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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!

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:

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!!! 

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. 

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

Doodles Visit Santa Claus in Seattle!

20 Dec

Santa

We took the girls to see Santa yesterday! It was challenging to get everyone still and looking in the direction of the camera but it was fun.

JLo is in his left hand; she was 14 weeks yesterday and barely fit in her size small Santa suit. Apple is in his right hand. Beyonce and Shakira are sitting  on the ground. I never thought I’d be bringing the dogs to sit on Santa’s lap but I love this picture and I’m pretty sure this won’t be the last time!