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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.
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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Tomorrow's pups update
updated October 22
I have over 75 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:
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
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
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
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
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