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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, March 26, 2013

Heidi and Hudson’s Litter – Week Four

Miss Coral having a nap!

“The Free-for-All”

It all starts innocently enough. One puppy will lick or nibble on another puppy’s ear or any exposed body part, and that one in turn does likewise to an unsuspecting sibling and so on and so on. Before long the entire mini-pack is engaged in a friendly brouhaha. The playing field is pretty level between the boys and girls as Miss Amber was witnessed trying to ingest her brother’s leg. Along with the nibbling, the activities include jousting and wrestling punctuated by miniature growls, squeaks and barks. Mind you, it’s all good fun and after a period of frenzied activity, it culminates in a big snore-fest where the puppies use each other as pillows.

Now that the whelping box has an extension, the puppies have room to run laps. They use the original portion as their lounge where they sleep, play, dine and cuddle with each other. The addition which is lined with unprinted newspaper and shredded paper is used as a gym when it’s clean and afterward for “relief”.

There’s no question that meal-time is a highlight for the puppies. Every time the jumbo bowl in the shape of a ring makes its appearance, most leap to attention and make a bee-line for it. Sometimes various spots get so crowded that we have to air-lift one or two of the little minions to the other side of the bowl just to be sure everyone fits. Once all the bellies are filled and the little ones have licked the excess off their neighbour, this activity is also capped off with a nap.

It seems like the happiest one of all as of late, is Heidi. With each of the puppies’ twenty-eight pointy little teeth coming in, we’re sure that the whelping box containing the three hundred and thirty-six razor sharp teeth was beginning to represent a little torture chamber to her. Now that the gang is enjoying three daily meals of mush, Heidi gets a well-deserved reprieve from her responsibility as the milk-truck operator. But mom is still a good sport by providing her little family with the occasional supplement and is herself occasionally rewarded with any mush the puppies might have left over for her – a hit and miss proposition at the best of times!

In the meantime, the gang is spending their time just being puppies, wishing upon a star that all their little puppy dreams will come true.

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

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Heidi and Hudson’s Litter – Week Three

What a wonderful world it is!

“Change of Address”

This week Heidi and her puppies made the big move from the bedroom to their own little hideaway in the library. The extension was also added to the whelping box to provide some extra room for the puppies to pick up a bit of speed when they’re on their little walkabouts. No matter how much room they have, they always seem to gravitate back to that safe haven known as mom.

This week saw the introduction of the puppies to gruel or mush:  a healthy concoction of oatmeal, honey, goat’s milk and vitamins to supplement the feedings they get from their mom. One never knows how a new litter will embrace this new confection. Initially, the gang was a little apprehensive about consuming something that their mom did not dispense. With their heads bobbing up and down into the bowl at high speeds, Mr. Walnut (aka Walter) and Miss Amber sent a message to the rest of the group that this new delicacy was indeed fine dining. Before long, a crowd formed around the bowl to see what all the fuss was about. Apart from nutrition, these feedings have an ulterior purpose of promoting socialization as the puppies spend their post-mealtime getting acquainted by licking the sticky mess off one another.

Now that their vision is established, the puppies are becoming increasingly curious about their surroundings and about each other. On a recent outing to the weigh scale, Miss Ivory wrapped her tiny little paws around our fingers very tightly in the sweetest puppy hug, unless of course the poor thing just felt like she was looking down from atop a ten story building. Their little personalities are beginning to emerge as they make facial expressions and use their newfound vocal abilities to communicate their needs. Mr. Indigo has a very melodic, tiny howl he makes for some indeterminate reason that periodically resonates from the whelping box. Each of his siblings, of course has a song of their own.

At the rate they’re growing, it seems that every other day is spa day for the puppies.  With twelve customers, that means cutting a total of two hundred and eight-eight little nails a couple of times a week. Fortunately no-one has asked for nail polish yet and at least Heidi is looking after the balance of their grooming needs for the time being.

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

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Heidi and Hudson’s Litter – Week Two

Heidi with her precious babies. She is an amazing mom!

Cabbage Patch Mom

A breeder’s (or a mother’s) life is not without its challenges. This week Heidi contracted mastitis, an inflammation of the mammary gland, usually the result of an infection caused by a little bite or scratch. This is not uncommon in large litters and not serious when diagnosed and treated in its early stages. We opted for two courses of treatment: the medical solution of a regimen of antibiotics and the homeopathic one of strapping a cabbage leaf to the affected area. Heidi’s malady improved very rapidly, but the rest of the pack sure was curious about this mobile salad bar.

The big news this week is that the puppies have opened their eyes – the windows to their little souls. While they can initially only differentiate between light and dark through a kind of haze, this will clear up very quickly over the next week or so until they experience normal sight. The little ones are able to hear quite well as soon as their ears have opened and they certainly have no difficulty in making themselves heard. Their sounds range from squeaky toys to little babies to pigeons depending on the mood they’re in and what they feel they need to communicate.

Since their body temperatures will not have been regulated until after week three, the little gang relies on mom and each other for warmth. We use a heat lamp for good measure, when mom’s on her break. It never ceases to amaze how the puppies sleep, all piled atop one another. As they lie there asleep, they are constantly twitching. These involuntary actions, referred to as “activated sleep”, help strengthen their leg muscles affording them the mobility to stagger around the whelping box when they set off in search of a snack or a sibling to use as a pillow.

Besides sleeping, the puppies’ other favourite pastime is eating – something they seem to do virtually non-stop. They’re fun to watch with their little fists pumping and tails twitching as they nurse. This group is rather well-organized at the milk bar, lining themselves up very neatly like big rigs at a freight terminal. The results are evident with some of the group already tripling their birth weight. For some puppies, the incessant desire to nurse continues even after Heidi has left the whelping box for a well-deserved break. This certainly causes some confusion among the rest as they find a brother or sister trying to latch onto one of their body parts or another.

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

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Heidi and Hudson’s Litter – Week One

Miss Ivory and Mr. Ebony all snuggled together!

As the first week draws to a close, we reflect on the journey that has brought us to this happy point in time. Heidi has become the stellar mom we always knew she would be, although it didn’t quite start out that way. For the weeks leading up to the birth, a mother-to-be knows she’s going to have a litter. When puppies are delivered via C-section, it’s a bit perplexing for her because somehow the babies have magically appeared when she awakens from her anesthesia. It takes mom a while to realize that these are her babies! In Heidi’s case, she immediately allowed the puppies to nurse, but kept a wary eye on these tiny creatures as they moved around in the whelping box. Part of mom’s job description is to stimulate her newborn pups to encourage them to eliminate by licking them. For the day or so that it took for her to fully embrace the notion that these were her puppies, we had to perform the task by rubbing each puppy with a towel. Fortunately, Heidi’s maternal instincts kicked in and she relieved us of this duty. She’s now a fully connected, very attentive and loving mother, attending to the needs of her little family with every whimper, never straying very far from them or for very long.

The puppies have all gained well with some of them almost doubling their birth weight. We weigh them twice daily for the first couple of weeks in order to monitor their progress very carefully. Ever the concerned mom, Heidi accompanies each and every puppy the few short steps to the weigh scale and back to the whelping box to ensure their safe passage.

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. At this stage, puppies spend virtually all of their time eating and sleeping and this group is no exception. It’s interesting to note that while most Goldens have ten teats, Heidi has only eight. This is why we conduct feeding rotations to make certain that everyone gets their fair share at the milk bar. The results are evident as the puppies all have plump bellies that expand and contact like little accordions when they sleep.

Heidi has recovered very nicely from her C-section to the point where she’s able to jump up on the bed to get a quick little cuddle herself before returning to look after her babies. Despite having such a cozy spot indoors, Heidi still seems intent on finding or building an igloo in the back yard to move her little ones to.

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

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