Saturday, December 30, 2017

Olly Christmas 2017

OLLY frm Lu, Puck

Sad News, Rainy

Hi Don, I have some sad news. We had to put Rainy down because her cancer tumor. Incredibly we were told a year and a half ago that she may have six months. She was an incredible dog with so much energy and love of life right up to her last moments. The last almost twelve years have been such a joy.  We will miss her greatly. Thank you so much for the opportunity to have her in our lives. It was actually 12 years ago this week when we first met her and you and our lives have been so much richer ever since. 

I didn't use her very much as a therapy dog. I often joked that because she loved people's attention so much that she would put people in therapy. She adored people and people adored her. Often when we were out around public or camping people were gravitated to her. It was also amazing when my family would all bring there dogs to the farm she was considered the matriarch. Though she was gentle with all the other dogs she was clear that all needed to play well with each other. 

Christmas was an exciting time for her. She would always wait until the presents were being open and as soon as we told her to get her present she would go under the tree and grab her present and tare apart the wrapping and throughout the day show everyone as they came in her present. Though she was very lethargic this Christmas she was still happy to be given her present. I am so happy that she was able to one last Christmas with us. 

 I should also say that through Hannah's (my youngest) tears when hearing that Rainy was gone (Sylvia and the kids are in Halifax) she asked if we could get another puppy but only from you. She thinks that Rainy was so special and it is because of where she came from.

Thanks so much for all you do. I hope you have a happy and healthy 2018.


Merry Christmas from Remi

Hey Don, 

Just a little message to send along a Christmas greeting from our home to yours. We are over the moon pleased with Remi and his ability to learn things so fast. We are still working on “come” and “stay”. We had his last round of vaccinations this passed weekend and he weighed 35 lbs at 4 months, and still growing like a weed too. I hope you have a very merry Christmas and we’ll talk soon.



Remi xmas 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Rocky all ready for Christmas!


Merry Christmas from Lady Belle

Hi Don,

A quick note to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Lady Belle.
Saw the picture of Dot's pups - they are so cute!  How many in the litter?  Are they all spoken for?
Belle is such a great dog - we are thankful each day for her presence in our lives. Here is a picture of her visiting with family.

Jadine and Ed.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Lady Belle

Merry Christmas from Eddie and Family

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Hartlen’s!   I know Eddie frequently sends pictures :). But wanted to share a few more with you!  Manny is definitely loved and maybe a bit spoiled! Ha!   And we think he is the most handsome dog around!!!


Merry Christmas 2017

Clover trying to sneak upstairs

This is Clover trying to sneak upstairs. Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2018.



Murph at 3 months

Hi Don, 

Here’s some pics of Murph at 3 months, growing like crazy. We’ve been running around the yard to tire him out, then working on keeping his head up on short walks to avoid eating rocks. I say “leave it” when he puts his head down to grab something, make eye contact with him and give praise and sometimes treat. He’s responding well to training but of course shiny objects get in the way sometimes. Less and less accidents inside, the occasional poop but no pee in the house for a while. No pee pads in the house.  The 15 trips outside each day now paying off.

I’ll try to drop by over the holidays to borrow the training book to read.

Merry Christmas to you and Pierrette



Saturday, December 23, 2017

Kaylee, Christmas Dog

Kaylee XMas

Dot's Litter


Wow!  Looks like she had a pretty big litter.  Thanks for letting me know about these pups, but I'm going to wait, and continue to keep my fingers crossed for a Tiggs & Rock pup hopefully in the Spring.  I'm really hoping Tiggs' owners are going to let you try breeding her again cause I'd really like to have a pup that has the same genes as Dee 😉  Has she won anymore awards lately?

Have a nice Christmas, Don!  And Happy New Year!


Dot's litter

Merry Christmas, love Rocky and the O’Donnelll’s

Love Rocky and the O’Donnelll’s

Duke in Christmas sweater

Duke in Christmas sweater

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Bailee Update

Hey Don,I figured I’d drop you a quick note before the Christmas rush takes hold to say Merry Christmas and send a couple of recent picture of Bailee (dot/puck pup).  She is a truly great dog! Very intelligent and easily catches on to things.  After a lot of training and introduction last year this year was her first actual hunting year and I was more then happy with her, blind manners are great and not much will stop her when it comes to retrieving a duck.  Here are a couple of pictures of her this fall.



Sunday, December 17, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Don!

Samantha will celebrate her 16th Christmas, Maggie her 14th, Chelsea her 10th and Annalou her 4th.

All the best in 2018!


Christmas 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"Addison’s Crisis" (hypoadrenocorticism) Henri's Story

Hi Don, 

Wanted to give you an update on Henri.  On Tuesday November 28th we noticed that Henri didn’t seem like himself, lethargic, loss of appetite and all around quiet.  I also noticed that he was shaking his head and scratching at his ears.  I called our vet and scheduled an appointment for Thursday Nov 30th.  The vet took his temperature (it was good), checked him all over & looked at his ears and he did in fact have an ear infection.  They gave us a prescription and we were off with a scheduled recheck for Monday to see how things were going.  

Friday night Henri seemed to be even more lethargic and he still hadn’t eaten any food.  He was also shivering and looked like he was struggling to walk.  It looked like his back legs were giving out.  We called the Emergency Vet and spoke with the on call Veterinarian  (Adrian Tompkins DVM) from Fundy Animal Hospital in Saint John.  He suggested we bring Henri in right away.  We had to carry him to the car because he wasn’t able to stand at this point. 

Luckily they were there waiting for us and he was able to see Henri right away, he took a blood sample and within 30 minutes he was able to diagnose Henri with Addison’s disease (hypoadrenocorticism).  I’ll be honest I had never heard of Addison’s before and I was in complete shock.  They hooked him up to an IV and he spent the night there.  We got home around 3am that night.  Luckily they had a female dog having puppies overnight so the veterinarian and another staff member where there all night and was able to check on Henri every 30 min.

The next morning Mike and I went back to see Henri & he was already showing great improvement, he was sitting up and licking our faces and wagging his tail.  They wanted to keep him for the rest of the day but said we could come pick him up when they closed at the end of the day. 

We decided to stop in at our Veterinarian’s office (Kannon Animal Hospital) and had a chance to talk to our vet and give her a heads up on the situation and schedule a follow up appointment for Tuesday to check his electrolytes.  He was prescribed Florinef & Prednisone.  Originally he was taking 10 Florinef pills (5 in the morning & 5 at night) but after they checked his electrolytes on Tuesday they advised he still wasn’t stable and asked us to up his pill intake to 12 a day.  

We had his second follow up appointment yesterday and the vet called a few minutes ago and she was happy with his electrolytes.  For now he will stay on the 12 pills a day and she also wants us to keep giving him the Prednisone for this week and after that only if necessary.  We have a scheduled follow up appointment in 3 months.  

Since Henri’s diagnosis he has made huge improvements and It’s safe to say he is back to his 87lbs happy tail wagging self.  He is eating breakfast, supper, treats , playing ball and enjoying walks again.  It was a very scary 48 hours but after a week and a half I feel things are much better.  I am very confident with the staff at both Veterinarian’s office.  They took very good care of Henri and I feel good about his progress.  I should mention that we had kept the Pet Insurance so it will come in handy to cover most of the costs.  Also his ear infection is completely gone.  We have been doing lots of reading on this disease and we will be keeping a very close eye on his behaviour to ensure he does not have a “crisis” again.  

Felt this is something you needed to know. 


Its a ruff life in Cape Breton

 its a ruff life in Cape Breton ... lol 


Daizy Mae


.... and if you ever saw anything more beautiful .... I can't imagine....


Daizy Mae

luv Daizy Mae & Lois

Santa Paws

.. the Queen of the Christmas Parade ...Santa Paws ... aka Daizy Mae 🐾🐾Hope this finds you well and ready for the Holiday Season 

All the best, Lois & Daizy 

Daizy Mae

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Friday, December 08, 2017

McKinley, He’s growing so fast!!

Hi Don

Allan has requested I send you some pics of our new boy!! He’s growing so fast!! Getting stronger every day. He’s so smart and learns commands so quickly!We are so very happy to have met you, we would never have known how much McKinley would fill our hearts with happiness.He’s a joy!

Thank you!

Allan, Jane, Lacey and McKinley


Jill and Pucks pups (2 Yellow Females 2 days old)

Jill and Pucks pups 2 YF 2 days old

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Lu very happy


Good by Sable

We just came back from the vets.  we had to put Sable down .  Sable was having trouble standing and walking she must have had a mini-stroke. The vet said she made a good run.  She had 6 1/2 years with diabetes.   The diabetes caused blindness, she wanted to still play ball, so Bill had to hit her with the ball so she could find it by listening to the bounce sound. .  Sable wanted to go, she was ready to o. I kept telling her She was going to a better place I stoked her head and then I leaned down and kissed her. 

Fr. Tom was right, They are one of God's greatest gifts. She was my hellper, companion.

She picked up many things for me. She brought me things that I dropped or needed. I don't know what I would have done without her in the  last couple of years. All I know is that I'm going to miss her.I pray that Saint  Frances meets her when she gets up to Heaven and take her to play in Doggie heaven.

I miss her already.


Quinn 9 months

Thought we would send you some pictures of Quinn. He’s such a great pup and can’t get enough swimming in (lucky to still be able to go in December). We couldn’t have gotten a better dog. Thanks again and we hope you have a wonderful holiday season.