Hugo & Juliet Puppies – 2 weeks old!


Some mum and pup time for Juliet…

Juliet’s puppies have had an excellent week!   The most exciting part of our week started unfolding around 2-3 days ago as the puppies’ eyes started to open.    Their vision is still very blurry at this age – but just the fact that we can look into those deep, dark, beautiful eyes adds a whole other element to life here with Juliet’s pups 🙂    All of a sudden the pups seem to take on a deeper dimension and seem to gaze with fascination at anything we say to them (although we know they are probably just gazing into space).      The pups are also becoming much more mobile and can get around the whelping box quite easily.    One or two of the pups have even ventured outside of the whelping box quite innocently in search of Juliet when it comes to mealtime.

Mealtime is indisputably the highlight of their day and the pups clearly LOVE their food.     The pups clamour for Juliet whenever she enters the room, feast themselves on a banquet of milk and then fall into a deep sleep – a routine that repeats itself every 3-4 hours.  That is really all that life entails at this stage of the game.    However now that eyes are open and ears are able to hear – we know their world will open up in leaps and bounds and soon they will be a scurrying, hurrying, busy concern in search of bigger adventures 🙂

Juliet is a wonderful mom and never ventures far from her new family.   She either stays right in the whelping box with them or lays just outside of the whelping box to keep an eye on everyone.      She ventures outside for the occasional break but for the most part her focus is completely on her new little family of pups.

We look forward to the next week ahead and can’t wait to see how this next chapter unfolds for Juliet’s pups.

Thoreau & Tia’s Pups – Celebrating 7 weeks!


97 years meets 7 weeks !!!!

Tia’s pups have had another spectacular week.   There is nothing that these pups don’t love or want to be involved in.   Such a wonderful, curious, affectionate, interactive bunch!!    Even on the rainy days this week we made sure to get outside as much as possible every day and the puppies were always ready for anything 🙂 (especially if it involved puddles or mud).

The highlight of our week was my uncle’s 97th birthday party which we celebrated here this past Sunday.   The pups loved having the extra visitors and attention – although it seems like these days we have lots of interested parties any day of the week and the pups have absolutely no shortage of visitors and excitement.     How very heart-warming it was to see the pups interact ever so sweetly and sensitively with my Uncle Mac.   It was almost as though that even at this young age they could sense this was someone they needed to be gentle and respectful with.   Well done pups!

The pups are spending more time outdoors these days although the rainy weather has made it an interesting dance scurrying back and forth between indoors shelter and the outdoor play area.    A few of the pups figured out a way to climb the rocks and escape the play area this week so my new job most recently has been to try and outsmart the pups in their escape planning….. Not an easy task!!!   Of course they only ever escape to come and find me somewhere and then wag their tail ever so happily to see me….    They are the masters of cuteness I am convinced.

The pups are only eating the occasional snacks from Tia now – she still loves to watch them and play with them but the time has come to prepare all of them for a future without her – so “Tia-on-wheels” is a thing of the past and we are trying to carefully minimize the pups’ reliance on her milk supply.   Needless to say the pups thoroughly enjoy their puppy food and are all weighing in around 12-13 pounds.   They are healthy and strong and seem to have gained all the best attributes of both Tia and Thoreau.    It is such a privilege to be a part of their first 8 weeks of life!

We are now carrying out temperament testing which all of the pups are passing with flying colours.    The foundation for socialization and security that we lay down now will hopefully bring these lovely pups a lifetime of great things to follow.

We will enjoy this next week to the fullest and hope for lots of sunny, mosquito-free days to help the pups along in this last chapter here with us.


Hugo & Juliet Puppies – 1 week old!

IMG_6688Juliet’s pups have had a great first week and great first chapter in their lives!   At this stage their eyes are still closed and they cannot hear a thing – so their world revolves around the smells of their sweet mum Juliet and the touch of either human or fellow golden contact…    We make sure at this stage that the pups are picked up, snuggled and cuddled lots – not just because we love to do it but because it lays a great foundation of security for who they will become in the future 🙂

Juliet is an attentive mum and makes sure that each pup is always well looked after and has a full tummy.    The pups spend most of their time these days either nursing or sleeping.    They manage to scurry around the whelping box to find Juliet whenever she approaches to feed them – but other than that their hours are spent snuggled alongside their mum at the milk bar or lost in dreamland somewhere…

The pups have doubled in size and weigh approximately 2 pounds now.     They are all quite uniform in size at this point – the girls are keeping up just fine with the boys and everyone is healthy and strong.

We will look forward to this week ahead and especially await the big day when eyes open and a whole new world unfolds for these little pups!

Thoreau X Tia Puppies – 6 week old

IMG_6626Tia’s pups have had another wonderful week 🙂      They are absolutely loving the adventurous life of exploring the great outdoors and enthusiastically investigate every leaf, twig and corner of our yard.    They are becoming much more coordinated in their movement as they walk, run, tumble and play.     They still love their naps!   But clearly there is a great big world out there that is waiting for them and they are not going to miss out on any of it!

Mum Tia is still doing a stellar job of watching over the pups and providing ongoing meals and snacks.    Her favourite post is to lie just beyond the pups’ immediate line of vision, under a tree or in the shade where she can keep an eye on the pups in their outdoor play area.     She is still feeding the pups 2-3 times a day and then the other 4 meals are my turn and consist of soaked kibble, goat’s milk, egg and yogurt – alternated with a raw meal of duck, beef, turkey or tripe.     Needless to say they are all quite hearty eaters and never, ever miss the chance to belly up to the dinner table!!  The pups are all weighing in around 11 pounds now — we are keeping a watchful eye so that their exercise matches their food consumption… we don’t want them to become too roly-poly in the pursuit of their favourite dishes….

The pups have also enjoyed playing and following some of our other golden family — Ivy and Scarlet in particular have quite a fascination with the pups and are only to eager to engage in any kind of adventure with them.   Even the boys are constantly checking in to make sure that all is well with the pups.

We look forward to the week ahead and hope for many more dry and sunny days so that the pups can enjoy lots of time outside.   Fortunately the black flies and mosquitoes haven’t been too invasive yet so let’s hope for many more bug-less, happy adventures!!

Welcome Hugo & Juliet’s Fab 5!


Welcome to our world!

After a very long and difficult labour our girl Juliet’s fabulous 5 have finally made their grand entrance into the world today.     Our star of the show, Juliet, deserves a medal and a hundred gold stars for staying strong and hanging in there throughout the entire ordeal (with Hugo not far off, cheering her on).

Hugo and Juliet are now the proud parents of 3 beautiful boys and 2 precious girls.    Unfortunately there was one other female puppy born but she was not breathing and could not be revived……   Life of every shape and size is a precious thing – it was very heartbreaking to lose such a beautiful young pup before she even had a chance to take her first breath.

However – we rejoice in the wonderful lives that we have now been allowed to care and watch over:   Mr. Bluejeans, Mr. Greenjeans,  Mr. Bojangles, Miss Pink Lady and Miss Violet.       We can hardly wait to see how their little lives unfold and hope that this next week will help build a solid, healthy, happy foundation for all.     Busy days ahead 🙂

Thoreau & Tia’s Babies – 5 weeks old


Ready for anything!!

Tia’s pups have had an amazing week!!   They are first and foremost becoming more adorable by the minute and it has been wonderful to see how enamoured and attached they are becoming to our family and the special people in their lives.    They are a happy, waggy bunch and love, love, love spending time interacting with whoever crosses their path.

We had a couple of monumental milestones this week.  The pups moved to a much bigger play area on the weekend and now have all kinds of toys and items to broaden their perception of the world.    Of special interest is their “Puppy Adventure Box” where we have hung all kinds of miscellaneous items like balls, metal spoons, garden ornaments and other toys to intrigue the pups and challenge their interests.    They have quite the time running through the adventure box and making all the toys swing and ring or bang.   Fortunately they are all a pretty confident group and this will only help build their confidence to face new sights and sounds in the future.

The puppies also had their first play session outdoors….  They weren’t sure quite what to think at first with the bright sun, the open air and the funny feel of the grass underneath their feet – but they had fun running and chasing each other and then quickly collapsed into  a deep sleep.

The pups are all weighing around 8 pounds now and are eating a mix of goat’s milk, oatmeal, yogurt, honey, egg and a mix of different raw protein sources.   They have also had a small amount of ground kibble with goat’s milk this week which they had no trouble finishing to every last morsel.

The pups have especially enjoyed the families that have visited over the past 2 weekends.   I am pretty sure that if they could talk they would say that meeting and snuggling and playing with all of these new friends is the absolute highlight of their week.   They are a very affectionate and sociable bunch and it has been a treat to watch them blossom into the beautiful young pups they are becoming!

Tia still keeps a watchful eye on her little darlings and stops in for the occasional snack – but her role is becoming less with every week.   She is spending more time with her adult friends and allowing me to care for the pups in whatever area they need….    With the nicer weather I know she will be happy to get outside on the lawn and play a little tag with her pups in the week ahead.

We can’t wait to see how this next chapter unfolds in the days to come!

Thoreau & Tia Pups – 4 weeks old


Getting cuter by the minute….

Tia’s puppies have had another super week.   They are becoming more active and spending longer periods awake.     They are especially enthusiastic when I call their name for mealtime or when Tia enters the room with her travelling milk wagon….    They are a happy and contented bunch and life is their oyster 🙂

The pups are all weighing around 6 pounds now and certainly have a zest for food.   When they aren’t snacking with Tia they are quite excited to lap up our “puppy mush” meal of goat’s milk, oatmeal, yogurt, egg and honey.     They still manage to wear a bit of every meal but their enthusiasm to finish every last drop is now ensuring that more and more of the delicious concoction ends up in their tummies….

The pups are happy to play with each other and although their playtime often seems a bit rough it is all in good fun.   They love spending time with each other, with Tia, with our family and with anyone who comes to visit.    There is never a time or situation where their tails aren’t happily wagging.

Tia still keeps a watchful eye on her precious family and offers as many meals as the day allows, but clearly she is passing on many of the duties to me now.  The days of laying with the pups for mealtime are just a memory now and meals are “standing room only” – and then Tia is quick to rejoin her friends and move on to the next adventure.

This coming week we will move the pups to a larger play area and hopefully if the weather cooperates we will get some time outside.       We will look forward to lots of snuggles and cuddles and a world of adventures in the days ahead!!