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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, September 30, 2014

Whitney and Jazz’s Litter – Week Five

Mr. Buff hamming it up!

“The Al Fresco Dining Plan”

Life is good. Not only do the puppies get to spend an unprecedented amount of time outdoors with some of the beautiful weather we’ve been having, but they’re also stylishly dining al fresco. Beneath a giant patio umbrella surrounded by clear blue sky, a gentle breeze and chirping birds, they’re enjoying some of the three meals of the chunky porridge-like concoction they get daily.

Of course there’s a lot more to do outdoors than eat. The puppies also savoured a few naps stretched out in the cool grass. And there’s no shortage of things to explore and sports to play. Some of the gang tried their hand (paws) at rock climbing and others set out in search of twigs and fallen cedar leaves. While Mr. Raven and Miss Crimson were playing a game of chase in the middle of the yard with the others gathered around, Mr. Sapphire wandered off by himself to begin plotting his escape from the compound. He stealthily and decisively began to dig a tunnel under a section of fence. Fortunately he was apprehended in good time and there was no denying his crime with the black paws and dirt smudges on his face. It’s always the quiet ones.

Mr. Sapphire was not alone with his antics. While mother Whitney has been dreaming about reestablishing her place as the princess of our bedroom when her maternal duties are fulfilled, Mr. Buff dreamed up a plan of his own. We’re not sure how he pulled it off, but one day he scaled the slat-wall of the whelping box opening to go on a solo walkabout. His escape however, was quickly thwarted too due to his inability to contain his squeals of delight. Security has been tightened.

This was a good week to make new friends. Miss Marigold and Mr. Zinc spent a good deal of time at the fence line trading licks and glances with our grown up pack. The puppies were all very generous with nibbles and kisses with their two legged family, taking turns to circle us like natives around covered wagons in a western movie or just climb up on our laps. They’re all social butterflies in their own right. 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 stimulating installment of “Puppy Tales”.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Sierra and Hudson’s Litter – Week Three

Miss Kahlua

“The Hangover”

It took a quite a while before they stirred and they were all rather groggy in the morning. It was a particularly late night and everyone had enjoyed themselves at the milk bar, which thanks to Sierra acclaim as one of our best moms ever, is still open 24/7. This must be the dreaded milk hangover. That doesn’t mean that the puppies are exempt from gym class. The group now has a great deal more room to stagger around in since we’ve added the extension to the whelping box and a play station too. Miss Kahlua was the first to spread herself out and take advantage of this new block of real estate at her disposal while Sierra keeps a watchful eye on her family from her vantage point perched on the sofa. Despite the many options available to her now, Sierra chooses to sleep in the “dorm” with her little ones quite regularly.

When the puppies aren’t eating or sleeping, they’re managing 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 and learning 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. They coo with delight as we pick them up to cuddle. 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.

Every the caring mom, “Aunt” Whitney looks in on Sierra’s litter on her way past to attend to her own flock while the little pack eye her curiously wondering if this is yet another milk delivery. Their world is now extending beyond the confines of the whelping box they call home and before long they’ll be joining Whitney’s group for a romp in the yard.

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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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Heidi and Rockit’s Litter – Week One

Mr. Twinkie

“The Recital”
The room was dark. Only a blade of moonlight cut through a gap in the drapes. With only minutes to curtain call, the performers were growing restless. First the sopranos opened softly. Then the altos and falsettos layered their voices on top, piercing the silence like violins being tuned before a performance. As this a cappella arrangement of “Mommy, We’re Hungry!” reached its crescendo, the audience of two was brought to its feet, wrenched out of our sleep at 3:00 a.m. once again to help Heidi and her little ones get recoupled. Ironically, it seems as though the choir spends most of the day and evening just resting up for some of these impromptu late night performances.

Heidi is now the octomom; mother to eight perky little darlings, but this description is also anatomical in nature. While most Goldens have ten teats and our Bella has eleven, Heidi has been endowed with only eight. This is why we promote an equal opportunity milk bar where each and every little creature gets to spend their fair share of time being nourished. To add to this challenge, Heidi contracted mastitis this week, an inflammation of a mammary gland which is an infection caused by a little bite or scratch. This is not uncommon in larger litters and not serious when diagnosed and treated in the early stages. We opted for two courses of treatment: the medical solution of a regimen of antibiotics coupled with the homeopathic one of strapping a cabbage leaf to the affected area. While the cabbage patch mom’s malady has improved very rapidly, the rest of the pack has been very curious about Heidi’s portable salad bar.

The puppies have all gained well with everyone doubling their birth weight. We weigh them twice daily for the first couple of weeks to carefully monitor their progress, especially considering Heidi is only firing on seven of eight cylinders. Heidi is a very attentive and loving mother, attending to the needs of her little family with every whimper, never straying very far from them or for very long. She does however find a moment for her morning ritual roll around on the grass.

Since puppies are born with their eyes closed, their senses of smell and touch are what guide them to their mom until around day ten or so. At this stage, puppies spend virtually all of their time eating and sleeping and this group is no exception. For some puppies, the incessant desire to nurse continues even after Heidi has left the whelping box for a well-deserved break. This certainly causes some confusion among the puppies as they locate the nearest sibling and indiscriminately try to latch onto one body part or another.
That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another scintillating installment of “Puppy Tales”.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Whitney and Jazz’s Litter – Week Four

Exploring the great outdoors!

“Oh Tannenbaum”

He awoke from his slumber to find that he was in a place that was unfamiliar to him. A gentle breeze tickled his whiskers. He feared not because he was not alone. And so began the gang’s first outdoor adventure as experienced by Mr. Buff. A rather brave bunch, the puppies wasted no time taking in their surroundings and searching for things to amuse themselves with. For the most part it was their sibling, but they made careful note of some things to take a closer look at on their next outing. In the meantime, Whitney assumed the role of a sentinel. As she stood there majestically surveying her flock, the puppies saw an opportunity and seized it. They quietly lined up on either side of their mom, got up on their tiptoes and fastened themselves to Whitney’s dangling milk bar apparatus like furry white tinsel hanging off a Christmas tree.

There’s no doubt that Whitney is rather delighted by the fact that her puppies are receiving three square meals of mush a day now. This means a bit of a reprieve from each puppy’s twenty-eight razor sharp teeth so that Whitney need only provide dessert. Since their food is getting a bit drier over time, the puppies are now drinking water as well to help keep them hydrated.

Their indoor activities have proved to be just as much fun. With an elaborate play station (no batteries required) at their disposal, the little ones are developing their strength, co-ordination and cognitive skills as well as learning how to engage in an activity with a littermate. Mr. Raven loves to play hide and seek in the plush dog house, darting in one opening and out the other to the astonishment of his siblings. So far, their cheerful banter has not disturbed the solitude of their neighbours. Sierra and her brood now share the same postal code as next-door neighbours.  Little do they realize that a giant play fest may well be on the horizon once Sierra’s group is old enough.

When everything is said and done and daylight begins to ebb, the little ones enjoy being caressed as the sandman comes to visit. They’ll get rejuvenated for another playtime and whatever adventures the new day will bring.

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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Monday, September 22, 2014

Sierra and Hudson’s Litter – Week Two

“Like Mother like Child”

First it was just one, followed by another and then another. We’re not clear on why it happened, but since Sierra has been sleeping on her back in the whelping box, more often than not, her mini-pack has been doing likewise. One benefit of this sleeping position is that we can inspect everyone’s feet and schedule them for their weekly pedicures. With their tiny little black paws pointed skyward, we can hardly wait until they all start snoring in unison.
Miss Limoncello
Since her pack mate Heidi who was about to have her own litter had designs on moving into Sierra’s whelping box with a ready-made family, we relocated Sierra and her family to the living room. Here she joins her good friend Whitney who is already living there with her four week old flock. While Sierra spends a good deal of her time in the whelping box with her puppies, she now has the added freedom and flexibility of sharing the end of a sofa with Whitney in the event she needs a power nap. The living room is a gateway to the puppy run outside where some of our pack spend their leisure time. Fortunately both Sierra and Whitney are not possessive and greet all visitors on their way outside. In fact, both ladies have been observed doing surprise dorm inspections on each other’s whelping boxes, so we’d best keep things as neat as possible.

It’s a well-known fact that girls of all kinds excel at many things and to this end, little Miss Limoncello was the first in her group to open her eyes. At present, the puppies can only differentiate between light and dark, but the haze they look through 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. Normally puppies will bellow whenever they’re hungry, but Sierra keeps them so well fed with the all-day buffet at their disposal that we barely hear a peep out of them.

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 lay there asleep, they are constantly twitching. These involuntary actions, referred to as “activated sleep”, help strengthen their leg muscles but fortunately they don’t have very far to go for now.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another riveting installment of “Puppy Tales”.
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Heidi and Rockit’s Litter

Proud mom Heidi.

“The Test Drive”

After her temperature dropped and she spent a restless night, we knew that Saturday was going to be Heidi’s big day. We rose at 6:30 a.m. to attend to the rest of our pack and get a few last minute things in order. In the meantime, Heidi rummaged around in the bedroom to plan for the event. She lay in the empty whelping box we had set up for her and that seemed to feel okay. She jumped on the bed….well only just her front paws because she needed some assistance to get all the way up and that felt pretty good too. But when Heidi discovered that the door to Sierra’s whelping box was open with Sierra out on a break, she saw her chance and settled in with Sierra’s puppies. She even began to nurse some of them. This felt good. It felt right. And this box already came with a set of puppies! We tried to convince Heidi that she really needed to make her own puppies, but she would have none of that. We finally had to use a lead to extract her from there. Needless to say, we hastily set Sierra and her brood up with a change of address to avoid further confusion.

At 8:00 a.m. as if she had just punched in her time card, Heidi found a comfortable spot on our bed and was finally ready. Moments later, we were greeted by Miss Marshmallow. Unlike some of her female pack mates who pop out puppies with certain regularity, Heidi made her own schedule. Next up was Mr. Cherry Cheesecake after 45 minutes followed by Mr. Apple Crisp after an hour and 15 minutes. And so it went for the next 10 hours or so with intervals ranging from 10 minutes to two and a half hours. Just after 11:00 a.m. we welcomed Miss Plum Pudding followed by Miss Blueberry Tart, Mr. Chocolate Fudge, Mr. Key Lime Pie and finally little Mr. Twinkie.

Miss Marshmallow and Mr. Apple Crisp.

Heidi wasted no time in getting acquainted with her little group and was stimulating them by licking them to help kick start their tiny metabolisms. She doesn’t leave the whelping box except on very brief bathroom breaks and even begins to whimper if she feels she needs a little assistance from her two-legged family to help tend to the needs of her babies.

And so begin the adventures of Heidi’s mini-pack in a series we call “Puppy Tales”.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Whitney and Jazz’s Litter – Week Three

Mr. Raven

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”

She wasn’t taking “no” for an answer. She nudged him this way and that and whacked him on the head with her paw until he was finally aroused from his deep slumber. To her delight, Mr. Raven finally gave in and played with his sister, Miss Marigold. This is such a heartwarming phase of their development when the puppies begin to interact and play with one another, learning rudimentary social skills. They are also fine-tuning their vocal abilities. If we weren’t certain that the windows were closed, at times we could swear that there was a flock of pigeons in the room.

Since the puppies are very well established, Whitney, who’s been a stellar mom, has been taking some breaks outside of the whelping box for a bit of much-deserved “me time”. The only thing is that she’s enjoying the freedom so much that we sometimes have to drag her back to the whelping box and remind her of her responsibilities. She catches her stride in no time and is back to satisfying her family’s every need.

This week, we introduced the mini-pack to some solid food known as “mush” or “gruel”: a healthy blend of oatmeal, goat’s milk, honey and vitamins. The gang got off to a slow start, but priming their mouths with a finger-full of this sweet temptation generally does the trick. Before long everyone was smacking their lips and looking for more. Since there’s on in every crowd, Mr. Zinc was the first to actually walk into the bowl. The trio of Mr. Buff, Mr. Sapphire and Mr. Zinc lined up across one end of the bowl like power eaters at a hot dog eating competition. Miss Jade was content to lick leftovers off everyone’s face, while Miss Crimson was still a little bit too sleepy to have her dinner. By the end of their second installment of gruel, they enjoyed it so much that some even fell asleep right in the bowl.

After Whitney’s initial reluctance to move out of the bedroom into a space of her own last week, we finally managed to sway her and move the group into the nice, bright surroundings of the living room. At the same time, the extension was added to the whelping box providing Whitney and her crew some much needed space; something akin to graduating from a single bed to a king sized one. The room even boasts a sofa that Whitney can get some of her beauty sleep on.

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

Jazz and Whitney Puppies - Week Three
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Sierra and Hudson’s Litter – Week One

Miss Kahlua says "You pulled me off a nipple for this?"

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

They were perplexed. Everything they needed to get their sustenance was exactly at this location, but all of the fountains necessary to draw down mom’s sweet nectar were missing. What the puppies didn’t realize was that Sierra inexplicably decided to sleep on her back in the whelping box so the milk bar wasn’t where it was supposed to be. As if life isn’t hard enough being a tiny little sightless puppy coming up on one week of age when mom throws a challenge of her own into the mix. It took a while, but the little ones, led by Mr. Screwdriver were eventually able to navigate their way to the out-of-place plumbing.

Puppies are born without sight or hearing and their eyes don’t open until sometime during the second week, so for now their senses of smell and touch are what guide them to their mom. They use their tiny forelimbs, coupled with tremendous resolve, to propel themselves around as they seek out their sustenance and warmth. Since their body temperatures will not have been regulated until after week three, the little gang relies on mom and each other for warmth.

Thanks to Sierra’s attentiveness as a mom, the puppies are nursing virtually around the clock and have all more than doubled their birth weights. We weigh them at least twice daily for the first couple of weeks in order to carefully monitor their progress. Mom’s milk contains antibodies vital for the first several weeks of their lives. Of course it’s important for Sierra to keep herself well-nourished as well, but that’s certainly not a problem. Sierra managed to eat before her pregnancy, during labour and immediately following the delivery. In fact, she hasn’t stopped eating! Since Sierra’s offspring need to do the rock climbing for some of their meals, it’s only fitting that we get Sierra a gym membership.

To Sierra’s credit, she has been getting a bit of exercise. She’s been prowling around outside during her breaks and even spent some time inside a dog house in the run, just to evaluate the viability of the space to accommodate her pack. We’re just not sure that she’s taken into account how cold it gets at night so it’s just as well that she stays put!

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another beguiling installment of “Puppy Tales”.
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Heidi, Day 56 (pre-parturition)

Our beautiful Heidi

As we head into the final days of Heidi’s pregnancy, we are certainly seeing her slow down. She is spending most of her time lounging on our back deck and just watching the other dogs frolic and play. When she does venture out, Heidi has been wandering our yard seeking a den in which to whelp her puppies and it would appear that she has excavated a 2’ x 2’ foot hole under the spruce tree. This week we will introduce her to a pristinely clean whelping box in the hope that she will find this acceptable for her pups.

Heidi is shedding the hair on her belly in preparation for the birth and we can actually feel the puppies moving at this time. Since she is eating 3 meals daily and measuring 36 inches (90 cm), we will most likely transition her to 4 meals daily.
A Golden Retriever puppy fetus almost fully developed.
At this stage, the puppies have a full coat of hair and can be felt moving around in her tummy. The coat is one of the last organs to develop. It is now very crowded in her uterus, so we will definitely make Heidi as comfortable as possible this final week. She has always been very affectionate; enjoying cuddling and having her belly rubbed but she is certainly more demanding these days. Of course, we are more than happy to oblige her.

Stay tuned…..

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Whitney and Jazz’s Litter – Week Two

Mr. Raven

“Movin’ on Up”

We should have known this was coming. Now that Whitney’s mini pack has settled in, like so many before her, mom decided that she would like to trade up her living quarters (in her opinion) for something of her own choosing. On one particular bathroom break, Whitney excavated a corner of the dog run; rocks, dirt and all, to the extent that we were almost inclined to rent a backhoe to fill it all back in. After escorting Whitney out on subsequent breaks to police her activities, she soon abandoned that endeavour. We, on the other hand did have plans to move Whitney’s group out of the bedroom and into the library. Since we were expecting Sierra’s litter, we set up another whelping box there, hauled Whitney and her family down to it, but again, Whitney had other ideas. Despite her puppies being situated in the library, Whitney with a silent protest, insisted on returning to the bedroom because that’s where she felt the most comfortable. We relented and brought the whole works back into the bedroom which is now adorned with two whelping boxes.

Whitney is an extremely dedicated mom and seldom leaves her puppies day or night; their plump, round bodies are a testament to that. 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, the puppies are constantly twitching. These involuntary actions, referred to as “activated sleep”, help strengthen their leg muscles allowing them to stagger along on all fours like sailors on shore leave.

The big news this week is that the puppies have opened their eyes. At this stage, they 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 can hear quite well as soon as their ears have opened. Now that they’re being so well fed with the all-day buffet that Whitney has provided, they’re a little quieter at night. That, of course was one of the conditions we gave Whitney in allowing her to remain in the bedroom.

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

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Sierra’s Big Day (Hudson & Sierra Litter)

Sierra as a proud new mom!

“Like Riding a Bike”
We should have known better. Since most of our girls catch us off guard and like to whelp their puppies on our bed, we thought we’d be ready this time. Our initiative included putting some under pads on the bed followed by a couple of tarps, a top sheet and some blankets so Sierra could deliver her pups there. So where do you think she decided to deposit her litter? In the whelping box, of course! The best laid plans……
After a restless Sunday night, Sierra finally settled down to business interspersed with a few bowls of vanilla ice cream. The first to arrive was the feisty little Mr. Grasshopper followed by his sister Miss Kahlua, Mr. Screwdriver, Miss Limoncello and finally Miss Cosmopolitan, all weighing in at around a pound.
Like an old pro, Sierra embraced her return to motherhood like a fish to water or riding a bike, for that matter. She had her five little charges all cleaned and lined up at the milk bar in no time. All in a day’s work.
And so begin the adventures of Sierra’s mini-pack in a series we call “Puppy Tales”.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Whitney & Jazz Litter – Week One

Mr. Buff with his milk moustache!

“The Memo”

No matter how hard we tried, she would have none of it. We begged and we pleaded and even resorted to bribery but it was all to no avail. Whitney was so dedicated to the wellbeing of her new family that we finally had to drag her out of the whelping box just to get her to go out for a bathroom break. Once outside, to linger was out of the question. Like a woman on a mission, Whitney would race back to the door, anxious to get back to tend to her babies. Even Whitney’s meals were delivered to the whelping box so that she could enjoy breakfast in bed with her flock.

One never really knows how a girl will take to motherhood, but Whitney has joined the ranks of those we deem “supermoms”. She has been exceptionally enthusiastic when it came to the hygiene of her pups and initially licked them so much we were surprised they still had fur on them. This certainly qualifies as the cleanest litter ever. We were awestruck by the observation that Whitney rotated sides when feeding her pups so that her top nipples were always full of milk. How did she figure that one out? A mom’s milk contains antibodies vital for the first several weeks of their lives. Thanks to Whitney’s dedication, the milk bar is open twenty-four hours so the puppies’ weights have 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 little minions need to climb over as they scurry about in search of a snack.

Weighing the puppies, which we do twice a day for the first while to ensure that everybody is getting adequate representation at the milk bar, proved to be an immense challenge. Whitney whimpered as we removed a puppy to transport it to the weigh scale and despite its prompt return to the whelping box wasn’t convinced so that she began to escort each and every one on the journey.

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. Now mind you the scale of their world is quite small at this stage so that when a puppy makes a wrong turn and ends up in a far corner of the 48” x 48” whelping box, the volume of their cries for assistance causes us leap to attention. And if that weren’t enough, Whitney herself begins to whimper just to be sure that we got the memo.

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

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Beautiful Heidi– 43 days (pre-parturition)

Heidi has stunning looks and such a beautiful coat!

So far Heidi has experienced a bit of morning sickness but is feeling much better, polishing off her food and looking for more! She is enjoying being spoiled with extra belly rubs as she seems to know our routine at the end of each day.

While she still spends a bit of her time with the rest of the pack, Heidi prefers to lounge indoors with her pregnant “sister” Sierra or with us. eidiHHHHHHHOver the next couple of weeks Heidi will begin to slow down and we will feed her smaller portions but more frequently with the very best diet possible to ensure that her puppies are receiving all the nutrition they require for the best start in life.

Heidi’s abdomen is approximately 33 inches or 83 cm.

Fetus at approximately day 39.

This is when the puppies will head into a huge growth stage. Their heartbeats can easily be detected with a stethoscope or ultrasound. They are developing toes, eyelids, whiskers and claws and beginning to look more like puppies everyday. The fetus is about 45 millimeters long and has developed skin pigment.

Stay tuned......