I've been giving this a lot of thought and think I've come to my decision.
Sushi aka #badsushi will be Retiring Late 2019 or Early 2020.
She may or may not have a litter of puppies before then.
I almost don't like to bring this up since it's so far out.
So why am I you may be asking yourself?
When I make these kinds of decisions, I need to allow myself months to process this.
This isn't something that just happens overnight.
It's the hardest part of breeding but it is something that is completely necessary from time to time in order to continue this adventure.
So what can you put in their crate so your pup has something comfortable to lay on?
Well.... I've come across something new tonight that I'll be giving a whirl.
These berber crate pads!
I just ordered them tonight and will report back later with my review.
I did go with a kennel pack (berber in mocha) so I have a few on hand and can wash them as needed.
The company is Far More Shade and is located in Texas and uses only USA made materials.
You can find them on Facebook too!
I'm a big believer in crating my Bostons when I'm away. It's their "safe space."
I don't trust them all to be out and about together when I'm not around.
Sometimes people will cover their crate to keep it nice and dark and den like.
However, I highly *discourage* covering a wire crate with a blanket as I have just read that a pup can pull the blanket into their crate, chew a hole, and hang/strangle themself.
Super scary and I do not want that happening to you!
If you feel the need to cover the crate, use something hard (a board or something) so they can't pull it into their crate.
Also never leave a collar on a pup in a crate, again they could get caught in there.
I don't suggest putting things in there with them such as toys, treats, etc. as it poses a choking hazard.
As far as crate sizes go I suggest using a small size 24" and I buy them on Chewy.com
They are the most affordable, easy to clean, and my go to crate.
As Facebook keeps cracking down on anything animal related, time will tell how long my dog page or even personal page remains on Facebook.
So I've decided to try another platform: MeWe
You can follow us there for the latest puppy information as well:
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Congratulations Dave and Bre on your recent wedding.
Featured is a Finnegan x Ginger pup -- Miss Marvie Maybelle.
Photographer: The Photography Shoppe
I've been wondering if Rogue is really pregnant or not so I scheduled her an X-Ray today to confirm. I figured if she was pregnant she'd only have 1-3 puppies and I needed to know if it was another singleton or not. Turns out there are no puppies on the X-ray today along with ultrasound. That's ok. That happens. She can help Hedwig clean her puppies in a couple of weeks or so since Rogue has always been a big helper with newborn puppies. :)
This picture dates back to the 50's I believe, I find it truly fascinating.
You gotta love science!
I came across this around Thanksgiving and ran across it again today.
A good read for dog breeders and people in general.
This never gets any easier for me. For us.
I always shed some tears.
That's why it is of the utmost importance that I find the most perfect homes for my retired adults.
I know I chose the perfect family for Mavis.
She truly couldn't have gone to a better home.
In typical Mavis fashion I couldn't get the best picture of her as usual.
She's never been much for my camera in her face.
Can't blame her, I'd get pretty tired of someone trying to take pictures of me all the time too. 😅
She's already claimed "her spot" on the couch. 🥰
Thank you Samantha, Kevin, and Will for adding Mavis to your family.
About a week ago I put some “feelers” out there for potential homes for a retired adult. I didn’t specifically say I had one available because it was important to me to find the very best home for a very special girl. Mavis will be officially retiring in March. She’s been with our family all this time because my heart needed to heal after what I’d been through with her and her puppies last year. I am happy to report I have found her THE very best home. Stay tuned! On a side note, I’m looking forward to visiting Milo (Hagrid) on his first birthday Feb. 26th. I haven’t seen him since he left.
It's been an absolute joy watching Tigger take to her new family. She is one spoiled little dog loved by many! I always knew she'd go to our good friends not long after we got her, so that decision when the time came to retire her was very easy.
Seeing Tigger made me want Mavis to enjoy that kind of life as well. Not that she doesn't get plenty of attention here, she really does (my dogs are family members first and foremost), but she also competes with hormonal preggo Mama's from time to time too and that can't be the "good life of retirement" I want her to enjoy.
What I went through with Mavis and her litter of puppies last year was truly a breeder's absolute worst nightmare. But we got through it, and almost all of the puppies ended up with the same families who originally picked them out. They stuck by them and I believe they all grew up and out of their little problems they had at 6 weeks old. And the cleft palate pup who I hand fed from day 1, Milo (Hagrid), is doing great and has the best family he could have asked for. They all do really.
Like they say, breeding isn't for the faint of heart. There's good times, and there's bad, but really that's life in general. I'm grateful for all that I learned because of it and I'm truly grateful for the 5 families who have a Mavy Baby pup because they truly were my most memorable litter.
Ok I wasn’t going to let the cat out of the bag until March, but then Samantha sent me this picture last night.
If this isn’t meant to be I don’t know what is!
Mavis will be joining her son Will (formerly Severus) in March. ☘️
They’ll be quite the pair with those adorable minimal-white faces!
Here’s to turning a family of 3 into a family of 4!
Looking forward to seeing Kevin, Sam, and Will soon for the official meet and greet next month.
And best of all?
There was no need to explain Mavis' story. They already know.
Our South Park Family Portrait 2019