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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.

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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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Surrey Day 57 days (pre-parturition)

Surrey has lost her girlish figure

The excitement is starting to build in our household once again as we await the much-anticipated arrival of Surrey’s puppies.  Surrey is entering the final week of her pregnancy and is doing very well but we are certainly seeing her slow down. She is now eating three meals daily and her abdominal area has expanded to 82.5 cm or 32.5 inches. Today we will increase her food intake to four smaller meals daily. 

Golden Retriever puppy fetus almost fully developed

At this stage Surrey is shedding the hair on her belly in preparation for the birth. We can actually feel the puppies moving at this stage - we’re not sure if it is the stimulation of our touches or if they are just anxious to bust out into the world! The puppies have a full coat of hair and can be felt moving around in her tummy. The coat is one of the last organs to develop along with the intestinal tract. The majority of the puppies’ growth in size takes place the last couple of weeks of gestation.

With just a few days left to go, we are getting the whelping box prepared for the big event. We will continue to monitor Surrey daily and provide further updates as soon as there is any news!

Stay tuned…..