I don't think that there has been a time in my life in which a dog has not been an important factor. In fact I don't believe that there ever will be! I can not imagine life without my four legged friends. We bought our fabulous property 28 years ago and my journey into producing retrievers began. My first love, was the incredible Labrador Retriever. Many years were spent producing high quality English Type Labrador's. My girls Echo, Skye, and Star produced many high quality Labs. I recently got a call from one of my Lab puppy buyers expressing such sadness at the loss of his beloved Lab and wanting another. I had to sadly say that I no longer was breeding the Lab but was focused on my second love, the Golden Retriever.
I must say,I have fallen deeply in love with this breed. The intelligence, loyalty, love and dedication this breed exhibits is truly remarkable. I received my first Golden "Samantha" as a birthday present from my father. She came home with me and promptly decided she was going to be my husband's dog. She loves me, but she is his dog. She lives and breaths for him. She watches his every move, always anticipating when and if, she can go with him. In the morning if he comes down the stairs with his suit on she know he is going to the office and she can't go. She won't get off the couch! However, if he comes down the stairs and he has his "farm" cloths on then she is by his side ,ears up and alert, prancing, cause she gets to do fun stuff with her dad! They say dogs can't reason. Well, let me tell you the Golden Retriever can not only reason, they can make you do cartwheels if they want you too! Our "Sam" is truly one of the smartest dogs I have ever known. Although she can't speak English, she communicates with her eyebrows, her paws and she has even learned how to "sigh"...When you get the sigh.. it means "for goodness sake people get with the program"!
Shortly after Sam arrived,Blissfull became our second Golden. This bubbly full of life dog became my shadow. We will have some peace, my husband thought Cheryl has her dog. We will be content with two. But somehow when it comes to the Golden you just can't help yourself. Although, my Bliss, is the love of my life,I began to feel the pull to want to improve the breed and breed some top quality Golden's. Sam produced 11 beautiful babies. 10 were nice sized puppies and one runt. I spent the next 2 weeks hand feeding and making sure this little miracle survived. This puppy is my China. The second love of my life. The bond created between her and myself is the strongest bond I think I have ever seen. The only time China is not by my side or sleeping on the foot of my bed is when she out side playing with the rest of her friends! She is my China Doll. I only wish more breeders would spend the time with their little miracles. Truly they turn out to be the most loving of all dogs. My daughter also had a favorite in this litter and so we became a family of four Golden's. Spice was also kept. She is our comedian. Never a funnier dog has lived. She smiles so big you think you are about to be eaten! She has a love of life like no other. Her favorite is to go for a truck ride. She loves to ride shot gun and will do almost anything to get that seat. She sits with her elbow on the the window ledge and sometimes it is all I can do not to laugh out loud at this picture! All of our girls love to go for a truck ride. They also love camping, swimming , fetch ,chasing the geese, and love coming to the barn! For all you horse lovers, I must say the Golden is great around horses and horses seem to sense that the Golden will not chase them and so both can live comfortably together. Sam, China , Spice and Blissful have all retired and living the life of luxury. Our current girls are loved as deeply and dearly as will my ones to come in the future. We have aquired two lovely males. Finnegan, our current star, is a delight and a love. He is so easy to live with, has such character, but most of all is a big mushy lover of life and people. Conan, who recently arrived from a wonderful kennel in Hungary has so many of the same qualities as our lovely boy Finnegan, and the two boys love to play and carry on. I know it may be a challenge in the future with two intact boys living in our home with 5 beautiful golden ladies, but we will do what it takes to keep all happy and healthy, as the addition to our family is well worth the work that it will take.
Many people ask how it is possible to have 10 or 11 sometimes more dogs living in my house. You know, it really isn't that difficult. Yes, I have to vacuum more frequently than most people and mud season can certainly be a challenge, but you know each and every one of our dogs has its own personality, its own likes and dislikes. It is so nice to raise them and when and if they have puppies I know what to tell people as to what to expect of their puppies and their possible traits later in life. This gives me such insight when deciding who the father to a litter should be and what a buyer can expect from their new family member. Because I am home full time now, I can easily make sure each dog gets all the attention and love they need.
So being a retired Real Estate Agent, my days have gone from busily showing houses, preparing and presenting offers to being surrounded by my four legged friends.They are without a doubt a true blessing.They have taught me patience and a certain peace of being. They remind me each and every day how wonderful it is to have been given this opportunity of raising, caring for and loving these wonderful dogs. This is truly a dream come true!
WE WILL IN EVERYTHING THAT WE DO BE AWARE THAT WE ARE THE CARETAKERS OF THE FUTURE OF THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER. EACH ACTION WE TAKE, EVERY DECISION WE MAKE, CAN AND WILL AFFECT THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER AS A BREED, TODAY AND POSSIBLY FAR INTO THE FUTURE. WE ARE AWARE THAT POOR BREEDING DECISIONS HAVE CAUSED THE DOWNFALL OF SOME POPULAR BREEDS. AS CARETAKERS OF THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER, WE WILL PROTECT NOT ONLY THE DOGS THAT ARE LIVING TODAY, BUT THOSE THAT ARE NOT YET TO BE BORN. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SEE THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER GO INTO THE FUTURE EVERYTHING THE BREED WAS INTENDED TO BE.
Doing what I like to do best !