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Season of Change …

Covid-19 was a game changer for us in how we handled puppy visits, selections and pick up. Our philosophy for puppy raising and placing them with families includes socialization and creating lasting relationships. Covid hasn’t been kind in helping with that. We had to be innovative with the puppy’s day to day socialization experiences, and with introducing their new families to them. We also had to help families make heart breaking decisions to defer their homecomings until upcoming litters, since travelling to us & back home again was uncertain and restrictive. Fast forward several months and we’re now awaiting 2 litters of puppies and hoping we are blessed with large litters and healthy pups so we can finally make arrangements for long-overdue families to bring home their pups !!!

In just over 3 weeks, likely only days apart we will be anticipating the arrival our 3rd litter of Gracie & Bravo pups, and a brand new combination of Chloe & Groot babies. Our pregnant moms have been spending their days with extra rest (usually at our feet) and enjoying the air conditioning as much as possible. Poor Gracie experiences morning, day and night nausea and enjoys the extra care and cuddles, as well as extra tasty food made especially for her to encourage her to eat and nourish herself and babies. Chloe, on the other hand needs to be reminded to slow down and rest, always excited for her next meal or snack, and still begs to play fetch – all day long if we agreed to it. Our mamas-to-be receive at least one ultrasound, and a pre-natal visit in the week leading up to due date, so we can check in on pups and ensure everyone is healthy and tolerating the remaining days. Unlike humans, their due dates are quite specific so we have a very good idea of when to be ready for delivery day.

Fall is typically the time of year we refer to change, but I feel 2020 has been an entire year of change and adaptability. I’ve tried very hard to embrace the good covid brought. At our house, it brought back regular family dinners and game night. It brought an appreciation to both my husband and I of each other’s jobs and the often overlooked tasks that each of us do. With spending so much time at home, I believe it’s taught our children to appreciate the planning that goes into the most mundane tasks, like making dinner or getting groceries. Puppy raising has always been considered a family responsibility here, but covid meant that they were hands on with all the aspects on a daily basis, and I know they’ve learned that it’s about so much more than playing with pups !!!

Summer of 2020 has also been our 18th summer … 18 years of being parents, 18 years of change and transition and wondering what the next season will bring. It’s brought a different kind of back to school shopping this year … buying life’s essentials like toothpaste, laundry soap, pillows and bedding. When I still worked in Public Health, a co-worker of mine with years of parenting experience would remind us newer moms that even though life revolved our kids at that time, that our kids weren’t here to make us happy or for us to keep. At the time I remember thinking that referring to parenting that way made it seem depressing. However, those words actually had a positive impact on me and have been preparing me for this 18th summer. Those words taught be that happiness is created by finding the good in everyday and faith for what the future has in store for us. Those words have taught me that our kids definitely aren’t ours to keep and to be ok with that. Because I was made aware of this, I feel I’ve made a better effort at preparing our kids for their own lives, and to prepare my husband and I for our lives without the kids and to continue looking forward to what the next season will bring. And, I truly believe that due to this preparation, this means they won’t truly ever be gone … that they’ll appreciate the wings we gave them to fly on their own and know we will always have a safe place to return to.

And for our puppy families, this is what we’re doing with your newest little family members … loving, teaching and preparing them for life beyond here. And then, when they join their new homes, these families will have many enjoyable seasons ahead to share too.

Thankful, Grateful and Blessed

This crew of 10 is 7 weeks old! They met their families a couple weeks ago and I’m pretty sure it’s fair to say they didn’t disappoint 🙂 The pups sailed through the weekend effortlessly since it wasn’t stressful for them to have visitors or be handled because they’ve been getting prepared for all of… Continue reading Thankful, Grateful and Blessed

Success Is What Happens When Small Efforts Are Repeated Day In & Day Out

Our days are getting very full here… and they’re going to continue that way as these pups get older. We’re having sight and sound play, imitation TV school, water play and rides on a flutter board, practicing going up and down stairs, being introduced to new rooms, eating out of many different dishes, and best… Continue reading Success Is What Happens When Small Efforts Are Repeated Day In & Day Out

Puppy School…

My kids will be more than willing to tell you that I don’t like them to have a lot of screen time. I believe unstructured time, using their imaginations and moving around in and outdoors is the ideal way for them to grow and learn. I did not buy into digital games and toys that… Continue reading Puppy School…

Nature Vs. Nurture…

We’ve all used and heard the term “nature vs nurture”… describing where it’s more apt someone gets their personality and behaviours from. Research on the brain is showing us definite genetic markers that are passed from parent to off spring… but more recent scientific research is also proving that we can shape destined behaviour into… Continue reading Nature Vs. Nurture…

Water Babies….

This crew turned 2 weeks old on the weekend.  They have their eyes fully opened now and their ears are beginning to open; they’ll be able to hear by the time they’re 3 weeks old. They have all figured out how to walk and it’s quite entertaining watching them manoeuvring around the whelping box. Now that… Continue reading Water Babies….

Learning Who We Are…

Day 8 brought our first day of scent training with the pups. Over the course of the next 2 weeks the pups will each be introduced to a new scent every day. The first several scents are calming and will help relieve any anxiety the pups have over just entering the world. All of the… Continue reading Learning Who We Are…

Guardian Angels…

Guardian Angels … It was an exciting weekend here at Glenannon Station Retrievers! Gracie’s puppies arrived in the early hours of Sunday morning according to their own agenda, not by the scheduled c-section that was supposed to take place a few hours later. We had opted for c-section since she was carrying such a large… Continue reading Guardian Angels…

New Beginnings…

Welcome to another 1st for us!  Glenannon Station Golden Retrievers  very 1st blog! My intentions for this blog are to take our followers through our Empowered Puppy Enhanced Training Program. We are going to start this with our entire litter of Gracie and Bravo puppies, who are due within the week.  Raising Golden Retrievers is… Continue reading New Beginnings…