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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.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mango and Haydain’s Litter – Week Seven (and a half)

Too cute for words!


It begins at a moment’s notice. They move quickly and quietly using gestures and head movements discernible only to themselves. With their front appendages working the earth at top speed, the target is identified and the extraction begins. We’re not sure how they even realized it was there, but that’s how the game of tearing up the landscape cloth begins. And what a game it is. The little minions are so elated at uncovering these little treasures, they do victory laps with half the mini pack in tow. Needless to say, this often culminates in a little tug of war and to the victor go the spoils.

The weather during the week has largely been cooperative and the puppies have enjoyed a great deal of time outdoors, always reluctant to have to come back inside. Moments after waking in the morning or after a nap, their first priority is to screech in unison like first graders anticipating recess to communicate their need to connect with nature. They also seem unfazed when the weather was less than ideal. On one occasion after a little downpour that turned bare spots in the lawn into mud, the gang returned to their lair looking like a rugby team on the losing end of a scrimmage. After expending all of their energy on the playing field, the puppies virtually collapsed in a heap with their siblings. This necessitated our carrying them back to their whelping box dangling in our grasp like little marionettes. Once in more comfortable surroundings, many rolled onto their backs and snored contentedly while we stroked their plump, velvety bellies.

The big event this week was a trip to the veterinary clinic during which the gang joined together in unison for some manner of chorus to express their displeasure at being supplanted from the yard which they longed to play in. In the end it was all worth it, because not only did everyone receive top honours on their checkups but also on their temperament testing. This week also marked the departure of their good friends from Bailey’s litter who began journeys to their forever homes. With their collaboration very much intact, Mango and Bailey continued to share all the duties associated with motherhood so Mango’s litter had the profound gift of having two adoring moms to care for them.

So to our little ones who have given us so much love and happiness these past eight weeks: when we think of you we’ll find comfort in knowing that for your new family “Only you can make this world seem right, only you can make the darkness bright, you’re my dream come true, my one and only you.” So long little ones.
That concludes this edition of “Puppy Tales”.  See you next litter!

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bailey and Jazz’s Litter – Week Seven (and a half)

Mom loves to play with her puppies!

“The Conga Line”

The level of activity in the yard has risen several notches since that first day the puppies staggered outdoors. It’s a joy to behold from a remote corner overlooking the busy playing field as all ten puppies from the combined litters interact with one another. One group can be found stripping bark from twigs and trees; another is honing their digging skills (sorry) while others are either playing tag or wrestling. One of the popular sports events this week was taking a running jump off a rock onto the lawn; a daunting five inch drop. Even the “dream team” of Bailey and Mango got in on the action. Mango leads the group around the yard like the Pied Piper or revelers in a conga line, while Bailey plays tug of war with the puppies using branches.

When you play that hard, sooner or later, it catches up with you. One by one, the puppies collapsed in a heap, totally spent. There was one group of five nestled atop one another in a hollow they had crafted at the base of a tree and another group slumbering on some river rocks under another tree nearby. They were so spent that each one had to be carried off to their whelping box dangling like a little rag doll in our arms.

This lot was so intent on going outside whether rain or shine and had no reservations about letting their desires be known if we weren’t fast enough on the draw. On one outing when the heavens opened unexpectedly, various bare spots in the lawn turned into mini mud baths. Many of the puppies returned to the whelping box as mini Chocolate Labs with their little brown tails wagging; a little dirty, but content.

This week, the pups had their temperament tests which confirmed that they are an alert, well-balanced and affectionate bunch who are willing to make friends with everyone. It’s hard to believe how quickly the time has passed so we’re now firming up travel plans for some and getting them used to crates to help ease the stress of travelling. As the puppies mature, they are becoming even sweeter and more affectionate. We have been treasuring our remaining days together with each and every one of them. So remember as you go off on your journey: “when skies are gray, when skies are blue, in the morning and nighttime too, all we’ll do the whole day through is dream of you”. So long, little ones.

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

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Mango and Haydain’s Litter – Week Six

We love to play!

 The Rules of Engagement

There is some puppy behaviour and means of dealing with it which we’ve experienced over the years and have documented here for your prospective benefit. The list may vary a bit from litter to litter, but here are some points specific to Mango’s progeny.

1.   You may use all necessary means available and all appropriate actions for self-defense, however if a puppy bites you, you may not bite it back.
2.   Do not make eye contact unless you are prepared to engage the puppies in cuddle or playtime. If you make eye contact and do not follow through, this will result in them shrieking at the tops of their lungs and a commotion akin to a prison riot.
3.   You may use verbal warnings to the parties in question in their native language. If you bark, it will only confuse the puppies. Just use English.
4.   Do not wear a terrycloth bathrobe. This causes the puppies to believe you are a large, walking stuffed animal. They will latch on and take you down.
5.   If you are at ground level, watch out for your nose. In an effort to kiss you, the puppies will leap up like dolphins at Sea World to kiss your nose but may end up biting it in the process.
6.   Detained puppies are to be treated with respect and dignity but you have the right to pick up a puppy and cuddle it.
7.   In the event of a conflict where intervention is necessary, a graduated show of force including an order to disband or disperse may be used. If that fails, you should just play with them.

This was a huge week for the gang. The weather cooperated sufficiently that they were able to spend a considerable amount of time outdoors which they thoroughly enjoyed. Both of the moms were on hand to supervise and even engage in the activities while the pups were off exploring anything and everything in ever-widening circles. Despite the huge cleanup following the ice storm, there was no shortage of little twigs for the pups to munch on or play tug of war with. Their play is becoming a bit more coordinated and adult-like, but they’re still just kids at heart. And that spinning around trying to chase your tail thing never gets old. When they were tired out from all of the action, there was both a crate and a doghouse at their disposal on the patio for napping in.

The group also entertained some visitors this week and put forth their best behaviour. They were lovingly picked up, caressed, cuddled and kissed…that is when they were able to stay awake long enough to enjoy it. We are also spending time alone with each puppy, playing gently and teaching them to relate one-on-one in a safe, trusting situation. 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. And when that bittersweet time comes, we’ll wish them love.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next time for the mesmerizing conclusion of “Puppy Tales”.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Bailey and Jazz’s Litter – Week Six

Sweet Miss Chardonnay

“Where there’s trouble…there’s Chardonnay”

That’s a statement that may well ring true in real life too. In this instance, it’s used endearingly to describe the latest antics of Bailey’s brood. And yes, Miss Chardonnay was up to her old tricks again. Each week we add a slat to the door of the whelping box to increase the height of the enclosure. Each week, Miss Chardonnay undermines the level of our security. Yesterday, we found she had escaped the confines of the whelping box and was standing in front of the patio door ready to lead the charge outside. Their outdoor time is great fun, especially since this lot runs with Mango’s gang. Each morning all ten pups chant at the top of their lungs to command us to let them out. Once outside, Miss Champagne can typically be found tied up in some kind of extreme exploration in the far reaches of the yard or engaged in a tussle with one of her siblings in a sand pile. Mr. Merlot makes the rounds with each and every sibling and playmate or gets involved in some manner of conference or brawl. The puppies all enjoy playing in a crate and a doghouse that are set up in the yard and usually take turns having a nap inside one or the other.

The gang welcomed visitors over the weekend and expressed their delight by chewing on watches, fingers, shoelaces or anything else within easy reach to aid in their teething. They enjoyed all of the attention, hammed it up for their guests and pretended to be sweet so that they’d be picked up and cuddled. All that fun tired everyone out so not only was Mr. Merlot snoring as he slept, but he did so with his foot in the water bowl resembling a patron at a salon soaking their nails for a pedicure.

The puppies’ appetite for exploration is rivalled only by their appetite for food. They’re eating well, much to their mom’s chagrin, since there are rarely any left-overs for her. Everyone is gaining well and they all have the waistlines to prove it. 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. The kids sure are growing up. With the nice weather on the weekend, they were able to spend their time doing what puppies love to do:  just groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon.

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, May 9, 2014

Mango and Haydain’s Litter – Week Five

Puppies are loving the great outdoors!

 The Sentinels

There was one positioned at either end of the compound, standing tall, foreboding, vigilant. No one was getting out and no one was getting in. They weren’t armed, but they meant business and they looked the part – at least to the extent that a Golden Retriever mom can. This describes Mango & Bailey looking out for her flock as they frolic in the yard. Now that their litters have been combined into one super litter, playtime has taken on a whole new dynamic and everyone is having lots of fun. This enhanced socialization benefits the puppies and establishes the foundation for their current and future relationships with both animals and humans. All the puppies have become fast friends since they now eat, sleep and play together. The mothers don’t discern between which is which and all the pups are loved and cared for equally.

The groups’ initial exposure to the great outdoors was a bit tentative. Let’s face it, there’s a lot to take in as a little being in a great big world. This feeling passed quickly and fortunately, their older “cousins” from Bailey’s litter were on hand to help blaze a trail for them. Everyone settled into a variety of activities. Some chose to try their hand at rock climbing while others settled in with a nice little twig, mind you the twigs didn’t last long because either of the moms kept stealing them. Then there were the groups who were either wrestling, jousting or playing rugby without a ball, depending on one’s point of view. Both moms got in on the action too. Bailey’s game was to get the puppies’ attention, roll onto her back to entice them to come to nurse and once they’re about to make contact, she bounces up and gets them to chase her around the yard. Once the action calms down, both Mango and Bailey find a quiet spot off in the shade where they keep a vigil over their little clan.

There’s no question that meal-time is a highlight for the puppies. Their food is becoming increasingly more solid and they’re getting water as well to keep hydrated. Every time the jumbo bowl in the shape of a ring makes its appearance, unless they’re sleeping, they leap to attention and make a bee-line for it. The dining area sometimes get so crowded that we have to air-lift one or two of the puppies to the other side of the bowl just to be sure that no-one misses out. Once all the bellies are filled and the little ones have licked the excess off their neighbour, this activity is capped off with a nap. As they lay there sleeping, it becomes clear that “Heaven must have sent their precious love”.

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

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Bailey and Jazz’s Litter – Week Five

Mom playing with her babies.

“Sticks and Stones”

Puppies don’t learn about sticks and twigs - they don’t need to. Puppies apparently come out of the womb already acquainted with their connection to nature’s debris. Since we had the good fortune of experiencing some reasonable weather, Bailey’s litter was introduced to the great outdoors. Unlike puppies from some of our other litters who may cower for a moment as they take in the vastness of the universe, these fearless little minions wasted no time in darting straight across the grass, albeit somewhat aimlessly.  Miss Champagne was intrigued by a pile of freshly cut logs - fatalities of the ice storm. Mr. Merlot made a beeline to a twig and began to munch away at it contentedly. Miss Chardonnay, the heretofore unfulfilled escape artist was overcome with joy at her newfound freedom and proceeded to run around in circles. Once their mom was introduced into the mix, a game of cat and mouse ensued with Bailey occasionally flopping down and rolling over, allowing the little ones to catch up.

The gang’s sleeping arrangements have been changed during the week so they are now rooming with Mango’s litter. This arrangement has been stellar as the moms share the dwindling nursing responsibilities irrespective of a puppy’s birthright. The group enjoys their meals together in the mess hall; their food now resembling more of a chunky porridge than a smoothie. With the transition to a drier form of food, the little ones are also drinking water to keep hydrated. Of course, what goes in must come out so the whelping box extension has been filled with shredded paper to allow the pups to eliminate away from their sleeping area.

Now that there are a lot more littermates to play with, the action has ramped up and the gang has made some new friends. Miss Champagne likes to play with Miss Iris whose tireless quest is to chomp on Miss Champagne’s tail. Miss Chardonnay did a friendly Ultimate Puppy Wrestling takedown of Mr. Orchid and the two subsequently rolled around quite gleefully. Mr. Merlot is a social butterfly who plays and snuggles with anyone and everyone. This is the beginning of the most influential socialization period for the puppies. They’re learning to communicate with each other and with us by wagging their tails. With the increased control over their facial muscles, the puppies are making expressions and are beginning to reveal their personalities and communicate their opinions! They are craving a lot of attention and affection and fortunately that’s something that’s not hard to provide.

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

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Mango and Haydain’s Litter – Week Four

Miss Daisy

 The Dormitory

We heard the cry in the wee hours of the morning.  It was faint at first, but growing in urgency. Shaking off our sleep to listen, it appeared to be a sole puppy voice off in the distance; summoning, very tiny, somewhat muted and a wee bit lonely. We sprang out of bed to investigate. After an inspection of the whelping box and performing a head-count, we learned that Miss Daisy had scaled the barrier of their enclosure and gone on a solo expedition to the nether reaches of the living room. We found her on the far side of the room examining the fireplace tools. She was promptly returned to the warm comfort of the whelping box to snuggle with her littermates - another happy ending.

The gang began to wean this week and was introduced to mush: a canine smoothie comprised of moistened puppy food, oatmeal, goat’s milk, supplements, probiotics and honey. It only took minimal coaxing, but the group heartily embraced this newfound source of nourishment. This is the first step toward Mango’s liberation from the one hundred and ninety-six razor sharp teeth (twenty-eight per puppy) that tear away at her flesh several times a day. The new buffet has been such a big hit that some of the puppies actually fall asleep right in the food bowl. On one such occasion, while Miss Lily was fast asleep with her head in the bowl, the very determined Mr. Ivy simply rolled her out of the way to continue his dining experience. The introduction of this food source has also allowed the mini-pack to bond…..in a way. They spend as much time after a meal as with the meal itself, just licking the sticky mess off of each other.

When they’re not sleeping or eating, the puppies spend more time playing with one another. With this being the beginning of a key socialization period for the puppies, they are testing each other’s limits and learning 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, they practice with their siblings or their plush toys (unless mom has absconded with them). Their new play station helps them to develop their strength, co-ordination and cognitive skills. We’re not sure whether this stimulation is what had them howling like a pack of miniature wolves last week, but this week they’ve progressed to emulating sounds akin to a flock of seagulls. And yes, of course they were hungry.

Since it was becoming hard to keep track of which mom was nursing which litter, we now have both Mango & Bailey’s pups bunking together in one dormitory.  It’s interesting to witness a silent, but polite exchange between the moms who are steadfast friends, as they pause before entering the whelping box for a milk delivery. They have somehow worked out their own system of rotation. This is truly a “win / win” for all, in that it promotes the pups’ socialization skills, it results in an equitable division of labour between the moms and did we mention:  it cuts down on the amount of laundry we have to do?

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

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