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Tough Day – Half Full

05 Oct

If you missed my emotional Snapchat from Monday I found out JLo IS pregnant but Dr Raja said just one, possibly two puppies. Here are her X-rays

I’ve had time to get my mind around this. I watched my video a few times and alternate between feeling sorry for myself and cringing with embarrassment. I have come to realize that this is probably not the worst thing that is going to happen to me and (if I’m lucky) life will go on.

The reason I didn’t follow my husbands advice to ‘own and control my own brand’ and delete the video is ultimately because I like that I share so much with my families because it is REAL LIFE. I care a lot about my puppies and I feel incredibly loyal to the people that have trusted me as the means to add to their family. That is special and I recognize that.

Just to give some background, I started my Monday at 4:30am because Fergie woke me up to go potty. Middle of the night or early morning potty needs are a good sign of pregnancy so those moments are actually ones that I jump out of bed excited to be woken up and let them out. I get SO excited that I usually have a hard time settling back to sleep. And when I can’t sleep I go for the iPhone. Ugh! The first thing I saw was multiple stories about the shooting in Las Vegas. Obviously heartbreaking. I hate to admit this but being at a place where there is a mass shooting like this is a fear that I have and I hate it. My husband wants to go to see a popular movie like Star Wars the night it comes out and all I can think of is this is the environment some person looking to harm others is going to take advantage of. I spend the entire movie focusing on who is coming in and out of the theater. Needless to say my mind was racing and I didn’t get back to sleep.

My next excuse, if you will, is that my stepson has so generously shared his cold with me and I’m in the beginning phase where you want to try and power through and you aren’t going to admit you feel like crap ….but you really feel like crap.

I started my workday early (sick, can’t sleep) and around 9am was taking a break checking Facebook and I saw this update from another breeder. I’m removing her name of course…

I don’t know this person and I know how wrong it is to judge but it is so upsetting to me when people make the choice to breed their dogs and then don’t stay with them when they have puppies. This breeder lost 5 lives that she was responsible for because she had to go “in town” and shop for a wedding???? My brother in law got married on Friday, July 7th of this year. My in-laws flew out from NY, my husband was the best man and my stepson was also in the wedding as well. I told my BIL and his fiancé that I could either miss the wedding or the reception because, while I did hire a sitter to be here, I still didn’t want to leave my puppies for very long ….and they were born May 31st so they were definitely not newborns!!

So now I’ve got that on my mind. What a bad day.

I made the decision to do the X-ray on Monday instead of Tuesday because I was having a bad day and was looking forward to something positive but boy was I wrong. I felt angry and hurt that I let people down. And I felt scared that people were going to either think that I don’t know what the heck I’m doing or after Beyoncé’s cyst issue with the two small litters that something is wrong with my dogs. 

The truth is that I don’t always know what I’m doing but I will ask questions and I pay a small fortune to have testing done whenever I can to try and reduce all of the second guessing and all around torturing myself that I just KNOW I’m going to do. I took JLo for progesterone on

July 31

And since she wasn’t ready we did it again August 4th

And again August 8th

I wasn’t leaving anything up to chance! I even had Jay Z’s semen collected and examined in September 2016 so I had plenty of time to find a new stud if there were any concerns on his end

I got JLo and Jay Z together on August 8th, 10th and just in case she was taking a little longer to release those eggs again on August 14th. We did a natural breeding and sperm can live inside the female for up to SEVEN days! I just cannot think of anything I could have done differently.

The truth is, as silly as it sounds, I think we sometimes forget what a miracle this is! I admitted (again – embarrassing) in my emotion filled Snapchat video that my husband and I tried to get pregnant a few years ago and were not successful. We paid thousands of dollars, went to lots of appointments, I did ovulation testing and ultrasounds and had to give myself hormone shots that made me gain weight and a whole bunch of other not so awesome stuff and the results were….nothing.  So I’m sure this breeder’s post this morning also brought back those feelings of – everyone is so casual about their pregnancy when I’m trying with my heart and sole and all of my savings and it is STILL not happening and frankly that SUCKS!

So I did say HALF FULL in the title so let’s get there – tout de suite! I am very grateful that the pregnancy even happened with JLo. We had a deposit for a puppy with a breeder before Shakira was born and it turned out to be a phantom pregnancy. Google that, “phantom pregnancy” – the dog gains weight and her nipples develop and everything seems be progressing with pregnancy but she is not actually pregnant. I would also think this will be a nice easy labor for JLo and I’m incredibly grateful for that! Beyoncé’s two small litters were fast and easy and I definitely want that for her. I had thought having a JLo and a Fergie litter so close might prepare me for the larger size litters that Mariah, Adele and Gaga might have but maybe there is something else coming up that will require my attention? As I tell my anxious families worried about the selection process – it all seems to work out in the end and I will just have to take my own advice. I’m also so very grateful to the people that have trusted me to help add to their families. Thank you!

I did get text messages from both families on the waitlist and families that already have a puppy and those kind messages meant A LOT. Thank you!

I’ve been monitoring JLo’s temperature because there is usually a drop about 24 hours prior to puppies. There is always the chance that she released her eggs late in the cycle which means we were early to X-ray. I’ll keep everyone posted!

Beyonce’s Final Litter

28 Jul

I can’t believe we are already here! Beyonce had her final litter of just 2 girls on Wednesday, May 31st. I believe artificial insemination contributed to the small size of her litter but Mother Nature would be the authority on this one and I’m just guessing. I’ve been posting updates on Instagram and Facebook but I want to show off these beautiful girls and the pictures I took of their weekly weigh ins 

Here there are on their birthday:

And week 1

Week 2:

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

These girls are BEAUTIFUL 😍😍

JLo/Koa February 2017 Puppies 

26 Apr

This weekend our four JLo/Koa mini double doodles went home. I’ve been posting pictures on Instagram and Facebook but I wanted to share here on the blog in case you aren’t following on those social sites. I think it’s also fun to see how absolutely adorable they get and show all of their weekly pictures in one place. I’m gonna start with the most recent which was their pick up day and work my way backwards to week 1:

Then 7 weeks old:

Easter! Which was actually 6 weeks and 6 days but I wanted to use the cute Easter props I purchased

Week 6 pics:

Weeks 5 pics:

Week 4 pics:

Week 3 pics:

Week 2 pics:

Week 1 pics:

iCloud Shared Albums

15 Apr

When I first started out in 2014 someone commented that I posted too many pictures on Facebook. When I purchased my dogs I hated that I never got ENOUGH pics so that comment really surprised me but I figured if one person felt that way then there are others that agree. I was telling my husband Andru about this and he suggested creating iCloud shared albums. If you don’t know about this feature I’m about to change your world! 

This is from JLo and Koa’s last litter. By the time they went home I had shared over ONE THOUSAND pictures with those 6 families! I know that had to feel amazing because I’m currently waiting on a new puppy and she was 8 weeks old yesterday and I have received maybe 15 picture maximum. 

This album is from JLo and Koa’s current litter and they will be 7 weeks old in just 2 days so I’ll be adding to the album and beating the number of pics from our last litter of 6 and this is only 4 puppies!! 

These albums are in addition to the daily snaps I add on Snapchat (also saved on YouTube) and the puppy cam going 24/7. I really want families to be able to see their puppies as they grow and have those memories forever. 

I think this is just one example of the extra things that I do for my families that is above what other breeders are doing and I love being able to provide so many memories for my new families. 

I bet you can find a use for shared albums too. I’ve also used these when on vacation with a friend so we can both add our pictures to the same album, also spending a few hours at the lavender festival ended up with hundreds of beautiful pictures. Andru and I have used it many times for different dog picks (for example Easter shots or we’ve done Christmas, Hanukkah) and we also have a shared folder for pics of his son. If you don’t know how to use it give it a quick google. 

Easter 2017

15 Apr

I wanted to get some Easter pics of the girls. I see so many adorable pics on Instagram now, I’m amazed at the talented, creative people taking adorable pics of their dogs. 

I know my husband takes WAY BETTER pics and I still can’t figure out the “depth effect” on my iPhone 7 plus so I asked him if he could also take a few. Wow! Of course his are way better!!! Aren’t these girls so cute! I wish we had Shakira and Rihanna here for pics today 


03 Feb

UPDATE: Drake is living with Murphy now, a Beyonce puppy born 7/25/15 and they are already sharing the bed and best friends.

Our future Mr Right is in need of a guardian home. We are calling him Drake since it goes with the theme we already have AND how convenient is it that Rihanna was dating Drake and now JLo is and we will most likely use this boy with our Rihanna and JLo sometime in 2018.

Please contact me if you are interested in being a guardian family. It is rare I will have this opportunity with a male. The best part is I bring the girls to your house for a “date” as our place is a little hectic to focus one 1:1 “romance” between the dogs. He also does not need to be here to take care of puppies so less time having your pup away from home.

If a female is more appealing there is a chance we can make that work too but it will probably be closer to the end of 2017 but contact me and we can discuss. Thanks! ❤

Puppies Need Patience!

30 Dec

Back in October, the weekend we had our 3rd reunion planned, the news started reporting about an upcoming record breaking storm. One of my families sent me this text which is just awful and at the same time hilarious (because it didn’t happen to ME I can find it hilarious) 

My first reaction was that this pic wasn’t real or just something she found on the internet but sure enough it was very real. Kim has a JLo/Koa puppy, Kingston. Kim was running errands preparing for Stormageddon 2016 and she said she left Kingston in the car alone for maybe 15 minutes MAX and came out to see this mess. He had pooped in the car and then ran all over getting it EVERYWHERE!!

I love that Kim was able to immediately joke about the situation because honestly my first reaction would probably not be laughter. 

I just wanted to share because I do expect something like this to happen to every new dog owner. It might not be this extreme but I want to be sure you know that in addition to all of the adorable pics and cuddly moments with your new dog there is bound to be a little chaos too and I need you to be prepared for that. Keep in mind that I will be here for support and when you are ready for it – some laughs. 

JLo/Koa Puppies Are 3 Weeks Old

15 Jul

Puppies were 3 weeks old on Thursday July 14 and will be moving downstairs in the next few days and starting litter box training. I post everyday on snapchat and move to YouTube but thought I’d add to my website. I’m sorry we do not have any puppies available and will not until Spring 2017 when we do a repeat of this litter. 

Here are pictures of the green collar boy. He was 1 pound 10 ounces…

Here is the blue collar boy. He was 2 pounds 2 ounces 

Here is the purple collar girl, she was one pound 6.7 ounces 

Here is the red collar girl, she was 1 pound 10.4 ounces 

Here is the yellow collar boy, he was 1 pound 9.1 pounces 

And here is the black collar boy, he was 1 pound 5.8 ounces 

JLo is expecting 5 Puppies

22 Jun

We took JLo in to see Dr Raja on Friday for an X-ray and he said she should have 4-5 puppies but he feels pretty confident that it is 5. She is due right around Monday June 27th but I’ll update once puppies arrive. We are excited!!!