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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, December 28, 2016

Kingston and Whitney Litter – Week Six

Mommy comforting Miss Strawberry.

“The hills are alive with the sound of music”

Well the music is actually the chirping and chanting sounds made by the mini-pack who have finally found their voices. They can be heard off in the distance expressing their opinions or tempting a littermate to play. The hills in this case are the snow-covered ruts in the backyard, which at the size of a six week old puppy, must resemble mountains. This notwithstanding, the group embraced the great outdoors as though they’d been doing it for years. They were completely comfortable and at ease considering the terrain was a far cry from the bunched up towels and shredding they were used to in the whelping box. These new mountaineers were content to explore a good portion of the yard and some even found twigs to munch on. It’s as though gathering up sticks and chewing them is part of a puppy’s DNA.

Their mom Whitney always escorts her brood outside and keeps a watchful eye on them. She begins by mingling with them, offering a quick snack of a milkshake and then she retires to a little mound of snow from which she keeps her vigil. Before long, pups scamper off in search of their littermates or to check up on what the humans are doing. This group is really tight and they most certainly enjoy their playtime together, not to mention naptime. But now that they’ve had a taste of the great outdoors with the crisp Caledon air, there can be no substitute. Even on days when the weather doesn’t lend itself to an outing, the puppies lean up on the whelping box by the door in the hopes that we’ve reconsidered.

This bunch is extremely affectionate and they have a sense of urgency to be picked up and cuddled. They’re friendly too and welcome seven month old puppy Skye on her way past the whelping box as she does her routine inspection of its inhabitants. When the puppies hear or see us approaching, the rustling in the whelping box begins. They’re always hopeful that it will mark the beginning of a new adventure.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another stimulating installment of “Puppy Tales”.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Kingston and Whitney Litter – Week Five

We are getting bigger, stronger and cuter everyday.

“Naughty or Nice?”

The days leading up to Christmas always seem a magical time. There is a certain electricity in the air and the puppies are feeling it too. Their play is conducted with a heightened sense of vigour and no one is exempt. Just because a puppy is asleep doesn’t mean they can’t be included in the fun. Every now and again, one of them will voice a complaint about having been awakened. But of course, in true Golden fashion they’re quick to forgive and always rise to the occasion. The new soft doghouse we added into the whelping box has proved to be a big hit. While we’re sure it will sleep one comfortably, we often see two or three of them rummaging around in it at a time.

This group will likely go on record as the quietest litter ever. In the past, we’ve had some little ones that screech to some extent almost from the day they’re born until the day they leave. Mind you, their forever families assure us that they’re quiet once they leave here. We’re thinking it must have something to do with the water or perhaps it’s group dynamics. On that note, since their food is now prepared a bit dryer, the puppies are drinking plenty of water to keep hydrated. Whitney still nurses the puppies occasionally to supplement their diet of moistened puppy food, albeit with waning enthusiasm. Fortunately everyone is demonstrating better manners in the mess hall.

Whitney and her babies have made the move out of the bedroom, down the long hallway and into the living room at the opposite end of the house. So far Whitney is content. She has a loveseat and sofa to curl up on at night or during breaks. Since there is a door leading out into the backyard in this room, the puppies won’t have far to go once they’re ready to experience their first blast of this arctic Caledon air.…but there’s still time for that. Apart from the move, there was much for the gang to take in. One of these things was the addition of shredded paper to the whelping box extension which is their first step toward house training. The best part is that the room has a fireplace with a chimney which Santa will use when he comes calling. And since the little ones have been more nice than naughty, Christmas should prove to be very enjoyable.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another regal installment of “Puppy Tales”.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Kingston and Whitney Litter – Week Four

Hard to believe we are 4 weeks old today!

“In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight….”

So maybe it’s not a real jungle and of course it’s not a real lion, but the puppies’ habitat had all the makings of it this week. Miss Linen demonstrated this as she stretched her mouth open as wide as it would go in order to fit Mr. Camel’s head into it, not unlike the hapless lion tamer. Now that the extension has been added to the whelping box, their area has doubled in size and the action inside of it is continually ramping up. We have the requisite stuffed animals in the box, further adding to the jungle theme. Since their hunting and chasing instincts are emerging, the gang practices with their plush toys using them as both pillows and playmates, but the most fun they’re having is the increased interaction with their littermates. And none of them care if their sibling is awake or asleep as was confirmed by Miss Strawberry observed munching on the sleeping Mr. Tangerine’s tail.

Mealtime is just as entertaining as the puppies are still lacking in table manners. Mr. Mint insists on belly surfing through the food dish before he actually gets down to business and Miss Carnation amuses us by pushing the food around with her paw arranging it into little portions of sorts. Somehow everyone has managed to actually eat their food since they all resemble plump little Buddhas as they lay snoring after dinner. The proof is revealed on the scale as they are now approaching six pounds in weight.

To work off the effects of this fine dining, the gang has an elaborate play station at its 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, even if it’s just bumping heads. The puppies have saved the best part of their interactions for us. They react to each and every little sound and their little heads bob back and forth as we move about the room; their eyes taking in every trace of movement. Above all, they delight in being picked up and cuddled. Some enjoy belly rubs while stretched out on their backs while others content themselves by trying to bite our noses or lick our faces. Good thing they’re all just baby teeth!

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another chilling installment of “Puppy Tales”.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Kingston and Whitney Litter – Week Three

We are spending more time awake these days!

“It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time”

He was the first at everything and this was no exception. But was it really a good idea? There was Mr. Jet Black, Whitney’s first born in the middle of the bedroom carpet in what was surely seemed to him like puppy-sized mile away from the whelping box. He showed no fear as he stood there surveying the room in search of his mom, or at least that’s our theory. We’re not sure how he was able to accomplish his feat but the little lad managed to escape from the whelping box by some means that involved maneuvering his body over a couple of slats at its entrance that were twice his height. He never did connect with his mom who was fast asleep behind the other end of the whelping box. She was on her break!

Now that their vision is established beyond simply being able to detect light, dark and movement, the puppies are becoming increasingly curious about their surroundings and each other. As they are beginning to get acquainted with their littermates, they can often be observed standing in a group gently colliding or rubbing their noses and heads against one another. It is not essential for the recipient to actually be awake. This is the beginning of a key period for the puppies as they are developing rudimentary social skills. They are testing each other’s limits and learning the difference between hard and soft biting and they also take turns sleeping at the top and bottom of the sibling pile. To further enhance their experience, we’ve put stuffed animals in the whelping box as an obstacle course of sorts as well as fluffy playmates to cuddle with.

This week saw the introduction of the puppies to gruel or mush:  a healthy concoction of puréed kibble, oatmeal, honey, goat’s milk and vitamins, all fit for a king, to supplement the feedings they get from their mom. The charge was led by none other than Mr. Jet Black but the rest quickly followed. Mr. Mint demonstrated how to skate through the food dish. Miss Chiffon and Mr. Tangerine also thought that was a swell idea quickly diminishing any semblance of etiquette there may have been. Whitney is delighted by the enhanced menu that her brood have at their disposal as she’s entitled to the leftovers. Unfortunately for Whitney, that’s only every happened once to date.

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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