Today marked a big event in our AKC Golden Retriever Puppies’ young lives! Dr. Polinger, our wonderful vet, made an afternoon trip out to Windy Knoll Farm to give a thorough exam to each one of our adorable young’uns, making sure of their vitality and health! The sun cast pretty patterns of light through the shady leaves of the large maple tree, while the puppies gave enthusiastic greetings with their little voices as each one received his check up.
Betsy’s Little Red Collar Boy greeted Dr. Polinger politely and gravely, with an obliging step up on to the scale for the first part of the check-up. Every last one of the puppies remained calm, well mannered, and submissive under the careful hands of our vet.
Some of them were a little more curious, a few a bit more timid and nervous…and some couldn’t have been more relaxed about the whole experience!
First came weight in time. With nineteen pups, we had a weight range of between 5 and 7.5 lbs. Yes, their still just babies at barely seven weeks old – but even so, they’ve grown and developed so much over the last two weeks!
Our vet Dr. Polinger then made a thorough check of the entire puppy, her quick, efficient hands moving firmly and gently over the soft, fluffy golden fur, and warm, plump body.
Meanwhile, Betsy’s pups await their turns in the “holding pen,” watching the proceedings with bright curious eyes.
And Jenny’s pups, who had the privilege of going first, are equally anxious to keep track of the happenings of their fellow canines from their own secure waiting place.
Even the ending aspect of the check-up, their first shot, hardly phased the puppies.
At the end of the afternoon, we were so glad to have nineteen whole, healthy, happy … and very tired little pups! They were quite ready to refresh themselves with a meal, and curl up for a long snooze.