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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, 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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