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)
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
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!
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!
Bella 2019/ Charlie-Goose litter
Here is an update on Bella. Bella loves to play with my Sheltie Bailey. They have become fast friends. Bella loves to sit on my lap when she wakes up. She loves snuggles then and also at night. She is doing really well with potty training. She sits in front of the door when she wants to go out and let’s me know. She loves to chase blowing leaves on our walks. She is responding to her name and comes running when I call her. She is always excited to see me. I am so grateful for the awesome beginning Rhonda gave Bella. Her dogs are beautiful and really smart.
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,
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
A note from Aspen (Miss Pink)...
"Thank you Miss Stephanie and Miss Rhonda for selecting me, Miss Pink, for my new home with my family in Waukee, Iowa. They named me Aspen and although I miss the life on the farm, I do love my new adventure with Mom and Dad. One of the best parts is I have an older sister, Sailor ( who also is an English Cream Golden Retriever ).
I thought I would tell you what I do with all my time on a typical day. My day begins at 5:45 a.m when Dad wakes me up and lets me out of my kennel. I am such a good little girl. I have never have had an accident in my kennel and have always slept through the night! No cries from me! Now is my special time with my Dad as we take care of business and he rubs my tummy and plays with me. After 30 minutes or so we go inside and I wake Sailor up! Sailor sleeps in the den and I peek through the windows as she is waiting for me. I leave all my little nose prints on Mom's clean windows! Mom is the Queen of Windex! I am such a happy little girl and so well adjusted. I can't believe I'm only 14 weeks old.
My Mom has the coffee brewing and puts our leashes on us. It is time for all of us to go on our morning walk. I follow Sailor's every move and will sit at the corner till Mom or Dad says "okay" and I can cross the street. Everyone who sees us will stop and tell me how beautiful and how well behaved I am. I walk on my leash beautifully and am I constantly wagging my tail and taking in all the new smells (and grabbing the occasional acorn until they take it away from me). When we arrive home 45 minutes later it's my favorite time - time for breakfast. I sit while Mom gives Sailor and me our vitamins and puts my bowl in front of me. Sailor convinced me that breakfast is better with a few slices of pears or apples on top of my food. Yummy! Thank you Miss Rhonda for teaching me my dining manners.
After breakfast, it's time for me to watch all the neighborhood kids walk to the bus stop. They all stop and pet me and say " Hi Aspen see you after school". After seeing the kids off to school it's time for Sailor and I to take a well deserved nap!
All day long we have a lot of activity in our cul da sac! Our neighbors are putting an addition onto their home. With all of Miss Stephanie's and Miss Rhonda's imprinting, which was installed in me since birth, the construction noise doesn't bother me. I sit at the front door and watch all the trucks go by without barking or getting upset. (Thank you ladies for all your hard work!)
My day is full of exploring both inside and outside. At 9 weeks, I mastered the art of running up and down the stairs. Since my home has 3 floors, Dad put a gate up so I only have access to 2 floors. They are trying to slow me down. Haha! I love spending time outside with Sailor. I try to do everything Sailor does and I even come when Mom calls my name. She says "Aspen you are so smart "! I'm looking forward to attending puppy classes next month after my last series of shots. I'm a big girl now, and at 14 weeks I weigh 27.5 pounds. Dr. John, my Vet, says I am such a healthy, sweet and beautiful little girl who has a great disposition. Of course I do!"
Thank you Rhonda and Stephanie for giving Jon and I such a beautiful addition to our family. Aspen is our bundle of joy and we love her so much! Sailor needed a new best friend and Aspen has exceeded all of our expectations. All of your hands on training and hours you spend with all your newborn puppies produce exceptional puppies. We recommend Snitker Goldens to everyone who inquires about Aspen.
Thanks to you,
Sue and Jon Doll
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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