Chocolate Clan Labradors

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Week 4

Posted by Pat on September 21, 2019 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Love to see the puppies grow, but it seems so fast.  They were just beans two weeks ago, and now they walk, and talk, and do the two p's all on their own. Maggie is still nursing, but she doesn't spend much time in the nursery. The pups have teeth now!

So with all this growth, we had to move the pups out of the whelping pool and into our "temporary" nursery.  As we only have a litter every two or three years, we have not yet set up a full t...

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Week 3

Posted by Pat on September 14, 2019 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The pups are continuing on their rapid journey of growth. Eyes are all open. They are walking and sitting. And we have been able to introduce "solid" food. Well the food is actually mushed up puppy food with a lot of water and some puppy formula. They tend to walk in it, get it all over themselves, and sometimes actually eat some. But it is the time when the little ones that might not be able to compete on the teat can actually start to catch up to those big brothers and sister...

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Week 2

Posted by Pat on September 7, 2019 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

How the puppies have grown. They were little beans at the start of the week needing Momma for food, and to clean them to stimulate peeing and pooing.  It was an easy week for me in the cleaning department as Maggie did most of the work.


However, by the end of the week, as expected the pups started to walk and their eyes are now open. So walking means they have started peeing and pooing everywhere.  Maggie goes in and cleans as b...

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Week 1

Posted by Pat on August 30, 2019 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow, hard to believe this time last week we were in the midst of welcoming our litter into the world.  The week has whizzed by. Our number one concern for the past week is to ensure the health of our mother and litter. Maggie is once again proving to be a super mom.  We occassionally have to tell her it is okay to leave her pups to eat or go outside.  She is always ready to go for "walks" although tires easily and gets anxious quickly.


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Expectations

Posted by Pat on August 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Alot of time and care goes into planning a breeding. We have to make sure our dam is healthy and still able to have a litter. We have to select a male that is healthy and has his health clearances. Once we have done that we also are looking for basic Labrador Retriever traits like ability to work and hunt. The sire for our 2019 litter, Born to Hunt Gator Man, met all our criteria. So on Monday we had an x-ray, and it looks like this time next week there might b...

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Celebrating 15 years

Posted by Pat on August 3, 2019 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (1)

There comes a time when we have to say "Goodbye". All the love, medications, massages, therapies, no longer do any good. I would like to think it is a time to celebrate all the wonderful years, but somehow my eyes swell up and my heart grows heavy. So here are some pictures to celebrate some wonderful years. 

By far the most iconic picture we have, is when Dave took Kassey out pheasant hunting in 2006. The location was prime and looked like a mo...

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Happy 15th Birthday Kassey

Posted by Pat on July 15, 2019 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

In June, Kassey turned 15. :D It took us a lot to keep her going, as peeing and pooing in the house seems to be the norm.  Not too many people would put up with it, but we seem to be an exception.  She is doing great otherwise, except a little hard of hearing and cannot see too well. And she is on soft food now, and gets lot of different supplements and pills.  But what 90+ year old human doesn't do the same? She can still walk a mile with us, slowly, and so...

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2018 Year in review

Posted by Pat on December 8, 2018 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

A litter of puppies is always years of planning, nine weeks of waiting, and eight weeks of intensity with whelping, growing pups, and finding forever homes. Then there is the aftermath. All of a sudden there is quiet.

Except for 2018. This year we had HOPE!

Hope was one of the littler, quieter pups from our 2017 litter.  It was one of the reasons we chose her. Were we wrong. To start with we baby-gated her in the kitc...

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Wrapping of the Litter

Posted by Pat on February 14, 2018 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (2)

So the "official" Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) registrations have arrived. These are the documents that not only ensure that your dog is purebred. These are the documents that mean you can claim your dog is a Labrador Retriever. As funny as it may seem, without these papers, it is a violation of Canadian Law to call your dog purebred or any specific breed. Before we got our first dog Koko, I had no idea that it mattered. But 19 years later I know it does. It matters because it en...

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Puppies are Going to their Forever Families

Posted by Pat on December 21, 2017 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

WEEk EIGHT IS HERE! It is a celebration for our Forever Families as they finally get to take their pup home.  For us it is a celebration as we know are pups are healthy and ready to go. But it is also incredible sad :( as we miss these little guys.  The thumping of feet, the squeals, and the coos as they play, these are the sounds we miss.  Even as we downsized to seven, we could tell there were fewer.

We were very excited on...

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