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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.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Bailey and Frank’s Litter – Week Three

Happy 3 week Birthday to us!

 “This Masquerade”

There are two things that Bailey does not lack: cunning and determination. For instance, Bailey is banned from the backyard until she comes to the realization that the whelping box is much better lodging for her puppies than the giant hole she has excavated under a spruce tree. Whenever we let various dogs out into the yard, Bailey stealthily mixes in with the pack by keeping her head down and pressing forward so she can continue with her quest outside. Despite the fact that she bunks in the library with her puppies, when it’s bedtime for the big dogs, Bailey pretends to be one of them and happily enters an empty crate because she knows the routine that a treat is sure to follow. Every morning at a time of her choosing, she makes a pilgrimage down the hall to jostle our bedroom door to advise us that it’s time to get up. What all of that amounts to is one smart lady. And we’re sure her pups are lucky to have her as a mom. In fact, Whitney and Sierra’s puppies are lucky to have Bailey as their “aunt”. We’re not sure what has possessed her, but Bailey has even taken it upon herself to nurse all of these pups as well.

Thanks to Bailey’s tenacity in feeding them, her own puppies are growing rapidly and it’s amazing to watch the transformation every day as they become more mobile and their personalities begin to emerge. We’ve added an extension to the whelping box to give them more room to meander around in and even pick up a bit of speed. When they’re not sleeping or eating, the gang spends 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. All of this stimulation seems to generate huge appetites to the extent that one of the puppies emitted a shriek like James Brown. Before long, the whole crew was howling like a pack of miniature wolves to signal that it was dinner time yet again summoning Bailey to bring the milk truck by.

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

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sierra and Storm’s Litter – Week Three

How cute are we!

“The Drill Sergeant”

She heard the commotion from across the foyer and went to investigate, walking with her usual confident swagger. To her, the hubbub was unacceptable. She marched right up to Bailey’s dorm (aka the whelping box) which housed Bailey’s eight chirping minions and barked, admonishing them to keep the noise down. Sierra promptly swung around and returned to her own group to nurse them. So unusual were the antics of all the moms this past week. Whitney napped in front of Bailey’s box while Bailey tip toed into Whitney’s; likely just checking for more toys to steal for her collection but also nursing Whitney’s puppies while she lingered. Sierra snooped around in both of the other whelping boxes, occasionally pausing to nurse some of their inhabitants. It’s apparent that all three are not possessive of their broods and trust one another implicitly. In true Golden fashion; everyone is welcome.

The group now has a great deal more room to stagger around in since we’ve added the extension to their whelping box. When the puppies aren’t eating or sleeping, they’re managing to hone their motor skills as they explore 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 and Sierra has no reservations about letting us know when they’re overdue. Fortunately mom is looking after the rest of their grooming needs for now.

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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Whitney and Storm’s Litter – Week Four

Cleaning each other up is the best!

“His Majesty’s Feast”

This week saw the introduction of the puppies to gruel or mush:  a healthy concoction of oatmeal, kibble, honey, goat’s milk and vitamins, all fit for a king, to supplement the feedings they get from their mom. It’s always interesting to see how things take shape during the inaugural feeding. They’re usually a little apprehensive about consuming something their mom didn’t deliver, but that certainly wasn’t the case with this group. Mr. Coal and Mr. Cinnamon Twist needed no second invitation and their message to the rest of the group was clear. One by one, the puppies descended upon the bowl to see what the fuss was all about. Toward the end of the feast, unrestricted by etiquette, both Miss Mistletoe and Mr. Sugar Cookie were walking through the bowl and even laying down in it. Whitney also enjoys mealtime because she gets to finish the left-overs (if there are any) and lick the sticky mess (also known as dessert) off their faces. Of course, the milk bar is still open 24/7 and remains a popular venue, but there’s no doubt Whitney is rather delighted 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 a top-up. Inexplicably, both Sierra and Bailey with litters of their own have stopped by Whitney’s whelping box to pitch in and nurse them too.

The group’s other activities have proved to be just as much fun. With an elaborate play station at their disposal (no batteries required), 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, even if it’s just bumping heads. So far, their cheerful banter and chirping have not disturbed the solitude of their neighbours since Sierra and her brood 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 the pups are old enough to withstand a little dose of the crisp Caledon air.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another chilling installment of “Puppy Tales”.
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bailey and Frank’s Litter – Week Two

Cuddly new toys arrived this week!

“The Toy Drive”

Toy drives are generally thought of as philanthropic deeds designed to bring some measure of joy to the less fortunate among us. Apparently Bailey does not subscribe to this notion. During the week, she started sneaking into both Whitney’s or Sierra’s whelping box stealing toys, one at a time. Every so often, she would work out a self-concocted exchange program of sorts whereby she would enter their whelping box with an already well-used marrow bone and “exchange” it for yet another toy. But it didn’t stop there. Later on, we witnessed Bailey sneak into our bedroom where there is a small stash of dog-toys for the rest of the pack and steal some of those as well. We managed to track Bailey down to her lair where we found she had stashed all of the toys like a canine hoarder. We even caught her cuddling them during her breaks. Humbug, we say.

The actual purpose of the toys is to provide obstacles for the puppies in their whelping box so they need to climb over them in order to get around, thereby building muscle mass. But that’s not the only workout they get. When the puppies lay there sleeping, they are constantly twitching – a state known as “activated sleep”. These involuntary actions also 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.

Despite the thievery, Bailey is a great mom. Her litter is now located in our library so Bailey has a sofa to lounge on during her breaks throughout the day and night. Notwithstanding her new sleeping arrangements, mom’s on call around the clock to tend to every whimper. Admittedly, she administers some of the quicker meals sitting up like a mobile milk bar or meals on wheels. Since some of the puppies have already tripled their birth weight, Bailey gets top marks in that department.

The highlight 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 comprehend 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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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sierra and Storm’s Litter – Week Two

We love our new toys!

“The Mobile Salad Bar”

A mom’s job is never easy. To add to this challenge, Sierra 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 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 is improving very rapidly, the rest of the pack has been very curious about Sierra’s mobile salad bar.

The puppies have all gained well with everyone more than doubling their birth weight. That’s quite an accomplishment considering Sierra is only firing on nine of ten cylinders. Sierra is a very attentive and loving mother, looking after 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 frequent ritual of rolling on her back in the foyer several times a day. 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. In fact, she’s even done double-duty by helping to nurse some of both Whitney’s and Bailey’s pups.

This week, we relocated Sierra and her family to the living room. Here she joins her good friend Whitney with her own three 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 one 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 the group will eventually be introduced to the great outdoors. Fortunately both Sierra and Whitney are not possessive and greet all passers-by amicably. 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.

We’re always jubilant when we notice that the puppies’ eyes have opened. At present, they 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 ear canals have opened. This is when the fun times really begin as the little ones discover the world around them.

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

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Whitney and Storm’s Litter – Week Three

Look at how much we have grown!

The Hat Trick

It begins as a tiny little chirp. And then again. It’s followed by a retort, albeit amplified. The little puppies are beginning to find their voices and it’s fun to watch some of them as they seem to startle themselves when they emit a mini-bark. Yes, they’re growing up…but not too quickly yet.

There are three key things that puppies do. They eat and they sleep and they also work out. Their exercise regimen may not be readily apparent but as they lay there asleep, the puppies are constantly twitching. These involuntary actions, referred to as “activated sleep”, help strengthen their leg muscles allowing them to stagger around on all fours like the last guests at a sorority party. We’ve also added numerous stuffed animals to the whelping box which forces the little ones to climb over the obstacles to reach their target (usually the milk bar or a sibling to sleep on) thereby building muscle mass.

Now that the puppies can see and hear, they are beginning to get acquainted with their littermates. They can often be seen standing in a group gently colliding or rubbing their noses and heads against one another. In one episode, Mr. Shining Star, Miss Candy Cane and Mr. Coal were playing atop Mr. Snowball who was not initially not amused since they’d awakened him, but he quickly warmed up to the idea.

In the first two weeks, we reported the misadventures of Mr. Cinnamon Twist and this week was no exception. One afternoon, we heard a great deal of wailing coming from the library where Whitney’s whelping box was located, but in all likelihood it was more like a celebratory chant. Having escaped the confines of the whelping box for the third time now, Mr. Cinnamon Twist was found happily exploring this strange new world known as our library. We can hardly wait to see what happens now that Whitney and her family have now been relocated to the living room with Sierra’s litter as next door neighbours.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another chapter in the continuing saga we call “Puppy Tales”.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Bailey and Frank’s Litter – Week One

Bailey is so devoted to her 8 precious babies.

“The Wet Nurses”

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. We welcomed: Miss Bubbles, Mr. Hangover, Miss Champagne, Mr. Crystal, Mr. Firecracker, Mr. Sparkler, Mr. Tuxedo and Mr. Balloon. It can take a while for mom to come to the realization that these are her babies, but in the meantime both Whitney and Sierra came to Bailey’s aid by helping to nurse some of her puppies.

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 fairly quickly 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 easily doubled their birth weight by the end of the first week. We weigh them at least twice daily for the first couple of weeks in order to carefully monitor their progress.

Since the gestation period in dogs is short, the trade-off is that puppies are quite helpless at birth. Biologists refer to species that produce immature dependent offspring as altricial, which means “to nurse, to rear or to nourish”. It refers to the need for the young of these species to be fed and taken care of for a long period of time. The puppies are born functionally deaf since their ear canals are closed. They are also blind, since their eyelids are tightly closed, but both will open during the second week. Newborn puppies are also unable to regulate their own body temperature and for the first three weeks, their temperature climbs one degree until it reaches the normal range. When mom is on her break, we use a heat lamp to keep everyone warm and cozy, but when mom’s around, they’ll either snuggle up with her or lay intertwined with their siblings.

Despite all of the creature comforts that we’ve provided to Bailey, she still spends some of her time during breaks to continue excavating a cave under the spruce tree in the yard as a place to rear her babies. This crater is so big, we swear we can hear an echo in it and every day she returns to the door after a hard day’s work sporting the latest look in blackened paws.

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

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sierra and Storm’s Litter – Week One

Snuggle time with momma.

“The Roadblock”

We knew it was going to be a long night, but as night turned into day, it became evident that Sierra was going to need a little help in delivering her puppies. While she was lying on our bed experiencing contractions, the funny thing was that Sierra somehow managed to maintain her trademark wiggle lying down. Since she was expecting a litter of only five, the pups had grown so big that the first one in line created a roadblock, necessitating a C-section. The procedure went well and before long, we were graced with the births of five not-so-tiny babies: Miss Cotton Candy, Mr. Jellybean, Miss Lollipop, Mr. Gumdrop and Mr. Lifesaver.

Any time puppies are delivered via C-section, there is an ensuing period of adjustment. The mother-to-be knows she’s going to have a litter, but then she goes to sleep and wakes up with these foreign little beings demanding her attention. It takes mom a while, sometimes several hours and sometimes a couple of days, before she comes to the realization that these are actually her babies that have mysteriously appeared. There’s never reservation about nursing them, but we have to clean and manually stimulate the puppies to help them eliminate until mom rises to the occasion herself. Fortunately it didn’t take long for Sierra to come around and perform all of her maternal duties. Sierra even rose to the occasion to help nurse Bailey’s pups when she returned home from having her own C-section.

Sierra has always been one to make herself comfortable, regardless of her surroundings and circumstances. After two or three days of laying in the whelping box nursing puppies, Sierra decided she would changes things up and get comfortable by lying on her back in the middle of the whelping box. The puppies were confused at first because the milk bar wasn’t where they expected to find it, but they eventually managed 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. Of course, we do use a heat lamp for good measure when mom is off on a break.

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

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Whitney and Storm’s Litter – Week Two

Everyone pile on the milk train!

Change of Address

She just wouldn’t take our word for it. Since our Sierra was expecting her litter this week, we moved Whitney and her pups out of the bedroom and into another whelping box that we’d set up in the library. Everything was identical to the previous setup in the bedroom and her puppies were already settled in their new surroundings, but Whitney wasn’t convinced. She kept coming back to the bedroom to perform numerous inspections to make sure we hadn’t left anyone behind. After a little coaxing and several treats, Whitney was satisfied with the new arrangement. After all, this room featured a sofa that she could use to lounge on when she was on her breaks. In time, Whitney relished our regular cuddle sessions with her on the sofa as well. In fact, Whitney seems to enjoy it there so much that she has abandoned any notion she ever had about relocating her brood to a spot under the spruce tree in the backyard.

One of the most exciting events for us is when the puppies’ eyes open. Many of the puppies’ critical organs including their brain are not fully formed and they will spend several weeks developing rapidly. The same is true of the eyes. Puppies are born with their eyelids tightly shut because the eye itself is still developing and is extremely fragile. The closed eyelids serve as a barrier to protect the eyes from potential damage. Now that their eyes are open, it will take a few weeks before their eyes mature and their eyesight begins to approach normal. The ear canals begin to open at around the same time, but the ears are much more fully formed than the eyes and their hearing will be quite acute within a week or so.

The puppies have all grown very nicely and Whitney has been stellar as a mom. In fact, she has even been outsourced to cross-foster Bailey’s pups. While Bailey was sleeping off the effects of the anesthetic from her C-section, both Whitney and Sierra helped to nurse Bailey’s pups. The other day, when Whitney was laying just outside the whelping box on one of her breaks, Mr. Cinnamon Twist went in search of his mom. He managed to scale the barrier into the library and make his way to his target. We have to give the little fella top marks for determination.

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, November 2, 2015

Whitney and Storm’s Litter – Week One

Mr. Coal

Despite the fact that he volunteered to be first out, Mr. Coal may have had some second thoughts on his way through the birth canal since he needed a little assistance with his extraction. The remainder of Whitney’s labour was relatively uneventful as one by one, her puppies popped out. Miss Candy Cane was close behind, followed by Mr. Sugar Cookie, Mr. Plum Pudding, Miss Mistletoe, Mr. Cinnamon Twist, Mr. Snowball and finally Mr. Shining Star. All of the puppies made their debut in and around the one pound mark. Whitney embraced motherhood with tremendous zeal. As several of the puppies were attached to the milk bar busily nursing, Whitney was licking them with such enthusiasm that they were flopping up and down like little marionettes. We were doing our utmost to keep the newborns dry and warm while Whitney was taking us to task by cleaning and stimulating them until they were all drenched again.

Apart from nourishment, a mom’s milk contains antibodies vital to the puppies’ survival for the first several weeks of their lives. Whitney proved to be very magnanimous as a mother, spending virtually every waking and sleeping moment in the whelping box nursing her youngsters. This allowed them to double in weight toward the end of the first week. For the first few days, all of Whitney’s own meals were delivered there so she could enjoy breakfast in bed with her flock. She needed a great deal of coaxing to come out of it for her bathroom breaks which were very brief. As the week wore on, Whitney relaxed a little and periodically jumped up on our bed to get a little cuddle or two before returning to work.

We weigh the puppies at least twice daily for the first week to ensure that everyone is getting equal access to the milk bar. Whitney watched us very carefully and even whimpered as we picked up a puppy to take it to the scale. If the process took too long for her liking, she would rush to the scale and escort each puppy back to the warmth and safety of the whelping box. It’s inevitable that at some point in time, a puppy is going to make a break for it, but it usually doesn’t happen during the first week. In this instance, Mr. Cinnamon Twist made a wrong turn and ended up on the carpet outside the whelping box. Since we’d witnessed the episode, he was promptly returned to the custody of his mom.

Newborn puppies are unable to regulate their own body temperature and for the first three weeks, their temperature climbs one degree until it reaches the normal range. When mom is on her break, we use a heat lamp to keep everyone warm and cozy, but when mom’s around, they’ll either snuggle up with her or lay intertwined with their siblings. As the song goes, “love the one you’re with”.

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