About Us; Background & Policies..

FOR TWENTY-FIVE YEARS MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE RAISED AMERICAN GOLDEN RETRIEVERS ON THE BANKS OF OUR SIX-ACRE PROPERTY JUST NORTH OF FORT COLLINS, COLORADO.

WE HAVE HAD CAREERS AS DEDICATED EDUCATORS, BUT GOLDENS ARE OUR PASSION; THE WELL-BEING OF EVERY TINY PUPPY BORN TO OUR BEAUTIFUL DOGS HAS BEEN OUR PRIORITY, HAND IN HAND WITH PRODUCING SOUND, SOCIABLE AND BEAUTIFUL PUPS FOR LOVING NEW OWNERS.

WE HAVE SHOWN OUR DOGS AS WELL,  AND DOGS WE HAVE BRED HAVE BEEN IN TOP NOTCH SHOW-BREEDERS’ KENNELS IN COLORADO AND ELSEWHERE.

WE IMPORTED OUR FIRST ENGLISH GOLDENS IN 2015, WITH THE ARRIVAL OF AN EXCEEDINGLY BEAUTIFUL STUD PUPPY, ANGELS DANCE IN BEAULY HIGHLAND FOR ARDORGOLD AKA ANGELO, BY THE RENOWNED MULTI CH ASHBURY ANGEL HEART, OUT OF MULTI CH LISLONE GARBANK LOCH AFFRIC.  LISLONE GARBANK IS ONE OF THE MOST ELITE KENNELS IN THE WORLD.  ANGELO’S DAM IS ALSO THE DAUGHTER OF THE 2015 WORLD CHAMPION TRAMIN ARNI JOY.

SUBSEQUENTLY WE IMPORTED THE BEAUTIFUL AMORE VERITAS MALIBU FOR ARDORGOLD FROM A DEVOTED AND ACCOMPLISHED BREEDER IN THE UKRAINE WHO HAD IMPORTED FOUR MALES FROM THE MAJIK KENNELS OF FINLAND.  WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE PICK FEMALE FROM A LITTER BETWEEN 10XCH MAJIK INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU AND CH AMORE VERITAS ANTALIA, A DAUGHTER OF SPANISH-BRED MULTI CH THEVENET PEP’S TEAM, OUT OF THE STUNNING BARSELONA OF PRIORITY AND MAJESTY, DAUGHTER IN TURN OF MULTI CH BIG BOSS OF THE FAMOUS FAMILY. 

OUR STELLAR PEDIGREES HAVE NOT FAILED US; ANGELO AND MALIBU’S FIRST MATING HAS PRODUCED ELEGANT, LOVING BEAUTIES.  WE ALSO STOOD ANGELO TO OUR STUNNING GILDED PEAK SCRUMPTIOUS MUNCHKIN, HERSELF 3/4 ENGLISH, KEEPING A FEMALE FOR OUR PROGRAM AND LATER THIS YEAR WE IMPORTED FROM KENNEL VALEO KOSTA AND KENNEL OLA DE ORO, SHOW KENNELS IN THE UKRAINE, A MALE AND FEMALE PUPPY WHOSE BLOODLINES WE CONTINUE TO CURATE AND PRESERVE IN OUR 2018 LITTERS.

WE HAVE RECEIVED HIGH MARKS FROM OUR PUPPY BUYERS FOR MANY YEARS, INCLUDING LAST YEAR’S LITTER OF “ENGLISH CREAMS.” OUR EXPERIENCE HAS LED US TO THE FOLLOWING POLICIES:

OUR WEBSITE IS MEANT TO CONSTITUTE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF OUR KENNEL WHEREIN YOU MAY MEET OUR DOGS AND VIEW THEIR PROGENY.  WE REQUEST THAT ANYONE INTERESTED IN A PUPPY READ THROUGH THE WEBSITE, WHERE COMMON QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED.  YOU ARE WELCOME TO PRINT OUT ANY OR ALL PAGES OF THE SITE TO MAKE A PACKET OF IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO HAVE ON HAND.  BUT PLEASE READ THROUGH THE SITE PRIOR TO CONTACTING US; DOING SO WILL GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WHO WE ARE AND THE CALIBER OF OUR DOGS.

DURING MATING AND GESTATION SEASON NOW UNDERWAY, WE DO NOT ACCEPT VISITORS.  EARLY PREGNANCY IS A DELICATE TIME IN WHICH THE STRESS AND EXCITEMENT OF NEW VISITORS CAN IMPACT BITCHES IN WHELP.

WE ALSO DO NOT PERMIT ANYONE TO VISIT US UNTIL OUR PUPPIES HAVE BEEN SOCIALIZED AND VACCINATED–WHEN THE PUPPY IS UP AND RUNNING AND READY TO BOND WITH NEW OWNERS.  VIRUSES AND BACTERIAL INFECTIONS CAN BE TRANSMITTED BY ANYONE, AT ANY TIME.  WE POST MANY PHOTOS OF THE PUPPIES DURING VARIOUS STAGES. THERE MAY BE OTHER BREEDERS IN YOUR AREA WHERE VISITORS ARE WELCOME, BUT IN OUR VIEW THIS IS UNWISE, PUTTING THE PUPPIES AT RISK.

SOME LOOKING FOR A PUPPY WOULD LIKE TO VISIT SEVERAL KENNELS IN A DAY, WINDOW-SHOPPING.  THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE TO US.  AGAIN, THE WEBSITE IS THE WAY TO TOUR OUR KENNEL, READ ABOUT US, OUR BREEDING PRACTICES AND MORE.  OUR TIME AND YOURS ARE VALUABLE; IN NEARLY EVERY INSTANCE THOSE INTERESTED IN OUR PUPS HAVE REVIEWED OUR SITE, MADE A DEPOSIT, AND TAKEN A PUPPY HOME; THEY HAVE COME PREPARED TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON THEIR COMMITMENT TO BUY.    WE SUGGEST YOU MAKE A LIST OF YOUR REQUIREMENTS AS PUPPY BUYERS, AND WHEN NECESSARY, CONTACT BREEDERS WHO INTEREST YOU.  WE ARE HAPPY TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS AND WE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE, FOR ANSWERING OURS..

WHEN WE BEGAN OUR SEARCH FOR BREEDING STOCK, WE COULD NOT TRAVEL TO A GIVEN COUNTRY TO FIRST “MEET THE PARENTS.”  WE OURSELVES RELIED ON A GIVEN BREEDER’S PHOTOS, EXPERTISE, AND WORD.  AND IMPORTANTLY, WE RELIED UPON STRONG PEDIGREES WITH THEIR EMINENT BLOODLINES.  WE HOPE THAT OUR CLIENTS WILL UNDERSTAND THAT OUR POLICIES ARE DESIGNED TO PROTECT OUR BITCHES AND THEIR OFFSPRING AND THAT THE VIRTUAL TOUR OF OUR SITE IS LEGITIMATE.  IF YOU ARE DISPLEASED WITH US OR/AND OUR DOGS WHEN YOU COME TO FINALIZE THE PURCHASE OF A PUPPY, WE WILL UNDERSTAND.*

OUR POSITION ON BREEDER TRANSPARENCY AND ETHICS.

SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE READ GOLDEN RETRIEVER CLUB OF AMERICA WARNINGS ABOUT ENGLISH GOLDEN BREEDERS.  YOU MAY HAVE BEEN TOLD TO LOOK UP INFORMATION ON INDIVIDUAL DOGS’ “CERTIFICATIONS” AT THE OFA.

IN REALITY, GRCA HAS LAUNCHED WHAT MAY ONLY BE CALLED A SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST THOSE OF US IMPORTING AND BREEDING ENGLISH GOLDENS.  THIS ORGANIZATION WOULD HAVE THE PUBLIC BELIEVE THAT IT IS THE ONLY LEGITIMATE AND ETHICAL SOURCE OF INFORMATION ON THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER.

THIS IS PATENTLY FALSE.  MOREOVER, SHOW BREEDERS OF AMERICAN GOLDENS THAT COMPRISE THE GRCA HAVE AN AGENDA: TO SELL THEIR OWN PUPPIES THROUGH LOCAL BREED CLUBS,  ALLEGING THAT THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO BE SURE THAT YOU ARE PURCHASING A HEALTHY PUPPY FROM A “LEGITIMATE”BREEDER.

THIS, AS NOTED,  IS NOT THE CASE AND WE DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION TO THE LOADED LANGUAGE INVOLVED.  THOSE WHO BUY OUR PUPPIES HAVE SAID THAT OUR PASSION AND EXPERIENCE, OUR COMMITMENT TO SOUND AND HEALTHY PUPS AS IT COMES THROUGH ON OUR SITE AND THAT THEIR PUPPIES ARE HEALTHY, SOUND, HAPPY AND BEAUTIFUL, HAVE ADDED UP TO A HIGHLY POSITIVE EXPERIENCE.  SEE OUR KUDOS PAGE.

GRCA ALSO ASSERTS THAT IF A GIVEN BREEDER’S GENETIC TESTING RESULTS ARE NOT LISTED AT OFFA.ORG, SAID BREEDER HAS NOT SCREENED HIS OR HER DOGS FOR GENETIC CONDITIONS.

THIS IS ALSO NOT TRUE AND IN FACT, IT IS A VERY DAMAGING LIE.  IN GENERAL IT IS ONLY MEMBERS OF GRCA WHO POST AT THE REFERENCED SITE. WE DO NOT POST OUR EYE, HEART, HIP AND ELBOW INFORMATION AT OFFA.ORG BECAUSE WE HAVE FOUND THAT TO REQUIRE BREEDERS TO USE A CENTRALIZED SITE OF GENETIC TESTING INFORMATION FOSTERS POLICING AND HARASSMENT.

WE, TOGETHER WITH MANY OTHER BREEDERS,  RESERVE THE RIGHT TO POST OUR GENETIC INFO ON OUR WEBSITES AND ON K9DATA.COM.  WE BELIEVE THAT THE INDIVIDUAL BREEDER IS ACCOUNTABLE TO HIS OR HER OWN CONSCIENCE AND THAT CLUBS FOSTER ELITISM.  IT IS YOUR TRUST THAT WE SEEK AND WE ALSO SEEK AS PUPPY CLIENTS THOSE WHO ARE OPEN TO BUILDING A TRUSTING RELATIONSHIP WITH US.  OUR REFERENCES ALSO SPEAK TO THESE ISSUES.

REGARDING LICENSURE; A USDA STATE ADMINISTERED LICENSED FACILITY IS QUITE OFTEN A GLORIFIED PUPPY  MILL.  ARDORGOLD HAS SEVEN GOLDENS  ONLY, AND WE DO NOT NEED THIS “CREDENTIAL.”

REGARDING GENETIC HEALTH “CERTIFICATIONS” ARDORGOLD SCREENS BREEDING STOCK FOR HIPS, ELBOWS, EYES AND HEARTS.  DNA PANELS ARE AVAILABLE TO TEST FOR OTHER THINGS THAT ARE EITHER RARE OR EASY TO MANAGE; YOU MAY ORDER A PANEL FROM THE VENDOR OF YOUR CHOICE, BUT OUR SALES CONTRACT IDEMNIFIES US FROM LIABILITY FOR ANY ISSUE UNCOVERED BY THE SCREENING.

IN RE REGISTRATION, ARDORGOLD IS REGISTERING OUR IMPORTS WITH FDSB, A HIGHLY REGARDED REGISTRY FOUNDED LONG BEFORE AKC.  IN THE INTERIM WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SELL OUR PUPPIES WITH AFFIDAVITS OF PUREBRED LINEAGE FROM THE NORTH AMERICAN IMPORTED SPORTING DOG ASSOCIATION, APPENDED TO COPIES OF SIRE AND DAM’S EXPORT PEDIGREE AND A COPY OF THE K9DATA.COM PEDIGREE FOR YOUR PUPPY.   YOU MAY ALSO SPECIAL-REGISTER YOUR DOG WITH AKC.

AGAIN, WE HAVE FOUND THAT MANY PEOPLE LOOKING FOR AN ENGLISH GOLDEN HAVE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT AKC OR THE “RULES AND REGS” POSTED ONLINE REGARDING DEFINITIONS OF A “LEGITIMATE” BREEDER.  MANY OF THESE HIDE AN AGENDA TO TAKE BUSINESS AWAY FROM IMPORTING BREEDERS. AND,AS NOTED, AKC REGISTRATION DOES NOT INCREASE THE VALUE OF A GIVEN PUPPY; IT IS NOT IN AND OF ITSELF PRESTIGIOUS.  A PUPPY’S PEDIGREE MATTERS FAR MORE, IN ADDITION TO A BREEDER’S UNDERSTANDING OF HIS OR HER OWN PEDIGREE AND COMMITMENT TO COMMUNICATING THAT UNDERSTANDING TO HIS CLIENTS.  

PICTURED BELOW IS THE FIRST LITTER FROM OUR IMPORTED BREEDING PAIR AND WE COULD NOT BE MORE THRILLED!!!! CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO BEGIN AND ENJOY THE SLIDE SHOW OF THE CREW’S FIRST FEW WEEKS…

MORE ABOUT OUR DOGS

WE HAVE INCLUDED AS MUCH INFO AS POSSIBLE IN THE BLOG, BOILING MUCH OF IT DOWN TO THIS PAGE. THEY ARE A SOURCE OF LOVE AND HAPPINESS AND WE URGE YOU TO BEWARE  OF BREEDERS WHO EITHER HAVE A HIGH VOLUME OF DOGS HOUSED IN KENNELS OUTDOORS, OR CLAIM TO HAVE PLACED AN UNKNOWN QUANTITY OF BREEDING STOCK IN “GUARDIAN” HOMES.