THE GRACEFUL GOLDEN RETRIEVERS
OF NORTH FLORIDA
MY NAME IS BOB GRACE
I HAVE BEEN RAISING DOGS FOR OVER 75 YEARS (NOTHING BUT GOLDENS & LABRA / GOLD THE PAST 40).
I CONCENTRATE ON BREEDING DOGS FOR THOSE DOG LOVERS LOOKING FOR A "SPECIAL FAMILY MEMBER"
THE GOLDENS I SELECT TO JOIN MY FAMILY MUST SHOW EXCELLENT TEMPERAMENT & HAVE A FRIENDLY ATTITUDE.
NOT THAT I DON'T HAVE SOME DOGS THAT WOULD DO WELL IN THE SHOW RING,
I JUST THINK THAT PICKING A DOG ON LOOKS ALONE IS ELIMINATING A LOT OF LOVING SWEETHEARTS
THAT WOULD MAKE WONDERFUL COMPANIONS AND SPECIAL NEEDS DOGS.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A DOG TO ENTER INTO BEAUTY CONTEST OR FOR FOUNDATION STOCK FOR YOUR KENNEL
YOU NEED TO FIND A BREEDER WHO SPECIALIZES IN SHOW DOGS OR,
HAS BREEDING STOCK WITH ALL "AUTHENTIC" CLEARANCES ON "ALL" THE MANY GENETIC PROBLEMS EXISTING TODAY.
OF COURSE, YOU NEED TO EXPECT A PRICE OF $2000 OR MORE FOR BREEDING RIGHTS, ETC.
CAUTION: DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE HIGHEST PRICED DOGS ARE THE BEST OR GENETICALLY "CLEAN".
I KNOW OF A STUD THAT WAS SOLD FOR TWICE THE USUAL "HIGH PRICE BREEDER STOCK" THAT
HAS SIRED PUPPIES WITH MULTIPLE GENETIC PROBLEMS. "CHOOSE, BUT VERIFY"
OUR GOLDENS ARE RAISED ON INDIAN PASS BEACH & CAN SWIM ALMOST BEFORE THEY CAN WALK
I select my Canine "Special Family Members" according to the following criteria:
1) PERSONALITY & DISPOSITION:
OUR CANINE "SPECIAL FAMILY MEMBERS" ARE
THE SWEETEST YOU WILL FIND ANYWHERE ! ! !
AND THAT'S A PROMISE.
THEIR GOAL IN LIFE IS TO PLEASE AND BE LOVED.
IF YOU RESPOND IN KIND YOU WILL HAVE A LOVING LIFETIME COMPANION and FRIEND.
IN ADDITION TO BEING GREAT COMPANIONS, THEY ARE WONDERFUL AS SPECIAL NEEDS PARTNERS, THEY EXCEL IN ALL OBEDIENCE
& COMPETITIVE ATHLETIC EVENTS. AND ARE SUPERB HUNTERS & OUTSTANDING GAME DOGS. WE ALL KNOW OF THEIR FANTASTIC
SENSE OF SMELL & HOW MANY LIVES THEY HAVE SAVED. THEY CAN SNIFF OUT ANY SCENT THEY ARE TRAINED TO,
FROM FINDING PEOPLE TRAPPED UNDER SNOW OR BUILDINGS, TO DETECTING DRUGS AND EXPLOSIVES.
2) HEALTH: ALL PARENTS ARE X-RAYED TO AVOID INTRODUCING HIP DYSPLASIA INTO OUR "FAMILY". WE WILL REPLACE ANY PUPPY
THAT SHOWS RADIOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE OF DEBILITATING HIP OR SHOULDER DYSPLASIA WITHIN TWO YEARS AFTER BIRTH
(MUST HAVE MICROCHIP PROVING IT IS ONE OF OUR PUPPIES). WE ALSO SCREEN TO BLOCK OTHER UNDESIRABLE TRAITS INCLUDING
HEART, EYE, ELBOW/SHOULDER & SKIN DISORDERS AND DO NOT KNOWINGLY INTRODUCE ANY NEW ANIMALS INTO OUR KENNEL SHOWING
EVIDENCE OF, OR HAVING A FAMILY HISTORY OF, ANY OF THESE HEALTH PROBLEMS.
3) RETRIEVING...THERE ARE NONE BETTER. THEY HAVE AN AMAZINGLY "SOFT" MOUTH GRIP AND, ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS,
WILL BRING ME A LIVE WOODCOCK, OR OTHER SHORE BIRD, THAT THEY FOUND "SLEEPING ON THE JOB"
IN THE TALL GRASS ALONG THE SHORELINE, OR IN THE CASE OF THE WOODCOCK, ON THE EDGE OF A WOODLOT;
AND, WITH NARY A SCRATCH ON ITS' SKIN!!!
(This past Christmas, while we were at the Family Farm in Kentucky enjoying our annual family "Christmas Brunch",
several of my 29 grandchildren plus Babe and I were taking an after dinner hike to
"make room" in our tummies for the scrumshus desserts the Aunts had prepared.
Suddenly Babe, with her nose to the ground, took off running into the woods. Two or three minutes later
she emerged with a rather large chicken in her mouth (one of granddaughter Elaine's Hens).
The Hen apparently had escaped from the hen house "flew the coop" and was foraging in the adjacent woods.
Babe faithfully brought the bird to me and gently released it into my hands (Pure Instinct, I never taught her to do this).
After a careful exam
I found no broken skin or bones, only a few, small, down feathers were separated from the chest area.)
How many dogs do you know that would or could perform such a feat?
AND THIS TRAIT CARRIES OVER TO THEIR SOCIALIZING WITH HUMANS, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN..
4) BEAUTY: WE ALL LIKE TO LOOK AT BEAUTIFUL THINGS e.g. Children, our significant "other" (who must be obeyed), beautiful flowers, birds, landscapes & "on and on" and I think my dogs are beautiful, but, I will choose personality and attitude over exterior beauty anytime, especially in a pet. Many years ago, I tried my hand in the dog show arena. However, while practicing Veterinary medicine I realized that by choosing a dog on exterior beauty alone you sometime lose a lot of the important traits that are desired & needed in a family pet or a good hunting companion. That is one reason why I recommend, if possible, you personally visit, whichever kennel you choose, and meet both puppy's parents and littermates.
And when you are sitting in the middle of a litter of Golden, or our Labra-Gold Retrievers,
one, or maybe two, will pick you in most instances.
Our kennel is open for your inspection anytime we are here, and we're rarely gone (WE'RE OLD).......... BUT EXPERIENCED.
Might be a good idea to call so you don't stop by when we're over at Panama City buying Puppy Chow for our babies.
Indian Pass Florida is small (only one supermarket in the County) but friendly.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CALL: 850-227-2185 OR e-mail -> [email protected]
Woodworking is a second hobby of mine' hence the Dark Walnut background.
Of course, Breeding Golden Retrievers is my # 1 HOBBY
THEY ARE Soooooooooooooo MUCH FUN !!!
(And always seem to make me feel like I'm the most important person in the world, at least in their world.)
SURE BEATS GOLF & TV
I GET TO ROMP ON THE BEACH WITH THEM EVERY DAY !!!
pps. Did I mention walking (or jogging) with your favorite pet is a great way to prevent Alzheimer's disease?
It keeps your heart tuned up & more blood circulating through your whole body, including your brain and toes.
Might even help to prevent ingrown toenails......it's possible.
And, one more thing,
If you were a dog would'nt you like to have another dog to play with when your human family was not around?
Now, tell the truth!