Welcome “Back To School” Litter!

Handsome, talented, and very well bred performance sire Rush and our beautiful Fontana welcomed their litter of seven gorgeous babies on 7-11! Naturally my favorite pup is already nick-named Slurpee. Fontana is a wonderful mother. Like her mother, Flirt, she easily free-whelped her gorgeous litter of strong, fat, healthy babies. They are rainbow of cream to darker golden. We have five boys and two girls, and at this time, there is one male available ($1500, full registration). For anyone interested, this is the sire: Rush’s Pedigree

Now for the fun part! Here are some of the beautiful photos I was lucky enough to capture of the puppies being born. No matter how many litters I whelp, I will never grow weary of the experience of bringing these animals into the world. They are full of hope, promise, and dreams. This is my first litter that is second generation my breeding. It is quite the emotional and beautiful joy to whelp a litter out of a bitch that was herself born into my hands.

Purple collar boy ate before his placenta was even out, or his cord bitten through:

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Blue collar girl makes her appearance:

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She then rested in my hand for a time, not yet aware she had entered the world:

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Light blue collar boy decided to come butt first:

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Our beautiful Fontana is a proud, wonderful mom! (dark blue collar girl is here, just under the other babies)

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Exciting Puppy News!

We are excited to announce that Fontana has been successfully bred to Rush, and puppies are expected mid July. There are a few slots open for high drive, fun, athletic, smaller golden retrievers, and also for more laid back but athletic pets.

Litter Pedigree: Fontana x Rush

Fontana is OFA preliminary good and normal elbows, Embark clear for all genetic diseases, heart check normal

Rush is OFA good and normal elbows, OFA heart, CERF eyes, and genetically clear of all diseases

Puppies are $1500 outright. Contact for details if interested in co-owning or breeding agreements for a significant discount.

Photos of Rush, who weighs about 50 to 55 pounds and is active, driven, and from world-class obedience, field, and agility super star lines:

Photos of Fontana, who weighs about 45 pounds and is gentle, relaxed, and cuddly:

 

Goodbye Willow

It’s taken me a long time to post about Willow. Willow is and was and will always be one of the most special dogs I ever had the pleasure to breed, own, or train- never mind all three. I was both shocked and devastated when she came back from OFA as borderline in one hip (other one looks good; elbows rated normal, and she’s Embark clear for everything). After much agonizing, I made the heartbreaking, but responsible, choice to rehome her. Willow went to upstate New York, where she lives with lots of children, a stay at home mom, and a great dad, too. They love her to pieces and take amazing care of her. She didn’t do well without me for a time, but she’s adjusted beautifully.

In the mean time, so much has happened in my personal life. It’s been a lot of change, but all for the better. I’ll make another post or two or three about all the good and amazing things that have been happening, but in the meantime, fair well, sweet Willow.

Preliminaries Not Good Enough?

From the OFA website, for those concerned about OFA good results on a 17 month old 45 pound, fully grown dog:

“For normal hip conformations, the reliability was 89.6% at 3-6 months, 93.8% at 7-12 months, and 95.2% at 13-18 months. These results suggest that preliminary evaluations of hip joint status in dogs are generally reliable.”

In other words, the odds Fontana would suddenly be dysplastic in a few months are basically zero.

Most countries accept results at 12 months, which is five months younger than Fontana.

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Willow Got X-Rayed Today

We had a big day. In addition to getting results for Andi and Fontana, who both passed OFA preliminary testing for hips and elbows, I decided to get Willow’s hips and elbows done for her prelims also. We won’t get official results for a week or more, but the vet and I both think they look decent. My tired puppy did amazing, of course! Here are the films, if anyone is curious.