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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.

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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Mango and Steele’s Litter – Week Five

Mr. Tangerine
This week, the puppies participated in career day. That’s where they try their hand at a variety of occupations and pastimes. These included rock climbing, landscaping which involved chewing on blades of grass, mining which involved digging holes, forestry which involved chewing on pieces of bark and twigs, track & field which involved running and jumping, ball playing and finally group wrestling. At this time, there were clearly no takers for management positions.

While the puppies’ play is becoming a bit more coordinated and adult-like, they’re still just kids at heart. Many have discovered an equine style of movement whereby they buck like broncos as they catapult themselves forward off their hind legs toward their target, namely another puppy or ourselves. Others will inexplicably run around in circles culminating in a toppling over.

Miss Kiwi and Miss Cranberry
This is the beginning of the most influential socialization period for the puppies. They wag their tails to us and to each other. The puppies are entertaining some of their future forever family visitors and they’re making friends with some of the rest of the pack. It seems that our girl Bailey is as enamoured with the puppies as our Sierra – she seems to be dreaming of the day when she’ll have a little brood of her own. Mother Mango is quite willing to share her own puppies with the pack and is still doing double duty by big-heartedly nursing Maddie’s litter on occasion. The puppies have transitioned to a more solid food, so mom’s got lots to go around.

In the meantime, this happy-go-lucky bunch is taking each day as it comes - the feasts, the exploration, the playtime, the visitors, the cuddles and naptime. It doesn’t get much better than this!

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

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Mango and Steele’s Litter – Week Four

Miss Cranberry
Mango’s puppies are spending even more time awake and are becoming more active. On top of the usual wrestling and biting each other’s heads, they engage in what appears to be a variation of bumper cars where they all just meander around and bounce off each other. The puppies also welcomed a new stuffed animal into their pack which they take turns nibbling on or cuddling with. They are becoming more curious about us and enjoy being held, often drifting off to sleep as they’re being gently caressed.

The puppies are getter bigger all the time and weigh in between five and six pounds. They’re getting their “mush” delivered to their dining area three times a day now. A complete contrast to Maddie’s litter, this bunch is very orderly and courteous and tends to wear a lot less food than their counterparts. With the more frequent feedings, Mango is getting a bit of relief from the teething puppies, but still brings the milk truck around several times a day and night.

Mango continues to be the perfect, indefatigable mother. One morning after nursing her own little clan, Mango wandered into Maddie’s whelping box to pay an impromptu visit. Maddie’s pups sized up the situation very quickly and before long, were all latched onto Mango. Maddie seized the opportunity by leaving to go on a break.

This week, the puppies were introduced to the great outdoors. The gentle slopes in the lawn must seem like mountains to this little gang, because after fifteen to twenty minutes of staggering around, they flop over and fall asleep. The group doesn’t venture off very far from us or from Mango during these little outings, but it won’t be long before they gain more confidence and take over the entire yard.

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

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Maddie and Jazz’s Litter – Week Four

Miss Rose
Put yourself in Maddie’s shoes (paws) for just a moment. Imagine nine hungry little minions ravaging you for food every time you’re in their midst. Now imagine they have teeth coming in – twenty-eight of them, to be exact. Despite this, Maddie is still doing her duty as a mom, but we’re sure she’s relieved now that the puppies are getting three meals of mush a day. Now she just has to make sure they stay “topped up” in between.

Mealtime is one of the highlights of the day. This opinion is shared by the puppies for obvious reasons, but for us as well. This motley crew needs no second invitation to descend on the jumbo bowl in the shape of a ring that contains their mush. Pandemonium ensues. The group puts so much energy into devouring their food that most collapse in a heap beside the bowl immediately after eating. Miss Lilac entertained us by actually falling asleep in the bowl. And we could swear we heard snoring.

Now that we’ve added another section onto the whelping box, the puppies have room to spread out a bit. They use the original portion as their lounge where they sleep, play and cuddle with each other and their stuffed animal toy; that is when Maddie doesn’t steal it to play with it herself. The new area, which is lined with unprinted newspaper is mostly used for “relief”; a step toward potty training.

The puppies also experienced their first taste of the outdoors this week. They stumbled around on the uneven surface of the lawn like toddlers taking their first steps. The group spent their time taking in all of the new sights, smells and sounds, dwelling on a blade of grass here or a little twig there. Life is good.

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

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