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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, January 27, 2014

Sierra and Hudson’s Litter – Week Three

Mr. Frostbite

“It’s a bird, it’s a plane…”

Now that the ever-growing puppies are situated in our library which runs off a large open foyer, we’ve found it necessary to add barricades to enforce an “invitation only” policy with the rest of the pack. Never one to be deterred by convention, our Surrey revealed her Olympic prowess by hurtling over not one, but two barricades stacked back-to-back in order to get inside the whelping box to get better acquainted with the mini-pack. Since Surrey was not able to produce the necessary guest pass, we escorted her out again. After two successful breaches, we’re uncertain as to how to reinforce the perimeter of the puppy zone…..three barricades perhaps?

Meanwhile in the whelping box, Mr. Frostbite had just been roused from a deep slumber and found himself nose-to-nose with Miss Blizzard who was mouthing and pawing him. This is how the puppies learn rudimentary social skills. Now that their vision is established beyond simply being able to detect light, dark and movement, they are becoming increasingly curious about their surroundings and each other. To this end, Miss Blizzard seems to have assumed the responsibility of informing her littermates of the newly adopted schedule for playtime. The puppies also respond to sudden or loud sounds and are even beginning to find their own voices. Each one has a unique-sounding means of self-expression and seems surprised at his or her ability to do so. Their ensuing expression comes with the caption “did I do that?”

Sierra has demonstrated her acclaim as one of our best moms ever. She keeps a watchful eye on her little ones from her vantage point perched on the sofa. The milk bar is available for their every beck and call when they stagger around the whelping box in search of their next meal. While they still rely on their mom for sustenance and comfort, the puppies are able to relieve themselves without the assistance of their mom to stimulate them.

Their little world is now extending beyond the confines of the whelping box they call home. The puppies study us very intently as we pick them up, but there’s no question that they find a great deal of comfort in being picked up and cuddled. We have decidedly earned their trust as they drift off into the sweet surrender of blissful sleep in our arms. What a wonderful world it is.

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

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Sierra and Hudson’s Litter – Week Two

Mr. Frostbite can see the world!

“The Cyclops”

The big news for Sierra’s mini pack is that the puppies have opened their eyes allowing us to peer through the windows to their little souls. That is, all except the cyclops: Mr. Moonbeam, who decided he would be opening his just one eye at a time! At this stage, the puppies can only differentiate between light and dark, but the haze will clear up very quickly over the next week or so as they begin to experience normal sight. They are however, able to hear quite well as soon as their ears have opened. All in all, this is a very quiet bunch. Normally puppies will bellow whenever they’re hungry, but with the all-day buffet at their disposal, this brood is so well fed that we barely hear a peep out of them save for little coos of contentment. Miss Sunshine has overtaken everyone in the weight department and now resembles a plump little Buddha. Leaving nothing to chance, we rub her belly and make wishes.

The other big event is that the group has been moved from the bedroom to the library. It’s business as usual for the puppies and it hasn’t really mattered to them. Sierra however, is not amused and is spending some of her leisure time searching for another venue in the backyard. That aside, she’s a dedicated mom and seldom leaves her puppies. 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. As they lie there asleep, they are constantly twitching. These involuntary actions, referred to as “activated sleep”, help strengthen their leg muscles allowing them to plod along with the grace of little dinosaurs.

This new arrangement in the library is also big news for the rest of our pack and their curiousity has certainly been piqued. Our Surrey has already vaulted over the barrier to get a closer look at the puppies. Bailey, who has now come into season, has also been pining to get better acquainted with the little ones. Even the big boys have come sniffing around to see what the fuss is all about. Fortunately Sierra is not possessive and welcomes all visitors. That, of course is a good thing because we can never seem to get our fill of cuddling each and every one.

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

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Sierra & Hudson’s Litter – Week One

Mr. Moonbeam - just another day at the spa.

“The Catapult”

It was a day like any other, just a few days prior to her scheduled due date. Sierra was happy and upbeat with her emphatic wiggle and her happy howl. She polished off all of her meals…… and then to our surprise, her water broke. Despite the impending early arrival of her pups, the timing was still well within the window in which the little ones could be whelped safely. Later that day as Sierra was enjoying a cuddle on our bed, the first puppy, Miss Blizzard was deposited there. Around thirty minutes later, this time in the whelping box, Mr. Frostbite joined his sister. Apparently that was hard work and Sierra was in no hurry, so after a break of over an hour and a half, Miss Sunshine made her appearance followed by Mr. Moonbeam some forty-five minutes later. Since most girls whelp their puppies in the middle of the night, this was one of those rare, but cherished deliveries in the waking hours.

We always knew Sierra was cut out for motherhood as over the years she’d spend hours enamoured with the puppies from each litter. She wasted no time in warming up to her own little brood. In fact, she was licking them so enthusiastically, she would cause the little ones to catapult off her nipples. Before long, mom got the hang of it and the little ones got to eat uninterrupted. And eat they did. Since there are only four puppies and a generous amount of room at the milk bar, the puppies are able to gorge themselves on this nectar of life. Sierra’s milk contains antibodies vital for the first several weeks of their lives. Thanks to mom’s dedication, the milk bar is open twenty-four hours so the puppies’ weights have more than doubled since birth. Of course they don’t spend their entire time eating; they spend a great deal of time sleeping and a bit of time in the gym as well. We’ve introduced a couple of stuffed animals into the whelping box that the plump little minions need to climb over as they scurry about in search of a snack.

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. 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. We expect Miss Blizzard to be among the first as she always seems to be in a hurry. But for the moment, we’re all just enjoying the ride.

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

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sierra – 58 days (Pre-parturition)

Sierra with several days to go before the big event!

“The Dirty Girl”

As we head into the final few days of her pregnancy, Sierra is definitely in the “nesting” stage. Pregnant moms begin to nest about this time to seek out a place where they intend to have their babies. Sierra has found what she thinks is the perfect spot at the side of our house where she has initiated an excavation.  We’re uncertain as to whether she plans on building a cave or an igloo, but she’s been digging deep enough that despite the snow, she comes back inside the house with dirty feet. She’s been so determined and unfazed by the frigid temperatures we’ve experienced this past week that we’ve had to venture out at night to retrieve her. We’re hopeful that when the time comes, she’ll embrace our clean and cozy whelping box by the fireplace in the bedroom.

We are thrilled that Sierra has been doing so well throughout her pregnancy but she has notably slowed down the past few days. She continues to be ravenous about her food and is getting three meals daily but she will be enjoying four smaller meals daily during the last few days of her pregnancy. She has really blossomed this past week and her abdominal area is measuring approximately 88 cm or 34 1/2 inches. She is most certainly losing her figure and has a distinct waddle in her walk! When she’s not seeking some attention or affection, Sierra has been keeping to herself engaged in her favourite pastime of lounging on the floor nearby.

At this point, the puppies’ coats of fur are fully developed and they will continue to gain in size in preparation for their birth. During Sierra’s belly rubs, it’s easy to detect the movement of the little ones in her tummy. It appears that they are getting anxious to make the next big move. We will be making Sierra as comfortable as possible the next few days as we await the big event!

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for the enchanting journey we call “Puppy Tales”.