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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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