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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.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bella and Hudson’s Litter – Week Seven

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”

Mr. Icicle waiting for Santa!

The days leading up to Christmas seemed a magical time. There was a certain electricity in the air and the puppies were feeling it too. Their energy level was soaring as was demonstrated by Miss Mistletoe, using one of her siblings as a springboard, catapulted herself out of the whelping box. The five inch step in the foyer, once so foreboding is now a launching pad which the puppies use to leap down to the lower level as part of their circuit training. When we’re sitting on the floor with the puppies, they spring up like dolphins as they try to plant kisses on our faces. Despite everything, each of the puppies has been more nice than naughty, so Christmas should prove to be very enjoyable.

After Santa dropped off toys and goodies for the puppies, near pandemonium ensued. There were so many toys that the puppies kept losing track of which one they were playing with, or with whom. A favorite was their mini rope toy - really just meant for one or two, but often three or four of them attempted to play with it at the same time. The puppies were also using the crates in the room for entertainment purposes. They would chase one another through one end of a crate and out the other; an activity that resulted in numerous collisions from two way traffic. Once their energy ebbed, the little ones curled up with a friend or rolled over on their backs to have a well-deserved snooze.

The puppies have now weaned off Bella almost entirely, albeit they still try. After numerous laps of the gym while chasing their mom, the pursuers gradually drop off one by one….panting. There are occasions, however when Bella gives in just a little! This bunch consists of an abundance of power eaters, which is evidenced by the fact that their food bowls are always cleaned out and virtually polished to a shine after every meal.

Christmas is also a time for making friends and the puppies made several. They studied their older “brother” Haydain the Gentle Giant very intently as he towered over them. Haydain is very enamoured with the puppies and he stood by very patiently as they bounced up to plant a lick on his nose. Their sister Whitney wasted no time in getting down to their level and allowing them to climb all over her. Even Bella joined in on the festivities. Good fun was had by all.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for the spellbinding conclusion of “Puppy Tales”.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bella and Hudson’s Litter – Week Six

“The Precipice” 

Bella’s puppies are such an alert and active little bunch. No matter how hard we try to sneak past them as quietly as Ninjas, at least one or two of them raise the alarm to alert their siblings and they all start squealing in unison for some attention. While their play is becoming a bit more coordinated and adult-like, they’re still just kids at heart. And with every litter, there are always a few new things to experience - like observing Mr. Eggnog lying on his back trying to bite his own tail causing himself to spin around on the floor like a break-dancer. Mr. Icicle revealed himself as a hoarder by quietly accumulating all the toys in the room while the other puppies were off playing.

We can certainly sympathize with Bella’s hesitation to nurse her offspring who bite our fingers, noses, pants, shirts, shoes, shoe-laces or anything else that is within easy reach to aid in their teething. It’s remarkable how puppies always seem able to readily figure out how to play with their siblings. They engage in chases, whether actual or imagined – often running much more quickly than their little legs will carry them so they topple over en route. They play one on one, two on two or any combination adding up to eleven and in this group, everyone is an equal. It’s not uncommon to see little Miss Holly taking down one or two of her bigger brothers in a wrestling match. Each vigorous play session ends the same way though – with the puppies curling up and drifting off to sleep. Mr. Icicle amused us by falling asleep propped up against a wall in a corner behind a statue.

Mr. Icicle

Since their food is now prepared a bit dryer, the puppies are drinking plenty of water to keep hydrated. Bella still nurses the puppies occasionally to supplement their diet of moistened puppy food, albeit with diminishing enthusiasm. When the gang is chasing her around their play area in the hopes of getting a snack, Bella often escapes to the sunken area of the foyer leaving the puppies pondering the five inch step as though it were a great precipice. As the week progressed, the puppies caught on to her tactic and are no longer deterred by the step. All in all, Bella is doing a great job as a mum. Her role is shifting to an occasional playmate but mostly a sentinel as she lies down in a quiet corner of the play area and keeps a watchful eye on her brood.

Toward the end of a long, fun-filled day, the puppies like to get some good night cuddles before they drift off to sleep dreaming of tomorrow’s adventures. Once the weather co-operates, they’ll be able to enjoy a bit of outdoor time as well.

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

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bella and Hudson’s Litter – Week Five

“The Hall Pass” 

Since the puppies aren’t quite ready to venture outdoors, they’ve been granted a hall pass that allows them access to our foyer at playtime. They’ve graduated from a 32 square foot whelping box to a 350 square foot space where they can enjoy their favourite leisure activities. As with any gym class, when it’s time to run laps, the teacher gets out in front to set the pace and Bella was no exception. Mind you, the puppies didn’t realize they were running laps – they were just chasing Bella to try to score a quick drink from the milk truck and Bella was running laps to escape their pointy little teeth!

The puppies’ ambulation took many forms; some walked, some bounced, some slid, some galloped,  some ran, some skipped and some even bunny hopped. When Bella finally excused herself from class, the puppies settled into a variety of activities. With their vision and hearing now fully matured, they are very inquisitive, exploring every little aspect of their new surroundings. Mostly they’re curious about the large humans in their midst. It’s so much fun just to sit down on the floor and entertain each puppy as they come to call as part of their rotation. They’ll go from person to puppy to person to toy and back again, nibbling, biting caressing and kissing along the way. Of course, there’s at least one kid in every class that tries to buck the trend. That was Mr. Icicle who managed to squeeze past a barrier and amble a little further down the hall to see what treasures might await.

No day is complete without at least three generous meals of mush and a few visits to the milk truck just to top up a little. The smoothie has transitioned into a somewhat more solid form of food containing a measure of remoistened dry food. And much to Bella’s dismay, there are rarely any left-overs. This would explain why some of the puppies just roll over and enjoy a nap after their feast, not too unlike grandpa after a big Christmas dinner.

This is the beginning of the most influential socialization period for the puppies. They wag their tails to us and to each other and they crave a lot of affection and attention. With the increased control over their facial muscles, the puppies are making expressions and are beginning to reveal their personalities and communicate their opinions! They bark, growl, squeak, yelp, chirp and howl – whatever it takes to get someone’s attention, including each other’s. Most of all, they just want love….and that’s not hard to provide.

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

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bella and Hudson’s Litter – Week Four

“Rise and Shine!”

Checking out their new play area!

When they are in the mood to play, it doesn’t seem to matter to a puppy if their intended playmate is asleep or not. We observed Miss Holly, intent on playing with Mr. Gingerbread who was sound asleep, biting on his ears until he was aroused enough to engage her in playtime activities. From there, the festivities ensued and each of the puppies picked out a partner or two for the hoedown. They stagger around, bump heads and noses and bite one another anywhere their mouths will fit. Now that the whelping box has an extension on it, the puppies have room to spread out in what must seem like a vast arena. They use the original portion as their lounge where they sleep, play and cuddle with each other. The new area, which is lined with shredded paper is mostly used for “relief” and is a step toward potty training.

Bella couldn’t be happier at the moment as she’s gotten a reprieve from being the sole food provider to her puppies. The little ones are being weaned and are enjoying a canine-style smoothie - a concoction of moistened puppy food, oatmeal, goat’s milk, vitamins and honey, all blended to perfection. Puppies are always taken aback the first time the dish is presented. Small wonder they’re apprehensive, because normally it’s their mom delivering the food. Miss Snowflake and Miss Shortbread were the first to partake. The others were inspired to gradually follow suit, when all of a sudden, Mr. Icicle perked up and made a bee-line toward the dish. To our surprise and bewilderment, he not only marched purposefully toward the dish, but into it, atop it and straight through the other end, ankle deep in mush. It almost seems as though the puppies get more on them, than in them at the start, but it all adds to the enjoyment of having ready access to dessert by being able to just lick it off another puppy.

While Bella is relishing the relief from her teething puppies, she still devotedly brings the milk truck around several times a day and night. Her job now is to provide top-ups from the milk bar, to help clean up her puppies, to protect and to cuddle them. A recent perk for Bella is that she gets to finish the puppies’ smoothie leftovers…. when there are any, that is.

Despite the occasional mayhem in puppy land, the puppies seem so innocent when they receive visitors, likely because they are generally caught enjoying their other favourite pastime of napping. It doesn’t take them long to come around and entertain their guests and each other. The gang is enjoying lots of human contact which is so vital to their being. They are, after all “man’s best friend”.

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

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bella and Hudson’s Litter – Week Three

“The Lion Tamer”

Mr. Gingerbread and Miss Snowflake

This week Bella and her puppies made the big move from the bedroom to their own private sanctuary in the library. At the same time, the extension was added to the whelping box providing Bella with a little lounge to curl up in or give some of her little ones private feedings. The room also has other amenities like a sofa that Bella uses for naptime and that we can use for visits and a place to pamper the puppies with the seemingly endless series of pedicures. Since the days are short and nights are long, in the winters we outfit the whelping box with full spectrum lighting to ensure that the puppies have a source of vitamin D before they are able to go outside.

The library is off the main foyer - the hub of the house - sort of a Grand Central Station. From her vantage point on the sofa overlooking the whelping box, Bella likes to lie there watching over her little flock, keeping an eye on the goings on in the foyer. With a puppy gate blocking its entrance, the rest of the pack occasionally lines up to peek inside the library to see what the fuss is all about and Bella has been a good sport in accommodating the spectators.

Now that the puppies have greater clarity of vision, they are increasingly curious about the world around them and about each other. They are also more mobile which they demonstrate as they stagger to and fro in their little arena. A new pastime has emerged as they engage in numerous sessions of head bumping and nibbling away at each other. One of the more interesting encounters occurred when Miss Snowflake was in the middle of a great big yawn and Mr. Icicle tried to put his head inside her mouth, not too unlike the lion tamer at a circus.

The puppies have voracious appetites and Bella continues to satisfy their needs – her reservoirs topped up and at the ready. The results are apparent when the puppies lay on their backs baring their rotund bellies as they snore gently. Bella will soon get a bit of a break when the puppies transition to solid food, but that’s a story for next time.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another tantalizing installment in the continuing saga of “Puppy Tales”.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bella and Hudson’s Litter – Week Two

The Real Estate Agent”

Miss Holly

A mother is many things to her newborn pups. She provides them with the warmth necessary for their survival as their body temperature is three degrees below normal at birth, climbing a degree each week thereafter. She stimulates them to get them to breathe at birth by licking and to encourage their bodily functions until they get the hang of it themselves. She provides them with nourishment in her milk which contains antibodies vital for the first several weeks of their lives. Bella demonstrated another role earlier in the week during her bathroom breaks. Despite the creature comforts we have provided her inside the house, she would poke around at one of the two spots in the yard that she has chosen for her puppies. She would then run back to the door to see if they were going to follow her there, thus playing the part of a real estate agent.

This was a big week for the puppies as their eyes began to open. Miss Snowflake was the first of the girls, followed by Mr. Icicle for the boys. The puppies can initially only differentiate between light and dark through a kind of haze, but this will clear up very quickly over the next week or so as they experience normal sight.

The entire gang gained weight quite nicely. Miss Holly more than tripled her weight and has almost caught up to the others. This is in part, due to our monitored feedings that assure an equal opportunity milk bar. It’s entertaining to watch them there as they prime mom’s reservoirs by pumping them with their tiny fists, their little tails all the while wagging back and forth like high speed metronomes.

It stands to reason that the puppies’ other favourite pastime is sleeping and they surely get a lot of practice. Despite having little apparent motility in their first couple of weeks, the puppies’ development is accelerated by engaging in what’s referred to as “activated sleep”.  As they lie there asleep, they are constantly twitching. These involuntary actions help strengthen their leg muscles. The net result is that all are now able to walk on all fours.

So it’s been a pretty productive week for the puppies, but mostly they’ve excelled at doing what they do best: eat, sleep, cuddle and look cute.

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

Bella and Hudson Puppies - Week Two
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bella and Hudson’s Puppies – Week One


Miss Snowflake wearing her "Milk Moustache".

This first week has flown by for us, but for the puppies it must seem like an eternity. At this stage, they spend virtually all of their time eating and sleeping which allows them to almost double their birth weight in the first week. It’s remarkable how within minutes of being born, they are able to seek out their mother’s teat and begin nursing. Puppies are born without sight or hearing and it will be a while before their eyes open, so for now their senses of smell and touch are what guide them to their mom’s nipples. As a matter of interest, most of our Goldens have ten nipples, but it is not uncommon for a bitch to have an uneven number. For that matter, Bella has eleven!

The puppies don’t stray too far at the moment. They propel themselves around with their tiny forelimbs and a great deal of determination. Occasionally, we’ll hear crying in the middle of the night when one little soul has lost his way and ended up in a far corner of the whelping box. Once the little one is “air-lifted” to safety, the crying stops as he snuggles with the rest of the group.

One thing the puppies are not shy about is using their newly-found vocal abilities to express their need for food. Once they awaken from their golden slumbers, the chanting begins. First one, then another and another, rising to a crescendo, almost like a prison riot. After a time on the milk bar, they drift off to sleep, some right at the “dinner table” wearing little milk moustaches.

Bella is recovering quite nicely from her C-section and it certainly hasn’t hindered her ability to perform her duties as a mom. Any whimper and she is immediately there to investigate. Bella is such an attentive mom that we have to pretty much pull her out of the whelping box for a quick bathroom break - a feat she’s able to accomplish in less than sixty seconds.

Mom has her work cut out for her as the little gang has huge appetites and the milk truck is in big demand. Miss Holly, the smallest and most determined of the girls seems to be the first and last at the milk bar. She is very spunky and is able to push any of the boys out of her way to steal their spot! Occasionally, when mom is feeding from a sitting position, the nursing puppies resemble quivering little ornaments on a white Christmas tree; especially befitting this, our “Christmas Litter”.

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

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bella and Hudson Puppies - One Day Old

Miss Mistletoe
We are pleased to announce the safe arrival of Bella and Hudson’s puppies. After an exhausting couple of days, Bella now has eleven beautiful puppies delivered by emergency C-section; six adorable girls and five handsome boys.  Mom and pups are doing great.

Bella began having small contractions last week and by Saturday night, they seemed to intensify. On Sunday, she was focused on digging a nest for her pups in the yard and by the evening, she was becoming increasingly uncomfortable.

As time passed and she was not progressing with her contractions, we took her to the vet clinic for an ultrasound. The verdict was that the pups were becoming a bit stressed so they needed a little help with their coming out party.

We are so thankful to the amazing staff at Graham Animal clinic, Dr. Carol Graham and Dr. Rasa Levstein for their compassionate care of not only Bella and her pups, but us as well. 

Bella just arrived home with her 11 puppies.

Bella seems very comfortable in her stylish whelping box at home. It’s perhaps not exactly what she was hoping for since it doesn’t come equipped with dirt, rocks or leaves!  As with her prior litter, Bella is an excellent mum and hasn’t skipped a beat being as attentive as always with her babies.

The puppies wasted no time in enjoying the milk bar and seem very content as they begin their journey.

Stay tuned ….

Maddie and Jazz’s Litter – Week Eight

Miss Lilac "Chloe" Regalgoldens Bronze Bombshell

The first one came across in a stealth-like manner. Shortly thereafter another one, followed by another. Upon discovering a weak link in the fence that separated the puppies from the rest of the pack, their biggest fan Haydain was able to breach the barrier. Needing no second invitation, Heidi and Whitney followed suit to the delight of little group who welcomed their large playmates enthusiastically. After a brief, yet invigorating play period, order was restored.

This week, the gang made their first trip to the veterinarian for their check-ups, vaccines and micro-chips. This brave bunch passed all their tests with flying colours. Not ones to leave an opportunity wasted, the puppies spent their waiting time trying to pull down the plastic ends of the garbage bag that lined Dr. Matt’s wastebasket. Fortunately he has a sense of humour (and a Golden of his own).

It was another great week weather wise, so the puppies spent much of their time basking in the sunshine. Of course, it wasn’t all leisure. Their new pastime involved trying to dig caves under some of the rockery in the yard. It had never occurred to us that we didn’t need a backhoe to do our landscaping, when we could just have used a crew of willing puppies.

In winding down the week, we spent a lot of one-on-one time with each of the puppies to ensure that we got our fill of puppy kisses before we needed to say good-bye. We whispered words of encouragement to them as they gazed at us with their puppy-dog eyes and sweet little faces. People often ask, “Isn’t it difficult to let them go?” Well it most certainly is, albeit it’s bittersweet. While we’re sad to see them leave, we share in the joy we see expressed in their new families’ faces and we know that they’ll be loved and cared for as they move on. These are among the tender moments that we’ll cherish always.

That concludes this edition of “Puppy Tales”. See you next litter!

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Mango and Steele’s Litter – Week Eight

Abby - Miss Cranberry "Regalgoldens Dream Lover"

How do they come up with this stuff? We witness a lot of antics with the puppies, but this one was rather innovative. Picture two puppies inside a plastic doggie crate with the door removed and another two puppies outside the crate, rolling it over as if it were a drum or a tumble drier. How on earth do they get everyone to buy into these pranks….especially the puppies inside the crate?!

This was another big week for the group as they went on car rides. There was some minor protesting at the outset, but remarkably the entire group settled within minutes and allowed the gentle rocking motion of the car to coddle them to sleep. One such outing was to the veterinary clinic where they received their check-ups, vaccines and micro-chips. Everyone was exceptionally well behaved, but we could swear we heard a collective sigh of relief as we pulled into the driveway at home.

No week is complete with lots of playtime and once again, the weather allowed for an abundance of outdoor time. The puppies had lots of fun chasing their mom around the yard hoping she’d keep still long enough to steal a snack, but Mango may just as well have been wearing an “Out of Order” sign. Some of the truly fun times were spent watching mayhem ensue when Maddie and Mango’s litters engaged in free-for-alls of epic proportions in the yard together. The puppies make new friends quite readily, so it really didn’t matter who they settled to play with and naturally all were willing.

It’s hard to believe how quickly the time has passed so we’re now firming up travel plans for some and getting them used to crates to help ease the stress of travelling. The puppies have been receiving their baths in preparation for the continuation of their journeys to their new homes. Since some have already needed baths previously due to their capers in the yard, this procedure went very smoothly, without complaint.

They are truly an adorable bunch and we have been treasuring our remaining days together with each and every one of them. So long, little ones. We wish you all the best in your journey, but most of all, we wish you love.

That concludes this edition of “Puppy Tales”. See you next litter!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Bella and Hudson Litter- Day 56 (Pre-Parturition)

Bella with 7 days to go!
I am not really sure where the time has gone, but Bella is now quite pre-occupied in selecting the best spot to have her pups. Her search takes her to a quiet corner of the house under a tree, probably a very luxurious location in the wild, but we have a much cozier and cleaner place in mind – her whelping box. We imported this premium whelping unit from England so I am not really sure why she feels “dirt” is better.

This week, we will re-acquaint Bella with the whelping box and make all the final preparations for the puppies’ arrival. We will be introducing it to her daily and trying to convince her as to how wonderful it is.

Bella is now receiving four smaller meals a day, as there is less room for food given the size of the puppies. She is becoming a little picky with her meals, but we continue to offer her a “gourmet” selection of nutritious foods. 

Bella's x-ray. How many puppies do you think she will have?

Bella abdomen seems to expand daily. She is now measuring approximately 36.25 inches (92 cm). Today we had her tummy x-rayed to see just how many puppies she is carrying which will help prepare us for the big event. That day (or night) won’t come too soon because Bella is taking up a lot of space on the bed and does an awful lot of grunting and snoring!

National Geographic image of a Golden Retriever Puppy

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

Stay tuned .....

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Bella x Hudson Puppies - Day 46 (Pre-Parturition)

Bella at 46 days to go!

It was difficult to tell Bella was even pregnant as she didn’t really show much until day 37, when all of a sudden her waist line bulged to a whopping 33.5 inches (85 cm).

Bella continues to have an amazing appetite and is now eating three small meals a day. We are feeding her a very nutritious diet of premium kibble, ground beef or roast chicken, boiled rice, digestive enzymes and probiotics.

Bella seems very active at the moment but as we head into the homestretch, we expect she will slow down. She is ever so affectionate and she is demanding frequent belly rubs, which we are very happy to oblige.

Pre-natal period: It is an interesting fact that a dog's tactile perception develops before birth, therefore unborn puppies can detect touch when the mother is petted from the outside of the abdomen. This establishes the basis for puppies to tolerate being touched, when compared to puppies born to mothers that were not petted.

Pregnant dogs that are exposed to stressful events tend to release hormones that can be detected by the fetuses, which can negatively influence their future development. This underscores the importance of providing pregnant dogs a stress-free and tranquil environment.

Above is an amazing photo by National Geographic of an embryo at 25 days old.
Bella's ultrasound at approximately day 30. Can you see the resemblance?
At this stage, the puppies’ eyes and spinal cords have begun to develop and the face is also forming. Fetuses are approximately 1.3 cm. This may seem small, but they will triple in size in just one week. Between days 29 and 35, their toes, whiskers and claws start to develop. They are now beginning to look like dogs! Interestingly, their eyes are initially open but their eyelids fuse at around day 35 to protect them from contamination during development and remain closed until approximately 10 days after birth. 

Stay tuned .....

Monday, August 27, 2012

Mango and Steele’s Litter – Week Seven

Mr. Coconut

Clearly it was a misunderstanding. When the puppies are outside in their play area, we provide them with bowls of water for drinking. With their entrepreneurial spirits running high, the puppies discovered that using the water coupled with the holes they dug in the lawn, they were able to create their own mud bath spa treatments. Needless to say, this resulted in several of them resembling Chocolate Labs, thereby requiring bath time a little early.

It’s not hard to tell that Mango is breathing sighs of relief in only having to offer the pups the occasional quick snack. The gang is devouring their solid food and their portions have grown considerably. The reward, of course is that all of the puppies are a happy, healthy bunch mostly weighing in between eleven and twelve pounds.

While food and sleep are still atop the list, the puppies’ sphere of interest has extended far beyond the microcosm of their litter. They are exploring the yard in every-widening circles with each outing, venturing out in small groups, pairs or even solo. They have an enormous curiosity about each and every little thing.

The puppies become very animated in the presence of people and crave an increasing amount of human contact. They welcomed several human visitors over the course of the weekend – children, adults and everything in-between. Being the good sports that Golden Retrievers are, the group endured all the hugs, squeezes and kisses from each and every guest until they petered out, one by one, drifting off to sleep to rest up for yet another new adventure.

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

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Maddie and Jazz’s Litter – Week Seven

Mr. Purple
It begins innocently enough. a puppy will crouch down in the grass, watching and waiting very patiently. Off in the distance, he spies another puppy that has moved away from the group for a private moment to conduct some “personal business”. At just the right moment he darts ahead, his tiny legs pumping as quickly as they’ll carry him right up to the moment of impact. As inappropriate as it may be, the puppies appear to have invented their own variation of cow tipping.

Now that the group is gobbling up herculean amounts of dry food, Maddie has pretty much retired her role as a nursing mother and repositioned it as an occasional playmate. The puppies are weighing in the neighbourhood of thirteen pounds, which is right where they should be for their age and litter size.

Since weather conditions were near perfect during the week, the puppies had an abundance of outdoor time. There is no shortage of curiousity in the group and everyone saw fit to explore every square inch of the yard. Some were particularly enamoured with rocks, others with bark and foliage and others with water. Either way, a good time was had by all.

The puppies have very even temperaments and are maturing both physically and emotionally – their personalities evolving every day. When they perceive there’s any chance to be picked up and held, each tries to out-bellow the other to ensure they don’t get left out. Fortunately, they had several visitors who were more than happy to oblige them. Apart from mealtime, playtime and naptime, a puppy’s other passion is cuddle time. It just goes to show that regardless of how complex the world around them may be, they still just yearn for the simple life.

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

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Mango and Steele’s Litter – Week Six

Mr. Tangerine
We knew it was bound to happen - we just didn’t know when. And what we’re still uncertain about is who the instigator was. Very early one morning, we were awakened by loud, almost celebratory screeching coming from the puppy area. Upon investigation, we discovered that the entire litter had launched an escape from their whelping box in the night and was having one big free-for-all in the living room. We obviously have to step up security in the dorm!

Unlike Maddie’s litter, mealtime is conducted in a very civilized fashion in this group. One thing that doesn’t differ is the ear-piercing indicator they proffer that mealtime is expected to be punctual. Of course, once dinner is served, composure is restored and the sound is reduced to the mere smacking of lips. That said, everyone is gaining well and the lot now weigh between nine and ten pounds each. Since they’re eating a much drier food, they are starting to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.

Mr. Blackberry leading the pack!
Over the weekend, the puppies welcomed their visitors by chewing on fingers, shoe-laces or anything else that was within easy reach to aid in their teething. They’re always a joy to watch, but especially entertaining when they chase Mango around hoping for a quick drink or snack until play resumes. Mom even joins in the fun sometimes, now that she has more downtime throughout the day. This little clan loves their outdoor time and despite some grey days, there’s been lots of it. Their favourite games are still chase and puppy wrestling, but it appears that Mr. Blackberry has added another activity into the mix which is to propel himself off a five inch high step in something resembling a swan dive. We figure he’s training for jumps off the dock already.

Toward the end of a long, fun-filled day, the puppies like to get some good night cuddles before they drift off to sleep dreaming of tomorrow’s adventures.

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

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Maddie and Jazz’s Litter – Week Six

Miss Pink
The week began with the puppies engaging in product testing spill-proof water bowls. They subjected them to tests under various conditions and determined that the bowls can actually be substituted for other toys and used for their amusement. The group concluded that when the bowls are inverted, they’re really not so spill-proof anymore.

When they weren’t consumed with their Discovery Channel antics, the gang spent much of their time outside exploring more and more of the yard, running, climbing rocks and in one or two instances, learning how to dig holes from Maddie. And now that the puppies have developed a better sense of balance, they no longer stagger around like the last guests at an office Christmas party.
Miss Lilac with our boy Haydain

The puppies have made even more new friends with some of the other dogs in the pack. They’ve become acquainted with their dad Jazz, the gentle giant. They were also quite intrigued with six and a half month old Haydain, really just a big puppy himself who loved to play with the little ones, however gently.

The ever-growing little ones have an incredible appetite and devour each morsel of food that’s placed before them. This is much to Maddie’s disappointment who has always looked forward to the left-overs. Since the food is now prepared a little bit dryer, the pups tend to wear less of it on their furry bibs. Consequently, they consume copious amounts of water to keep hydrated. Of course, Maddie is still doing her part by contributing some liquid nourishment here and there but we’re sure she’s counting the days!

It doesn’t take much to make a puppy happy. There are the basics, such as mealtime and sleep, but the best times of all are playtime, either alone or with each other and getting cuddles from their visitors. It’s impossible to resist any urge not to pick them up and oblige.

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

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Maddie and Jazz’s Litter – Week Five

Mr. Teal
There’s no such thing as sneaking into the puppies’ room anymore. This attentive little bunch soaks up every sight and sound and the nine little heads continually pop up to see what life is going to serve up next. They now have a huge interest in people and the world around them. With the increased control over their facial muscles, the puppies are making expressions and are beginning to reveal their personalities. In addition, they bark, growl, yelp, chirp and howl – whatever it takes to get someone’s attention, including each other’s.

Miss Lilac
The gang is spending lots of time outdoors exploring and even trying to engage their mom, Maddie in play. Some of their favourite activities include games of chase or scrimmage, with or without a ball. A fun one to watch is the jousting competition, whereby they’ll lunge, bounce off their opponent and roll over. Apart from that, there’s the usual biting, nipping, pouncing and wrestling, followed by a deep sleep so they can do it all over again.

A big step for the puppies is their transition to more solid food, which for mom means fewer nursing sessions throughout the day. The added bonus is that the puppies no longer nurse in the middle of the night, so Maddie gets a good night’s sleep. All the puppies are weighing seven pounds on average. That in itself is starting to become a bit of a workout when we pick them up. And that happens to be frequently since they love to be held and cuddled, with many falling asleep in our arms or those of their visitors. What a life!

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

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