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As of August 22, we have 56 deposits for future pups

Pups will start arriving in October with homing dates in December (see Tomorrow’s Pups). I've bred several litters these past few weeks according to the number of people wanting pups, which girls have cycled, and if it's their turn to have pups.

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.

According to the numbers of people on my waitlist it's not likely that I'll have available pups this year, but I won't know until the pups are actually born. I would expect the next bunch of pups to arrive in the spring/summer.

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, when you'll have time to read, plan and prepare for your puppy.

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.

Tomorrow's pups update
August 22

I have 56 people on my waitlist for all sizes and timeline requests after present litters are chosen. The number of pups born in each litter will determine how much room I have for more deposits. I'll only accept more deposits if you're willing to wait while previous deposits are filled. You may have up to a year's wait.

I do not expect each of these gals to conceive but for the sake of those of you on my waitlist, here's hoping!! The pups can start going home when they're 8 weeks old. If you can't pick up your pup by 9 weeks of age there's a boarding fee. See the Sales Agreement.

Bred litters but not confirmed pregnant:
Eliza Jane and Marlo for F1B mini/medium goldendoodles. Due October 1 and may go home end of November.
Annie and Marlo for F1 mini/medium goldendoodles. Due October 8 and may go home beginning of December.
Tess and Abe for F1 medium/large goldendoodles. Due October 19 and may go home mid December.
Darla and Nicodemus for F1 large goldendoodles. Due October 20 and may go home mid December.
Dolly and Simon for F1 mini/medium goldendoodles. Due October 21 and would go home mid December.
Chicky and Swede for F1B medium/larger goldendoodles. Should be bred next week. Puppies could go home the 3rd-4th week in December.

Future Pairings are not written in stone and will depend on demand/suitable mating partners. The girls are doing their own thing when it comes to their cycles. I can only guess what will happen next! Here is the latest!

Plans may change depending on when they all come into season.

Late Winter/Spring 2021 planned:
Penny and Marlo for F1B mini goldendoodles (depending on how many pups are born in the winter litters -- since I have a larger waitlist for small pups this litter may be spoken for already)

Spring/Summer 2021 planned:
Mango and Abe or Nicodemus for F1B medium/large goldendoodles
Kit and Simon or Abe or Nicodemus for F1 mini/medium/large goldendoodles (depending on demand)

There will likely be some new litters added to our breeding plans once our new K9s are old enough to have finished their health testing. We're hoping for two more litters in spring 2021.

JJ's and Marlo's F1B mini goldendoodle pups at 4 weeks
July 8

JJ's pups are growing up so (and too) fast. The babies (the youngest) of my group of present pups are doing amazing. There's a big variety of sizes and colours in this litter. Their personalities are budding and it looks like we'll have a sweet bunch of characters.

These pups are all spoken for. Their vet visit is July 27 and choosing will occur after that. They can start going home on August 4th.

Bandage: male ~ blue ribbon -- ADOPTED

CPR: male ~ blue/gold ribbon -- ADOPTED

Defibrillator: male ~ yellow ribbon -- ADOPTED

OHS: male ~ green/white ribbon -- ADOPTED

Tourniquet: male ~ green ribbon -- ADOPTED

ABC: female ~ orange ribbon -- ADOPTED

Red Cross: female ~ red ribbon -- ADOPTED

30-2: female ~ pink ribbon -- ADOPTED

Shock: female ~ purple/white ribbon -- ADOPTED

Biscuit's and Marlo's F1B mini/medium goldendoodle litter at 4 weeks
July 2

Biscuit's sweethearts are doing so well! The pups are such a delightful bunch. They're toileting outside of the whelping box and starting to enjoy some softened kibble. I'm looking forward to see how their personalities develop over the next few weeks.

I'm telling you, there are just not enough hours in a day to enjoy all the moments with these little ones!! But I am soaking them up though! I believe the pups should weigh between 25-45 lbs and there's a nice range of colours!

All of these pups are spoken for. They'll see the vet on July 23rd. Choosing will happen July 24/25 and they can start going home on July 30th.

BP (Baking Powder): male ~ brown ribbon -- ADOPTED

Biscotti: male ~ green ribbon -- ADOPTED

Buttermilk: female ~ yellow ribbon -- ADOPTED

Crostoli: female ~ orange ribbon -- ADOPTED

Dumpling: female ~ silver ribbon -- ADOPTED

Nice: female ~ blue ribbon -- ADOPTED

Scone: female ~ burgundy ribbon -- ADOPTED

Fiddle's and Swede's medium to large F1B goldendoodles at 4 weeks
June 18

Fiddle's pups are quite the nice crew. I love seeing their personalities start to bud. There's certainly a good range of sizes and coats in this litter.

The pups are starting to enjoy their softened food and learning to keep toileting out of the whelping box. I love this 'classic' litter.

Choosing will happen starting July 9th and they can start going home after July 15. This litter is all spoken for.

Masterly: male ~ red ribbon -- ADOPTED

Prime: male ~ green ribbon -- ADOPTED

Prototype: male ~ black/red collar -- ADOPTED

Textbook: male ~ black ribbon -- ADOPTED

Vintage: male ~ plaid ribbon -- ADOPTED

Classy: female ~ yellow ribbon -- ADOPTED

Finest: female ~ blue ribbon -- ADOPTED

Genuine: female ~ light green ribbon -- ADOPTED

Model: female ~ flowered ribbon -- ADOPTED

Pristine: female ~ purple ribbon -- ADOPTED

Kit's and Abe's F1 medium/large goldendoodle pups at 4 weeks
June 14

Kit's litter has been delightful and the pups have been a joy as they grow and learn. They're a social group and already come running with the puppy call, "Here Puppies!". The pups are loving their softened food and are toileting outside of their whelping box. All too soon they'll be heading outside to do the same.

Sadly, little Ragdoll did not live past a week. This is a part of life here on occasion. It's always hard to see the mom grieve, but Kit was back to herself the next day and was focusing her efforts on the remaining 8 pups. She continues to be such a good mom.

Choosing for this litter will happen after July 3rd and they can start going home on July 13. ALL of this litter is spoken for. We hope to have more F1s coming up later this fall/winter.

Bombay: male ~ blue ribbon -- ADOPTED

Rex: male ~ red ribbon -- ADOPTED

Himalayan: male ~ green collar -- ADOPTED

Manx: male ~ black ribbon -- ADOPTED

Coon: female ~ turquoise ribbon -- ADOPTED

Munchkin: female ~ purple ribbon -- ADOPTED

Persian: female ~ pink ribbon -- ADOPTED

Siamese: female ~ black/white ribbon -- ADOPTED

JJ's and Marlo's mini F1B goldendoodle litter born June 9
June 11

JJ laboured most of Monday and through the night. She started having pups at 9:30am on Tuesday and finished with her 9th pup by 4 pm. Fortunately, I had a back up puppy doula who kept an eye on JJ and pups while I attended a CPR/ First Aid course. It was an uneventful delivery and JJ is mighty proud of her 5 boys and 4 girls.

I decided to name them after some of the terms used at the course I took: Bandage, CPR, Defibrillator, OHS, Tourniquet, ABC, Red Cross, '30 to 2' and Shock.

These pups are all spoken for and I have more people waiting on my deposit list in case anyone backs out. They'll be chosen after July 29 and can start going home August 4.

Biscuit's and Marlo's F1B mini/medium goldendoodle litter born June 4
June 6

Biscuit is such a chilled character. She was more than happy to go with the other mama dogs for a slow jog around the field on Thursday morning. She didn't even slow down and didn’t look at all stressed or uncomfortable all day, but just before the pups started to come I could see was getting restless. Then she went on to have a very non-eventful delivery.

We're happy to announce that Biscuit had 7 beautiful puppies! There are 2 boys and 5 girls who are named after different kinds of biscuits! There's BP (Baking Powder), Biscotti, Buttermilk, Crostoli, Dumpling, Nice and Scone.

Choosing will happen on July 24-25 for this litter and the pups can start going home on July 30. All of this litter is spoken for. I wish there were enough pups for all those who have been hoping for one!

No matter how many pups JJ has (due next week), those too are spoken for. I'm waiting for more girls to cycle this coming month and the next litters should be available later in the fall or early winter.

Mango's and Abe's F1B medium goldendoodle litter at 4 weeks
June 5

Mango's and Abe's pups are an active group. They were early to move out of their whelping box to toilet and are already eager to get outside! We have so enjoyed this lovely group and are excited to see them growing and changing.

There's a good variety of sizes, colours and personalities developing in this litter. Choosing will happen on the June 26-27-28 weekend and when they reach 8 weeks on July 4 it will be time for them to start going home.

All of this litter is spoken for.

Bonus: male ~ blue/red striped ribbon -- ADOPTED

Benediction: male ~ blue ribbon -- ADOPTED

Gravy: male ~ brown ribbon -- ADOPTED

Hakuna: male ~ black striped ribbon -- ADOPTED

Prosper: male ~ red ribbon -- ADOPTED

Provision: male ~ yellow ribbon -- ADOPTED

Silver Lining: male ~ white/keys ribbon -- ADOPTED

Whew: male ~ green ribbon -- ADOPTED

Lavish: female ~ lime ribbon -- ADOPTED

Matata: female ~ white/black dot ribbon -- ADOPTED

Promise: female ~ pink ribbon -- ADOPTED

Serendipity: female ~ flowered ribbon -- ADOPTED

Fiddle's and Swede's medium to large F1B goldendoodles born May 20
May 22

Fiddle was very cute when I put her into her nursery in preparation for her litter. She explored and wagged in a big way, and she was so excited. I would often find her just laying quietly in her whelping box, with this excited look of anticipation in her eye while she waited for labour to start.

After long last she had the typical wane in appetite on the 19th and on the 20th things got more serious. I was pleased when she started shortly after 8pm. I would not lose as much sleep this time!! Lol.

Fiddle is a very calm and self assured mama. There was no drama with her labouring. She was quiet and attentive to all her pups and very aware of where each pup was, even when she was birthing another. She doesn't prefer an audience and waited until I had just been in to see her before she started. And when I did decide to come and investigate in person (and not only through the surveillance camera) she had the biggest smile and wag, and was so happy to show me what she'd been up to.

She loves all of our pets, but prefers to have the pups all to herself the first day or 2. I did't want to cause her unnecessary stress so I just let her be to enjoy those wonderful newborn moments.

When I took a better look later the next day I counted 5 boys and 5 girls. We named them after terms that mean "classic". Fiddle's is the second last litter we'll have of Dayo’s lineage (our beloved stud of 14 years)! Biscuit's upcoming litter will be our last. They will hold a very special place in our hearts for sure!!

The pups are called Masterly, Prime, Prototype, Textbook, Vinage, Classy, Finest, Genuine, Model, and Pristine.

Choosing for this litter will occur after July 8 and the earliest the pups can start going home is July 15. All of this litter is spoken for!

Kit's and Abe's 9 medium/large litter of F1 goldendoodles born May 18
May 20

Kit had been showing signs of labour for a few days. She lost her appetite on Friday (often the first sign of labour) but still happily participated in longer walks with Mango and Fiddle on Saturday. I thought I was going to be lucky and have a daytime birth on Sunday, but as it usually goes, things took longer than I'd hoped for.

I took her out for a few short walks. She just wanted to chill out in her nursery and labour in peace so I just kept checking my surveillance camera every 15 minutes, all day long, and physically checked in on her every couple of hours.

The funniest thing, when she was nesting she would dig at the carpet to make a heap. Then she would straighten it out and do it all over again. I've never seen a dog straighten out the carpet on their own before. It was most entertaining.

Before I crashed in my own bed at 1am I'd screwed the carpet down for safety, gave her one more little massage, and said goodnight. But she still managed to break one corner free in just a few minutes with all her digging and then started having pups right after I went to bed! I think she was waiting for me to leave her alone! Lol!

She was content and happy caring for her newborns and birthing on her own, so I slept (kind of), and by 6am she had 9 of the most gorgeous pups! By the time I was out to run the other dogs at 8am, she was ready to come and join them (even though she was not allowed! Lol :). I feel like my 'puppy hangover' is taking longer to recover from than Kit's labour and delivery!

There are 5 girls and 4 boys. Kit's nickname is Kitty, so I thought I would name her litter of pups after varieties of cats, just for fun! The boys are Bombay, Deven Rex, Himalayan and Manx. The girls are Maine "Coon", Munchkin, Persian, Ragdoll, and Siamese.

These pups are all spoken for. Their vet appointment is July 6 and choosing can start to happen after that. They can start going on home on July 13 at 8 weeks old.

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Brixx in transition



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