A few months after losing our beloved Jack Russel to old age,
we decided the house was just too quiet. It was time to bring another dog
into our home. We were pretty open to different options. We checked
Petfinder, local shelters and rescues. While we were looking, we also started
to think about what breed would be a good fit for us. We didn't have a
fenced in yard, but did have a lot of property with a good sized pond, so a
large dog would probably be good. It also had to be very good with kids since
our grand kids come to visit, sometimes for a week at a time. And maybe a
dog gentle enough to be trained to be a therapy dog to benefit our local
The obvious answer was a Golden Retriever. When we narrowed our
focus to Goldens, we saw a photo of an English Golden. What a gorgeous dog!
That was definitely going to be our next dog. Now we just had to find one.
One of the first websites we visited was Spirit
Golden Retrievers. We visited many more websites, but always returned to
Spirit Golden's. There was no comparison. Spirit Golden's don't just sell
puppies. They raise and train puppies to be happy, confident family members from
the moment they are born. And they don't just say they train them. They post
videos on their website and welcome you into their home via a live video
stream running 24 hours a day.
We watched the puppies getting bio-sensor
therapy, sleeping through
fireworks and thunder conditioning, and playing
outside on agility
equipment. We watched as they learned to sit and
shake hands. We listened as
Gayle gently sang to them and called 'Puppies,
puppies, puppies!' to get
their attention. A sweet voice forever imprinted on
their little brains.
Our little Ruby is three months old now and is a much
loved member of our
family. She's eager to please and easy to train. She
loves everyone and is the center of attention wherever she happens to be.
Our lives are truly blessed.
We are so grateful to Bob & Gayle for
raising such wonderful dogs!
Mike and Deb Swartz