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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.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Maddie and Jazz’s Litter – Week Three


Mr. Blue
There’s never a dull moment in a household with two litters on the go. The puppies are growing daily - hourly even. Along with their plump little bodies, their vocal abilities are growing steadily. The call can come at any time, day or night, when they start chanting in unison, demanding a delivery of milk. Maddie is generally willing to oblige, but needs a little coaxing for the 3:00 a.m. feedings.

Maddie herself is doing very well and has even discovered a couple of new tricks. There have been the usual one or two bread snatchings, but when the pack is receiving treats in the kitchen, Maddie will shuffle around to the back of the line to attempt to trick us into giving her seconds. On more than one occasion when the rest of the pack retires into their beds for the night, we’ll notice that we have an extra dog on our hands. It seems that in the commotion, Maddie has planted herself in one of the beds just to get a treat. A wolf in Golden Retriever’s clothing…… clever girl.

At this stage, the puppies’ eyesight is fully developed and it’s very apparent as they’re curious about their surroundings and about each other. Whether boy or girl, they engage in numerous sessions of Ultimate Puppy Wrestling as they scamper around their little home, spending more time awake each day. Mr. Purple was the first to even entertain a daring escape attempt.

A highlight for the puppies is their introduction to gruel or mush:  a healthy concoction of oatmeal, goat’s milk and vitamins. Miss Lilac entertained us by diving into the community bowl, head first. This served to inspire many of the others as they began a free for all to dig in to this new source of nourishment. At the end of the episode, they probably had as much on them as in them. As a result of her face plant, poor Miss Lilac’s eyes were caked shut, but her siblings quickly came to her rescue by licking the sticky mess off her face. Before long, the puppies had completed the task of grooming one another.

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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Monday, July 30, 2012

Mango and Steele’s Litter – Week Three


Mr. Banana
It’s never too early to begin good grooming practices and it’s no exception with puppies. The whole crew is getting regular pedicures on their tiny little paws, albeit no nail polish. Mom is looking after the balance of their grooming needs for the time being.

Now that their vision is fully intact, the puppies are studying us and each other in wonderment and their little personalities are emerging with their facial expressions and the opinions they squeak at us. They are spending more time awake and when they’re not eating or sleeping, they’re play-fighting, climbing over-top one another and nibbling on each other’s ears.

The whelping box for Maddie’s litter has been moved into the same area as Mango’s litter now. Fortunately each of the mothers has a good attitude about being in each other’s presence as well as receiving the occasional visit from another pack member. And being protective moms, they communicate the rules to their guests by way of facial expressions that are clearly understood by all. One frequent visitor is one of our young Golden girls, Sierra. She has such a fascination with the puppies that she lies down outside of the box and quietly and adoringly watches them for long periods of time.

Miss Blueberry

Mango is still being the model mom. She sleeps just outside their box and spends a fair bit of time in the room with them, ready to respond to their high pitched squeals demanding dinner. Fortunately for Mango, we have introduced some solid food into the puppies’ diet known as “mush” or “gruel”: a healthy blend of oatmeal, premium puppy kibble, goat’s milk, raw honey and vitamins. The puppies were a little apprehensive about this sweet smelling foreign substance in their midst at first, or perhaps they were just being polite. That changed very rapidly as Miss Blueberry stepped into the bowl to have a taste. After her session was completed, Mr. Banana spent the next ten minutes cleaning off Miss Blueberry’s feet. In a subsequent session, Mr. Coconut, perhaps with the understanding that this was a mud bath, decided to sprawl across the bowl with his entire body.

In the coming week, the puppies will venture outside and begin to explore the world that awaits them. There will be many adventures to come in the weeks ahead …..

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


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mango and Steele Litter

Mango and Steele Puppies – “The Grand Entrance!”



Mango certainly surprised us all by giving no indication she was about to give birth on Monday afternoon. After being up for thirty-six hours straight, we were just ready to take an “afternoon break” when I heard barking just outside our bedroom. Seems our girl Heidi was alerting us to the new addition to our household as Miss Cranberry made her grand entrance at 2:15 pm.

We quickly escorted our sweet Mango to the whelping box along with her new baby. She did, however keep going to the door to our backyard to eye a particular spruce tree. She clearly felt that the hole she dug under the tree would be a much better place to have puppies!

When Mango finally gave in to our clean, warm and cozy whelping box, it seemed almost effortless as each puppy rolled out like clockwork. Miss Kiwi arrived at 2:45 p.m., Mr. Blackberry at 3:15 p.m., Mr. Coconut at 3:37 p.m., Mr. Banana at 4:00 p.m., Mr. Tangerine at 4:30 p.m. and finally Miss Blueberry at 4:45 p.m.

Mango really hasn’t skipped a beat. After three hours of giving birth, she went for a romp outside and rolled around on the grass in an apparent celebration of her new babies. She ate a special meal afterwards and settled back with her puppies.

Mango is a very special girl and captures the heart of everyone she meets. She is a devoted mom and is very proud of her new babies. Mango is brimming with delight and has a glow about her.  She even seems to be smiling whenever we catch a glimpse of her admiring her babies. 

More adventures yet to come ….stay tuned …..

Mango and Steele’s Litter – Week Two

Mango and Steele’s Litter – Week Two 


Miss Rose - Two Weeks Old!


Mango still doesn’t realize what a plush space she’s got for herself and her seven little pups. Periodically, when she’s in the yard on one of her breaks, she insists on perfecting the hole she created under a large tree. Sadly, we don’t think she’ll strike oil in that spot, but at the rate she’s going, we’ll need a backhoe to fill it in when she’s done. The puppies are a happy and content bunch spending most of their time eating, sleeping and staggering around the whelping box on their rubbery limbs. Many have achieved three times their birth weight and don’t look like they could possibly have popped out of their mom such a short while ago. We weigh the puppies at least once a day for the first three weeks; one of the highlights of our day. 

On the weekend, we thought that Mr. Tangerine might like a little private time with his mom, but it turned out that Mango’s milk supply had been depleted. We were about to mix up some formula when it occurred to us that we had another milk truck, named Maddie, parked just down the hall so we decided to take him out for some “fast food”. We had Maddie lie down and latched Mr. Tangerine onto one of her nipples along with one or two of Maddie’s own puppies. She gave him a good sniffing and looked him over very carefully, but decided to let him stay. Not only did the little guy nurse for a solid twenty minutes, but he actually drained three of Maddie’s reservoirs. What a good sport she was and what a big boy he’s becoming. 

The puppies have no reservations about letting themselves be heard. They achieve this with a cacophony of sounds ranging from squeaky plush toys to seagulls to a family of pigeons as they coo very gently to express their contentment. The puppies’ hearing is perfect soon after their ears have opened, but their eyes don’t actually open until the second week and their vision is somewhat blurred until week three. The first in this group to open her eyes was Miss Blueberry and the rest obliged soon thereafter. It’s interesting to watch them gaze in wonderment at the world unveiling itself around them. 

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another fur-raising installment of “Puppy Tales”.
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Maddie and Jazz’s Litter

Maddie and Jazz’s Litter – Week Two

Miss Lilac - Two Weeks Old!

The primary objective of a puppy is to eat as much as possible and then fall over in a heap to sleep it off until the next mealtime rolls around. It takes a lot of fuel to keep nine puppies satisfied. Fortunately Maddie’s appetite hasn’t waned so she’s getting a minimum of three nutrient-enriched meals a day supplemented with some dry food and a quantity of contraband Tostito chips that she helped herself to in the kitchen the other day.

Much of the puppies’ time is occupied by sleep. And there are many variations of it as they lie there twitching and stretching. Since their body temperature will not have been regulated until after week three, they rely on mom and each other for warmth. When they sleep, they typically do so in clusters or groups, often one on top of the other. Periodically we muse about how they’ve unknowingly organized themselves, one time forming the spokes of a wagon wheel, another time like perfect dominoes. Sometimes we half expect to see patterns resembling crop circles.

The big event this week is that all of the puppies have opened their eyes. Mr. Blue was the first to oblige, followed soon thereafter by the rest of the group. 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.

Whenever mom presents herself in the whelping box, the race begins, much like workers to a catering truck at lunchtime. The puppies are now able to stagger around on all fours as they propel themselves toward their mark. Maddie spends a little bit less time in the box throughout the day, but is always on call when the need arises to ensure her little crew is well-fed. And well-fed they are. Many of the puppies have tripled their birth weight and have doubled in size. As always, the boys are a little bit bigger, but the girls more than make up for the difference with attitude.

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

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Mango and Steele Litter – Week One


Mango and Steele Puppies – born July 9, 2012 

Mr. Blackberry in dreamland!

While Mango's puppies arrived almost effortlessly in one of those rare, albeit cherished daytime deliveries, they are certainly demonstrating that they’re ready to take on the world.

The puppies cannot see or hear yet, but their sense of smell guides them in the right direction to their newly established, favourite hang-out:  the milk bar. They meet there frequently as it’s open 24 hours a day and the meals are complimentary. Whenever Mango returns to the whelping box from a bathroom break or from a stroll to stretch her legs, she is greeted by seven whining puppies, anxiously waiting for their next meal to arrive.

Many of the pups are approaching 2 lbs. in weight with the exception of Mr. Tangerine. He’s a bit smaller than the other boys but he sure has a great spirit and is determined to keep his spot on the milk bar despite all the jostling that goes on there. He’s usually the first one there and often the last one off. Sometimes he falls asleep right at the “dinner table” and flops over, gently panting with a bulging waistline.  At the rate he’s going, he’ll be caught up to the others in no time.

Mango is an outstanding mom, in fact the June Cleaver of all mothers. She is entirely devoted to her puppies and chooses to spend most of her time in the whelping box with them, day and night. When it’s time to change the linen, usually several times a day, she watches very intently and whimpers a little to urge us on to speed up her return to her little family.

Mango had an upset tummy in the early part of the week but we fed her rice and ground beef as it is easy on her digestive system. It’s important to maintain a high carbohydrate diet for milk production. We knew she had turned the corner when on one of her breaks, she laid claim to her favourite ball. We’re certain she would take it into the whelping box with her if she could.

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

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Maddie and Jazz Litter – Week One


Maddie and Jazz Puppies born July 9, 2012


Maddie snuggling with her beautiful puppies!

This past week has really flown by and it’s hard to believe Maddie’s little puppies are one week old. Maddie herself is recovering from a C-section required to deliver her tenth puppy, little Miss Pink, but you’d never know it. She is a very attentive mom and for the first few days she would not even leave her pups for meals, preferring breakfast in bed or room service. As the pups are getting a bit more established, Maddie does venture out more, but prefers to take her naps on the floor just outside the whelping box.

We currently have two litters, each of which is in an opposite end of the house. When Maddie is in the kitchen, closest to Mango’s litter and hears the tiny voices coming out of that room, she does her utmost to hurdle the barrier in an attempt to attend to Mango’s puppies.

At this stage, the pups spend their days eating and sleeping. They are usually very quiet except when they are hungry and trying to make their way to the milk bar. Their eyes won’t open until sometime between weeks one and two, so in the meantime, they rely on their keen sense of smell to find their target. They propel themselves there using their tiny forelimbs. The most resourceful pups find a preferred spot at the bar where they can lay down to feed and use their tiny fists to prime the milk pump. For some of the others, once they’ve latched onto one of mom’s nipples, they use their hind legs, kind of like walking on a treadmill, to keep in place. They’re starting to get a bit more traction now that their nails are growing. Occasionally, when mom is feeding from a sitting position, the nursing puppies resemble quivering little ornaments on a white Christmas tree.

Maddie certainly has her work cut out for her, trying to keep all those hungry tummies full.  The puppies are growing in leaps and bounds with the boys weighing in the neighbourhood of 2 lbs. and the girls typically a bit less. Our nickname for Mr. Blue, the largest at birth and the first to cross the 2 lb. threshold is “Sherman”, named after the tank. Not to worry about Sherman, as all of the puppies’ weights will level off in due course.

 

Knocking on Heaven's Door

 

In closing, we are so sad to have let you know that we lost little Mr. Forest Green from Maddie’s litter to fading puppy syndrome in the wee hours of the morning on Friday.  We are so heartbroken.  The only comfort that we can take at this time is in knowing that our little “Forest” had more love and care in his brief time on this earth than many other dogs experience in their entire lifetime.  We can now only imagine God to be uttering the phrase, “run Forest, run”.

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That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another chapter in the continuing saga of “Puppy Tales”.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Maddie and Jazz Litter

Maddie and Jazz Puppies – Day 1  “The Big Arrival”

 



First, allow me to apologize for the delay in updating you on the big event! It has been a hectic seventy-two hours but we are so pleased to announce the safe arrival of five sweet girls and five dashing boys!

Miss Lilac made her grand entrance at forty-four minutes after midnight on Monday, followed shortly thereafter by Mr. Blue at 1:15 a.m., Mr. Brown at 1:32 a.m., Mr. Teal at 1:46 a.m., Mr. Purple at 1:54 a.m., Miss Rose at 2:19 a.m., Mr. Forest Green at 2:50 a.m., Miss Lime Green at 3:20 a.m., and Miss Gold at 4:35 a.m.

Between each delivery, we offered Maddie some vanilla ice cream. The calcium in the ice cream encourages contractions but I think in Maddie’s case, it just tasted good! After each puppy was born, she looked up at us as if to say, “some more ice cream perhaps”? It certainly kept her going all night long but as the sun began to rise and her ninth puppy was born, she was tiring. After three hours, we were growing concerned with the infrequency of her contractions, so we drove to the vet to see what was going on in her abdomen.  An X-ray revealed she was still carrying a pup and the only option was to perform a C-section. At 10:15 a.m. our little Miss Pink made an even grander entrance into the world to the delight of the whole clinic as she came out wiggling and squealing with delight.  Her audience belted out a resounding “hooray”.

You can see Miss Pink front and center. Her coat sports a slight “greenish” appearance due to some staining during the procedure. This is perfectly normal and will eventually wash off.

We are giving Maddie some extra TLC for a speedy recovery, but she is thoroughly enjoying being a mum and is totally devoted to her babies - never leaving them for very long.  Along with her love for her new family is her love for food. Maddie probably would have eaten ten cups of food this morning if we let her, but we limited it to just six! She needs lots of nourishment during this time to produce milk and provide balanced nutrition for her pups.

Stay tuned as the adventures are just beginning…..

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Mango and Steele Litter


Mango, Day 60 (pre-parturition)

Our beautiful Mango waiting for the ball to be thrown her way!

Mango continues to blossom and if you catch her at the right angle she doesn’t even look pregnant!  One thing that has not changed for Mango is her love for retrieving.  She can still outrun anyone to catch that ball. However, these days we do limit her activity and let the other dogs win sometimes!

Mango’s abdominal area has expanded to 88 cm or 34.64 inches. She really doesn’t have much room for food and is rather picky with her meals. We offer her various embellishments to her regular food and her current favorite is a couple fried eggs every morning.

Remarkably she still can jump on the bed at night for belly rubs and has decided that the bed is more comfortable then sleeping on the floor.  It is easy to feel the puppies moving in Mango’s tummy now. I am not sure if it is the stimulation of our touches or if they’re just anxious to bust out into the world!

At this stage we are monitoring Mango’s temperature twice daily. Any significant drop in temperature will indicate the puppies are soon to be on their way.

X-ray of Mango's tummy showing all the puppies!



Above is an x-ray taken this week of Mango’s abdominal area that shows how many puppies Mango is going to have. How many puppies do you count?

Only a few more days ‘till the big event, so stay tuned !

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Maddie and Jazz Litter


Maddie, Day 61 (pre-parturition)

How many puppies can you count?
 
Above is an x-ray of Maddie’s tummy. It’s pretty loaded with puppies and not much room for food, however you wouldn’t know it by the size of her appetite!

Maddie continues to blossom as her tummy has expanded to a whopping 35.5 inches or 90 cms. Heading into her final few days of pregnancy, Maddie is just as sweet and loving as ever. I’m not sure how she managed it, but last night she climbed up on the bed at 4:30 a.m. wanting some belly rubs and a cuddle, so needless to say, I obliged her.

Maddie seems content just to relax and watch the other dogs play!

With just a few more days left to go, the whelping area has been prepared for the big event. We will continue to monitor Maddie 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!

Stay tuned ….