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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, March 31, 2017

Storm and Sierra Litter – Week Six

We are a happy bunch!


“The Code”


The code being transmitted was persistent. One-two-three-pause-one-two-three-pause and so on. It’s not subtle by any stretch of the imagination but this is the means by which Sierra communicates her wishes and/or summons us. Our most recent inspection revealed that her roomie, Bailey was lying in the whelping box with Sierra’s puppies. On this occasion, the queen was not amused. Fortunately, Bailey and Sierra are good friends to the extent that Bailey even seems to have adopted Sierra’s pups and has apparently assumed the role of Godmother.

As fickle as it’s been, the weather cooperated sufficiently to allow the puppies outdoor playtime. The charge was usually led by Bailey who either demonstrated some gymnastics moves to the gang or played chase with them. A popular activity is the game of tag in which each puppy exhibits a burst of energy in succession. Now that most of the snow has melted, it meant that the rock climbing initiative had been reinstated. Of course the absence of snow also revealed an abundance of fresh twigs that required reworking. And for her contribution to the festivities, Sierra provided refreshments from the milk bar.

The gang is growing steadily and is now getting three meals a day which are supplemented by Sierra’s still frequent offerings of dessert. Their muzzles are lengthening and are beginning to look a bit more like the adults they will eventually become. Their emotions are becoming apparent too, so they whine to show fear, whimper if they’re hurt and bark when they are excited, want attention or are ready for dinner. And they seem to be ready for dinner a lot! We are spending time alone with each puppy, playing gently and teaching them to relate one-on-one in a safe, trusting situation. The best part is that we get to repeat the exercise each and every day.

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

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Jazz and Bailey Litter – Week Six

Experiencing the great outdoors!


“Follow That Milk Truck!”

It was all fun and games during the week when the group was introduced not only to the great outdoors, but a giant playground carpeted with snow. There was no hesitation whatsoever as the puppies scurried off in all directions as though they’d done this a hundred times before. Their mom Bailey was there to chaperone, but also to add to the excitement by playing with the members of her mini-pack. She would frequently tempt them with an offering from the milk bar and dash off with several of them in pursuit. She also demonstrated how to make snow angels, but beyond that the little ones just improvised. They ran, they wrestled, they rolled around and somewhere along the line managed to find some twigs that apparently needed reshaping. A good time was had by all followed by the requisite naptime.

While the pups enjoy playing with one another, they delight in their encounters with their two-legged friends. Sunday was visitor’s day and families came from far and wide for the big event. The whelping box was virtually emptied as each of the pups was whisked off to be planted on someone’s lap. Our guests got their share of licks and nibbles as the puppies engaged in musical laps without the music. One or two the gang even showed off how grown up they’ve become by wandering over to the paper-filled whelping box extension to relieve their bladders. Like any other, this event also culminated in a huge slumber party.

Not only did the puppies have their share of human guests, they also entertained several furry ones. Four month old Hannah frequently tries to breach the wall of the whelping box to get a closer look at the creatures that are even smaller than she is. Our big boy Haydain managed to muscle his way inside in order to steal a chew toy. And Whitney who has profound maternal instincts has been a semi-permanent resident of the living room just to be able to keep an eye on the puppies….and likely to get a break from playing with her daughter Hannah.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another stimulating installment of “Puppy Tales”.
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Storm and Sierra Litter – Week Five


Our big adventure outdoors!


“A Family Affair”


Everybody loves a puppy and there’s no exception in this household. There are times when security may be lax and a breach into the puppy zone can occur. Hannah the four month old who is herself still a puppy, adores them. On her way outside to the washroom, she will frequently pull a hard right turn into the whelping box to mingle with the pups. She loves to lie down in the middle of the box where she studies them with a very inquisitive expression on her face. Not to be outdone, our big boy Haydain has also found his way in there. He offers the puppies a very cursory greeting and absconds with one of their chew toys which we later have to coax out of his mouth. There’s Bailey, Sierra’s next door neighbour who will wander into the whelping box to nurse Sierra’s little ones just so she can make off with yet another plush toy. And finally, there’s benevolent Whitney who has since become a semi-permanent resident of the living room. Her maternal instincts are so acute that she frequently checks up on all of the puppies just to make sure they’re okay and lays on the sofa overlooking the whelping boxes to keep an eye on them. Now there’s a heart of Golden.

Our property is located high up on the Niagara Escarpment and as such, we tend to get a generous helping of snow that lasts longer than at a lower elevation. But that doesn’t hold a puppy back. We managed to get Sierra’s litter outside to enjoy a good romp or two in the white stuff. Admittedly, they were a little tentative at first, but despite the cold, they soon warmed up to the notion of being outside and it was business as usual. They made snow angels, they ran, they slid and they wrestled with their siblings. It never fails that a few of them find sticks which they immediately begin to whittle with their pointy little teeth without the benefit of a YouTube how-to video. The best part is that the little ones are beginning to form strong bonds with humans as well and they follow us around like the Pied Piper. When it’s time to come back inside, each and every one is rewarded with a kiss and a cuddle before they retire, spent from the afternoon’s activities drifting off in their little heaven filled with soft, furry playmates.

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, March 20, 2017

Jazz and Bailey Litter – Week Five

Bailey's puppies always have lots of toys to play with!


“The Kleptomaniac”


It’s been another big week in Bailey’s world. Not only are her pups growing in leaps and bounds, but they’re enjoying their gym membership with the play station they have at their disposal. They’re 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!

Everyone participates in the activities of the household and even the puppies celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. They were certainly in their element when they welcomed several guests as well as a two-legged visitor into the whelping box. There was no shortage of nestling, nudging and nibbling as each puppy got a healthy dose of love. A good time was had by all which culminated in the requisite post-party naptime.

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 Bailey still nurses the puppies to supplement their diet. But Bailey’s maternal instincts don’t stop there. On more than one occasion she was spotted in Sierra’s whelping box, nursing Sierra’s pups. But there’s always an ulterior motive.  It appears that Bailey moved in to help clean up their dinner plate and the nursing was only a by-product of that activity. If that wasn’t enough, Bailey has a new initiative in which she hoards not only Sierra’s puppies’ toys but those of her own babies. Several times a day we have to raid her stash and return the goods to their rightful owners. We now have Bailey paw-printed so we’ll know if she’s a repeat offender.

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

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Storm and Sierra Litter – Week Four

We are 4 weeks old today!


 “The Tattletail”


There’s no question that being a mom is a hard job, but Sierra still finds time to take on extra responsibilities. For example, as our household was winding down for bedtime, Sierra began barking incessantly as though Timmy had fallen in the well. We therefore had to make our way down the long hallway to the living room at the opposite end of the house to investigate. What we discovered was that Miss Pepper, one of Bailey’s pups had escaped out of their whelping box into the living room. Since Bailey was putting some finishing touches on a delectable bone, she apparently left the policing duties to Sierra. A couple of nights later, we heard Sierra barking again. This time she was letting us know that Bailey was perpetrating an act of chewing some paper which is frowned upon.

This week saw the introduction of the puppies to gruel or mush:  a healthy concoction of oatmeal, honey, goat’s milk, probiotics and vitamins to supplement the feedings they get from their mom. Mr. Aqua was the first to sample this delicacy followed by Mr. Cloud and the rest of the group. In true British fashion, this rather reserved lot is among the neatest and cleanest diners on record - unlike Bailey’s brood who virtually need to be hosed down after every meal. Of course Sierra still keeps the milk bar open for top ups 24/7.

To work off the effects of some of this fine dining, the puppies now have gym memberships. This comes with 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. We should hasten to point out that we need to round up all the toys periodically after their “bad aunt” Bailey has absconded with them. Just another day in the life of this puppy kingdom….

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, March 13, 2017

Jazz and Bailey Litter – Week Four

Growing bigger by the hour!


“Oink, Oink”


Golden Retrievers are passionate about love and life, but they’re also passionate about food. And it seems that Bailey’s brood has learned about that at the tender young age of four weeks. This week the group was introduced to gruel or mush:  a healthy concoction of puréed kibble, oatmeal, honey, goat’s milk, probiotics and vitamins to supplement the feedings they get from their mom. The charge was led by Mr. Basil who had a solid thirty seconds of private time with the food bowl before he ran out of elbow room. It didn’t take long for the rest of the mini-pack to catch on and with virtually every meal, the bowl is polished to a factory finish. Not only does the gang congregate around the food bowl, but they also fall asleep in it. We don’t fully understand how or why, but this has been the messiest litter on record that routinely needs to be cleaned up after every meal. We’re convinced that piglets have better etiquette albeit their mom doesn’t seem to mind because she helps to clean them up afterward.

A lot has happened this week in the little world known as Bailey’s whelping box. For starters, this group along with Sierra’s litter has moved from the bedroom to the living room. To Bailey’s delight, this venue is more like a V.I.P. lounge in that it has sofa she can relax on and access to a private section of the yard that she and fellow mom, Sierra can hang out in. Not only was there a change in venue, but an extension was added to the whelping box to double its size. Now that the puppies are growing, they need a bit more space to allow them to pick up speed as they scramble from end to end.

There’s always an adventure of one type or another. One evening as the household was winding down and getting ready for bed, Sierra began to bark incessantly from the living room which is at the opposite end of the house. This demanded a trip down the hall to investigate. What we discovered was that Miss Pepper had somehow escaped out of the whelping box into the living room and that’s what Sierra was trying to tell us. So where was Miss Pepper’s mom? Bailey was right there on the living room sofa putting some finishing touches on a bone she was enjoying at the time, leaving the policing up to her friend and roommate Sierra. I suppose it all gets back to food again somehow….

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

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Storm and Sierra Litter – Week Three

We are a relaxed bunch!


“Moonlight Serenade”

It was early March. The final remnants of day ebbed to usher in the night. A gentle breeze redistributed particles of leaves and other debris in the yard while the fireplace in the bedroom flickered, its light casting a warm glow in the room. Their mom rose slowly to find a corner of the room to stretch out in. Without warning, a tiny voice pierced the stillness and then a second, a third and a fourth. Before long the quartet of boys were howling in unison like a pack of miniature wolves. It seems as though they were serenading their little sister, Miss Lavender who slept through the entire performance. Clearly they have inherited Sierra’s “happy howl”.

While Sierra dotes on her mini-pack, she has been getting her share of “me” time and can occasionally be spotted flat on her back in one of the nearby doggie crates. As the puppies begin to grow up, not only are they walking or doing something that resembles it, but they are also beginning to engage with one another. They amble around getting acquainted, greeting their siblings with a gentle head butt. 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 emerging, they practice with their siblings or their plush toys (unless mom has absconded with them).

Sierra and her babies have now been evicted and 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 mom 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 what we’re hoping won’t be arctic Caledon air.…but there’s still time for that.

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

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Jazz and Bailey Litter – Week Three

We are spending more time awake!


“Oops!... I Did It Again”


You can’t blame a girl for trying. At least this time we witnessed the means by which Miss Garlic executed her second escape from the whelping box. Bailey was fast asleep in front of the opening when the little girl climbed atop one of her siblings, then walked across mom’s side and plummeted five inches onto the carpet below. The little ones are quite robust even at this age so she went right back to snacking at the milk bar.

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.

Meanwhile outside the whelping box, when Bailey is not engaged in her duty nursing and cleaning her pups, she likes to lounge on the cool tile floor of the ensuite just a few feet away from her brood or on the bed where she demands cuddles in her usual fashion. Since she’s very relaxed as a mom, Bailey’s trips outdoors are more leisurely now. While she’s seems to have backed off on the prospect of moving her puppies somewhere outside, she still find her surveying a few potential spots.

The pups are all growing very well and gaining weight which is all well and good, except that it means their nails are growing very rapidly too. This necessitates a weekly spa treatment whereby we’re trimming a total of 192 nails each time. I think it’s high time we humans had our own spa day!

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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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Storm and Sierra Litter – Week Two


“The Double Agent”

It’s been two weeks and Sierra hasn’t suspected a thing. We know that she gave birth to five puppies, but the count in her whelping box often fluctuates between five and seven. One of the regular visitors is Bailey’s Miss Saffron who does double duty in both boxes. This is helping to ensure that all puppies from both litters get equal access to the milk bar because it can get a little crowded there. Perhaps Sierra’s not very good at math, but it could also be that she’s just got a heart of Gold(en) and is happy to be their Godmother.

It’s exciting for us when the puppies’ eyes open. 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.

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. Within their first two weeks, these plump little princes and the princess crushed not only the 2 lb. barrier, but the 3 lb. barrier and are well on their way to the 4 lb. mark. We have a suspicion that someone’s been sneaking them Timbits, but of course they’re getting milk instead of coffee.

Despite their girth and zero stress lifestyle, the puppies are getting their share of exercise. Since we’ve added some stuffed animals to the whelping box, it forces the little ones to climb over the obstacles to reach their target (usually Sierra’s milk bar or a sibling to sleep on) thereby building muscle mass. As well, when they lie sleeping, they are constantly twitching – a state known as “activated sleep”. These involuntary actions help strengthen their leg muscles. This bunch will be on the dance floor before long.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another riveting installment of “Puppy Tales”.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Jazz and Bailey Litter – Week Two

 

 

“Take the Long Way Home”


It was unusually warm out for a winter’s day and the sun made what seemed to have been a guest appearance as of late. Most of us are motivated on cheery, sunny days to just get up and go and that’s exactly what she did. Whether it was the mood that this kind of a day inspires or perhaps just a wrong turn, Miss Garlic launched herself over a slat that serves as a barrier in the whelping box to embark upon her first solo adventure. Long before an amber alert was considered, the little girl was discovered on the bedroom carpet across the room safe and sound. She was promptly escorted back to the warmth and safety of the whelping box to join her siblings for yet another nap time.

One of the most exciting events for us is when the puppies’ eyes open. Many of the puppies’ critical organs including their brains 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 pertains 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 approaches 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.

At first glance, it may appear that the puppies spend all of their time sleeping since some are in or around the three pound range. 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 both Bailey and Sierra are good sports who keep their milk bars 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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