I admit that I've been holding onto a BIG secret for a while now...
The time has finally arrived to share it....
Toby, Tammy and the rest of our household are doing the 'happy dance' - in anticipation of the BIG event, early next year...
Only SIX WEEKS TO GO...>
Above: Mommy "EMMI":
(Quillquest Moonstones (Macanne Shooting Star GMHR FTA x Quillquest Red Hot NHR) with her beautiful puppies.
BORN 1st December 2012)
If all goes well, we'll be welcoming one of these little puppies into our home in January next year. Yes, you read it first...A NEW GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPY in our household! And a special new friend for Toby and Tammy.
It's a long story, and it follows months of lengthy discussions and debate, but the decision has finally been made....
(In Cape Town)
...have selected us as one of the prospective new homes for one of their Golden puppies.
You can check out there website HERE
Isn't that wonderful? Such good news! Toby will finally have an energetic playmate, and Aunt Tammy will have a new pup to nurture. Me? I'll have to rope in my energy and commitment towards puppy socialisation and dog training. Our new pup will be fully integrated into our household.
So let me tell you about these pups...
This is Mommy "EMMI":
Quillquest Moonstones (Macanne Shooting Star GMHR FTA x Quillquest Red Hot NHR
...with her puppies, born on the 1st December 2012...
...isn't this just too beautiful for words?!
and this is...
Daddy "NEEKO" (Affectionately called 'GOOFY') :
Quillquest Thomas Burberry at Kinndell (Ch Siatham Baron Quillquest at Chardale x Ch Siatham Classic Quillquest)
(Above: NEEKO's photograph in the 2013 Animal Talk calendar)
(Above: NEEKO in the show ring)
(Above: NEEKO at field trials)
Both parents are highly pedigreed, KUSA registered and champions in their own rights. But most importantly though, they have had all their health checks, been loved in compassionate families, and are on the scene because of the vision of Marycke Ackhurst (their breeder). In one of our discussions, I asked Marycke what she was most proud of as a breeder:
"I aim to improve the breed; taking into consideration a variety of aspects:
pedigree, temperament, health, conformation and working potential.
As a breeder, I think it is my responsibility to prepare pups for their new life by socialising them well. I also want to prepare owners as best as possible for their new arrival - for now, and the future.
I try and match owner requirements and pups to the best of my ability, with the available tools. For me, the ultimate is to breed Goldens that are beauty and brains combined, adaptable in most situations, that can work, thus a pleasure to love and care for. I think the main aim is to make people aware of what they are letting themselves in for, and to think a little more about it."
I would personally like to say that, throughout this whole process, I have been treated with patience, respect, courtesy, care and professionalism. All health checks on the parents have been done, cleared and been sent to me promptly. I have been thoroughly screened - something I welcome as an owner of Goldens - it reassures me that every care has been taken to protect and nurture this beautiful breed.
There are seven pups in "DISNEY" litter and they are identified by their collars:
Mowgli: (Teal/blue green)
I would like to compliment QUILLQUEST GOLDEN RETRIEVERS
on their impeccable professionalism. After completing an extensive questionnaire, submitting references and having lengthy telephonic discussions, I have been told that I am on their final short list.
I have requested a female puppy - "The pup who is the quietest in the litter; the more laid back one; the gentlest one"
A full behavioural assessment is conducted at around 7 weeks of age.
Thereafter the final decisions are made.
There is, indeed, one particular pup which is standing out as 'the one' at this stage...
This is 'BELLE', growing fast but still the smallest in the litter...
It is still early days yet...the pups are only two weeks old at the moment.
Although we are separated by over 1400 kilometers, the puppy which is earmarked for me is already tugging at my heartstrings. Time will tell...
Our new little Golden bundle will be flown up to Lanzeria airport, Johannesburg (from Cape Town) towards the end of January.
We will be there to welcome her, in full force!
Grow well, little one...