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As of October 15 the Hearty K9s waitlist (with deposits) is closed!
It is with sad disappointment today that we found out Chicky is not expecting. I also was concerned that Dolly only had one pup in her, as her tummy is not big, which could cause issues at the time of delivery. Fortunately her x-ray showed 2 pups. In their last litters, Chicky had 14 pups and Dolly had 11!
Darla's stomach is not very big either but the good news is, Tess is HUGE! She has actually taken to a very slow waddle. I'm sure she can't wait for those pups to come out!
With this news we've decided to stop taking more deposits for a while, so we're closing our waitlist as of today.
I'll continue to accept adoption forms and interview applicants, numbering your applications as they're accepted to preserve your spot in the queue. When I reopen my official waitlist, I'll call/email those people in queue order. At that time you'll be able to decide if you would like to submit a non-refundable deposit. If you don't respond within 48 hours I won't be able to hold your spot.
If your previous application was approved, but you have not yet submitted your deposit, please contact me to get on the no-deposit waitlist.
We thank you for your understanding. I will continue to do my best to provide quality, well-started, puppies to those who are patiently waiting!
As of October 1, 2020
I have 77 deposits for Hearty K9s! I thought it would slow down but people are now planning for later 2021 into 2022! The wait will vary depending on the size of the litters as they arrive.
Since it looks like we'll be having 6 litters born by the end of October, that should substantially take down my wait list. The timing of the next litters will likely be spring/summer 2021?
At this time, more applications are welcome if you're willing to wait patiently for future litters with the understanding that it could be a longer wait, all depending on the number of pups in each litter as they arrive.
In this time of the puppy shortage I suggest to folks to simply do your research and find a breeder you trust and want to work with. Then go through their adoption process to get on their waitlist and be prepared to wait, which will give you time to read, plan and prepare for your puppy. I may decide to stop accepting more deposits for my waitlist if my puppy numbers are down and if I won't have more pups for a while.
To answer a FAQ: Dogs cycle every 6-10 months and in the last 2 years my girls cycle together. Like girls in college this is not something I can control. Albeit busy, it's like organising a festival and I've learned to be super organised and to have extra help who I can call in to get the work done.
Hearty K9s responds to COVID-19: August 2020 update
The summer choosing and pick-up training sessions for puppies went very well. Most everything was held outside and social distancing was done well with the facilities we have available to us.
The reality of Covid and the restrictions it places on us will be with us for a while and we at Hearty K9s are working through the logistics of what that may look like for the winter litters.
As puppy choosing starts at the end of November, we're hoping to allow people to come to choose in person in our facilities (using COVID-19 protocols).
Choosing over the phone with videos and photos is another option if:
In the instance of a second/third COVID-19 wave, or if there are further restrictions placed by the government, all choosing will happen remotely with 'curb side' pick ups for your pups.
As for pick up training sessions (and second training sessions), with the ongoing issues with Covid I'm considering alternative means. People gathering from different cities and locations is not a good way to contain this virus. Please stay tuned as we try new ways to provide you with the extra means to have the best life with your puppy!
Please email me if you have any questions.
Price increase and boarding fees
We've posted a price increase and have added more detail about our boarding fees in our sales agreement, details also included below.
Our prices will be changing due to our increased time, resources, and expenses which we invest in each puppy and family. We remain the leaders in breeding pups and in providing support for families to achieve success and a life-long fullfilling relationship with your pup. At this time, we are one of, if not the only goldendoodle breeder in Western Canada who offers training included in the price of your puppy.
Effective August 1, 2020; for those who have completed the adoption process and have submitted a deposit before July 31, 2020, our old prices will remain in effect until February 1 2021. As of August 1, 2020, the price for any sized Hearty K9 will be $3000 (GST included).
You have the option to pick up your pup between 8-12 weeks. Anyone who is considering their dog for service or therapy work, is a novice, or has small children, is encouraged to leave their pup with mom and/or siblings longer so they can learn from each other about structure and boundaries. The pup may then learn to be less nippy as well. The cost to keep your puppy here longer depends on how much and what kind of things you would like me to be working on with your puppy (i.e. house training, crate training, leash work etc). That will also depend on how much time I have to do extra work with them. So, pricing and options are determined on a case-by-case basis. Special arrangements must be made ahead of time with me (Sonia) in order to keep your pup here longer than 8 weeks.
If you can not pick up your puppy by 9 weeks of age, (or 2 weeks after committing to an older pup) there will be a flat boarding fee of $20/day. This cost includes minimal leash and/or crate work. If you would like more extensive training while your pup is here, I do accept limited spots based on my workload and ability to do so at the requested time. More advanced leash work and basic house manners would start at $50/day. House training that includes sleeping in a crate by my bed at night, or making trips to town into welcoming businesses, would be $200/day. For days that I am not able to put in the extra training, the daily rate will be back down to $20/day for board. Training prices include boarding. I will provide photos and videos of your pup's progress during their extra stay here. Please contact me if you have questions.
Dolly's and Simon's F1 goldendoodle pups
These 2 little darlings (Him and Her) are growing and doing so very well. They're very different from each other size wise, yet are pretty good buddies. Him is 3 Kgs and Her is 2 Kgs (at 4 weeks old).
They're both spoken for and can go home December 19.
Him: male ~ blue ribbon
Her: female ~ pink ribbon
Darla's and Nico’s F1 standard goldendoodle litter at 4 weeks
What a beautiful litter this is!! The pups are wandering outside the whelping box to toilet -- and a few have for a couple of weeks already!
They're growing nicely and their personalities are starting to blossom. I look forward to showing them off to the folks who'll be choosing them the first week of December.
They can start to go home after December 14. All of these pups are spoken for!
Batman: male ~ black ribbon
Contractor: male ~ green ribbon
Regal: male ~ red/green/white ribbon
Sunny: male ~ Christmas light ribbon
Argon: female ~ red snowflakes ribbon
Pax: female ~ pink ribbon
Pearl: female ~ white dots ribbon
Tile: female ~ candy cane ribbon
Waffle: female ~ purple/yellow ribbon
Tess' and Abe's F1 goldendoodle litter at 4 weeks!
Here we are at 4 weeks old already!! What a charming litter. There's a big range of sizes and colours. Now their personalities are starting to blossom, and guaranteed, there will be stories to tell for each of them.The pups will see the vet on December 2 and choosing will start soon after. They can start going home December 11.
All of these pups are spoken for.
Entertainer: male ~ red/blue/white ribbon
Mack the Knife: male ~ green/red ribbon
Moonshadow: male ~ yellow ribbon
Mr Sandman: male ~ cream ribbon
Bubbles: female ~ purple ribbon
Chitty Bang Bang: female ~ white/towers ribbon
Groovy: female ~ blue/flowers ribbon
Que Sera Sera: female ~ pink/dots ribbon
Seasons: female ~ watermelon ribbon
Annie's and Marlo's F1 pups at 4 weeks old!
These pups are such pudgy darlings. Mama Annie has very rich milk, and with only 6 pups they all get more than enough. The pups will become more proportioned once they start to become more active. They're venturing freely out of the whelping box to toilet and have started on softened kibble.
I can hardly wait to see how their personalities develop over the coming weeks. Their vet visit is on November 20 and choosing will start that weekend. They can start going home on November 30.
All of these pups are spoken for.
Cloth: male ~ yellow ribbon
Huggies: male ~ blue ribbon
Rascal: male ~ red ribbon
Bello: female ~ blue sparkle ribbon
Luv: female ~ lime ribbon
Pamper: female ~ pink ribbon
Eliza's and Marlo's pups at 4 weeks old!
Eliza's litter is as cute and charming as they get. Their little characters are starting to blossom and I'm in love! The folks who are choosing from this litter will have loads of fun deciding who to get!
It's most important that once you have finished your reading that you decide on what your highest priorities in a pup are and to list them in order, before you come to see the pups. This bit of homework will make it easier to decide in the sea of pup adorableness.
I believe the pups will range in weight between 20-40 lbs. This litter has a nice variety of sizes and colours.
Choosing will start on November 13 and the pups can start going home on the 25th of November! All of these pups are spoken for.
Grandma: female ~ blue ribbon dots
Grandpa: male ~ blue ribbon
Grammie: female ~ white purple stripes ribbon
Grampy: male ~ purple ribbon
Mormor: female ~ blue/yellow ribbon
MorFar: male ~ yellow ribbon
Nana: female ~ turquoise dotted ribbon
Papa: male ~ turquoise ribbon
Oma: female ~ green flowered ribbon
Opa: male ~ green ribbon
Dolly's and Simon's F1 mini/medium pair of goldendoodle pups born on October 24
Dolly had a day of labouring on and off on Friday. She was resting well on Friday night and the pups were active so I just kept a close eye on her through the night. By 9 am on Saturday morning she had the little girl, but then took a long break. By noon Dolly was asleep. I was concerned and called the vet for advice, but by 12:35 her bouncing baby boy was born and all was well.
She seems to be not content with just 2 pups. I wonder if she thinks there should still be more pups coming, and if I hadn't seen the X-ray I would think the same! Dolly may be a little bored with just the 2, but she'll settle in soon enough.
My daughter thought calling the pups Him and Her would be fun, so there we are! The pups are adorable, perfect and spoken for! These pups can start going home on December 19.
Darla's and Nic-o's F1 goldendoodle pups born October 19
Darla had her pups starting later in the afternoon on October 19. At first she was having one pup an hour, but by the end she birthed 2 per hour (but the last one came much later). I had taken her for a walk to pee and I couldn’t feel any more pups in her. She went back to her pups and slept. Before I went to bed I checked on her a couple more times. I thought she was done with 8, which was more than I thought she was going to have, so I was thrilled.
Darla was very protective of her pups and really didn't want me to fuss with them at all the first couple of days. I didn't want to push her and so I just let her instincts care for her babies. I could see they were doing well and all were feisty, so I just let her be.
On day 3 I was ready to start Early Neurological Stimulation and so I had to get them ribboned and named. By this time Darla was much more relaxed and willing to let me handle her pups. To my delight it turned out there were 9 pups! 4 boys and 5 girls! I had checked on them often and even have a photo of 9 of them from the day before when she had just got up. I just never re-counted! To say the least I'm thrilled, especially for those on my waitlist!
Themes are often chosen for what is going on in our lives. We've been doing a big house renovation since June. The last time we renovated the kitchen 5-6 years ago we named a litter of pups after the different products we had used, so we thought we'd do it again.
The names of the pups are in bold.
We've talked about replacing our porch for 5 years because bats were finding their way into our 105 year old house (Batman). This year we found a Contractor willing to do the work, and as renovations go it has ended up being a bigger job than originally planned with many decisions to make. Argon windows, Regal paint in a Pearl finish, Tile floors in the porch (yet to be chosen), and Ikea Pax cupboards. We'll enjoy the new Sunroom (AKA Sunny) which is now the second story above the porch! I figure Waffle would also be a good name because that's how some of my decision making goes while renovating. Lol!
Folks will be coming to choose their pup from this litter starting on the December 4th weekend and they can start going home on December 14. ALL of these pups are spoken for.
Tess' and Abe's F1 goldendoodles born October 16
Tess was walking kinda slow her last couple days of pregnancy, but being a good mama she birthed the pups in about 6 hours. The pups have more of Abe's markings with white chests or a white spot on their heads. Only 2 are solid coloured.
There are 9 pups: 4 boys and 5 girls. Dean and I like listening to Escape on SiriusFM as a part of our long road trips, so I chose a few songs we recently listened to for the theme.
The Entertainer, Mack the Knife, Moonshadow, Mister Sandman, Tiny Bubbles, Chitty Bang Bang, Groovy Kind of Love, Que Sera Sera, and Seasons in the Sun.
Choosing for this litter will be after December 2 and the pups can start going home on December 11. All of these pups are spoken for.
Annie's and Marlo's F1 mini/medium goldendoodles born October 5
Annie is such a sweet mama, but she really does not like posing for the camera. Annie gave birth to 6 beautiful puppies the evening of October 5. There are 3 boys and 3 girls.
The theme for this litter are different diaper brands. Pamper, Huggie, Luv, Bello, Rascal and Cloth! :)
These pups will be chosen the weekend of November 20 and can begin to go home on November 30.
All of these pups and all other litters born this month are spoken for. Contact me if you have any questions.
Eliza's and Marlo's F1B mini/medium litter born September 29
We're very pleased to announce the slow in coming, then speedy arrival, of Eliza's and Marlo's beautiful pups. Eliza laboured from Sunday morning to Tuesday morning and then popped out 10 pups in 4 hours! There are 5 boys and 5 girls. Eliza is an exceptional mama and I am so pleased with how well she did with her first litter. She's a natural! I expect the pups will range in weight between 20-40 lbs.
At the very same time Eliza was labouring so was my oldest daughter, Emily, with our first grandchild! Emily won what seemed a crazy race and had a beautiful baby boy about 10 hours before Eliza started. Not to be outdone, Eliza won in the numbers department! Lol.
More photos of our new grandson to come later on. With this news, we decided to call this litter after our new titles in life. The pups are called Grandma and Grandpa, Grammie and Grampy, Mormor and Morfar (Swedish for mother's mother and mother's father), Nana and Papa, and Oma and Opa. BTW, we're sticking with the traditional Grandma/Grandpa titles for ourselves.
I'm working through my waitlist to see who would like pups from this litter. Having over 75 people on the waitlist, I'm sure I'll find enough people wanting a pup! Lol... So, yes, they're all spoken for!
Choosing for this litter will start on November 13 and the pups can start going home on November 25. Our waitlist for mini or under 30 lb pups is approximately 1.5 years, give or take, depending on the number of pups our girls have as they're born.
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