Happy Puppy

Happy Puppy

Muddy Boy!

Muddy Boy!
English Cream Golden Moses 4 months

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Update on Libby Litter

"Roman" (Sleepysong Shogun)

"Libby" (Milbu Snow Flake)

I wanted to correct my prior post, as we have paired Libby with Roman, not Moses.  Roman is a son of Dewmist Dandy Knight and is an absolutely breathtaking example of an English Golden Retriever.  He has a creamy coat (thus the nickname that has cropped up for these dogs, English Cream Golden Retrievers) and his puppies have thus far inherited his irrepressible personality, which is both endearing and entertaining!  We expect these puppies to have lovely dispositions with a physical beauty to match and can't wait for them to get here in September 2014!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Exercise, Discipline and Affection: In that Order!


This is a great article from Cesar Millan on how a dog functions in a pack.

http://www.cesarsway.com/the-scoop/cesars-blog/The-Right-Place?utm_source=BlueHornet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Jul14NL_4

As breeders of English Golden Retriever puppies, we have the benefit of observing pack behavior as it unfolds in a litter of puppies.  Every litter has its front, middle and back of the pack puppies and it's always fascinating to me to see how these puppies adapt to their new families.  A big part of what we do is matching puppies to their families, as there is no question that puppies thrive in the right environment.  While English Golden Retriever puppies are gentle, sweet, loving and mellow, at the end of the day they are still dogs and operate from a pack perspective.  If we enter their world and understand their mentality, it goes a long way in helping rear a balanced and happy dog!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

English Golden Retriever Puppy Fever



While breeding and raising a litter of puppies is a lot of work, our family always gets puppy fever when expecting a litter!  One of our favorite things to do is watch the past slideshows, as I honestly believe there is nothing cuter than an English Golden Retriever puppy.  This litter of puppies was particularly cute and playful, and Monique did a fabulous job with this slideshow, so I just had to share it with all of you.  Enjoy!

http://secure.smilebox.com/ecom/openTheBox?sendevent=4d7a63344e7a63774d7a633d0d0a&blogview=true&campaign=blog_playback_link&partner=google

By the way, we do have room on our wait list for our upcoming Moses/Libby litter in September 2014 (ready to go home November 21, 2014).  This will be a beautiful pairing, as both Moses and Libby come from champion lines in Europe and have incredible temperaments.  I have had many people email lately asking whether our puppies are English Cream Golden Retrievers (or even white golden retrievers), so it's obvious that there is some confusion out there as to the difference between an English Cream Golden Retriever and an English Golden Retriever.  I have commented about this extensively on our website, but the bottom line is that the phrase English Cream Golden Retriever is more of a marketing term than anything else - it isn't a breed.  ALL Golden Retrievers in the United States are registered as "Golden Retriever."  But since the conformation of those Goldies bred to the European standard is different than those bred to the AKC standard, these different terms have begun to arise.  We refer to them as English Golden Retrievers, so as to make a distinction between the two breed standards.  Hope that helps!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Favorite Picture of our English Golden Libby

While English Golden Retrievers are known for being some of the most beautiful dogs in the world, they are also a breed that LOVES to get dirty!  To me, this makes me love them all the more.  I crack up when I see one of my dogs up to his elbows (or back) in mud, as it's similar to how I feel when I see my 2 legged boys looking the same.  Mud = Fun.  Mud also = Happy.  So in my mind, a muddy dog is a happy dog!

This is one of my all time favorite pictures of Libby, as it was her first time fully discovering mud and she had SO MUCH FUN!!!!  We are currently breeding Libby with Moses and are expecting a lovely litter of English Golden Retriever puppies in September 2014.  I anticipate that these pups will love mud as much as their Mama does!


Libby's Wait List Now Open!

"Ryder", an English Golden Retriever puppy out of Moses/Libby


Our girl Libby is in season and this will be her last litter of English Golden Retriever puppies.  (In case you stumbled across the page accidentally, we are a California breeder of English Golden Retriever puppies).

Libby will have a romantic week with Moses and her puppies will be due at the end of September.  They will be ready to go home right before Thanksgiving!

Libby is a beautiful English Golden Retriever with a pale (almost white) coat and striking jet black pigment.  She will be paired with our boy Moses, who is equally and striking with a very flat, cream coat and lovely conformation.  Both are full English Golden Retriever imports with champion lines and produce beautiful puppies.

We are located in the Central Valley of California (Fresno) and will miss Libby's puppies, as they have proven to be everything one could hope for in an English Golden Retriever!  But this is Libby's third litter and it's time for her to live out her life as a treasured family pet.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Reuben the Therapy Dog


I've received many emails over the years from people interested in pursing therapy work with their English Golden Retrievers.  I couldn't more highly encourage this pursuit.  It is incredibly rewarding work for both your dog and you, but most of all, for the people with whom you come in contact.  We have quite a few Nicholberry Goldens who have gone on to pursue therapy work (contact your local Therapy Dogs International chapter for more information) and I wanted to share this update that I received yesterday - blessed me beyond words and I thought you'd enjoy it to...

Five minutes today with Reuben at an assisted living home was worth all the long hours of teaching him to give "comfort"...that is to gently sit next to someone and put his head in their lap, or lie across their feet, even lie down next to them in bed.  We were in the facility's main reception area with about a dozen residents and Reuben calmly and patiently made the rounds, "sitting to talk" with first one and then another, putting his head in various laps and generally spreading joy.

One of the residents is a young woman, probably in her twenties, who is severely mentally and emotionally challenged, probably autistic, but whatever the case is very shy, even frightened and completely unable to make eye contact with anyone.  Today was a very good day for her.  She was sitting near the fireplace with her care giver and in her own way participating in the group assembled for tea.  Her version of participating is to sit more or less facing toward to the group instead of facing the wall or fireplace, but silently with her head down and her eyes either closed or focused on her lap or her shoes...it has been many many months, perhaps years since this person has spoken a word.

As Reuben made his way around a big coffee table and smooched on everyone seated in big chairs and couches along the way, he came to this girl, sat by her and leaned against her legs.  She reached out and ran her hand over his head, rubbed him gently for a moment and then she said, "Oh Reuben, Goodbye!"  Her caregiver was astonished and ecstatic.  We stayed by the girl for a few minutes and then as we left, the girl again quite clearly spoke out, "Goodbye Reuben."  There wasn't a dry eye in the room.

This is a very special dog and I am privileged to know him.