Thursday, October 13, 2016

My Muses: English Golden Retriever Puppies!

This might be one of my all time favorite pictures.  I am having so much fun with puppies and my camera!

Dog Bed

We got our new Kuranda Bed and I have to say, it is AWESOME!!!!!  It has survived this rambunctious litter and their Mama loves to lay on it too.  Such a great way to get the dogs up off the ground (ours tend to get sore elbows in the summer, as they lay in the pool and then lay on the wet concrete).

Kuranda Dog Beds

Hollie English Golden Retriever Pups 7 Weeks Old

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! 

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!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Dock Diver Harper


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 ...