**Road's End Papillons- established in 2006
**We are advocates of raw-, fresh, "human food" food for our canine friends .
we follow limited vaccination guidelines.
**Please note that Road's End available Papillons are
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Reverse Sneezing

Reverse sneezing, also known as paroxysmal respiration or pharyngeal gag reflex, is common in Papillon dogs, and other small toy breeds.
Reverse sneezing is not actually a sneeze . It is a spasm that occurs when the soft palate and throat become irritated.
You will see an extended neck of your dog,when a spasm occurs, and hear a loud snorting sound.
You may think your dog is choking, or has a seizure, but Reverse Sneezing is in most cases harmless, your dog has no after effects, when it is over. (an average of about 2 minutes).
Reverse Sneezing can be caused by various types of irritants and even some dog allergies:
  • The usual household chemicals/irritants, such dust, pollen, cleaners and sprays, .
  • Perfumes
  • Viruses, nasal inflammation and post-nasal drip.
  • Exercise, (like pulling too hard on the leash)excitement, fast eating + drinking, sudden temperature changes.
  • Overweight/ obesity.
See, that you can get your dog to swallow, by:
  • Gently massaging his throat.
  • Blowing lightly into his nostrils.
  • Take him outside to get some fresh air.
  • Offer him some food or water.
Off course, if this happen too frequently , you must consult your vet  for an examination of nasal passages, as well as the throat.

Show Off: Road's End Madame Mimi

Show Off: Road's End Naughty Nana

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

First Snow 2009-10

Click on the image to see photos done in this afternoon's snow.
Of course there are some puppies who have never been in the snow yet.

The Papillon and Marie Antoinette.

Marie Antoinette was said to have walked to the guillotine clutching her small dog under her arm. Tradition has it that her dog was a small spaniel that had been brought to the French court from Spain on the back of pack mules. According to the story, her pup was spared and cared for in a building in Paris still called the Papillon House. Marie's small spaniel was said to have descended from a very old drop-eared breed known as the Epagneul Nain Continental, or Continental Dwarf/Toy Spaniel that appeared in church frescos and paintings as early as the 13th century.
( Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour ( 1750 ) by : François Boucher - French painter ( 1703 - 1770 )below.
(Marie Antoinette) above.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Toys: the No No's

There are things a Papillon never should play with:
  • Items with little beads in them, small, or sharp metal parts (springs, batteries, pins) or small glass eye balls.
  • Ribbons, longer pieces of rope, strips of fibers, nylon.
  • Sheets of plastic (Plastic bags).
  • Any toys,  small sized , that a Papillon could swallow, that includes rawhide bones, when chewed down to a small size, or rawhide sticks chewed down to a smaller size.
  • The knots of the end of small raw hide bones. When they come loose, and are swallowed, they could cause intestinal obstructions.
  • Thin rubber-squeaky toys. Papillons can chew the squeaker right out of the rubber toy and swallow.
  • Cheap, soft toys with cotton like material inside, or foam stuffing. (the better quality might last a little!)
Safer Toys:
  • Artificial bones made out of harder nylon.
  • Hard rubber balls , or chew toys . You can pick the ones with small openings in them to put bits of kibble in it, or other healthy treats. It will keep a Papillon quite entertained.
  • Rawhide bones, the bigger ones, they can not swallow, pressed together very tightly. (the good quality bone!!)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Road's End Nicolai

Nico will be 8 weeks old in 2 days. He is looking for a loving home.
You can see his size, by looking at the second pic: my husbands little pet dog and him.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Papillon/Phalene Mental Development :Birth to 12 Months

8-12 Weeks:
Your Papillon puppy will still want to sleep a lot. so, keep play time short, and bring him in his little crate, or quiet corner, where he can find sleep.
Do not follow your desire to show him off hour after hour, or let your children play with him, as he is like a new toy.
12-16 Weeks:
This is the time where your Babe gets imprinted the most. It is the time where you make or break a loving, positive relationship with him. The more fun things you do at this time, the closer he will be to you. A life-long friend!!
4-6 Months:
"Fear Time". this is the time where your Papillon show lots of anxieties. He will be reluctant to do things.
Do not push him too hard. Do not expose him to very loud bangs, or noises. Let him explore in a calm manner a new situation.
6.9 Months
"Terrible Teens". This is a good time for schooling, in a positive, loving way. Take him to obedience school. teach him something. It's the perfect time.
9-12 Months.
This is the time where even small Papillons may challenge you for leadership. In different ways.
Be calm, but positive with him. This is part of their natural development, but you have to show them, that you are the leader (boss).

Friday, December 18, 2009

Expecting first time Mom.

Eenie (Road's End Jasmine) is expecting now within 1-2 weeks.
Silenzio's Brolle is the dad.

Merry Christmas

I wish a Merry Christmas Season to all my Papillon Friends.

What makes Papillons a high maintence Pet?

Absolutely nothing.
 Papillons do not need to go to get clipped and groomed by a groomer.  Their hair-coat is easy to maintain by brushing  a couple of times per week, with emphasis under/ around  ears, and hocks (hind legs).
Papillons adopt easily to a variety of life styles, learn well, are trained easy, but , like most dogs, or other house pets, cherish a regulated household, with regular routines.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Nanu's Puppies

Above is Nico. 6.5 weeks old.
Below is Nana, same age. One can guess how small she is.In the background is our Brolle, which is considered as a small dog with lot's of hair!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Leisure Life @ Road's End

Common household items that are harmful to your Papillon Dog

  • Acetaminophen
  • Antifreeze and other car fluids
  • Bleach and cleaning fluids
  • Boric acid
  • Deodorants
  • Deodorizers
  • Detergents
  • De-icing salts
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain cleaners
  • Furniture polish
  • Gasoline
  • Hair colorings
  • Weed killers
  • Insecticides
  • Kerosene
  • Matches
  • Mothballs
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Paint
  • Prescription and
  • non-prescription medicine
  • Rat poison
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Shoe polish
  • Sleeping pills
  • Snail or slug bait
  • Turpentine
  • Windshield-wiper fluid
(re-written from the AKC Puppy Handbook

Nanu's Puppies

Little Nicolai just got home from the vet to get his first shots.
Unfortunately he developed a small amount of Under bite, and therefor he can not be shown.
Both his parents have a correct bite.
Nico is available as a Pet now and is looking for a loving home.

Dangerous Food Items for your Papillon Dog

It’s only natural for dogs to be curious. But their curiosity can get them into trouble when they get into areas where you store household items such as medicine and detergents. Many common household items that you use everyday can be harmful, and sometimes even lethal, to your dog.

Foods that are harmful to your dog:
May cause vomiting, abdominal pain and/or diarrhea:
Wild cherry
Japanese Plum
Balsam Pear
May cause varied reactions:
Yeast dough

Coffee grounds

Macadamia nuts

Tomato and potato leaves and stems


Onions and onion powder




Pear and peach kernels

Mushrooms (if also toxic to humans)




Symptoms of possible poisoning are: vomiting, diarrhea, difficult breathing, abnormal urine (color,

aroma or odor, frequency, etc.), salivation, weakness. If your dog should ingest harmful chemicals,

contact a veterinarian or poison control center immediately.

(re-written from the AKC Puppy Handbook)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Papillon Health /Vet Care

There will be times when you have to give your Papillon pills or capsules by mouth .
The best way to do that is by hiding the pill in a delicious meat ball, cheese, peanut butter, or even a little bit of canned cat food!!

If he is still figuring it out by spitting the pill back out, you may have to break the pill in tiny pieces; that will work.
If for some reason this does not work, insert the pill way back in his mouth, close it gently, and watch that he does lick his lips, which means, that he swallowed!!
If you have to give him any liquid, hold his muzzle closed without tilting his head back, squirt with a syringe the liquid into the pouch at the back of his jaw (between teeth and cheek). Make sure he swallows; if not, blow at his nose gently, or stroke his neck.

If small amounts of liquids are only prescribed, it is possible to put it in a small dish, mix with small amount to favored food to eat!!
yummy, yummy!!

Old Masters

18 Portrait of a Woman ( unknown ) by : Jan de Baen - Dutch painter ( 1633 - 1702 )

Nanu's Babes

Nico & Nana are now 6 weeks old.

Matti's Babe

Ore'O (girl) @ 5 weeks

Friday, December 11, 2009

Papillon Puppy Socializing

It is very important to socialize your Papillon puppy between 7-8 weeks and 4 months of his age.
It will shape his entire future/life. How he will react and deal with things as an adult dog.
Expose him to a great variety of things-in a gentle way-.
Take him car riding, go to places, expose him to a lots of people, animals, and other things.
Proper socialization can prevent him being fearful of children, car riding, and in general: other people.
Help him to develop to be a nice pleasant-mannered Papillon.

Food & Nutrition

Food & nutrition for your Papillon Puppy from
  • 6-12 weeks:
Feed Puppy Food; a specially formulated diet, to meet your puppies nutritional needs.
If you feed Adult food, you will deprive your puppy important nutrients needed in that age.
feed your puppy 3-4 /Day.

small dogs, such as your Papillon should be able to eat un-moistened food at about 13-14 weeks.
3-6 Months:
You could decrease the amount of feedings perhaps to 3 / Day; that is, if your puppy is a good eater.
At this age, he, or she will slim down and loose the potbelly from the very young puppy stage.
6-12 Months:
I still feed my dogs 3 times / day, but there are plenty of people, who prefer to feed twice/day.
Have a close look at your young dog: is he a good eater? Is he well developed for his age?.
There are some Papillons, who are also not interested in eating more than twice/day.
If you give your puppy "extras", like can-food, mixed with kibbles, or some chicken, do this only in the morning, so he will not go to bed with an overfilled belly. You will have a better sleep, because, he will not wake you up to go potty!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Alternative Names for Papillons

The Papillon's large, butterfly-like ears and symmetrical face gave the breed its name.
Alternative names:
  • Phalène (drop ear type)
  • Continental Toy Spaniel
  • Epagneul Nain Continental
  • Butterfly Dog
  • Dwarf Spaniel
  • Squirrel dog or Squirrel Spaniel (due to its tail carriage)
  • Belgian Toy Spaniels

Nanu's Puppies

Nicolai @ 5 weeks

Saturday, December 5, 2009