Dear Rhonda and Stephanie,
The idea of me writing an update on a Snitker Golden seems unbelievable. The fact that I am writing that update while my Snitker Golden sleeps at my feet is even more unbelievable.
Five years ago as the newest Snitker Golden team member, I stepped foot in the puppy barn and was amazed by all the sights, sounds, and smells. Ever so carefully handling my first Snitker Golden pup that night, my heart almost burst. I didn’t know it was possible to love such a tiny creature that much. Until one holds one of these pups in their arms, it is hard to describe just how much love and imprinting goes into them. From each careful ENS exercise to cleaning their messy faces after a well-enjoyed meal of gruel, nothing happens without every ounce of determinedness and love of which you are capable.
As a behind the scenes gal, I had gotten quite used to that side of the Snitker Goldens family. It is hard work and there were days where I just didn’t know what to do with myself but it is OH so rewarding seeing those pups go home to their families. That first day at the Snitker farm, I knew someday I would call one of these Goldens my own. I could barely stand to wait.
Fast forward five years and that time has come when I least expected it. Being contacted about possibly being able to bring one of these puppies home still seems like a dream. I spent so many nights praying and wishing it would be the year I’d get my beloved puppy. Getting the call from Rhonda was a dream come true and a prayer answered.
When I met the Fabi Five I was very clear that Mister Yellow (Goose) was not the right fit for me. He was too boisterous and to be frank, too much boy. I had always pictured myself with a sweet, quiet girl and Mister Yellow was anything but. However, after meeting the litter I could not stop picturing myself with him. The day I picked him up he gave me the gentlest and longest lick on my nose and I knew he was the right one for me. Rhonda, you sure do know how to match pups with people.
The past four and a half months with him have been absolutely crazy. I mean that in all the good ways. Ha! He really is my perfect puppy. He has slept through the night since night one and was very quick to house break. Goose is loving, stubborn, opinionated, funny, loud, and so much more.
Everywhere we go he is complimented and I am asked from where he came. I am not surprised when people respond “Oh! I’ve heard such good things about them!” when I say he is a Snitker Golden. People are constantly in awe of his temperament, his coat, and his head. We get more compliments on his head than one might believe haha.
Soon Goose will be entering into obedience courses and eventually will be in training to be a therapy dog. Currently he is an emotional support animal for myself and I cannot imagine my life without him. He has been so good for me. As I think back on all the pups I wished I could bring home with me, I realize they weren’t the ones my heart needed. The one I needed is the one I have; my floppy, clumsy, all boy, Goose.
Much love always,
Hannah & Goose
Hi Rhonda and Stephanie,
I wanted to send you an update about our dynamic duo, Luke and Lucy!!! We couldn't have asked for a better match for our daughters! Luke is laid back and really easy going. A perfect fit for our older daughter, Hayden. On the flip side, Lucy has tons of personality and is really spunky. She is the perfect match for our daughter, Callie. They have really settled in nicely and are the perfect fit for our family!!
We rang in the New Year at a cabin in the mountains of Georgia. It was a solid 8 hour drive each way. We didn't have one potty accident! We spent a lot of time playing in the huge, open fields behind the cabin. It was fantastic. The family we were traveling with couldn't get over how well behaved they were! You gave us such an amazing start. We couldn't be more thankful!
We spent a great deal of time researching options when we decided we wanted to add a puppy to our family. (Which over time ended up turning into two!) It has been such a pleasure working with both of you. Luke and Lucy have exceeded our expectations on every level. To say we love these two is a total understatement. We cannot wait to see how they grow and mature. We will keep you posted with updates and pictures!!
Thanks for everything!
Just wanted to get you an update on Fergus and his transition into his forever home. Fergus already has a heart of gold. He is close to mastering the house training and listens most of the time. He started puppy school last week and was best in class when the other puppies didn’t know their names or sit on command!
The cats are adjusting and Fergus understands that the cats have different rules! Probably one of his favorite ways to start the day is to go to my teenager son’s room and help me wake him up. He so eager to please and today was his first day with the “puppy nanny.”
We are looking forward to warmer weather and watching him continue to grow in his forever home. Thank you for giving that little guy such an awesome start.
Jean, Claire and Jimmy
And he loves the crate...
Hi Rhonda & Stephanie,
Hope you’re well. I couldn’t resist sending this pic of Harper from a couple weekends ago. We were at my mom’s in the frigid cold, and he could’ve cared less! He ran for quite a while and always came up with a face full of snow.
We also regularly have to step aside for joggers and strollers on our walks because Harper finds the longest and heaviest sticks possible to lug around the neighborhood. He's always working! If only I could find a way to actually contract him out for landscaping services! Can’t believe he will be 4 in a couple months. Time flies. He is the sweetest, funniest guy. Happy 2018!
Just a quick update on Luka. He is 9 ½ months old now and just weighted in at 61 pounds. Luka recently passed his AKC Canine Good Citizen test and also his AKC Novice Trick Dog test. He has been a quick learner. As soon as he understands what we are requesting him to do, and with a little repetition he’ll have the trick learned. We are now perfecting what he has learned and working on new tricks and commands that he will need to know for his next round of tests. We will be continuing with classes at our local AKC club. He has definitely become a member of our family. The first thing our granddaughters did upon coming home from college this fall was to stop by and spend some time with Luka. He also gets frequent visits from the girls across the street from us.
He likes to be close to us and is usually right by one of us all the time. Luka is a fun loving, happy , very alert puppy. He is fascinated by moving things he watches airplanes go across the sky at night and chases leaves and of course, always has something in his mouth to carry. He actually watches TV and especially likes the action shows. He never gets table food so he is a joy in the kitchen. He is learning to take naps with mom and actually nap. One thing he never learned was going down the basement stairs so we have to work on that as we both have hobbies in the basement and right now we take turns staying with Luka.
We have been told by so many people he is a beautiful dog. Many at the obedience club have commented on what a beauty he is and even the vet said he is a lean athletic sport dog. Many have asked where we got him. It is hard to find goldens like a Snitker golden. We will keep updating as he continues to grow and continues his training with dad.
- Luka's Family
Seasons greetings from Our Family to Yours -
Cooper may be the only one I know excited to see this much snow, He Loves it! He tries to give his best(most pathetic) puppy dog face to convince anyone to go out with him even if they just came back in.
We love his silly personality,he definitely marches to the beat of his own drum ( which is usually his tail thumping on something) He is a the biggest mama's boy and I LOVE it!
We are looking forward to the adventures the new year brings!
Wishing you a Wonderful New Year
Wendy & Cooper
Hi Rhonda & Stephanie,
Nick and I wanted to share with you an update on Remy’s first few weeks at home. He has completely melted our hearts and has impressed each of us and both of our families with his temperament and eagerness to learn and please. His first night home he slept comfortably in his crate downstairs and we’ve had no issues since with nighttime whining or crying. Remy has also done an outstanding job learning the rules of house training. He knows to sit at the door when he needs to potty and had only a couple of "accidents" his first week at home.
At 10 weeks old Remy has begun to master: sit, come (here), shake (paw), up, down, off, back, leave it (eh-eh), and potty. We start puppy preschool next week and we anticipate Remy being a star student 😊 Beyond basic obedience training, Remy has bonded very well with our other family pets, especially Russell (a two-year-old Silas/Ina pup). Remy is growing like a weed and soon enough he’ll be catching up with the big dogs running around in the valley.
We simply could not have asked for a better puppy and we love him more than ever. Remy is everything we hoped for in a little pup and we thank you and Rhonda so much for all of the time and effort you put into his first eight weeks of life. He is the perfect fit and addition to our little family. We'll be sure to stay in touch and keep you updated on his progress!
Megan & Nick
Hi Rhonda and Stephanie,
I wanted to write to give you an update on Daphne, and to send you a video that my son made of her. We could not have chosen a better puppy for our family! Daphne was 14 weeks old when we were given the opportunity to adopt her. For us, this timing was perfect. She already had a wonderful temperament and a fabulous start at Snitker Goldens. The fact that she was already "started" was a huge head start for us. From the first night, she went into her crate readily, slept all night and was already in the house training routine.
She just completed her Puppy Kindergarten class, and while other families had behavior and training issues that they were inquiring about at each class, we literally had no issues with Daphne! She is still a puppy, and needs all of the love and care and attention that any puppy needs, but she is so relational and so desires to please that she is a joy to train and spend time with.
My son spends a lot of time with her every day after school, and when he showed me this video, I was so happy!
Thanks again for all that you do; your work impacts so many individuals and families.
Jennifer and family
My Friend Daphne
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