I can not begin to tell how much joy Milo has brought to our family, During this pandemic he has brought us countless smiles daily. He is such a happy boy and wants so badly to please us. He is doing so good on his loose leash walks. I take him every day and he looks forward to it and jumps right in the car. He has learned his "stay" command so when I open the car door he will sit quietly until I have his leash hooked up and release him to jump out with "all done"!
He has fit right in with Mia and Mabel. Mabel has been the surprise as she has taken him under her wing and he worships her! Mabel is a daddy's girl and follows me everywhere... so Milo has become my second shadow! He loves water and this summer during the evenings has been wet more than dry!!!
- Milo's Family
Hello Snitker family,
Wanted to check in during the midst of this pandemic. Hoping you are all safe and healthy. The “brothers” are doing great. During January, Hawkeye/Hayden spent about 3 weeks training with Anna Childs at Adelhorst Kennels. She ended up keeping Hayden for another few weeks after that. We got them back home just before the pandemic hit here. Thank goodness.
Anna and her daughter at Adelhorst kennels, LOVED both of the boys but Hayden captured a special place in their hearts as he has all of us. Hayden is doing great. We have an “in training” service vest on him. Before the pandemic hit, we were taking Hayden to nursing homes, group homes and where people with disabilities have day programs. He was and is doing FABULOUS. We couldn’t ask for a better boy. However, right now we are staying home and can’t do service work. We will get back to it once there is a vaccine for this nasty COVID-19.
Hawkeye and Hayden are inseparable. They sleep together, eat together, play together and follow each other around. Peas in a pod. However, we definitely know we picked the wrong name out for Hayden. He should have been named, porky, piglet, soda, hoagie or biscuit; something “food” related. He is a pig when it comes to his food bowl.
Here are some pictures of the boys. Hayden has grown from little guy into a big guy. We love them both dearly and are so blessed to have them and you guys in our lives.
Please stay safe and healthy.
Blessings to all of you, your families and the dogs.
Love, Richard, Lynne Schaefer – Hawkeye and Hayden (bark, bark)
Good afternoon!!! I hope you are all doing well! I figured it was past time to give a good update. We. Love. Hero!!
We came up with the name “Hero” quite by accident. We were sitting around shouting out names. Someone said, “Did you say ‘Hero’?” The response, “No. But hey!! That’s a great name!” It just came to us!
We brought him home just before the fallout of COVID-19. Two of our boys were home for spring break from college at the US Naval Academy, and the virus would assure they did not go back to finish out their semester or summer trainings. Our youngest also entered into “distance learning” in high school. Work moved into work-from-home. Volunteerism ceased to exist. 5 peeps. 3 dogs. Life condensed to at-home.
Hero brought life and growth and smiles and happiness into our chaos. He’s a dude. A puppy, to be sure. Instant BFF to Scout. Entertainment. Work. Fun. Friend. He was and still is an absolutely welcome addition to uncertain times!! Everybody loves him!
He loves everyone, but he has especially “taken a liking” to our oldest son. They hike by the creek, daily. Enjoy early summer evenings with guitar music. Just hangout anywhere. They have an extra-special bond! Even as Hero belongs to all of us!
How many times has a dog been such a blessing to a family? Maybe every time one is brought home? Maybe it’s rare to love a dog this much? Who’s to say. But Hero is a family member that was meant to be. We all couldn’t possibly love him more!!
He’s our Hero!
On a side note, we have been using Life’s Abundance since bringing Hero home, and have switched Scout and Webster to it as well. There is such a difference! They seem more satisfied. Excellent coat. Less shedding (I think), and - excuse the gross factor - better poop (dense and much easier to clean up)! We’re sold!
Again, wishing all our best to you and your families. Keep up the great work. It certainly shows!!
All our best!
The McCabe Family
I just saw the picture of a sweet pup form Mabel’s litter, and wanted to share one from Victoria’s litter - here’s our sweet, sweet Opal!!! She’s doing great. :)
Opal has truly completed our family! Everyday, we wake up and come downstairs, and she greets each of us like it’s Christmas morning and we’re the present she’s wanted all year. She is just an absolute lover and gently asks everyone we pass if she could please, please, please have some pets!
Dear Snitker Goldens Family,
Ryder’s first trip to the beach...loves watching all the things...boats, birds, people swimming in nearby pools, riding in cousin’s jeep...weeeeeee! AND the fireworks (NEXT DOOR) didn’t seem to bother him! Yay! Hurray! Cheers to Snitker Imprinting! Happy Happy Happy!
Ryder has had a great week! He attended his first training class and is already learning to walk on a leash and understanding leash pressure. He was a perfect gentleman. He’s doing really well, and we are so pleased! Imprinting matters! ️
We have returned to the beach for a few days, and Emily enjoyed capturing some photos this evening on the dock. Wanted to share. This boy loves sitting on the dock! Look how big and tall he is! He’s about 25 pounds now, and still calls mealtimes some of the best times of the day!
We send our love and continued thanks for our handsome, wonderful, sweet companion!
The Bonds family
Good Afternoon Stephanie,
I just wanted to send you a note to also pass along to Rhonda and team.
Our puppy Wynston, Mr Orange (Bart/Mabel) is doing really well in our home. He is an amazing little man. The first night was a little sad for him, but after the second night he has adjusted well and now isn’t crying a night. He is excited to see our kids in the morning when they wake up and is just a great joy to our family.
I am very grateful for all the work you, Bethany, Mike and Rhonda have all done with these little pups. Every person who encounters our dog makes the comment “What a well behaved pup”. We are just amazed by all the skills Wynston already knows and does daily. This is my first dog after 30+ years of wanting one and waiting until it was the right time for us. I feel blessed to have found your family and have this new addition to ours.
We took him to his vet appointment last week and he was already at 15lbs, up 3 lbs from the week before. The vet also shared what a good dog he is and that he will be a big boy, which is crazy to see them grow up so fast.
Again, thank you for all of your hardworking and dedication. I hope Rhonda’s last treatment went well. We have had her in our prayers.
Thank you for the bottom of our hearts. We feel truly blessed to have this amazing new family member and just wanted to share our thanks.
Be well and take care.
Becky, Ben, Benjie and Gigi
Not sure who’s happier - my son, Benjie or Wynston. :)
I can't believe Maggie is almost a year old! David and I are so in love with her, and it feels like she has been a part of our family forever - we don't know what we ever did without her! In fact, we were just talking recently about having another Snitker Golden join our family as a companion for Maggie at some point. :)
Also just wanted to give you a general update on how everything is going. I honestly can't believe she is almost a year old. It seems like we just brought her home -- time flies! Maggie has been the perfect addition to our family. She is everything we could have hoped for -- smart, healthy, confident, spunky, and sweet as can be. We absolutely adore her.
The last time we weighed Maggie (maybe a few weeks ago?), she weighed 57 pounds! She is a beautiful dog with a kind, gentle soul, and we are still so impressed by both her intelligence and her temperament. She sailed through formal obedience classes and constantly seeks to learn new things. We have been firm in reinforcing at home what she learned in training, and it is amazing how well she recalls and listens. She is great at loose lead walking, and she loves going to the park to play fetch. We quickly learned that her favorite activity is swimming. If we are near a body of water, Maggie thinks that she needs to be in it. :) We go to the dog beach at least once a week! Maggie loves to go on new adventures and especially loves meeting new people and making new dog friends. She is especially drawn to children, and she often will approach children (if we give her permission) and give them kisses when they stick out their hands. It is so sweet to see how nurturing she is. She is confident, playful, loyal, and gentle, and everyone we meet always comment on how good she is!
BIG thank you to you and everyone at Snitker Goldens. We simply could not have asked for a more perfect puppy for us, and we love her so much! We look forward to continuing to watch her grow and going on new adventures as a family!
Sharing a couple of fairly recent pictures so you can see how much little Miss Green has grown!
Mia has been the absolute best dog ever! She just had her 8th birthday this past November. I received Mia as a birthday present for my 18th birthday. I couldn’t have asked for a better dog. It is very clear that a lot of thought and effort has been put forth in Snitker’s breeding programs. Mia has been around both kids and dogs her whole life and has such a loving soul with the little ones! She is always wanting to please me which made training her as a puppy an absolute breeze! Whether we are bird hunting, sitting in the fishing boat, or just chilling around the house, Mia can do it all! She goes everywhere I go and never shy's away from a free head scratch from a stranger, she always turns heads when we are out and about from people saying how beautiful she is! Mia’s favorite things include swimming, rolling in the snow, playing with kids, and last but certainly not least... Tennis balls!! Mia has been such a huge part of our life, she was there with me on the first date with my now wife, she’s been with us on several moves. We have brought many puppies home, she has such a good temperament and motherly way with them, we are confident she will be just as great with a ‘2 legged puppy’ as well. Mia is such a huge part of our family and I cannot thank Snitker Goldens enough for the hard work they do.
Where do I begin? Miss personality! She is socialized all over the western NC mountains. She has been to the a Country Club for lunch. Passed around the golfers. She’s a rock star on Facebook! She already goes for afternoon walks with three other Goldens (her siblings) and three labs. All her new besties. She’s doing mostly perfect with potty training. She knows sit and down commands. She’s working on come when called. She loves EVERYBODY. She’s a snuggler and is very attentive and kind to get big sister who has cancer.
She, like her big Snitker brother Dickens, is basically perfect because of the wonderful beginning she was given by Rhonda and the entire Snitker family. We love our girl and we love the Snitkers!️
Over the next month, Rhonda watched the litter carefully to make certain that she matched us with the right pup. And did she ever! A perfect match! Charlie is loving, gentle and content to just hang out and play with his toys and as long as he’s around his humans, he’s happy. Snitker Goldens obviously take pride in their Goldens and lovingly choose their families.
Snitker Goldens also does a great job of preparing you for your new life with your pup before the big day. Stephanie sent a suggested shopping list of things that I honestly would have never thought of purchasing, but was very glad I had them on hand. The items on the list are things that Snitker uses, too, so everything was familiar to our new pup, like the treats, for example. I can’t tell you how helpful this shopping list was!
What makes Snitker Goldens so unique, is their Imprinting process. I didn’t fully understand it until we took Charlie home. To start, Charlie was completely crate trained! In fact, it was two short nights and he was sleeping from 9 at night until 6 in the morning. He’s had no accidents in his crate! Charlie also came to us almost completely potty-trained. It was unbelievable. He knew exactly where he was supposed to do his business, and except for a few accidents at home (which were completely our fault for not understanding he has to go out immediately after he eats) he’s been accident-free. Charlie also knows how to “come” and sits patiently, looks you in the eye before he gets his treat. Before he eats, he knows to sit and wait until the food dish is put down.
The day we picked Charlie up, Rhonda Snitker met us in her home and was so welcoming and kind to us. She opened up a crate and pulled Charlie out and we were in love! We spent over an hour with Rhonda and Stephanie, going through paperwork, but mostly they patiently answered our questions. I’ve never felt so much at home as I did at Rhonda’s kitchen table!
We left Iowa that day with a Snitker Goldens bag filled with two weeks of food, supplements, shampoo, a book on training and our new pup’s “blankie” that smelled of home so he wouldn’t get lonely. And our darling puppy, Charlie, of course.
If you’re looking for a golden retriever puppy, I would look no further than Snitker Goldens. From the first communications to the day you drive away with your new puppy, you’ll be so glad you found them!
Why Snitker Goldens
We begin with quality tested and approved breeding Goldens and build on that solid foundation with our puppies. Championship pedigrees in their lines are our way of remaining true to breed standard. We strive to personally imprint each pup with positive, rewarding experiences – to nurture each one with love and care, realizing that each day we have your puppy is one day closer to the day you will hold him or her. We use this time to make that permanent impression on your pup, one which he or she will carry for a lifetime.
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