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We Are Expecting a Puppy?

Yes, you read the title correctly. We are in fact only expecting one puppy! I was told this would be a smaller litter, but as it turns out it will be a singleton litter. This is a very rare yet interesting situation among Labrador Retrievers. It is actually rather common in smaller breeds and especially toy breeds. This one puppy will be very special indeed. There are some unique joys and challenges when it comes to raising a singleton litter. The pup will be larger than the usual Labrador Retriever puppy, because it has been in a very spoiled environment inside the uterus. It has had no competition for food, vitamins, or space. This ensures that he or she will have had a great healthy nutritional start in-utero, which is rare when competition for nutrients is so common in larger litters. However, this freedom to nutrition may mean that the puppy will be too large to be born in the natural way and will require a c-section for delivery. Time will tell! If active labor does not begin before the on or before Easter Day we will turn over the preferred method of allowing nature to dictate the birth date of the pup to a more aggressive approach to delivery. We are diligently taking Shiloh's temperature day and evening in order to be able to predict the big day. I am sure that this sole - precious puppy will have a VERY strong bond to humans. Because it will not have the interaction with its siblings it will rely much more strongly on affection from the people in its life. From the start this puppy will look to his or her mom, Shiloh and then to me as the breeder for direction and instruction... This is a wonderful situation! In training a puppy that is the first step to master. The pups needs to learn to focus on you as a human first and foremost so that they can be attentive to instruction. Once they are focused on the trainer, their behavior can be modified and then they learn to respond in a desirable manner. Therefore obedience training should be much smoother and faster with this puppy. Likewise, Biosensor therapy, socialization and training will be very individualized and tailored to meet the unique needs of this specific puppy. I am predicting that this puppy will master tasks and obedience commands much earlier than if it were just one in a litter of puppies. However, because it will not have the access to constant play with its litter mates he or she will be sure to require much more human interaction and attention. It will be an extremely unique situation in our home, and as a breeder it is a situation that will likely never happen again. If you are interested in discovering more about this one puppy please contact us, and we can talk about the unique benefits and what development will likely be expected with this puppy. I am looking for a very special home for this little blessing.

Ultrasound Picture

Here is the ultrasound of Shiloh's puppy at 1 month gestation.Shiloh's due date is fast approaching! With each spring flower that begins to push through the soil we step one day closer to the arrival of the puppies. I wish spring would feel as though it were here.  The weather in Pittsburgh has still been pretty lousy. It has been cold up until just recently and now gray and rainy. I remember reading somewhere that Pittsburgh was ranked as one of the grayest cities in the USA. I definitely can believe it! At least we are ranked as one of the friendliest cities in the United States as well. Maybe all of this dismal weather causes those of us living in Pitsburgh to be extra sunny on the inside... not a bad trade off really. Our family has been busy with school and activities, but we are all ready for the delivery of the pups. I thought I'd include a picture of one of the puppies that was taken via ultrasound. Although I literally can't make heads or tails out of the picture! I could barely distinguish what I was seeing on my children's ultrasounds. Dogs are even more complicated to decipher. We will be going in for x-rays in about a week to make certain of the number of puppies expected. That will be wonderful news. I will let you know as soon as we find out. Happy Friday, and happy birthday Julie!

A La... Homemade Organic Dog Treats

Making homemade organic dog treats for our Labrador in Pittsburgh
Our Homemade Organic Dog Treats
Mixing, rolling, baking and lauging with the kids!
Kingrdige Kennels Homemade Organic Dog Treats in PittsburghBaking homemade organic dog treats in Pittsburgh with children.It sure took longer than we had initially planned to make our homemade organic dog treats! I had such a difficult time finding one particular ingredient that was needed- Oat Flour. My local organic store had every other type of flour under the sun. Seriously, I never knew man could harvest, grind, and sift so many plants that could be passed off as flour. They even had coconut flour... who would have known? Maybe everyone else was aware of all of this variety, but I felt as though I was a kid in a candy store. With my children in tow, we did also end up buying some of the candy in the store. Organic candy- interesting subject in itself... Candy that is good for you? At least that was the rationale the kids used while trying to justify spending $4.00 on a lollipop. We had a wonderful, messy, fabulous time making our own organic dog treats. It was loads of fun and all of the children really got into it. I was shocked at the expense in this endeavor. I am pretty sure our three dozen organic dog treats ended up costing more than a dinner out at some  posh restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh, but hey, you can't put a price on good pure family fun along with a very happy Labrador.
Chocolate Labrador after eating Homemade Organic Dog Treat with children
One very happy Lab... Priceless!

Homemade Organic Dog Treats

Organic Dog Treats is packed full of healthy easy dog-friendly recipes for puppies.I had a birthday just recently and got a fantastic book about making organic dog treats and thought I would give it a whirl. My sister must have gotten a pretty good deal on the cookbook, because it is all about "festive holiday treats". The season is a bit off, although I am sure the dogs will not mind! I honestly think sometimes that we feed our pets better than we feed our families. Seriously, the ingredients that are required sound so good and healthy that I'm pretty sure I could sneak them on the kids' plates for dessert and they wouldn't know the difference. I'm going to the grocery store tonight to stock up on the supplies, and I'll let you know how they turn out.
Here is the first recipe that I am going to attempt with the 'help'...(anyone who is a mom knows that the word 'help' in this sentence doesn't really mean 'help')...of my kids. It actually sounds like a lot of fun to try together as a family. It is on page 29 of The Organic Dog Biscuit Kit from the Bubba Rose Biscuit Company. Just to warn you... your mouth might start watering as you read the list of ingredients :) Mine did!
1 1/2 cup oat flour
1 1/2 cup brown rice flour
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
2 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine all ingredients (except the water) together. Add water slowly and mix until a dough forms (if too dry, add more water, too wet add a bit more flour). Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 " thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (for easy clean up), and place the cookies on the sheet (they can be rather close together as they don't grow much while cooking).
Bake 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer and let cool completely on a wire rack. Store the cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Mommy, Can I PLEASE..... Get a Pet?

My son came to me a few weeks ago and asked if he could PLEASE........... get a pet. Well, I had to consider, because I am very fond of animals and was willing to hear what type of animal he wanted to bring into our home as part of our family. Now, I really like animals- almost all animals, with just one exception. I can't stand snakes. They make my skin crawl! My son could have been asking for a tarantula, cockroach, rat, lizard you name it... but of course, he wants the one animal that I truly dislike, a snake! Now, I do want him to have the opportunity to care for a snake if that is really what he wants as his pet, but I am hoping his desire will wain. Eleven year old boys can be hyper-focused on one thing, and then by the next week something else has come along and they forget all about their previous obsession. That is what I am hoping at least :) Who knows, maybe we will be adding a snake to the family. I don't quite think he or she (can you even tell them apart?) will make it into the family Christmas card, but who knows- maybe I'll change my mind too.

Lab Antics

Labs are a phenomenal breed of dog, They are a pleasure to look at, to own, and to befriend. I believe they are one of, it not the- happiest beings in all of God's creation. Labs are gentle, friendly, very intelligent, and yet so unique within their Labrador personalities. A Lab loves at all times. They remind me of the verses about love in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8. Although, I know that this love refers to human characteristics of love, it does remind me of the faithful pure devotion of a good Labrador to his or her family. ...."Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth. Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures. Love never ends."

We are Expecting!

It is always wonderful news... To find out that a dog is carrying new life inside of her is a miracle indeed. We have increased Shiloh's food intake and are continuing to give her prenatal vitamins. It is amazing how many similarities there are between canine pregnancy and human pregnancy. The ultrasound procedure sure is much less expensive for dogs! Physically, both moms are tired and more easily fatigued. I would imagine only being in that exhausted state for 60 days rather than 9 months makes it a little easier. If Shiloh is having any late night cravings they may be for cat food as we have noticed that our cat is looking a little less round while Shiloh continues to balloon out. All in all, she is very healthy and extremely lovable during this pregnancy. That may be more than a lot of families can say about the humans in their midst who are expecting an addition of their own. ;)

Are we expecting Puppies? I hope the answer is YES!

We are happy to announce that puppies may be coming! We will find out this Friday via ultrasound. We are driving from Pittsburgh all the way over to a suburb of Cleveland. Animal Clinic Northview is the best around as far as reproductive care is offered. We are excited and have been preparing Shiloh for the big day. She has been very relaxed and is enjoying all of the pampering she has been getting from her family. The little ones have been giving her lots of love, and we are all making sure she gets a balance of plenty of rest and sufficient exercise.