Just an update on Izzi (Hazel/Champ). I can’t believe she’s almost 1!
She’s everything we hoped for in a dog. Beautiful, smart and so loving.
She makes us smile everyday. I have enjoyed seeing the pictures of her
siblings. They looked so different as puppies and now they look alike! All
Izzi is small. About 50 pounds – just the size we wanted. She has adjusted
to us -as you said she would. She’s always ready to play, but is also
content just to be in the room with us relaxing. I laugh when she tugs on
her pull toys and growls, because the tail is wagging at the same time! I
make sure to tell her how ferocious she is. She’s very well behaved and is a
good listener. Your Daniel was so helpful in teaching us how to talk to her
in training.. She took quickly to the training collar he brought us. She
stays with us when walking and sits when we stop.
We are so happy she is part of our family!
You’ve chosen the perfect dog for us ! Thankyou again for everything you’ve
done. We are so in love!!
Patti and family
I hope you and your family are doing well. Rusty (ZOEY/JACKSON) is now 3 months old! He is growing so fast it is unbelievable.
He loves to check the mail with us and his job is very important…he carries the junk mail to the door. He does it with such pride! His little teeth are getting so sharp we call him our little land shark.
We wanted to write to you and tell you that we are still so thankful (and will always be) for the care and work that you put into Rusty before we got him. He is such a blessing in many ways. His sweetness and love of people has even broken through the barrier of our little 6 year old neighbor who is scared of dogs. He is not scared anymore! In fact, today he was doing Rusty’s tricks with him. Yay God!
Anyways, just a little update for you about our little Rusty and a big THANK YOU to all of the work you do with your dogs.
-Anna, Ryan and Rusty
Just wanted to say hi and thank you for the best dog. People always remark
how handsome he is and how will mannered he is. Especially since he is only
1 year. He is the joy of my life! Thanks!
Hi Barb, I know you’re busy with things, but I just wanted to give you an update on the boys. Heatley (Hazel/Champ) and Crosby (Captain/Ruby) are doing awesome. My sanity is being tested with the combination of 8 paws, melting snow and a very muddy yard but nothing a little hose and towel on the deck can’t help. I just wish it weren’t *every* time they go outside!! Heaters is growing strong – last vet appt a few weeks ago he was 65 lbs and declared all muscle. Our vet said, “just keep doing what you’re doing, he’s one heck of a specimen.” read more…
My furry friend Sawyer was born on your farm 11 years ago today. I thought
I’d attach a few pictures to show you how he’s doing.
We live on Minnehaha Creek now-and he’s never been happier. He & my husband
have quite a special bond too. I hope life is treating you well. We are
expecting our first child (a boy) in September-so Sawyer will have some
adjusting! As expected, he’s wonderful with my nieces & nephews.
5 years ago today, you were minding newborn puppies from Delilah & Captain. Gracie was one of the pups and we are celebrating her 5th birthday! She is a great, playful adult dog. We have so much fun with her. Thanks so much for all you do to provide so many with great, well rounded healthy Goldens. read more…
Barb with her granddaughters Avery and Olivia
It is July already and we have a break in the action! No puppies and just a few dogs to train. The grandkids are taking turns coming to the farm to spend some time with us. I love having time with them alone. Russ and I get to know them a little better without their parents and siblings around. July is also a month that brings back memories for me. My dad was killed in July, 1968. Our son was born in July, 1987 and was killed in a car accident 18 days later. On his birthday this year I sent a text to all of my kids reminding them of their brother’s birthday, and also to say how thankful I am that they are all ALIVE. Life is so fragile and precious. I try and not take it for granted, but it slips up on me and all of a sudden I realize I am not appreciating all the good things there are, but I am quick to see the bad. I hate that. Just go to the children’s ward in a hospital or look at the living conditions in third world countries. It won’t take you long to be happy with what you have. We are so blessed in America and I am extremely blessed to have so many amazing people and animals in my life. As I bike the dogs down our half mile drive-way and watch them run and romp without a care in the world, I am reminded of “casting my cares upon Him”. There is nothing too big in my life that the Lord can’t handle. In all the tragedy, He has brought triumph. He has restored my joy and healed my broken heart. If you are experiencing tragedy in your life, turn to Him. He is the only one who will never leave you nor forsake you. God has never called me on the cell phone or sent me an email, but He has spoken to me through His word, other people and even the dogs. Many times He brings comfort through others. I am not supposed to go to Africa to be a missionary. My mission field is right here. I am called to be a wife and mother and to raise healthy, wonderful puppies to bring joy and even healing to my clients.
I don’t mean to be so deep. I think it’s important for my clients to have a glimpse of who I really am. To sum it up, I am the luckiest person in the world to share my life with my family, and share my puppies with some amazing people!
Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to write — nearly a month, actually. I finished the term and then took off for two weeks in Italy! Great indulgence. Chuck stayed home with the pooches, but even before I left I knew things would be just fine.
In fact, they are better than ever. I’ve attached a few pictures. Archie plays The Little Prince quite well, and Berthe plays with him and tolerates his self-possession. It is quite lovely.
Thank you for all of your advice when I needed it most.