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StandByMe Litter


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Last Updated:

July 5, 2024 at 6:15:51 PM

Why we named this litter "StandByMe" ?

Well, lets start by the beginning.... The name of the litter is in the memory of "Grandpa Elliott" and to honor his legacy.

"Grandpa Elliott Small" is a well-known New Orleans musician who could regularly be seen in his signature blue overalls, red shirt and floppy hat playing on the streets of the French Quarte. He was born in New Orleans and spent most of his life here. Small picked up the harmonica when he was young, and played and sang in the French Quarter for close to 70 years, holding a regular spot at the corner of Toulouse and Royal streets.

In 2008, Small sang on a rendition of "Stand By Me," which featured street musicians from around the world. The video for the song went viral.

The recording of "Stand By Me" was part of producer Mark Johnson's Playing For Change, a global multimedia project promoting music education. Following "Stand By Me," Small joined the Playing For Change band and toured internationally, including dates with Robert Plant and appeared on "The Tonight Show" and "The Colbert Report." When he returned home, Small also was invited to play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

More than a decade ago, Small's eyesight began to fail and he became blind. He continued playing on French Quarter streets before the pandemic paused the music.

"People spot me all the way from Canal Street in my red shirt," Small told The Times-Picayune, "and they start shouting, 'There's Grandpa! There's Grandpa!'"

#grandpaelliott #Standbyme


If interested, please fill out the Puppy Questionnarie in order to be considered to adopt one of these puppies.


Litter Information:

DOB: 07/28/2023

AKC Litter Reg. #: NY001034

Litter Size & Details:

Litter of 11, 7 Males (2 liver spotted) and 4 females (1liver spotted)


Sire of the litter "Poseidon"

Opalonyx Commander In Chief Black

Dam of the litter "Phoebe"

Opalonyx Titan Phoebe of The Greeks

*What comes with your puppy?*

Your puppy will have AKC Registration prepaid and completed by the breeder after the puppy goes home.

Microchipped with lifetime subscription prepaid, enrollment also completed by breeder. 

First set of vaccinations and a Florida Health Certificate.

BAER (hearing) test report.

Puppy Starter Package that contains Blanket, Toy, Leash and Collar, Food, treats/chews, waste bags, training pads etc. (subject to availability) 

Choosing a Puppy:

When the new puppies are  5-6  weeks of age or older, and only after DNA (if applicable) and Hearing tests are completed, you will be invited to visit our kennel home to meet them and choose the one to be become part of your family. 

While we prefer every prospect puppy owner to personally meet the puppies before choosing and making a commitment, in the given case you are unable to visit, we will provide you with as much information as we are able to (weight and size, pictures, videos etc) in order to help you choose. 

There is not an specific order to choose the pups. Based on our evaluation of each, we will do our best to give each Puppy Parent as many options as possible, taking into account each person/family's preferences (Color, Gender, Size) and lifestyle. 

Once you have chosen your puppy, you are welcome to visit, as many times as you wish, to personally follow up on your little one's development. 

At 4 weeks of age, we should be able to identify the pups that are deaf bilaterally. However, unilateral deafness (Only an ear good) can only be determined at the BAER test, which will be scheduled any time between the 6th to 8th weeks of age. In the given case that your chosen puppy happens to be affected and  you decide against keeping it, your deposit shall be refunded immediately. 


We, as The Breeders, reserve the right to have the first pick of any litter.

Breeders and Co-breeders may set aside/hold longer one or more puppies for further evaluation to determine potential.

Delivery and Pick Up

Based on our past personal experiences, we do not use outside transportation companies to deliver puppies. All puppies must be picked up in person OR arrangements can be made for us to personally take the puppy to you, for an additional fee, which will include transportation and lodging expenses as applicable. This service is subject to our availability and is ONLY available to the new puppy owners that live out of state. 


Coming Soon


Dewclaws Removing: 07/31/2023 (completed) - Inhouse - Learn more about Dewclaws

1st Deworming: 08/11/2023 (completed) - Inhouse

2nd Deworming: 08/25/2023 (Completed) - Inhouse

3rd Deworming: 09/08/2023 (Completed- Inhouse

4th Deworming: Completed - Inhouse

First Vet Apointment: (Completed) 08/28/2023 @ 10am at Citra Animal Clinic

Microchipping: 09/01/2023 (Completed) - Inhouse

BAER Test (Hearing): (Completed) 09/19/2023 @ 9:15 am at UF Small Animal Hospital

Final Vet Apointment: (Completed) 09/22/2023 at Citra Animal Clinic

Go Home Day: On or after 09/22/2023

Journal Entries

*Entries on this section will be added as they become available (with date stamps), from the day the mother is inseminated until the day the puppies leave to their new homes*

05/27/2023 - First breeding

06/23/2023 - Pregnancy confirmed by ultrasoud.

07/28/2023 - Phoebe started showing the first signs of labor early am. The first puppy was born at 11am, and the last one at 3:30 am (next day). All puppies seem to be in good health and nursing already.

07/29/2023 - Phoebe is being a great mom, although, she is not producing enough milk/colostrum to keep her babies satisfied, so we will be tube-feeding every few hours and keeping tracking of their weights more often than usual to make sure they are developing ok.

7/31/2023 - Dewclaws have been removed. All puppies continue to gain weight consistently.

08/04/2023 - Puppies are 1 week of weight today. Weights have been recorded, Most have doubled their birth weight.

08/08/2023 - DNA test result received. 5 out of 11 puppies are LUA. Shoutout sent to puppy owners by email. See DNA reports bellow.

DNA Test Reports - StandByMe Litter
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08/11/2023 - Puppies are 2 weeks of age. Nails were trimmed, weights recorded and they had their first dosage of dewormer.

They are opening their eyes and starting to take their first steps. All puppies continue to grow and develop satisfactory.

08/16/2023 – Hearing Test and Final Vet appointment have been scheduled.

08/21/2023 – Yellow-multi collar is deaf (Bilaterally). Deaf dogs are as smart as any hearing dog, however, they do require different kind of training and approach. It is easy for us to determine fully deaf puppies as they don’t respond to noises. However, unilateral deafness can only be determined at the BAER test.

Both litters are now out of the whelping boxes and roaming free in the play pen. In the play pen, they have a doggie door leading to the turf enclosure. They should soon learn to go outside to potty.

Multi -Color Collar has one blue eye.  

08/25/2023 - Shoutout sent via email to all new puppy owners.

09/19/2023 - Hearing Test done. As we knew already, we have one puppy completely deaf, Yellow-Multi, and we found out Black/White is unilateral, meaning that only one ear is good. Report bellow.

Phoebes Hearing Test Results_Redacted
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09/22/2023 - Puppies went to their final vet appointment with us and got their first set of vaccinations. Health Certificates have been issued. They are now ready to go to their new homes!


Weight Chart

Photos and Videos

We will regularly upload pictures and videos to a Google Album (Link bellow)

Download the Google Photos App on your mobile device and subscribe/join the album in order to receive automatic notifications every time new photos and videos are uploaded. 

Meet The Puppies

(F) stands for female, (M) stands for Male

HUU stands for Hyperuricosuria 

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Training and Information


I will be responsible for my dog’s health needs. These include:

Routine veterinary care including check-ups and vaccines

Adequate nutrition through proper diet; clean water at all times

Daily exercise and regular bathing and grooming

I will be responsible for my dog’s safety.

I will properly control my dog by providing fencing where appropriate, not letting my dog run loose, and using a leash in public.

I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification when appropriate (which may include collar tags, tattoos, or microchip ID).

I will provide adequate supervision when my dog and children are together.

I will not allow my dog to infringe on the rights of others.
I will not allow my dog to run loose in the neighborhood.
I will not allow my dog to be a nuisance to others by barking while in the yard, in a hotel room, etc.
I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste in all public areas such as on the grounds of hotels, on sidewalks, parks, etc.
I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste in wilderness areas, on hiking trails, campgrounds and in off-leash parks.

I will be responsible for my dog’s quality of life.
I understand that basic training is beneficial to all dogs.

I will give my dog attention and playtime.

I understand that owning a dog is a commitment in time and caring.

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