True 2 Gold
Dogs for Loving Life!
|Posted on November 9, 2014 at 12:20 AM||comments (4)|
True 2 Gold’s position on Canine Hip and Eye Testing.
There has been a propensity toward early spay and neutering of dogs over the past three decades. This has been to curtail the canine population, saving every community the time and expense of dealing with unwanted pets.
Although this was seen as an advantage to mankind, it has not benefitted our canine companions. Well known vets have been speaking out against this practice since they have discovered that keeping a young dog in tact for several cycles is beneficial to their bone structure and organ development. This practice robs the dogs of the essential hormones they need to develop a healthy body.
In other words, early spay and neuter of dogs causes them arthritis and eye problems later in life.
According to our research, dogs who have had this procedure have also been plagued with other problems later in life; especially arthritic conditions and optical problems.
The animal kingdom has provided professionals with millions of dollars in breeding wonderful pets. We are saddened that corporations have gained financially at the expense of our dogs. The eye and hip certifications are one such establishment. Although many new dog owners want to know their dog has eye and hip clearances, the tests do not take into account the practices that cause eye and hip problems.
Since there has been a trend leaning away from early spay and neutering, we expect to see that older dogs will not suffer as much with hip and eye problems. There is a connection between the two that no certification is addressing. The millions of dollars consumed by vets performing these tests and establishing and maintaining an international data base, is not going to be given up without a fight.
We therefore have chosen not to encourage this testing and we do not subscribe to the data base or perform the tests on our dogs. We also do not spay and neuter our dogs until they have lived through at least two or three natural cycles. The minor hardship we encounter is minimal compared to the discomfort our dogs may have in later years.
There will be data in the future that most likely will prove this point. Until then we are complying with the vet’s recommendations to prevent eye and hip problems, as opposed to pointing out which dogs will may be rendered free from those problems by an expensive data base.
While everyone is focusing on hip and eye tests, no-one has a data base showing the dog families with cancer – which will kill your dog before they are old enough to have eye and hip problems! We are more concerned with the lack of honesty about cancer in the lines of breeder’s dogs. This has been quietly swept under the rug. There is no comment from many breeders on this subject; why are we not isolating the genetic propensity to cancer? Why is this not addressed as much as hip and eye testing?
Our first two dogs came from a reputable breeder with many health clearances. Yet they both died at 7 and 8 of cancer. My breeder indicated that she was not surprised. Most likely she has heard this sad news dozens of times in thirty years of breeding. How is this not being addressed?
I recommend we maintain data bases for cancer studies within the AKC breeders and enforce reporting of dogs passing away prematurely from cancer prior to age 12 in Goldens. We have talked to many clients who have lost their dogs as early as 2 years old to cancer. Some have lost their beloved companions to cancer at 4 to 6 years, and oh, so many, between 7 – 10 years. Rare are the Goldens who have lived passed 12 in this last decade. What a tragedy.
We at True 2 Gold are working to prevent cancer. Period. That’s all we can manage at this time. As we continue in our breeding program we hope to present our own data to show our pups living past 13 years of age, which is the recommended age for Golden Retrievers.
|Posted on September 5, 2013 at 4:20 AM||comments (300)|
WE ARE EXPECTING A LITTER ANY DAY NOW.
Puppies will be available to view by mid to late October and ready to go home by mid to late November, just in time for Thanksgiving. We are delighted. Our last litter was so successful. Every single pup found the perfect home, even though the last one took several months to place. She was feisty and smart. She needed a family who would be home all the time, and we finally found the perfect, loving yet busy home.
Each new family was thrilled with their pup and we are planning a puppy reunion sometime soon.
If you are looking for a wonderful companion dog, service dog, agility partner or hunting partner please fill out the contact form. We will match our pups personality to your needs.
Looking forward to meeting our new families.
|Posted on May 14, 2013 at 2:57 AM||comments (4)|
|Posted on April 9, 2013 at 9:46 PM||comments (118)|
I've been doing a lot of research lately on the perils of over vaccinating and the healthier options available. I am constantly amazed at the new data and how few people and vets are paying attention to it. Food selections and health care will keep your dog living longer. Great advice on training will make you both happier.
I have assembled this research into a packet for our new puppy owners, but I am offering the same packet for anyone else who would like to have the information and the time saving benefit of someone else looking out for you!
It's only $5.00, available on the "Online Store' Tab.
Get your copy by email or a hard copy in the mail for only $2.00 more.
As always, we love to hear from you and value your input.
|Posted on April 8, 2013 at 8:10 PM||comments (231)|
I am very please with the quality of homes that our dear pups will go to. It is amazing how each puppy has the perfect family. I always wonder how it happens, but we are always able to match the puppy's qualities with the family members and their needs.
Our three big boys all look alike but they are different in subtle ways. Porker, the biggest and most playful is going home with a large family of two teens who are delighted to have a big dog after their dear male died. The parents are energetic. I was tickled to see their mom lying face down on the floor playing with puppy.
Digger is one who likes to tuck himself in a hole and sleep! He is playful but not as much as his brother. His family is a school teacher and an executive dad. While they are at work he will go to grandma's house who already owns a retriever.
Our quiet boy, True Jr, now Digbe, gets to go to work with dad in I.T. Dad is a photographer on the side and has shot some great pictures for us. He also helps with preschoolers at times and Digbe will go and spend time with the little children. They will love him!
Pearl will be named Star, she is going to be the favorite friend of a little nine year old girl. She has a music room and plays the piano like an angel. Star will be a Rock Star pretty soon I'm sure! Mom is really into organic food so we see eye to eye on diet and nutrition.
That leaves our hunters! Two energetic,lively intelligent girls who need someone with a full time job in search and rescue...or something like that! They will not be happy ever being left alone and they will get bored if they have to be still for a while. Unlike the others, they want to play all the time!
If you know anyone who would like a lively intelligent partner, please let us know!
Owners, give us your feedback and stories right here on the blog!
|Posted on March 15, 2013 at 2:08 AM||comments (287)|
Our pups are the very best, of course...spoken like a proud mother! I am amazed at how the quality of a pup shows up from the very first day. The healthy weights and bounding bodies prove that life is going to be good.
When we first picked up the pups we wrapped them in a warm towel and snuggled. It's important that newborns maintain a constant, warm body temperature. That's what they get from their mommy's furry tummy and sleeping with their littler mates. They began to squeak like mice after a couple of days. Now, just three weeks later, there are a couple of little barks and even a healthy growl or two!
The colors are lighter than I expected, but Treasure's Dam is very light. Her Sire is a gorgeous dark copper. Trues' parents are both medium gold. I guess the light gene is dominant in Treasure. This is her first litter so we are eager to see what other qualities the pups will have.
Treasure has been a great mom. I think I was a bit more nervous than I needed to be and I helped her a little too much! When I heard a puppy yipping I went to check out the litter. If I found the "yipper" away from mom I moved the pup, this gave Treasure the impression I would do this every time! What a spoiled young mom she is. That's just how it is around here...
If you are a qualified buyer in need of a simply marvellous Golden Retriever companion for the next season of life, please, come and visit. We'd love to show you our "Golden Treasures".
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