Pandemic Puppy Pandemonium

Quite the title right?  It absolutely fits.

For the past 3 weeks my phone has done nothing but ring and I’ve received tons and tons of inquiries about purchasing puppies through email, phone, and Instagram.  Some have been absolutely wonderful, others it is clear are just mass mailing breeders as fast as they can.  I’m terrible at the best of times about responding to puppy inquiries but this has been on a whole new level.  I do not breed very often, absolutely detest the concept of a waiting list and how some breeders take deposits for future litters, and in general have a very strict and somewhat difficult placing process for my puppies.  I’m never in a hurry to commit and I do not make any promises.  I place them when and where I feel is the absolute best home for my puppy.  That home may have inquired 6 months ago or it may have found me 3 days ago.  I’m very sorry if I haven’t got to you or responded to your inquiry, but it’s been absolute madness.

So a blanket statement here.  My breeding program is currently on hold and will be until the world is a more stable place.  It is NOT the time to be searching for a puppy.  Most Veterinary clinics are emergency only and even getting basic things done such as a puppy check, microchips and first vaccines are not considered essential.   New puppy owners will have no access to in person socialization or training classes that are so desperately needed for both owners and new dog.  Groomers for basic nail care are closed and even things like sourcing a raw food diet is starting to become a bit difficult as supplies are running short.

These puppies of mine were conceived at Christmas and I’m very thankful that I have no more on the way.  It’s been very stressful trying to find ways to creatively introduce them to new things and socialize them as we cannot currently have visitors over.  I am unable to meet their new owners in person and that bothers me so incredibly much.  Thankfully these guys are all going to people I either already know really well or who are good friends of my friends.  Thank goodness for some wonderful connections.

Enough of that, we had fun this afternoon taking some photos.  I’m not sure how but these guys will be 8 weeks old on the 21st.  Brutus our gentle giant of a nextdoor neighbour has taught himself to jump our fence.  It is a normal sized sturdy wood fence and yet somehow he scales it so gracefully.  He adores the puppies and just can’t help himself.  They honestly feel the same about him, thanks for the added socialization Brutus!

Our pretty black and tan girl Raine, looking very much like her Momma Cricket.

Grandma Ruff was on puppy duty today.  If Momma is outside, it’s all about her and we can’t get any photos!

Storm, this little BT boy is very confident and outgoing!

Our little man Cloud isn’t looking so little anymore!  I adore this sweet boy that started off SO small.

This is Finn’s “mini-me’ Frost just painted fully in red.  He reminds me so much of Daddy Finn, his looks, his mannerisms, and the way that he HATES to come inside.  A true outdoors kind of guy.

Our glamour girl Twister, she truly believes that she is a Princess already.

Storm on the prowl!

Storm and Twister thinking about what type of trouble to get into.  They’ve recently discovered how to dig!

What? Do I have something on my face?  ~ Raine

Oh, hey!  Look who is here?!  It’s Brutus!

Nose kisses for Brutus.

Brutus needs a hug <3

Storm and Brutus having a chat

We’ll see you soon Brutus, thanks for the visit!

Until next time, stay home, stay healthy.

 

 

 

Introducing our new litter

In this time of uncertainty, I thought I’d try and brighten some days with sharing some photos of our new litter.  I’ve been getting a ton of inquiries for puppies “because we are home right now and have time.”  My phone and email are both going crazy and I’m left wondering, what happens when you don’t have time any more?  Unless you’ve been planning for a new puppy for awhile, it is not the time to bring one home.  I’m having lots of anxiety about placing these little ones, I typically like to meet potential homes in person several times and that obviously is going to have to be very different for these guys.  We’ll get through it, however I knowingly will not be breeding any of my dogs until the world is healthy and healing.

This litter was somewhat of a surprise, we of course planned and timed it properly and all the steps were taken like in any other litter.  Cricket (Embee Burbrook Silent Song) however missed on her first breeding and decided to not show any signs of being pregnant for this litter until very late.  She didn’t put on much weight and both her co-owner Peggy Wallace (Burbrook Cavaliers) and I were really surprised to find out she had 5 tiny babies tucked away.  They were born very small but have always been strong and feisty.  They are 4 weeks old now and doing wonderfully.  I’m enjoying listening to their little growls as they start to explore their world and figure out play.  Their names are all related to weather after their Daddy Finn, CH Embee Brinklow Whirlwind and their Grandpa Chase, GCH Burbrook Storm Chaser who was bred by Peggy and is owned by Carol Rose, Karlee Cavaliers

This is the little guy of the group, he was born the smallest and dropped the most amount of weight in the beginning.  I was the most worried about him but he’s turning into a very personable and curious little fella.  His name is also a bit of a tribute to a certain favorite video game around here.

 

His sister Raine wasn’t nearly as co-operative with her photos.  I think she’s going to be very sassy like her Mom and Grandma’s.  Typical black and tan girl!

 

Frost reminds me the most of his Daddy Finn, both in looks and temperament.  He’s the biggest of the group and very laid back and easy going so far.

 

His sister Twister on the other hand I think is going to live up to her name.  She’s a bit of a live wire and it was very hard to get a photo of her because she was moving around so much!

 

Last is Storm, a beautiful black and tan boy.  He is sweet as can be and very photogenic!  He really seemed to enjoy posing for photos.

Looking forward to sharing more photos as they grow and develop.  We’ll be spending a lot of time outside as the weather warms up.   Stay safe and stay home.

Blog re-activation? Maybe.

I wanted to share some photos from our last litter.  I’ve been busy today cleaning up and updating my website.  There is still a lot I’d like to do with this website and I’m starting to think about doing the odd blog post again, we’ll see if I can stay motivated long enough to get back into it.   I think it’s important to share more of what happens behind the scenes as a breeder.  It’s often a roller coaster of emotions, both good and bad and there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes.  It’s more than just having and raising puppies occasionally.

I thought I’d start easy by sharing some photos of our most recent litter.  Before I get a ton of inquiries for puppy availability, they are all spoken for and have made their way to new homes.  My application process for puppies has and and remains closed.  I can’t respond directly to all the inquiries I get for puppies, it’s overwhelming and very time consuming.  It’s easier just to have a blanket statement saying that we aren’t accepting any.  I wish it was easier finding a puppy from a reputable preservation breeder but sadly there isn’t enough breeders doing what they should be in their breeding programs.  Be very careful who you elect to purchase a puppy from regardless of breed.  Ask lots of questions especially in regards to updated health clearances (not just heart and eyes), and be prepared to wait a long time.

These beautiful babies were born at the end of November and have been a complete joy in all regards. Daddy was BISS GCH Saranade Royal Charmer “Harry” a beautiful ruby boy in Minnesota, who I’ve been watching develop since he was a young dog.  The dam was our gorgeous “Ruffi” GCH Embee’s Raising the Stakes, CGN, CA who adores being a Mom.  It was somewhat bittersweet as this was Ruffi’s last litter, she turned 6 in February and has contributed so much to my breeding program.  She won’t be happy just sitting on the couch so we’ll try and keep her busy and look forward to showing her as a Veteran next year,  She would also tell you that she wants to run some more lure coursing and find some FASTcat trials, I wish it was a sport that was more developed in Ontario for non sighthound breeds, most of my Cavaliers love it!

I named this girl “RJ” or Ruffi Jr. because she reminds me so much of her Mom.  She’s not quite as over the top in personality but is very sweet and loving and has a beautiful outline both standing and on the move.

Rob named this beautiful red head “Summer” and she’s going to keep that name in her new home.  Summer has gorgeous reach and drive and is very laid back and sweet in temperament.  She’s not typical for most of the rubies we’ve had here.

“Benny” is now named Huey and has an absolutely wonderful home in Toronto.  That sweet face gets him out of any trouble he may find himself in and I know he’s a king of snuggling.

Summer, looking adorable.

What?  I don’t have anything in my mouth.

This pretty  girl was known as Maizy here but her new call name is “Sadie” better known as Embee Frostwood Star Charmer.  If you live in Nova Scotia, you’ll have to watch for Sadie in the show ring. I was thrilled to be able to share her with Wendy and Peter Aalders (Frostwood Cavaliers) who have been waiting a very long time for a beautiful black and tan girl!

“RJ” and her beautiful front/neck.

“Summer” – Can’t a girl take a pee?

Sadie and Summer doing some winter gardening for me.

Hey! Who’s on the other side of that fence?!  Neighbour dogs Brutus and Blue love saying hi to everyone.

If you want to keep connected with us on a more regular basis, I’m very active on Instagram.  @embee_cavaliers if you want to give us a follow!

Embee Cavaliers

Embee Cavaliers is a very small hobby breeder located in the Greater Toronto Area. We breed in equal parts for health, temperament, type and conformation. This blog was created to promote purebred dog ownership, responsible breeding and to celebrate living every day with royal spaniels.