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 After many years of breeding my lovely goldens, I have retired.  Feel free to contact me for puppy referrals as I can refer you to a good breeder.

Note: One of my past customers who has my dogs' bloodlines just had a litter of puppies and they will be ready July 6th, 2018. Any more info on this, please contact me at or call me at 248-752-7000 and I can pass on their info.

 The Kennel and property in Farmington Hills are now for sale. If interested, please contact me at above info.

 I have enjoyed the many people I have met and have become good friends with many of you.  After over twenty years, I look forward to less "work" but it was such fun work!  I hope to keep in touch with many of you.

 With much affection to all of you, Micki



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Welcome to my new "updated" website. I have created this for my future and past customers in order that they would be able to communicate with me and other people who have purchased my dogs. For some time I have wanted a way to communicate with everyone about things like "bad" dog foods, up-to-date info on health or anything that I feel you might like to know. Hopefully this will help and it will also offer you an opportunity to communicate with others who have purchased puppies from me. An example would be if you wanted to get all the puppies from the same litter together and have a reunion...or the same Bonnie who just turned 15 in November. I will be posting updates from time to time so please take time to read this. If you have any questions let me always, if you need to talk to me please email me directly at or call me at 248 626 2243.. Thanks! Micki

Mar 12


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Spot Speaks




Pet Poisons by Nancy Kay, DVM ©


The telephone call I hope you never have to make is to a pet poison control center. If the situation does arise, however, I hope you will have the appropriate contact information close at hand.

Two poison control organizations that I strongly recommend, and which are available to you 24/7 are the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435) and the Pet Poison Helpline (1-800-213-6680). If uncertain if your pet has ingested or been exposed to something that is toxic, call one of these organizations right away. You will either be fully reassured or instructed on what course of action to take.

The Pet Poison Helpline recently released their "top ten list" of toxicities based on calls received during 2011. They are ranked below in order of frequency:

Top Ten Toxins Reported in 2011 Helpline Calls

  1. Foods- specifically chocolate, xylitol, grapes, and raisins.
  2. Insecticides- sprays, bait stations, and spot on flea and tick treatments.
  3. Rodenticides (mouse and rat poisons). By the way, rodenticides pose the potential for relay toxicity- pets can be poisoned by eating rodents that have died from the toxin.
  4. Human nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen.
  5. Household cleaning products (all the more reason I don't like to clean- could be harmful for my pets!).
  6. Antidepressant drugs prescribed for people (Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, and Effexor).
  7. Fertilizers including bone meal, blood meal, and iron based products.
  8. Acetaminophen which is the active ingredient in Tylenol and many over the counter cough and cold remedies.
  9. Amphetamine based human drugs including Adderall and Concerta.
  10. Veterinary nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medications (particularly those that are in tasty chewable tablet form) including Rimadyl, Deramaxx, and Previcox.

Just for fun, I will provide you with two other top ten lists created by the Pet Poison Helpline.

Top Ten Breeds Involved in 2011 Helpline Calls

  1. Mixed breeds
  2. Labrador Retrievers (Why am I not surprised!)
  3. Golden Retrievers
  4. Chihuahuas
  5. Yorkshire Terriers
  6. Dachshunds
  7. ShihTzus
  8. Boxers
  9. Beagles
  10. German Shepherds

Top Ten Dog Names Involved in 2011 Helpline Calls

  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Max
  4. Molly
  5. Daisy
  6. Bailey
  7. Charlie
  8. Lily
  9. Maggie
  10. Sadie and Buddy were tied for tenth place!

Have you ever had to call a poison control center for your pet? If so, please tell us about your experience.

If you would like to respond publicly, please visit

Best wishes,

Nancy Kay, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of
Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of
Your Dog's Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award


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