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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, 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 .....