Nikki doing the figure 8 exercise in the Veterans Class at the 2002 GSGRC Spec. Photo by Margaret Strowe
My family has always had dogs, starting with my mom's Poodle who was around before I was born, a Siberian Husky and then two "All-Americans". In 1983, it all started innocently enough when my older sister joined the 4-H Seeing Eye puppy program and raised a female Labrador Retriever. In January, 1984 I received my first puppy, a female German Shepherd, Glenna. Glenna unfortunately did not make the program and came back to live with my family. After Glenna, I raised one more German Shepherd puppy before getting my first Golden Retriever. That was in 1986 and that little Golden puppy introduced me to the joys of this wonderful breed. Because of her, I decided to research buying my own puppy and in 1988 I bought my first Golden, Classic (Pure Golden American Classic CD CGC), who I had planned to become the foundation of my kennel. Due to various health problems, that dream was put on hold for many years. Classic did introduce me to the world of obedience, which to this day, is my first love in the dog world. In 1994, I was lucky enough to obtain Nikki as an 8 week old puppy from Brenda Radcliffe. Brenda's kennels are Manor Golden Retrievers out in California which are well known to produce beautiful, multi-talented dogs. Nikki was co-owned with Brenda and was formally known as U-CDX Manor's Cold Spring Harbor CDX, CGC. Nikki also passed her Therapy Dog test, but unfortunately, that was an activity that we never pursued. Nikki was the foundation of Trinity Golden Retrievers and tragically, I lost her to a brain tumor in July of 2003 after a bout of mammary cancer. In the intervening years between Classic and Nikki, I co-owned, showed and titled a Welsh Springer Spaniel - Ch. Rysan's Mister Finnegan CDX CGC - who became my first Champion and a nationally ranked obedience dog. One day I will get another Welshie, but not yet. Currently I own 4 Golden Retrievers; Harley, Lexi, Dakota and Tia.
Rio working towards his WCX
Photo by Jim Mitchell
My goal in breeding Golden Retrievers is to produce sound, beautiful, working retrievers bred to the Golden Retriever standard. Health issues as well as longevity are extremely important in my breeding program and all my dogs that I breed are cleared for hips, elbows, hearts, yearly eye exams and thyroid. I breed very, very infrequently but when I do plan a breeding, a lot of time, thought and energy go into producing the best quality Golden Retriever you can find. The pups are lovingly raised in my house and all my dogs are house dogs. Some lucky ones even get to sleep on my bed! The pups out of my breedings have earned obedience titles, hunting titles, conformation titles and what I'm most proud of - one is a working Seeing Eye dog for The Seeing Eye, Inc. of Morristown, NJ and his full brother is a stud dog up at The Seeing Eye - passing along his quality genes and pedigree for generations of working dogs to come. They are much more than just a beautiful dog.
General Membership/Training Information:
I am a member in good standing of the Golden Retriever Club of America, the Garden State Golden Retriever Club, the Golden Retriever Club of England and the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America. I train at Top Dog Obedience School in Flanders, New Jersey where I was n assistant instructor for over 5 years. Currently, I am the instructor for the K-9 Obedience Club of Essex County, NJ teaching all levels of competition obedience as well as basic pet obedience.
Questions? Comments? Feedback? Feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Thanks for stopping by.
Caroline Kaplonski, Trinity Golden Retrievers, located in Northern NJ.
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