Darby

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Darby scored an excellent retirement home on a ranch near Drayton Valley, Alberta. She has one of my Jack Russells as a buddy and apparently the barn cat….she loved the barn cats here and always let them sleep with her pups, so I’m glad she has a cat as a friend now.

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Darby is now on a Ranch near Drayton Valley, Alberta.   Darby’s forever home is with a family that I have known for 25 years and have placed two Jack Russell’s with, so I am very happy that this will be Darby’s forever home!  Her new family told us:

Darby is doing great so far.  The family love her.  Grace was a little worried about petting her due to the ticks, but I assured her the ticks (and I haven’t noticed anymore) would not jump or willingly let loose of Darby.  After that, Grace loved and petted her lots.

She is such a playful dog.  Yes, she has smiled.  We love her already.

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Today I am sad to say I have probably given Darby her last clip.  She is going for spay on May 22nd and home to recover and then on to her forever home….. people ask me how hard it is to sell my pups after so much of me goes into them…. not nearly as hard as letting one of my adult girls go!   I was there when this girl was born, I was there when her mother and grandmother were born and to me this is the saddest part of what I do for a living.   This is where I remind myself how many families I have made happy by placing one of my pups into their home to be a cherished member of their family.

I know I will get to see Darby again as I know where her new family are…. and this is why I do not ‘give’ one of my retired dogs to people I don’t know that just want a free dog.   Darby has, in my eyes, been my most outstanding F1 Golden Doodle, she will be a hard act to follow!   The downside of this bloodline has been the huge litters, the older I get the harder they are.   You would not believe how fat this girl is and she just weaned 14 pups…. I however, am 30 lbs. lighter!   I will miss this girl, she was so easy, not a barker, not a digger and it is not going to be the same doing chores without her smiles to greet me.

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Darby Doodle extraordinaire, in my eyes this is my best F1 Golden Doodle.  She is the daughter of Kayden and Pluto and was born May 2nd., 2007.   She has had 2 litters of F1B Golden Doodles, fathered by Einstein, that rank at the top in my eyes for pups produced.   She will be bred the same way and should whelp in August or September 2011.   I took Darby to obedience classes and she did very well placing 5th in a class of 17.  Two of the dogs that took 1st and 3rd were pups from my breeding program, so I did not mind being beat.  Three of the top five dogs that placed were from here.

Darby is another of my girls that will hang around with me all day when I work outside, I have a combination of girls that can run for hours together when I am outside, Darby is always in that group.   She has excellent confirmation and produces very outstanding pups that are gentle, well put together lovable, loyal characters.

Darby weighs 50 lbs. and is 21 inches at the wither, so not a huge girl.  She does, however, have a full sister named Sophie that matured at 65 lbs. and is 23 inches at the wither.  Sophie is a longer legged girl with a bit more spring of rib and a most lovable personality.  Sophie is extremely smart, and knows tons of tricks….I get to visit her a few times a year and she knows who I am.  It is always such a bonus to me when I actually get to see and pet the ‘fruits of my labor’.

Katie

Katie is now retired and lives near Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba.  This gal is the mother of DoeDee, Dinah, and Daisy who are all F1 Golden Doodles and she is also the mother of Kianna, who is her replacement.   All three of her Golden Doodle daughters presently have F1B Golden Doodle pups, Kianna will be bred in 2012 when she is old enough.

Katie is stout and solid and the picture of health.  This girl never caused me one minute of grief.  She is a clean dog, preferring to wait for her run to go out into the trees to do her business in private.  She has passed this trait on to her pups, they are all very easy dogs to own.

The pen Katie is in is only a portable run, this was how easy this girl was to keep in.   She was very loyal to me and I have received pictures and letters from her forever owner thanking me for the wonderful dog I gave her.  She is full of praise for Katie and how she is her best friend now….my heart sings when I hear these stories about my dogs!

Kayden

Kayden’s new owners sent us some updated pictures!  They wrote, “Attached is the photo of my mechanic. She is a great gopher catcher, now if she could only get the weasel under the house.”

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This girl is Kayden, now retired to a farm in the Three Hills area of Alberta.   Kayden was from Bailey, a very dark red Golden Retriever and Dexter of Telford Kennels, who is a platinum blonde awesome specimin of a dog.   Kayden had huge litters which kept me hopping to supplement.  She is the mother of Darby, who without a doubt is my most outstanding F1 Golden Doodle.  Darby thankfully  had only 7 pups in her first litter, and 8 in her second litter.  Darby will be bred this summer for her 2011 pups.

Kamryn

Some news and fresh pictures from Korral and Kamryn’s “retirement villa”! Their owners tell us:

Couple of pics I thought you might like. The kids came down today with Korral & Kamryn. Last time I saw them was in gasoline alley when you were out and Korral was a bit tubby. Korral has always been good for the kids, but seeing her today is like seeing a different dog. She is at her proper weight and fights for attention with the others. She seems happy and out going and is a wonderful dog. I think having Kamryn around has done her the world of good. The three had a good time roaming around. It was awesome seeing them all together.

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Kamryn was born February 10, 2007.  She will have her last litter in 2011 and then be retired to a farm or acreage.   Her mother is Kelli, who is now retired and lives on an acreage near Ponoka, Alberta, and her Father is Klifford the Big Red Dog, who will die of old age with his loving master.

Kamryn is an average size for a Golden but long in body (I tend to keep girls for breeding that are a bit longer as they carry their offspring easier and usually don’t have as much trouble with whelping).  She is well feathered and only slightly wavy.   Kamryns maternal Grandfather is “Dexter” of Telford Kennels.  Dexter is a Platinum blonde Golden Retriever that fathered some of the most outstanding Golden Retrievers I have ever had the pleasure of petting.  Kamryn is the mother of Dezi (grey F1 Golden Doodle), so the Grandmother of the two pups she has now.   This is another girl that I will have a lot of trouble parting with so am on the hunt for a special home where I may be able to visit her.   A lot of  my girls retire to my friends and neighbors so I get to see them.  My Chololate Lab, Abbey,  actually came to visit me for Christmas last year.

Kianna

Kianna is adjusting wonderfully to her new home. Her forever family wrote:

We got Kianna shortly after her 4th birthday on March 16. She wasn’t sure what to think of the vehicle and was mighty glad to get out after our three hour drive. Kianna was attached to our hips if we were outside at all. Any other time, she would just sit on the driveway and watch the house waiting for us to emerge. She never wanted to venture too far by herself and she took a couple of weeks to get used to her surroundings. I think she was maybe a bit homesick as she is the only dog in our yard. Quite a difference coming from a yard of over 40 dogs to none! She soon fell in love with the cattle as we were in the thick of calving season when she first arrived. She got a little too close to a newborn though and momma cow didn’t care for it much. Kianna received a head bundt on the side and was bruised up for a few days. She was pretty sulky during her recovery but has not gone anyway near the cows since.

She recovered very well from her bruised ribs and ego. When we first got her, our two kids were away to university. So it was just Todd and I that were around her. Since the end of April, the two of us come in a distant second since the kids moved home for the summer. She has taken to the kids so severe. She LOVES them! Our son, likes to play rough with the dogs. She was a little timid of it at first but now she is rolling around in the grass with him all the time just smiling! Yes, dogs do smile.

Around the beginning of April, we started to venture out for walks away from the yard. This seemed fairly foreign to her. She stayed glued to our sides. Due to the time of year, with water laying around from the snow thaw, she would often venture for walks into the water. She loves the water. With her thick coat, I’m sure if feels great when she is warm. We go for walks daily now and that is truly the hilite of her day! She jumps around when we go out. She knows when its WALK time. She explores a lot more now on her own while we are out walking. She brings us gifts often. So far she has brought us multiple mice, a muskrat and a mallard duck. We have a few wild cats in the yard, and she makes sure they know who belongs at the house…its not the cats!

Anyway, Kianna is a great addition to our family. She took a little while to get used to the new place, but she has adjusted well. She has lost some weight since she came to us. We weighed her when she came and she was around 97 lbs. I weighed her the other day and she was at 90 lbs. She is a gentle soul that loves attention. If she doesn’t get it, she lets you know she needs a nose scratch! She smiles a lot more now and is very much a part of the family. Thank you for gifting her to us. She is doing very well. We have nicknamed her ‘Old Bear’. She is just adorable!

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Kianna is now spayed and looking for a farm or acreage home, I am asking half the price it cost to spay her which works out to be about $200. Kianna is a low energy girl, she was born March 8th, 2010, so will be four this March. Truthfully she should still be having pups but she is not cut out to be a mother. First litter she laid on her pups one by one, second litter she didn’t figure it out until she was down to three pups, and I can not take the heartache of trying this again. Kianna loves kids and would make a great deck dog. She will bark when someone comes but will be quiet as soon as she is told, she is definitely not ‘watch dog’ material…she would sound the alarm but don’t expect her to keep the burglar at bay!

This is a young healthy dog with all her shots up to date and healed up from her spay, she would even make a good second dog as she gets along with everyone and everything, she even likes cats! She is an easy keeper as well, she needs less food and more exercise, she has never been thin even as a pup. She is kind and gentle, her big brown eyes just want me to find her a good home for the rest of her life. If you would like to have this Golden Retriever for you farm or acreage please text 306 521-1371 or call 306 792-2113 or use my contact page. Kianna’s mother, Katie, has retired and lives on an acreage in Manitoba and her father Klifford the Big Red Dog is living out his years here with me.

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Meet Kianna, my only Golden Retriever female that I kept back from Katie and “Klifford the Big Red Dog“.  I just couldn’t let Katie retire without having a replacement to continue her legacy.   Katie is retired now and got a dream home on an acreage near Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba.

Kianna was born March 8th. 2010, so she will have her first litter next spring when she is two.  She will be bred to a Poodle.  Kianna just went on to adult dog food.  I keep my pups on puppy formula until they are a year old (for the extra calcium, they really need this once they are going to be used for breeding).  Kianna is not a tall dog, about 21 inches at the wither,  but she is solid.  She weighs about 55 lbs. at a year old and is so much like her quiet, wise mother that it is almost like having Katie here again.   This girl should go on to produce some solid F1 Golden Doodles.

Dezi

Dezi is a grey F1 Golden Doodle.  She was born black but her first clip showed she was really grey.  I do not know if she will pass this on to her pups.   Dezi was born February 23rd. 2009.  Her father is Pluto, my black Standard Poodle, and her mother is Kamryn, one of my original Golden Retrievers.

This girl is super gentle and kind, with great confirmation.  She matured on the smaller side, weighing about 45 lbs. and about 21 inches at the wither.   She whelped with her first litter on March 27th and has only two pups available:  one black male and one black female.  The father to these F1B Golden Doodle pups is Einstein (apricot Standard Poodle), so, if I was a betting girl, I would bet these will be the smaller of the F1B Golden Doodles I produce this year.   Both Dezi and Einstein are slighter built so these should not be big dogs…about 50 lbs. tops for weight and 21 to 22 inches at the wither for height.

Dixie

Dixie is now retired and living happily with a family near Springside. Her new family wrote:

Dixie is adjusting to her life here. She is still shy around us but is warming up slowly. I love her quiet personality at night though. She loves to be off her chain and explore our farm. The kids love to take her for walks on the leash.

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Dixie is an F1 Golden Doodle from Kelli, one of my original Golden Retrievers.   I owned Kelli’s mother Bailey, also, and Kelli’s father is a Platinum blonde Golden Retriever owned by Telford Kennels who produced some pretty outstanding pups in his day.

Dixie’s father is Pluto, my black Standard Poodle and she was born February 1st. 2006, she will have her last litter this fall and then be retired to a farm or acreage home.   Dixie has the poorest hair coat of all my Doodles but the best confirmation.  She produces very good quality pups with non shedding coats that are wavy rather than curly.

This bloodline is outstanding for temperament and confirmation.  The only fault that they had was producing extremely large litters which was hard on them and me.   Dixie seems to have skipped that gene and has had normal sized litters (she came from a litter of 14, as did Kelli).   Dixie is the girl that will let me know if someone has arrived or the cows or horses are out.  When she barks, something is happening outside!  Once she knows I have been alerted, she settles down.  There have been a few times that we would have been chasing critters if she hadn’t let us know they were out!  She is not a wanderer, although she loves to go to the pasture and see if there are any gophers out (but has never caught one that I know of).  She uses her free time to scout out the farm with our cow dog “Mudflap” and then comes back and waits to be put in her pen.   This girl is crazy about kids and gets really excited when there are kids that come to visit.  I am hoping to place her on a farm or acreage home with children when she retires this fall.

Doe Dee

Doe Dee and Dinah are full sisters, same litter, born March 13th, 2008. They are half sisters to Kianna as they have the same mother, Katie. Doe Dee and Dinah are from my Apricot Standard Poodle Einstein, making them F1 Golden Doodles. Neither of them shed, they do however have to be clipped at least twice a year. I really want them to go together as they have been together their entire life, they will be six in March and each has had three litters of awesome F1B Golden Doodle pups. Doe Dee is the apricot and Dinah is the blonde in the pictures.

Both these girls have the Doodle trait of smiling, especially if they think they are in trouble. Dinah is more of a barker than Doe Dee but they only bark if something is amiss, like the horses or cows are out, or something is in the yard, then they are quiet when told. My advise would be to tie both for a few days, then let one go and take turns tying them for about two weeks, by then they will have it figured out that this is their new home. They are both gentle with kids and their favourite thing is to be fussed over, petted or brushed. These girls have done their job here now and are looking to me to find them the right forever home on a farm or acreage, I am asking half the price of their spay, they are all healed up and have all shots up to date, so I would like $200 each to assure my dogs are not going to be resold or abused in any way. This is incredibly hard to let them go, but I can’t keep all my dogs and they deserve their own family now. Please text 306 521-1371 or call 306 792-2113 or use my contact page.

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Doe Dee is an F1 Golden Doodle, born March 13th., 2008.  I kept her and her full sister Dinah from this litter.  Her mother is Katie (Golden Retriever) and her father is Einstein (apricot Standard Poodle).   I have three Golden Doodles that I kept back from Katie, and one Golden Retriever.  Katie has such a gentle personality and good solid build that is was hard not to keep more from her bloodlines.

Doe Dee was bred to Pluto and whelped with her first litter March 27th.  Her litter of F1B Golden Doodles has 7 fat cuddly little characters: 1 apricot male, 2 apricot females, 3 black males and 1 black female.   Their eyes are open now and they are starting to play with me when I give them their cuddle time (this is my little bit of heaven, play time mixed with work time).   These pups bring a lot of joy to me and later will bring joy to the new family that adopts them.  These pups need to go to forever homes where they will dedicate themselves with love and loyalty; many years of being a member of the family lay ahead for each of these little characters.  This year my girls have produced the best selection of pups yet.  My pups are health guaranteed for two years for hips, elbows, ears and eyes for anything hereditary and I am here to advise on training or health issues.

Doe Dee is excelling at mothering her pups and is really impressing me with her dedication to this ‘job at hand’.  These pups should mature at about 55 to 65 lbs.  and will be non shedding.

Daisy

Here are some new pictures of Daisy and Nathan.

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Daisy had a little excitement recently. When I place my retired dogs I make sure they have a current rabies tag on them so if something were to happen they can be traced to my beloved Melville Vet Clinic and I can track down the new owner and find out what happened that the dog was running at large. Happy ending to this saga but not until I had spent a whole night worrying that she wasn’t happy there. I know some of my dogs come looking for me, she would have had a very long trek as she lives near Portage La Prairie now with her new family. She is a companion dog for Nathan who has some mental issues. I am glad to say she is back where she is supposed to be today. She looks happy enough to be waiting for Tina to prune bushes, with no leash attached. They told us:

Daisy is ok and safe with us. I had put her on my deck, on leash. She chewed it and ran to neighbors. She really likes to be with people all the time!! She has figured out how to escape her wire kennel now but I tied it shut last night so she stayed put. That’s not her favorite spot by no means. We laugh at her because she won’t win so she might as well just give in now and save her energy. Her & I are in yard trimming \ pruning my shrubs. She’s happy!!

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Daisy has gone to her new home, she is a companion dog for Nathan who lives on a beautiful farm near Portage La Prairie. She and Nathan hit it off right away and they are now inseparable buddies. Nathan gave me a big hug before I drove away, it is very hard for me to let my retired females go but she has a very important job to do now and that is what I like, happy endings. Her new family wrote:

Life is Grand! We are fortunate to have lovely Miss Daisy living with us. Are you sure she’s not house trained haha….she is very ladylike! She hates her kennel, doesn’t stop barking in there, but I’ll win the battle. She loves our deck, it has gates that we keep closed. She’s part of the action all day with boys in the pool, meal times etc. She seems to love us especially me!

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Daisy is an F1 Golden Doodle from Katie (Golden Retriever) and Pluto (black Standard Poodle), born January 4, 2007.   Daisy is my slightest built Golden Doodle and she produces smaller pups.   She has just had her second litter.  Last year she did not get pregnant, this year she whelped April 9th.  Her litter of 8 F1B Golden Doodles has 3 black females, 2 black males, 2 apricot males and one apricot female.  The father of these pups is Einstein, my apricot Standard Poodle….I estimate that Daisy’s pups will mature at about 50 lbs. and be quite curly.

Daisy has a very quiet temperament and has one of those ‘just happy to be here’ personalities.  She is a real home body.  No matter who she is loose with for her run, she sticks close to the house…although these dogs are allowed to go to the field and corrals to look for gophers to chase, Daisy chooses to stick with me…this is how Katie (her mother) was.  A real people dog, loyal, gentle and very obedient and an easy to be around kind of dog, quick to pick up on what it is that you want her to do.

Dinah

Yesterday Dinah got her 2014 Spring haircut, she feels so much better. This clip takes about 4 hours so we hope her new owner appreciates how great she looks after all winter’s growth is removed.

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Doe Dee and Dinah are full sisters, same litter, born March 13th, 2008. They are half sisters to Kianna as they have the same mother, Katie. Doe Dee and Dinah are from my Apricot Standard Poodle Einstein, making them F1 Golden Doodles. Neither of them shed, they do however have to be clipped at least twice a year. I really want them to go together as they have been together their entire life, they will be six in March and each has had three litters of awesome F1B Golden Doodle pups. Doe Dee is the apricot and Dinah is the blonde in the pictures.

Both these girls have the Doodle trait of smiling, especially if they think they are in trouble. Dinah is more of a barker than Doe Dee but they only bark if something is amiss, like the horses or cows are out, or something is in the yard, then they are quiet when told. My advise would be to tie both for a few days, then let one go and take turns tying them for about two weeks, by then they will have it figured out that this is their new home. They are both gentle with kids and their favourite thing is to be fussed over, petted or brushed. These girls have done their job here now and are looking to me to find them the right forever home on a farm or acreage, I am asking half the price of their spay, they are all healed up and have all shots up to date, so I would like $200 each to assure my dogs are not going to be resold or abused in any way. This is incredibly hard to let them go, but I can’t keep all my dogs and they deserve their own family now. Please text 306 521-1371 or call 306 792-2113 or use my contact page.

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This gentle soul is Dinah, my F1 Golden Doodle.  Her mother is my now retired Blonde Golden Retriever “Katie” who now lives on an acreage near Riding Mountain Park in Manitoba.  Her father is Einstein, my Apricot Standard Poodle.  I broke my own rule with Dinah and her full sister (same litter) Doe Dee, I only separated them briefly as pups and then put them back together.  They are very strongly bonded to each other.   I got sick and spent a lot of time in the hospital so they remained kenneled together.  They were three in March and have just recently had their first litters.   With these two girls I was not in a rush to get them bred as they seemed to want to be puppies longer than the norm, likely due to having their sibling with them full time.   Both Dinah and DoeDee weigh about 55 lbs. and are about 22 inches at the wither.  Their mother, Katie, was my shortest Golden Retriever but also my stockiest.

Dinah is blonde, curly, does not shed but does get the occasional matt (which I just pluck out) between clippings.  These are farm raised dogs that go for runs down to the corrals and play in the yard when I am in my flower beds or painting, so they get clipped to the hide twice a year.  They need clipping now but due to this colder than usual spring they are still in full winter coat, only the tummies and back ends are clipped to make it easier for pups to nurse.

On April 9th., Dinah whelped her first litter, they are F1B Golden Doodles, they are from Pluto, my Black Standard Poodle.   She is an awesome mum and has 6 fat little characters: 2 black males, 2 black females, 1 apricot male and 1 apricot female…talk about an even litter.   When I sit with her pups she actually smiles at me, she is beside herself with pride at what she has done and watches every move I make with her puppies.   She was very worried when I took them, three at a time, to remove dew claws.   She stays with them very well (some mothers don’t) and keeps them spotless.   These pups will be an awesome kids dog as they have gentleness bred deep into their bloodlines and are from very intelligent, loyal and clean stock with great confirmation.