Gratitude

Gaddy, the Duck Dog! I couldn’t be prouder of the handsome hunting companion he is growing up to be!!

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On this week of Thanksgiving as we count our blessings, I am truly grateful to have received photos from the CH Rooster x Trevi litter born just over a year ago (10/30/17). Thank you, Sandy, for bringing your lovely girl to my boy, Rooster, for this litter!

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Jon and “Gaddy”

Now truly, there is nothing better than seeing a Golden Retriever do what s/he was bred to do… To be a gentleman’s (or woman’s) hunting companion of upland game and of course… to be a “retriever”!

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Gaddy looks like he is a swimmer too! Good boy, Gaddy! 

Breeding can pass on genetics of conformation and ability but it truly takes dedication and hard work of each and every owner to bring out the best in his or her dog(s). Jon and Jennifer have done this with their dogs! And, well, like the saying goes… A picture tells a thousand words!

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Patience and perserverance… Kudos to Jon & Jennifer for all they do for their two Goldens!

Thank you Jon and Jennifer for including me in “Gaddy’s” journey on becoming the hunting dog you envisioned. I am SURE there have been up’s and down’s in his training. Still, it is through your commitment in sharing this sport with your dogs, that Gaddy is progressing to be a “duck dog”! It is that dedication and perserversance that will make Gaddy an outstanding hunting companion. Of that, I have no doubt!

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LOVE Jennifer’s pretty smile! And those two dogs… they are not taking their eyes off of those ducks! These are two very lucky dogs indeed!!

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Puppy Evaluations

Puppies Off To Their New Homes…

Puppy evaluations… otherwise known as “eenie, meenie, miney, moe”! Puppies were stacked on the grooming table last night (7/29/18) by my friend and fellow Golden Retriever club member, Terri, while we all went over “parts”. What we are looking at is how does each puppy, on his or her own, compare to the Golden Retriever standard on exactly WHAT a Golden Retriever should look like!  (The standard for the Golden Retriever was part of your “puppy packet”; it has the absolute specifics of what I’m talking about here. It can also be found on the AKC and GRCA web site.)

It was after work (for Terri) when we did the evaluations. Pups were out in the backyard running around as we evaluated one puppy at a time. And we watched as the storm clouds were moving in too! Pups all brought inside just before the rain and hail started and the evaluations continued inside. Pups were getting hungry (we all were) so I’m afraid some of my photos were only so-so. Today, I re-stacked pups on the grooming table to re-shoot all of them in much better light.

Mark is on his way to the airport to pick up Sherry. Once I confirm with Sherry, I will be able to let everyone know for sure who is getting what puppy. And I will email you the health info I have from MY vet for you to keep for your records/give to YOUR vet on your puppy.

I am sure I’ve said this many times but it bears saying again… These puppies ALL are incredibly beautiful puppies and very consistent with each other in “type” and “substance”. They have been from the start! I am VERY PROUD of each and every one of these puppies!

 

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Black Boy (now known as “Trek”)
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Blue Boy (now known as “Ziggy”)

 

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Green Boy (now known as “Finn”)
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Purple Boy (now known as “Eddy”)
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Red Girl (now known as “Vee”)
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Lime Girl (now known as “Charley”)
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Pink Girl (now known as “Gracie”)
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Yellow Girl (now known as “Zoey”)

 

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Orange Girl (now known as “Westie”)

August 30, 2018

Where did the time go? Oh… crazy busy time with folks coming to pick up their new babies. Puppies getting situated in their new homes, vet visits, and house-breaking/training started. And just like that, my house is back to “normal”! Puppy pen taken down and dining table back in its place.

It occurs to me that while the folks getting their puppies KNOW all of this, others who may be following my blog do not. Sitting in my “drafts folder” is this entry yet unpublished! So for the folks who may want to see how these pups “stacked” up for the evaluation, here they are. These puppies came at a time in my life when I needed a bit of joy and joyful they were! Some litters are just like that!

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What A Week!

Happy/sad time as pups leave to their new homes ready for new adventures!

What an amazing week this has been! LOTS happening every day!

First, we had a fantastic visit with Sherry from California as she came out to see ALL the puppies and ended up going home with “Black Boy/Trek”. THANK YOU Sherry for all your help with the puppies entertaining/socializing them every day and helping me give everyone baths. Puppies had strict orders to STAY CLEAN for their new families which, for the most part, they did! It was great to talk “all things dog” with someone I very much respect in the dog world. You kept saying how it was a vacation for you, Sherry, but it was really a vacation for me! I can’t wait to watch Trek, grow up… I/we are so excited about his future!

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“Trek”
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“Westie”
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“Gracie”
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Running and Playing… 
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“Zoey”
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“Charley”
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“Gracie”… King (Queen?) of the Hill!
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“Trek”… STUNNING boy!! Love him to pieces!!

On Friday, we celebrated Rooster’s (CH Gaitway-Jema’s Kiss And Tell, BISS, CGC) 6th birthday. He is such a special boy; he means the world to me! His accomplishments IN the ring pale by comparison to the assistance he so readily gives as a Mobility Assistant Service Dog… He just KNOWS when I need his help!

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Happy Birthday, Rooster!

On Friday, Orange Girl (now known as “Westie”) went to her new home. While this starts the beginning of the puppies going to their new homes, I can’t help but feel a tad sad until I see the smiles from the new families. This may be an end to “the puppies” for me but it is just the beginning of their new wonderful lives with their new families! I’ve no doubt they will hit the ground running ready to take on this new adventure! CONGRATULATIONS to all on your new family companions!!

Saturday was the big “going home” day and now… I’m exhausted! We have one more puppy that is leaving tomorrow and then… I will just have my puppy left. It will feel SO STRANGE just feeding ONE PUPPY after “Zoey” leaves!

  • Black Boy is now known as “Trek”
  • Orange Girl is now known as “Westie”
  • Green Boy is now known as “Finn”
  • Blue Boy is now known as “Ziggy”
  • Purple Boy is now known as “Eddy”
  • Pink Girl is now known as “Gracie”
  • Lime Green Girl is now known as “Charley”
  • Yellow Girl is now known as “Zoey”
  • Red Girl is now known as “Vee”

For anyone who has not seen the vid of the puppies playing on the pool cover, they had a BLAST! Talk about getting their “sea legs”! Bouncing around, it was like a Bouncy House for puppies! All of the pups quickly thought this was great fun; another surface mastered by all!

 


Sunday, August 5, 2018… The blog entry that never ends (LOL!)

I fell asleep at 8:30 p.m. and was up by 4:30 a.m. this morning… Where is the COFFEE! Going through a few more of the photos taken last week and wanted to share:

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Puppies play hard with each other but now need to learn you aren’t another puppy for them to climb all over! Gently “correcting” this behavior now will ease your puppy’s transition into your home!
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It is easy to forget the pupies are like babies… they “explore” everything with their mouths! 
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And I “taught” them how to “dig”! If you have an area you can “give” to the pups to dig, they would be so happy! Think of it like a sandbox for a child. It will help them NOT dig where they shouldn’t if they have their own “spot” to “play”. 
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Our little “water feature” on our back patio where EVERYONE uses as a recirculating drinking bowl! At least none of the pups thought to actually climb into the fountain (I half expected some might try to do that, LOL!) 
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We LOVE all of our puppies! Thank you, Andrew, for all of your help loving on the puppies! 

Thank you to everyone who has followed the puppy journey here on my blog/web site! I hope to continue to add more photos as the pups grow up and to share their stories of their lives with their new families. It has been a wonderful summer experience for us… a lot of fun, a lot of work, and a lot of memories!! Congrats again to the new owners of my precious babies!

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Puppies First Car Ride and Vet Visit

Just another adventure!

It was a busy day yesterday for both the puppies and us going to the vet. Puppies took the whole experience in stride; they did great on the car ride and they did great at the vet office and for their individual exams.

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Car packed with puppies!
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First crate and car experience… CHECK!
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Can you just hear them all… “Are we there yet?”! 

Of course EVERYONE thought they were simply adorable! I had a few people ask me if any were for sale? And I had EVERYONE want to touch and pet them (and that would be a NO! The last thing I want is for a puppy to get ill from any type of cross-contamination!) So to answer to all of the “can I say ‘hi’ to the puppies?”… You most certainly can but not with your hands! (I’m so “mean”, LOL!)

It was an incredibly well-run appointment with each puppy being weighed, temp taken, examined, and then vaccinations given (DA2P/Parvo plus oral Bordatella). All hearts were normal; normal heart sounds and all boys had testicles palpitated (a good thing!)

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Puppies relaxing in a heap of course! These are the calmest puppies ever…even with the commotion going on around them! 
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Crates on our crate dolly all tied and wrapped and ready to roll! 

Of course, we are watching closely for any adverse reactions. Everyone ate well last night and again this morning. Poops look good. No one is lethargic afterwards either… Whew! I’ll keep an eye on them over the next few days to hopefully continue this trend/behavior!

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This CAN’T be comfortable but… When it is time for a nap, you just have to close your eyes!

The drive home was again taken in stride by these confident pups and once parked, they were “let loose”! All come when called (they answer to “puppy” so folks… that may help you as you transition them to learning their real names!)

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Ah… Freedom at last!

Another milestone achieved in the puppies lives! Good job babies!!

 

A Day In The Garden… With Puppies!

So Much To See; So Much To Do!

Photos taken last week of pups out in the garden “helping” us weed! A good time was had by all!!

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Puppies are fascinated by our patio fountain. 
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Coming when called… Onto a new adventure! 
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Follow The Leader!
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Another new surface mastered!
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We LOVE all of the puppies! 
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Garden helper!
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New smells and surfaces!
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This puppy now knows how to dig! (Sorry but… )
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Fascinating smells!
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Puppies seeing a much bigger world now!
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Make-shift water bowl for pups… Gardening is thirty (and tiring) work!
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A quick nap while we continue to weed/work in the garden area
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So much to see; so much to do! 

Just some fun photos of a fun day!

Golden Hour

Puppies Playing Outside As The Sun Is About To Set

The Golden Hour, in photography, is that hour or so just before sunset (or after sunrise) where the light is just magical. Add nine bouncing Golden Retriever puppies and that hour just became MORE magical!

I am very thankful for my “help”! Mark thoroughly cleaned the puppy pen then met us outside to help. Andrew watched (and counted) pups while I got the chance to “focus” (tee-hee!) on taking photos.

So here you go… a ton of shots taken of puppies once the temps were cooler as the sun was setting. The only editing I’ve done to these shots is fix my horizon (straighten the shot), changed my ratio from 2:3 to 4:5 (just a bit more square) in some shots, and in some, brought up the shadows. IOW, these are pretty much “straight out of camera”! I’ve tried to get every puppy. If I missed any, well, there is always tomorrow night! 🙂

Enjoy!

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I realize this photo is “out of focus” but wanted to show off her beautiful top line!

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Black Boy
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Black Boy (fluffy butt! DEFINITELY a wide body!!)

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Deja is pretty much “dried up” but that doesn’t stop the pups from “trying”! At this point, this is more of a pacifier than food!

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THANK YOU, Andrew for “helping” me!!

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Sweet Deja! SUCH A GOOD MOMMY!!

“Go Play With Puppies”

Puppy Chaos With Puppies Outside By Myself! (5 Weeks Old)

“Go play with puppies”, Mark says. That sounds like a GREAT idea! But sitting on the tile floor in the puppy pen about kills my knees so I have this great idea… I’ll take puppies outside! I check the temp; only 88 degrees and it IS cloudy out so I decide pups will have a good time!

I start pulling pups out of the pen past the soon-to-be-surmountable barrier. I can do two at a time except for a few out of reach. I step into the puppy pen to get the pups farther back. In the meantime, pups already out of the box decide to pee… THREE of them! I throw down paper towels as I call them to the back door.

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Holding the door open, I lift pups two by two outside the threshold. As I’m holding the door open, three flies fly into the house. Drats! I finally get all the pups outside on the back patio and two of them are pooping on the concrete. Oh no… I call them onto the grass (because it will be easier to pick up the poop); some follow, others do not. When you have to go, you have to go!

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I go out to the grass where I can see them all. Snap a few photos until they see me and then, they come running. I have one biting my ears (I’m lying on the ground) and another chewing on my camera strap. I disentagle the puppy chewing on the camera strap and do my count again… all accounted for!

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Several are panting by now. I start picking them up two at at time and take them back to the puppy pen. I make three trips with two and two trips with single puppies. I’m missing one! Back outside calling for puppy… P-U-P-P-Y! P-U-P, P-U-P, P-U-P-P-Y! And I hear before I see that last puppy deep in my planting bed! As she comes towards me, she will have to go through a rose bush. I quickly swipe her up thus avoiding the thorny branches of the bush. Whew… all nine pups accounted for and back in the house!

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I pull out frozen water bottles and ice cubes. A few lick the ice cubes while some lie on the water bottles to cool off. I sit with puppies until none are panting any longer. As I leave the puppy pen with everyone fast asleep, my parrot starts calling… “PUPPY, PUP, PUP, PUPPY!”

 

Lesson here: DO NOT TAKE THAT MANY PUPPIES OUTSIDE BY MYSELF!

5-Week Weights:

  • Blue (M): 6 lbs 3.6 oz
  • Black (M): 6 lbs 10.0 oz
  • Purple (M): 6 lbs 1.0 oz
  • Green (M): 6 lbs 4.6 oz
  • Hot Pink (F): 6 lbs 9.4 oz
  • Lime Green (F): 6 lbs 5.2 oz
  • Red (F): 6 lbs 7.8 oz
  • Yellow (F): 5 lbs 13.6 oz
  • Orange (F): 5 lbs 14.8 oz

In other news: Puppies are now eating only slightly softened food. I sat with them to make sure none had a problem chewing the harder kibble the first time. All did great! Watching them wrestle with each other (and chew on each other), time to add more “chew” toys! And time to make sure Deja doesn’t try to steal them from the pups because… everyone likes a good chew toy!

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