Harper - Ina/Silas 2014
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!
Here are a few pics from the last few months of Rudi and Remi. The beach shot is from our vacation in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It's their happy place. Rudi is our big guy at about 80 lbs and Remi is the little prince at about 72 lbs. They continue to be an inseparable duo and they crack us up constantly with their antics. Rudi is still an Olympic level swimmer and spends probably two hours a day (minimum!) doing laps in our pool. Remi is a little less obsessed with the pool but he's entirely obsessed with Rudi, so he's the lifeguard running around the pool and watching Rudi go. They continue to learn each other's tricks which is really sweet to watch. They both remain total food-hounds and have started to take turns reminding us when dinner time is by coming up to us, sitting, and staring from about 4 inches away from our faces. They are currently working on a campaign to have their dinner moved an hour earlier. We have remained strong but they are wearing us down. Haha!
Hello Rhonda & Stephanie,
We just wanted to send you a quick e-mail regarding Emma. Emma has been a part of our family for a little over 6 weeks. It seems as though it has been more like 6 months! We were prepared that it might take a few days to several weeks before she felt comfortable in her new home. After a couple of days she was in the groove of her new schedule and environment. It only took about 5 nights of her sleeping in her crate until she let us know that was enough. She then took up residence at night next our bed!!
Our original plan was to get a puppy. When we met Emma and found out she was available for adoption we knew she was meant to be a part of our family. If we could have gone on-line and ordered a dog with all the "bells and whistles", Emma's picture would have popped up! She is absolutely awesome and we can't imagine our home without her. She fits in so well with our lives because of her calm demeanor. She has her "spin out" moments when we go outside to play, but as soon as she comes in the house she is like a big cat. Everyone that Emma meets, they comment on how beautiful and well behaved she is.
Although Emma had already had obedience training, she began an intermediate obedience class last week. The class is probably more for us, so that we don't give her any bad habits! As you can imagine, she is the star pupil. All the other dogs are wigging out and barking. Emma is either sitting or lying down quietly wondering what is up with the other dogs. The goal is to begin doing pet therapy with her sometime in late October or early November. We hope to focus on nursing homes and hospitals. We can tell she is going to bring joy to those that she will come into contact with.
Although a puppy would have been fun, we believe that adopting a slightly older dog was the way to go for us. It has been so nice having a dog that is well behaved, house trained and doesn't even bother our cat Floyd! We have never heard her bark. When we encounter other dogs on our walks that are going crazy and barking, Emma just looks at them and continues on her way. No matter where we are at in the house, she is always with one of us. You can tell she likes being with us.
We feel truly blessed to have found Snitker Goldens and more importantly Emma. It is obvious that your puppy imprinting program and the breeding lines are producing top notch goldens. Thank you for all the time and love that you put into raising Emma. We are looking forward to seeing how she is going to impact others when we begin pet therapy. You can't help but smile when you see her! She has had a positive impact on our lives by making us slow down. We spend a lot of time now in our backyard enjoying Emma and our home.
We attached some pictures of Emma in her new home.
Brad & Lori Schwartz
Dexter - Ina/Silas 2016
Ohhhhh where do I start...
The last several months have been very busy for Dexter and myself. Dexter completed his advanced obedience class just before Christmas. And he did awesome, of course. We took 2 months off and began a Rally Obedience class with our trainer to prepare for a competition at the end of April.
Rally class friends 🐾🐕 This was not what I had in mind when I began speaking to you over 3 years ago about acquiring a companion dog. He enjoyed our obedience classes so much that I couldn't stop at just one. So.... we took a series of four, yes four classes to find ourselves at our first Rally-O competition on April 29th in Marshalltown. He competed like a champ! Taking 3rd place (out of 10) on Saturday in Rally Novice A and 2nd place (out of 9) on Sunday in Rally Novice A. It was so much fun to see him work in front of all new people and dogs. I was a ball of nerves, but he acted like a pro.
All business pre-show. I had to include this serious mug shot.
I couldn't have been more proud.
I was so excited at his ability and performance, I couldn't wait to see what what next for us. So, I set another goal for us. We are competing in the Rally competition in DSM this September! Yay! He loves to work, and I mean HE LOVES TO WORK. He shakes his chest at me waiting for the next command. Tail just-a-wagging furiously back and forth. This time I think we are going to explore the obedience ring too. Eeekkk! All the pressure is on him. And he takes it like a pro. We need just one more leg to complete his Rally Novice A title. And we will shoot for 2 legs of Obedience Novice A in September too.
So in the mean time, we are just having fun exploring the world together.
Picking out brackets together. Every dog needs one.
Hanging out at the farmers market in downtown Des Moines. Here we have been stopped so many times to be asked "Where did you get that dog" Come to find out, everyone here knows about you and Rhonda. We even met another Snitker Golden at the farmers market. She was just as beautiful as Dex.
Walking along beautiful downtown Des Moines.
We have been socializing quite a bit. Getting him around as many different types of stimulus as we can because we are practicing for our Therapy Dog International Testing in June to become what else.... a THERAPY DOG! He brings so much life and happiness to me that I need to share him.
As I stated previously, I only wanted a "companion dog". The gift I received was much, much more. I have never shown a dog or had a therapy dog. I have to challenge him to his fullest potential, and I feel we are just scratching the surface. He is still very young at 16 months but he has so much to offer. He is quite simply, just amazing.
I hope you enjoy the pics! And yes, once we have our certificate, we will be proudly joining Snitker Therapy Club.
Until next time...
April & Dexter
The boys are doing great. They are totally in love with each other! Training Remi went really smoothly as Rudi helped and showed him the ropes from day one.
Hi Rhonda and Stephanie!
I just wanted to send you a quick update on Ruby (Ina & Silas) and Cooper (Nadia & Silas). Ruby just turned 1, which is hard to believe, and Cooper is now almost 3 ½. Ruby is sweet, sassy, and incredibly smart. She thinks she is the boss, and Cooper lets her believe it :). Cooper is our gentle giant with sweet old soul. They absolutely love people and other animals, and we are always receiving compliments on their temperament and beauty. They truly are ideal.
Thank you for everything & Happy New Year!
Dexter - Ina/Silas 2016
Stephanie and Rhonda,
Tomorrow is Dexter's 1st birthday. I want to share with you some photos taken over the last year and give you an update on his growth and progress. He was just 14 pounds when you trusted me with him, he now weighs in at 85 pounds. You could say he's pretty healthy.
My husband has nicknamed him Tanker. He is a soft and gentle big lug who loves to cuddle at night and is by my side where ever I am, either inside or out. If I am cooking, he's in the kitchen. If I am sewing, he's laying at my feet. If I am cleaning or doing laundry, he's always in the same room keeping a close eye on me. If I am gardening, he will follow me around the yard and to the shed.
I can not express in words the amount of joy he brings to our house. He is the most gentle, loving, caring, patient, playful, understanding, easy to get along with, and most kind canine friend a girl could ask for. He adapts easily to all situations. He frequently enjoys car rides to town for shopping and enjoys when I take him into to Lowe's and Bass Pro Shop. Our trainer Anna (who is amazing) informed us of stores in our area to allow dogs to shop too! The customers oh and awe over his beauty and many comment on how well behaved he is. He enjoys going up and down the aisle, staying close by my side.
We have completed 2 levels of obedience classes and will begin a rally class in February. We actually even ran into Joy [Elise/Marsi], another Snitker Golden from Iowa at obedience class. Joy is training to be a therapy dog. They sure looked beautiful together. And Joy is an absolute sweet heart.
All in all, Dexter is doing amazing. He can't wait for spring, long hikes and dips in the lake are calling our name. And our training is much easier practiced outside. Until then, I guess we will snuggle inside under the warmth of a fire and continue to watch our favorite TV shows together.
You truly have given me the gift of a wonderful and amazing canine friend.
Mojo - Ina/Silas 2015
Happy Birthday to my big boy!!! He is such a stinker, but we love him. He loves to dig holes and rub himself in deer poo. So he gets plenty of baths. Due to an unfortunate encounter with nettles, we had to have him shaved for a bit but that isn't stopping this birthday boy! He almost seems to like being a Labrador better! LOL! He is beautiful and sweet and yes--- TOTALLY encouragable!!
Thank you - he is amazing!!!! We now call him Moose because he's so big!! We have him neutered and he's now eating adult food. If the weather would hold we could take him on longer walks but for now he is content to chase bunnies turkeys raccoons and anything else that enters the backyard. It's been a huge year for him and he is starting to settle down a bit. More nice weather and more walks are coming! Hopefully they will have the water back in Lake Delhi by July 4th- we can't wait to see if he likes boat rides!!! We have a place up there. I hope all is well with you and your growing "pack"!!!
We love our Moose boy!
Hunter - Ina/Silas 2016
The Lamfers brothers enjoying their "little brother", Hunter.
He (Hunter) is growing like a weed. He weighed 30 pounds at his 15 week appointment [and] is healthy and on track to be a 80 pound adult like his daddy. :)
We continue to have the woman come into our home to let him out and play with him for us while we are at school. Three more weeks and school is out for the summer.
We start behavior training with him tomorrow. Everyone that meets him tells us how nice of a demeanor he has for a puppy. We think so too! He is really starting to figure out how to walk on a leash and we have started to take him for walks around the block without him needing to stop and smell every single twig, blade of grass, and leaf along the way. :)
Enjoy the photos! We will continue to be in touch!
The Lamfers Family and Hunter
Luna - Ina/Silas 2016
Greetings Snitker Goldens!
I wanted to give you an update on our quickly growing baby! Luna loves to cuddle as you can see by the photos attached! She's doing great, and we can tell how smart she is. She knows exactly what's going on. She loves being outside, especially since the weather has warmed up, and no leaf or root or gopher hole is safe from her.
It's obvious you take the extra time to work with the puppies. Even now she allows me to hold her in a cradle hold on her back and is completely calm. I was amazed yesterday when we were working outside and my husband started the skill saw a few feet away from Luna (I watched her thinking she was going to jump a mile from the loud noise) but she didn't even flinch! She is also doing better everyday in the car. We take her for rides whenever possible. At first she would whine at first, a bit nervous, but it's getting less and less.
She knows "sit," "down," "stay," and whines whenever she has to go out. If I fail to notice her whine she will bite on me - otherwise knowing that's a no-no!
Soon she'll be introduced to the lake, and I can't wait to see how she likes the water!