(Am/Can CH Striker x Can CH Olivia “Summer”)
(BISS GCHB Tamarack Billions of Stars Over PoeticGold CD RN TDI CGCA CGCU CGC “Mystic” x Am GCH/Can CH Sklyar RN CGC “River”)
Goldiva’s August on Chocorua’s Summit, “Summer” is a Striker ex Olivia puppy born in August of 2013 who came into our lives that fall. She is a sweet, smart, happy dog. Summer has been a delight to train, so responsive and eager to please. She has been great with people, she came to my office every day and hung out at work with me. She is also good with kids (especially my grandchildren) and loves to play with all dogs. She’s spunky, full of energy and loves to hike and play, but very calm around the house. I can’t say enough about the joy she has brought into our home.
The process of getting our puppy from “Goldiva Goldens” was a great experience. Mary was recommended to us by a friend who has had Golden Retrievers for many, many years (and currently has 5 of her own), and my son who has two Goldens. Temperament and health were the most important factors for choosing this breeder and this litter, but Summer is just plain beautiful also! Mary welcomed us into her home and showed us where the puppies had been raised. We got to meet Summer’s mother and father too. Mary helped us pick the right puppy from this litter for us, they were all so adorable it was hard not to take all 9 home! We drove from New Jersey to Maine to get Summer and Mary made the process easy.
Update 11/30/16: Here it is three years later and as predicted, we went back to Goldiva for our next puppy. All the hopes and dreams we had that Summer would grow to be a fun loving family pet were fully realized. She has blossomed into a terrific hiking buddy and companion hanging out at home. Because of Summer, I learned about dog sports and how much fun and rewarding it is to teach dogs to do new behaviors. (beyond the necessary sit, down, stay and family manners) Although I found a niche in Obedience and Rally Obedience, (three venues: AKC, WCR, CDSP) I bet she could do anything I introduced her to. She has been an amazing partner and at 3 years, 4 months old. And bonus, she is also beautiful. Summer is now: ARCHMX7 Goldiva’s August on Chocorua’s Summit CD, BN, RAE, CGCA, CGC, CDX-C, SN-C, RL1 AOE, RL2 AOE, RL3 AOE, RL1x13, RL2x12, RL3x11.
So now we have brought River home. (Goldiva’s August on Swift River) Mystic ex Skylar. He’s been here not even three weeks and what a great puppy! He and Summer have developed a fun, yet easy going relationship. Playing and resting together and Summer is so good, even sharing bones. River seems to know his name (turns his head) and with some fun noises following comes right over when called. Went on our first off lead hike together this week. He hung around my ankles a lot, ran happily with Summer and explored on his own. Perfect combination of bonding and independence. He’s been to three dogs shows with Summer and met loads of people, dogs, and kids. We are enjoying him more than I can describe. Our happy journey continues.