Trip is truly a multi-talented dog, with a unique pedigree carrying some of the "old golden lines". Trip's sire earned 13 AllAge FT points handled by a novice! A true testimony of his natural talent and biddability. I feel very fortunate to bring those genetics into my program! This is what Susan Kluesner, Trip's owner, has written about him.
I named Trip well because he has turned out to be a trip to remember to train and show. Bred by Mary Hilderbrandt in Hilton, NY, Trip has a unique pedigree. His famous sire, who was born in 1988, was handsome and naturally talented in the field. Trip’s dam and grand dams are all multi-talented at the highest levels (MACH, UDX, MH, QAA). Trip is like his sire and dam. He has lots of natural field talent and a very, very high level of trainability and focus. Even as an eight-week-old puppy, Trip would sit for long periods of time and watch complicated, advanced field set ups. He is the most focused, naturally talented dog I have ever trained. A dog who can do it all and is as comfortable at an obedience trial as he is at a master level hunt test. Trip also has correct structure and a sweet (sometimes silly) temperament.
Kicker is an explosive retriever who lives for field work. But as intense as she is in the field, she has an equally sweet and soft side at home. She currently has 1 MH pass under her belt and will continue training toward her title and hopefully a Master National qualification after puppy duty is done. Weighing in at 60Lbs, Kicker is a beautiful combination of field and show lines. She received excellent scores from seasoned judges at her CCA, even garnering special comment by Marcia Schlehr that "she has a very correct coat and the best I've seen in a long time." With a 'love to work' attitude, Kicker gives 100% at whatever I ask from her.
Very "type to type", Trip x Kicker puppies will be able to play any game from field to obedience to agility
and beyond. Reports from the first breeding, the Construction Crew, are very positive! One pro trainer who is working with one of the "Crew" actually called me to say this was the finest Golden Retriever puppy he's ever had the pleasure to work with! "Intelligent, biddable, birdy, loves to retrieve, the real deal" are words used to describe the puppies from the first breeding. Litter pedigree: http://www.k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=790214
Two weeks old - boy have they grown!