Specializing in Breeding and Training Golden Retrievers for 40 Years.

Merry Christmas from Rolling Oaks!

We just mailed out the Christmas cards from Rolling Oaks Goldens. If you did not receive one in the next week
but would like to, please email me your mailing address.

This Christmas season has been exceptionally busy here at Rolling Oaks. Our
fourth litter is leaving this week end. What a joy it has been to hand over
all these healthy, happy puppies to their new owners. But, not without a
price! I couldn’t make Thanksgiving dinner because Milly’s puppies were
leaving and it was Emmy’s puppy visit. Our oldest daughter Christie and her
husband came and made the entire meal and helped us test the puppies to
determine their personalities. Our daughter Anna came home with her husband
and they cleaned the whole  house and put up some Christmas decorations. No
tree this year. Not that I am the Grinch, just didn’t have time. So here it
is, just a few days before Christmas with no baking done, no shopping done
or gifts wrapped. No tree or Christmas lights. None of our personal
Christmas cards have been sent. Do I sound desperate?  I am not. Kelly
ordered all the grandkids their gifts online and they are being delivered
right to my door! The cards will get sent, maybe a little late, but that’s
okay. The baking, well, no guarantees there, but Dove makes some amazing
chocolate and Schwan’s has excellent peppermint ice cream!

I am overwhelmed with gratitude not only for my family this season, but for
my business. Yes, Russ and I have been pushed over the edge with exhaustion.
There have been some high stress moments, but the times when I bring a
litter into a room full of students and am greeted with shrills of
excitement, or a lounge filled with elderly people who can’t wait to hold
and kiss a puppy…or the look on the new owners face when I say “this is
your puppy” all make up for it. The interaction between my grandchildren and
the puppies is priceless. Each puppy got held every single day. Each puppy
had one on one time with a human to determine if it was a calm or playful
pup. Each puppy was loved.

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I am looking forward to the weekend after Christmas when all of our family
will be home and I can rock and sing to our new little granddaughter Aria
and bring the older kids out on the ice with the dogs. When people ask me if
I am ready for Christmas, I can reply “I am”!

I am posting a few of the moments captured from the last two and a half