September 4, 2011
Hi Susan and Steve,
Here is pic from
Brady's goose hunt this morning. Yankee made on land retrieve on
a live goose and great two blind water retrieves with hand
signals. He is the most awesome and versatile dog I have
hunted. He is also so well mannered around the duck blind.
Can we clone him?
Daren and Brady
Susan & Steve
(Sunshine Moliltor Too - born September 10, 2009) had a successful year
of hunting for ducks and pheasants in South Dakota, and for ruffed
grouse and woodcock in the northwoods of Minnesota. Mollie has a
good nose for searching out the birds to flush as well as finding
downed birds. She hunts very hard and doesn't want to quit when
the day is over. She spent three months this summer with a
hunting dog trainer in Clark, SD. It sure was great to have her
back home as our boys are now both away at college, so she makes the
nest a little bit less empty. We picked her up right before duck
season opened and she hunted as much as possible throughout the fall.
enclosed some pictures of her that we thought you would like to
see. We really enjoyed your Christmas page, and we noticed how
much Mollie looks like one of her litter-mates, Holly. When we
saw Holly's picture we wondered how somebody got Mollie and put her
under their Christmas tree!
sure have enjoyed Mollie and were not surprised to hear what the others
say about their dogs from Sunshine Goldens.
wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
& Amy Gesch
On Timber Mountain
Hi Steve and
Good to hear
from you guys. I
swung through your website to see what's been happening over
there. Looks like you've been putting out some great pups!
I also looked at my dog Timbers canine data sheet and was proud
to see that so many pups from Timber's litter have come so far.
Speaking of Timber, he is just such a fantastic dog. He weighs in
around 55 lbs depending on his activity level and is a lean and
muscular dog with strong well defined front shoulders and a short,
almost non shedding copper colored coat. He is a total lover,
obsessive about tennis balls and is mellow and very easy around the
house. I road him, run him and hike him hard year round and this fall
the hard work paid off. We were able to chase roosters in Kansas
for 8 hours, 5 days straight no problem. He ran stronger and
outlasted the 2 labs and 2 goldens we were hunting with, and he easily
held up to the grueling pace of the additional 5 local farm dog german
shorthairs we were working. He had more flushes and retrieves
than any dog out there and over the 5 days with 10 or more guys and 10
dogs we shot limits of pheasants every day and shot at and missed at
least that many quail. While I've put quite a bit of time into
his obedience training, his intuition, instinct and drive in the field
are just unreal. We still haven't neutered him because we just
love him the way he is, although don't plan on breeding him. His
personality and weight have just been great so we've been hesitant to
change anything about him.
The exciting new news about Timber is that he is entering the Avalanche
Rescue dog program at Bridger Bowl Ski Area. After leaving
professional ski patrolling in Utah 4 years ago I'm back on the
hill full time this winter in Montana with the Bridger Bowl Ski
Patrol. Bridger Bowl and our home town of Bozeman were just voted
best ski towns/ski areas in America by Powder Magazine. Bridger
Bowl is also home to one of the stronger ski patrols and snow safety
teams in the US specializing in Technical High Angle Rescue and
Avalanche Control using explosives. While we're starting training
a year or two late in life, I have no doubt Timber will quickly
pick up the skills necessary to excel in his new job and hopefully
become one of the counties strongest search and rescue dogs. We
begin our obedience testing early next month and then will start formal
avalanche victim recovery training in late January-April. Wish us
luck and we'll keep you posted!
Also, here's a more recent photo of Timber...
Happy Holidays to you both and thanks again for breeding such great
Jon and Sarah Marshall
Hi Susan and Steve,
Our Golden's are doing great!
Kayla celebrated her 13th
birthday (born 11-14-1997) last month! She's doing
awesome! We take her on at least 2 walks per day. She's
having some trouble getting up all of the stairs we have in our house,
but who wouldn't at 91 "people years"! It was her 2nd year not
going w/Daren on his South Dakota Pheasant hunt. She now prefers
staying home with me and being the "only child" again!
Yankee turned 4 this
summer (born 7-23-2006). He's a "handful", but sure adds a lot of
fun to our empty nest!!! Daren and Brady had a great time hunting
with him in South Dakota this fall. He's the best retriever in
the group! Daren's only disappointment is that Yankee prefers
hunting with Brady rather than him. We'll have to get on your
list for another puppy soon so they can each have a dog to hunt with
again. Daren says he wants another male. He loves Yankee's
size and aggressiveness in the field. Keep us informed when
you have a litter similar to Yankee's pedigree.
Have a Great Holiday!
Baby II / Buck 2008 Puppy
Hey Susan and Steven
a quick note to let you know that Guinness is doing great. He has been
a pleasure to train and have as the new member of our family. He is as
smart as could be and loves playing with the kids and just being with
us at all times.
Wanted to ask you if we could board him with you when we leave town. We
found the details on your web site and felt it would be nice for him to
stay with you rather than a stranger! The kids were thrilled that this
might be a possibility as it is his first time away from home? I
will have a few questions for you if this will work regarding his
feeding and other items.
Baby / Buck Son
am sending a couple that were taken this past summer - all action
shots, Beau is always on the move. He LOVES the water
swimming, diving and jumping waves. He beats any other dog on the
beach (or in the water) to the ball.
The picture where he is airborne over the water is my favorite.
What an amazing dog he is! We just adore him!
Thanks to you
extension to our family. Red continues to amazed us each and
day. He is one Beautiful Dog.
We have taken
since he was four months old, you could see in earlier posts he has no
fear of the water. RED has an incredible sense of smell, no
what the cover, he always has the will to find his retrieves. He
never comes back until he has found them.
He is doing a
with being forced fetched and his trainer thinks that he is coming
really nice. He says RED has alot of instinctive talent and takes
We have come
little guy and are looking forward to having him as my hunting
Paul and Mary
dog and has been a joy to have in our home. She'll be six
spring and still just as spry as ever though you can see from the
she starting to grey a little in her face. She still loves people and
course is extremely spoiled here in our home . A watch dog she
as she would much rather lick you than bark at you. In fact she
barks at all and never at other dogs. Seems the only time she speaks at
all is when we're ignoring her and she thinks we should be playing with
her.....she usually wins. She isnï¿½t used for
hunting, but she
three long walks every day, no matter the weather so she keeps her
us when we brought Sadie home is now married has started looking for
for after they purchase their house and they have kept your website in
their favorite list so maybe someday you'll hear from them.
Have a great
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