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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, April 28, 2014

Bailey and Jazz’s Litter – Week Four

Oh what fun we are having!

 The Godmother

She was born in a small village in Central Europe near the Danube, travelling to this continent at a very young age. Despite being supplanted, her system of values was unhindered. In some cultures, it’s all about respect. Respect and family. And this circumstance was no different. Her stature was one to be loved and respected, even feared.  She was, after all…..the Godmother. Bailey’s role as “Godmother” to Mango’s litter began the moment Mango and her pups arrived home from the veterinary hospital after a C-section. Bailey contributed very generously to the nursing of Mango’s brood, which outnumbered her own by seven to three. After a few days, her assistance as a wet nurse was no longer required, however Bailey was so attached to Mango’s pups that she has taken it upon herself to continue to nurse them even in Mango’s presence. Mango is a doting mom in her own right, so as a benevolent demonstration of reciprocity, she has also taken to nursing Bailey’s litter or even nursing in tandem.  Mix and match moms if you will, or “teat” for tat.

This week, the gang began to wean and was introduced to mush: a canine smoothie comprised of moistened puppy food, oatmeal, goat’s milk, supplements, probiotics and honey. The convention with mush when it’s introduced to a new group is that the puppies typically sniff at it, shake their heads or walk away until we dab a little on their mouths to coax them into trying it. And then there was Mr. Merlot. When the bowl was placed in the whelping box, he made a bee-line toward it and began to chow down as though he’d done it a hundred times before. To this day, he’s the first at the dinner table, the last to leave and ever so focused on the “task” at hand. The girls, who both have healthy appetites, were quick to follow suit. This is a bit of a reprieve for Bailey as each of the puppy’s twenty-eight razor sharp teeth are coming in, but she still dutifully brings her milk truck around several times a day and night to keep her family topped up.

This is the beginning of a key socialization period for the puppies and they’re spending more time playing with one another and with Mango’s progeny. Now that they’re gaining strength and coordination, they scurry around at top speed and pounce on each other or play “pretend jousting” where they stand apart from their opponent, take a couple of steps forward and gently bounce off their sibling. They test each other’s limits and learn the difference between hard and soft biting.  Miss Champagne loves to climb in and out of the openings of the little mini-den while Miss Chardonnay spends her time with the new play-station, practicing to bat the ball (and she’s not even Dominican). And Mr. Merlot….well, he does love to eat.

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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Friday, April 25, 2014

Mango and Haydain’s Litter – Week Three

Mr. Orchid

“The Good Samaritan”

It was a very still evening as the glow of the sun’s rays ebbed in the distance and Mother Nature’s traffic slowed to a crawl. The birds had settled in for the night and off in the distance, the crickets began their cheerful chorus.  Meanwhile in the whelping box, it began without warning. There was no indication as to who the instigator was, but before long the entire puppy-pack was howling like miniature wolves, each united in a song of their own making with multiple tracks laid randomly atop each other. And this, of course was the prelude to dinnertime.

Of all the things a mother is to her pups, one of her key roles is that of a real estate agent. Despite the improvements we made to the whelping box by adding the “lounge” extension to it, Mango asserts that there must be more suitable accommodations for her pups elsewhere. Without access to the “interpet”, she heads out each day on foot in search of new listings. The puppies, on the other hand have embraced their new lounge/jungle gym area. Now that they are increasingly alert and active, Miss Lily volunteered to be the first to investigate. Their curiousity piqued, the rest quickly followed. Once comfortable with it, they began to use it as an area to play in, engage in Ultimate Puppy Wrestling or just to have a quiet nap away from the pack.

Throughout the week, Mango’s litter shared their lounge, their toys and their playtime with Bailey’s puppies. There was the usual rubbing of noses, nibbling of ears and butting of heads, but all in all, the group was very cordial with their guests. As they all drifted off to sleep, weary from an exhilarating play session, they all found comfort in being picked up and cuddled.

One of the most heartwarming events of the week was to witness Bailey, a new mom herself demonstrating her affection for Mango’s puppies. Whenever Mango was on a break or off searching for real estate, Bailey would not only check in on Mango’s pups, but would also take it upon herself to nurse them. Now that’s a Good Samaritan.

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, April 21, 2014

Bailey and Jazz’s Litter – Week Three

Mr. Merlot

Walking Tall

Realizing her mother had just left the room, she saw her chance. She tiptoed over to the slat wall - her only barrier to the outside world. Standing upright and surprisingly tall, she began her ascent. It was proving to be more difficult than anticipated, but she was determined. Just a few more inches. But before her escape was realized, Miss Chardonnay was apprehended. Increased security measures were promptly implemented and another slat was added to the gate.

The puppies have all managed to hone their motor skills as they stagger around in their little den. They are interacting with each other as well as their stuffed animal roommates; playing, snuggling and nibbling. The little ones coo with delight as we pick them up and cuddle them. And picking them up is becoming a workout in itself as the puppies are growing in leaps and bounds. That also means they need their nails clipped every few days, but fortunately mom is looking after the rest of their grooming needs for now.

The gang is now set up in our living room with their whelping box beside Mango’s litter. Ever the caring mom, Bailey even looks in on Mango’s crew on her way past and is still occasionally helping out with nursing duties. Since they’re next-door neighbours, the two litters have united for some sleep-overs during nap time and have become fast friends in a world where no discrimination exists.

One might have thought that Bailey was nicely settled in her new environment, but alas, she is still on a mission to locate a new home for her little pack, often returning from an expedition with feet as black as coal. In a bid to enhance her off-duty relaxation experience, Bailey has established a new ritual. During the day, she can be found napping with her entire head neatly tucked under the skirt of an armchair thereby achieving total darkness and a blissful, well-deserved rest. Whoever said that motherhood was easy?

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

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Mango and Haydain’s Litter – Week Two

Miss Poppy.
“Let There Be Light”

It was early and the sun was inching its way across the morning sky. Its rays enveloped the room bathing her body with warmth as she lay slumbering. She roused and slowly struggled to her feet turning toward the French doors that led to the patio. Suddenly Miss Lily shrieked as if to say, “Good Lord, mom. I can see!” Puppies are born with their eyes closed to help protect them in the in the womb, during birth and beyond. They open around day twelve allowing the puppies initially to only differentiate between light and dark. The haze clears over a week or so and 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 figure out what it is they’re hearing.

What Miss Lily and the mini-pack may not have realized was that they have now been moved from the bedroom area to a big bright space in the living room. Mango however is still unsatisfied and continues to search the property to find alternate living arrangements for her brood, usually attempting to dig them herself. This has necessitated numerous footbaths for mom. The puppies, on the other hand are unfazed. They still enjoy their luxurious sleep, in a variety of positions no less – sometimes like cars piled atop one another at an auto wrecker and other times arranged like a virtually perfect pinwheel. But sleep isn’t all fun and games. As they lay there, the puppies are constantly twitching in a state known as “activated sleep”. These involuntary actions serve to strengthen their leg muscles to help get them on their feet.

Mealtime is always entertaining and as the group gets more established, their need to chant for their dinner has been alleviated somewhat. Mr. Ivy on the other hand, sometimes just likes to announce his presence with a wail that James Brown might have envied. When the pups notice that their mom has brought the milk truck around, they scurry around to jockey for a good spot at the counter. They nurse with a marked exuberance, their tiny fists pumping their mom’s reservoirs urging the vital nectar to flow. This has culminated in each puppy more than tripling their birth weight.

Now that two weeks have passed, Mango is enjoying a bit of a reprieve and chooses to sleep beside the whelping box, but she unfailingly attends to her flock’s every need. We’ve added some stuffed toys to the whelping box to help the puppies get accustomed to navigating around and over objects. The presence of toys pleases Mango as well as she can occasionally be seen removing one to cuddle with it on the sofa.  Good times!

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

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Bailey and Jazz’s Litter – Week Two

Mr. Merlot giving his new friend kisses.

“To Catch a Thief”

Some may be of the opinion that a puppy’s life is easy - that it consists of nothing but eating and sleeping. On the surface, this may appear to be the case. Since Bailey has only three puppies, there’s not much competition at the milk bar. In this situation, we add numerous stuffed animals to the whelping box to force the little ones to climb over the obstacles to reach their target thereby building muscle mass. As well, when they lie sleeping, 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 “wobble” would be more apropos.

No one enjoys the toy-filled whelping box more than Bailey as she can frequently be spotted absconding with one toy or another. She carries them around proudly and snuggles with them during her naps. Now that the group is well established, 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. She administers some of the quicker meals sitting up, like a mobile milk bar or meals on wheels. The puppies have already tripled their birth weight and notwithstanding her new sleeping arrangements, mom’s on call around the clock to tend to every whimper. Not only is Bailey looking after her own flock, she’s still helping to nurse some of Mango’s pups and provide surveillance when they’re whisked off to the weigh scale.

The big news for Bailey’s litter is that their eyes have opened. At this stage, the puppies have hazy vision and can only differentiate between light and dark, 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. No doubt they will be spending some time trying to understand the tenancy of their whelping box and to distinguish between the toys and their siblings.

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

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Mango and Haydain’s Litter – Week One

Mr. Ivy cuddling with Miss Iris and Miss Daisy!

“The Wet Nurse”

Motherhood comes naturally to Mango. Despite her C-section, she accepted her pups right away. When she arrived home, a little groggy from the surgery, her “sister” Bailey stepped up to the plate to help out and cross-nursed Mango’s puppies while Mango was recuperating. This arrangement continues to work out well, considering that Bailey has only three little ones in her own litter. We weigh the puppies at least twice daily for the first couple of weeks in order to carefully monitor their progress. It’s interesting to see that while Mango is busy nursing, Bailey even keeps a watchful eye on Mango’s puppies, occasionally providing an escort as they’re whisked off to the weigh scale.

Thanks to Mango’s dedication as a mom, spending almost 24 hours a day in the whelping box, the puppies have pretty much doubled their birth weights. Mr. Orchid was the first boy to break the 2 lb. barrier and Miss Poppy the first for the girls, albeit everyone’s close to the same weight. Mango’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 them around. Since this is a very feisty bunch, it won’t be long before they’re walking.

Mango shortly after returning from her c-section with her 4 adorable girls and 3 handsome boys.

One thing is for certain: this is one of the chattiest litters we’ve had in quite a while. Not only do they vocalize their demands for food, but they chant for their mom the moment she re-enters the room from her break. And just to ensure that we don’t get a good night’s sleep, Mango herself even whines when a puppy crawls too far away!

For the first few days, Mango settled into the whelping box with her puppies extremely well, almost needing to be pried out of it with a crowbar in order for her to have a bathroom break. She also insisted on “dining in”, so she could look after her brood every waking minute. But of course, things change. Later in the week, Mango decided that she might still be able to improve on the warm, clean surroundings of the whelping box as she stole out into the yard to excavate a nice muddy hole to house her new family in. We’re hoping to be able to change her mind.

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

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Bailey and Jazz’s Litter – Week One

In Dreamland!


For the weeks leading up to the birth, a mother-to-be knows she’s going to have a litter. When puppies are delivered via C-section, it’s a bit confounding for her because somehow the babies have miraculously appeared. Once at home, Bailey was quite apprehensive about these squealing little creatures so she attempted to bunk down in the adjacent whelping box that we had reserved for expectant Mango and her litter. On her bathroom break, she even hid inside a little doghouse that we have in the run. With a little coaxing, Bailey came to realize that these were in fact her babies! Almost in an instant, she turned into supermom. Moving forward, Bailey insisted on having “breakfast in bed” and needed to be persuaded to come out of the whelping box to have a bathroom break. Once outside, she would literally run to a spot to do her business and run back to tend to her puppies. Much to our relief, Bailey appears to have abandoned any notion she once may have had to locate her litter in a hole she’d excavated in the backyard.

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. At this stage, puppies spend virtually all of their time eating and sleeping and this group is no exception. The results are evident as the puppies all have plump bellies that expand and contract like little accordions when they sleep. The gang includes Miss Chardonnay, Miss Champagne and Mr. Merlot.

Part of mom’s job description is to stimulate her newborn pups to eliminate by licking them. In this regard, Bailey’s maternal instincts kicked in right away and she became a very focused and loving mother, attending to the needs of her little family with every whimper. The puppies have all gained well and have easily doubled their birth weight. We weigh them at least twice daily for the first couple of weeks in order to carefully monitor their progress.

Bailey has proven to be such a good-natured mom that when Mango arrived home with her seven puppies, we were able to cross-foster (have Bailey nurse Mango’s puppies) to give Mango some time to recover from her C-section. Mango’s lucky to have such a caring “sister” in Bailey.

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

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