Debate- Block Head Or Slender

Recently I was asked what the biggest difference between a Block Headed Golden and a Slender Headed Golden Was. I had to chuckle. The answer Personal preference. Block Heads have ‘show’ blood lines. Slender heads tend to have more root stock or field lines. Females tend to have a more refined head.
I am going to post photos to help show the difference.
Block head:
16 sept 14 Ozzy resting16 sept 14 Ozzy huh
As you can see Ozzy has a ‘square’ look or block shaped head.
9 Dec 13 Titon
Titon’s head is less blocky but still thick.
17 Oct 14  Lotus yellow toy
Lotus even though she is female has a block head.

23 Oct 14 Penny

Penny has a more slender head and she is 3/4 field or root stock.
14 Feb 14 Flora what was that
Flora has a more slender head.
10 Oct 14 Willow
Some would consider our Willow a block head because it is square.
I hope this helps to answer some questions. As to the puppies… we have to wait til they grow up. To give an example. Loki he is a block head:
20 Sept 14 Loki I got this toy

but when he was a young fellow…. you can’t really tell how his head will turn out….
Loki 31 July 03

Although I began to suspect he would be a block head….
Loki under the stairs 26 Feb 04

Loki at 6 months
Loki at 6 months

and when you compare his head to Ramses… you get the suspicion he will be a block head…
2 Nov 14 Ramses coming

Joey I think he will be in between a block and a slender… but, we will have to wait. :)
23 Oct 14 Joey

Jason – FDG aka Hero! Has gone To The Rainbow Bridge…

It is with a heavy heart that I share this news. Jason was always a force of joy to those who knew and loved him. When I met his partner Donna the first time I asked how she felt about his clownish side. She promptly grinned and said ” I love it!”. She and I became friends and happily she kept me updated on his lifes adventures with her. He opened the world for her. Being her service dog was his greatest joy. Special thanks to Auntie Kam who gave him a home his last year of life. She always loved him and I couldn’t think of a better place to serve his ‘retirement”.
Jason and DonnaJason and Donna FDGJason Fathers DayJason and DonnaJason 24 May 14Jason May 2014 2Jason May 2013Jason Donna 23 Jan 10

Jason wearing his vest in honor of the occasion
Jason wearing his vest in honor of the occasion
Jason all alert

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Stages of Pregnancy in Dogs

With the possibility of puppies on the horizon I keep getting asked if there are any signs. First off, first time Momma’s usually don’t show any symptoms until 6 weeks along. I know frustrating. Also there is no canine pregnancy test.
Jensen Canine Pregnancy Calander

Pregnancy Calendar for Dogs
Date: Wed 12 Nov 114
Sun 19 Oct 114

First day of mating.
48 hours after the first mating the bitch should be mated again. Subsequent matings occurring over a period of time enhance the chances of fertilaziton taking place.
The spermatozoa migrate up through the cervix.

Mon 20 Oct 114

Sperm travel searching for a mature ripened eggs.

Mon 20 Oct 114 –
Tue 21 Oct 114

Spermatozoa reach the eggs in the oviducts.

Tue 21 Oct 114 –
Wed 22 Oct 114

Fertilisation occurs in the oviducts which lead from the ovaries to the uterus.

Wed 22 Oct 114 –
Fri 24 Oct 114

Fertilised eggs migrate down the oviducts and into the uterine horns.
The migration continue to enable even spacing of the embryos.
During this migration the eggs will grow into a blastocystes.

Thu 30 Oct 114 –
Sat 1 Nov 114

The blastocystes implant in the wall of the uterus.

Thu 30 Oct 114 –
Wed 12 Nov 114

The blastocystes will grow into an embryos.
During the next two weeks the important organs will develop.

Sun 2 Nov 114 –
Sat 8 Nov 114

Dams nipples begin to pink enlarge.
The fur on the dams belly and around the nipples may become thinner.

Fri 7 Nov 114 –
Fri 14 Nov 114

Morning sickness might occur due to hormonal changes or stretching and distension of the uterus. Dam may appear a bit apathetic. She may be off her feed for a while and vomit from time to time.
Feeding the dam several meals spaced throughout the day might help.
Your veterinarian may want to prescribe a drug to relax the uterus.

Wed 12 Nov 114 –
Sun 16 Nov 114

An experienced person (a breeder or a veterinarian) can tell by careful palpation whether the dam is pregnant.
It’s now the best time to do this because the embryos are walnut-sized now and easy to count.

Sat 15 Nov 114

Start to increase the dams food ration.
Don’t overfeed, excessive weight gain should be avoided.
The foetuses are now and are fully developed miniature dogs.

Fri 21 Nov 114

The Dams abdomen starts to get larger.

Mon 1 Dec 114

It’s very easy now to feel the puppies, counting them might be a bit more difficult.

Thu 4 Dec 114 –
Fri 12 Dec 114

Dam begins to spend a lot more time in self-grooming.
Her breasts become even more swollen.
She may become a bit restlessness and begin to search for a suitable place to have her puppies.

Sat 6 Dec 114

The dam might lose her appetite during this period. Her abdomen can be crowded with puppies.
It is better to feed several smaller meals spaced throughout the day.
You can easily detect abdominal movement now.

Sat 6 Dec 114 –
Sun 21 Dec 114

Nipples and vulva should be gently cleaned with warm water, you might want to trim the hairs surrounding the nipples, to allow easier access for the puppies to suck.

Tue 16 Dec 114 –
Fri 19 Dec 114

Milky fluid may be expressed from the nipples.

Wed 17 Dec 114

You might want to start taking the dams rectal temperature each morning and evening.

Sat 20 Dec 114

Twelve to 24 hours before she is due to deliver, the dams rectal temperature may drop from 101 to 98 degrees.
Clear discharge from the vulva might occur.

Sun 21 Dec 114

Expected date of whelp. Of course this is just an average. Whelping may take place from the 59th to the 65th day. Puppies born before the 58th day will probably be too young to survive.

3 Dec 06 upside down pregnant sleepers2

5 dec 11 Penny rub my belly please

is it time 27 June 07

4 Nov11 Penny time yet

Raising Goldens is a game of chance… remember as in humans miscarriages happen ( or in dogs they can absorb the pups). You don’t count on a litter until you see those sweet mugs. I will keep you posted as we get closer to Flora’s due date. Oh, what you don’t realize Willow may be pregnant. Ah, onward with the waiting game.

Rude Awakening….

I love my dogs don’t get me wrong but some mornings I want to strangle them.
Why? Ok, let me tell you how my morning has started so far…
Wake up stretch…
Loki gives me his nose, Freyia climbs up on the bed for a ruffle…
I hear what I think is Penny coming into the room, so I brace for lightweight Penny jumping up only to get goofy big girl Willow and she is WET! Talk about a wake up!
I realize they had tunneled out again……….. I am getting concerned about this with hunting season coming and people trespassing to hunt ignoring the no hunting signs. We have 47 acres of woodland here and a prime hunting location. Sadly we had to restrict hunting due to idiots shooting towards the house and kennels.
I grab shoes and a jacket.
I take those who are nearby and put them back in move the rocks back into place.
And I call for the lag behinds… Joey & Flora.
2 Nov 14 Joey who me

Mind you they have managed to remove rocks along the bottom of the fence in a new location everyday for two weeks. This rate I will have the whole run redone before Thanksgiving.
I call and get Joey.

FLORA I kept yelling mind you my throat is scratchy due to yelling for her stubborn tail feathers for two weeks.
I move Ozzy out of Lockdown and do a quick clean up of the run. Ozzy had lost weight and was on restricted movement until he started puttin gmore weight on. Don’t worry is fine. Just a precaution. 16 sept 14 Ozzy smiles

Her hairy butt is going in lock down enough is enough.

I call and and I call.

Mind you still in my PJ’s and it is crisp out. I figure if I want to save my voice I better get dressed.

Go to the front door and there is a FLORA nose pressed against the glass.
I yelled for 45 mins and here she was INSIDE THE HOUSE!
I am going to have a gravely voice all day.
When I opened the door.
All I could do was say ” Really”.
And what does she do? Walk straight to the Lockdown kennel.
18 Oct 14 Flora
Why oh WHY did she inherit the family escape artist gene?
Too smart for her tail feathers.
Flora 1 Mommy 3 grey hairs….

hmmm, gotta work on the odds here.

I hope you enjoyed our rather interesting start of the day.

Puppy Updates and Morning Mayhem

Hard to believe our little ones are not so little. Lorelei turns 6 months old this week, and the boys 5 months ( plus 1 week for Joey). Here they are:

Lorelei: 6 months old and turning into a fantastic young lady. Quick to please, loves to play. But, suffering the effects of paybacks for all those flying tackles she did to the boys when they were babies… Now, they are tackling her!
2 Nov 14 Lorelei what cha got Ramses


2 Nov 14 Ramses Tackling Lorelei

Joey has become a spunky rascal. He has started the I can’t hear you phase. Much to my frustration. Still thinks all laps belong to him.
2 Nov 14 Joey

2 Nov 14 Joey going to tackle ya

2 Nov 14 Joey who me

2 Nov 14 Joey Flora

Ramses: Oh he is his mothers son. Full of mischief, and the escape artist gene. I have to admit Willow has been helping him learn the trade.
2 Nov 14 Ramses coming

2 Nov 14 Ramses full out

2 Nov 14 Ramses bone nibble

2 Nov 14 Willow
2 Nov 14 Flora yippee

2 Nov 14 Flora got the toy

2 Nov 14 yippee Flora

2 Nov 14 Flora

The Wonderful World of Golden Retrievers