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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.

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 …..