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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, 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!


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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