Lots of new and exciting events going on here at Calypso Breeze Australian Labradoodles.
We're expecting three litters of Australian Labradoodle puppies in the first few weeks of December.  We'll have all three sizes: Mini, Medium and Standard in a variety of colors: Red, Chocolate & White Parti, Caramel, Apricot and Cream!  Karma, Tulip and Reo are all expecting and we're super excited to see these beautiful babies.  Above are pictures of Karma and two of her past puppies, Reo and Reo as a puppy, and Tulip and her puppy Indy who lives with us here at Calypso Breeze.

Meanwhile, we also have five amazing puppies ready to go their furever homes now.  Breeze's puppies are 10 weeks old and super adorable.  Playtime here is lots of fun and there's never a shortage of puppy kisses.  Oh, how I LOVE puppy breath.  Here's a pic of cuddly cuties:

 

RED TULIP

10/11/2013

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A couple days ago, I mentioned that it's going to be a crazy winter around here, and I wasn't kidding!  We'll have a litter of puppies from Karma and Hudson, a litter of puppies from Reo and Hershey and then right on the heels of those litters, Tulip will be giving us her last litter of gorgeous Australian Labradoodle puppies!

We are super excited about Tulip's last litter for a couple of reasons.  First we are so excited to see what this litter will bring us.  Her puppies always have the most gorgeous color.  Some are dark apricot, some caramel and some red.  We're hoping there will be a big red girl! The second, and most important reason we are excited is simply that we are happy for Tulip that she will be retiring.  She has been an amazing mother, but it's time for her to enjoy chasing balls instead of feeding puppies!  

Tulip, or Tuli or Schmoo as we call her, has the most amazing Australian Labradoodle temperament.  She is gentle, caring, attentive and obedient as well as being playful, spunky and super athletic.  My hope for her is that we will have her certified as a Therapy dog and she can visit children and adults who will benefit from her soft, loving nature!

Here are pictures of some of Schmoo's past puppies:



MINKA

CHARLEY

ROSIE

INDIANA

 
 
A year and a half ago, this little chocolate drop came to us from Heidi and Roy at Pine Lodge Labradoodles.  We had adored her from afar for weeks, anxiously awaiting each puppy picture and video.  We had no idea just what an impact she would have on our lives.  To say she is special is an understatement.  She is tender, sweet, comical, playful, athletic,  intelligent AND beautiful.  Her eyes  are thoughtful and caring, and simply amazing.

She answers to many names....Oreo, Reo, Superfast and my favorite name for her, Smushy.
In the months to come, she will gain yet another new name.  She will be "Momma"!  We are so very excited about seeing little "Reo" puppies running around!

This week, Reo will be bred to Tampa Bay's Latte' Macchiato, aka Hershey.  They will surely produce some beautiful babies.  Some will be Chocolate and White Parti, and some will be Chocolate with white mismarks, some may be solid chocolate.  We're hoping some will have the same markings as Reo, which is called Irish Spotting.  Her dad, Ranger, has produced many puppies with these markings so we hope Reo will take after her dad.  And we're also hoping that Reo passes on her amazing temperament that is so important in the Australian Labradoodle Breed.

Make sure to check back for updates and confirmation of pregnancy, but for now, here are some pictures of my Smushy and a pic of Hershey!


 
 
We've got a lot going on here at Calypso Breeze Australian Labradoodles!  We currently have three litters of exquisite Australian Labradoodle puppies.  Some are going home in the  next couple of weeks, but we'll still have a beautiful litter of cream and apricot puppies until early November.  After that, we'll have about three weeks to catch our breaths before the next litter comes along.  It's going to be a very crazy winter around here as we're expecting three litters all pretty close together again!
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Karma has been bred to CVL Hudson and should be blessing us with her last litter in early December.  We expect beautiful medium-sized fleece puppies in apricot and cream.  Karma has given us some amazing puppies in the past and we're excited to see what this pairing will bring!  Here are a few pictures of Karma's past puppies.

GUS

NAPA AND VALLEY

MUMFORD

 
 
Our crazy doodles are always at play.  They love chasing each other, chasing the ball, catching the ball, wrestling, stick stealing and as pictured above, Tug of War.  It's fun to watch them interact with one another and great that they're burning off a bit of energy before coming back inside.  Just like with children, sometimes they can get a bit exuberant, so we always supervise their playtime to ensure no one gets hurt.

Here are a few pictures of some of the games played in our back yard:
At 6 months old, Joplin is one of the best stick stealers around.  Reo's letting her know she's not happy about this stick stealing thing.

Moose has long legs and a LARGE mouth making him a natural at ball catching!

No one can touch Reo when it comes to the high jump.  It seems she just may have springs in her back legs.

The gold medal for ball chasing and retrieving goes to none other than Tuli!  She is amazing at this sport.  She has exceptional focus and speed and 9 times out of 10, she is the first one to the ball.  She then faithfully runs back to you and drops the ball at your feet, then does a little dance letting you know she's ready to go again.

Casanova and Storm prefer wrestling to other sports.  They are both quite large and look like a couple of bears when they wrestle.  Even though Cas could easily win most of these matches, he always lets the girls win...even the smallest of the girls, 40 pounds lighter,  beats him.  Such a gentleman!


What games do your furry friends like to play?  Maybe we could introduce some new sports to our dog's playtime!
 
 
I took these photos of a bee hovering over a thistle in our back yard. Our yard is filled with many things that bees just love making it a nectar-filled smorgasbord.  From the clover that fills the yard to the ripe and juicy pears that fall from our pear tree, bees have plenty to feast upon.  While it's fascinating to watch these little guys in action, they can be very dangerous to your dog.

Dogs are curious creatures and may find a bee, or wasp or hornet, an interesting object to chase and play with, making their noses and mouths great targets for a stinger.  Or they could simply be walking through the yard and step on a bee who is collecting her nectar from some clover.  

If you think your dog has been stung by a bee, you should immediately seek the advice of your veterinarian as a bee sting can be life-threatening to your dog.  We like to keep Benadryl in the house at all times.  Your vet may recommend giving your dog a dose to reduce swelling and itching.  

Here are some signs that your dog may have been stung by a bee:

     ~   Crying out, running in circles, salivating
     ~   Mild signs include: swelling of the area; scratching, rubbing, licking, or chewing at  
         the sting
     ~   Severe signs include: profound swelling of the face, throat, or neck; hives, vomiting; 
          difficulty breathing; collapse


Of course, the best course of action would be to do everything you can to prevent the bee sting.  When the pears are ripe and falling from the tree, the pears must be picked up before the dogs can come outside.  We have a temporary plastic fencing around the thistle to protect the dogs from encountering the bees that hover there.  And we mow the lawn at least weekly so that the clover doesn't have a chance to get out of hand.  If you have a flower bed in your yard, you might consider putting a barrier around it to keep your inquisitive canine out.

Remember, a bee sting could be very dangerous to your dog, so if you believe she has been stung, don't wait.  Call your veterinarian immediately.  




 
 
Call it curious, call it nosey, call it inquisitive.  Whatever it is, our dogs are the biggest Nosey Rosies I have ever seen.  They seem to need to know what's going on at all times. 
 Yesterday, while playing in the back yard, they kept sticking their noses into a hole they've dug.  So Jerry went and found an old bucket and laid it over the hole.  These two walked around it for a while, keeping their distance, until Indy got brave enough to check it out with her nose.  They were so amazed by this curious new object in the back yard.  I think they have expected it to spring to life and start chasing them!

Privacy in the bathroom?  Forget about it.  If I go into the bathroom and don't quite get the door closed all the way, eventually someone pokes their nose in.  Sometimes a couple of them peek in.  They can't stand to think that you're behind that closed door doing something they can't see.  Surely they must be missing something exciting!

Our moms need lots of quiet and privacy when they are whelping their pups, but we still need to know what's going on in the rest of the house, so we keep the doors open but put these gates in the doorways to keep the other dogs out.  They stand there, being as patient as they can, and watch as the puppies are born.  It's really quite comical.  They look like a nervous family in a hospital, anxiously awaiting the birth of their loved one.

I'm wondering if all dogs are like this, or just ours.  And I often wonder exactly what they're thinking when they're checking things out.  What's going on in those curious minds?
 
 
A dog's nose is wet, cute and squishy, but it plays an important part in how she interprets her world.  While humans rely on their eyes to collect information about their surroundings, a dog uses her nose.

It is estimated that dogs can identify smells somewhere between 10,000 to 100,000 times better than humans.  

Whereas humans have 5 million scent receptors, a dog has many, many more!  A Dachshund has about 125 million, a German Shepherd 225 million, and a Bloodhound a whopping 300 million!  Sort of makes us humans inferior! 

These powerful sniffers are perfect for some very unique jobs that couldn't be accomplished by humans.  Sniffing out drugs and bombs, finding people buried in avalanches, tracking down criminals and detecting cancerous cells are just a few of the amazing feats that dogs can perform.  

With noses that sensitive, make sure you do your dog a favor and keep yourself smelling clean....and go easy on the cologne!  Wait....don't clean your socks though.  Yea, keep those socks nice and smelly.  That's the way they like 'em! 


 
 
For the longest time, I believed that dogs saw in black and white.  I'm sure that's what I was told when I was young.  Maybe that's what everyone believed.  Maybe scientists just weren't able to perform the research needed.  

But it's not true!  Dogs DO see in colors.  They don't see quite the same way humans do and I'm sure they're not looking at your clothes and noticing certain colors aren't right for you, but they are seeing colors.

Scientists believe that dogs are only able to see in shades of yellow, blue and grey.  Dogs have only two types of color-sensitive "cone" cells whereas humans have three.  It's awesome that dogs can see in color, but still, sad that they are clueless about my favorite color...red.

Dogs also have blurrier vision than humans with 20/20 vision since they have four to eight times less visual accuity.  A dog's vision is believed to be 20/75 which means that they lose sight of patterns 20 feet away that most people can see at 75 feet away.  Good thing they have a great sense of smell!

So, the next time you buy a colorful toy for your dog, make it a blue or yellow one.  It just might be easier for them to find in your green grass as opposed to a red or orange toy.






 
 
A puppy's ears are sealed at birth and they are unable to hear for the first couple weeks of life.  During this period, they rely on scent and vibrations to guide them.  Once their hearing has developed, they can hear about 4 times the distance of a person with normal hearing.  They can also hear much higher pitched sounds (range 67-45,000 Hz) than humans (range 64-23,000 Hz) can.  Their ear flap, or pinna, has more than 20 muscles allowing them 180 degrees of movement helping them to capture sounds.  Not to mention the many adorable ways a puppy holds his ears to express himself.