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Happy Birthday to Shakira’s March 2015 Puppies

15 Mar




Happy 1st Birthday to Bentley, Marley, Nutmeg, Olivia and Tuku!

I can’t believe a year has already gone by! Current weights are

  • Bentley: 12 pounds
  • Marley: 17 pounds
  • Nutmeg: 15 pounds
  • Olivia 14 1/2 pounds

Everyone is doing well and I’m still in contact with all families. First two pictures are Marley and the last is Nutmeg ❤️

 

 

Coming Soon – Beyonce/Chewy Puppies!

05 Mar


We are expecting puppies any day now! Beyonce is due in 2 days and we have confirmed 3, possibly 4 puppies via X-ray. We had 7 families with deposits which means a few families will be moving to the Shakira/Armani litter and with the deposits we already had that litter is also fully reserved. This means if you have been checking out our website and interested in a puppy the soonest we would have an available puppy would be from JLo and Koa, due early July and going home late August.  Shakira will retire after this litter and Beyonce will have just one more and also retire.

WHAT IS NEXT?? I am really excited about JLo and Koa puppies and we’ll have litters in 2016-2018. I’ve said before I would like to get my retired girls certified to visit retirement homes and Andru and I recently flew to Sacramento and discovered that they have therapy dogs at the airport to provide comfort to nervous and/or stressed travelers. Since I don’t enjoy flying I LOVED this idea and have been working to get this program going at SeaTac. This is definitely a time consuming marathon and not a sprint but it will be so rewarding once we see the program come to life in Seattle!

If you have been looking but afraid to make a move please keep in mind deposits are REFUNDABLE if your plans change.

UPDATE: This litter has gone home but pics can be seen here and we are taking deposits for a repeat breeding with these two, puppies will go home in December 2016

We Have A Puppy Available

28 Feb

   
    
    
 UPDATE: Ella has found her forever family! She will be living on a houseboat very soon so it worked out perfectly that she was still using the litter box indoors. Ella will also have an 11 year old (human) sister to help her burn off some of her puppy energy. 

Darwin’s Raw Dog Food

26 Feb

  
Our Darwin’s raw dog food delivery service started today! Confession – we are actually NOT brand new customers however we haven’t ordered in years so they said we qualify for the new customer promotion. We originally found Darwin’s about 5 years ago when a representative was a local street fair in Mill Creek (down the street) and we ended up ordering from them for a few years. I broke up Darwin’s after I found the co-op, WAzzuOR which I still love and order from but I’ve been looking for something easier for my families to order from since the co-op buys in bulk and you have to go to a set location at a set time to pick which isn’t always convenient for people since times have ranged from noon to 7pm and every day of the week, there is not a consistent schedule. For Bothell members, the pick up spot is someone’s home in Snohomish (the country – rural area) so if/when I forget the product sits outside of her garage but for other locations the pick up is a public place like the parking lot at Southcenter Mall so there is no room at all to be late because they can’t leave your food. Works great for me but might not for you and this is something I want to be easy peasy because I’m hoping you’ll continue to feed raw. 

Darwin’s has an AWESOME deal for new customers and that is what we received today. For only $14.95 you can get 10 pounds of food! I took some pictures of our delivery today. 

   
    
  

  
  
You can try each item and see if your dog likes and then makes changes before your next order (for example Beyonce won’t eat turkey so I don’t order it) or you can cancel the service and never order again. I think Darwin’s is a little higher price but you are under no obligation to continue to use their service after the initial offer however if you do continue, you can set the cadence on how often you want food delivered. For example, we are going to receive food once per quarter because I want to feed the puppies Darwin’s because I’ll be sending them home with this food. I LOVE the small, super convenient 2 pound packaging!! I’ve been sending families home with a huge plastic bag with 5 pounds of frozen beef for a puppy that is usually only 4-5 pounds which means they have to defrost the meat and move to smaller containers and re-freeze; this way is so much more convenient! For Shakira, Beyonce and JLo they eat a lot during pregnancy and nursing so I’m going to continue getting their food from the co-op and I love that Darwin’s gives me the freedom to do this! I already called to make some adjustments to my regular order (adding tripe) and their customer service is fantastic! The rep I spoke to even recommended a great park to walk the dogs close to my home. So sweet! 

I’m going to strongly suggest Darwin’s to all of my families – at least give the 10 pound starter offer a try. I do not have a promo code but in the comments please add PupsByTaylor referral and feel free to send me any feedback on the product or experience! 

Puppies Are Fragile – Part 2

21 Feb

 It has been just over a year since JLo had surgery on her leg. What a tough experience for both of us. I’m learning more and more about the back end of this little website I have and one thing I find interesting is how many people have found me from searching how fragile is a puppy and finding the blog post about JLo’s broken leg. The experience of breaking my puppy’s leg is sad and unbelievably humiliating but I share it because I want people to realize just how fragile puppies are.

I’ve seen a video shared multiple times on Facebook of an adorable puppy tumbling down the stairs and I can understand why people think it is cute and their first reaction is to share but what I think people are forgetting is that it really was luck that kept that dog from breaking any bones so I want to dedicate a second post to warning puppy owners to be more careful.

Here are just a few status updates that I’ve seen recently. I’m not “shaming” these owners in any way, in fact I have removed their name and profile picture; I realize that accidents happen and I understand that. I pushed JLo off the bed (GENTLY!) and broke her leg so I’m certainly not in my glass house throwing stones! My intention is to just bring awareness so puppy owners and future/potential puppy owners reconsider letting puppies on the furniture and/or stairs until it is age appropriate.

This is a similar situation to ours – not only did the dog have to have a cast and a broken leg but it was discovered her growth plate was damaged which resulted in surgery. More pain, more meds, more costs, more time in a cast which also means trying to keep a puppy calm and crated for the majority of the day/night for several weeks which is TORTURE!  

I also copied the comments for a little more information. Just an accident jumping down off furniture..


This is a different family, again deleting names because the intention is not shaming but making others aware

Here is one of the comments. I’m not sure the details. I did reply and asked for more – three places at only 11 weeks old?! So sad!  

Another family 😕


And here is one that I could definitely see our family doing. Again, I just want to bring attention to how fragile puppies are so you have that in mind when deciding what activity level is appropriate for your little one