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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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Kingston and Whitney Litter – Week Two

Nap time!

“Can you hear me now?”

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. Since the gestation period in dogs is short (63 days), the tradeoff 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. 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 puppies are also born functionally deaf since their ear canals are closed. While their ear canals begin to open at around the same time, the ears are much more fully formed than the eyes and their hearing will be quite acute within a week or so.

Unlike many other moms who share in the relentless pursuit of trying to excavate new homes for their puppies, Princess Whitney has come to appreciate the finer things in life and has abandoned this practice. She has even been taking some “me-time” away from her brood to chew on a bone, relax on a dog bed, a cool tile floor or join us on the bed for belly rubs or a cuddle. Meanwhile back in the whelping box, the puppies were participating in spa week. This consisted of some warm facecloth wipe downs to get the spots that mom might have missed and pedicures all around without the nail polish, of course.

At first glance, it may appear that the puppies spend all of their time sleeping since they’ve bulk up to a weight of nearly three pounds. This is largely true, but they also spend a good deal of time exercising. This may not be readily apparent but as they lay there asleep, they are constantly twitching. These involuntary actions, referred to as “activated sleep”, help strengthen their leg muscles and begin to build muscle mass. This allows them to plod around on all fours when they’re in search of their mom for a snack. Fortunately Whitney’s a good sport and keeps the milk bar open twenty-four hours a day.

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

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Kingston and Whitney Litter – Week One

Mr. Jet Black is the first to be born.

“Fly Ball”

She’d been down this road before, but she needed some assurance that everything would be alright. On the eve of puppies’ births, Whitney snuggled up to spoon with us and to get some quality touches before the big event. Nearly five hours later at 4:15 a.m., Mr. Jet Black poked his head out. We were afraid might see his shadow and go back inside but with a little encouragement he said hello to the world. Forty-five minutes later, Mr. Camel made his entrance followed by Mr. Mint. Then Whitney made us wait for an hour and a half before Mr. Tangerine was born which completed the ensemble of four boys. The girls must just have been polite to wait their turn. After another hour and a half, Miss Carnation made her debut. Fortunately we only had to wait another ten minutes for Miss Chiffon as we all know that girls are more punctual. The big surprise was that while Whitney was out on what was supposed to be a pee break, she delivered Miss Pansy outside whom we caught in mid-air like an overpaid outfielder. The list was capped off with Miss Strawberry and finally Miss Linen at 10:38 a.m. thus completing the quintet of girls.

As the seasoned veteran of two prior litters, Whitney was quite low key as we worked our way down the list, but her excitement built up to a crescendo with the birth of the last two girls. All the pups weighed in around the one pound mark and were relatively equal in size. They all wasted no time in bellying up to the milk bar. Apart from nourishment, a mom’s milk contains antibodies vital to the puppies’ survival for the first several weeks of their lives. Whitney is magnanimous as a mom, 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. After the first couple of days, Whitney relaxed a little and periodically jumped up on our bed to burrow in the sheets or 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 watches us very carefully as we pick up a puppy to take it to the scale. If the process takes too long for her liking, she rushes to the scale to escort the puppy back to the warmth and safety of the whelping box.

Newborn puppies are unable to regulate their own body temperature and over the first three weeks, their temperature climbs one degree a week until it reaches the normal range. When mom is on her break, we use a heat lamp to keep everyone warm and cozy. We’ve found that these kids love to nestle into their mom or use her paws for a pillow as they dream the dreams that puppies do.

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, November 7, 2016

Princess Whitney, Day 55 (pre-parturition)

Whitney is certainly showing!
As we head into the final week of Whitney’s pregnancy, she is certainly continuing to slow down. Her abdomen measures a whopping 36 inches or 91cm. She is eating her meals very slowly but still polishing them off. Whitney is now receiving 4 meals daily but we may increase that to 5 or 6 meals daily as we move closer to her birthing date. The pressure of her growing puppies increases when she's near to term so she may want smaller more frequent meals.

Whitney has now begun to nest as all moms-to-be do. In the wild she would have carefully chosen a safe area in which to dig herself an appropriate den. Without human intervention, this is where she would have her puppies!  But not to worry, she’ll actually have them in a nice warm and sterile environment known as the whelping box. Over the next week we will make all the final preparations for the arrival of her puppies.

We have begun monitoring her temperature twice daily as any significant drop would signal the onset of labour. At day 59 the puppies can be safely born but the gestation term is typically 63 days or 9 weeks from ovulation.

It is easy to feel the puppies moving around now as they begin to grow more rapidly now. We will continue to pamper Whitney as we await the BIG day!
National Geographic image of a Golden Retriever pup fetus.
Toward the 50th day of gestation, the fetuses’ skeletons are ossified. At this point, the puppies’ coats of fur are fully developed and they will rapidly gain in size in preparation for their birth. The puppies have basically finished their development and are just growing bigger at this point. Puppies are born without the ability to see and their eyes don’t open until about 10 days after birth.

Stay tuned ….