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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.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sierra and Hudson’s Litter – Week Seven

We will miss you little ones.

“Choir Practice”

It began at very low volume, oscillating for a moment before it built to a crescendo.  Could it be?  Yes….our prayers were answered.  It seems that two or more of Sierra’s pups have inherited their mother’s absolutely darling “happy howl”. As her brood matures, Sierra’s role has evolved to that of pack leader, although choir leader is more apropos at times. Her pups are almost fully weaned now as they are eating three square meals a day. She is affectionate and playful with them, teasing them with toys and showing them when to bite and when not to. She lets them know she’s the dominant dog and corrects them if they misbehave. Prior to letting them nurse, she does two or three laps of the foyer while the puppies give chase to try and capture their target.

The gang has also entertained some other canine visitors. For the longest time, Bailey has been desperate to make their acquaintance. Once she gained access, she gave them all a sniff, determined they weren’t hers and bolted out of the room while the little ones were attempting to suckle. Surrey on the other hand, managed to jump right into the whelping box, likely in search of some toys. Once in the midst of the puppies, she decided they were even better than toys and enjoyed a leisurely, albeit unsanctioned visit with them.

The group went on a car-ride this week to visit Dr. Matt, the veterinarian for their check-ups. In true English fashion with very proper manners, they did not make a peep in the car on the trip there or back, nor did anyone get car sick. Everyone passed their physical exams with flying colours and was very brave as they got their shots. Dr. Matt remarked that this was the best-behaved bunch ever! This was also the week for temperament testing and it was no surprise that this was a very well-balanced group. Their appetite for exploring their environment and learning new things grows with each passing day.

In the coming week, we’ll spend a lot of one-on-one time with each of the puppies to continue to build trusting relationships and ensure that we get our fill of puppy kisses before we need to say “so long”. While we’re sad to see them leave, we are comforted by the knowledge that they will be abundantly loved as they continue on the next leg of their journey. And no matter where your journeys take you, little ones, “you’ll be in my heart”.

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

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Sierra and Hudson’s Litter – Week Six

Whoo hoo is this fun!

“It Happens”

We’re not certain as to whether it was intended as a message or simply an accident, but there was no mistaking the end result. It was morning and the puppies had finished their breakfast – the bowl polished to its gleaming silver perfection. One by one each of the mini-pack members curled up for their post-breakfast slumber. When we went to retrieve the bowl, we discovered that one of the gang had apparently gotten up and left an unseemly treasure in it. In light of their usual impeccable English manners, we’ll chalk this one up to a sleepwalking incident.

Every Golden puppy, at least in this part of the world, is born with an innate desire to romp in the snow. So while the world is watching the proceedings in Sochi very intently, we held our own winter Olympics in our little corner of Caledon. Unfazed by the cold, the little minions explored every corner of the yard, danced, skated, skied, and body checked their way around until they were all adorned with frosty beards. They were having so much fun that these snow fairies needed to be persuaded to return to their warm little nest inside.

When they’re not eating or sleeping, indoor activities occupy the rest of the gang’s time. On one occasion, all four puppies froze simultaneously as a large, red plastic ball made a thunderous racket as it rolled across the floor in the foyer. After a moment, the four scolded the intruder and went about their business which on this occasion was career day. Mr. Moonbeam resumed his role as chief engineer examining every nook and cranny of the foyer. Miss Blizzard showed off her dancing skills with a few choice quick steps and promptly toppled over. A loftier undertaking was that of Miss Sunshine, the plastic surgeon who was attempting to jump up and remove our noses, while Mr. Frostbite the manager, barked instructions to the rest of the group, occasionally meandering over to get a closer look. After a time, the girls retired to the whelping box for a nap, signifying that playtime was over.

Now that they are almost completely weaned and eating solid food, the puppies are growing and gaining weight in leaps and bounds. Their muzzles are lengthening and are beginning to look a bit more like the adults they will eventually become. Their emotions are becoming apparent too, so they whine to show fear, whimper if they’re hurt and bark when they are excited or want attention. We are spending some time alone with each puppy, playing gently and teaching them to relate one-on-one in a safe, trusting situation, getting kisses all the while. With each passing day, their capacity for love and their bonds grow stronger. Before long they will want to share that love with their forever families.

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

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Sierra and Hudson’s Litter – Week Five

What a fun week!

“The Volume Control”

In need of a space to work off some of their winter weight, the puppies now have access to a gymnasium also known as our foyer. It was a bit overwhelming at first, transitioning from a 32 square foot space to a 350 square foot vast expanse. As with everything they do, the girls: Miss Blizzard and Miss Sunshine were the first to explore this strange new world. With as much traction as you’d expect walking across an ice rink, the four little minions made their way around with buckling limbs. Before long, they found their footing and scampered around from toy to toy, puppy to puppy and person to person. Mr. Frostbite was mostly content just to cuddle on our laps while Mr. Moonbeam carefully inspected each of the gates surrounding the area. Every so often the puppies would disappear into what’s become their favourite hang-out: the plush doggie den. Spent from the bustle of the outing, one by one the little ones begin to yawn, curl up and drift off to sleep.

Since the puppies get three square meals of mush a day, Sierra is now semi-retired from her duties as milk-truck operator and just does the occasional drive-by. We believe this is largely inspired by her desire to steal their toys. Most litters have to virtually be hosed down after every meal, but not this one. Influenced by the small size of the litter, these pups observe all the rules of etiquette and never even so much as step into the food bowl. With the transition to solid food, the puppies are also drinking water to help keep hydrated. Of course you now need someplace to put all of that liquid, so the lounge extension has been filled with shredded paper and serves as an “easy-clean” lavatory of sorts.
There’s no more sneaking up on the puppies since they now react to every sight and sound, forever hopeful for the opportunity to get picked up and cuddled or to get out to play. As social beings, they wag their tails to us and to each other and they crave a lot of affection and attention. During one of the many breaches we experienced throughout the week, we found Mr. Moonbeam enjoying a cuddle with Storm - still very much a puppy himself. With the increased control over their facial muscles, the puppies are making expressions and are beginning to reveal their personalities and communicate their opinions. To our dismay, it seems that this model didn’t come with a volume control.

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

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Sierra and Hudson’s Litter – Week Four

We are having lots of fun!

“When Nature Calls…”

As we approach the end of the fourth week, Sierra has entirely abandoned any notion of finding alternative real estate for her puppies; quite the contrary. It would seem that Sierra has taken up residence in the whelping box with her family and has adorned it with her several of her own marrow bones and toys. As she moves in and out of the library, Sierra can be observed stealing a puppy toy or bringing some other treasure into the whelping box. She occasionally has misgivings about her decision when she is aroused from her slumber by each puppy’s twenty-eight razor sharp teeth. That’s when mom leaves to find an empty room to lounge in – after her little ones are topped up, of course.

There is relief in sight for Sierra as the little ones have been introduced to mush: a canine smoothie comprised of moistened puppy food, oatmeal, goat’s milk, supplements, probiotics and honey - all blended to perfection. Miss Blizzard was the first to partake of this new delicacy, followed by Miss Sunshine. The boys were initially apprehensive but eventually followed the girls’ lead. The group soon discovered that this meal is both entrĂ©e and dessert. The dessert was available for all by simply licking the sticky mess off the face of a sibling. Just prior to another meal, Mr. Frostbite had to be awakened to announce to him that dinner was served, but he clearly had other intentions. He got up, took several steps in the opposite direction and promptly squatted down to relieve himself before he joined the gang at the dinner table. Regardless of how it begins, each mealtime is always capped off with a nap while Sierra gets to enjoy the sweet reward of the left-overs.

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 or head butt each other resembling furry little bumper cars. 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 Sierra steals them to play with herself. It’s all good fun and after a period of frenzied activity, it culminates in a big snore-fest where the puppies use each other as pillows.

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

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