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!
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.
I hope all is well. I thought I’d send you a quick update on Ollie. We absolutely love Ollie and are still elated that he’s now a part of our family. He’s such a great little guy. From day 1 has been the best. His calm temperament and fluffy body make it all the better. I bring him into the office with me everyday, he’s already got his morning route figured out as he makes various stops along the way to my office to say hello to everyone, his first stops are to the treat givers. I think most of our office workers now keep “Ollie treats” in their desks for him. He get multiple walks outside during the day from a couple of the women.....he’s definitely a ladies man.
Health wise he’s doing great, he’s growing everyday. He goes in his kennel every night around 11 and doesn’t get up until 7:00. He has yet to have an accident in his kennel at night. Potty training is also going great. The other day he got up and stood by the door and gave a little bark, I took him out and he went right away.
Our daughter Libby and I take him on a walk every evening when Ollie and I get home from work, we’ve slowly increased our distance every couple days. He’s definitely worn out from them and lays by our fireplace afterwards. Again, the dogs you breed are amazing, we couldn’t be happier. Here’s a photo update:
Tucker is precocious! He started his unofficial school therapy dog career just after his birth, with your photos forwarded to maybe 1,000 students whom I volunteer regularly with my senior therapy dog. They were posted on the big screen at classrooms, and it made for many good stories an further relationship building.
I am copying and pasting from another email as Tucker, (drum roll please), OFFICIALLY starts his school therapy dog career!
On Tuesday night Tucker got his S.T.A.R. certificate for puppies. He passed easily even though he was just four months old.
This morning he did his first school therapy hour outside with Washington elementary and Mrs. Stencil's class. I rarely get nervous doing something in public, but I knew that this was uncharted territory for Tucker with maximum distractions for both of us.
Well, I would give him a ten on a scale of one to ten. The students were exceptionally good, but they naturally surrounded him a couple of times, etc. and he was always confident, sweet/goofy, and relaxed.
At then after an hour which is a lot for a pup, they all wanted to pose for pictures with him. He executed a very solid sit and stay command for me for multiple photos. I felt overjoyed as all of our efforts of training paid off exactly as I had hoped.
Now for the really fun part-
I am titling the picture below Dumbo, (and I'm not talking about my dawg).
Of course, I couldn't use the small slide as Mrs. Stencil suggested to come down. About half way down I realized that I was part of about 280 pounds of two hairy beasts accelerating full speed downhill, and I couldn't use my hands or even arms to brake. I mean, did I miss them putting canola oil on the slide before I got on?
Some one was going to have to take one for the team, and since Tucker didn't sign up for this, it had to be me.
My last memory was flashing back to a movie scene from Tommy Boy when he always said, "Ooohhhhh, this is gonna leave a mark."
So students I hope that you all learn from this that; "Mr. Mark made a VERY POOR CHOICE."
Fortunately the only damage was an large injury to my pride, which will always heal!
Hi, just wanted to give you an update on Louie from the Coco/Silas litter. He is doing great! We can’t believe he has just turned one. Not sure where the time has gone. Louie is a wonderful addition to our family and never fails to make whoever he encounters smile. He is the sweetest boy and we can’t help but think he is the most handsome as well. He is a favorite wherever he goes. People always comment about the beautiful white golden. We couldn’t be more proud. Louie continues to enjoy going for walks and playing with his poodle mix brothers. He is also eager to follow my 17 year old son around, especially when snacks are involved. Louie will miss him next year when he goes to college! He is truly a joy for all of us! Thanks again for all you do, we are absolutely convinced that Snitker Goldens are extra special!
- The Werner Family
The Larson family here, including MOOSE! We will be celebrating his 2nd birthday in just a couple days (July 2018). Here is what he's been up to lately.
Moose has two sister humans, a 3.5 year old and 1 year old. The 3.5 year old knows how to give him commands, and boy does he listen to her! She also has her chore of feeding him nightly. She scoops up his food, waits for him to sit, pours it in his bowl and then she dramatically releases him for it! Its pretty cute to watch. Our 1 year old loves to grab his tennis ball and throw it (about 2 feet) for him, but he is willing to fetch!
Moose has become quite the swimmer. He will swim WAY out into rivers and lakes to retrieve sticks, but he prefers tennis balls.
Moose is a 'slender' 85 lbs, solid muscle and super fluffy. He had shorter/tighter hair up until around a year when he really fluffed out! He is really smart, loves to retrieve, is very gentle, and REALLY laid back. Still being a puppy he gets very excited running around with the neighbor kids in the yard (I love he doesn't need to be on a leash,) but that's it! After a few minutes of that he lays and chews on a stick!
Thanks for letting me share his update, he's a well loved part of our family.
Hi Rhonda and Stephanie –
Hope all is well at your house. I wanted to send you a quick update on Mila (Charlie/Silas – July 2016).
I can hardly believe Mila will be 2 this month. It seems like we just brought her home.
We had family pictures taken last week and Mila loved being a part of the action! I have attached a few for you. She is beautiful and so well mannered. Everyone that meets her is so impressed.
She is certainly part of the family and makes sure she is in the middle of everything. She loves her daily walks and is happy this summer with all of our “college kids” home with her.
Mila continues to be very smart. We try to keep her brain challenged with new things. We just finished a “Scent-sible Confidence” class with her. It focused on using the nose to sniff out scents while building confidence. She could hardly wait her turn during class and loved it very much.
Take care and enjoy the summer. We are looking forward to seeing updates on all of the upcoming litters.
Kristin Day and Family
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