An Eye for Beauty, A Heart for Grief

It turns out that we might not be the novices, the amateurs that many people in the incestuous Colorado Mile Hi Golden Retriever Club, as well as the greater percentage of so-called “English Cream” breeders think we are.

Here is the truth in stats and stats generally don’t lie.

Taking World CH in 2012 were Multi CH Dewmist Star of the Blue Hope, one of the most beautiful bitches in existence, and Vice World, the stunning Fiveshill Sound Reason, one of whose dreamboat male pups, out of CH Vine Illusion Sleepysong, (Dewmist Salentino) will be joining us soon.

Taking Champion and Reserve Champion in the Working Class at the 2012 World Dog Show in Salzburg, were Ashbury Angel Heart and Fiveshill Sound Reason. Fluke was to go on to take the title of Vice World Champion at that exhibition.

What do you know.  That’s right, the sires of our Angels Dance in Beauly Highland, and our new stud puppy who will cross the Pond in October, Sleepysong Pheasant Fever aka Reveille, bred by Mr. Dragan Stetin, are, respectively, Multi CH Ashbury Angel Heart, bred and shown by Ms. Cathy Sontag, France, and Multi CH Vice-World Winner Fiveshill Sound Reason, Nederlands. Recently, the 2015 stars on the World stage were Multi CH Tramin Arni Joy, bred by Lena Ushan, Ukraine and grandsire to our Angelo, and the veteran Multi CH Dewmist Silk Screen.

2012 was a long time ago if you are a Golden Retriever fancier.  In 2012 I had but one Golden living with me; the beautiful Gilded Peak Scrumptious Munchkin aka Munch–3/4 English/European– and I were alive and working hard, leading a full time writing life in East Old Town, Fort Collins.  I had closed out my American GR program and believed I would never venture into the problematic world of breeding again.

To say that pedigrees in British/English Golden Retrievers, cream-coated or not, don’t matter, is a  no-win to me.

How is someone going to learn and grow,  without campaigning a dog,  or if you can’t walk, as is the case with me, watching the judging, most of which is uploaded to YouTube, matching dogs to kennels, learning the top UK, European, Eastern European, Russian and Ukrainian kennel names et cetera, which is also how you learn bloodlines and and can actually see beautiful dogs up close on your PC,  all the while studying their pedigrees? Xenophobes, there are beautiful dogs for sale in the aforementioned regions and countries. Ironically, top of the line, polar-bear coated “English Creams” in Europe et al cost several thousand dollars less than “English Creams” in the U.S.  For the record, Eastern Europe is not in the Third World.

Taking the time to learn, we can see who sparkles and who we gravitate to. We can spend hours on k9data.com drilling down through bloodlines.

But even then, we do not possess crystal balls with which to see around the bend into our dogs’ futures.

When my husband and I acquired the beautiful Angelo from Lislone-Garbank-mentored breeders in Romania and stood him to Munch, who carried the signature Gold Rush, Meadowpond, Laurell and Hillside bloodlines, dam from the  Romanian Kennel Mediguard,  and she whelped only four, one of those a female, now our Ardorgold Celestial Mystique aka Paris, I am glad I couldn’t see around the bend.

Because I would then have known how little time Munch and I had left.  As it turned out, as the puppies thrived, so did the masses of lymphoma I didn’t know were taking over the body of my beautiful bitch.

What a brave girl, never once wincing or crying in pain, enduring all of our recent efforts to get diarrhea and vomiting under control, noticing weight loss and thirst and tarry stools and then, last week, a round abdomen that looked like she was pregnant all over again.

I lay her on her back and palpated and felt a softball mass.

Three hours later, my husband and the vet took Munch into the atmospheric room for putting your dog to death at Colorado State Univrsity’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Oh Fate, you are cruel.  You are heartless.  I wish you had taken me, rather than that big-hearted and spectacular girl whose claim to fame was just that she was my dog, my maternal presence, my guardian angel.

When I break down, I do it alone, and imagine her licking my face.  I can’t stop seeing her, or looking for her, or wondering if I caused this.    Adio my darling girl. You loved me as I have never been loved, not by anyone.

Thank God for your beautiful puppy Paris and our forthcoming boy from Serbia-Czechoslovakia, and for our Malibu from the Ukraine, and our Angelo from Romania. Their wonderful and vital bloodlines, packed as they are with worldwide overachievers, don’t mean as much to me as their love…..

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ANNOUNCEMENT

In addition to next year’s litter from our beautiful  Amore Veritas Malibu (depending on clearances)  by our gorgeous Angel Heart son Angels Dance in Beauly Highland, aka Angelo, Hip, Elbow, Eye and Heart Clear, we proudly announce the acquisition of our spectacular prospect from Kennel SleepySong in Czechoslovakia.  

In October we will take delivery of the beautiful male puppy SleepySong Pheasant Fever, by Int’l and Vice-World CH Fiveshill Sound Reason.  Fiveshill is one of the most highly regarded kennels of our breed in Europe; majestic, intelligent and loving dogs and bitches there rule the day. Thank you, Mr. Dragan Stetin, SleepySong, for entrusting us with this exquisite baby.

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Int’l CH Fivehill Sound Reason, Nederlands, sire, taking vice-World Title in Salzburg.

 

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The glorious dam of our new puppy Ch Vine Illusion Sleepysong
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Sleepysong Pheasant Fever – “Reveille”

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Pedigree:

Sleepysong Pheasant Fever at Ardorgold – Revellie
Cro JCh, Sh Ch, V-WW’12,INT CH Fiveshill Sound Reason
ICh, Fr.Ch, German, VDH, Lux. Ch, Lux. JCh Inassicas Coriander reserve at Crufts 2004
SE U(U)CH NO UCH Cheer’s Way of the World
Inassicas Sea Mayweed
Fiveshill Sweet As Candy
Dutch Ch Xanthous Cantona CW ’00
Fiveshill Moonshine Tess
Ch Srb Vine Illusion Sleepysong
Ro.Ch,Srb.Ch, Srb.Jun.Ch Dewmist Salentino Jun.Clubwinner 2010
INT CH, FR/PT/LUX/DK/NORW/SWE CH Mitcharron Love Bug
Swe.Sh.Ch Dewmist Serenissima Obedience Champion
Ch Srb Sleepysong Gwen Stefany /tbody>

Int.Ch.Srb.Ch, CroCH,Jun.CH,Club Winner ’07 Nunsbrook Peregrine Falcon Qualified for Crufts for LIfe
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Performancing Metrics

Fluke & Hexa

Five generation pedigree:

Fluke & Hexa
Cro JCh, Sh Ch, V-WW’12,INT CH Fiveshill Sound Reason
ICh, Fr.Ch, German, VDH, Lux. Ch, Lux. JCh Inassicas Coriander reserve at Crufts 2004
SE U(U)CH NO UCH Cheer’s Way of the World
NU Ch., NV ’90 Shanlimore Baronet
Eng. SH. CH. Nortonwood Silvanus
Dabess Zelana
Cheers Nathalie
SV-91 SUCH NUCH Knegarens Stars’n Stripes
Cheer’s It’s My Favourite
Inassicas Sea Mayweed
Stenbury Waterwing Shot
Eng. SH. CH. Jobeka Jasper of Nortonwood
Stenbury Water Music
Inassicas Chacarelle
Perrimay Hector
Inassicas Marie Rouge
Fiveshill Sweet As Candy
Dutch Ch Xanthous Cantona CW ’00
Dutch/Ger./VDH Ch. Gunhills Summer Diamond 10 CC”s, 9 Res.CC”s
Eng. SH. CH. Jobeka Jasper of Nortonwood
Gunhills Darby
Born To Be of the Hellacious Acres – Top Brood Bitch in the Netherlands
Dutch/Ger./VDH./Arg./Lux. CH. Standfast Angus WW-91-92-93, JWW-90
Dutch Ch. Westley Cathrina
Fiveshill Moonshine Tess
Ch. Gunhills Over The Moon 3 CC’s, 2 RCC’s, 3 VCC’s
Channri Country Squire
Gunhills Darby
Fiveshill Nickel and Dime
Dutch Ch., Multi. Ch. Fiveshill How Dare You 10 CC’s, 13 Res.CC’s, W’99
EW’95, Dutch Ch, German; VDH; Luxembourg Ch; Blissfull of The Hellacious Acres EuropaSieger
Ch Srb Vine Illusion Sleepysong
Ro.Ch,Srb.Ch, Srb.Jun.Ch Dewmist Salentino Jun.Clubwinner 2010
INT CH, FR/PT/LUX/DK/NORW/SWE CH Mitcharron Love Bug
Linchael Orpheus of Rossgilde
Eng./Irish SH. CH. Erinderry Diamond Edge Of Glenavis
Eng. SH. CH. Marjamez Memories At Linchael
Mitcharron Memphis Jazz
Marjamez My Guy at Rossgilde
Mitcharron Memphis Belle
Swe.Sh.Ch Dewmist Serenissima Obedience Champion
SU(U)CH NORDV-03 NUCH, VWW-08 Erinderry Gaelic Minstrel
Eng./Irish SH. CH. Erinderry Diamond Edge Of Glenavis
Ir. Sh. Ch. & Int. Ch. Erinderry Firebird
Vice-WW’03, ChSwe, Den, Pl, Lv Dewmist Shaquille LvW’07
SE U(U)CH Inassicas Dandelion
SU(U)CH NUCH Dewmist Savannah
Ch Srb Sleepysong Gwen Stefany
Int.Ch.Srb.Ch, CroCH,Jun.CH,Club Winner ’07 Nunsbrook Peregrine Falcon Qualified for Crufts for LIfe
Eng.Sh.Ch Marjamez Midnight Cowboy at Westervane JW
CH Linchael Persian Orchid SGWC
Eng. SH. CH. Gaineda Imperial Ice of Marjamez
Nunsbrook Tanager JW
Eng. CH. Severy Bartholomew Of Westley
Nunsbrook Just Jazz JW
Solea Land Karla
JW, Yu Ch. CH SCG Swanavly San Francisco
Int. Ch Ritzilyn Chancellor
Int.Ch.& Yu Ch.CruftsQual for Life Deerfold Silver Promise ClubWinnerBest BitchBob Bis 2000 &2001
Virna (Jr80204 zr)
Best Oryx
Int.Ch. & Yu.Ch. Karvin Welldone

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Projected Litter of “English Creams

We anticipate a stunning litter next year of blocky ivory puppies with gold-plaited pedigrees.  Sire Angels Dance in Beauly Highland, Imported; Dam: Amore Veritas Malibu, Imported. Contact 970-214-1883, or ardorgold2016@mail.com .  

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Angels Dance in Beauly Highland aka Angelo, May 2016, European Import, Hip, Elbow, Eye and Heart Clear.  Photo Melissa Wren
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Amore Veritas Malibu, May 2016, Photo Melissa Wren
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Amore Veritas Malibu, 7 months, May 2016, genetic defect-clear by parentage, photo by Melissa Wren

These will be positively ravishing polar bear cub English/UK/ style Golden Retriever Puppies. Our breeding stock is carefully chosen for 1 – Superior Construction/Conformation according to UK Kennel Club Breed Standard for the Golden Retriever; 2- parents cleared for hips and eyes at a minimum, 3 – breeder commitment to showing and/or titling in conformation all breeding stock, and overall dedication to the breed.

Sire “Angelo” prelim’d good hips, elbows, heart and eyes; Dam “Malibu” clear by parentage; dam’s sire and dam hip, eye clear, prelims and permanent clearances pending.

 

Angelo ex Amore Veritas

Five generation pedigree:

Angels Dance In Beauly Highland
Int.Ch,Int.Sh.Ch,Lux-Dk-CH-Dt.-VDH-S-Fr.Ch Ashbury Angel Heart TAN Suisse, Sel. B.
International, French, Luxembourg Ch. Taram du Bois de la Rayere
IntCh, ChFr, ChLux, ChNl, ChVDH, TRIALER Beeangee Jumping Jack Flash
Eng. Ch. Ritzilyn Cockney Robin JW, SGWC
Stanroph Spring Breeze At Beeangee
Int Ch & trialer Alibren Mon Cheri avec Stanroph
ENG. CH. Stanroph Squadron Leader
ENG. SH. CH. Alibren Uhura
Ashbury Summer Sun
WW’01,EW’99,02, Mult & IntCh,ChFr/Ger/Lux/Swi/VDH Paudell Pure Passion
Eng CH Paudell Easter Plantagenet at Kerrien
Kerrien Forever Bonnie at Paudell
INT.Ch, Ch. IB & Trialer Ashbury Lovely Lisane
Kiplings Highland Hero
Kiplings Geisha Girl
Multi Ch, Multi Jr Ch, BISS Lislone Garbank Loch Affric SLO Club Winner, WW Puppy Bitch 2013
WW’15, Multi Ch Tramin Arni Joy Amst. W.’14
V-EW’04, Mlt & IntCh,GrChUa,ChMol/Bye/Rus/Bul/Pol Robin Hood of Glen Sheallag All-ukrainian Winner’03, 05, Winner of RRC
WW’01,EW’99,02, Mult & IntCh,ChFr/Ger/Lux/Swi/VDH Paudell Pure Passion
Gr Ch Ossien Of Glen Sheallag
GrChUa, ChUa, ChMol, ChBye, ChRus Real World of Glen Sheallag Ukrainian Winner’03
NUCH SUCH Inassicas Song Of Songs
Next Please of Glen Sheallag
Lislone Garbank Zafina For Anshada
Garline Down to Earth
Moondust After All At Garbank Lislone (1 CC)
Garline Private Collection
Lislone Garbank Must B Luv JW
Sh. Ch. Stanroph So It Had To Be KCJW
Garbank Lislone Mistique
Amore Veritas Malibu for Ardorgold
JChUa, CH UA, Moldova, Bulg, Georgia, Romania, Majik Inspector Clouseau Ch Aze, Makedonia,Cyprus, Philippine, Costa Rica
Gildas Amouage
Stanroph Sailor’s Swansong
Eng. CH. Stanroph Sailor Boy KCJW
Stanroph Secret Finale
Gildas Kissing Cousin
Stanroph Sandboy
Gildas Grace N’ Glory
Majik Zoe Tate
C.I.E,LTU&SWE(show)CH,FIN JW-01&FIN W-07,VetWW`10 Royal Salute du Pays de Boheme
IntCh & Trialer, ChFr Gunmarsh Zachary
INT&VDH CH Majik Kiss Me Quick
Majik Lara Croft
Fin.Ch. Tyrnikarin Jesber
Majik Silver Spirit
JChUa, Champion of Moldova Amore Veritas Antalia
Vice-JEW’12 , CH SwedenUA,MOL,RO , JCH UA, RUS Thevenet Pep’s Team
Remington Ringmaster
Eng Sh Ch Ritzilyn Brandon JW
Eng.Sh.Ch Remington Remember Me KCJW
Thevenet Vanidad Mistica
C.I.E, C.I.B, MOL CH Thevenet Lord Of The Rings CAT CH, CER CH ’11’12, CER Top Stud ’11, TRIALER
Thevenet Diabolic Dreams
JCh Ukraine, Ch Ukraine, Moldova, Cyprus Barselona of Priority and Majesty FT Duck III
MultCh, ChUA, ChMOL, ChBYE, ChRUS, JChUa Big Boss of the Famous Family
Int.Ch,Int.Sh.Ch,Lux-Dk-CH-Dt.-VDH-S-Fr.Ch Ashbury Angel Heart TAN Suisse, Sel. B.
WW’12. HSCH. HJCh. Dewmist Star of The Blue Hope
Nelli Samiy Lutchiy Droug
ChUa, Bel, Mol Arny Samyi Lutchiy Droug
Beatris Samiy Luchshiy Drug

Please see individual blog pages on our breeding stock and scroll down for photos and info on our June 2016 litter.

Our gorgeous proven sire: imported from Europe, son of the world-renowned and beautiful CH Ashbury Angel Heart and from the infamous Garbank & Lislone Kennel of Ireland, CH Lislone Garbak Loch Affric.  What a wonderful marriage of compatible dogs this has been!

Angelo’s maternal grandsire, WW ’15 BOB CH Tramin Arni Joy, was awarded world champion, WDS (World Dog Show), Milan in 2015.  There are many other over-achievers in this pedigree..

Dam of the litter: the young and beautiful imported daughter Amore Veritas Malibu, by Multi CH Majik Inspector Clouseau aka Brand, out of an exquisite CH Thevenet Pep’s Team daughter, CH Amore Veritas Antalia.

Brand is a champion in ten countries thanks to the devoted efforts  of the lovely Anastasia Bobchenko, Kennel Amore Veritas, UE.

Classic English Golden Retrievers By Stunning Imported Grandson of 2015 World Champion Tramin Arni Joy — Sold!

Again, welcome to Ardorgold British Golden Retrievers. Our Angelo ex Munch progeny have done us proud;  all are sold. To see what’s coming up, visit our  puppy page.  For information    Many many hugs and a ton of gratitude to Melissa Egbert Wren, Sweetheart Therapy Dogs, Loveland, for handling our sales. Many, many thanks to our wonderful puppy buyers:  we couldn’t be more pleased that our gorgeous little Angels are in wonderful new homes.  Ardorgold Renegade aka Austin, now belongs to our wonderful friend Melissa.  Ardorgold Dash, now Finn, belongs to a lovely family with teenage daughters.  Ardorgold Rendezvous also has a very loving new family. Ardorgold Celestial Mystique aka Paris, is our gorgeous keeper.

 

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Paris “Oakley”, Little Sixgun in Annie Oakley garb

We attribute our litter’s stellar beauty to its wonderful parents– Angels Dance in Beauly Highland, aka Angelo, below–

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A gorgeous dog for the ages…..our boy.

and our stunning 3/4 British bitch –one quarter my stellar Gold Rush and Meadowpond American conformation lines;

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Not only is Angelo the son of CH Ashbury Angel Heart, bred and handled by Cathy Sontag, Ashbury, France, he is the grandson of one of the most spectacular dogs in the world, a dog who won the World Championship in Milan last year, Multi CH Arni Joy.

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World Champion Tramin Arni Joy, Angelo’s grandsire, Mrs. Kate Crosbie handling

Angelo’s beautiful mother CH Lislone Garbank Loch Affric, Lislone-Garbank being one of the top five UK breeders, was bred to Joy and the rest is history.

Angelo is not a huge Golden; he is slow maturing, like his grandsire.  But he is hands down the most exquisite Golden I have ever seen and there is no doubt in my mind that he will set the world on fire once he hits the showring.

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Angelo in the cool after photoshoot

The dam of Angelo’s first litter is also a precious jewel; she is the product of my Gold-Rush and Meadowpond bloodlines outcrossed to Scandinavian and European bloodlines.  What a spectacular bitch, and what sweet music these two have made together;

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The stunning Gilded Peak Scrumptious Munchkin

 

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The Stunning Gilded Peak Scrumptious Munchkin aka Munch, wearing tape so she doesn’t scratch c-section incision, and her butterball whelps by Angels Dance in Beauly Highland.

 

Behold our spectacular litter…. 

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Dash, Rendezvous, Austin–so handsome! — photoshoot, Melissa Wren
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Angelo’s only daughter to date– Ardorgold Celestial Mystique aka Paris — our keeper, so beautiful. Disregard her housefly earring.

Inquiries to Ardorgold, ardorgold2016@mail.com, 970-214-1883. See other pages for more on our history and genetic health information.

Puppies’ Pedigree – for a five generation pedigree, click here.  

Angelo ex Munch
Angels Dance In Beauly Highland 

sire

Int.Ch,Int.Sh.Ch,Lux-Dk-CH-Dt.-VDH-S-Fr.Ch Ashbury Angel Heart TAN Suisse, Sel. B. France
International, French, Luxembourg Ch. Taram du Bois de la Rayere
Ashbury Summer Sun
Multi Ch, Multi Jr Ch, BISS Lislone Garbank Loch Affric SLO Club Winner, WW Puppy Bitch 2013 – Ireland
WW’15, Multi Ch Tramin Arni Joy Amst. W.’14
Lislone Garbank Zafina For Anshada
Gilded Peak Scrumptious Munchkin 

dam

Gilded Peak Double B’s Cutter   bred by J.R. Andrews-Brooks
White Dove Double B’s Blade Import Sweden
Gilded Peak Don’t Rush Amor (Gilded Peak the Craft of a Good Kiss ex Gold Rush Sevilla)
Krispy Mediguard Import Romania
RCH Cum Laude, RCH, MOCH, JCH Ordoghegyi-Berni Harrys Derby winner, 2xChamp.of Champ.
Zena Mediguard

 

 

Truth or Dare: Cancer and Golden Retrievers

Yesterday I was taken to task by the owner of a bitch in my pedigree for entering the cause and date of the dog’s death in an open database for Golden Retrievers.

I looked at her entry today and was sad to see that she has deleted these things.

Never mind that when I heard of the fate of what was surely a beautiful dog, I felt very badly and thought I might spare her owner in making these entries, and never mind that an open database permits others to enter what they know about given dogs.

The bitch in question is my stud dog Angelo’s grand-dam, bred by Lislone Garbank, one of the top five kennels in Great Britain.  While this kennel has heavily influenced the breed abroad, it is one of the programs that must be looked at by the light of the fact that close line breeding is implicated in the incidence of cancer in the Golden Retriever. In fact, according to Rhonda Hovan’s ground-breaking article on cancer and genetics in the Golden, sixty percent of all Goldens worldwide will die of cancer and there are as many cases of cancer in the UK and elsewhere abroad that there are in the U.S.  Moreover, the most prevalent cancer in the UK is lymphoma, while it is hemangiosarcoma in the U.S. Please see link to this thought provoking article, which many high-echelon people in our breed have held in highest regard.

Cancer is our nemesis.  Our hearts leap into our mouths when we feel a lump when caressing a beloved dog’s shoulder.  But we need to be honest, have the courage to be honest in making it publically known that our dog has died of cancer, and what kind of cancer it is.

As noted, on both sides of the Atlantic we are combating this terrible disease and its prevalence in our breed.  Thanks to the research being conducted by the Morris Foundation, and again, to Rhonda Hovan of Faera Goldens for her efforts to educate the fancy with her article on cancer, we may say we are making very slow progress in bringing this discussion to the table.

The breeder in question has actually lost several dogs to cancer, from the same breeding program, and yet she and that program continue to closely line breed, when linebreeding is more than implicated in concentrating both good and bad genes carrying good and bad cells.

There is no shame in making known the cause of a given dog or bitch’s death from cancer.  In fact, it is cowardly not to, to go back to the dog’s page in k9data or Standfast Data and remove the truth–that a certain bitch lived only three years during which time she had two litters.

Thankfully, in terms of the pedigree of the puppies bred by Beauly Highland in Romania last year, one of whom is our Angelo, the litter dam was sired by 2015 World Champion Tramin Arni Joy, who is the result of the pairing of two Glen Sheallag dogs and a rewarding outcross.  We hope and pray that our puppies will mature and have good health and longevity in part as a result of this outcross.  One of the puppies is already a champion and another one–our Angelo–has sired a first litter that is stunning.  My breeding is also a total outcross.  The GB strand behind the dam is all Garbank.  Those of you familiaar with this line will know what I mean.  This is one of the most elite and sought after bloodlines in the world and yet, cancer has reared her grotesque brow in the midst of it all.

Cancer in dogs develops from a preponderance of dysplastic cells in various areas of the body.  We don’t know why these cells suddenly begin multiplying and overtaking the host organism.  We only know that this is a horrible disease and that secrecy is not going to make it less so; we owe it to our dogs and ourselves to research our pedigrees and to keep ourselves informed by credible, legitimate research and opinion on this vital issue.

 

 

 

 

Ardorgold’s New Princess!

Appropos for someone returning to life with Golden Retrievers and newly aware of the moonlit-puppies so abundant in the Ukraine and elsewhere that far East, we have discovered the beautiful Ukrainian breeding program of Amore Veritas and are hopeful that we have acquired one Amore Veritas Malibu, Multi CH Majik Inspector Closeau ex Multi CH Amore Veritas Antalia.  A tremendous pedigree with tons of clout:  The five-generation version is here. 

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Amore Veritas Malibu – see pedigree notes below; five gen from k9data here. 

Call name: Malibu
Gender: F
Country of origin: Beautiful Ukraine
Registration: FCI
Breeder: Anastasia Bobchenko, Elena Apaycheva: Amore Veritas
Pending Owner Prof. J.R. Andrews-Brooks/Ardorgold English Reg’d
Web site: http://www. ardorgold.wordpress.com

Pedigree:

Amore Veritas Malibu
JChUa, CH UA, Moldova, Bulg, Georgia, Romania, Majik Inspector Clouseau Ch Aze, Macedonia,Cyprus, Philippine, Costa Rica
Gildas Amouage
Stanroph Sailor’s Swansong
Gildas Kissing Cousin
Majik Zoe Tate
C.I.E,LTU&SWE(show)CH,FIN JW-01&FIN W-07,VetWW`10 Royal Salute du Pays de Boheme
Majik Lara Croft
JChUa, Champion of Moldova Amore Veritas Antalia
Vice-JEW’12 , CH SwedenUA,MOL,RO , JCH UA, RUS Thevenet Pep’s Team
Remington Ringmaster
Thevenet Vanidad Mistica
JCh Ukraine, Ch Ukraine, Moldova, Cyprus Barselona of Priority and Majesty FT Duck III
MultCh, ChUA, ChMOL, ChBYE, ChRUS, JChUa Big Boss of the Famous Family
Nelli Samiy Lutchiy Droug

Quality and setting of type brought by the inimitable Majik Kennels of Scandinavia needs no introduction.  Beatiful stud dog CH Majik Inspector Clouseau is the product of a fortuitous series of linebreedings between Stanroph and and the Finnish Kennel Gilda’s, crossed back into Majik’s inimitable bloodline.  Malibu’s dam’s lines are noteworthy–  note that Big Boss of the Famous Family is a son of Multi Ch Ashbury Angel Heart– check out what he brings with him.  Watch for our beautiful litters to come.   Thank you.

Angelo Update Updated

At this hour, when I have yet to settle in for my prolonged daytime nap I used to know as a night’s sleep, Angelo is crooning in his singing whine from his crate.  Clearly, he craves the out of doors on this freezing morning.  Coming, Angelo.  Just five more minutes to drag out of bed.

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Multi CH Garbank Lislone Jackpot (sire of Moondust Masterpiece, and second cousin to Angelo)

I thought I would briefly blog about what it’s like for a pair of older people to incorporate a high test English Golden Retriever, a spectacular polar bear of a show dog, into daily life.

 

It’s wonderful but also really, really hard.  For four months, in which he has been growing and becoming more beautiful by the day, he has pulled and veered and galloped through the house and had to be picked up by the scruff and loaded into his crate.  Don’t worry; that’s for time outs only–he’s generally either outside or up on the bed for a rub-down.

We would love to have him loose with my bitch Munch, meandering around the house–but at 7 months, he’s not there yet.  It’s not that he eats jelly beans; it’s that he has a pedigree packed with ebullient champions all bred to be revved at all times.  His breeder said to me that if we trained him for obedience he would never be a show dog, which I regard as bullshit; everyone’s dog should have basic manners.

It is also wonderful to have  him.  We love him.  He is so polar-bear cream, his coat luxurious, his pigment black; he is so very plush and posh and looking back, I cannot believe the many hurdles we took, with uncustomary alacrity, to get him h ere.

 

The one thing our breeders didn’t bother about was a reference.  At the time that I saw his litter announcement, they had had several people fall off their list.  When I saw that his dam was bred by Lislone-Garbank, one of Ireland’s greatest contributors to breed type,  and that his sire was Multi Ch Ashbury Angel Heart, I couldn’t live without him.

They trusted us by virtue of our fervor,  unlike the young woman I’ve been speaking with the last few days with a lovely puppy bitch for sale at a reasonable price.  She wants me to call an English Cream breeder in the US for a reference that she knows of, that I know not at all.  I will not deal with people who call themselves English Cream breeders because American consumers are obsessed with light light snowy light Goldens so that it has become about money. Moreover, there is technically no such thing as an “English Cream”– some well-heeled American petty capitalist coined this term and it has stuck like poo to a boot.  Too bad, but the deal’s off.  Other sources trust me, just by taking a look at this site and the fact that we have Angelo in the first place.

One fancier in the UK Kennel Club, who has chastised me for calling dogs from the UK English Goldens with everyone else who has such a dog, did give us a few tips.  Use a rope-style lead with the collar incorporated, she said.  Until my husband gets used to this new leash, called a Mendota slip lead, we have turned another leash into a slip lead that gives us more control; when he pulls, we can quickly pull his head to the side, whereupon we say, “sit.” We didn’t realize we had been teaching him to pull us– he would pull, we would haul back, he would pull and we would have to let go and he got his freedom.

Dogs work off a reward system.  They do nothing that doesn’t reward them and so, to get what he wants i.e. the reward of going outside or for a walk, he will have to respect the leash and heal at side first.

We hope to hold up for some time until things turn a corner.  But it’s winter, and there are many sorrows in the world at this time.  Passers-by– please understand the value of candor.  We love our beautiful Angelo.  It’s just that he’s a pain in the ass.