Puppy News

We got an email this morning from the breeder at Taygold Kennels.

this is what Anne said:

“There are 2 females that I think would be suitable for you. They are both very people oriented, followed well, courageous , showing no fear of noise or sight objects, reacted well to a strange dog, showed good scenting ability, very biddable and willing to work well with people and showed no signs of stress. One is more energetic than the other.”

Looks like there is definitely a puppy for us!!

We will go meet them both on Saturday morning and then leave our girl with Anne and her dam, Abba, until Monday morning.

Since we are driving all the way to Ottawa, we have decided to do some touristy stuff and also give Rogue a chance to work in a new environment.

Stay tuned for some pictures and an introduction of our new addition.

Bad, bad Owners!

On thursday evening Kira, the dogs’ 10 year old friend, came to visit with her friend. After having a popsicle and making a couple of paper airplanes, Kira asked if we could take the dogs over to the park across the road for a short game of fetch. Kira had to meet her mom at 6:30pm, so we decided that we would walk her to their meeting place afterwards.

It was sunny, but there was a breeze, so we didn’t think anything of taking the dogs out. Canyon hadn’t played fetch in the park since the previous week, so we knew he’d be excited to go.

After walking a few minutes to the park, we let all of the dogs off leash and began throwing the toy. Canyon ran to get it eagerly every time. We probably played for 10 minutes before he wandered over to lie under a big tree. At this point we stopped and put everyone back on leash to walk Kira and her friend to meet Kira’s mom.

Canyon was panting a lot, but we didn’t think there was an issue. it was normal for him to pant more than the labs after a game of fetch.

So we walked with Kira and her friend. The meeting spot was about 7 minutes from the park and then after a short chat, we set off for home which was another 7 minutes. We were only gone for about 25 minutes, so we didn’t think it was a big deal.

It was…

As soon as we got home, Canyon went over and laid beside the water bowl, but didn’t drink. I was worried, this wasn’t normal for him. His panting seemed louder too, which really concerned me. I got Canyon up and had him follow me down the stairs into the living room where he could lie on the cold floor. He panted and panted, I was worried.

As his panting began to slow, I got a bowl of water and brought it down to him, he only wet his tongue. This really worried me, so I got my water bottle out of the fridge and placed it on his groin area, it seemed to help him cool down even more. I then got some beef broth and offered it to him, he drank a bit of it, but then threw it back up shortly afterwards with some thick mucus.

Canyon ended up throwing up a few more times and I worried, but Huib still felt he was okay, that he just needed to cool down.

it took about 3 hours before he began perking up, but it wasn’t until close to midnight that he decided to take a big drink of water. I think it helped that after his panting had slowed and he was perking up, we gave him a coolish bath and then brought him back down into the living room.

After he drank water, we stayed up another hour to make sure he didn’t throw it up and when he didn’t we all went to bed.

In the morning I was never happier to have him greet me at the side of the bed with a ball in his mouth and his tail wagging when I reached for it.

From our research, it looks as though Canyon had a bit of both heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

From now on we’re going to be extra careful with our golden boy. he has never had this issue before, but we’re thinking his coat seems a bit thicker than previous years, so it’s possible that even though it normally wouldn’t have been too warm, it was.

We took it easy over the weekend and from now on he will only be going outside during the early morning or late evening.

Short Video of Puppies

Abba’s 4 Week Old Puppies

New Puppy Pictures

abba’s puppies are now 4 weeks old!!

Three little golden retriever puppies. 1 is sitting, 1 is lying down and another one is walking around.

Two puppies sitting. One has it's back to the camera and the other is facing forward.

Six puppies in the enrichment area. You can see a tunnel, a dumbbell, a cement block, wood and various toys.

How much do you want to bet we end up getting the little girl with the pink collar who always has her back to the camera…

26 DAYS TO GO!!!

5 Already…

Guess what everyone!!!

I am 5 years old today!!

Mommy says she can’t believe I am already 5, but I say 5 is just a number and nothing to be concerned about 🙂

Boy, I have had a good day so far…I got a hand full of Froot Loops and some veal neck bones for breakfast, then Mommy shared some of her Skittles with me – I LOVE Froot Loops and Skittles!!

Later my friend Kira and her Mom are coming to visit…I wonder if they have presents for me…

Mommy says her and Kira are going to bake me a cake to share with Rogue and Cessna, I wonder if that means i will need to share it with Kira’s dog, Molly….she’s okay, so maybe I don’t mind sharing.

if I’m good and Daddy gets home early enough, Mommy says we’re going to Rens to get some new toys, come on Daddy, get home in time!!

It’s been great so far being 5…

2 Weeks Old

Abba’s puppies are now 2 weeks old.

2 week old golden retriever puppies

A similar picture of the puppies

Anne says the puppies have opened their eyes and are beginning to walk around.

People can go visit the puppies starting June 14th, the temperament tests will be done on the 9th of July and then we can pick up our bundle of fur on the 12th.

Huib and I are getting really excited about the new addition. I wasn’t too sure what Huib really felt about having another dog, but now that Abba has had her puppies, he has begun to show some excitement about the arrival.

I will post more pictures and updates as they come.

Dean Koontz

Recently I read two books by Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life and Watchers.

Both books featured golden retrievers as main characters. Koontz has a tendency to write books that have dogs in them, and in most cases the dog is a golden retriever.

I really liked A Big Little Life. It had me laughing most of the time and crying in the end. The book is about the Koontz’s first pet dog, Trixie, whom they adopted from Canine Companions for Independence. Trixie was an extremely intelligent golden and Koontz shares her many antics throughout the book. If I had known how the book would end though, I would not have read it because the way he describes Trixie’s last moments was too similar to Aspen’s. The way he described her breathing had me sobbing for almost half an hour. It’s been a year since Aspen passed away from Leukemia, but the way we lost her still bothers me.

The book, Watchers, also had a golden retriever as the main character, so got my attention right away. Einstein has escaped from a military research laboratory along with another highly intelligent, but not so cute or cuddly creature.

I don’t want to give any of the book away because I thought it was quite well written and worth reading. I just found it to be a little too unrealistic for my taste. I am not a science fiction fan though, so if you are, read this book, and if you aren’t, read it too because Einstein was adorable.

Our Potential Puppy

I got an email from Anne at Taygold Kennels.

Abba had her puppies yesterday!!

Abba, a medium colour female golden retriever, lies with her 7 puppies who are just a few hours old.

As long as one of the females fits our needs and scores well on the temperament test, we will be getting our first breeding female in mid-July.

I will post more pictures and updates as I receive them.