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About Us

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, August 31, 2014

Happy-go-lucky Sierra, Day 53 days (pre-parturition)

Miss Sierra cooling off on a warm day.

Well we are now entering the final stretch and Sierra continues to be such a happy girl. The babies can be born safely at around day 57 onward. Sierra had her pups on day 59 previously so we will see if she makes it to day 63 which is average for most dogs.

Sierra’s abdomen is measuring approximately 34 inches or 86.3 cm. She has never turned her nose up at anything we put in front of her and continues to eat balanced meals with supplements to ensure she and the pups are getting all the nutrition they require. She seems to be prancing around the house in such delight of her upcoming big event.

Take a look at this link for a brief understanding of what is going on in Sierra’s womb.

Around day 45 the puppies’ coats appear which is one of the last organs to develop. Toward day 50 of gestation, the fetuses will have fully ossified skeletons, which will be visible in an X-ray. Performing an X-ray is not damaging to the puppies and in most cases will enable us to count the number of developed pups and determine how much sleep we’re going to lose at the time of delivery!

The pups have now fully developed their “puppy” features and will continue to grow through the final stages of development. We can easily feel the puppies moving around when we rub Sierra’s tummy and we’re sure they’re getting very crowded in there!
Moms instinctively seek out a quiet place to make their nest or intended home for their new flock. Sierra will begin to scout the yard and begin digging her den until, of course she finds out that we have a nice quiet sanitary area already set up for her!
Stay tuned…..

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Whitney & Jazz Litter - Day One

Whitney’s Big Day

It began with a great deal of heavy breathing, some jostling around and a major rearrangement of the bed sheets just to get into that perfect position. Several hours later a little girl, Miss Crimson fought her way out to catch her first breath of fresh Caledon air. She was followed by six other brothers and sisters:  Miss Marigold, Mr. Raven, Mr. Sapphire, Mr. Zinc, Mr. Buff and Miss Jade who all weighed in at around one pound. Unless she was wearing a concealed wristwatch, Whitney must have been eying the clock on the dresser as she popped out puppies with astonishing regularity, pausing only once to enjoy a bowl of vanilla ice cream.
Miss Marigold

Whitney wasted no time in demonstrating her fondness for the puppies to the point of over-exuberance. We were doing our utmost to get the newborns dry and warm while Whitney was taking us to task by cleaning and stimulating them until they were all drenched again. Once the group was settled in the whelping box (where most moms would have had their puppies in the first place), Whitney gradually relaxed a bit, but not until she had licked Mr. Raven with such gusto that the poor little bloke did a head stand while nursing.
And so begin the adventures of Whitney’s mini-pack in a series we call “Puppy Tales”.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Whitney, Day 56 days (pre-parturition)

Whitney has really slowed down with both her eating and physical activities. She relishes the comfort of our bed most days and she enjoys lounging on the back deck if it’s sunny and warm. What hasn’t slowed down is Whitney’s capacity to both give and receive affection.

Our princess is becoming increasingly picky and her current favorite meal is raw chicken and oatmeal. We are sneaking in some Raspberry Leaf Tea for optimum uterine health along with pureed veggie and fruit. At least Whitney hasn’t requested pickles and ice cream yet!

Whitney enjoys sleeping in our room or the cool tile floor of the ensuite bathroom, but whenever I get out of bed for any reason she takes no time to leap across the room and into my spot. The only way to get her to budge or even move to the foot of the bed is to bribe her with a doggy treat or two.

Thanks to National Geographic, the photo above can give you some idea of how the puppies are looking around this time.  The puppies have now fully developed their puppy features – however they continue to grow and finish the last stages of development. We can easily feel the puppies moving when Whitney is lounging on her back and we’re sure it is starting to get quite crowded in there.

We are so looking forward to this big event with great excitement and will be praying for a safe and stress-free delivery of her little babies!

Stay tuned….

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Stunning Sierra – 45 days (pre-parturition)

Our sweet Sierra is such a happy girl and has not experienced any morning sickness. She wiggles from head to toe every morning and does her “happy howl” in anticipation as we prepare her breakfast. So far she has no complaints with her meals and continues to devour them.

She has slowed down a bit but that’s only because she likes to hang out with her friends Whitney & Heidi; all of whom enjoy lounging in the bedroom on our cozy bed. Sierra doesn’t miss a trick either. If Heidi drops her bone in order to enjoy a deluxe belly rub, Sierra will sneak over and steal it away. Mind you Heidi does the same when Sierra surrenders to the bliss of her own belly rub.

Sierra’s waistline has expanded to 81 cm or 32 inches. She is becoming increasingly more affectionate and is demanding more tummy rubs so we often find Sierra lying on her back in whichever room she occupies.

Puppy fetus at approximately 39 days - National Geographic.
This image gives you a good idea how the pups are developing. They are approximately 5 – 6 cm long and have begun to develop skin pigment. Canine features are becoming more pronounced. The eyes, kidneys, liver and limbs are all beginning to develop. The eyes now have lids which will remain sealed until approximately ten days after birth.

Stay tuned …..

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Warmhearted Whitney – Day 45 (pre-parturition)

Whitney listening carefully to her babies.
Whitney’s waistline continues to expand this week and is now 79 cm or 31 inches.  Her appetite certainly hasn’t suffered and she continues to polish off her meals and look for more food. She is getting a balanced meal of organic fruits and vegetables along with raw chicken and supplements (folic acid, digestive enzymes, probiotics and raspberry tea). Over the next week we will likely be adding oatmeal as it helps with digestion, is actually high in protein and vitamins plus it tastes good.

These days, our “princess” Whitney prefers to be close to us or lounge on our bed rather than spend time with the rest of the pack. As we head into the home stretch we continue to make her as comfortable as possible. She really loves getting her belly rubbed so we usually spend our evenings with Whitney beside us petting her from head to toe causing her to moan with contentment.

Pre-natal period: It is an interesting fact that a dog's tactile perception develops before birth, therefore unborn puppies can detect touch when the mother is petted from the outside of the abdomen. This establishes the basis for puppies to tolerate being touched, when compared to puppies born to mothers that were not petted.

Pregnant dogs that are exposed to stressful events tend to release hormones that can be detected by the fetuses, which can negatively influence their future development. This underscores the importance of providing pregnant dogs a stress free and tranquil environment.

Above is an amazing photo by national Geographic of an embryo at 25 weeks.

At this stage, the puppies’ eyes and spinal cords have begun to develop and the face is also forming. Fetuses are approximately 1.3 cm. This may seem small but they will triple in size in just one week. Between days 29 and 35, their toes, whiskers and claws start to develop. They are now beginning to look like dogs! Interestingly, their eyes are initially open but their eyelids fuse at around day 35 to protect them from contamination during development and remain closed until approximately 10 days after birth.

The countdown is on as we await the arrival of the little ones.  Judging from Whitney’s relaxed state and loving disposition, we anticipate an adoring little bunch of puppies.

Stay tuned ……