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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, May 16, 2018

Chanel, Day 54 (pre-parturition)

“The Countdown Begins”

Enjoying the sun setting after an active day of digging!

As Chanel heads into her final 9 days of pregnancy, she is very much focused on finding the perfect den in our backyard to birth her puppies. This is a normal behaviour for pregnant dogs so we are keeping a watchful eye on her. She has dug a hole that she can pretty much fit herself into along with the pups’ daddy! However, we have a much cozier and cleaner nesting area for her. This week we will introduce her to the “whelping box” and make all the final preparations for the puppies’ arrival next week.

Chanel is still extremely interested in food and when offered a treat, she will almost take your hand along with it. She is getting about 28 oz of raw food daily as well as supplements including folic acid for the prevention of birth defects and rosemary tea leaves for uterine health.

Chanel’s abdominal area seems to expand daily. She measures a whopping 36.5 inches or 92.7 cm and she’s still growing!

Golden Retriever fetus at almost full term.

At this point, the puppies’ coats of fur are fully developed and they will gain rapidly in size in preparation for their birth. As always, our pregnant girls enjoy many evening belly rubs and Chanel is no exception. We can actually feel the puppies moving around. It seems like they are anxious to get out into the world and meet their forever families!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Storm and Chanel Puppies Day 39 Pre Parturition

Chanel is thankful Spring has finally arrived.

Chanel has always been a very calm and easy-going girl. Now that she is pregnant, she seems very much the same but her “happy meter“ is off the charts. Her tail is wagging constantly and she likes to carry her favourite stuffed toy around in her mouth. 

Chanel did have a mild bout of morning sickness around day 25 but she bounced back quickly. She is eating about 20 oz. daily which we will increase to 22 oz. this week. 

Chanel hasn’t slowed down yet and still is very active with the pack. She eagerly runs out the door every morning to check the perimeter of our backyard fence. Chanel is our resident chief of security with Faith and a few others as back up!

We expect Chanel will slow down over the next couple of weeks as her abdomen grows.  

Above 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 with a stress-free and tranquil environment.

At this stage, the puppies’ eyes and spinal cords have begun to develop and their faces are also forming. The fetuses are approximately 1.3 cm. This may seem small but they will triple in size in just one week. Between days 29 and 35, their toes, whiskers and claws start to develop. They are now beginning to look like dogs! Interestingly, their eyes are initially open but their eyelids fuse at around day 35 to protect them from contamination during development and remain closed until approximately 10 days after birth.  

And now we wait patiently for the miracle to happen!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hudson and Faith Litter – Week Seven

Ice cream bar is always open!


Faith is in line to earn a trophy for “best mom”. At this point in time, most moms have long since abandoned the notion of nursing their pups due to each one’s 28 razor sharp teeth. Not this gal. She selflessly obliges them and is always at their beck and call. Once in their presence, they seem stuck to her like Velcro.

They were impervious to the cold and the wet snow which dotted their furry coats. It was as though Faith’s brood was training for the winter Olympics and you couldn’t find a happier group of youngsters. An epic outdoor festival from start to finish, the gang played chase, practised ski jumps, tobogganing or luge, went hiking and exploring or worked on the igloo that their mom was desperate to have. Ever the good sport, Faith spent the better part of her time providing the group with libation. The little ones were tireless as they raced around and even gave us a workout as we attempted to collect them to put everyone back in their whelping box. Once they were nestled in the warmth of their little shelter, it didn’t take long for everyone to drift off to sleep….including mom.

The Family Day long weekend afforded us many opportunities to spend time with each puppy – one on one. Not only have they bonded with their mom and their littermates, the pups relished every moment that they spent being fussed over and cuddled by their human admirers. They are all immensely curious about every little thing. There was no shortage of kissing, nibbling and cuddling and there’s nothing like the trust they demonstrate by falling asleep in our laps.

As our time with the puppies draws to a close, we cherish every moment we’ve spent with them and 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

That concludes this edition of “Puppy Tales”.  See you next litter!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hudson and Faith Litter – Week Six

Miss Powder Puff wants to go outside in the snow!

“Cabin Fever”

Cabin fever. We’ve all felt it at one point in time or another. It even happens to six-week-old pups and now they’re old enough and smart enough to do something about it. One day while Mr. Orange Blossom was having a snooze in front of the entrance to the whelping box, Mr. Bulrush used his brother as a step stool to launch himself over the opening into the vast expanse of the living room so he could enjoy some private time with his mom. On another occasion, Faith inadvertently compressed all the slats which normally block the entrance so that the entire group escaped for an unscheduled walkabout.

Despite the mountains of snow that have accumulated on our property this past week, we were able to clear off an area on the patio to allow the pups to experience their first taste of both the great outdoors and winter. Some litters initially find the experience a bit overwhelming, but this bunch was unfazed. They wasted no time in getting busy chasing their mom in the hopes of an alfresco snack.  After a time, Faith wandered away to cool her milk bar off in the snow, all the while keeping a watchful eye on her offspring. Playtime continued and each puppy followed their own agenda. Some found a willing partner to joust with while others tried their hand at mountain climbing or practiced climbing up and down the stoop.

Before long the crisp Caledon air took its toll on this bunch and they settled into a good long nap when they came back inside. Of course, now that they’ve had a sampling of the good life, they’re all most anxious for any further opportunity for more outdoor playtime. Whenever Storm and Misty pass by the box on their way outside, the pups line up along the front of the whelping box in the off chance that they’ll get to join them.  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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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Hudson and Faith Litter – Week Five

It's all about playing this week!

“Things that go bump in the Night”

The sun had long since bid farewell. The moon was full but unable to penetrate the cloud cover leaving it quite dark in the house. Wind noisily pushed its way through the trees and tiny pellets of icy snow careened off the windows. Off in the distance a coyote was announcing his presence. In the far corner of the house, we could hear a commotion. Did we remember to lock the living room door where the puppies were sleeping? Had the door blown open? There it was again….a thump and then another one or two in quick succession. We quickly made our way down the hall to investigate but as we approached, the situation became quite clear. The puppies were wrestling and when one of them landed on top of the turtle with the pressure activated music box in its shell, a chorus of “London Bridge is Falling Down” began to play. We were all safe and sound after all.

The dynamic in the whelping box is evolving. 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 spend longer periods of time awake and they use it to engage in some manner of play with their siblings whether head butting or wrestling. They’re also 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?

Despite the activity in their quarters, this group will likely go on record as one of the quietest litters ever. In the past, we’ve had some little ones that screech 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. Faith still nurses the puppies occasionally to supplement their diet of moistened puppy food, albeit with waning enthusiasm. Fortunately everyone is demonstrating good manners in the mess hall.

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

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hudson and Faith Litter – Week Four

We're growing bigger by the minute!

“Roll Call”

We did a count and then a recount, but there were no puppies missing. We were convinced that since Mr. Bulrush tipped the scales at 6 ½ lbs. he must have swallowed one of his siblings. Fortunately that was not the case; like the rest of the gang, he just has a good appetite.

To aid in the puppies’ campaign to bulk up, they were introduced to gruel or mush:  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. Miss Sweet Pea was the first one in, both literally and figuratively followed by Mr. Periwinkle, after which the concept of etiquette went out the window as everyone looked like they’d been in a food fight. Mealtime became a source of entertainment as the puppies were lacking in table manners or bedside manners since Mr. Orange Blossom among other took turns falling asleep in the bowl. To their credit though, as the week progressed the gang adopted a more proper, British air to dinner to the point that hose downs were no longer necessary. Despite being semi-retired, Faith continues to keep the milk bar open 24/7 for top-ups but we’re certain that she relishes the break she gets from each puppy’s twenty-eight razor sharp teeth!

This week we removed the pig rails and 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. One end now features sleeping quarters and the other end which has been filled with paper shredding serves as their lavatory. In addition, the puppies now have gym memberships, an elaborate play station and numerous plush toys at their 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. Since their hunting and chasing instincts are emerging, they practice with their plush toys but the most fun they’re having is the increased interaction with their littermates. And nobody cares if their sibling is awake or asleep. In this playground, anything goes.

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

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Hudson and Faith Litter – Week Three


“Hang Gliding”

He was one of the last puppies nursing before Faith decided to go on her break and he sure was hungry. Mr. Buttercup must have had greater suction than a Dyson vacuum cleaner because when Faith got up to exit the whelping box, he was still attached. As a result, he was subsequently deposited on the living room carpet. As bewildered as he appeared, we’re sure there was a part of him that said, “wow, what a ride!”

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. 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. 

In order to accommodate the puppies’ rapid growth, we’ve had to raise the pig rails in their box up a notch. These are rails around the inside of the whelping box that are there to help prevent mom from accidentally squishing one of her kids. At some point during the coming week, the rails can safely be removed altogether and the extension will be added which will give the gang lots more room to play in.

Miss Faith and her crew have now been relocated into the living room which is like a V.I.P. room for moms. 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. Sadly, since much of the snow has melted Faith has had to abandon her dream of building an igloo.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another nail-biting instalment of 

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Hudson and Faith Litter – Week Two

Just Chillin'

“The Portable Oven”

Since newborn puppies require a good deal of warmth and aren’t able to regulate their own body temperature until the third week, Mother Nature has made some clever provisions for that. Momma Faith’s mammary glands are very warm; in fact almost hot to the touch. She therefore provides her brood a nice warm brew that not only nourishes and makes them sleepy but also offers a nice warm shelter for them to curl up in. Apparently Faith hasn’t read the memo as she still insists on excavating a tunnel in the snow when she’s outside on her bathroom breaks.

Meanwhile back in the whelping box, Mr. Buttercup has developed a fondness for burrowing under towels while Mr. Periwinkle loves to sleep on his belly with his legs splayed out behind him like a frog. The rest don’t seem to be so particular. This was also the gang’s first spa week. This consisted of some warm facecloth wipe downs to get any spots that mom might have missed and pedicures all around without the nail polish of course.

While the little ones spend a great deal of time eating and sleeping, they are also engaged in an intensive training programme. While they lay there asleep, the puppies are constantly twitching. These involuntary actions, referred to as “activated sleep”, help strengthen their leg muscles and begin to build muscle mass. The need to climb over a sibling also supports this initiative as they plod around on all fours in search of their mom for a snack. Fortunately Faith’s a good sport and keeps the milk bar open twenty-four hours a day.

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.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another riveting installment of “Puppy Tales”.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Hudson and Faith Litter – Week One

Faiths litter only hours old.

“The Four-legged Ostrich”

It’s always in the wee hours. And despite the fact that Faith obliged us by hitting her target delivery date, sleep was going to be out of the question. Mr. Bulrush made his appearance at 1:10 a.m. albeit with his girth, he gave us all a run for the money. As a result, Faith decided to take a nice long break to enjoy a bit of ice cream. Mr. Orange Blossom arrived next, followed in quick succession by his little sister, Miss Sweet Pea and brother, Mr. Periwinkle. Then of course it was time for another break in the action so we guzzled coffee while Faith enjoyed another helping or two of ice cream. Eventually Mr. Buttercup made his debut and then Miss Powder Puff welcomed the sunrise. Poor Faith was a bit awestruck by this momentous turn of events and it took her quite some time to accept the fact of her motherhood and begin to stimulate her puppies by licking them. It all worked out in the end.

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. Faith watched us very quizzically as each puppy made a trip to the scale. At the one week mark, everyone’s weight has pretty much doubled which is clearly a testament to Faith’s abilities as a mom. It didn’t take long for Faith to jump up onto our bed for a quick snuggle, but she was never really able to relax for long as she needed to tend to the pups when they whimpered.

The one thing Faith has not given up on is her quest to build an igloo to house her puppies in. We spotted her the other day with her head buried in the snow resembling a four-legged ostrich. Fortunately we have the good sense not to let that happen. Newborn puppies are unable to regulate their own body temperature and over the first three weeks, their temperature climbs one degree a week until it reaches the normal range. When mom is on her break, we use a heat lamp to keep everyone warm and cozy. We’ve found that these kids love to nestle into their mom or use her paws for a pillow as they dream the dreams that puppies do.

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, January 1, 2018

Faith, aka “The Eskimo” Day 62 (pre-parturition)

Faith, aka “The Eskimo”

Faith building an Igloo for her puppies.

Faith has certainly slowed down these past few days. With bone chilling temperatures, she prefers to lounge by the fire but when she does go outdoors she is keen on excavating the snow and building an igloo for her pups to be born in. This is a natural behavior that begins several days before whelping puppies. Obviously, we’d never let that happen as we have a sterile, cozy whelping box waiting for her pups.

Faith has been particularly picky with her food lately but always manages to devour liver treats! Her abdomen measures 34.5 inches or 87.6 cm and she tends to sleep on her back at the foot of our bed.

A Golden Retriever puppy fetus almost fully developed.

It’s easy to feel the puppies moving around in Faith’s tummy now. We will definitely make Faith as comfortable as possible in the home stretch. She has always loved cuddling and having her belly rubbed but she is certainly more demanding these days. Of course, we are more than happy to oblige her. 

Stay tuned….