Our lovely Lovely – 38 days (pre-parturition)

Lovely still playful as she heads into the last 3 weeks of pregnancy - shown here with two of the loves of her life - Kiera and Jason.

We had some wonderful news this week !!  Ultrasound confirmed what we were all suspecting – our beautiful and sweet girl Lovely is definitely expecting and everything is looking good !    This will be Lovely’s last litter with us – so it will be an extremely special time for all of us.      For the last few months Lovely has been living with and lovingly cared for (and spoiled and pampered) by our good friends Sherri and Jason Moody and their adorable children Kiera and Robee…  but she will be returning to live with us shortly for the final stages of her pregnancy.   From time to time we allow one of our older goldens to move on and stay with a very special family – as this gives me time to work with, train and care for some of our up and coming youngsters and give the goldens living with us the quality of time and nurturing they deserve!!    So Lovely has a wonderful forever family with the Moody’s – but it will be a very treasured time to have her come back and stay with us for this last litter and some wonderful adventures on the lake….   Hopefully spring will come early and Lovely will get to enjoy the water a bit during her “maternity leave”.  

Developing puppy inside of Lovely - dark oval area is the gestational sac.

At this stage of puppy development – Lovely’s little puppies are heading into a big growth curve.   Their heartbeat can be easily detected, they are developing toes, whiskers and claws and are clearly beginning to look like little dogs !    The whole miracle of birth and the speed at which all the development unfolds within the womb still amazes me every time !!    Lovely is on the very best diet possible to ensure that her little growing puppies are receiving all the nutrition they need for the best start in life.   At the abdomen Lovely is currently measuring an expanding 83 cms – it will probably be awhile before she will see those numbers again !! 🙂  Of course Lovely continues to be her same beautiful self – just a complete sweetheart in every way.     I feel very blessed to have her as part of our golden family and I am looking forward to the stellar personality that she will pass onto these little lives that are growing inside of her.

We will continue with updates on Lovely’s progress… There will be some exciting weeks ahead !!  🙂

Simson X Sophie Puppies – 8 weeks old

Quincy - Dreamkeeper Legacy of Hope - at 8 weeks.

Where has the time gone !!??   It is hard to believe that we are at the 8 week mark for Sophie’s puppies when it seems like only yesterday we were sitting on the living room floor helping Sophie give birth.  Since that time the puppies have had lots of adventures here with us and have grown into wonderful, affectionate, confident golden pups.   The biggest adventure of all though is just about to begin.

We spent most of yesterday playing in the snow as it was a beautiful sunny day and not too cold.    The pups just love to bound through the fluffy white snow and are now at that stage where they love to explore.    No little branch or twig is safe from their perusal and of course they made sure they found the one little muddy spot on the entire 20 acres to play in !    They are all a very happy and sociable bunch and really enjoy  following Josh wherever he goes – even if it means wading through snowbanks well over their chests.    The puppies always LOVE Josh – he spends a great deal of time with them and is so tremendously good with them.     He knows more about golden puppies (and how to look after them) than most adults I know !!

Beautiful Gemma makes her way through the snow...

The pups will now start to leave one by one to begin life with their new families.    This is always a bittersweet time as I know that each puppy has reached the stage where he/she needs more time and love now than I can possibly give when divided by 9….  but it is also hard to watch that little life that you have cuddled and nurtured for the last 8 weeks walk out the door (thank goodness my children are all still young enough to live at home !!).  I look at each little face wondering what kind of stories they could tell me a year from now !!   I hope and pray that each one will bring great joy into every life they touch.   The adventure begins…. Have a wonderful life little ones !!