Although growing up with other breeds, my enthusiasm for Golden Retrievers started in 1987 with the purchase of my first Golden Retriever puppy, Alex. Little did I know that Alex would engender a passionate love for and complete immersion in sporting dogs and especially Goldens. The passion and love grew and led to a breeding program dedicated to preserving the health and enhancing the qualities that make Goldens a key part of the family and one of the most popular breeds in America.
Purebred dogs are the heart and soul of the canine species. The Golden Retriever is a special breed of purebred dogs, and I have become firmly committed to the breed and its great heritage. My goal has never been to breed quantity, but quality. I therefore breed and raise a very limited number of litters, with the purpose of breeding to maintain the breed standard to insure my puppies have the great characteristics of a beautiful and healthy Golden Retriever.
I’ve been an avid hunter of game birds and water fowl and have for many years used gun dogs, primarily Golden Retrievers, in the sport. This hunting interest has evolved more to the training of gun dogs.
Careful and dedicated breeding is not an easy task, and the responsibilities of being a qualified breeder take hard work and dedication to the breed. I have, over the course of my experience, shown my puppies to AKC Championships, Sweepstakes Championships and have even had the honor of showing dogs at Westminster. What’s more, my dogs have also had the chance to prove their wonderful companion skills and hunting ability, while also proving their merit in the show ring. Without a focused breeding program, the qualities of a Golden Retriever or of any purebred dog can become diluted, obscured and distant. When I breed a litter, I first only consider breeding those dogs which have exhibited outstanding temperament, demeanor and conformation.
Second, I only breed those dogs which have passed every clearance and requirement set forth in the Code of Ethics established by the official Golden Retriever breed organization, the Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA).
Third, I only seek to breed to enhance the qualities of my dogs, and carefully select my breeding pairs, often after lengthy analysis with other top tier breeders. My puppies have gone on to be champions, wonderful companions, hunting dogs and competitors in the obedience and agility ring. I continue to strive to promote the best health and breed standard in all of our puppies, to help insure that those people who hope to find the best qualities in their Golden Retriever, have the greatest chance to do so.
I have also dedicated myself to being a significant part of the Golden Retriever community, serving as a director, officer and long-time member of the Austin Golden Retriever Club (AGRC). I’m also long-time member and serve on committees of the GRCA and take part in its annual National and Regional events. I’m an annual contributor to the Golden Retriever Foundation, a very special organization which raises funds to help maintain the health of the breed and to fight cancer. I have also enjoyed sponsoring junior handlers in their quest to become a full-time handler.
Along with showing and competing with our Goldens, I’m also a member of the American Kennel Club and the Travis County Kennel Club.
I serve on the board of directors and am Vice President of the Travis County Kennel Club. I’ve trained Alliebeck’s Golden Retrievers for obedience, agility and working companion titles. I frequently evaluate Golden Retriever litters, attends seminars developed by the nation’s leading experts in puppy selection and evaluation and writes the AGRC member club column to the GR News, the GRCA’s monthly magazine. My experience in careful and selective breeding has also been a part of her AQHA cutting horse program that has produced World Champion cutting horses in 2007, 2008 and 2010 (Ms Peppy Cat NCHA Open World Champion, MS Mimosa, NCHA World Champion and Ms Brady Alexander, 2012 NYCHA Junior Youth Champion), and multiple champions, NCHA Futurity Finalists and money earners. While certainly involving separate disciplines, the same care and dedication to improve the breed and plan the best cross ever transfers over from my cutting horse program to my dog breeding program. In each program I must maintain a keen breeding eye with the ability to select the best and not mediocre specimens for my programs.