Some Good Questions

Hi Everyone!

My email is buzzing now with response to the news of Penny’s litter. I’ve had some good email conversations and I want to share one that I think could be especially helpful for many others. Here are screen shots of our email thread.

This was from a family on the waiting list.
My response
Response from family.
My response.
Response from family.
My response.
More of my response.
Response from family

So, I wanted to share this to emphasize again that it’s very difficult for me to know how long things will take and whether there are puppies available because there are so many moving parts to all of this. If Cara wants a girl, but they’re both selected, then suddenly we’re talking to Joey at #55 yet he is the 4th person I’m talking to on the Litter List. And at this point, nobody should get their heart set on anything because it’s only been a few hours since I shared the first photos and likely there will be several others that will emerge from the woodwork of the waiting list.

Hopefully this gives some insider info into the complexity of puppy selection, yet this method truly works beautifully to keep everyone in order.

Again, let me know if you have any questions!!

Kristy 💕🐶🇺🇸

Bringing Puppy Home

I’d like to share a free course with everyone that covers what to do after bringing your puppy home.

This is currently free and available for an extended amount of time. It is long, but I think worth while. Enjoy!

Penny & Jack Puppies

Happy Memorial Day to everyone! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

We’ve had some activity here at Silver Paw and I’d like to share our new litter with you. This post will also serve to explain the process for getting one of our puppies. Did you all see this post on our Facebook page? It’s good to be connected on all three of our social media platforms so you don’t miss anything!

You can find us on Facebook at Silver Paw Cavachons, IG @silverpawcavachons, and of course here on the website at

Penny had her puppies on May 19, 2020. above is the first peek at the babies. Here is the picture again.

There are three puppies, two very light red and one blenheim. The girls are both light red, and the blenheim pup is a boy. The girls differ slightly in that the pup on the left has a thinner blaze compared to the pup on the right.

I’m expecting these pups to be “megachons” based on their birth weight being so large compared to most of our other litters.

Do you like what you see, then how do you get one of these pups? Here are the steps for getting a Silver Paw Cavachon and the questions you need to ask yourself.

1. Are you currently on the waiting list? If yes, move to question two. If no, this is the first step you need to take to get a puppy. We work exclusively with those on our waiting list when matching puppies. Send us an email to get the process started. (

2. Does this litter work into your timeline for bringing a puppy home? Penny’s pups will be ready to go home July 14-20. This is the window of time for you to pick up your pup. After that, we charge a weekly fee to keep and care for your puppy. If the timeline works for you, and your answer is yes, move on to question #3. If your answer is no, and this timing does not work well for you, then you’ll need to wait for a future litter.

3. Is there at least one color/gender/size combo that you like in this litter? We are not yet evaluating personality, just boy/girl and color choices. If your answer is no, you will need to wait for a future litter. If yes, send us an email and ask to be on the Penny Litter List. We accept names onto the Litter List until they are 5 weeks old.

4. At this point, everyone is waiting! You’re either on the specific litter list and waiting for puppy selection when the puppies turn 5 weeks old, or you are waiting for a future litter.

At 5 weeks old, I will take all the names that are on the litter list and put them in official waiting list order. And then I will start calling people. This is when we cover as much detail as possible about personality, characteristics, and finding the right match for your family. You may or may not be matched to a puppy at this point, but we comb over the details as best as we can during this process.

If you are matched to a puppy, you have three weeks to get everything ready, make travel arrangements, and come to get your pup! It’s an exciting time watching them grow and mature during those final weeks!

Puppy selection day for Penny’s litter will be Tuesday, June 23rd. If your name is added to the Penny litter list, you need to be ready to talk on that day. The last day you can get on her Litter List is Monday, June 22.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m ready to write down names and look forward to your emails. Please do not comment here on the blog, but send me a physical email if you’d like to be considered for a Penny puppy.

I hope this helps everyone understand the puppy matching process.

We are waiting for Kenzie and Maddie to have their babies. They are both big as barns!!

Kristy 🇺🇸💕🐶

Cavalier Cuteness

*Puppies not available for adoption

The Cavalier babies are growing. They are at the “Oh So Cute!” stage right now. They play hard and then they sleep hard!

“Green girl”

Their little characters are beginning to shine!

“Blue” is tuckered out!

“Blue girl”

When playtime is over, they all find their way back into the big bed to rest!

It’s hard being a puppy!!

Indoor Playground

We’ve been breeding dogs since 2003. Over the years we have set up every nook and corner imaginable in our home to accommodate the needs of the dogs and puppies. Pens have been built and moved and taken down. Floors scrubbed, disinfected, and ready for the next batch.

Through all these years we have never set up a semi “permanent” space until now.

I saw this idea in a Puppy Culture video and decided to replicate it. While we have always had an exercise pen or two, we never built a foundation to hold it in place.

I told D we needed 2×6’s and hinges to create a frame that could be moved or taken down when necessary. He suggested using the cedar boards we used to build our garden boxes. “Great idea,” I said, and he went to work.

He dove tailed the edges so they would fit together with a large nail.

This created a wood border around the x-pen so the sides would stay in place.

Under the sheet is a tarp to protect the carpet. I’m still working on him to tear out the carpet and replace it with a wood floor. That was his prior job, before starting his berry farm, so we have all the tools and skills to actually make it happen. Wish me luck!

The litter boxes can be blocked off when we first put the pups inside. This space is quite large for them to hit the target so we encourage their success by placing them in the boxes and blocking them back behind the gate. When they’ve successfully pee’d, then they can come out to play! We also then move the gate against the x-pen wall so they have free access to the potty corner when needed.

The beds are at the opposite end with toys and enrichment items all in the middle. Next week I will be building a puppy jungle gym so be on the lookout for that blog post!

This space fits conveniently behind our couch in the living room. The sheet can be washed when needed (I have 3 of them to switch out).

I’m so excited about this space. We ALWAYS have puppies in the house and now they have a permanent space to hang out that is not in our way!

PS…new videos of Allie and Fergie litters on Facebook.

Allie pups.

Fergie pups.

We also have a Chantel in the house waiting for her to deliver puppies. And later in the month we should have a litter from Penny…and so life rambles on at Silver Paw. Stay well!

💕 Kristy 🐶

Instagram & Announcement

Hey Everyone!

For those that do Instagram, I’m trying to be more active over there. Right now there are videos of the Allie pups in my IG story.

Check out @silverpawcavachons to follow us.

If you want to peek at our regular life you can follow @gracewithouttears, and if you want to see my other hobby, look at @kristyplans.

If you can’t get over to IG, here is a taste of today’s fun!

*puppies already matched to forever families

Now for the announcement…

We are expecting two new litters, and maybe three in the next month! Penney and Jack are confirmed and due in late May. Chantel and Finn are due in the next week or so, and I’m thinking that Kenzie looks like she could be pregnant.

Stay tuned for updates!!


Puppy Matching Results Allie/Rocky

Hello again!

My afternoon was short and to the point and there were no surprises. Both women got their first choice puppy and it’s such a happy day when that happens.

To those still waiting, please don’t hesitate to reach out again when the next litter is born if you see a puppy that you’d like to bring into your life.

Congratulations Lori B!
Congratulations Linda H!

Until then…blessings and a big measure of patience! 😍

💕🐶😍 Kristy

Puppy Matching Day Allie’s Pups

Hello Everyone!

Today is the big day for Allie’s litter. It’s time to talk details and match these two boys to their forever homes!

I’m hoping to get some new video for you all to see before I start calling people at 3:00pm.

Remember, if I cannot reach you after thoroughly trying, I will be forced to move down to the next person on my list.

Here is the plan for today.

We have six families interested in the two available puppies. Chances are the top two families will each take a pup, but you never know. Once both puppies are matched, I’ll post a new photo of this page in a new blog post showing the final selections. (I wish there were more puppies in this litter😢)

Please remember this…

Don’t give up, great things take time!

We are hoping for a new litter born in May from Penny and Jack. If we do have puppies from these parents, there will only be blenheim and solid red/apricot colors.

I hope everyone is staying physically well and that you’re taking care of your mental health as well. I can say that mid March to mid April was one of the roughest 4 weeks I’ve ever experienced in my life, but things are sinking back into a routine now, and I’m able to look forward with some anticipation for what is coming in the future.

I’m glad to have dogs and puppies to love on during this difficult time! 🐶🐶🐶


Puppy Selection Allie Litter

Dear Waiting List Families,

Puppy matching day for Allie’s litter will be when they are 5 weeks old, which is April 28th. On that day, we will be calling (or emailing) each of the families that have shown an interest in this litter. We will begin calling at 3pm and we will simply work down our list. It doesn’t hurt to reach out and make sure we have your current and best phone number to reach you.

We will also continue to accept names from our waiting list until April 27th at midnight. Right now, the following people have reached out to me about these pups:

#3 Lori B

#14 Linda H

#42 Mary K

#43 Denise D

#48 LeslieMatt

If something unexpected happens and we go through all of these names and there is still an available puppy, we will post the puppy here on the website as an available puppy.

If you are currently on our waiting list, or get added before April 27th and want to add your name to this list, please send an email to let me know.

The puppies are maturing well. We will begin clicker training this weekend and we are beginning to play different sounds for them as well.

Looking forward to working with each of you!

Kristy 🐶

A Letter To Future Silver Paw Families

Dear Families,

I just finally responded to everyone’s email. The past month has been incredibly stressful for the world and our little life and Silver Paw has not escaped the change of pace and added layers of concern and worry about all the details of life.

Unexpectedly, with everyone suddenly stuck at home, puppies have been in huge demand. I have never received so many inquiries about puppies, which resulted in the closing of our waiting list.

As a full time school teacher, the sudden thrust into distance learning, coupled with 13 puppies that were the exact same age, almost put me over the edge of what I could handle all at once, and dealing with the dozens and dozens of emails was the one thing I needed to put on hold.

I have told some of you I would open our waiting list in May. I decided, now that things have calmed down a bit, and the 13 puppies all made it home safely, that I can talk to people again and open up the waiting list now.

But first, here are the details. Right now there are 48 people on the waiting list. We currently have 2 Cavachon puppies, 8 purebred Cavalier puppies, and a litter of Cavachon puppies hopefully due in May. Litter sizes range from 3-6, sometimes more and sometimes less. We are also retiring several of our females so we are expecting fewer litters born in the coming year.

The number one question that I get is, “How long will it take for me to get a puppy?” Unfortunately, it is very difficult to answer this question. It depends on so many variables and it’s next to impossible to really give an accurate answer because I don’t know what people on the waiting list will do.

I also don’t know how many litters we will have or how many puppies will be in each litter, so many things are out of my control.

If any of you would still like to get in line for a Silver Paw puppy, we are happy to have you join the list. But I really can’t tell you how long the wait will be. I can confidently say that the wait will be worth it!!

We feel blessed to bring happiness to so many families. We wish we had more puppies but we also understand the work required to raise quality puppies and we limit the number of dogs that we own so we can be deliberate about each puppy , to bring the best puppies into each of your homes.

As I’ve said so many times, thank you for your patience! We look forward to working with each of you to find you just the right puppy!


Allie’s 2 Cavachon boys