My life with purebred dogs began in 1978 when I bought an Old English Sheepdog, and started in puppy obedience classes. If you know OES at all you know they are not the easiest breed to train. After competing in trials, I wanted a breed that was easier to train, which in those days were the Shelties and Goldens. After much discussion with my husband Dale, we decided on a Golden. Dale grew up with Goldens (his father bought their first Golden from Rockhaven Kennels in North Vancouver, and their second in 1958 from Willowbrook Kennels also in North Van).
I joined Nanaimo Kennel Club in 1978 and have served as president, taught both obedience and show handling classes, and was awarded a life membership in NKC. I’m also a CKC life member.
I made a number of inquiries of breeders and found Ainslie Mills who was expecting a litter. She offered me the pick female on a co-ownership. CH/OTCH Oriana Essence of Ginger GRCC Outstanding Dam, started my love of Goldens. Ginger excelled in obedience. If she earned a 198 we had a good day. If she earned a 192 that was a bad day, that’s how great she was. My second Golden was also bought from Ainslie a couple of years later, and in 1989 I purchased Beckwith’s Magic Maker from Ludell Beckwith. Magic became a wonderful brood bitch and produced four litters and numerous champions.
Being the new owners of our first Golden, we joined the GRCC and GRCBC, and served as membership chairman for GRCC for a number of years. We bred Goldens from 1987 to my last litter in 2010.
Through the showing, trialing and raising of puppies, we have met so many nice people and have made so many great friends.
My journey continues.