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Celebrating Regal Golden Puppies .......

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Our goal is to breed and raise exceptional quality British Style Golden Retrievers. Our bloodlines are from only the most respected kennels worldwide. We are members of the Canadian Kennel Club, UK Kennel Club and GRCC and strictly adhere to their code of ethics. Our breeding dogs have passed all health clearances for eyes, heart, hips and elbows.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Bella and Hudson's Puppies - 8 weeks


Mr. Brown ...looking so Regal!
This week was all about having fun and getting dirty in the process. Fortunately, the morning dew that covered the lawn was nature’s little miracle footbath that cleansed the puppies’ feet on their way back to the playpen. This week was also about meeting new people, making new relationships and evolving roles. As their mother and caregiver, Bella still provided the occasional snack to her little entourage, but after mealtime, she became their playmate, one on one or in groups. Not unexpectedly, their “Aunt” Sierra who has always adored the puppies, was their favourite and most capable chum. She would inspire a group to chase her and then roll onto her back to allow the little ones to climb on her. With such keen maternal instincts, Sierra is bound to be an exceptional mum herself one day.

Aunt Sierra playing with Bella's puppies.

The group was eager to get further acquainted with their dad, Hudson and their “Uncle” Jazz, but did have some difficulty in keeping up with them so they settled on Haas, our senior Golden. Since Haas likes to spend much of his time lying down, he was a natural target for the puppies to use as a giant play toy. While occasionally reluctant, he was always gentle and accommodating.

There is seemingly no limit to the imagination of a puppy. We can only surmise about the game of G.I. Joe that the puppies were playing in a giant foxhole in the backyard. They were somehow able to fit four or five of them into it at one time. The carpentry crew found four puppies playing tug with one single tree branch; a gift spawned from a brisk wind the prior evening. Another team embarked on their project of a big dig, whereby they excavated the earth under a protruding rock, tunneling tirelessly like miners, thereby creating a cave. With her exceptional gardening skills, Miss Lavender gathered brush to help camouflage its entrance. But then, they are den animals and they instinctively look to create these little hideaways they can safely retreat to, should the imaginary need arise.

Since we had a couple of rain days during the week, we spent some indoor time with the gang. They rollicked in our foyer which served as a giant dance floor and ran laps around the island in the kitchen. When enough energy was expended, the puppies each found a corner of the kitchen or a stool to curl up under for some greatly needed rest.

Much of the week was a blur. There were many car rides, visitors, monsoons, lightning storms, races back and forth in the yard at top speeds and first time baths, but in the midst of it all there was still some time to spend alone with each puppy. Our hearts were captured by the puppies’ budding and loving little personalities that they will take with them to share with their new families. These were among the most special moments that we’ll cherish forever. 

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bella and Hudson's Puppies - 7 weeks

The Angel Litter ....

Miss Lavender

Miss Lavender warned him by barking several times, yet the intruder would not budge. She began to bark incessantly, but he was still unyielding. Finally she could take no more. She lunged forward and sank her teeth into him jerking her head from side to side as she pulled back. He finally toppled over and lay there, helpless…..defeated. Score one for the puppies. The broom that graces our deck had learned its lesson. And thus, the tone for the week was set.

With their sense of adventure and confidence growing daily, the puppies have now explored the better part of an acre of their private wonderland. They still enjoy their gardening and rock climbing, but have added a form of steeplechase that involves chasing each other under and through various pieces of deck furniture. Their foot races across the back half of the property came to an abrupt halt one day for Mr. Crimson as he disappeared into a large hole that had been dug by some of our older Goldens. He emerged a little dusty, but eager to continue.

Remarkably, Bella is still nursing a bit, but when she’s had enough, she makes herself very clear. The gang is enjoying their mush, but also delights in snacking on kibble which provides them with a constructive use for their razor sharp teeth, thereby sparing our shoes, laces and limbs.

Our 12 year old Haas playing with Mr. Green.

It was a memorable week for the puppies. They met their “Uncle” Haas, our senior Golden. They were curious as they hadn’t seen another grown-up Golden up close, aside from their mum. They carefully examined his undercarriage and quickly discovered that this model was not a milk truck, leaving them somewhat perplexed. They retired the notion of getting anything to eat, so the little pack opted just to play with him, circling him like a covered wagon in a western movie. Fortunately, Haas is a good sport! They also formally met their dad, Hudson, another gentle giant. The puppies had a string of visitors throughout the week and made many new friends. They have very even temperaments and are maturing both physically and emotionally – their personalities evolving every day. One thing is for certain: they love to be picked up and cuddled.

The Gang heading out to the vet!


The puppies went on numerous car rides too. After five minutes into a drive, the chirping subsided as the car coddled them into a tranquil state…..except for Mr. Black who at some point along the way must have realized we were en route to the veterinary clinic.They were weighed, received their check-up, vaccines and micro-chipping. All the puppies passed with flying colours and were a huge hit with the clinic staff. It seems like everyone’s a latent paparazzi when there’s a puppy in the mix, let alone nine! In a subsequent car ride, the only sound we heard was snoring.

It's hard to believe how quickly the time has passed and soon these little bundles of joy will be headed to their new homes. In the meantime, we’ll be firming up their travel plans and getting them used to crates to eliminate any stress of travelling. They are an adorable bunch and we are going to treasure our remaining days together.

Please join us next week for the conclusion of “Puppy Tales”.


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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Bella and Hudson's Puppies - 6 weeks


So many new adventures this week!
It’s been a busy week for the puppies. Now that they are becoming more comfortable with outdoor living, they have been pursuing various hobbies and interests. Mr. Black, the lumberjack, has been gleefully pruning a lilac bush. Not to be outdone, Miss Yellow and Mr. Brown have taken up landscaping as they rearrange twigs and bark chips. Messrs. Crimson and Blue are amateur rock-climbers scaling the flower beds, while the others practice their track & field, gymnastics or even origami with the paper in their whelping box.

Bella feeds the puppies occasionally to supplement their diet of moistened puppy food, albeit with diminishing enthusiasm. It’s comical to watch them chase her around the yard in the hopes of getting a snack. All in all, Bella is doing a great job as a mum. She has even scared away a wild turkey lurking outside the fence to our yard. When the puppies are in their playpen, Bella lies dutifully beside it to watch over them, but sometimes shares this task with our Sierra who is still very enamoured with the little ones.

Fortunately, the weather has been co-operative most days so the pups spent a good deal of their time outside enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. The puppies also learned about rain one morning. As we were inside preparing their breakfast, Bella came running to the door with a bark so anxious as if to suggest that Timmy had fallen into the well. When I glanced outside, I realized what Bella was trying to tell us was that we’d had an unexpected downpour. We raced outside to find the poor little puppies huddled in a mass, completely drenched, quivering, looking quite bewildered. We brought them inside as quickly as possible, but their complaining didn’t stop until every last one was gently toweled dry.

We had lots of time to play this week!

The puppies play very exuberantly with one another and no-one is ever left out. While the boys are very boisterous, the girls can certainly hold their own. All of this play culminates in one of their other favourite pastimes, which of course is napping. And they certainly do their share of that.

It’s difficult to pass by their pen without having the puppies fix their gaze upon you in the hopes of being picked up. We’re convinced that Miss Yellow is like Mona Lisa whose eyes follow you around the room. They are at the age now where interaction with people is becoming increasingly important to them, so they react to every sight, sound and touch. Add a dash of their blossoming personalities and watch your resistance fade away.

Be sure to join us next week for the continuing saga of “Puppy Tales”.


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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Bella and Hudson's Puppies - 5 weeks

Bella soaking up the sunshine with her puppies.

What an adventurous week this has been since the puppies were introduced to the great outdoors. They are spending a good portion of their day outside now, sometimes slumbering in their pen and other times on supervised expeditions in the yard. Their circle of comfort continues to widen and they are enjoying every minute frolicking about! With their vision and hearing now fully matured, they are very curious, learning about the things many of us take for granted: a blade of grass, a bark chip or a butterfly. One day during afternoon recess, Mr. Black, spotting an apparent gap under our gate, decided he would like to explore the previously uncharted expanses of our property. He recruited Mr. Crimson and Mr. Purple to join him in his quest, but all three were apprehended without incident.

Being the good mother that she is, Bella is still very protective of her puppies and the only dogs she never minds having around them is their dad Hudson and our senior Golden, Haas. Bella does make exceptions, so Sierra, our New Canadian Champion, spends long periods of time lying in front of the puppies’ playpen, contemplating them adoringly.


Our Sierra admiring the new puppies.

To Bella’s delight, the little ones are enjoying three meals of mush daily, so she only supplements their feeding a couple of times a day – a blessing for her since each puppy’s 28 baby teeth have erupted. The mush now includes some re-moistened dry food and continues to be a big hit. Every meal is like Thanksgiving as the puppies gorge themselves on this scrumptious offering. If they could undo a button on their furry little vests, they surely would. Afterward, they all stumble into a corner of the lounge and enjoy a nap.

Not surprisingly, the puppies are learning to communicate - not in a language that might be discernable to you or I, although it’s clearly understood by their siblings who respond just as emphatically. At playtime, they enjoy following us or their mom around the yard, honing their co-ordination by playing ball, or just rolling around in the grass. Their favourite team sport is scrimmage although they usually forget to use a ball. And after the giant knot is unfurled, there is no clear winner or loser, just a lot of happy faces. They are just puppies, after all.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another riveting installment of “Puppy Tales”.


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Friday, July 29, 2011

Bella & Hudson's Puppies - Week 4

"Mush" is a hit with all the Puppies including Bella!


It’s now approaching four weeks since these little darlings were born.  They are growing by the hour it seems, and are very gentle, easy going with loving dispositions. Each and every puppy is just so beautiful but with parents like Bella and Hudson, how can they not be blessed with good looks?

The highlight of this week was mealtime “mush”:  a healthy concoction of oatmeal, goat’s milk and vitamins. What a hit! Without the need of an invitation, Mr. Black was the very first to dig in. The others followed his lead - some a little apprehensively, perhaps since this substance wasn’t delivered by the usual milk truck.  Since that first day, Bella must have taught them some manners as they are no longer inclined to climb into the bowl. They are now a very cultured group, taking their spot at the “table”, eating politely and recruiting their siblings to help them get cleaned up after the feast.  The added bonus for Bella is that she gets to finish the leftovers!

The introduction of mush is no doubt welcomed by Bella as the puppies’ sharp little teeth are coming in. This isn’t very comfortable for her when all nine babies are at the milk bar, however Bella will endure and keep it open for a while longer.

Clean up!



Since we added another section onto the whelping box, the puppies now have a lounge - sort of a dine and dorm area as well as a separate area for “relief”. The floor of this area is lined with unprinted newspaper. Early in the week when the puppies attempted to walk on this somewhat slick surface, they were unable to get sufficient traction so they resembled toddlers with ice skates out for the first time. Now they not only walk across it, they can run! With both areas in play, the puppies are learning to keep their lounge clean and to piddle on the paper. We’re well on our way with potty training.

The puppies are becoming stronger and heartier, spending more time awake and playing with one another. One of their favourite games is “pretend jousting” where they stand apart from their opponent, take a couple of steps forward and gently bounce off their sibling. They have also welcomed a couple of plush toys into their pack - that is when Bella doesn’t snatch them away to cuddle them herself!

This weekend, we will venture outside and begin to explore the world that awaits them. There will be many adventures to come in the weeks ahead …..

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bella & Hudson's Pups - 3 Weeks old!


It’s been another exciting week for Hudson and Bella’s puppies! Their eyes are fully open now and they are intently trying to comprehend the world around them. They are all walking and venturing out of the whelping box at every opportunity. Mr. Purple wins the prize for being the first one to escape. The whelping box is much larger now that a section has been added, providing everyone with a much-needed lounging area.

The puppies are growing rapidly and it’s amazing to watch the transformation daily as they become more mobile and their personalities begin to emerge. They are beginning to play with each other and are spending more time awake each day. They are also interacting more with our family as we are greeted with nine wagging tails and tiny faces that peer up at us. The puppies are all so soft and gentle and they lap up every ounce of affection they receive. It’s impossible to resist picking up and cuddling each and every one.

Mr. Blue, Mr. Green and Miss Lavender are certainly the most expressive with their persistent little barks. They’re the first to let mum know when it’s feeding time again. Bella prefers to feed her babies while watching TV, so we’ve laid out a blanket for Bella and her pups to relish some luxury!

While Bella is being a trouper, we’re sure that if she had a calendar, she’d be counting down the days until her hungry (and demanding) little brood with the jagged little teeth are weaned off her milk bar. After a good meal, they sometimes just fall asleep right at the bar. The puppies still like to keep warm and snuggle with their littermates so they often sleep in pairs or groups or all just piled up in a heap resembling the scrimmage line at a football game. It’s spellbinding to watch them sleep as they twitch and quiver, dreaming the little dreams that puppies do.



Next week begins another new chapter in their life when we’ll introduce them to solid food (also known as mush) and it will be interesting to see them grow by leaps and bounds! See you then……

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bella & Hudson's Pups - Week 2

Mr. Purple loves to snuggle


It’s remarkable how quickly Bella’s puppies have grown, with some of them tripling their birth weight. They are just beginning to maneuver themselves around with the assistance of their hind legs. Some stagger around like closing time at a speak easy - they take several wobbly steps on all fours before they collapse into a heap.

Bella is spending more time out of the whelping box, but her babies are always top of mind. Whenever she hears a squeak, she runs back to check on them. For reasons not apparent to us, Bella has been scouting out a new den for her babies. When she goes outside, she immediately runs to the corner of the house and begins digging. The hole is about 2 feet wide by 2 feet deep! Bella now has enlisted the aid of our younger dogs who think it’s great fun to dig!

As Bella’s pups grow larger, so do their appetites! Occasionally Bella will throw us a backward glance when she enters the whelping box as if to ask, “What?  Didn’t I just do this?”  The puppies’ appetites are only matched by Bella’s own as she devours most anything that’s offered to her.

But by far the biggest event this week is the opening of their eyes. They can finally see the world around them!  We have a tie between Mr. Blue and Miss Yellow as the first, with Miss White a close third.  While everyone’s eyes have opened, some are still too sleepy to oblige us at picture time.

The puppies’ days are still spent napping and nursing at the milk bar. Soon they will begin to hear and become more aware of their surroundings, but for now they just love to cuddle!

Another exciting week lies ahead, so stay tuned as they begin to explore more and more….

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Bella and Hudson's Puppies - One Week Old!

Bella is such a fantastic mum!

It seems hard to believe that a whole week has passed since Bella and Hudson’s little ones were born. Time has just flown by for us - perhaps not so much for Bella. She’s such an attentive mum, staying in the whelping box with her puppies, leaving them only briefly for the occasional bathroom break. The other day, we started out on a short walk with Bella in the yard. After about a minute, she darted back toward the door in a panic. Apparently we were not walking back fast enough for she kept running back and forth as if to imply: “Hurry up! My babies need me !”.

We spend most of our days just sleeping and cuddling!

Puppies are born without sight or hearing, however they are able to detect light. For now, their sense of smell is what guides them to mum! They crawl around using swimming-like movements, propelled mostly by their tiny forelimbs and a good deal of determination.

Despite lacking their sight and their hearing, the puppies are definitely born with voices. As they wake up from their naps, one after the other, their tiny voices build to a crescendo like a choir, announcing that it’s dinner time once again. One or two of them have even discovered their little barks, however tiny.

Bella does a great job caring for each and every one of them and she regards us very intently as we take each baby over to the scale for its daily weigh-in. Most of the puppies have almost doubled their birth weight. They have huge appetites and always seem to either be at the milk bar or paddling their way up to it! Quite enviably, they spend most of their day napping and suckling. The boys are occasionally overzealous and try to hog the milk bar. They attempt to nudge the girls out of their way, so we monitor their time nourishing as we don’t want anyone missing out!

Next week will be even more exciting as their eyes begin to open and they become a little more mobile. We look forward to the weeks ahead as these little buds continue to blossom.


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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Introducing Bella and Hudson's Puppies

The Big Day Arrived!

Here are a couple of pictures from last night just after Bella completed the delivery approximately 4:30 am. The pups are feasting and resting as they should.

Introducing Mr. Purple, Mr. Blue, Miss White, Miss Yellow, Mr. Black, Miss Lavender, Mr. Brown, Mr. Green and Mr. Crimson!

All cozy while I clean up the whelping box!
Bella with her 9 new babies!

Bella & Hudson's Pups Arrive!

Hi everyone, I just wanted to give you an update on Bella ...

Bella enjoying the sun today!

We welcome to the world Mr. Purple at 11:14 pm. Soon to follow was Mr. Blue at 11:28 pm. Then Miss White at midnight. Gosh, not long after was Miss Yellow at 12:11 am and Mr. Black at 12:23 am.

Bella is taking a rest right now so we will check in later .....

Back again, Miss Lavender makes her appearance at 1:13 am followed by Mr. Brown. And just when we think we are done Mr. Green pops out!

Time to clean up the whelping box ......

Just when everything is nice and clean, Mr. Crimson now makes his entrance .....

After cleaning up yet again, Miss Pink made her entrance unexpectedly at 3:41 am. Sadly, due to the length of Bella's labour, we lost the little princess and were not able to revive her.

Well, I think that is it. Bella is fine and her nine puppies are nursing and resting.

We will follow up with pictures tomorrow as it has been a long night!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bella x Hudson Puppies - Day 59 Pre-parturition!

What and exciting and adventuresome week we have had!

We were greeted with several visitors – all turtles. Below is a picture of our most recent guest – Momma Turtle about 20 inches in length.

Momma Turtle laying her eggs

Bella, our sweet gentle girl has typically been the watchdog of the family. She would always stride around the perimeter of our property letting all would-be intruders know to stay away. She doesn’t even like animals on TV!

However, this week she took on the role of protector. She planted herself in front of Momma Turtle and kept all the other dogs away by barking at them. Wow, what maternal instincts she has.


Bella enjoying nap time in the sun after protecting Momma Turtle!
Bella continues to blossom as her tummy has expanded to 36.25 inches or 92 cms. Heading into her final week of pregnancy, Bella is just as sweet and loving as ever, however there is definitely a waddle in her walk. Not sure how she managed it, but last night she climbed up on the bed at 3:00 a.m. just to request some belly rubs, so I obliged her.


Bella more of a pear shape now

The whelping area is all ready - just waiting for Bella’s big event. It won’t be long now and I will continue to monitor her daily and provide further updates as soon as there is any news. The puppies could be born safely now but it is best that they stay warm and cozy for now and wait till the big day arrives!


Sit tight …..




Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bella x Hudson Puppies Day 53 Pre Parturition


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Heading into the home stretch!
Bella resting comfortably with only 10 days to go!
I can’t imagine where the week went. Time is flying by so fast now and before you know it, Bella will have had her beautiful babies!

This past week was nice and dry for a change, so Bella spent many hours outdoors soaking up the sun-mostly rolling on her back as you can see. It’s perhaps not the most flattering picture, but as least she is getting her vitamin D, which is so important to both Bella and her pups.
Bella rolling around taking in the sunshine!
Bella’s abdominal area continues to expand measuring 34 inches or 86 cm. She is less interested in food as her stomach doesn’t have as much room as usual, so we feed her smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. Right now her favorite snack is a scrambled egg added to her regular food and supplements.

As you can see, Bella is very happy. Her pregnancy hasn’t slowed her down too much yet however she is less exuberant and enjoys quiet time, being more content to chew on a Nylabone than frolicking with the younger Golden’s.

This week Bella has begun to search out a birthplace for her puppies. She is convinced the perfect spot is under the deck in the corner. We however, have a much more comfortable and clean spot so we will be introducing it to her daily and persuading her how wonderful it is.


At this stage, the puppies have a full coat of hair and can be felt moving around in her tummy. As I mentioned previously, Bella loves her belly rubbed so it is easy to detect movement of the little ones. It seems like they are anxious to get out into the world and meet their forever families!



National Geographic Golden Retriever puppy
Stay tuned .....

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Beautiful Bella – 46 days (pre-parturition)

Bella is taking it a bit slower these days as she heads into her last 2 weeks of pregnancy!

Bella's waistline continues to expand this week and is now 80 cm or 31.5 inches. She has slowed down somewhat more since last week but she continues to watch the others play and joins in on the fun from time to time! 

With her growing waistline, there isn’t much room for Bella’s stomach to expand so her meals have become smaller and more frequent. She continues to have a good appetite and especially likes the yoghurt (probiotics) and oatmeal I add to her very nutritious meals. Yoghurt helps with digestion and oatmeal is actually high in protein and vitamins -  plus it tastes good.

As we head into the home stretch, we continue to make her as comfortable as possible. More than ever, Bella really loves her belly rubbed so we usually spend our evenings on the sofa with her beside us petting her from head to toe as she watches her favorite TV shows. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bella & Hudson's Litter- Day 39 Gestation

Day 39 (approximately 24 days to go)
 
 Puppy Fetus – 39 days (National Geographic)
 

Our Bella (International JHA Champion Montego Diamond Giselle) is certainly beginning to show signs she is expecting. Our sweet girl is losing her waistline, eating lots and resting a little more then usual. If she had it her way she would be content to cuddle and have her belly rubbed 24 hours a day. I look forward to each and every minute we can spend together. She has always been a very affectionate girl but she is in overdrive now and we are loving it.

Hudson (Canadian Champion Dreamkeeper Unforgettable Song) is never far away from Bella. If she needs to go out during the night he always escorts and watches over her.

As we count down the days to the big event we will have lots to prepare. Yesterday, we introduced Bella to her whelping box where she will have her babies. Over the next couple of weeks she will become very familiar with it and we hope she will stop stealing bath towels to create her baby basket!

Stay tuned .....


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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bella's Expecting!



Our sweet Bella’s ultrasound at day 30 of the gestation period
A developing puppy inside Bella’s tummy


We are delighted to report that Bella’s ultrasound confirmed what we all thought – definitely expecting and everything is looking good. Bella and Hudson are a fine match and we look forward to them passing on their sweet stellar personalities to the little ones growing inside of her!

There are some interesting developments during the prenatal stages of pregnancy. A dog’s tactile perception develops before birth. Unborn puppies can detect touch when mom is petted so our Bella is getting lots of cuddles and belly rubs (her favorite!). Bella is on the very best diet possible to ensure her growing puppies are receiving all the nutrition they need for the best start in life.


Golden Retriever puppy at Day 25 (National Geographic)

Gestation period is approximately 60 to 63 days. At this point in a puppies development – day 30, their heartbeat can be heard, faces are taking shape, eyes, toes, claws and whiskers are developing also. Puppies at this age are about the size of an acorn or walnut.

The whole miracle of birth and the speed at which it unfolds within the womb is amazing. At this point fetuses are about 18 mm in size.

So the countdown begins…..stay tuned …  

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bella and Hudson Litter Spring 2011

We are eagerly awaiting our sweet Bella (International JHA Champion Montego Diamond Giselle from Australia) to come into season any day now. Bella is an extraordinarily affectionate and intelligent girl and a joy to have as part of our family. She has a lovely head, is well muscled, compact and has a sweet expression – with jet black pigment.

Bella certainly seems to be enjoying the single life but our charming Hudson (Canadian Champion Dreamkeeper Unforgettable Song) is trying sweet talk her so hopefully this romance will happen soon!

We are expecting this litter to be exceptional. Hudson comes from outstanding Swedish lines that have produced some extraordinary champions. In true golden fashion, Hudson has a very easy-going and affectionate character. He is quick to learn and very eager to please. He is a wonderful boy, extremely smart, obedient, powerful and athletic, gentle and loving, devoted and confident - with exceptional good looks!

We are expecting outstanding puppies from these two!