Monday, September 19, 2016

Slideshow of Our English Golden Retriever Puppies

If you need a little dose of puppy love, this slideshow should do the trick.   4 week old English Golden Retrievers enjoying a little California sun - nothing better!


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Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Many Blessings of Breeding Goldens


It would be hard to describe the untold number of blessings that have come along with breeding English Golden Retrievers.  I fell in love with the dogs, never anticipating the ripple effects breeding them would entail.

Here's an example - an email I received from one of our families, just updating me on their boy.  Not only did it bring me joy to hear about the amazing dog he's grown into, but it also warmed my heart to see the way two families connected because of English Golden Retriever puppies we bred.  They live in entirely different parts of California (one in Northern California, one in Southern California), and yet, their Goldens bring them together.  How wonderful is that?

This is the email:

Hi Kerry,

Seeing your puppy pictures on Facebook reminds me of how excited I was to be getting a puppy from you. It also reminds me of when you said to trust the process and that you would pick the perfect puppy for each of us. 

You picked the right pup for Mark and me! 

We love how kind, curious, and funny Finnegan is. And one of his best traits is that he is fairly independent - he loves to toot around on his own in our backyard, sitting quietly in the sun, or surveying the yard from the deck--usually with a ball or stick hanging out of the side of his mouth. 

Yesterday on our neighborhood walk, he was so typical: he was interested in what two little girls were doing in front of their house (they snuggled up and said: "he is So Cute - what white teeth!") As we continued on, another neighbor who is very old and frail wanted to say hi. He carefully leaned near her so she could pet him. I continued on my walk, feeling very happy about what a good boy he is. We love him so much.

Finnegan had his first boo-boo this week - his front thumbnail was cracked and bleeding and the vet had to pull it off. (Yuck!) It looks bad, but he is fine and he is so good about not licking it. 

We are looking forward to seeing Norah & Ira Broome, and Joshua this Christmastime. We are driving down to San Diego area and will spend at least one day together. We met here in Oakland last year. It was so fun to see the brothers together. 

Good luck with the new pups and thanks again for Finnegan! 
Sincerely,
--Leslie

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Teaching "Here" Command (Bacon Recall with Lisa Mullinax)

I think this little snippet is absolutely fantastic.  We have been doing this with our little English Golden Retriever puppy, Harper, and I am floored by how quickly this training protocol worked!  Thank you so much Lisa Mullinax for such clear, easy instruction.  I am now following her on YouTube!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T1a3_1ouqY

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Dock Diver Harper

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While I often complain about our LONG, HOT summers here in California's Central Valley, I have to say that I do love the extra pool time it gives us with our Golden Retrievers.  Our puppy Harper (well, she's 6 months old, but she's still all puppy!) is absolutely BONKERS about the pool and seems to have no fear.

The other day I was playing fetch with her and I decided to huck her toy into the pool.  What a surprise I got!  I hope this video posts in slow motion, as it is such fun to see her leap in after this toy with absolutely no reservations.

Oh, how I love that dog ...

Friday, September 2, 2016

Last Moses Puppies ...



Were they both once this little?


Our wonderful, amazing, sweet boy is getting old enough that we will be retiring him from our breeding program (and don't even think about emailing me to see if we want to rehome him, because this guy is staying with me FOREVER!  My #onceinalifetimedog).

We are therefore excited about two upcoming Moses litters:  One with Tilly and one with Lucy.  If we are lucky, we will get one more breeding in with Hollie before he is done.  So if you have long admired Moses and told yourself that "someday" you'd get one of his puppies, I just wanted to give everyone fair warning!  Both Tilly's and Lucy's waiting lists are half full, so time is of the essence.

Oh, how I will MISS looking at mushy puppy faces and distilling all of Moses' best traits in each puppy.  He has produced some fabulous dogs and we feel blessed to have had such a dog as he.  It's hard to believe that his breeding years are coming to a close!

Harper!

My goodness, this puppy is FUN!  She is crazy, crazy, crazy about the water.  I did not expect her to leap in like this tonight, but alas, she surprised me!  Such a Golden Retriever. We are having the best time with her ...

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10 Day Old Puppy

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We do Early Neurological Stimulation with our puppies from Day 3 to Day 16 of life, and cut their nails every couple of days as well.  Here is one of our lil' pups looking AWFULLY stressed out by this activity!
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