My relationship with Golden Retrievers began in l978 with my first pet, Sandy, who helped raise my son when I became a single mom. They were constant companions - Sandy and Brian rode skate boards, went surfing, went on ski trips, to soccer and baseball games. Sandy was bred once and delivered eight beautiful puppies. She lived to be 16 1/2 with a diet of kibble from the grocery store! Her son, Tom, was selected by Laurie to be her soul mate. Wherever Laurie went Tom was at her side or sitting by her feet. Tom and Sandy both loved to jog with me and go riding in my VW GTI! Tom lived to be 14 1/2 years. Both of these goldens continue to hold a dear place in my heart. I bought my first pug, Amy, when Tom was 13 and I wanted to prepare myself for the pain of his loss in 1 1/2 years. Very soon, I missed the presence of a golden and searched out a show golden. Jennifer Masterson provided me with the next heart dog, Master-Kate's No Kiddn About - Carly.
I breed a litter only when I want another dog for showing or performance work. I bought a fabulous Yogi daughter who finished her championship very quickly with 3 Major wins - Ch. Aubridge-Kate's Dreamwaver. Breeding her to Ch. Golden Gait Sunshine's High Road (Ozzy) gave me my first home bred champion -
Ch. Kate's Iz A Dreamkeeper
My relationship with the pug began much earlier when I met my grandmother's pug when I was about 7 years old. That memory stayed with me and for many years I searched unsuccessfully for a pug. Finally, in 1990, I found a pug breeder near my home and my pug, Amy, found me when she gleefully jumped into my arms the moment I arrived at the house. After that, I began attending dog shows (on a lark) and soon was hooked. I got my first show pug, Heinzinger's Ms. Polifax, in 1991 and my life changed forever. She was dam to 4 Champion pugs in her first litter and those pugs were the background of my ongoing successful breeding program.