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Our 2nd Spay Experience and Beyonce’s Two Small Litters

10 Sep

Well it is now official – Beyonce was spayed on Friday so she will not have any more puppies. I wrote a previous post about my experience going to the Animal Hospital of Newport Hills and I’ve got to say again – expensive, yes but WORTH IT!

Once again I made an appointment for a consultation so they could do blood-work and I could get some time to talk to Dr Aspen Davidoff. I really do like her a lot! Some vets are not particularly friendly or supportive with breeders but she has already been very kind and informative and not judgemental at all. I discussed Beyonce’s litter sizes – 5 and then 7 and then only 3 and we skipped a cycle and then 2. She confirmed that there is actually no benefit to skipping a heat cycle so unless there is a complication I won’t do that again. I’m going to go back to back and spay before 4 years old which I’ve read in many places is really healthy and the best thing for a dog. The skipping a heat cycle is an outdated idea.

We did a FULL blood panel on Beyonce so with the office visit the cost for that was $241.75. If you are looking for a way to cut down the budget you can get a different (reduced) blood panel for a little less and if you are taking in a puppy under 1 year old I’m not sure that they even require the blood work but I do think it is worth giving a quick check before sedation to make sure everything is a-ok with your pup. I normally do blood work on my girls before breeding and after every litter just to be sure all internal organs are functioning as they should be and I didn’t do this after Beyonce’s last litter since I knew I’d be bringing her in for this surgery.

After the blood work came back just fine we scheduled surgery. I brought her in on Friday morning and I was just as nervous and emotional as I was with Shakira, just because we had one good experience that didn’t assure me this time would be the same. But guess what – it was just as easy on her. The cost is based on your dog’s weight and for 25 pounds and under she was $274.75. I paid $30.40 to upgrade to the laser and also added the IV fluids during surgery which is optional and an additional $92.45. I think the IV fluids are what makes a huge difference. This part is probably the biggest money maker for them, I’m sure that bag is about $3 but it is worth it. Give up your Starbucks habit for a bit or whatever you need to do to get that IV! Her pain pills were an additional $14.75 and I forgot I still had them from Shakira’s surgery because neither one of them seems to be in pain. I gave it to Shakira and also to Beyonce on night 2 just in case (night 1 they were both still really loopy) and because I wanted them to be a little more zonked out so they didn’t lick at the incision but neither one did. Just like Shakira, Beyonce is bothered by the spot on her front leg where the shaved her for the IV but that’s about it. So total cost for Beyonce’s spay was slightly  higher than Shakira’s because I did more blood work but total was $654.10. While she was sedated I also had them clean her teeth which was not included in that amount but was $321.50. Shakira did not need her teeth cleaned and I believe that is because she likes to chew bones. Beyonce prefers all of her food ground and not whole “prey” – she is a bit of a princess!

Oops almost forgot about LITTER SIZE (highlighting in case you just want to scroll to this part). When I picked B up from the surgery Dr Davidoff came out to let me know that Beyonce had a cyst on one of her ovaries. She said that isn’t a common occurrence in younger dogs however it does happen as the girls age and Beyonce is 4 years, 5 months old. Dr Davidoff said that is no reason to worry, it was a cyst and not a tumor and that she thinks that developed after litter #2 (which was 7 puppies) and what caused litter #3 and #4 to be so small in comparison – just one ovary was functioning. AI could have also played a part since it does have a slightly lower success rate vs natural breeding. Cysts are normal and I myself just had a bit of a scare when I got my annual mammogram this year and they called me to return because they ‘saw something that needed a closer look’ which just turned out to be a cyst which they also told me is normal as we age. Well BOO on aging!

I will definitely return to Newport Hills for JLo’s surgery which will be next year. I highly recommend this place! Yes, you can get it cheaper however this is surgery and recovery can be tough so please keep that in mind. I have posted my phone number all over this site – if you have questions call, text or email. I’m happy to talk more about the experience or any dog questions. 917-847-6652

Beyonce Is Take A Break and We Currently Have 2 Available Puppies

04 Jun

*** UPDATE – the two puppies pictured above have gone home and we do not have puppies at this time however I believe we will have one JLo/Koa puppy available to go home in late August, they are due in just a few days.

Shakira is now retired! Not “officially” since she still has puppies here at the house, they will be 8 weeks old on Tuesday so she’s still assisting me with their care but she’s close.  I haven’t decided on an appropriate gift for retirement because massages and diamonds have no value to a dog and she gets bones and treats all the time. I’m open to suggestions to if you think of something let me know.

Beyonce will have one more litter and she will also be retired. I had originally planned for her final litter to be in October, going home in December however I have decided to give her a break and skip a heat cycle. My vet does a full blood panel on our moms after puppies are born and before we breed them the next time and every time our results have been great, very healthy dogs! Our girls are still very young, Beyonce just turned 3 years old on May 20th and she has already had 3 litters, her first was born December 14, 2014 when she was 1 yr, 7 months old). I’m basing my decision on Shakira’s final litter which was tough on our little girl and she ended up spending the night in the ER on Mother’s Day. After discussing with our regular vet, Dr Raja from Finn Hill Animal Hospital and the vets we worked with at Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle, there was nothing that we did wrong, no indication prior to puppies that this would happen and the only improvement that was suggested was to do a 2nd blood test when puppies were 2 weeks old since Shakira had such a large litter. The issue was that the nursing puppies were taking all of her calcium which resulted in eclampsia (eclampsia is different in humans). If we had not been home and caught the early signs when we did, eclampsia can be fatal in dogs, which obviously was scary and very upsetting to us! If we have another large litter we will definitely do a second blood test. All of the veterinarians that we spoke with agreed that Beyonce is healthy, based on exams and lab work, and it is fine to breed her with this next cycle but I’ve always said these wonderful animals are our pets FIRST and this is more of a passion project than a job, I actually have a FT job and have worked for my employer for 13 years so this isn’t something that I do to pay the mortgage. I want to give my girl a break; she gives me so much joy, I want to be sure I’m keeping her best interest in mind. Females dogs can safely have puppies up to 6 years old so I’m going to breed Beyonce for her final litter when she goes in to heat in March 2017 which will mean a due date of approximately May 28 with puppies going home July 23, 2017. I realize this is 13 months away and red minis are VERY hard to find but we are using Beyonce’s son Koa with JLo so there is a good chance we will have more reds in our future. I am sorry to disappoint people but I hope you will understand my reason.

 

Beyoncé/Chewy puppies are 8 weeks old today

01 May

I feel like I say this with every litter but wow, the time has flown by! Beyonce’s puppies are 8 weeks old today and it is time for them to head out to be with their families. Now that my litters are reserved so far in advance I haven’t been very good at updating my “available puppies” page since I actually don’t have any puppies available but since I’ll be doing a repeat breeding with the two dogs I wanted to show these cuties off.


Just A Regular Day

14 Jan

  
I had a conversation with a potential puppy family last year on she commented that when looking at pictures from other breeders she noticed they looked a little staged and often outside. She said that she liked that she could see the girls really are a big part of our lives and in our home 100%. I have a ton of pictures that I don’t share because I’m worried of the clutter you might see in the background or a bag of chips or maybe even the toilet (puppies spend their first two weeks in the bathroom – keeps them away from the other dogs and easier to keep that space a higher temp than the rest of us prefer). But after thinking about it I’m going to start showing more every day pics from our house.

   
 
These first 2 don’t look super delicious unless you are a dog but here are some examples of what the girls eat. The first pic is ground chicken with bones and organs and some fresh green tripe. The second is emu.

Next pictures are from the cluttered kitchen table, which become my workspace instead of my office upstairs. I was finishing my coffee and doing some boring accounting for my day job that pays the mortgage and Shakira wanted to get up in my lap for some cuddles. The girls like to be close but they aren’t the biggest cuddles so this moment felt really good and I wanted to take a picture but this is a perfect example of one that I wouldn’t normally share and what a shame because it was a great moment!

   
 

These were just taken in our room the other day. Andru was out of town and at the end of the work day I was freezing and went upstairs and got in bed and the girls all came up and took a little nap. The lighting was bad and I had the clutter on the dresser but they don’t care about that stuff and I love having them on our bed for cuddle time. They all sleep in the crates at night which is a safe, comfortable place for them but this extra time together always makes me feel good.

   

    
 Those are just a few that I’ve taken recently. I’ll continue to share pics that you’ll see are definitely not staged and hopeful show how much we love these girls and what a big part of they are in our lives. 

A Puppy For Christmas

15 Dec

   
Update: Zeppelin has found a home. Thank you to everyone that has reached out or shared my Facebook post which I did take down. Our next litter of double doodles is expected around April with puppies going home 8 weeks later which would be June timeframe. I realize this sounds like a long time from now but soon we will be saying how fast winter went by. I only expect 4 litters in 2016 and my first is reserved. Deposits are refundable so if you are considering it, I would encourage you to contact me! I know I’m biased but I think our puppies are awesome and you cannot find litter box trained minis anywhere! 

I’m keeping Zeppelin’s pics here so his family can see since this is a lot to email. All of these pictures were taken today, December 15th at our house or the park down the street. Outside gives me better lighting but please don’t judge my December lawn. I often crop the pics to show the puppy close up which makes them look much larger, he’s still a small pup so I kept the ugly lawn shot to give you a better idea. Some don’t show his face but I wanted to show off his gorgeous coat.

   
    
    
    
   

   
    
    
    
 

   
    
    
    
 

Happy 1st Birthday – Beyonce’s First Litter is 1 Today!

14 Dec


I cannot believe a year has gone by since Beyonce had her first litter. We spent the night on the bathroom floor together, here’s a picture I took before bedtime

 We were up for most of the night and she had 3 little boys – Murphy, Koa and Azul  and 2 girls – Sadi and Scout.  The boys all live fairly close to one another in downtown Seattle and have had a few play dates. I love that all 5 families have stayed in touch and let me be a part of their lives.


Beyonce and I picked out birthday cards and something special for us to send her babies. We were able to see the boys recently at the reunion which was wonderful and hope to see the girls at the next reunion. Everyone is happy and healthy. Wishing you a happy 1st birthday, Az, Koa, Murphy, Sadi and Scout!! We love you!!!


  

Pictures with Santa

13 Nov

Last year we took the girls to Santa’s Workshop in County Village (in Bothell) for pictures with Santa. I plan to do pictures again this year but I would love a place that specializes in puppy visits since Country Village is more for human visitors so we had to bring a blanket in case children with allergies came to visit Santa after we did. I got an email today from Seattle DogSpot with a breakdown of all the places you can take your pup for Santa pics. I love that they put together this list – all of the credit goes to Seattle DogSpot – check out their site for other dog related info.

Saturday, November 14

Pet Pictures with Santa – Kitsap Humane Society
November 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
John L Scott Realty, 40 Teal Lake Road
Port Ludlow, WA 98365

Old Dog Haven Santa Pet Photos
November 14 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Natural Pet Pantry, 10600 NE 68th St, Ste D
Kirkland, WA 98033

Annual Holiday Photo Shoot with Jerry and Lois Photography
November 14 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Paw-Abilities Total Training Center, 7338 26th St. E., Building F
Fife, WA 98424

Sunday, November 15

Annual Holiday Photo Shoot with Jerry and Lois Photography
November 15 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Paw-Abilities Total Training Center, 7338 26th St. E., Building F
Fife, WA 98424

Thursday, November 19

Concern for Animals’ Paws with Claus
November 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Capital Mall, 625 Black Lake Blvd.
Olympia, WA 98052

Pet Photos with Santa – The Outlet Collection
November 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Outlet Collection – Auburn, 1101 Outlet Collection Way
Aubur, WA 98001

Saturday, November 21

Santa Pet Photos at The NOAH Center
November 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
NOAH, 31300 Brandstrom Road
Stanwood, WA 98292

Motley Zoo Yappy Holidays Bazaar and and Bake Sale
November 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, 16715 Cleveland St.
Redmond, WA 98052

Sunday, November 22

Pet Photos with Santa – Northgate Mall
November 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Northgate Mall, 401 NE Northgate Way
Seattle, WA 98125

Friday, November 27

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Belltown
November 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Belltown, 2119 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

Not Your Typical Santa Photos – Woofers Grooming and Goodies
November 27 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Woofers Grooming and Goodies, 16511 Pacific Ave. S
Spanaway, WA 98387

Saturday, November 28

November 28 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bothell Feed Center, 20809 Bothell Everett Hwy,
Bothell, WA 98012

Sunday, November 29

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Ballard
November 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Ballard, 5314 15th St. NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Monday, November 30

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
November 30 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Thursday, December 3

Pet Photos with Santa – The Outlet Collection
December 3 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Outlet Collection – Auburn, 1101 Outlet Collection Way
Auburn, WA 98001

Concern for Animals’ Paws for Claus
December 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Capital Mall, 625 Black Lake Blvd.
Olympia, WA 98052

Friday, December 4

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Capitol Hill
December 4 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mud Bay – Broadway and Pike, 1514 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

Saturday, December 5

Santa Pet Photos at Bay Hay and Feed – Kitsap Humane Society
December 5 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bay Hay & Feed, 10355 NE Valley Rd.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
December 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Pet Photos with Santa – Maser’s Grooming and Pet Boutique
December 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Maser’s Grooming and Pet Boutique, 6515 NE 181st St.
Kenmore, WA 98028

Welcome Christmas with Santa Photos
December 5 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Animal Medical Center of Seattle, 14810 15th Ave NE, Suite B
Shoreline, WA 98155

Pet Pictures with Santa – Animal Medical Center of Seattle
December 5 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Animal Medical Center of Seattle, 14810 15th Ave NE, Suite B
Shoreline, WA 98155

Santa Paws Pet Photos – Seattle Animal Shelter
December 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Petco – Interbay, 2001 15th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

Pet Photos with Santa – Issaquah Petco
December 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Petco – Issaquah, 975 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027

Sunday, December 6

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
December 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Mercer Island
December 6 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mud Bay – Mercer Island, 2750 77th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Monday, December 7

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
December 7 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Friday, December 11

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Overlake
December 11 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mud Bay – Overlake (Bellevue), 13407 NE 20th St.
Bellevue, WA 98005

Saturday, December 12

Pet Photos with Santa Paws – Auburn Valley Humane Society
December 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Auburn Valley Humane Society, 4910 A Street SE
Auburn, WA 98092

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Issaquah
December 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Issaquah, 1590 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027

Santa Paws Photos – Seattle Animal Shelter
December 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Petco – Interbay, 2001 15th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

Pet Photos with Santa – Issaquah Petco
December 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Petco – Issaquah, 975 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027

Santa Paws – Denny’s Pet World
December 12 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Denny’s Pet World – 12534 120th Ave NE
Kirklan, WA 98033

Sunday, December 13

Santa Pet Photos at Kitsap Humane Society
December 13 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Kitsap Humane Society, 9167 Dickey RD NW
Silverdale, WA 98033

Pet Photos with Santa Paws – Auburn Valley Humane Society
December 13 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Auburn Valley Humane Society, 4910 A Street SE
Auburn, WA 98092

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Sammamish
December 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mud Bay – Sammamish, 22830 NE 8th St.
Sammamish, WA 98074

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
December 14 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Friday, December 18

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Queen Anne
December 18 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mud Bay – Queen Anne, 522 Queen Anne Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109

Saturday, December 19

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Redmond
December 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Redmond, 8867 161st Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Sunday, December 20

Santa Pet Photos-Mud Bay Greenwood
December 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Greenwood, 8532 1st Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98117

Tuesday, December 21

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
December 21 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105