Thursday, July 21, 2016

Update on Tadi

Such fun to receive these!!!  :)  This is a sweet family from the San Francisco bay area who purchased their English Golden retriever puppy from us almost two years ago. They are the most WONDERFUL family and have done a great job with their girl, Tadi.

Hi Kerry,

I hope all is well!  Thought I’d send off a few cute pics of our Tadi this summer!  She is an awesome dog — so loyal, attentive, calm and good natured — and absolutely a crack up sometimes!!  She literally sings to use every morning to wake us up to get fed (it works!!)  Anyhow we are all having a wonderful time with her and love her to pieces!!    Hope your family is enjoying the summer and will send some photos later this fall. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Must Love Dirt

Honestly, I don't think this puppy could do anything that would affect her cuteness factor.  How she found a patch of mud in the midst of cracked, parch earth, I'll never know.  It is a uniquely Golden Retriever talent to hone in on ANY traces of water, even when it's 105 degrees outside and we are in the midst of a drought.  She found it!  (And it is just a serendipity that mud eventually falls off of that creamy white coat and though the smell of dirt remains, she looks beautiful!).  Oh, little puppy.  You are a constant source of joy and laughter.  We sure love you!  (Dirt and all!).

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Family Testimony

It is always such a delight to receive updates from our families who purchased an English Golden Retriever puppy.  I honestly never anticipated how many wonderful people we would meet through breeding these gorgeous dogs and I remain so very grateful that are puppies are loved by so many fabulous people.  This is from a family in San Francisco (all of you who frequent Crissy Field dog park will probably see her there!) who waited a long time for their girl.  Such fun to see her growing up!

Hi Kerry and Monique,

I wanted to share a couple of photos of Mochi who is the joy of our lives! We cannot get over how loyal, friendly, smart, sweet, soft and just plain adorable she is! She makes the cutest sleepy sounds :)

Tomorrow she’ll get her last parvo vaccination and none too soon - we all want to head over to the beach! It’s going to be fun watching her make new dog friends, romping in the sand and splashing in the bay.

We are so grateful to have her,


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Zöe is PREGO!!!

It is a testament to how much FUN raising English Golden Retrievers is that we still get so excited every time we see heartbeats on an ultrasound.  Zöe's pregnancy confirmation is no exception, as we were THRILLED to see those lil' heartbeats yesterday!

Zöe was absolutely perfect during her ultrasound.  It is a little daunting to have strangers pick you up, put you on an odd table, roll you on to your back, elevate the table, and then squirt cold goo all over your belly before rubbing a strange contraption on it.  And yet, Zöe acted as if she'd done it a million times.  What a great temperament this girl has - the sweetness from both of her parents (Moses and Darla) is evident in this beautiful girl.

This litter of puppies promises to be a super example of the English Golden Retriever - they will of course have the gorgeous conformation of an English Golden (along with jet black pigment and creamy white coats), but most importantly they will have superb temperaments.  We expect Zöe to rear easygoing, mellow, eager to please puppies.  Roman (the sire) is an amazingly gregarious and affable guy, so the boys will surely have his goofy and loving personality!  Aside from a fabulous baseline temperament, we will of course perform intense socialization and hand raise these pups so that they make wonderful family pets and therapy dogs (we always have at least one in every litter).

We can't wait to meet these little pups in August and to share their progress with all of you!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Our Girl Harper

This puppy is such a delight.  We have a small cabin at a nearby lake resort here in California and she spent the 4th of July weekend up there with us.  From fireworks to jet skis to race boats, this lil' pup didn't flinch at a thing!  And as you can imagine, she was like a celebrity whenever we walked down on the dock.  I recognize that I am biased, but honestly, I don't think there is anything cuter than an English Golden Retriever puppy!  What a joy.

As you can see in this picture, we did use a floating life vest for Harper.  While she is a natural swimmer (she ASTONISHED us with her retrieving abilities!), it is wise to use such a vest, especially for a younger Golden Retriever.  We were out on the boat quite a bit and it just gave me peace of mind to know that she had her life vest (in the event she decided to take herself for an unplanned swim!).

I also had a lot of fun playing around with my camera.  I took a photography course recently and while I am still a serious newbie, I at least know how to adjust ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed!  (My youngest son took one look at this picture and announced that it was overexposed - I apparently have a long way to go!).  But I have to say, I might have chosen a difficult subject, as capturing a puppy on the move is not the easiest task!  If any of you have tips for a new photographer, I'm all ears! :)  I'm excited about our upcoming litters, as I should get plenty of practice with those littles.  Prepare for seriously cute puppy pictures in August!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Introducing Hollie

I am having trouble with the resolution of pictures on my website, so I decided just to load some pictures of Hollie on here so that everyone can see how beautiful this girl is.  She was the pick of the litter out of Roman and Libby and she possesses many of the traits that make the English Golden Retriever such an ideal family pet. Friendly, playful, affectionate - she is the quintessential Golden Retriever!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hello Harper!!!

Welcome Harper!  We are absolutely crazy about our new girl Harper.  She made the trek from Europe and arrived with a wagging tail and adventurous spirit.  We are already smitten with her!  She has a fantastic head and a lovely creamy coat - her coloring is truly "cream", which is why I think the misnomer of "English Cream Golden Retrievers" has arisen.  (There is only one "Golden Retriever" registered with the AKC, but there is definitely a difference when you look at the conformation of Goldens bred to the European standard).

In her short time with us, Harper has already been to countless baseball practices, Trader Joe's, the tennis courts, house shopping, Starbucks, PetSmart, etc.  We are huge advocates of early socialization and if it's possible to take a puppy with us, regardless of the destination, the puppy comes!

We are excited about seeing who this girl becomes, as she already has such an easygoing and relaxed personality.  Therapy work is definitely in her future!