Sharing Joyful Retrievers,
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Beloved Retired Dogs, Pets, and Memories
Tassel possessed the quintessential old-world grace and soulfulness of the golden retriever breed. It was easy to be taken in by her floating movement and uncomplicated versatility. She proved to be exceptionally trainable and is a settled, delightful household companion.
Outdoors, Tassel was a robust, sporting companion with boundless retrieve drive. While inside, she was composed and observant. She enriched our lives as an exceptional puppy nanny and we are tremendously grateful to have shared our home with her.
Tassel is from Australian, New Zealand and English lineage. We are blessed to have semen from her sire, CH Wilson, on store. She was truly a one-in-a-million.
Winterlea Gold Tassel
November 29, 2010 - July 10, 2023
CH Winterlea Lord O' The Manor X Shannongold Peaches N' Cream
Breeder: Maree A. Saunders
When you spend time with Biko you can learn everything it means to be a female and a leader. She gets what she wants, when she wants it - and with style.
Biko came to us from a colleague at Guide Dogs for the Blind. Her mother, Ivy, is an excellent ranch dog who keeps the gophers and horses in check. And, while not working, is content to show off her beauty while enjoying a good tummy scratch.
Biko is very athletic and enjoys high-stamina outdoor activities. Above all, she is a world-class puppy raiser and makes my job easy.
Our family was thrilled to all be able to bounce alongside her for almost 18 silly years.
November 4, 2005 - September 27, 2023
What a sweetie! CCI Kathleen, aka Kate, was an assistance dog breeder owned by the influential service dog school Canine Companions. Kate was raised in New York state by Florence Scarinci and family. Kate was selected to join the CCI breeding program because she possesses the traits that make successful service dogs; she was bright, adaptable, compliant and very sociable.
We were lucky to have such a well trained, loving companion join our home. We admired her grace for fitting in so smoothly. Like the rest of the pack, she enjoyed hearty romps on the beach and trails and was very well mannered on a variety of outings. And she never made a peep! In fact, when Kathleen learned to speak, she would enthusiastically jump and chomp her jaws - but no sound.
After volunteering and raising Kathleen's litters in our home, she retired to be utterly pampered as my daughter's heart-dog in Portland. Fortunately, we continued to enjoy her visits, including a final, heartwarming beach romp Thanksgiving 2022.
January 29, 2011 - December 1, 2022
Breeder: Canine Companions for Independence
I was attracted to Luna's gentle, sensible nature the moment I met her. Her strong and robust physical build is nicely balanced with her sensitive demeanor. She is particularly affectionate with men and knows that she is adored. Luna was co-owned and lived with my dear friends Bev and Joe in Sacramento.
Luna is from Canadian, English and North American heritage. She comes from a long lineage of goldens who have been selectively bred to work as multi purpose sport competitors, assistance dogs and loving family companions. Her pedigree includes some talented dogs who I have greatly admired over the years; specifically, 'Clipper', 'Rally' and 'Whirly.' For more photos of Luna, follow here. Luna gave us two beautiful litters and was a graceful grand dam before her passing.
Yaqui's Winter Moonlight at Eirlys
October 4, 2012 - August 8, 2019
Breeder: Joy Gyorgyfalvy D.V.M.
Avalon is the pup we selected from Luna's litter by Brick. She stood out in her litter as an "old fashioned" type and matured with an ideal golden temperament; humorous, classy and loving. Avalon is raised and cared for by my good friend and accomplished guide and service dog raiser, Jennifer.
Avalon's sociable nature makes her a pleasure to take out and about. When working she is enthusiastic and quick to learn any task. To enjoy snapshots of Avalon growing up, click here. She followed in Luna's footsteps as a diligent and attentive dam.
Over the years Avalon gave us three beautiful litters of precious pets, assistance dogs and influential breeding stock. She is now enjoying her well deserved retirement.
Whelped October 3, 2014
Breeder: Eirlys Golden Retrievers (Brick X Luna)
Scout is a special girl who represents a rich and sentimental history of my work in the guide dog field. Scout and her brother Gunner were bred at Guide Dogs Queensland and come to the States with the aim to enrich assistance dog lines in North America. They bring a pedigree chock-full of the UK and Australian dogs that I have enjoyed over the years. They joined the Eirlys family as pups in the summer of 2015.
Gunner has matured through the rigors of a service dog program and worked as a stud dog at Pacific Assistance Dog Society.
Scout was lovingly raised locally by Bianca and Gairo. She has an enthusiastic, bubbly nature and excels at any task. Scout is a joy to be around and an easy hiking and travel companion. She has a lovely, correct, easy-care coat, strong constitution and dreamy eyes.
She graced us with her first litter in the summer of 2017; followed by two additional stunning litters. She produces beautiful pups and we are very pleased with the long term inclusion of her lines into our select breeding program. Additional Scout pictures here.
Whelped April 13, 2015
Breeder: Guide Dogs Queensland
Sara is from our Back-to-School litter born the Fall of 2017 out of Avalon x Nelson. We raised Sara for export to Career Dogs Australia.
The Australian export process is lengthy so between Jennifer's family and our own, we had the joy of having Sara in our homes for a year before she traveled. In preparation for her future role assisting a child with a disability, or contributing to future generations of assistance dogs as breeding stock, Sara proved to be patient, obedient and reliable in public. She is a natural!
Sara passed her medical screening with strong results. She is a lovely dog who is balanced inside and out; calm, curious, and loving with a strong free-flowing outline. She transported to Career Dogs Australia in February 2018. I include her in our pages because we have the good fortune of continuing to be involved in her breeding career.
To date, Sara has produced multiple assistance dogs and next generation breeders.
Eirlys Goddess of Knowledge
Whelped October 3, 2016
Breeder: Eirlys Golden Retrievers