Emmie & Her Puppies

This fall, we had a 3 year old female golden retriever visit for a couple of weeks. Emmie was trying out conformation, but didn’t enjoy it at all, so we stopped torturing her.

On April 30th, emmie gave birth to five puppies, 4 boys and a girl. Unfortunately, one of the boys passed away within 24 hours of arriving.

Here are pictures of the 4 remaining puppies:

Close up of a 1 day old male puppy wearing a blue ribbon. the picture is taken from above.

A 1 day old male puppy wearing an orange ribbon.

A 1 day old male puppy wearing a red ribbon.

A 1 day old female puppy wearing a pink ribbon.

If you’d like to see more pictures and also follow along in their progress, click here to visit the photo album.

Wine Country Kennel Club

Sorry it took me so long to write about the Wine Country Kennel Club conformation dog show, but it was kind of a horrible weekend.

Judi (canyon’s co-breeder) picked us up early Saturday (October 12) morning and we headed to Welland. Canyon and Emmie were two of just six golden retrievers at the show, so right off the bat we knew it wasn’t going to be amazing. When we arrived, we set up the x-pens, camping chairs and shelter, then Huib started getting both goldens ready for the ring. Canyon’s coat was awesome and for some reason, his tail has gotten fuller, so we were really hoping he’d do well. Emmie’s coat, on the other hand, was not cooperating. It was overly wavy and has gotten thinner since she started to show. Once they were all groomed, Huib took each of them out for a quick tour around the fair grounds to practice walking and give them a chance to take in all of the sights and sounds. Then, at 10:30am it was show time.

Huib and Canyon were perfect! Canyon seems to know what he’s doing and barely needs Huib at all. Unfortunately, he wasn’t the judge’s type and ended up getting nothing, except for 1st place in the Canadian Bred Dog class because he was the only one entered. When it was time for Huib and emmie to enter, I took Canyon and they did their thing. emmie was absolutely horrible! Huib nicknamed her the bucking bronco and couldn’t do anything to get her to stop galloping and jumping around like a horse.

And, sadly, the next two days went the same for both dogs.

Judi thinks showing is just not emmie’s thing and will most likely stop trying to get her Canadian Championship.

canyon still loves the show ring, so we’ve scheduled him to have the inflamed gland on the lower lid of his left eye removed on October 30th. In addition to the worry that he might end up getting a major eye infection from injuring the spot, we think that having the spot removed will help his chances in the show ring and hopefully he’ll get an opportunity to finally get his title.

I’m not sure how much I’ve said about the spot on the lower lid of his left eye, but we took him for a surgical consult on the 15th, and were told that it’s not actually a cyst, but an inflamed gland. the vet told us that dogs and humans have glands in their eye lids and that sometimes they become inflamed, but usually return to normal. She said that sometimes this doesn’t happen, so the gland needs to be completely removed. canyon’s inflamed gland is right next to his tear duct, so she said that it’s even more important that we have it done.

This will be Canyon’s first time having surgery, so hopefully nothing eventful happens. He’ll have his blood drawn before the surgery in order to make sure all of his values are normal and we’ve also asked them to run his thyroid since Hypothyroidism is really common in golden retrievers. The surgery will last about 20 to 30 minutes and then we’ll pick him up sometime after 1:00pm. We’ll stay with him in the waiting room before the surgery while he is given the mild sedation and then the vet will take him into the surgical suite to have the rest done. He’ll have to wear the “cone of shame” for about a week and then she said he should be totally fine to return to his normal activities.

I’ll let everyone know how the surgery goes, but I don’t suspect it will be anything major.

Canyon The Cutie

I’m not sure why, but ever since Emmie left on Sunday, Canyon has been really clingy and protective with me. Usually, when Huib goes to work, I go upstairs with the dogs and read in bed. Once everyone has had their treat for following, the dogs settle in their spots; Cessna on her love seat, rogue on the bed with me and Canyon in his crate, but lately Canyon has come over to the bed and asked to be invited up. On Monday night when he did this for the first time, I thought he maybe had a stomach ache and needed to go outside. He’d put his paws up on the edge of the bed and then I’d get out and take him downstairs. When it kept happening, even minutes after we’d just returned from outside, I decided to try inviting him up. As soon as I called him up, he jumped up and settled beside me for half an hour. After the half hour was up, he got off the bed and settled beside me, but on the floor.

I was pretty worried about Canyon, so kept texting Huib. Canyon isn’t a snuggly dog, unless it’s on his own terms, so having him want to sleep with me was a really strange change. In the morning when Huib got home, he checked Canyon over and couldn’t find anything wrong.

We then went up to bed, Canyon went directly into his crate and fell asleep. Huib told me that Canyon has been going over to where Emmie slept on the Saturday and Sunday to sniff and that he has also seen him sleep in those spots, so he is wondering if maybe he is missing her or missing having a golden in the house.

I’m not sure what has caused this change, but it seems as though Canyon only wants to sleep with me when Huib isn’t home. I asked Huib if maybe we need to consider going to golden rescue for a friend for Canyon, but Huib thinks he’ll be okay to wait until we get our puppy in the spring.

Canyon sitting with a wooded trail behind him.

On Fridays when I go to class Huib brings Canyon to wait for me at the bus stop. He took this picture while they waited.

Conformation In Rockton

Last weekend was the Burlington Kennel & Obedience Club conformation dog show.

Both Canyon and Emmie were entered on Saturday and Sunday.

It was a very poorly attended show, so in addition to canyon and Emmie, there were only three other golden retrievers.

Canyon did his absolute best, but did not end up earning any points toward his Canadian Championship title. Huib feels he couldn’t have asked anything more from Canyon and that he just wasn’t the judge’s type.

Emmie on the other hand, was a bit of a bum. She could have done much better, but no matter what Huib did, she insisted on galloping around the ring and was less than cooperative when he asked her to stack.

I had hoped to post pictures along with this entry, but Judi hasn’t sent me any, so maybe I’ll add them later.

We have entered them both in the Wine Country Kennel Club show next weekend, so our fingers are crossed for better results.

A Good Weekend Of Showing

This weekend was the Oakville & District Kennel Club’s conformation dog show. We entered both Canyon and Emmie for the Saturday and Sunday and rogue in the altered class on the Sunday.

Huib and Canyon waiting for the judge to come examine Canyon. Huib has Canyon stacked and is holding his tail so that his top line is straight and his tail feathers are visible. Huib is wearing a light purple long sleeved shirt with a black tie, black pants and black shoes. You can see the other handler and dog behind them also in a stacked position.

Canyon got 1st place both days in the Canadian Bred Dog class.

Huib and Canyon doing the diagonal, down and back. You can see a side profile of both Huib and Canyon. Huib is wearing a light purple shirt with a black tie, black pants and black shoes.

Huib and Canyon waiting for the judge to come do his examination. Huib has Canyon stacked. Huib is wearing a light purple shirt with a black tie, black shoes and black pants. there are dogs and handlers on either side of them.

canyon didn’t end up getting Winner’s dog, but I was still very proud of him. he was really hyped up by emmie being in heat, so I thought it was awesome to see how well he controlled himself in the ring.

Huib and Emmie waiting for the judge to come do her examination. Huib has Emmie stacked. Huib is wearing a dark purple shirt with a black tie, black shoes and black pants. You can see the other females and their handlers behind Huib and emmie.

Saturday was emmie’s first day of ever showing. She won 1st place in the Open Bitch class and then went on to win Reserve Winner’s Bitch.

Huib and Emmie standing with the other females and their handlers, facing the judge. Huib is wearing a light purple shirt with a black tie, black shoes and black pants. Huib has Emmie stacked.

On sunday, Emmie was the only female entered in the Open class, so she won 1st place by default and didn’t end up doing as well in the ring for Winner’s Bitch.

Huib and Rogue running along the outside of the ring. Huib and rogue are running toward the camera. Huib is wearing a light purple shirt, blak shoes, a black tie and black pants.

This weekend was the first time we’d ever shown rogue. She was the only altered dog entered in the sporting group, so by she won a green ribbon for Winner’s Male or Female, Altered and a teal rosette with a stuffed cow for Best In Group, Altered. She didn’t end up winning Best In Show, Altered, but we were really proud of her. Rogue stacked herself almost perfectly, and if Huib had to fix one of her feet, she kept it in the spot he placed it. she had no issues with letting the judge check her over and she walked nicely on the leash. there aren’t too many shows that offer the altered class, but we think we’ll enter her again if we end up attending a show that offers it.

It’s honestly amazing to see how easily Canyon and rogue settled into showing their first times. I think it has a lot to do with the type of training we have chosen to do with them. I’m a huge proponent of clicker and reward based training. I feel as though I can do anything with them, not only because they have the skills, but also because they trust me.

The next show we’ll be attending is in two weeks, both Canyon and emmie are entered, so we’ll see how they do.

Fortknox’s Burning Ember

A female medium coloured golden retriever stands on the grass. She has her tail curled upwards and she has a blue and yellow stuffed ball on the ground in front of her.