Shaynedoro Golden Retrievers
The below originally appeared in the Golden Retriever Club of America’s newsletter GRNews. It is apart of a series of articles written by Jennifer Abramson titled, North of The Border. Reprinted with permission from the author and the GRCA.
About six or seven years ago, I braved snow and sleet to show my then one-year-old male Golden at a show in Sherbrooke, Quebec. I had been told that there was a judge in from Australia who might very well like my cream “English-type” boy, and seeing I had yet to win anything other than a second-place ribbon in senior puppy (there were two pups in the class), I went off with high hopes that this particular judge would nally recognize my dog and maybe, just maybe, I would end up at the front of the line for a change. And in the Open class!
Needless to say, not only did I not place, I again found myself right smack-dab at the end of the line. I was very discouraged and just about ready to throw in the towel…
Well…something happened that day that changed my whole doggy outlook and put me on the path that I tread today. I was on my way to exercise “Angus” when I heard a voice behind me.
“You know, you have a nice puppy…but you need to learn how to handle…”
I turned, and there was this lady behind me, whom I had seen many times and knew to be one of Eastem Canada’s well-known professional handlers…and a Golden breeder, to boot.
“If you want, come by my trailer after the show and I will give you a handling lesson and some advice.”
Needless to say, it was the beginning of my friendship with Carole Brechbill of Shaynedoro Golden Retrievers. She has been an invaluable teacher and mentor, and although I still can’t handle for beans, she has taught me so much about this breed we all love.
So, without further ado…I would like to introduce you to another of Canada’s successful Golden breeders, Carole and her Shaynedoro Goldens.
Carole Brechbill was first introduced to Goldens over 30 years ago while she was still at university. She was so impressed by their beauty and strength that she just knew she was going to get one as soon as she had the time and space.
That turned out to be sooner than she thought, for into her life came a wee girl of English and American lines.
“After a great deal of cajoling and bribery on the part of my family members, I bought a pup and enrolled in an obedience class. 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.”
Her first litter came three years later to Can FTCh Tigathoe’s Pious Pete (FC-AFC Mol Leo Cayenne FDHF ex Tigathoe’s Temperance CD). Although she kept nothing out of this combination, the experience got Carole to thinking that she might like another Golden, this time a male to compete in obedience with, but this time also to dabble in the conformation ring. She found a dog close to her home out of English import Sansue Venetia, OD (Eng Ch. Sansue Tobias ex Sansue Contasia) by Golden Boy Syder, who was closely related to the incomparable Ch., FTCh David Of Westley. The puppy Carole ended up bringing home was Can Ch. Gauldshayne Aries Luke CDX.
“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. I started to work on his Utility degree, but due to time constraints, never finished that title. However…that was truly the beginning. The bug had bitten!!! I was hooked!!!”
Carole bought another female, and after finishing her championship picked out a British male who resided in the United States for a breeding. Her bitch’s name was Can Ch. Archenda Shaynedoro Tara (Ch. Mandingo Torero ex Can Ch. Archenda’s Alice In Wonderland). Sadly, when she was x-rayed 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. She was diagnosed with Grade 4 HD, but I did the x-ray when she was in heat…however, Jim Reynolds had picked up on something that was a little off with her rear movement before that, so maybe the diagnosis was accurate and she was just one of those that did not suffer from it. She died at 17.”