While I was in university and working during the summer, I happened to become acquainted with two Golden Retrievers. They so impressed me with their beauty, strength and intelligence that I decided then and there as soon as I had the property and the time, I would have one of these beautiful dogs for my own. That was over 40 years ago.
My first Golden was a cross between hunting and conformation lines. Although a mix of Canadian, American, and British type, she was very ‘English’ in appearance.
I had my first litter three years later. It was by Tigathoe’s Pious Pete, a serious field competitor. After a great deal of cajoling and bribery on the part of my family members, I enrolled in an Obedience Class with my bitch. I ended up getting a CD title on my bitch. At the same time, I took on my relative’s dog and went High In Trial with him.
This made me think that I would like to have another Golden Retriever, this time a male that could compete in Conformation as well as Obedience. I found a boy close to my home who was out of a Sansue Bitch, Ch. Sansue Venetia, by a Westley male who was closely related to British Dual Ch. David of Westley. Being a complete novice, I really knew nothing about the background of either dog, but after a great deal of enjoyment and frustration, managed not only to get a Conformation Championship but a Companion Dog Excellent title on my dog. He was Ch. Gauldshayne Aries Luke CDX. I started to work on his Utility Degree but due to time constraints, never finished that title.
That was the beginning. The bug had bitten!!! I was hooked!!! I bought another female and after finishing her conformation title, I decided I would breed her and picked out a British male who resided in the United States. Sadly, when I x-rayed her for hip dysplasia, she had the worst grade possible. I cried my eyes out all the way to a second opinion and all the way home again. I will never forget that feeling of despair and disappointment. I loved her so much and wanted to work to get all the titles that I could. Now, I could do nothing.
Not giving up, I began my search for another female, and this time, I managed to acquire a puppy from Anne Bissette of Beaumaris Golden Retrievers in Colorado. I was looking for a puppy that was as close in appearance to my dysplastic bitch as possible and that puppy was Ch. Beaumaris English Jubilee, CD (Billee). The people from whom I had purchased my male graciously allowed me to lease their bitch Ch. Sansue Venetia. I bred her to another import, Ch. Mandigo Torero. These two bitches were the foundation of my lines as they are today.
We have produced many Conformation Champions, Obedience Champions, Guide Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, and Search and Rescue Dogs over the years, as well as many healthy companion dogs. Our aim is to produce a true Golden Retriever in looks, temperament, and health who has the capability to be all that its owner would like it to be.
At present, we are located outside of Ottawa, Ontario, and are now the owners of an excellent Boarding Kennel. We are the proud ‘parents’ of 11 Golden Retrievers, some old, many young, and a few in between. We love each and every one of them as though they were the only dog in our family.
You are welcome to visit us at any time by appointment.