Thursday, April 29, 2010

Daphne goes HOME...

I never knew there were so difficult parts about being a breeder. I mean every job has its challenging aspect- but who would have thought

I always knew that when Daphne had her last litter I would make it my intention to find her wonderful home where she could be the only dog and be spoiled beyond belief. Those of you who got the chance to meet her personally know that she is is needy of attention and considering I have 6 dogs- and 1 child my time is very divided. I always knew it would have to be the most ideal situation for her as she is unique in personality and has a mind of her own sometimes.

I had mentioned to Margaret about Daphne and after seeing her pictures she was anxious to meet her. She came in the beginning of the week with her daughter and it was UNBELIEVABLE how I knew the moment I met them it would be the best situation for Daphne. First she only lives 19 minutes from us which is key in case Rose misses Daphne

The situation for Daphne was idea and Margaret and her family had missed their dog Katie since she passed and was anxiously ready to open their heart again to another dog. They seemed to have alot of love to give.

Yesterday I was very sad while I groomed her and got her ready to leave. Once I started talking to her and thanking her for all she has done for me- telling her if it was not for her I would have never become a breeder and thanking her her making it so easy for me and thanking her for always being a wonderful mother - and thanked her for making the cutest puppies on the face of the earth----my heart became so sad.

On the ride to Margaret's house I turned on the radio- and the song "Because you Loved me" was on as I listened I felt Daphne was speaking to me...
You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me ..

of course I began to cry and wonder if I was making the right decision.

But as soon as I got there and immediately noticed that Margaret's house was a "HOME". It was just the right size for Daphne and had a cute little backyard for her romps. I met Margaret's hubby and Daphne seemed to feel comfortable with him. He thought she was the cutest thing. We let her loose in the house and she made her rounds sniffing and being curious. Margaret's son came home and after a few biscuits of course Daphne was his best friend too - Veronica, her daughter had already gotten a few kisses from her. I could feel that this was the right place. The living room was comfy with a nice big cushy ottoman. I was waiting for the sign from Daphne that is was OK- and I could leave. After about an hour she jumped on the ottoman and made herself comfy on it. Rolled on her back and was waiting for some belly rubs. That was it- it was my sign. I was sooo relieved that she felt it ...she found her home- a place where she could get unlimited belly rubs and not have to share her toys- eat her cookies in peace- and of course continue to be queen.

Daphne retired from Moondrop Gardens (leaving her crown to Lala) -she has moved on her her happy new home but will go down in our history as the first matriarch of our breeding program. We can only hope our future will continue to be filled with the same blessings that Daphne has given us "healthy, happy, adorable cocker spaniels...."

Thank you Margaret and family for welcoming Daphne in your home and giving her the chance to be spoiled for the rest of her life.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ryely goes HOME to Maine

It is wonderful news that Ryely has gone home to Maine with his new family. Ryely was a singleton puppy born with a hairlip ( not to be miatken with a cleft palette). It took alot of love and time to save his life - but was ooooh so worth it. He was incredibly the most loving and affectionate dog ever. I guess that is what hand feeding a puppy from the minute of birth every three hours a day for 4 weeks will give you.
I am so happy for Ryely- I get updates regularly and he is getting along with his new pack of cockers in his new family where is is very much loved. Thank you Liz and Daniel for seeing well beyond the surface. Ryely is a beautiful and handsome boy!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Lala's Forest Friends 1 week old

Everyone is getting onto the swing of things and gaining weight nice and fast. Lala is the BEST mother and I think Daphne must have given her some important tips. We had a nice waiting list- and although most people were waiting on some girls we were able to make some people VERY happy...


Reserved for Mary Jo and Family: gorgeous tri girl

Reserved for Phil and Gloria: Nice tri boy

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Delilah's Fly Boys 1 week old

All these boys do is eat and sleep and do ALOT of it. They are really very nice and their mama really loved them. I am anxious for them to start walking and playing. They are just so delicious!
fly boys

little Red & White boy is AVAILABLE.

Little dragonfly is reserved for Megan and John!

check out the marking on his back- so unique!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Lala's Forest Friend Babies born 4/19/2010

Not only did Lala get to celebrate her 3rd birthday on April 19th- but she got to celebrate the birth of her puppies that day as well. Lala delivered 1 Tri Boy: Buck, 1 Red and White boy: Bobcat and 1 Tri Girl: Bunny....I got alot of slack from friends that I went off the flower path- but we do have bunnies, bobcats and bucks in our garden- believe it or not. All the babies are doing well and are anxious to see what they will look like when they get a little bigger.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Delilah's Fly Litter born 4/17/2010

We are pleased to announce to birth of Delilah's puppies on Saturday- April 17, 2010.
There was 1 Tri Girl: Mayfly, 1 Tri boy: Dragonfly and 1 Red and white boy: Firefly. As a first time mom I was concerned about how Delilah would handle it. She amazed me. It was like she was looking forward to caring for these puppies all her life. As a few days went on I knew that little Mayfly was not doing well and even though I did everything I could - feeding her every 2 hours - she passed to Rainbow bridge just a few short days after she was born. Delilah was left with her 2 boys who she is very attentive to and loves very much.

Delilah testing out the whelping box before birth.

L-R: Mayfly, Dragonfly and Firefly

tired mama

She hold firefly close...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Daphne's last Litter Goes Home

I am sorry it took so long to get these posted...
Puppies went home and we did get some nice updated pics from the new families.

Linda and family took Tulip now known as Taylor home...
with her new soul sistas..Lucky and Morgan

Woody know known as Rory went home with Chris and Megan...
Here he is tuckered out at a family party
and being cuddled by his mamma

Monica and family took Xanthium aka ANGEL home!

Anne and Guy took Yasmin aka NIA home to with the clan. Here she is decked in her new sweater.

Marty drove all the way here from Ohio to take Lilly home..

Here is Ulex AKA BAILEY dresses up for Easter with his new best pal Toni Ann (who is also Rose's new penpal)

Cate and Troy with first baby Zinnia AKA SABLE...
Sable enjoying her new backyard in BROOKLYN!

Snowdrop aka LACEY went home to CT with Michelle and family...

Here she is with her new brother Riley!

Thank you everyone for your updated pictures! We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Happy Spring!