Archive | Blog

RSS feed for this section

A New Arrival…

November 22nd was a very special day here at Windy Knoll Farm! A new little member joined the Moore crew in the early morning hours:

Elizabeth Hope Moore

Greg and I both have loved the name Elizabeth throughout this pregnancy. Elizabeth carries the meaning of “My God is bountiful, or plentiful, abundant.” When we combine that with her middle name, “Hope”, it gives us a beautiful picture of the abundant hope that we have in our God. Our perfect, tiny Elizabeth may have been born into  a sinful, uncertain world, but she, as well as we, can have hope as she grows up because of Christ, who has overcome this world. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5)

Precious beyond words, our beautiful Elizabeth has captured all our hearts with her sweet cuddles and warm sleepiness!

Enjoying Elizabeth for Windy Knoll Golden BlogEven our Goldens approve of our new little one…

IMG_7917After all, Elizabeth is another friend for them to love and enjoy! As for Elizabeth, she was too busy sleeping to let us know what she thinks of her doggy family!If she follows in the footsteps of her older siblings, however, she’ll soon grow to love our goldens.

We’re so thankful for her and are adjusting to life as a family of six.

How Are “Our” Puppies Doing?

“Our” Puppies

It’s been about two months since we saw all our summer puppies off to their new homes. Thankfully, though, it was not the last that we’ve heard of them – we’ve been delighted to receive updates from many of the new owners on how “our” puppies are doing!

If you are one of those folks, I’d like to extend my thanks to you ! It always brightens my day when a good puppy report comes in!

Two of Betsy's sweet girls, sending a "Hello" from their new home!

Two of Betsy’s sweet girls, sending a “Hello” from their new home!

Take, for instance, the lovely photo above that I received just the other day, along with this encouraging report:

“Good morning to the Moore family

Hope you had a great vacation and now enjoying Indian summer.
Thought I would give you an update on the girls. Both are awesome pups. House trained from day 1, listen very well and are having fun being together.
Many people have said how beautiful and well mannered they are.
We have given your name to many so you may have some from NH next year.
They do not sit still long enough for an good side by side picture lol so this is one of them in the truck.
Kaylee is on the left.

Thank you again and we are so glad we got two.”

One of Betsy's boys is growing into quite a handsome fellow.

One of Betsy’s boys is growing into quite a handsome fellow.

Or there is the report from an older gentlemen whose very life seems wrapped around his new canine companion. I don’t forget the family who hesitated to add a puppy to their mix, but are now thrilled with their new addition! And of course, it’s wonderful to get to see real life updates of one little pup whose new home is right next door to ours with our wonderful neighbor. Cheryl and Bella paid us a visit just the other morning. Bella is growing like a weed, and could hardly contain her excited wriggles and kisses as she greeted us! She is such a pretty girl – and I can see Shep written all over her sweet face. She and Cheryl are best of friends, and she’s provided Cheryl with timely emotional support during a very difficult time in Cheryl’s life.

How are your dogs and pups doing?

The Results Are In….for OFA Certification

Jenny’s OFA Certification

I was quite excited to open the mailbox and find a long awaited enveloped inside! The title of the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Foundation caught my eye in an instant and I knew that I would soon know what our Windy Knoll Jenny had scored on her OFA certification tests!

akc golden retriever windy knoll jenny

Nor was I to be disappointed upon opening said envelope! Here’s what I found inside:

Jenny's OFA for Hips cpWindy Knoll Jenny OFA score for hips: OFA25-GOOD

Jenny's OFA for Elbow cp

Windy Knoll Jenny OFA score for Elbows: Normal


I hadn’t expected anything less for our beautiful girl, but it’s nice to have it “Official” now! If you are interested in learning more about the ratings and what OFA is, visit the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals website.

The health of our dogs is extremely important to us: healthy dogs produce healthy puppies who have a much great chance at excelling in life as great companions, pets, and canines. It is our goal to get every one of our Goldens off to the best start possible, and completing OFA on our adult dogs is just one aspect of that.



Polly At Play On Windy Knoll Farm

Autumn is here in all it’s splendor!

Autumn leaves on Windy Knoll Farm

We packed away all our summer clothes recently and hauled out our winter clothes in their stead, only to find that we needed to pull out the summer clothes again when remarkably warm temperatures descended this week! Who can complain, though?! Balmy, sunny seventy-plus degree weather and brilliant fall foliage set a lovely stage for heading outside to work on fall clean up projects. Our jobs for today included harvesting some of the late autumn veggies and cleaning up the garden.

Blog - cabbages

The children and I thought Polly would love to help out. Polly, however, had other ideas. Her delight was contagious as she bounded this way and that in an excess of joy. She soon settled down to what she considered the most important job at present:

Windy Knoll Polly gets a big hug

Don’t you think that getting hugs is much more important than hauling in the harvest? It’s even better if you can persuade other little workers how much fun it is to give pets and hugs!

Polly and Mary bringing in the harvest

On the other hand, perhaps it is worth it to see about joining in the work if it involves food –  what IS in that basket? A growing dog needs plenty of nutrition. Beets, carrots, and cabbage are  not Polly’s first favorites, though, so it’s time to see about a few more snuggles. Ahh, Mary Grace is a good dog petter AND it looks like she has some food!

Blog - Mary and Polly

Mary gladly shares some snuggles, but prefers to keep her snack to herself. Polly isn’t too distressed over the situation, however; a little tussle with Buster the cat as well as a round of “fetch the ball” with Mama, Mary, Jonathan, and Esther is just as much fun! Polly shows the most promise of all our dogs as an excellent ball retriever!

Blog - Polly, Mary. and Jonathan

Well, perhaps we can’t say that Polly helped our jobs along that quickly today – but she helped us slow down and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation, the delight of little ones and pups, the silky smooth softness of rich golden fur, and the pure love of life!

We love our Windy Knoll Polly!

As a sidenote, Jenny’s OFA results should be coming soon!


Jenny’s Big Day

OFA StickerOFA Certification

I confess – it’s been quiet here since our Golden pups departed to their new homes. After the intense busyness of our summer puppy season, there were some other priorities that needed attention! However, the lack of news online is not an indication of an absence of activity here on Windy Knoll Farm! We can hardly believe that summer is rapidly departing in deference to fall. The cool evenings, blush of autumnal colors on the trees, and hint of crispness in the air in spite of warm sunshine set the children and the dogs to capering about with extra friskiness. We all love fall! Polly is especially insistent for attention whenever she spots the stroller lately: she knows that’s the herald of a walk, and she couldn’t bare the thought of missing out on that! Jenny has boundless energy, and sets all the canines to frolicking as the evenings descend over our country home. Even staid Betsy and Shep give in to the romping with abandon. The pumpkins are harvested and we hear news that a frost predicted to strike in a couple of days.

Jenny ready to go for OFA testing

Ready to head off to the vets.

Today marked an important event for our Windy Knoll Jenny. It was time for her OFA scoring tests! The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) is an organization that offers scores to rate the quality of your dogs structural health and integrity.

Their mission is stated right on their website: To promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease.

Heart, eye, hip, and elbows can all be evaluated and given appropriate ratings. As it is our goal to offer the healthiest golden pups possible to our customers, we feel that obtaining OFA ratings for our dogs is an important part of that picture. Jenny turned two years old earlier this year, so she is now mature enough to participate in evaluation.

Windy Knoll Golden Retrievers Polly and Jenny with Greg

This morning found us dropping Jenny off at Fair Haven Animal Hospital. We left her under Dr. Polinger’s and Steve’s excellent care for most of the day while they carried out the x-rays.

Polly wants to go for a ride too!

Polly was eager for a ride in the car, and jumped right in! She’ll have to wait until next year before she is old enough for her OFA tests.

The procedure used to obtain the ratings is to x-ray the specific body parts to be evaluated. Our vet then sends these x-rays to the OFA, who studies them to determine the ratings.

When the children and I picked up Jenny from the vets this afternoon, we found her a little nervous due to the anesthesia’s influence, but happy to see us and ready to go home. We were also glad to hear the vet’s opinion that “the x-rays looked good!” Now, we just need to wait on the final results from the OFA. Unfortunately, that sometimes takes a while – but we will be sure to let you know when and what Jenny’s OFA results are!

AKC Windy Knoll Jenny on our Vermont Farm

Home Sweet Home for our Puppies

Our Blonde AKC Golden Retriever Girl and her new owner

It seems very quiet around Windy Knoll Farm. We’ve been quite busy over the last week sending our puppies off to their new homes. As of today, the last of our sweet little pups were united with their new owners, leaving an empty space behind! We are going to miss their delightful antics, special cuddles, fun playtimes, and plain old cuteness – but as Mary Grace very practically explained, when asked if she would miss the puppies, “Yes, but we’ll have more puppies again!” And we are so glad that now their new owners are experiencing the joy of their very own special little Golden Retriever! After all the time, labor, and love poured into raising our little goldens, it is a very satisfying and rewarding experience to witness the meeting of an individual or a family and their new pup, and to know that it’s just the beginning of a wonderful relationship for all involved!

"Benson" and a new friend

We are so thankful to all of you who are providing such wonderful new homes for our goldens!

Our AKC Golden Retriever Girl is happy in the arms of her new family

Sometimes, it’s just as special to see a new friendship developing between new and old furry family members! These two shared a calm, instant repoire! It was truly amazing to see!

This young girl is delighted with her new AKC Golden Retriever puppy, raised in the beauty of Vermont

With all the busyness of sending off all the puppies lately, I have hardly taken time to think of “life after puppies.” This afternoon, however, it suddenly hit me that in just a few short hours, we’d have no more puppies! So, what could I do but set aside other work, grab my camera, and head out to the puppy pen to grab one last chance at snuggles, play, and photos. When the children awoke from their naps, they joined me in a few last romps. We had a great time!

Raw Goat's Milk for optimal health for our Golden Retrievers

We made sure to serve the pups one last treat. What could be better on a warm summer day than some cold, partially frozen raw goat’s milk? Hmm, hmm …they approved!

A sweet gentle golden girl

So sweet and gentle, this little girl willingly posed for me to take a farewell photo of her. She proved herself such a little lady, and became Esther’s favorite, since she suited the enthusiasm of her greetings and play to the needs of a one year old.

Just one aspect of socializing our golden retriever pups

Jonathan enjoyed a few last romps together with the puppies, who loved to follow his little tricycle!

Children and golden retriever puppies make great companions

He contemplated sharing his afternoon snack, but decided that just a sniff of the peel was sufficient for puppy.


Esther bids farewell to her little friend. She didn’t comprehend that it was the last time with the puppy; she was just glad for the opportunity to practice her newly discovered vocabulary: “Bye-Bye!” She has shown a great interest in our dogs and puppies, so I am sure she will be an eager helper when the next litter of pups arrive!

We’re so thankful we had the opportunity to care for and raise these fine pups for as long as we did! We’re equally thankful that each one of them is safely off to wonderful new homes and lives!

And we’ll look forward to new litters of goldens to enjoy next year!


Bringing Your New Puppy Home

Bringing Your New Puppy Home

Esther enjoys a kiss from Huck.

Esther enjoys a kiss from Huck.

I received a call today from a new puppy owner who was worried that her puppy may be ill.  She said it was crying for no apparent reason and appeared to be panting, with shortness of breath.  For a new puppy owner this can be disconcerting to say the least.  Since I have raised many puppies, I have probably seen more real problems than the average person and can tell when something is either amiss or is not a viable concern.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when you first bring your puppy home with you.  And of course, if you do think there is something wrong with your dog, please seek out the opinion of your vet.


A  puppy faces many stresses in the first few weeks of its life.  From being born, to competing with siblings for food, to the energy expanded growing up into a healthy youngster, it’s a rigorous process.  But your puppy can handle these things  if a few basic guidelines are followed.  When bringing your new puppy home, there are many new stresses that are being introduced.  Let’s take a look at some of them:

Car Ride

For most puppies, the transition to their new home usually starts with a ride in the car. Did you ever consider how traumatic a car ride could be?  Put yourself in their shoes.  They have been used to quiet surroundings where their feet are usually on the firm ground.  Replace that with a noisy, bumpy long ride home, and perhaps an unsettled tummy, and you have an unsure little puppy.  Sometimes, they may foam at the mouth and drool or bark incessantly, or soil his area or even vomit.  Don’t worry; some dogs deal with new situations or fears this way.

Separation from Siblings

Dogs are pack animals which means they were created to survive with the group.  They form strong ties with each other as they develop.  When you transfer them out of this familiar environment into a whole new pack of humans and furry friends, they have to adjust and form new friendships which will hopefully last a lifetime. Puppies are amazingly resilient, and most often, given time and love, make the adjustment beautifully.

Separation from Mother

Other than being a milk delivery vehicle, their mother gives them warmth, comfort, stimulation and guidance.  While it is true the puppy has been weaned and no longer depends on mom for it’s food, it still has a strong attachment and bond with its mother.

New Environment

This is an obvious and big change! New doors, new steps, new dog house or crate, new rugs and furniture to chew; everything is new.  Where did the old comforts go?  Where are the new ones?  It takes a little time for a puppy to settle in to the new environment you place it in. Along with the first three stresses, this can cause a puppy to whine and cry for attention or love or for no reason at all. It will take extra time and patience to sooth the transition from one home to another, so if possible, plan your schedule so that with the arrival of your pup, you will have plenty of time to devote to him.

New Food

It is best not to introduce a new food immediately after bringing your pup home. Start him off on the same food he is use to, and then if you plan on changing brands, initiate the process slowly by mixed the new food type with the old.  Changing too fast can result in an upset tummy or flatulence.  Stressors come from without but keep in mind, they can also come from within.

Different Sleep Patterns

Most likely, your puppy will not have the same sleep patterns he had before you got him. The different environment, people, place, and possibly schedule will affect his sleep habits.  One thing does not change however: sleep is very important for puppies’ development and they will do a lot of it. After all, they’re still just babies! Let them sleep when they seem tired.  They will have more stimulation than they is used to which will require more sleep than they got before.

New People and Pets

Your puppy has to get used to you just as much as you have to get used to your puppy.  Same thing goes for other animals you may have.  Fortunately, golden retrievers rarely meet a stranger, so this time of newness should pass quickly as they adopt you as their parents.

Owner’s Stress

Take time to enjoy your puppy.  Expect a few rough bumps along the way and give yourself time to work with them. This will lead to the most rewarding friendship you will have with your animal.  If you feel stressed because of lack of time or you are worried because you are unsure of what to do, remember to relax and enjoy.  Puppies can feel your emotions, sometimes better than you can.  If you are uptight, the puppy might express the same feeling any number of ways.

Basic Signs of Health

Looking for the picture of health is much easier than diagnosing specific problems or diseases.  If you are concerned there is a problem step back and look at the big picture.  Ask yourself if these four things seem right, then make a decision if you feel one is necessary.

  • Appetite: If your puppy is not feeling well, he will go off his food.  He may eat very little or show no inclination to food or treats.  But otherwise, if he is happily eating what you give him, don’t worry too much.  He is probably just fine.
  • Sleeping:  As I said before; a puppy needs lots of sleep especially since he has to deal with so many new stresses.  It is completely normal for your puppy to want to sleep up to 20 hours a day. (1)
  • Alertness:  You should see a very wide awake and alert puppy when he is not sleeping.  It is when your puppy seems lethargic when awake and doesn’t feel like doing much that you might start to get concerned. If he assumes an abnormal position, such as hunched in a corner, you can be sure that something is not right.
  • Playing / Romping:

Puppies love to play and romp and roll and bight and lick.  That is why you got one.  They will play hard for 10 or 15 minutes but you may be surprised how quickly they crash out.   Don’t worry if they won’t play continuously for an hour the first few weeks after bringing them home.  They still have a lot of growing to do which requires lots of sleep.

Ways to Make Transition Easier

  • Smell of Home:  Some people bring a rag that they can rub on the siblings and mother to help the puppy transition to its new home.  Their keen sense of smell would tell them all is well in this new location.  It still smells like home.
  • Calm, Loving, Cheerful:  Your mood affects your dog.  Make it cheerful, loving, and calm and your puppy will emulate your feelings.
  • Food:  As I said before, either use the same food or switch over slowly to a new food.  Puppies also like chewing on bones, or meat scraps.  If you can source meat from a local butcher,  it is also a great bonus to your puppy’s health.
  • Supplements Please continue giving your puppy NuVet Plus. It strengthens their immune system and nourishes their body with key micronutrients. We use and highly recommend NuVet plus.  Please order before pick up so they don’t miss a day of ‘protection’ Order directly here or call 800-474-7044, reference # 55651 (Not on Amazon or in stores) A healthy puppy equals a balanced puppy who responds better to new situations and challenges.
  • Standard Process has a line of animal supplements that your vet can order for you.  Fermented cod liver oil, and probiotics are also very good for growing a healthy dog.
  • Play:  Your puppy needs lots of exercise.  Try to get to a place where he can run.  Walks are good for old dogs, but puppies need to run and roll and just have a good time.  It is how they develop their motor skills best.
  • Nest Area:  Consider setting up a small area that is just for the puppy, preferably near where you spend the majority of your time. You might put his kennel there, or his special blanket, his water and food dish, and some special toys. Puppies (and even older dogs) enjoy the security of having their own home spot to retreat to if things get too overwhelming. When we bring a new puppy into our home, we set up a small rug area in our large kitchen, with the pup’s little kennel, some toys, and blanket there. Puppy has his own place, yet still has plenty of companionship as we spent the majority of our time in our kitchen.
  • Things to Avoid: Be aware of small objects, like blocks marbles, bones they can swallow whole.  The outdoors is the best place for a puppy to run and play, so get out in the sunshine and fresh air.  It might do you some good as well.
Bringing your new puppy home

Children and puppies both need lots of love!

There are lots of things to think about when getting a new puppy but with a level head and a lot of love, you will have a very devoted and healthy puppy who will give you fun and happiness for many years to come. And remember, you are the one who will get to know your puppy best and will be most tuned in to their individual cues – so use your judgement, and when in doubt, ring your vet for another expert opinion!



Cute Puppies and “Green” Chew Toys


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?


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.


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!


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.

Read More

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!