Exciting Puppy News!

We are excited to announce that Fontana has been successfully bred to Rush, and puppies are expected mid July. There are a few slots open for high drive, fun, athletic, smaller golden retrievers, and also for more laid back but athletic pets.

Litter Pedigree: Fontana x Rush

Fontana is OFA preliminary good and normal elbows, Embark clear for all genetic diseases, heart check normal

Rush is OFA good and normal elbows, OFA heart, CERF eyes, and genetically clear of all diseases

Puppies are $1500 outright. Contact for details if interested in co-owning or breeding agreements for a significant discount.

Photos of Rush, who weighs about 50 to 55 pounds and is active, driven, and from world-class obedience, field, and agility super star lines:

Photos of Fontana, who weighs about 45 pounds and is gentle, relaxed, and cuddly:

 

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Happy Endings

Big Ben got his forever home yesterday! Another successful foster/adoption of another great dog. This is something I love to do, and haven’t been able to do much of for a while. This dog was loved, but life changes meant he wasn’t getting the care and grooming and exercise he needed. Those days are over; he’s found his perfect person!

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Groundhog Day!

In true sporting Whippet fashion, Zoom claimed our new house as a hunting ground. He is most proud of his first catch, a female groundhog. These creatures don’t live anywhere else we have lived (prior to coming to Ohio), so he had never seen one before. I came around the corner in the back yard just in time to see him make the kill. Zoom also turned seven years old this month, and is looking as wonderful as he ever has. I just love this hound. He is the quiet ruler and king of the house.

A Gift on a Beautiful Spring Day

Today Andi, now known as Mandy, left for her new life in California. On the way home from the airport, I decided this beautiful spring day was too stunning to waste, and I stopped at the park to walk and train with Willow. She did amazingly well, doing over 50 retrieves, including some in the pond. As we were heading back to the car, we had the luck to see this incredible black rat snake basking in a tree above our heads. These are among my very favorite animals, and he was just what I needed to lift my mood after sending Andi on her way (and the stress that always comes along with dealing with air cargo).

There’s some confusion about exactly what species he could be: https://herpunit.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/the-ratsnake-mess-for-dummies/

Regardless, he’s stunning!

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Honesty is Bad! UPDATE

***EDIT to say we are thrilled that our phone call to OFA today revealed that Andi indeed was graded “fair” hips and normal elbows, which are both passing scores! She is still going to her pet home and will be spayed after her first heat cycle, but naturally we are pleased she passed her OFA prelims!****

I was amused today to find out that I’m being discussed in one of the many ignorant groups of self-proclaimed “dog snobs” online. They are young, silly, petty, and inexperienced in both life and dogs, but cause a lot of pain to many people. That said, I can mostly laugh it off any more. My reputation and my dogs speak for themselves, and my life is largely unaffected by the attempts they make at internet abuse.

When I first saw the latest screen-shots (that well-meaning friends send me when they see I am being trashed in one of those groups), I admit I laughed. However, the current thing I am being shit-talked for is health testing my dogs, and admitting one of them has hip X-rays that, while not awful, are not as good as I’d like to see. She has no issues whatsoever, and will lead a normal life. Any day now, I may find out she even actually passed her OFA hip pre-lim evaluation. Her hips are very close to being passing grade, if they are not actually good enough to pass. But, regardless, even if she had horrific hip dysplasia, I wouldn’t lie about it.

So, wait a minute. Let us review what is happening.

I’m being roasted because I health test my dogs, and I’m honest about the results. 

I’m being roasted for having such high standards for health and temperament that I placed a dog I had high hopes for in a pet home, as she’s just not quite what I think is ideal in a couple of areas.

And we wonder why breeders lie about and hide health and temperament issues?

Let that sink in. We want to hold each other accountable, sure. Does this mean when someone does the right thing that we should shame them and make them regret that noble act?

Do any of these Mean Girl bitches actually think the breeders of the show style animals they prefer have never once produced a dog with fair or borderline hips? Is there a point to their bullshit?

The advertisement I posted to find a home for Andi mentioned that she is only 35 pounds (a fact) and, I said, in quotes, that she was a “mini-golden” of sorts. This was merely light hearted honesty about the dog’s actual size. She was not bred with any intent of producing miniature goldens, so posting such in dog groups online is libel. It was stated that I breed dysplastic miniature Goldens. This is patently untrue.

That being said, I have no issue with purposely breeding small, beautiful, healthy, awesome companion or sport golden retrievers, and I may even attempt to do so in the future. It’s just that taking an honest, caring breeder’s post about making a mature and difficult and ethical choice for a loved animal, and shaming that person with misleading lies, is disgusting.

It’s fucking disgusting, and it’s why breeders hide health test results, justify awful temperaments, and generally feel like they have to lie.

The cycle of back stabbing and nothing actually changing just continues, while the breeders who simply brush things under the rug or lie remain exalted heroes. In the mean time, Andi is headed to a repeat client in California, where her name “I’ll Show You The Stars” couldn’t be more fitting for a former NASA employee.

I have integrity, and I’m never going to be sorry about that, however hard anyone may try to make me wish I didn’t.

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