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Cute Puppies and “Green” Chew Toys

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Too Cute for Words!

This picture doesn’t have a whole lot to do specifically with this  post, but sometimes, it is necessary to post pictures just because they’re worth more than a whole slew of word paragraphs! So while were on the subject of cuteness…

"Please play with me!"

“Please play with me!”

How can one resist such a pleading gaze?

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Don’t forget me, either!

Cuteness aside, have you ever considered the possibilities that abound when it comes to play toys for pups? Obviously, with lots of pups around here periodically, we can go through a lot of chew toys! There’s such a fun selection of them at any pet store – it’s usually Tractor Supply for us – but they come with a hefty price tag and when we bring them home, before we know it, the puppies have already gone through them! Not only that, but many toys contain rather dubious substances in them, and as it is our goal to get our puppies off to the healthiest start possible, we prefer to avoid that problem. So, we’ve discovered a few natural, inexpensive, and “green” toys that give our puppies and dogs hours of honest chewing fun.

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Take, for instance, overgrown garden produce. With those summer squash and zucchini plants that produce so prolifically, I’m bound to miss a few at the proper time of harvest, and end up with overgrown produce. Well, never fear, a little trip to the puppies and those big squash have a useful end, providing the young ones with lots of fun chewing and tug-of-war experiences.

Sometimes, there's not enough to go around!

Sometimes, there’s not enough to go around!

Other times, a pup can manage to get in a solitary gnaw.

Other times, a pup can manage to get in a solitary gnaw.

It can be difficult when your only a little plump ball of cuteness to get a good grasp on those slippery things...

It can be difficult when your only a little plump ball of cuteness to get a good grasp on those slippery things…

...but particularly determined fellows can succeed after numerous attempts!

…but particularly determined fellows can succeed after numerous attempts!

Of course, sharing is a virtue, so other canines get to take a turn here and there. After all, there will be more squash in the near future - no worries!

Of course, sharing is a virtue, so other canines get to take a turn here and there. After all, there will be more squash in the near future – no worries!

There’s other options, too, when the squash is obliterated. Good old-fashioned beef bones, left over from boiling beef broth for us humans, are a favorite of our dogs, both big and small. We have a whole stash of them round about our pen and yards, and most often someone is chewing away on one. They last and last, quite the opposite of squash, strenghthen those little baby jaws, and encourage good dental health by scraping off unwanted tooth plaque.

Relaxation after evening romps - a beef bone.

Relaxation after evening romps – a beef bone.

Old socks, beyond their fitness for feet, still have one last job around here. A pair, knotted tightly together, work just perfect for little puppy teeth to wrestle with, or a pair of puppies to tug back and forth. Hard sticks also serve the same purpose, and are in high abundance, for a very low price!

And of course, it may not be very “green” except in color, but the age old tennis ball is also a favorite toy for our canines!

Puppy&Ball

What unusual toys do YOUR Golden Retrievers enjoy?

To Vaccinate or Not

vaccinate-dogs?Why I don’t Vaccinate My Dogs At All

Our dogs are in the midst of an epidemic.  It’s not an epidemic of viral disease, but of chronic ill health.  They’re besieged with itchy, pus-laden, scabby skin; vomit and diarrhoea are the norm.  One in every hundred dogs suffers from epilepsy, and an even higher number lives with painful arthritis.  Allergies are also reaching epidemic proportions: dogs are becoming allergic to life.

According to Dr Jean W Dodds, an eminent vet and researcher, both allergic and autoimmune diseases have been rising since the introduction of modified live virus vaccines.  Autoimmune diseases are where the body attacks self; they include cancer, leukaemia, thyroid disease, Addisons, Grave’s disease, autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, lupus, thrombocytopenia, organ failure, skin inflammations, and more.

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Dr. Polinger comes to Windy Knoll Farm

 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.

Red Collar Boy, our AKC Golden Male Pup, greets the vet

How do you do?

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.

Vet Dr. Polinger Checking the heart rate of our little golden girl

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!

AKC Golden Retriever Male Pup relaxes during vet exam

This little guy couldn’t have been less concerned while awaiting his vaccination.

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!

Weigh in time for our little Golden Retriever Girl

I know, not everyone likes their weight made public!

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.

Hi Sweetie. Let's see how you are.

Hi Sweetie. Let’s see how you are.

Veterinary first puppy exam for our Vermont Raised, Vet Checked Golden Retriever pups

Yes, it’s a little awkward, but even those ears need a professional examination!

Meanwhile, Betsy’s pups await their turns in the “holding pen,” watching the proceedings with bright curious eyes.

Windy Knoll AKC Golden Retriever puppies waiting to vet checked

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.

Windy Knoll AKC Goldens watching the vet

Weighing one of Bety's Golden Girls

One of Betsy’s pretty dark golden girls is a little tentative on the scale.

Even the ending aspect of the check-up, their first shot, hardly phased the puppies.

A snuggly, friendly pup.

Cheryl, our neighbor, fellow dog lover, and our personal dog-sitter, popped over to watch the proceedings and give a hand. She has special reason to be particularly interested, as one of these little cuties is going to be her own!

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.

Our many thanks to Dr. Polinger and her husband Steve for their hard work ensuring our little goldens are thriving!

The Way A Welcome Should Be

AKC Golden Retrievers welcome us home
Betsy’s Puppies saying “Hello.”

Most dogs love their people. They thrive on the companionship and relationship of their human masters. Golden Retrievers in particular just love us, manifesting this by their enthusiasm in our presence and constant desire for our attention and pleasure. Even our six week old puppies are already well established lovers of humanity!

Upon our return home this afternoon from Jonathan’s birthday adventure, we were welcomed home in the most enthusiastic way. Nineteen little puppy tails nearly wagged off while nineteen plump little bodies came tumbling excited over to the fence edge,  a happy little growl or bark sounded out here and there among them, eagerly giving us our welcome home.

Golden Retreiver pups Welcoming family home to
Jenny’s puppies are just as eager to greet us.

Golden Betsy: Hero of the day!

Our Golden Betsy

Golden Betsy: Worth more than gold

I’ve always know that our AKC Golden Betsy’s sweet, nurturing spirit is part of what makes her such a good mother and wonderful Golden Retriever. She proved today, though, that she goes above and beyond in her diligence and care of her young ones, and that she’s got spunk and courage when she needs it!

As usual, we headed off to church for the morning, leaving the dogs and puppies fed, watered, and in their respective pens. Betsy has the privilege of remaining free, as she doesn’t take undue advantage of that situation when we are absent. Upon our return home some time later, everything appeared to be just fine. Cheryl, our neighbor, showed up just minutes afterward, however, and related the following story:

She was visiting along with some of her family when she noticed that Betsy was making an unusual commotion in our yard, barking and whining as she repeatedly hurried from the puppy pen where her puppies reside, just past our mailbox, onto Cheryl’s lawn. When that unusual behavior continued, Cheryl began to wonder aloud if anything was amiss. Her son commented that he thought he saw some puppies out of the pen. Cheryl kindly came over to investigate – and sure enough, there were four of Betsy’s plump little gold puppies romping on the grass OUTSIDE the pen. A small break in the fence provided them with the perfect path to their “freedom.” With Betsy to notice the dilemma, however, they had little opportunity to stray far! Betsy knew she was on her own since we were gone, so inbetween carefully herding the migrant pups back towards the safety of their pen, she’d taken pains to inform her next closest source of help, Cheryl, of her need for help!

I was quite proud of our Betsy when heard of what she’d done! It’s just like the “story book” dogs – only it was for real, and it was our Betsy!

Good Girl, Betsy!

Betsy our Hero

Puppy Visitors!

Windy Knoll Farm is situated on a lovely dirt road, with lovely neighbors round about! We’re always glad when the neighbor folks show up and we can share our delightful little puppies with them! It’s very hard to tell who has more fun – the puppies or the people!  We had lots of puppy visitors all at once this time.

A visit with our AKC Golden Pups
Serious discussion occurred in the puppy visitors nursery as pups were rocked, romped with, cuddled, and analyzed by a delightful group of children and adults!

Lots of proper socialization at a young age sets a good foundation for a pups future life. These pups sure get to experience a great deal of that, beginning with ourselves and our own children, and sometimes extending to our neighbors and any other visitors we may have – because who can resist a soft, cuddly, playful ball of cuteness?!

All of our young visitors today did a great job handling the puppies, and talked with animation of the cuteness, sweetness, cuddliness, and playfulness of each individual! I suspect that more than one of the children would have gladly carted a pup or two home had that been a possibility!

This little girl just adored the puppies, and a number of them got to cuddle with her in the stroller. She did an excellent job snuggling them!
This little girl just adored the puppies, and a number of them got to cuddle with her in the stroller. She did an excellent job snuggling them!

 

It’s hard to tell who is more content here – the little puppy or the loving gal.

 

Wide Red Collar Boy found mutual companionship in the comfortable arms of a fellow young man.
Wide Red Collar Boy found mutual companionship while relaxing in the comfortable arms of a fellow young man.

 

This young lady fell in love with little Red Collar Girl, and held her in the crook of her arm just like a baby for the longest time, nicknaming her "Precious" in the process.
This young lady fell in love with little Red Collar Girl, and held her in the crook of her arm just like a baby for the longest time, nicknaming her “Precious” in the process.

 

Blue Collar Boy nestled happily in the gentle arms of this girl, until it was his turn to get down to romp and play.
Blue Collar Boy nestled happily in the gentle arms of this girl, until it was his turn to get down to romp and play.

 

Some of the pups even had the privilege of trying out the stroller seat under the watchful eyes of this puppy loving boy!
Some of the pups even had the privilege of trying out the stroller seat under the watchful eyes of this puppy loving boy!

 

"Cheryl" is  a special figure in our dogs and puppies lives'! Since she lives right next door, she keeps abreast of all the current doggie happenings, and is the official spoiler of all the dogs around here! She also is our reliable and excellant dog sitter when the need arises, and we are very happy for her help!
“Cheryl” is a special figure in our dogs and puppies lives’! Since she lives right next door, she keeps abreast of all the current doggie happenings, and is the official “spoiler” of all the dogs around here! She also is our reliable and excellent dog sitter when the need arises, and we are very happy for her help!

 

I think, perhaps, the puppies were just a little tired out from all the excitement and fun of their visitors this morning, for they curled up for a long rest right after everyone’s departure! I also think that they couldn’t have been more satisfied with their special guests!

Puppy Visitors having fun holding sleepy puppies

A Walk at Windy Knoll Farm

We've been pretty busy with these adorable pups...

We’ve been pretty busy with these adorable pups…

 Feeding pups, playing with pups, worming pups, cleaning puppy supplies, cuddling pups – there’s a lot to the everyday care and enjoyment of these special little goldens! But occasionally, it’s time to take a break and focus on the adult dogs who just might be a little envious of all the attention showered on the littlest members of our canine family! Today proved a perfect opportunity to enjoy the beauty of a mild summer morning and our quiet dirt road together with Betsy and Polly on a walk at Windy Knoll Farm.

A Walk at Windy Knoll Farm

Little Mary walks our golden retriever Betsy

Mary Grace and Betsy shared a leisurely start to the walk, while Polly,  who is, after all, just a seven month old pup herself, was ready for adventure. After a ways, the responsibility of walking even so sweet and gentle a dog as Betsy became rather serious for two year old Mary, who was decided to hand off the leash to Mama.

A Walk at Windy Knoll Farm

Our Golden Retriever AKC Betsy and Polly take a walk

Once we made it past the temptation of our immediate friendly neighbors (because Betsy and Polly, being goldens, can hardly resist saying a friendly hello to one and all), leashes came off and then the adventure really began ! Betsy is happy to trot along with the crowd, while Polly finds it very exciting to explore here and there, dashing back and forth with her nose in constant action.

Polly thinks Vermont is a perfect place for a golden retriever

However, she is happy to stop in the midst of her adventure and enjoy the gentle pats that Mary bestows upon her.

Golden Retrievers love people and attention

Betsy is also eager to stay at my side for her own spoiling!

Dark golden retrievers raised in the Vermont

Beautiful fields often stretch on either side of our road, lush with tall, green grass. Even staid, motherly Betsy joined in a game of romps with delighted Polly, who bounded and chased to her hearts content.

Our AKC Goldens enjoying a romp in the vermont countryside

Over two miles later, we turn back in at our own driveway, with sun kissed, windblown, happy, and tired children and dogs. And guess what sight greets our eyes?

Greeted by the puppies

Don’t worry, little pups! Your turn for walks is coming right up just as fast as you are growing!

 

AKC Golden Retriever Puppies

Betsy’s AKC Golden Retriever Puppies are getting bigger every day! They have had an eventful week, which has included their eye’s opening, and their rapid progression from crawling about their pen to stumbling about, to actually walking around now, and eagerly greeting us when we enter their premises! They are finding their little voices, as well, and a delightful series of little growls, barks, grunts and squeals often chorus out when they are awake.

AKC Dark Red Golden Betsy With PuppiesAKC Dark Red Golden PuppiesThe puppies also enjoyed their first experience of being outdoors one warm day when we cleaned out their pen. Some took their adventure enthusiastically, exploring the new feel of fresh, soft grass beneath their little plump bodies. Most must have found it tiring, as they soon collapsed in an unconcerned heap to sleep away yet again! We took advantage of their slumbers to get the cleaning of their pen done!

Children Adding Bedding Cleaning Puppy Pen

I had two good helpers to get the job done quickly! From removing the littered bedding to spraying down with vinegar, to spreading a fresh layer of soft, fragrant wood shavings, Mary Grace and Jonathan lent their helping hands. When needing a break from those tasks, they gladly took on the job of cuddling some of the pups! :o)

Fun Holding Golden Retriever Puppies

And when the pens were fresh and clean and the sleeping pups returned to their slumbers in their soft clean bedding, who wouldn’t want to grab scrub brush and water and splash away while washing the dog bowls and water buckets!?

ChoresJonathan Cleaning Out Buckets

And of course, we couldn’t forget the daddy of all the cute pups around here. Shep enjoyed one of his favorite activities  –  a good brushing out – while relaxing on the lawn.

 

Our Male Shep Golden Retriever Goldens Have Lots of Hair

So there you have a glimpse into the pup’s life here on Windy Knoll Farm this past week! Sometimes, taking care of pups is just a nonchalant, relaxed experience….

A Real Live Golden Puppy

…Other times, such as when you have the responsibility of keeping two puppies soothed and sleeping, it becomes a more earnest task.

Practicing Being a Mommy

Either way, though, it is sure to be fun and rewarding!