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
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.
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
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.
Hi Rhonda and Stephanie!
I thought I would send you an update about our Veterans Moving Forward Vincent who is in the final stages of his Service Dog training. He is scheduled to begin training with his veteran in the middle of March. We are using these final weeks to sharpen his Service Dog skills and teach him some specific skills his veteran needs.
Vincent's veteran is a chaplain who works in hospice. In addition to needing a Service Dog for himself, his veteran would like Vincent to be a Therapy Dog for the hospice patients. There are differences between a Service Dog and a Therapy Dog. One significant difference is a Service Dog is expected to focus on his person, ignoring other people, whereas a Therapy Dog needs to be very social with strangers. We feel Vincent can do both jobs, so we have been working with him switching between the two jobs. He has been doing therapy work in an office with a LCSW.
Vincent will be flying home to Texas with his veteran. To prepare him for the trip we have been visiting the airport. He has had the chance to see what an airport looks like, go through security and even board a plane. We found out happy Vincent can set off the metal detector alarm with his wagging tail! Here is Vincent peeking out from his seat in an airplane.
A representative from Veterans Moving Forward visits the home before the veteran gets a Service Dog. It is important to see the living situation to better prepare the dog for life with the veteran. In anticipation of his move, Vincent has begun living with a cat and is getting extra exposure to children.
We learned Vincent will be sitting on the backseat of the car when he commutes to work with his veteran. We researched how to do this safely and discovered the Center for Pet Safety recommends only one company's car harness based on an independent crash test study. (This research was very eye opening!) The recommended company, Sleepypod, graciously donated a harness for us to try with Vincent. I have been working with Vincent to get him used to being tethered with a seatbelt and learning how best to have a dog ride on the seat. I ended up finding a hammock style seat cover works great for Vincent when he is in the harness and keeps my seat clean. Here he is riding in style!
It seems like yesterday that I picked up 8 week old Vincent from the farm. Now he's all grown up and almost ready to do the work he's been training so hard to do. Thank you for donating this fabulous dog to Veterans Moving Forward! He is a very special boy!
All the best to you!
Donna and (almost!) Service Dog Vincent 🐾❤🐾🇺🇸
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.
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.
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