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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!

What EXACTLY Does “Health Tested” Mean?!

06 Jul

If you have spent any time looking for a dog you have probably seen the term “health tested” but this doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone so I wanted to post about what it means to me.

When we first got Shakira our breeder Thom, who is a very nice man that I’m still friends with to this day, equated health testing to regular vet check ups with no health issues between visits. Thom had standard size labradoodles as well as minis so he was aware of the retrievers issues with hip dysplasia however he explained that he didn’t feel that it was needed in a small dog because they weighed less and were generally less active. At the time this made sense to my husband and I but only because we just didn’t educate ourselves to know any better and we desperately wanted this adorable puppy. NOTE: PUPPIES ARE ADORABLE. DO NOT LOSE YOUR MIND!

I found a great article from Paw Print Genetics about the importance of genetic testing and I want to share it with you here. I do genetic testing on my dogs because one of the goals of breeding is to produce the healthiest puppies possible. When I purchase breeding dogs I expect the highest quality of dogs and because of that I have decided to not include Drake in my breeding program. He is a GORGEOUS, well behaved dog and appears to be very healthy however his genetic testing came back as a carrier for degenerative myelopathy  Remember the note earlier? Again, puppies are adorable. Do not lose your mind!

I was upset when I received the results because I was told that both parents are health tested and clear. I was emailed a screenshot of what I now believe to be the health testing of A DIFFERENT dog that was not the true parent. This breeder has it on her website that health testing is done with Paw Print Genetics but when I search the “kennel name” (business name) or search for her name, I’ve searched for just her first name and Australian Labradoodle, I’ve searched for the parents name…nothing comes up. Now this is my fault for falling for a cute face and lots of cute puppy pictures. Please learn from my experience and follow up – ask for links to check the site yourself.

For the OFA testing, and this is done IN ADDITION to the genetic testing because it is for different issues, if a dog is younger than 2 years old they get a preliminary certificate for hips which those results do not appear on their site however they do mail us a certificate which we can scan or take a picture and post. It can also get confusing when breeders use two different names – on my dogs I use their first name (Shakira, Beyonce, JLo, Fergie, Rihanna, Mariah, Adele and Gaga) and my last name so it makes it very easy to find. Right now you will not find results for Fergie, Rihanna, Mariah, Adele and Gaga because they are young. I will take Fergie in for her OFA testing in the next month, I have put it off waiting for her outgrow her carsickness but I’ve done the genetic testing on everyone – this is the first step for me to decide if I will proceed with further testing and in the case of Drake I made the decision to “retire” him early and he will remain with his guardian family as their pet.

I hope this helps you with your search. If you have questions please feel free to call/email/text and we can chat more. I am obviously heartbroken about not using Drake for our program however degenerative myelopathy is much too serious of a disease for me to even consider using a carrier…but another breeder thought it was just fine. Please take the time to research – this disease doesn’t even hit until your dog is around 8 years old. Imagine how in love you are with your dog by 8 years old and that awesome guarantee that breeders offer is usually 1-2 years. Look it up, it is the human equivalent of Lou Gehrig’s disease/ALS but just to go over again he seems very healthy and is only a carrier so without the testing you would have no idea.

Here are pictures of the prelim reports



And when they entered Beyonce’s information they had a typo on her birthday listing her born in 2012 but she was born in 2013 so this should have been a prelim but we got the real certificate. You can also see her results on their website 


All of the certificates can be found online but I have the actual paper certificates in my office too 

Here are the eye reports 


And patella 


I’m sure I have more in addition to these but I wanted to update my site since I have removed Drake as one of our dogs. 

I still am learning everyday and I’m definitely not trying to claim I know it all or am better than everyone else but instead I’m trying to be as honest as I can about this “business” because in the end we end up being family and if someone has one of my puppies I want to stay a part of their lives and of course I want them to have a happy, healthy dog! 

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:

What’s New

10 Mar
  • We now have a webcam so you can watch puppies anytime! They probably won’t be exciting for a few more weeks but they are still pretty cute to look at. Check the out at: PUPPY CAM I have it open all day because I love watching JLo take care of her babies!

 

  • I’m still posting lots of updates on Snapchat as well. Search for PupsByTaylor and you can see what is going on with Beyonce, JLo and Fergie and I also capture some puppy moments there too!

 

  • Koa is now officially retired, he has been neutered and his days of dating are over

 

  • It was a super difficult decision but I am NOT keeping another JLo/Koa puppy from their last litter together and I worry that down the road I might regret it because I know they are going to be ADORABLE. If I am thinking emotionally only (which is very easy for me to do) I’d probably keep the whole darn litter of 4 but I have been discussing with other experienced breeders and if I am thinking of the needs of my business and I need to get larger girls to have larger litters. I will still have minis however Beyonce is my largest girl and she is only 21 pounds. So I’m excited to announce that I have purchased a chocolate mini goldendoodle, born February 17th. Her mom is 24 pounds and came from a litter of 11 but Mariah (that is what we plan to name her) is one of seven puppies. Her father is 27 pounds and came from a litter of 10. Mariah will be here in April and she will stay in our home until July-August time frame and then she will live with a guardian home. We are still looking for a perfect fit so please contact me if you are interested. I will also be adding a few more females very soon…. details to come later…

 

 

Drake

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! ❤

It Takes A Village! Looking For Guardian Homes

12 Oct

SEPTEMBER 2017 UPDATE- Blue Ivy has been placed and I am not looking for any additional guardian homes at this time. Currently I have Rihanna, Mariah, Adele, Gaga and Blue Ivy in guardian homes and none are old enough for puppies so we are all set for girls in the next few years. I might consider another male but don’t have any set plans at this time. Thanks for your interest. 

AUGUST 2017 – I am looking for a home for Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy, that is within 20 miles (approximately); close enough to have our girl back to visit at least every 3 months so she can feel comfortable here in our home since this is where she would have her puppies.

Blue Ivy will come back and live here in our home for the final 7-10 days of her pregnancy and for at least 6 weeks after puppies arrive – this means that your dog will be here for a total of 7-ish weeks. You can come visit but I know for some (myself included) that would be really tough to be without your dog for over 2 months so I know this is not for everyone.

Just to give you an idea of how frequent it would be here’s the schedule from Shakira, she’s retired but I did back to back litters. Puppies were born:

  • August 18, 2014
  • March 15, 2015
  • September 25, 2015

So if Shakira was in a guardian home I would want her here with us August 10-Sept 29

Then she would go back to the guardian home with a few short visits and return to us again just a little over 5 months later and be gone March 8-April 26

Then she would go back to the guardian home with a few short visits and return to us again Sept 18-Nov 6

This schedule is just an example, every dog has a different schedule but I want to give you as much information as possible so you can decided if that schedule would work for you and your family.

If you have a male dog in your home now this would NOT be a good fit and I will ask you to contact me regarding a pet only and not a guardian dog. I would not place an intact female in a home with a male even if he is neutered and my concern is his behavior once the female is in heat. I would assume you would not be happy if your boy started peeing in your house. I also think if you have young children in your home this may be difficult as the dog will be gone for 8 weeks, three different times, which can be tough on a child that has bonded and might even sleep with the dog. I also get a lot of responses from those working at Amazon but you cannot bring an intact female in to the office once she has reached sexual maturity it would create a huge distraction in an office full of dogs. The best place for our girl would be somewhere she has a human home with her and no other dogs in the house.

Still think you’d be a good fit? Great! You would pay a deposit equal to the cost of a puppy so this is not a free dog INITIALLY however you will receive your deposit back with each litter with additional financial compensation as well. So it does take about 3 years to receive your money back, this is not immediate as she doesn’t even have her first litter until she is about 2 years old. Puppy will have 3 litters and then I will pay to have her spayed at the amazing place we took Shakira (recovery was AMAZING) and by 4 years old she will be 110% YOUR DOG with many years of life to enjoy. We’d love to see her again if you travel but there would be no obligation to bring her back to our house if that doesn’t work with your plans.

There are definitely more details to discuss. Please contact me if you are within 20 miles of 98012 and want more information! Thanks

 

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!!! 

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.