Hi Rhonda & Stephanie.
It doesn’t seem possible that OUR Snitker pup Opie, is almost a year old! July 25, 2016 was “Mr. Blue’s” special day - little did you we know it would be ours as well. I talk about this dog like he’s one of our 6 kids - hum…I never thought to ask our kids (that are all successfully out on their own) how they feel about being displaced by one large dog? Don and I are enjoying him immensely - you know, that unconditional love and desire to please?
Just like the kids, I have kept a ‘puppy book’ and augmented it with monthly pictures. With all your puppies having that special "Snitker Imprint” it has been an easy year of training. Opie breezed through his first class of puppy manners, and then moved on to the advanced manners class giving him his Canine Good Citizenship - CGC. With Just two more lessons, he should pass his Therapy Dog International-TDI. Our hopes for Opie is to bring his non-anxious presence into Tomah’s VA center and offer his comfort and friendship. Beyond this, we would also like to find the connection to get him into the court rooms involving frightened and traumatized young children. (Some 30 years ago our family went through a heinous courtroom trial with a couple of our daughters. We worked through the hurt as a family, vowing to help any other child in distress in any way we could. The next 20 years was spent providing foster care to over 70 children. As we’ve aged and have reached retirement, those days of foster care are over for us, but we still have the desire to help the young ones.) Opie clearly has a future softening life for others and we hope to lead him through.
I’ve just read through your Ina Puppy Update. How excited your families must be! I remember our days of waiting. For these families, I can say the wait is so-o worth it. Not only are you getting a pedigree record of distinguished breeding, but the intentional process of “imprinting” makes a measurable difference in the puppies. They are so-o prepared to learn and please. These puppies will make a marked difference in your family life. Such JOY! Congratulations to your expectant families
Hope to visit sometime this summer and re-introduce you to Opie’s Opus No.1 of Snitker Gold (aka Mr. Blue)
Hope you guys made it through the storms this week. We are lucky to live in a high spot so no water in the basement. It looks like you all are very busy with the puppies again this year. I would love to be a helper to just be with the puppies.
My question for you is when is Teagan's birthday. Have to clean out my files to find my records but since I am sending you a picture of Teag, I thought I would ask you.
These pictures were taken in June. She is just the most beautiful dog and I get so many compliments on her looks and her behavior. Her obedience training and nose work classes are going very well and she seems to pick up on things so quickly.
Thanks for your help and I hope you are all staying dry there.
I have attached a couple of pictures of Teagan (Miss Green) at 7 months old. I think she looks just like her mom. Everyone she meets thinks she is beautiful and love her champagne color. I personally think she is the cutest crème golden I have ever seen. As you can see, she is the same height as her 9 year old sister already!
She is currently taking nose work classes and has a really good nose for the scents. Hope to compete with her someday because she really loves doing this.
Thanks again for the most wonderful, smart, and beautiful puppy. I do hope to someday get another one of your puppies. Your puppies are all beautiful.
Good Morning Stephanie and Ronda, I wanted to give you an update on Hawkeye. He is doing EXCELLENT. We sure do love him a lot. We go out for socialization and rides on a daily basis. He loves going to the Nursing home. We start puppy classes on November 11th. He is also fully housebroken and goes to the door and “rings a bell” when he needs to go out and also “sits” by the door. He has learned, sit, and come very well. We are working on “down” and “stay”. Everyone that meets him absolutely loves him.
His last vet check was a few days ago and he received another puppy shot series. One more set to go of those. Our vet also started him on heart worm monthly. He now weighs 22 pounds, 😊 and is eating 3 cups of food a day.
I ordered more food and another bottle of the deodorizer spray. That isn’t for Hawkeye, I didn’t want you to get alarmed if you saw the order, one of my friends got a new 7 week old puppy and we are giving it to her with a puppy toy as a gift.
We are so glad that God brought all of you and Hawkeye into our life, he is already the star of the family at our house and in the neighborhood. The neighborhood kids come down to play with him in the back yard several times a week. It wears all of them out.
Richard thought I should tell you guys, Hawkeye has been totally potty trained for several weeks. He ONLY had a total of 3 accidents in the house. (1 the first night he came home, and 2 other ones in the 1st week; however both of those were our fault as he was at the door!). Of course, I am home and so I work with him a lot, take him out after he plays, as soon as he gets up from sleeping, right after eating, etc. He also goes with us everywhere, we take car rides of at least 40 minutes every day, going to the drive through at the bank, in the car wash, post office, nursing home, beauty shop, etc. Pretty much everywhere I go, he goes, if he can!
Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you need me to write anything about you guys or you can use any of the information I have shared with you on your website. We recommend and praise you guys to EVERYONE. People can really tell the difference between our pup and others and they love him. Our vet at Kindness Pet clinic in Indianola is already singing Hawkeyes praises. He is so well behaved every time we go, they want to keep him. I told them no way! 😊
Have a good weekend.
Rhonda & Stephanie,
Check out our Nellie! We can't tell you enough how proud we are to have a Snitker Golden as our love bug. She is everything we hoped for in a family member, and more. Nellie is truly a joy.
She's 14 weeks, and such growth and development we've watched. The 8 hour ride home to Kansas City was a breeze. She was so comfortable and trusting, right from the start. No real separation anxiety has ever existed; she knew she was home with us from the start! She's doing great on her potty training, and she's incredibly smart...Nellie rings the potty bell almost every time, and it's been a week since she had an accident!
When we walk her, she has literally stopped traffic. We've gotten to know a ton more of our neighbors as a result of her, as everyone wants to stop and adore her. Nellie has done awesome with the mouthing, and she loves kids. The only real challenges we've had with her stem from her identified high prey drive...she loves to chase things, and she wants to be the boss on the leash around our house.
Thank you again for the amazing imprinting process and investment in creating a wonder dog. She came to us perfect, and we are fully committed to keeping her as close to perfect as possible!
Much love and respect,
Leatha and Michael Cline
These past 7 weeks have gone by so fast! Mila is growing every day! She has been adjusting well, and so are we! We are teaching her all the rules of the house, and she is picking up great! Mila learned the command “sit” in the first week of being home! We are sure this is from the foundation you all gave her, before she came to us. She sits patiently before she is served food as well. We have been getting her exposed to as many new things as possible. She is really becoming independent and likes to explore. Potty training has been easy on all of us. She caught on very fast. She waits by the door when she needs to go out. We joke she goes on command because as soon as we bring her outside, and she hears the word “potty”, she goes!
The whole neighborhood is also in love with her. Everyone always stops to see her. They say she is “the talk of the neighborhood”. Last week we had Begger’s Night. We don’t have little kids, so it was the first time we had seen Mila interact with them for a long period of time. She did AWESOME! Kids came back to see her because they thought she was so fun. Parents said she was ‘so cute and soft’ and asked to take pictures with her. And at the end of the night, Mila sat at the door and cried because she wanted all her new friends to come back! She had a great time.
Our Vet says she sits nicely and waits to be pet, unlike most puppies! And is growing excellently! She will be starting puppy class next week; we can’t wait to see what new tricks and commands she will learn! Our family posts updates on Mila’s very own Instagram, @the_golden_mila_. We update it once a day, and she is starting to gain a following!
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Hello to our Snitker Friends!
Where did these past four weeks go? Our “Opie” is 12wk + 3 days today (ok, I sound like a new mom, huh? ) It’s hard to remember days now without our little Opie. However, he isn’t so small – he went from the puppy scale to the “big boy” scale and weighed in at 22.6# thee days ago. It’s probably safe to say he’s 23 # PLUS now.
What do 2 boys + 1 large pile of leaves = ? One very tired puppy!
Our little guy still does not bark nor does he lick. He is in fact quite laid back…just as his testing indicated the week before we picked him up. He’s perfect – perfect for us. He’s still learning household etiquette and I expect we’ll need a little more time. He has learned that Mom or Dad enter the doorway first –noooo pushing and noooo pulling. Opie has learned important things like where his dad’s snack drawer is in the living room……aka where the peanuts are! Opie can hear that drawer open from another room.
Today was a day of “firsts”: rode in a car not a truck hence he could see outside; walked along the Mississippi River and climbed on the rocks; watched the noisy seagulls; walked through Riverside Park in La Crosse and greeted everybody with a proper SIT; saw other dogs running and barking (and did not pull or bark … yippie); inquisitively watched pigeons; treated to a handful of ground turkey; and lastly a real bath. I wouldn’t say that he disliked it, no squirming or thrashing, but more questioning “what ARE you doing to me? He loves the follow-up brushing and massage.
Training works best INside right now – those dancing leaves are so distracting! As we learn our manners and their meaning, we are trying to introduce ASL (American Sign Language). Opie understands the most important to him: ‘sit’ and ‘eat.’ Our walks are getting longer and more controlled. Opie can heel, but needs gentle reminders. Actually, he does better than our 8.5 yr Shih Tzu. These two have fun together and well…get into their own predicaments. At least there is companionship when discipline is doled out:
In closing, we have gone from 8 wk to 12.5 wk all too fast.
Thank you Rhonda and Stephanie for ALL the work you put forth in these wonderful dogs. We could never have made a better choice for ourselves.
- Opie's Forever Family
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