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Lab Tails of Kingridge
|Posted on December 2, 2016 at 1:31 PM||comments (4)|
What an intense 24 hours! Annie labored beautifully from 11:00 last night until 7:00 this morning. After a long sleepless night, she eventually ran out of steam. We went to the vet's for a little help, because of the slow progress.
We knew that there was the potential for a C-Section to help save as many pups as possible. Ultimately, we did not need to have surgery, but 2 puppies were lost. It was so sad, but we are elated with the 6 beautiful newborn Labradors that we welcomed into this world during these past 14 hours.
It was a very intense and prolonged labor, and I know Annie and I are definitely ready for some much needed rest. I will be posting more details about the puppies in this litter after I take a long sweet rewarding nap... Just like mama Annie. She deserves it! She did an absolutely stellar job, and is the sweetest mom I have ever seen. Praise God for beautiful healthy pups!
|Posted on December 2, 2016 at 2:27 AM||comments (0)|
After a long slow start to labor, Annie has delivered 3 large healthy pups! She is resting in between contractions and doing a phenomenal job as a first time mama. She is so attentive and careful with her newborns. The pushing stage of labor started around 11:00, and the first pup made her arrival at 11:45. Since then, we have welcomed a new puppy approximately every 45 minutes to an hour. We are in for a very long sleepless night, and I am praying for extra strength and energy for both Annie and myself... Especially for Annie!
|Posted on December 1, 2016 at 4:54 PM||comments (1)|
Annie's temperature dipped down to 98 degrees this afternoon, so we are anticipating the start of labor within the next 12-24 hours! Her desire to nest has set in big time... We are taking care of all of the last minute preparations and have been busy trying to keep her from digging her own nest.
She picked a cozy spot under a shrub in the backyard to prepare for her pups arrival. Much to my surprise, after a fresh bath last night and a little pampering before birth, she got covered in mud from the top of her nose to the tip of her tail while digging out her preferred nesting spot. We are now walking her out on the leash to prevent that from happening again ;-).
Thankfully, she will deliver her puppies in the beautiful clean whelping pen that my husband built, rather than a dirty bed in our backyard. It reminds me that although they are so domesticated, dogs still carry such primal instincts form their ancestors. In this video of Annie you can still see evidence of her romp in the dirt on her nose. She is in very early labor, but her body is definitely getting ready to deliver her puppies.
We are praying that all will go smoothly, and we will be welcoming a litter of healthy precious puppies soon! I will keep you updated as the puppies make their arrival. New life is always such a miracle!
|Posted on June 13, 2016 at 5:41 PM||comments (0)|
*AVAILABLE for ADOPTION*
Sweet and Lovely 'LILY' of the Valley
As a lover of Labradors and a breeder, some posts are so fun to write, and others are literally almost impossible to type. This is one of the most difficult ones I can imagine. At this point, I feel like my keyboard is covered in Molasses! Choosing to place a dog into a new forever family is always so hard for myself, and especially for my family, but as a breeder it is something that has to be done from time to time to move the breeding program forward.
It is only after a great deal of prayer and discussion, that we have decided to retire Lily from our breeding program here at Kingridge. Lily always was, and will continue to be, first and foremost, our family's very special and much loved pet. So, it is with a heavy heart that we have made this difficult decision. She has only had one successful pregnancy after multiple attempts, and as a result we feel it is ultimately best to find a new home for our special girl.
We have raised Lily from the very start! I remember when she weighed just over a pound and fit in the palm of my hand. She was born out of the Precious Gems of Kingridge Litter. Her mother was our 'Shiloh' and her father 'Calypso' was the Best of Breed winner at both the Westminster and Eukanuba dog shows in 2011. Lily has always lived inside our home and been a very special part of our family.
We are looking for a loving home with humans who will pamper Lily and show her as much affection as she is used to receiving from us. She is a healthy, happy, 4 1/2 year old yellow Lab, with a stellar pedigree. Lily is terrific with children (she absolutely loves kids) of all ages, cats, and other dogs. She is faithful and oh so gentle, and she loves walks and jogging next to me on the trail. She really is the epitome of the Labrador breed.
We know that another family is going to be thrilled with the addition of Lily into their family, and we are excited to get to talk with them. Lily is being adopted on a companion/pet registration only. She will come into your home with all of her AKC papers, current on shots, and with a written agreement of spaying by the new family's veterinarian. She is sure to bless another family as much as she has ours! It's just so hard to share the precious gem that we have found in living life with Lily.
If you think your home may be a good fit for Lily, please email me directly at [email protected] or call me at (724)561-9808 so that we can talk more and see if it seems like a wonderful fit for everyone. I think Lily will transition seamlessly into a happy new home, because to love with abundant affection is her nature. Our family, and especially all of my children, will always hold such a special place in our hearts for her. Lily really is a unique and beautiful gem.
|Posted on March 26, 2016 at 10:27 AM||comments (2)|
|Posted on July 9, 2014 at 6:54 PM||comments (0)|
Our chocolate boys are a little over 1 month old, and today they went outside exploring for the very first time. We were thankful for such a beautiful mild and sunny day to expose the puppies to all of the new sights, sounds, and smells that go along with the great outdoors. They seemed to thoroughly enjoy every second of their romp in the yard.
I tried to capture their first moments on video which you can watch below, but I have to apologize for my thumb getting in the way... I was so busy watching the puppies, I didn't do a very good job paying attention to what I was filming on the screen. I hope you enjoy watching these sweet little guys as much as I did.
I also hope you are all relishing in these beautiful summer days and that you too will get a chance to frolic freely in the great outdoors, taking in the sunshine and enjoying the loveliness of God's creation.
|Posted on June 30, 2014 at 4:37 PM||comments (0)|
Our summer litter has turned 3 weeks old, and they are growing in so many ways. They have been busy exploring this week, using their new found sense of hearing and sight. Although they are still always in the whelping pen close to Lily, they are walking more steadily on all fours, exploring the smells and sights of the 4 corners of the pen.
This upcoming week will be an exciting one, because the pups will soon be experiencing their first solid meal. That also marks the start of potty-training on our end, and we will be busy keeping the whelping pen spotless in order to teach the pups that their is an appropriate place to potty.
There is sure a lot to learn when you are a new puppy! It always amazes me how dogs instinctively know how to teach their pups. Within the next few weeks, Lily will begin to allow her puppies more and more independence, until finally they are out and about exploring this great big world on their own. However, for now, at the tender age of three weeks, the pups are still completely dependent on their mom for everything, and as always she is doing a fabulous job caring for her sons.
|Posted on June 21, 2014 at 12:32 AM||comments (0)|
These two little brothers are growing so very quickly. Today they are two weeks old, and so much has changed since they first made their appearance into the world. Although they are still very wobbly, they are gaining strength in their legs, and are attempting to follow their Mama. In perfect Lab fashion, they love eating, and they would probably nurse 24 hours a day if Lily didn't jump out of the whelping pen to take some much needed "mommy breaks" every now and then... Trust me I understand Lily :-)
Lily really is the best mom imaginable, and she has showered her puppies with love and attention. She has taken meticulous care of her litter and has been very patient with her boys. The pups are doing great with BioSensor therapy, and just today we experienced an exciting milestone that you can see in the picture below. Each of the puppies' eyes opened just a tiny bit, and although everything is still very blurry, soon they will be able to clearly see this great big wonderful world. They will be using those precious eyes to investigate so much in the upcoming weeks and for the rest of their long lives.
|Posted on June 6, 2014 at 11:33 PM||comments (0)|
We have been eagerly waiting for our sweet Lily's first litter of puppies, and since it is very common for our girls to deliver on their actual due date, we all were preparing for a good nights sleep before labor would begin tomorrow. Well the puppies had other plans, and Lily surprised us all by introducing them to us 1 day ahead of schedule.
We were also surprised to discover only 2 robust little guys in this litter. We had just found out through a detailed ultrasound that the litter was going to be small, but we are so happy to have the gift of these 2 boys. They are healthy, precious, and completely adorable. Birth is always such an exciting miracle! The 2 brothers are nursing successfully, and they were born only minutes apart from one another.
Lily labored like a champ and apart from a temperature drop, she gave us no signals that labor was beginning. It all happened very quickly, and she did wonderfully for a first time mama. She has been taking meticulous care to keep her new bundles of fur warm and well fed, and apart from momentary potty breaks, she hasn't left their side.
We will be posting pictures and more details in the days to follow. We will also be adding more pictures to Facebook, so if you haven't yet liked us on Facebook, it may be something you'd like to consider. It will be so wonderful to watch this duo grow together!
|Posted on May 26, 2014 at 11:16 AM||comments (0)|
Happy Memorial Day! I want to share my gratefulness and appreciation to all of you who have served our great nation and protected our freedoms. It has been such a beautiful weekend here in Pittsburgh (which is very appreciated because it is quite rare). We are enjoying picnics, the sunny outdoors, wonderful food, and our loving family. All of these are gifts from the Lord that brave men have fought for, and are still fighting to protect in America.
Some of you may have seen the article about the former marine who was reunited with the yellow Labrador he served with in Afghanistan. Here is the video capturing the precious reunion of the two, and it reminds me of the tender bond shared between all people, even soldiers, with their beloved canines. It is such a strong bond, and it amazes me that even in wartime, our faithful partners will stand with us until the end if necessary. What a beautiful sacrificial relationship! Thank you to all of those who have sacrificed it all for each of us.