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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.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Storm and Sierra Litter – Week One

Hard to believe it's our 1st week Birthday!

“Topsy Turvy”


She kept us in suspense for a couple of days, making us wonder whether we’d possibly mismarked our calendar, but after midnight last Friday Sierra made it clear that her puppies were on the way. Finally at 1:13 in the morning, we welcomed Mr. Sunshine, then Mr. Aqua, Mr. Cloud and Mr. Navy. When we thought she couldn’t possibly have five of a kind, along came Miss Lavender at nearly 5:30 a.m. to make it a royal flush.

Sierra has always been a lady of leisure. After two or three days in the whelping box nursing puppies, Sierra decided she would changes things up and get comfortable by laying on her back. The puppies were confused at first because the plumbing wasn’t where they expected to find it, but they eventually managed to navigate their way to the inverted milk bar. In due course, many of the pups emulated their mom by sleeping on their backs as well. Most of the puppies in both Sierra’s and Bailey’s litters quickly got the hang of this new eating arrangement as we had an outsourcing program in effect. Since Sierra had five puppies to Bailey’s eight, we took full advantage of the extra plumbing Sierra had at her disposal and used it to balance out Bailey’s load.

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.

While she’s certainly a dedicated mom, Sierra’s always been a “kid” at heart - never failing to make us laugh with her signature wiggle and howl. When she wasn’t trying to dig a tunnel in the snow to move her puppies to, she did manage to blow off some steam with her roommate Bailey to make snow angels on their break together. Life is good.

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, February 20, 2017

Jazz and Bailey Litter – Week One

Happy One Week Birthday!

 “Hide and Go Seek”


Bailey has always been one to come late to the party. We had her pegged to deliver her puppies on Friday, then Saturday, then Sunday and when that didn’t happen we knew it was time to consider a C-section. It was then we welcomed the seven puppies we were expecting plus one! Bailey’s girls are Miss Saffron, Miss Chile, Miss Pepper and Miss Garlic and the boys are Mr. Basil, Mr. Salt, Mr. Curry and Mr. Nutmeg. Normally a mom is a somewhat perplexed by the sudden appearance of the puppies that she thought she was going to deliver so there can be a bit of a disconnect. However Bailey stepped up to the task like an old pro and allowed the little ones to nurse right away. Another of mom’s jobs is to stimulate the puppies to eliminate by licking them. That took just a while longer to become part of Bailey repertoire. Nevertheless, Bailey’s maternal instincts are in full force as she is a very doting and loving mother. She even needed to be coaxed out of the whelping box to go out for her bathroom breaks.

While the whelping box is a very clean and secure environment, that didn’t deter Bailey from investigating other prospective habitats for her puppies including the wooden doghouse and a partially excavated hole in the snow. When will they learn? As the week wore on and once Bailey was satisfied that her pups were safe and sound, she spent some time on our bed demanding cuddles as usual and even joined Sierra in the yard to make snow angels together. Sierra with her new litter of five is Bailey’s roommate. Since Sierra had plumbing to spare, we outsourced some of Bailey’s pups for Sierra to nurse.

The puppies are all doing well and gaining weight to the extent that they have doubled their birth weight. We weigh them at least twice daily for the first couple of weeks to carefully monitor their progress. 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. Mr. Nutmeg has found other ways to keep warm by burrowing underneath layers of towel in the whelping box. One time we discovered we’d rolled him up as we were changing out the towels and almost put him in the laundry basket! Let the games begin!

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another enchanting installment of “Puppy Tales”.
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Gleeful Sierra – Day 52 (pre-parturition)

Sierra on the hunt for a den for her soon to be born puppies!
It’s hard to believe that Sierra will be having her puppies in about 12 days. Despite her pregnancy, she continues to enjoy everything that life has to offer. Sierra has always been a very happy girl who has a swagger in her step and we often catch her howling with delight……literally. Pregnancy (and life) certainly agree with her!

Sierra is being fed three times daily now and she ravishingly eats all her meals. At some point she will slow down and when that happens we will reduce the portions and increase her meals to 4 or 5 times daily. As the pups grow, there will be less room in her tummy for larger meals as Sierra’s tummy has expanded to 31.5 inches (81.2 cm).
 
This is an amazing photo by National Geographic of an embryo at 25 days.

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.
Pregnant dogs that are exposed to stressful events tend to release hormones that can be detected by the fetuses, which can negatively influence their future development. This underscores the importance of providing pregnant dogs a stress free and tranquil environment. Fortunately, Sierra is the most laid back, stress free dog that we know.

 
Another image from in the womb - National Geographic


At this point, the puppies have a full coat of hair and can be felt moving around in her tummy. They have fully developed their puppy features and will continue to grow rapidly until the big day and beyond. We are looking forward to their debut with great excitement and hope for the safe delivery of Sierra’s little babies!

Stay tuned…..

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bailey, Day 54 (pre-parturition)


 
Baily with 9 days to go!

As we head into the home stretch with only 9 days to go, our Bailey is losing her figure and the look on her face tells us she knows it! She is slowing down only slightly and prefers to lounge by the warm fire while chewing a bone. Bailey’s abdomen has expanded and is no approximately 34 inches or 86.3 cm.

The puppies are growing rapidly now so we are feeding Bailey smaller, more frequent meals. She downs her food in about 4 seconds flat, so no morning sickness for this girl!

This weekend, we will set up the whelping box for her to get familiar with once again. Bailey will begin to search for a den outside to have her pups in. This is instinctive so we do monitor her trips outside.  With all the snow we have, she will have to build an igloo for her pups!

We are just trying to make these last eight days as comfortable and stress free as possible for Bailey. She will continue to have light activity and of course get belly rubs and lounge by the fireplace whenever she wants to.

National Geographic Image of a Golden Retriever pup fetus.

 Thanks to National Geographic, the above photo can give you some idea of how the puppies look around this time.  They have now fully developed their puppy features – however they continue to grow and are on the final stages of prenatal development.   We can easily feel the puppies moving when Bailey is lounging on her back and we’re sure it’s starting to get quite crowded in there.

We are so looking forward to the big event with great excitement and will be praying for a safe and easy delivery of Bailey’s little babies!


Stay tuned….