the adventure began. My kids were seven, five, and two years old and we became road warriors. We drove from Lindsay, CA, to Loma Linda, CA every Tuesday for four years. Our lessons began at 1pm and no matter if I left at 9am or 9:45am, I would roll into the driveway at 12:55 pm sharp and we would begin our three hours of lessons. I knew the road and distances perfectly to gauge how fast I needed to drive to arrive exactly on time.

I LOVED every minute. At first it was just my oldest two kids, but within six months I was back to taking lessons as well, and I was thriving!

But how does this relate to dogs? Once the piano adventure began, and the reality of the cost of lessons times three people, plus gas for the vehicle every week, I knew I needed to find something I could do to contribute to the family income. As a stay at home mom and homeschooler, I needed something that was home based, and preferably something that could involve the kids.

So I bought my first ShihTzu. That was March of 2003. Within a year I owned 10 ShihTzus and the rest is history. This past March marked 18 years raising dogs and in the midst of that, I raised my three kids as well.

It has been an incredible journey and I still learn new things every single day! I never dreamed I’d be a respected breeder and never knew it would be a lifetime of puppy breath and kisses.

Two days ago, a family that bought a Shichon puppy from us around 2008, reached out and asked if I still raised Shichons (I’ll admit right here that I’ve seriously considered finding a male Shihtzu to add to our program).

We then visited and she shared that her daughter recently found the “Potty Dance” video on YouTube that had featured their little pup, “Band Spot.” I asked her to share the link and when I clicked on it, I was taken to a forgotten YouTube channel (Kplata) with some vintage video clips from Silver Paw Kennels (before we changed the name to Cavachons). I also discovered an absolute gem of a video that I will share below.

Remember how I said we did piano for four years and I took lessons as well? This is a video of my best piano mom friend and me (her three kids took lessons as well) playing a duet together. This was at the height of the adventure, not long before we moved to Washington state.

This video makes me feel so proud and so happy. As parents, we modeled the piano thing, putting in our own hours of practice and teaching our kids how to work hard, and do hard things.

While our performance here is not without a few mistakes, we commanded the ending and had such a great time learning this together. I’m playing the bass part so you can’t really see me, except my long hair and glasses that peek out a few times. My dutiful children were firmly instructed to shoot a good video with my phone, and I’d say they did a great job.

I still love playing piano and if you want to hear some current snippets, I’ve posted a few on my personal Instagram account Grace Without Tears. Dogs and piano will forever be intertwined in my life and I can’t think of one without including the other. I hope you enjoy the music!!

Scarlett Pups Have Been Matched!

We had a successful day today matching the Scarlett litter. Now we will focus on the Pearlie Pups!

Solid Sable Female
Black/Tan Male

I will post their litter form this next week. If you’d like to be considered for these two pups, and you are on our waiting list, you’ll need to fill out the form.

Please take note of your new number on the waiting list. I have removed everyone who was matched to a Scarlett pup, plus a few other families that have moved in a different direction.

Hope you’ve all had a blessed weekend! Here is our painted sky this evening!

Sunday Evening

Update #2 to the Scarlett Call List

I’ve heard from another family who said the timing isn’t best for this litter, so here is the updated call list for tomorrow.

#58 HowardWendy B-Females

#68 Jenn Y-She has been matched to the smallest sable/white male since she was first for the boys.

#81 Ying Y-S/W male with spot, S/W M medium, SS F

#84 Christine D-SS F

#94 Jennifer P-Any S/W M

#101 Vanessa D-Any pup

#109 Claudette C-Any pup

#113 Gent W-Gold F

#115 Mamie B-Any pups

#118 Lisa H-SS F, any S/W M

#120 BrianLynn B-SS F, any S/W M

I don’t know how deep we will get on the list. Can’t wait for tomorrow!!

Kristy 💕😊🐶

Update to the Scarlett Call List

Hey Everyone!

Sunday is coming soon and that is the day I will be matching the Scarlett puppies. I wanted to post an update because we’ve had two families with a change in their plans. Here is the new call list:

(Puppies listed after each name are not what is matched, but instead showing which puppies that particular family likes)

#58 HowardWendy B-Females

#68 Jenn Y-S/W M small, S/W M medium, females

#81 Ying Y-S/W male with spot, S/W M medium, SS F

#84 Christine D-SS F

#94 Jennifer P-Any S/W M

#99 Maryanne M L-S/W M with spot, S/W M small

#101 Vanessa D-Any pup

#109 Claudette C-Any pup

#113 Gent W-Gold F

#115 Mamie B-Any pups

#118 Lisa H-SS F, any S/W M

#120 BrianLynn B-SS F, any S/W M

I will begin calling around 10am Sunday, April 18th. Looking forward to speaking with many of you then!

Kristy 💕😊🐶

Scarlett Litter Call List

Hey Everyone!

I have closed the Scarlett litter and want to share the call list for next Sunday. Here is the order of people who will be called along with their puppy choice favorites. This should give us a guess as to how this litter might be placed.

#51 Kim M-SS F or smallest S/W M

#58 Howard B-Female pup

#68 Jenn Y-S/W M medium, then small, females

#72 Ruhina Taj K-Gold F

#81 Ying Y-S/W M with spot, S/W M, SS F

#84 Christine D-SS F

#94 Jennifer P-Any S/W M

#99 Maryanne M L-S/W M with spot, small S/W M

#101 Vanessa D-Any pup

#109 Claudette C-Any pup

#113 Gent W-Gold F

#115 Mamie B- Any pup

#118 Lisa H-SS F, any S/W M

#120 BrianLynn B-SS F, any S/W M

Have fun figuring out how this might play out. My guess is that we will get as far down as #104 with a couple people on the list being skipped because the females will have already been matched. If you’ve only selected females and they are already matched I will not be calling you.

Also, please remember that if I call and nobody answers, I will wait a bit, try again, and if nobody still answers, I will move to the next name. When I’m done with the next person, I’ll go back to you. It’s important that you are ready for my call on Sunday morning.

I will start calling around 9:30-10:00 am on Sunday morning, April 18th. I expect it will take me at least a few hours to match these 6 puppies.

If this time doesn’t work for you, please let me know and we will try to work something out if possible.

I’ll be posting more videos today of Scarlett’s pups. And pictures of the other upcoming litters.

Kristy😊💕🐶

Scarlett Litter Update

Hi Everyone!

Let’s take a look at the Scarlett puppies and how they’ve grown! They are now 4 1/2 weeks old and puppy selection for this litter is a week from today, Sunday, April 18th.

Below I will link the litter interest form. Today is your last chance to let me know if you would like to be considered for this litter.

Here’s a look at the puppies!

Golden Female
Solid Sable Female
Golden Male
Sable/White Male (L)
Sable/White Male (M)
Sable/White Male (S)

There is also a quick roll call video on Facebook. I’ll try to do a couple more videos this week before everyone needs to make final decisions. These puppies will be ready to go home after May 6th.

We currently have 13 families that have indicated an interest in these puppies. Here’s a look at the waiting list numbers so you can see where you are on the call list.

51, 59, 69, 73, 81, 84, 100, 104, 109, 113, 115, 118, 123.

If you are deep on this list, take courage. We have more puppies, 14 to be exact, so be watching for more photo updates!

Here is the link to let me know you’d like to be considered for this litter. Please only fill it out if you are already on our main waiting list.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScPdYEfPpeTPmF6LCbCxyME4Pe_tl80h5VtJVnLc99Z9HCIWA/viewform

Pile o’ Pups!