Nessie was the puppy we didn't know we needed (don't you hate it when that happens!?), hence her name. Timing could not have been worse as we were in the middle of moving to a new home, but when a long shot breeding of a boy from imported lines to our foundation girl Bailey's sister turned out to be successful, we couldn't say no to a little girl from the litter. Nessie was the most adorable puppy, picking up everything we taught her super quick. However, while she was the star in her puppy classes, she was very slow to mature as far as being solid and handling stress in the competition ring. We made the mistake of pushing her aunt Bailey too quickly, so we let Nessie mature a little more before starting to seriously compete with her. Nessie has a shorter "field" coat in a deep gold that is truly wash and wear. She is on the larger side at 23.5" tall, but is still very feminine looking with finer bone. Nessie has all of her clearances, which can be viewed here, and is an ICT and PRA-2 carrier.
After raising two beautiful litters and coming out the other side of an illness, we decided it wasn't fair to ask Nessie to endure the stress of competition. She wasn't enjoying it, and we listened. She is now retired and loving life in an active family with another Maywood golden hiking, swimming, and cuddling on the couch.
Bling came to us a little unexpectedly, but once she was here, it was obvious that I was supposed to have this puppy. She has taught me so much. I had been on the waiting list for her litter, but cancelled since I chose to keep a puppy from my own breeding. Then, at 8 months of age, Bling was not working well in her home. Meanwhile, I had decided to place the puppy I kept from my own litter. After some long discussions with her breeder, Bling was placed with us, and she is here to stay, though we do not plan to breed her. Bling is super smart, equally stubborn, and usually has her own agenda. Despite that, she is a joy to work with and an expert cuddler. She is laid back and very easy to live with, gets along with the girls and loves to flirt with the boys. She is mostly retired, but is looking forward to earning her Trick Dog titles and maybe some NADAC agility titles!
Bailey, my foundation girl, who taught me so much. The complete opposite of Chance in so many ways, she showed me that one size does not fit all when it comes to dog training!
Bailey is a small, agile female at 21 1/2 inches and 53 lbs with a beautiful medium gold straight correct coat that repels everything, an irresistible personality, and an intelligence and sense of humor that kept me on top of things! She loves everyone she meets in the true golden fashion and is an excellent therapy dog, easily passing the TDI test only a week after she turned 1 year. She is the daughter of OTCH High Times Wild Turkey UDX10, SH, U-UD, OGM, OBHF "Tommy" and Sunshine Token's Hot Stuff "Salsa". Tommy, his littermates, and his mother have consistently been in the Top 10 all-breed obedience dogs for the past several years, including multiple NOC wins by uncle Buoy. In 2014, Tommy himself placed fourth at the NOC in the Sporting Group. In 2015, he was in 9th place (all breed) after Day 1. Salsa's full sister, CT Sunshine Abby's Morning Ray VCD2 CDX JH OA OAJ WC was the only golden invited to the National Tracking Championship in 2010, where she qualified to earn her CT.
In 2015, Bailey was spayed and retired from motherhood. With me still struggling to finish her CD and about to go in for major surgery, I placed her with her sire's owner for the summer while I recovered. Never in a million years would I have imagined a scenario where I could give this girl up, but after a short time, it became clear that Bailey had formed an unbreakable bond with Cris and that was where she was meant to be. Cris patiently started over in her obedience training, finished her CD, CDX, and GO titles, and at 9 years young, her UD. They have collected several high scores and high in trials. In addition, Cris has re-certified her as a therapy dog and they enjoy visiting several facilities together.