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

Ardorgold Celestial Mystique  5 weeks, our keeper… 


Welcome to Ardorgold English Golden Retrievers, home of  Angels Dance in Beauly Highland, aka Angelo, our European import by Multi CH Ashbury Angel Heart, out of Multi CH Lislone Garbank Loch Affric (World CH Tramin Arni Joy ex Lislone Garbank Zafina for Ashada)

Angelo’s first litter is spectacular and has been a joy to raise.  All puppies now sold;  thanks to our wonderful puppy buyers, but especial thanks to Melissa Egbert Wren of Sweetheart Goldens in Loveland CO for letting us share in traffic to her website– team marketing is the way to go!  Stay tuned for our plans to breed Angelo to our gorgeous Amore Veritas Malibu— Malibu’s sire “Brand,” aka CH Majik Inspector Clouseau, is a champion in ten countries– and for information on other litters.

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

Many years ago my family purchased a Golden Retriever puppy we named Pronto.  In a matter of days, we had fallen in love with this marvelous breed and our beautiful teddy bear of a dog.

Fast forward to a little over a year ago, twenty-five years of raising show-quality companion Goldens, under our belts, and a post on Facebook for a litter that took my breath away.  That my husband and I could ever afford to purchase such a dog–that such a dog existed– had never crossed my mind.

To my immense astonishment, several people who had committed to the litter of a lifetime had backed out, so that several males remained.  I struck up an acquaintance with the breeders, and again in a matter of days, we had paid our deposit for the exquisite puppy who has matured into the spectacular dog you see pictured above– we named him Angels Dance in Beauly Highland– aka Angelo.

Angelo’s pedigree is not only fabulous, it is exceptional.  His breeder refers to it as “old English”; I refer to it as mind-blowing.

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.

Aside from being drop-dead gorgeous, Joy is pure magic.  For although he was bred by Lena Ushan of Tramin Goldens in the Ukraine, his sire is the great CH Robinhood of Glen Sheallag and his dam, CH Real World of Glen Sheallag.  This is a brilliant line-breeding  of one Sheallag pedigree strand to the other, masterminded by Tramin maven Lena Ushan, who can’t put a foot wrong in breeding stunning dogs.

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

In any event, 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.

All of these names I am dropping might not mean anything to you, but to people into Goldens, they mean the world.  Glen Sheallag is in France.  It was the passion of the world’s greatest Golden Retriever breeder Mari Noelle Terlinden, who committed suicide after the death of her husband.  You might say that to have these rare bloodlines and their configuration in Angelo’s pedigree is tantamount to inheriting a very productive diamond mine.

Angelo has the best pedigree of any dog in America, bar none, unless someone has a son or daughter of Dewmist Silk Screen I don’t know about.  His full brother at Blackpool Goldens is already a Canadian Champion.

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.


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;

The stunning Gilded Peak Scrumptious Munchkin


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…. 

Dash, Rendezvous, Austin–so handsome! — photoshoot, Melissa Wren
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 


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 


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. 

Amore Veritas Malibu

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


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.

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.