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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, 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 …..

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Heidi and Hudson’s Litter – Week Eight

Miss Violet (Winnie)

“The Wailing of the Banshee”

She ran at top speed, her lithe legs churning, kicking up tufts of sod as her paws tore into the turf. She was only too aware of the sound of the rest of the pack in pursuit. She stopped abruptly and swung around in the opposite direction, panting heavily. We watched from a distance as the scene unfolded. Heidi was running back and forth along the fence line with the rest of the pack in tow, but what was not immediately evident was that inexplicably she was outside the compound! Happily, she returned quite readily when we opened the gate to let her back inside the yard. Whether motherhood had proved to be so difficult that Heidi felt she needed to escape or whether she was just being a clever girl, we weren’t certain.  That is, until we did a perimeter sweep and Heidi showed us a section of fence that had been compromised. We now understand the proclivity of her daughters: Miss Scarlet and Miss Violet, for their numerous escape attempts.

This has been a very well-behaved group for the most part; well almost. Puppies are not immune from little pranks. On one sunny afternoon, we heard what sounded like the wailing of a banshee coming from the foyer. Upon investigation, we discovered a crate that the puppies had managed to push from the upper part of the foyer, down the lone five inch step into the lower part so that it sat with the opening pointing skyward …….with poor Mr. Ebony inside. On a couple of other occasions, we witnessed Mr. Charcoal on the bottom of this chasm taunting his siblings who remained lined up along its ledge, unwilling to venture down.

The past two months have seen a roller coaster sampling of weather wherein the group has experienced all four seasons. They had ample fun playing together, whether inside or out and they made a lot of friends, both two and four-legged. While it’s sad to see them go, our hearts are warmed by the knowledge that the puppies will be abundantly loved as they continue on the next leg of their journey. As the week wound down, we spent a lot of time with each and every one to ensure that we all got our fill of kisses. These were among the most special moments that we’ll treasure forever. So long, little ones…..will you remember me?

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

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Heidi and Hudson’s Litter – Week Seven

Loving the Spring weather!

“World Cup Soccer in Caledon”

The puppies vacillate between two extremes. On the one hand, they were the best behaved, quietest group on record during their car ride to visit Dr. Matt, the veterinarian. Each and every puppy was very brave, not to mention polite and received top marks for their checkup. They also received kudos in the parking lot at Ren’s Pet Depot where admiring passersby cooed with delight at the sight of these little balls of fur. On the other hand, this group doesn’t hold anything back when it’s time to unwind and have fun. In a recent World Cup Puppy Soccer match, it was one giant free-for-all wherein the puppies ran shrieking as they chased the ball from one end of the foyer to the other and back again. Afterward, when the water bowls were drained by the thirsty brood, two of their brethren picked up the bowls and ran victory laps with them.

One of the more perplexing things we’ve noticed is that when the puppies are playing in the foyer and a ball or toy drops “way down” into the 5” sunken area, they come to an abrupt halt on the edge of the step as if they’ve just encountered some great chasm. When the rest of the group was otherwise occupied, only Mr. Ebony and one or two others have ever dared to venture down to investigate this strange new world.

Despite the reappearance of winter, the puppies were fortunate to have a few breaks to be able to venture outside. While they were initially apprehensive about some ground cover we know as grass, the little ones needed no second invitation to quickly discover the thrill of rock climbing and twig gathering. (It’s interesting that they’ll climb up a 24” pile of rocks, but hesitate to conquer a 5” step!) The puppies’ senses were heightened as they took in every sight and sound; their confidence growing as they explored in ever-widening circles.

When the gang isn’t engaged in some form of play or eating or sleeping, these animated little minions love to surround us on the floor of the foyer to seize an opportunity for a cuddle. They bounce up like little jacks-in-the-box to plant a kiss on our faces or crawl around on our legs or in our laps, eager to be caressed. Their temperament testing revealed a very well-balanced, affectionate gang that is willing to make friends with anyone. We often see three of them squeezed together, snuggling in a small crate. In an encounter with our Hungarian born Bailey, the puppies went to great lengths to make her feel welcome, but not before they examined her undercarriage thoroughly to see if she was making a milk delivery or not. Whether animal or human, this gang is more than willing to share their precious love.

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

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Heidi and Hudson’s Litter – Week Six

The Escape Artist - Miss Scarlet

“A Little Privacy Please!”

Puppies have no sense of discretion. They just want to have fun -  even if it’s at the expense of one of their siblings. Feeling what some might refer to as one of nature’s calls, one of the pack will slip away to a quiet spot to have a private moment. No sooner has the” target” surrendered to his urges when out of nowhere, one or two other puppies converge to take down their “quarry” in a game of rugby without the ball.

Another one of the most dramatic sports moments of the week occurred as we rolled a big ball out into the play area. The puppies were mesmerized as they took in the sight of this wondrous red object spinning past them. One by one, they went to investigate until Mr. Ebony, realizing its great power, began to roll it around the floor. The rest of the gang jubilantly followed the procession as if they’d just invented the wheel.

We’re sure the Olympic Committee didn’t see this coming: we’ve had to rewrite some of the rules of the sport of (puppy) wrestling because some of the gang don’t have it quite right. Two puppies will engage in a bout and after a period of time, they both simply lie down on their backs. I guess in this version, everyone’s a winner. For some reason unbeknownst to us, this group seems to spend a lot of time on their backs whether awake or asleep.

There’s one in every litter and this time it’s Miss Scarlet – the escape artist. Time after time, she’s been intercepted on the other side of a barrier, making her way down a hallway or in the far reaches of a room that was yet to be explored. Early one morning, she was apprehended in the library with two of her cohorts who had all scaled the slat wall entrance to the whelping box in a daring night escape. They didn’t venture very far as we found them curled up together on the carpet outside their shelter. It’s obvious that security needs to be stepped up.

Heidi’s role as mom has evolved from primary caregiver to one of a sentinel as she sleeps on the sofa in the library and keeps a silent vigil on her flourishing brood. The puppies are at the age now where interaction with people is becoming increasingly important to them. They are already establishing relationships in their journey right up to the ones that they will form with their forever families and beyond. And in true Golden fashion, they’re good at that!

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

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Heidi and Hudson’s Litter – Week Five

We are a cute bunch!

“The Drive-Through”

A big step for the puppies this week is their transition to more solid food, which coincides with Heidi’s dream of an early retirement. It seems that mom has limited her contribution to something akin to a drive-through milk wagon. The puppies are drinking more water now as well to keep themselves hydrated. This transition is a welcome change for us too, since this group is one of the messiest eaters on record requiring countless baths and wipe-downs. Boasting plump bellies, the puppies are weighing seven pounds on average. That in itself is starting to become a bit of a workout when we pick them up. And that happens to be frequently since they love to be held and cuddled, with many falling asleep in our arms.

The gang is becoming increasingly more curious about their surroundings and about the large humans in their midst. There’s no more sneaking up on them as they react to every sight and sound. This is the beginning of the most influential socialization period for the puppies. They wag their tails to us and to each other. They are even displaying affection toward the little toys we’ve given them. The puppies are entertaining some of their future forever family visitors and they’re making friends with some of the rest of the pack. Our Sierra, Bailey and little Surrey have taken a keen interest in the little ones and waste no opportunity to try to squeeze into the puppy area for some playtime.

Since the weather is still a little cold for outdoor activity, the group now has access to the foyer, a.k.a. the gymnasium:  a 350 square foot space where they can enjoy their favourite leisure activities. Mostly these include various forms of gymnastics such as running, sliding, catapulting, tumbling and bouncing – usually off one another. Others just like to run around in circles until they topple over, while in the group sports department, there is usually a game of tag team wrestling or football without the ball underway. Once the weather warms up, we are looking forward to engaging the puppies is some forms of winter sports outside and we’re certain to be entertained in the process.

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

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