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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, December 21, 2017

Faith - Day 50 (pre-parturition)


Faith on the lookout!

Faith, aka “The Cookie Monster”


This mom-to-be has had a ferocious appetite for the past several weeks. She just can’t seem to get enough food, whether treats or meals - she is always looking for more. This was our first indication she was pregnant followed by her desire for constant affection. 

Faith’s abdomen now measures approx. 31 inches or 78.7 cm with two weeks to go. She really hasn’t slowed down much but is certainly more cuddly and affectionate. Her favourite time is when we settle for the evening to watch TV. She has a keen sense of timing, patiently waiting and then jumping up on our laps and literally melts! If we don’t continue to rub her belly, her back leg instinctively kicks, letting us know we can’t stop.

Faith is currently eating two healthy meals daily which will most likely increase next week to three smaller meals daily as the pups continue to grow and there is less room for her stomach to expand. This is when the puppies will begin a huge growth spurt. Right now the spine and skull are continuing to form and the nose is clearly visible. 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 approx. 4 to 5 cm long and has developed skin pigment. Although many sacs were detected during the ultrasound at day 30, it is still difficult to determine exactly how many puppies Faith will have. Their heartbeats can be easily heard and their canine features are becoming more pronounced.

The gestation period in dogs is approximately 63 days. We are looking forward to the miracle of birth once again on approximately January 2 or 3rd.

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. Of course, we would never let that happen here!

National Geographic fetus at approximately day 39.

Stay tuned....



Monday, November 27, 2017

Teddy and Surrey Litter – Week Seven



“The Mother of the Year Award goes to…….”


Of course the winner is Surrey. She’s truly demonstrated her prowess as Supermom. Not only has she continued to nurse her puppies well beyond the “don’t touch me stage”, but she’s become their ultimate playmate. On one occasion, Surrey was outside to look after her personal plumbing needs. Afterward, she returned to the living room door, pushed it open, stole into the whelping box and removed a toy to take outside. Then she beckoned us to bring the puppies outside to play with her! We oblige her whenever possible and when the weather doesn’t cooperate, she catapults herself into the whelping box and plays with her little ones for impossibly long sessions.  What a gal!

Surrey is the ultimate playmate!

Of course, mom is the young puppies’ first teacher and she frequently held group tutorials. Surrey’s new hobby is to watch for wild turkeys as they enjoy their morning work-outs by walking around the property and bark to chase them away. One day, Surrey had the whole gang in tow as she marched them around the perimeter of the fence line, no doubt training them to be on the lookout for trespassers.

This week, the puppies experienced their first car ride to the friendly veterinarian. The ride there was a wee bit noisy, but despite that, everyone was on their best behaviour at the clinic and passed all of their examinations with flying colours. On the return trip, the group quickly succumbed to the rhythm of the road and had to be pried out of their crates to come back inside the house.

Our last week with the puppies is always rather bittersweet but more so because this bunch is particularly affectionate. As our time with this sweet mini-pack draws to a close, we reflect and cherish every moment we’ve spent with them but find comfort in knowing how much happiness they will bring to their new families. They have given us so many kisses and memories that we’ll treasure always. 

So long, little ones. We wish you all the best in your journey, but most of all, we wish you love. 

P.S.  We’ll be looking for your picture postings on Instagram! #regalgoldensfamilytree

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Teddy and Surrey Litter – Week Six


Mr. Mashed Potatoes on the lookout!

“The Steak Out”


Surrey usually sets a good example but not this time. It was Sunday night and we were looking forward to a nice quiet dinner after a long, hard week. The puppies had their dinner and everyone in the household was winding down. It only took a moment, but Surrey who in her defense is still nursing occasionally and needs copious amounts of food to maintain that initiative, absconded with a large slab of tenderloin that was resting on the kitchen island waiting to be grilled. Fortunately the culprit was quickly apprehended and dinner went on as planned.

Throughout the week, we managed to get the group outside frequently for playtime. There is never any hesitation as they all scurry off in all directions in search of treasures. 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. 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.

Surrey always escorts her puppies outside for playtime. Her role is part sentinel, part playmate, albeit the pups sometimes chase mom around for a while in the hopes of a snack. This bunch is extremely affectionate and they have a sense of urgency to be picked up and cuddled. 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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Monday, November 13, 2017

Teddy and Surrey Litter – Week Five


Loving the great outdoors!

“On Your Marks, Get Set, Go, Go, Go!”


Some litters can be a little tentative during their inaugural outing. Many puppies will stand there and tremble for several moments while they take in the vastness of a new universe outside their whelping box. Not this bunch. It took mere seconds for them to take it all in and make a quick decision as to which direction to take off in. They embraced it as though they’d been playing outside their entire lives! They chased their mom around, they chased us around and they chased each other as well. They explored a great deal of this giant space known as “the puppy run”. In fact, Mr. Pilgrim dutifully followed us to the far reaches of the yard appearing very content and proud of himself. Many of the others tried their “hand” at rock climbing, wrestling with their siblings or just meandered around. When she wasn’t directly engaging with the pups, Surrey hung out nearby just to keep a watchful eye on her flock.

Since the little ones are getting more accustomed to eating solid food, their food is now prepared a bit dryer; they are drinking plenty of water to keep hydrated. Now that the food isn’t as messy, fewer clean ups are required. Of course Surrey still nurses the puppies to supplement their diet. Another change in the pups’ habitat was the addition of shredded paper to the whelping box extension which is their first step toward house training. 

The dynamic in the whelping box is also changing. 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, they are making expressions and are beginning to reveal their personalities and communicate their opinions. They’re craving a lot of attention and affection and fortunately that’s something that’s not hard to provide. Did we mention that this bunch is just plain exceptionally cute?

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


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Monday, November 6, 2017

Teddy and Surrey Litter – Week Four


 
Our new interactive play centre.

“Port-a-Gym”


Today we added an extension to the whelping box which has doubled its size. Now that the puppies are growing, they need a bit more space to allow them to pick up speed to scramble from end to end. In addition, the puppies now have gym memberships and an elaborate play station at their disposal as well as numerous plush toys. 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. Since their hunting and chasing instincts are emerging, they practice with their siblings or their plush toys. When the play station was first introduced, Surrey wasted no time to investigate it as did her mini-pack. They scrambled to try out the various activities while Surrey curled up inside the box to watch. When the puppies drifted off to sleep, Surrey went to take a closer look at the activity centre and when she got up to leave, the thing got stuck on her back and she ended up taking it with her.

To help the puppies continue to bulk up, they were introduced to gruel or mush this week:  a healthy concoction of oatmeal, honey, goat’s milk and vitamins to supplement the feedings they get from their mom. With their inaugural bowl, no one needed a second invitation. Mr. Turkey was the first one in, both literally and figuratively and the concept of etiquette went out the window. Everyone looked like they’d been in a food fight except Miss Cranberry who managed to remain lady-like and keep herself very neat and clean. This new feeding arrangement gives Surrey a lot more leisure time as well as the ability to indulge in her new hobby of standing by the door and barking at any wild turkeys she spots meandering around outside the fenced area. Despite being semi-retired, she still keeps the milk bar open 24/7 for top-ups but we’re certain that Surrey relishes the break she gets from each puppy’s twenty-eight razor sharp teeth!


That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another enthralling installment of “Puppy Tales”.
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Teddy and Surrey – Week 3

Breakfast is served!

“Does This Fur Coat Make Me Look Fat?”


We’ve already placed the call to Jenny Craig....just in case. Surrey’s pups are doing very well and are gaining weight as expected. They all have plump little fur-lined bellies, but those will all taper off as they grow. If they’re anything like their mom, it will be quite soon as Surrey is a latent Olympian. Since the mini-pack’s move from the bedroom to the living room, we spend a good amount of our time in the adjoining kitchen and dining room. Despite the presence of a barrier, Surrey, who’s normally quite laid back, will catapult her body over the barrier just to be able to spend time with us - up close and personal. The puppies’ growth isn’t limited to their bellies. They now require weekly pedicures to keep both mom and their siblings safe from scratches.
The benefit of Surrey and her crew moving into the living room is that Surrey now has something akin to a V.I.P. lounge at her disposal. She has both a sofa and a love seat to stretch out on for her ultimate relaxation while being able to keep a watchful eye and ear on her brood. What’s more, she has a private yard for a little walkabout which her puppies will eventually use as their playground.

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 seen standing in a group gently colliding or rubbing their noses and heads against one another whether awake or asleep. On one occasion, Mr. Turkey was spotted trying to fit the sleeping Mr. Corn’s head into his mouth. 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. They are also curious about the humans around them and they aren’t particularly shy either. Pig-rails are rails around the inside of the whelping box that are there to help prevent mom from accidentally squishing one of her kids. When we were raising the rails up to accommodate the puppies’ growth, they wasted no time to wander over, gaze up into our eyes and to nibble on our hands while they were trying to figure out what we were up to. We’re sure it won’t be long before they have it all figured out!

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another nail-biting instalment of “Puppy Tales”.
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Teddy and Surrey Litter - Week Two

This is how mom sleeps and while we feast!


“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”


As if the expectations for Surrey’s brood weren’t high enough! Surrey now spends her nights in the whelping box getting as comfortable as she possibly can. This entails sleeping on her back. Not only did Surrey’s little ones need to learn to stagger along on all fours, they also had to hone their climbing skills if they wanted a late night snack from the inverted milk bar.

The main attraction this week is that the puppies’ eyes have opened. 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. Many of their critical organs including their brain are not fully formed and they will spend several weeks developing rapidly. The same is true of the eyes. Now that their eyes are open, it will take a couple of weeks before their eyes mature and their eyesight begins to approach normal. The ear canals begin to open at around the same time, but are much more fully formed than the eyes and their hearing will become quite acute within a week or so.

While the little ones do spend the bulk of their time eating and sleeping, they spend some of it exercising. While 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 plod along on all fours. We also put stuffed animals into the whelping box which forces the puppies to climb over the obstacles to reach their target (usually the milk bar or a sibling to sleep on) thereby building muscle mass.

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. We all need someone to lean on….


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, October 16, 2017

Teddy & Surrey Litter – Week One

Proud Surrey with her puppies.


“Choir Practice”

There are certainly many reasons to be thankful at Thanksgiving and Surrey gave us six more. The first to make his debut was Mr. Turkey, followed by Mr. Pumpkin Pie, Mr. Pilgrim and Mr. Corn.  Mr. Mashed Potatoes must have been a little anxious to catch up with the other “dishes” as he exited like a torpedo. We were perplexed about the abundance of boys but were happy when Miss Cranberry arrived. All went well and Surrey enjoyed a few bowls of ice cream between deliveries. The puppies are a bit damp when they’re born so we do our utmost to towel them dry to keep them warm and put them with their mom to nurse. It never ceases to amaze us how the little ones know exactly what to do from the first minute onward. Of course, while they’re nursing, Surrey does her part in overzealously stimulating them with her tongue and so we have to dry them off all over again.

Apart from nourishment, a mom’s milk contains antibodies vital to the puppies’ survival for the first several weeks of their lives. We weigh the puppies at least twice daily for the first week to ensure that everyone is getting equal access to the milk bar. Surrey watches us very closely as each puppy makes a trip to the scale, just to be sure that they’re returned safely. At the one week mark, everyone’s weight has pretty much doubled which is clearly a testament to Surrey’s abilities as a mom. She is very attentive, reacting to every little whimper. Of course, Surrey misses her own creature comforts too. When she jumps up on our bed to get a cuddle herself, she strains to peek into the whelping box across the room to keep an eye on her brood. Then she feels conflicted and begins to whine herself as if to suggest that we are to bring all of her pups onto the bed as well.

It began in the wee hours of the fourth night. First one little whimper and then a second joined it in unison. Before long it sounded like an off-key yodeling choir practice. It took us some time to figure it out, but for whatever reason, Miss Cranberry and Mr. Corn like to explicate their pleasure of nursing at the expense of our much-needed sleep. Well at least they’re happy!

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


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