We’re so excited to introduce the latest addition to our household Ollie! He’s a Cavapoo and we’ve had him for a full month now. Ollie has introduced a lot happiness to our dwelling and we’re absorbing each minute of this pet section. We created an Instagram web page for him @olliemclovin in case you wish to observe alongside on his pet adventures!
Our pups Jake and Lucy have been missed. Jake lived 14 years and handed away the summer time of 2019. Lucy lived just a few extra years till age 17 and handed away this final Christmas. It was so heartbreaking to lose them. Each Jack Russells gave us a lot love and happiness. After Lucy handed away I by no means thought I’d get one other canine – saying goodbye was so terribly unhappy, I didn’t assume my coronary heart may undergo it once more.
This yr nevertheless simply hasn’t been the identical with out them. Even our ragdoll cat Calvin observed Lucy wasn’t round and he simply hasn’t been himself. In early March Andrew informed me had been researching canine breeds on his personal for a number of weeks and stated, “I feel we should always get a Cavapoo. They’ve a superb temperament, they’re pleasant, tremendous cute and don’t shed.” As quickly as he confirmed me photos I instantly stated sure!
We picked up Ollie when he was 9 weeks outdated (5 kilos). He’s a mixture of a Toy Poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Right this moment he’s 13 weeks and weighed in at 7 kilos. He’s rising so quick and has a lot power. It’s estimated he will likely be 14-20 kilos full grown.
Right here’s a video we made with him!
A variety of you requested for a roundup of what we purchased for him and what he likes. Since he’s nonetheless younger and hasn’t had all his vaccines he’s stayed at dwelling with us or gone on quick walks. He’s very pleasant and loves it when any new individuals come over to our dwelling.
Crate, Mattress and Gates
We’ve crate educated Ollie and he has a Wooden and Wire Medium sized crate from Wayfair. It’s within the nook in between two sofas we’ve got gated however we depart the crate doorways + gate open for him through the day. Andrew additionally ordered two Ortho Pet Mattress Pillows to place contained in the crate however Ollie prefers sleeping on the tile ground, a Prime Paw Donut Mattress or his Barefoot Desires Pet Mattress.
He has one other sleeping nook in our bed room the place it’s quiet so he can sleep undisturbed throughout his daytime naps.
To part off areas within the dwelling Andrew ordered some Freestanding Picket Pet Gates from Amazon. They’re foldable and durable they usually’re precisely what we had been on the lookout for. You too can purchase Help Ft which we’ve got and actually like.
To date our setup works nicely for Ollie. He’s a jumper and likes to bounce round rather a lot however he’s nowhere close to the leaping capability of our Jack Russells. Jake was capable of soar all the way in which to my shoulder top at the same time as slightly pet.
Favourite Toys & Group
We’ve tried so many toys with Ollie. His favorites are his Barefoot Desires Fox and something that has a crinkle noise. He loves this Stuffless Crinkle Squirrel, Child Yoda Toy (the ears crinkle), Stuffed Chewbacca and likewise the Prime Paw Easter Crinkle Toys. By now he is aware of the way to play catch and fetch and loves something he can chew and carry. Despite the fact that he’s within the teething section and likes to chunk and chew he doesn’t tear into or rip toys like our Jack Russells did. Nothing lasted greater than 5 minutes with Jake and Lucy!
Andrew discovered fairly just a few entertaining toys that Ollie ended up liking. The Snuffle Canine Mat Snail has pockets to cover treats and retains him entertained for some time. This Suction Cup Chew Toy attaches to our sliding glass doorways. We put peanut butter on the skin and it retains Ollie occupied till it’s all gone.
The Hyper Pet Canine Tail is one other winner. It wiggles, vibrates and barks. It’s interactive so it retains Ollie fairly entertained. He additionally like his Disguise-a-Squirrel! He has plenty of toys however we restrict what we expose him to at any given time so he can keep extra targeted.
To maintain his toy scenario beneath management I purchased a pair Woven Felt Baskets (accessible in Giant and Small sizes) and Rectangular Wire Baskets (accessible in a number of sizes and in black or white) from Goal. I appreciated them a lot I purchased just a few extra for across the dwelling.
We waited to get the okay from the vet earlier than giving Ollie treats and we’re easing him in with just a few for coaching and teething. He appears to be choosy with the treats however likes Milk-Bone Path Combine and a Nylabone Wholesome Edibles. The Jack and Pup Bully Sticks assist along with his teething and don’t make a multitude.
Cleansing & Grooming
Pee pads had been on everybody’s pet important record and we purchased a pack however we didn’t actually need to make use of them for Ollie. He’s been fairly good with the potty coaching and realized rapidly.
To scrub up accidents the Bissell Pawsitively Clear with Febreze is nice. It’s a stain remover and smells fairly good for an Enzyme Cleaner. They make one for cats too however out cat Calvin doesn’t often mark something so we haven’t tried it.
For baths we used Earth Tub for Jake and Lucy and nonetheless had some in our cupboards (it additionally works for our cat). They work nicely for Ollie too! Proper now we use the Hypo-Allergenic Shampoo and the Oatmeal Aloe Conditioner on him.
For grooming we’re nonetheless studying. He thinks brushing is play time so I attempt to give him light brushes whereas he’s sleeping. We use a brush we had for our Jack Russells however Ollie’s Cavapoo fur is totally different so we might want to order totally different combs.
He’ll want skilled trims and grooming sooner or later. The fur round his eyes has grown the quickest and has coated his eyes. Since he’s so wiggly and energized I’ve solely tried a tiny trim (tiny as in 2 snips) when he’s quick asleep.
Coaching will begin quickly. He’s nonetheless fairly younger and is aware of primary instructions like sit, keep (generally) and are available right here. He understands phrases like “potty” and “deal with.” They are saying Cavapoos are fast learners so we’re conserving our fingers crossed!
9 weeks vs 12 weeks
I’ve linked all of the issues we’ve purchased for him. A variety of you requested about his harness and leash however we acquired it from our breeder who buys them from a 3rd occasion vendor. Since Ollie is rising we have to get him a much bigger dimension already. As soon as I discover one which works I’ll share that with you too!
Every thing from Amazon is on my Amazon Web page beneath Ollie’s Favorites.
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A really particular thanks to every and everybody of you who’ve despatched heartfelt messages to me about Ollie. We love him a lot and I really like seeing photos of all of your doodles! I had no thought there have been so lots of you with poodle combine canine and I LOVE IT! Maintain sending me the pictures and accounts, I really like seeing them and listening to about your canine tales.