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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.

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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