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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 26, 2013

Happy Sierra – 48 days (pre-parturition) Hudson and Sierra Litter 2014

Sierra will make a great mom as she loves all puppies!
With just two weeks to go, Sierra continues to relish her food. She is now eating three smaller meals daily consisting of fresh pureed fruits, vegetables, oatmeal, chicken and supplements so she and her pups receive the best nutrition possible. This holiday season, she will be lurking around the dinner table but she needn’t worry - she‘ll receive her own delightful turkey feast!

Sierra has slowed down a bit and as previously mentioned, prefers quieter surroundings. She is usually found lying by the fireplace on her own cozy doggy bed or on our bed. She doesn’t stay outside for very long or venture very far from us. Like the rest of us, Sierra is not big on ice storms, but nothing seems to faze her and she didn’t object to the absence of hydro for four days. Throughout the whole “ordeal”, she emphatically wiggled her rear and cooed with delight at every turn.

It was difficult to tell Sierra was even pregnant as she didn’t really show much until day thirty-seven, when all of a sudden her waistline bulged to 31.5 inches (80 cm).


Golden Retriever puppy fetus
By day thirty, digestive and respiratory glands, muscles, bone, the puppy's circulatory, genital and urinary systems, the skin and hair, the nervous system and all of the puppy's sensory organs--including the eyes, inner ear and peripheral nerves have formed. During weeks four to six of pregnancy, the puppy's organs, bones, eyes and spinal cord begin to fully develop. The fetus starts to actually look like a dog, with whisker buds showing on its developing face, and claws and toes differentiating on the feet. By week six, the puppy skin pigment is formed and you can hear a heartbeat. At this point in their development, the puppies have all their features. Now they will begin to grow rapidly until they are born.

The countdown begins…
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Stunning Sierra – 36 days (pre-parturition)


Sierra enjoying some R&R time at the cottage before the big event.
As you can see, Sierra is a very happy girl. She is constantly wagging her tail and howling with joy. Pregnancy is certainly agreeing with her!


Sierra hasn’t skipped a beat when it comes to her enjoyment of food, nor has she suffered from morning sickness; quite the opposite really. She is eating two larger, nutritious meals daily however, in a couple of weeks’ time she will enjoy three smaller meals.

Sierra is sticking close to us these days. She prefers to remain inside on these cold winter days rather than play outside with the other dogs. She can usually be found curled up by the fireplace or nestled on our bed. She is a girl that enjoys comfort! At the moment, she is enjoying a marrow bone by the fireplace and tonight she will curl up beside us for her regimen of belly rubs.

Pre-natal period: It’s 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.
Embryo at 25 days. Photo by National Geographic.







Sierra's ultrasound at 28 days. 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. 

And so the journey begins. Stay tuned …..

Friday, July 19, 2013

Jazz & Bailey’s Litter – Week Eight

Mr. Apple loving the outdoors but not the heat!

Victoria’s Secret


It happened early one morning. The sun was beating down and the birds were singing their various melodies, busily scouring the dewy grass for worms and other delectables. As we opened the door to release Bailey and her mini pack into the yard, Bailey spotted it first and tore off at top speed to investigate. Sensing imminent danger, Mr. Potato stopped in his tracks and turned to warn the others, many of which were already headed back inside in response to our beckoning. In the meantime, Bailey was nose to nose with her adversary… a baby chipmunk. Once the puppies were “safely” tucked away, Bailey was also persuaded to return, allowing the little chipmunk to reunite with its own family.


With the weather being as hot as it was this past week, it’s no surprise that the puppies spent much of their time soaking their little feet in the over-sized water bowl - no doubt dreaming about swimming at the cottage one day. And when they weren’t busy using the water bowl for their spa treatments, the group participated in an informal soccer match with their favourite red ball toy. Without any apparent rules, strategy or positions to play, they ran up and down the field until one by one, they dropped, exhausted and panting, but content.


The pack was pleased to welcome back Vickie, the American Eskimo puppy during the week for numerous play-dates and even a sleep-over! Despite being double her size, the mini-Goldens were very courteous to their houseguest, including her in all of their games and letting her snuggle with them during naptime. With her feisty nature and good spirit, what Vickie didn’t reveal to the gang was that it was really she who “allowed” them to “win” at wrestling sometimes.


As the week wound down, 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 “so long”. While we’re sad to see them leave, we share in the joy we see expressed in their new families’ faces. Our hearts are warmed by the knowledge that the puppies will be abundantly loved as they continue on the next leg of their journey. These are moments that we’ll treasure always.


That concludes this edition of “Puppy Tales”. See you next litter!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Jazz and Bailey’s Litter – Week Seven


Baily and pups playing - can you spot the impostor?

The Impostor

Little puppies aren’t good at math at seven weeks of age, but try taking three treats out in front of an adult Golden and they’ll know full well that you’ve only given them one or two. On several occasions, the membership of this litter has gone from eight to nine. The group didn’t seem to notice at first or maybe they just didn’t mind, but there was an imposter in their midst. A friend who breeds American Eskimos had a litter on the same day as Bailey that resulted in a singleton (an only child). Vickie, the three pound minion has been over for play dates with our puppies to aid in her socialization and just to have some fun. She was welcomed into the pack by all in true Golden fashion including Bailey the super-mom, who even allowed little Vickie to nurse.
 
Mr. Mint
Whether rain or shine, the gang has been enjoying their outdoor time. Their favourite activities include gardening or landscaping and rock-climbing. Once they’re all played out, Messrs. Mint and Rhubarb enjoy lounging on a large rock, watching the others until all the excitement gradually dwindles and everyone drifts off into a slumber. It’s easy to spot a sleeping puppy because of the contrasting brown war paint that they wear on their fur from the mud when it rains, not to mention that several of them snore when they sleep. It’s interesting to see them fall asleep on rock piles which reinforces the notion that this group is not big on comfort and could likely even sleep on a bed of nails.

The group went on a car-ride this week to visit Dr. Matt the Veterinarian. Everyone passed their physical exams with flying colours and was very brave as they got their shots. As expected, they were a big hit eliciting all kinds of oohs and ahhs from the staff. All were well-behaved in the clinic and relatively quiet in the car for the journey there and back, but we’re certain we heard one of the puppies breathe in a sigh of relief as we pulled back into the driveway.

This week, the puppies had their temperament tests which confirmed that they are an alert, well-balanced and affectionate bunch who are willing to make friends with everyone. They are already learning which behavior is allowed as well as where and when they are going to be fed. They are also becoming used to being groomed and come running when they’re summoned. They also know that we’re suckers for their kisses. One of our favourite pastimes is to sit out on the lawn with them as they crawl over our laps or jump upward like dolphins just to plant a little kiss on our faces, ever eager to be caressed and loved.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us sometime next week for the mesmerizing conclusion of “Puppy Tales”.


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Monday, July 1, 2013

Jazz and Bailey’s Litter – Week Six


 
Mr. Plum very proud of his landscaping skills!

The Police Escort

Perhaps they thought the garden would look better without it. The puppies worked tirelessly like a little gang of lumberjacks and before long, the large green plant growing alongside a honey locust tree lay shredded in a heap. All of the perpetrators had wisps of green foliage in their fur and protruding out of the corners of their mouths like over exuberant vegans at an all-you-can-eat salad bar. Intent on exploring another shrub nearby, Miss Lemon stretched up as high as she could onto her tiptoes thereby losing her balance and doing a backward summersault on the mulch-covered ground. She shrieked and was momentarily disoriented, but wasted no time in getting back to the job at hand. With their tremendous appetite for exploration, the little ones know no boundaries.

Bailey is a mother-extraordinaire. Unlike most moms, Bailey spends her time on outings playing with her puppies, either rolling around in the grass with them or having them follow her around the yard like the Pied Piper. Whenever one or more of her brood strays too close to the fence line that separates the puppy area from the big dogs, Bailey, the leader of the pack, runs over to provide them with a “police escort” ensuring their safe passage around the yard.

We can never quite understand the decision-making process of a little puppy. Sometimes they’ll jump up spontaneously, dart off in a particular direction and fall down along the way. While they’re gradually getting more coordinated, it’s always a delight to behold. Also entertaining are the various puppy games: the head-butting, jousting, wrestling, gnawing and the stealing and sharing of toys. Of course, no outing is complete without the chewing of twigs or bark chips. And when he feels it’s time to go back inside, Mr. Mint stands in front of the door signifying that playtime is over.

This week we had another middle-of-the-night awakening. This time it was Mr. Plum who managed to scale the wall of the whelping box to wander the seemingly vast expanse of the living room (which it would if you’re only 8” tall). We’re not sure how he managed that feat and he’s not talking, but the puppies are surely communicating and displaying emotions. They’ll whine to show fear, whimper when hurt and bark when they’re excited or want attention. Messrs. Rhubarb and Grape are certainly not shy about letting us know they want some cuddle time.

The puppies growing and gaining weight in leaps and bounds. Their muzzles are lengthening and are just beginning to look a bit more like the adults they will eventually become. We are spending some time alone with each puppy, playing gently and teaching them to relate one-on-one in a safe, trusting situation. As we hold them, they reward us with all the kisses we could ever want. With each passing day, their capacity for love and their bonds grow stronger. And before long they will be ready to share that love with their forever families.

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


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Monday, June 24, 2013

Jazz and Bailey’s Litter – Week Five

Enjoying the great outdoors!
“The Mission”

With the agility and precision of a Navy SEAL, she dragged herself up the grassy embankment, using only her front limbs to propel herself forward, staying low to the ground and fighting off fatigue, she was within range of the target. Her mission was clear and timing was crucial. At the last moment, Miss Apricot lunged forward, flinging herself on top of Mr. Mint and so the two tumbled playfully on the lawn. Now that the puppies are old enough and the weather has been cooperating, the group has been enjoying their time in the sun. It didn’t start out that way though. On the first day when a few of the puppies were deposited on the lawn, some just stood and whimpered, taking in the magnificence of the world outside as it stood menacingly before them. Very quickly, that feeling passed and as their confidence grew, the puppies did what puppies do: be curious. Some ambled around, rolled in the grass, studied trees, chewed twigs or climbed rocks, while others galloped at top speed for a few steps until they fell over. Before long, they collapsed onto the turf and drifted off to sleep one by one until we carried them back to their whelping box which they know as home.

This is a happy, playful bunch. Mr. Apple continues to lounge on his back, Mr. Potato loves to roll around anywhere he can and Mr. Mint enjoys his kisses. We witnessed an interesting interaction in which Mr. Grape was lying on his back with his legs splayed out in all directions. He was encountered by Mr. Plum who surely thought as he chomped down on a furry appendage, “if you’re going to stick that thing up in the air, I’m going to bite it”. They must get some of that playfulness from Bailey. She’s been an incredible mom and now that her responsibility as main caregiver has wound down, her role has transitioned into a sentinel and playmate. She will roll onto her back enticing the little ones to come to nurse. Once they’re about to make contact, she bounces up and gets them to chase her around the yard. The rest of the time, Bailey will find a quiet spot off in the shade where she looks out over her little flock.

It seems that this group is not big on comfort. We find repeatedly that one or the other has fallen asleep in the water bowl, on the water bowl or stretched right across one or two water bowls. They love their siestas to the point where many slept through some puppy visits. Sunday was family visit day and the gang enjoyed making new friends and being cuddled, save for the persistence of their mom butting in and trying to get a large share of love herself. All in all, this is one of the one of the quietest litters on record….. unless of course, they’re saving the best for last.

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


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Monday, June 17, 2013

Jazz and Bailey’s Litter – Week Four

We love to play together!


“Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”

Imagine a warm summer evening as the sun goes down accompanied by an almost deafening sound of crickets chirping in a meadow. Now transition that thought to another context with eight hungry puppies huddled around their food bowl smacking their lips in unison as they devour their dinner. The way this group approaches every mealtime, one would be left with the impression that they’ve not eaten in days. The truth of the matter is that they get three generous meals of mush a day, interspersed with deliveries by their mom, Bailey with her milk wagon. In addition, the little ones are supplementing their meals and keeping themselves well hydrated with a constant supply of fresh water. Small wonder that some puppies with their big, round bellies are already breaking the 7 lb. barrier.

This is the beginning of a key socialization period for the puppies. When they’re not sleeping or eating, they spend more time playing with one another. Now that they’re gaining strength and coordination, they scurry around at top speed. They pounce on each other and head butt, which are the beginnings of Ultimate Puppy Wrestling. They test each other’s limits and learn the difference between hard and soft biting.  They also take turns sleeping at the top and bottom of the sibling pile. Since their hunting and chasing instincts are kicking in, we ensure that they have plush toys to play and cuddle with, that is unless Bailey steals them to play with herself. There’s also a waiting list to make friends with the puppies; our Sierra takes advantage of every opportunity to sneak into the puppy area to catch a glimpse of the flock.

The little ones are becoming more responsive to their environment, reacting to every sight and sound, watching us very intently as we move around the whelping box. It’s a challenge to reach in without having a herd of little feet anchoring the very towel we’re trying to swap out. The gang communicates with little squeaks and barks and waggley tails, ever eager to be picked up as if to say “pick me, pick me!” They love snuggling and being held, all the while nibbling on our noses and bathing us with little puppy kisses. These are among the blissful moments that make our journey worthwhile.

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

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Jazz and Bailey’s Litter – Week Three




Mr. Mint

“Bite Me”

He was fast asleep and didn’t see it coming. The sensations in his leg caused him to jolt out of his slumber. Then it became clear:  Mr. Apple was gnawing on Mr. Rhubarb’s leg because it was time to play!  As they spend more time awake, the puppies paw and mouth their littermates, learning rudimentary social skills in their interactions with one another. Their vision has progressed beyond simply being able to detect light, dark and movement and they are beginning to respond to sudden or loud sounds. They are also able to relieve themselves without the assistance of their mom to stimulate them.

With so many newfound skills coupled with the ability to walk and climb, it’s no great surprise that the little ones start to get into some mischief. One weekend morning at 6:00 a.m., we were awakened by the sound of Bailey barking and some of the puppies squealing. It seems that Miss Lemon and Mr. Plum conspired to scale the small barrier and followed their mom out of the whelping box, through the whelping box extension and into the vast expanse of the living room. Fortunately mom was performing the role of hall monitor in alerting us, so the escapees were returned to the safety of their bedroom without incident.

We’re certain that Bailey has been counting down the days to when the puppies are weaned from nursing. And who could blame her now that each puppy’s twenty-eight pointy little teeth are coming in and tearing into her undercarriage at each feeding.  But not a moment too soon, help has arrived in the way of gruel or mush: a canine-style smoothie comprised of moistened puppy food, oatmeal, goat’s milk, vitamins and honey, all blended to perfection. Since this is a meal that isn’t delivered by mom’s milk truck, some of the little ones tend to be apprehensive. Needing no second invitation, Miss Apricot was first to indulge, followed by Mr. Mint and Mr. Grape. And despite being the first to break the four pound barrier, Mr. Potato was a late arrival as he needed to be awakened to join the others for dinner. The group learned readily enough that dessert was available for all by simply licking it off the face of a sibling. Small wonder that they’re all so well-groomed after mealtime. Following the banquet, Miss Apricot fell asleep right in the bowl with Mr. Apple and Mr. Rhubarb atop her, no doubt dreaming of their next feast! The following day to our amazement, something unprecedented occurred:  the entire litter fell asleep in the bowl in one big heap.

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, June 3, 2013

Jazz and Bailey’s Litter – Week Two


This week our eyes opened!

 Peek-a-boo


This was a big week for the puppies in many respects – the first of which is that their eyes opened. Miss Lemon was the first of the girls and Mr. Mint was the first of the boys. It’s not surprising in Mr. Mint’s case: since he’s always so hungry, we’re sure he felt he could find more food if he could see where he was going. This development had no effect on Mr. Apple as he continued to enjoy his meals splayed out on his back. At this stage, the puppies can 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 begin to experience normal sight. They are able to hear quite well as soon as their ears have opened but it will take some time before the little ones can understand or relate to what it is they’re hearing.

Another highlight is the move of the whelping box from our bedroom to the living room down the hall. Now that the group is well established, mother Bailey takes advantage of her well-deserved leisure time by sleeping outside of the whelping box and tip-toeing back into it many times throughout the day and night to ensure her little clan is well nourished. To Bailey’s credit, some of the puppies have already tripled their birth weight and notwithstanding her new sleeping arrangements, she’s on call around the clock to tend to every whimper.

The puppies get a lot of practice sleeping and it’s fun to watch them. They nestle up to their siblings for warmth and security, sometimes in pairs or in groups of varying descriptions and sometimes in curious patterns, like the other day when their cluster formed a perfect pinwheel. Despite the fact that the little ones can be observed sleeping most of the time, they’re still getting a workout! As they lie there asleep, they are constantly twitching – a state known as “activated sleep”. These involuntary actions help strengthen their leg muscles. The net result is that they are now able to walk on all fours, however “stagger” would be putting it more aptly. This will surely pave the way for adventures down the road.

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

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Jazz and Bailey’s Litter – Week One



 
Welcome to the world!

 “Room for Rent”


In our previous posting, we revealed how much Bailey enjoyed accommodating her puppies in the plush surroundings of the whelping box. Now that she’s recovered from her C-section and has had a little more time to reflect, Bailey been on the lookout for some other digs; quite literally. On more than one occasion, she’s been caught trying to excavate some spaces in the yard she deems suitable to raise her new family in. There’s one hole under a rock that was so deep, we could hear an echo in it. Since the digging was proving to be difficult, Bailey finally settled on a readymade dog house on the side porch, albeit we think it may just be a little small for her needs.
Bailey in the dog house!

Thanks to Bailey’s dedication as a mom, spending almost 24 hours a day in the whelping box, the puppies have almost doubled their birth weights. Bailey’s milk depository provides their nourishment which contains antibodies vital for the first several weeks of their lives. 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. The little ones spend all of their time eating or sleeping and since their eyes are closed at birth, their senses of smell and touch are what guide them to their mom and to each other. They use their tiny forelimbs, coupled with a great deal of determination, to propel themselves around. Since this is a very strong, active, well-developed bunch, it won’t be long before they’re walking.

Nearing the end of this first week, Bailey was enjoying the luxury of a few private naps outside of the whelping box. If she lingered a little bit too long, the puppies had no reservations about letting her know with squeaking that began as a solo, continued as a duet and culminated as a piercing choral chant. Once Bailey obliged them, they voraciously suckled, piled atop one another, some even upside down! We’re lucky to have front row seats to this manner of dinner theatre.

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, May 21, 2013

Bailey and Jazz Litter – Day One


Miss Apricot cuddling up to mom - a few hours old!

“Welcome to the World Little Ones!”

We are very pleased to announce the “late” arrival of Bailey’s adorable puppies on Monday, May 20th, of 6 beautiful boys and 2 adorable girls by C-section. We were certainly hoping Bailey would give birth during the night but she never progressed past stage one labour, so after several days of waiting we decided it was best to go in and get them. It turns out that a little one who’d made a wrong turn was blocking the passage for all the pups. The puppies are all very hearty, fairly even in size and weight and are actually somewhat larger compared to other litters.

Bailey has all the makings of a good mom and is recovering well. Unlike other first-time mothers, Bailey relinquished the mindset of wanting to deliver her puppies somewhere in the yard in favour of the plush surroundings of the whelping box. She seemed to like it so much, she spent the previous two nights sleeping in it by herself. Mom is still getting used to 8 crying babies and not sure what to do yet but most importantly, she is producing a good volume of milk and the pups are nursing around the clock. It won’t be long before she gets the hang of motherhood.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another installment of “Puppy Tales” as the adventures are just beginning.

We would like to thank Dr. Rasa Levenstein and the crew at Graham Animal Hospital for spending part of their holiday Monday with us.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Bailey - Day 55 (pre-parturition)

 
Bailey still looking stunning!
Bailey sure is showing signs of slowing down and there is definitely a waddle in her walk these days. She prefers to be inside with us lying on her cozy dog bed or on the cool tile floor. Bailey is a very calm and quiet girl and seems even more so with her pregnancy.

She continues to have a tremendous appetite, which we are thankful for as some expectant moms can be extremely fussy – others have voracious appetites. Bailey is currently eating three meals a day but this weekend, we will transition her to four smaller meals daily.  She still gobbles down her food and we can’t seem to put the bowl down fast enough.

This Monday evening, we will take a trip to the vet to see how everything is going and then prepare for the big event on the following weekend. Bailey has begun to seek out what she feels is the perfect spot to have her pups. So far she appears to be undecided as to where she would like to give birth since she has already excavated several large holes around the foundation of our house and one underneath a spruce tree. It’s certainly a help at this time of year as we can use her efforts to plant our garden shrubs! Bailey will soon learn that we have no intention of letting her have pups in the yard! We have prepared our spotlessly clean, whelping box and clean towels for the occasion.

Calcium is often given during whelping to help with the contractions. It can be in the form of injections, Tums or ice cream. Our girls prefer vanilla ice cream or plain yogurt. We join her for a much needed energy boost as labour usually happens during the night and depending on the litter size can go on for many hours. 

Golden Retriever puppy fetus - National Geographic

At this stage, the puppies have a full coat of hair and can be felt moving around in her tummy. Since Bailey loves her belly rubbed, it is easy to detect movement of the little ones. It seems like they are anxious to get out into the world and meet their forever families!

Stay tuned …..

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Graceful Bailey – 43 days (pre-parturition)


Baily at day 35. Still looking slender!


It is hard to believe that Bailey will be having her puppies in less than 20 days. While her tummy has expanded to 33.5 inches (85 cm), she is not showing any signs of slowing down yet. Bailey is extra sensitive and prefers being close to us rather than with the pack, so her evenings are spent cuddling and getting lots of belly rubs.

Bailey has a ravenous appetite and is being fed three times daily now. As the puppies grow, there is less room in her tummy and it’s also easier for Bailey to digest these smaller meals. She is eating a nutritious balance of home cooked organic foods, premium kibble, supplements and raw vegetables.
 
Embryo at 25 days. Photo by National Geographic.
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.

Bailey's ultrasound at approximately day 35.

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 …..