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It's hard to believe another holiday season is in full swing. There is much to be thankful for. We have stayed healthy & financially afloat another year! That's almost a miracle for the self employed in this economy. Our moms continue to do well. Mom Doris (96) recovered from a fractured pelvis in May & another cardiac episode in July. She has a new fresh water aquarium that's keeping her busy. Mom Emilia (91) also remains in good health, driving herself to shop & appointments.
Peter joined the Worcester Kiltie Band this year & the band enjoyed a successful competition season. The WKB has a storied history in the Northeast & is making a strong comeback. 2014 looks to be a big year.
The Pebwin Goldens had a good year as well with 2 new Ch's and 3 new Grand Champions. Dogs of our breeding finished Championships in New York, Michigan & Alaska! Others added field & rally titles. We are especially proud BISS GCH CH Pebwin Hocus Pocus & Art Cazares of Seattle, WA. Together Sammy & Art earned a Grand Championship title with all major wins. WOW, guys we are impressed! We also applaud Betsy Flynn's Dylan,
HR Pebwin Fog's Blowin' In The Wind SH CCA
who earned 4 Master Hunter legs. One more to go for his MH title! Dylan is the sire of our beautiful puppy Phaedra. You can see her on our young hopefuls page http://www.pebwin.com/22763319. We had a very special frozen semen litter born in April and a number of these pups look very promising, Nolan being ours. You can see Nolan on the young hopefuls page, too.
A special thank you & shout out to our friend & vet Mike Lappin & the talented team at the Animal House for expert care & assistance in our breeding program. You guys make our job so much easier!
2013 brought a new friend & professional dog handler into our lives. Amanda Shea impressed us with her skill set & professionalism right from the start. She is an accomplished young woman who manages her work with ease while caring for her 2 beautiful young boys Matthew & John. Amanda maintains a lovely home & kennel and our dogs LOVE her! We are grateful to have Amanda in our lives & wish her continued success. Please take a look at Amanda's website: www.sheamankennels.com
We say good bye to our wonderful friends Janet & Jerry Cohen as they & their Gold Coast Newfoundlands begin their new life in California. It's an understatement to say we will miss them and their open door policy at Chez Cohen in NJ. We wish them Good Luck, Good Health & we hope to visit once they are settled.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year to family & friends. We hope 2014 brings you all the best.
PETER & BERNA, THE PEBWIN GOLDENS & CHA CHA!
HOT, HOT, HOT, AND GROSSLY HUMID IS THE ONLY WAY TO DESCRIBE SUMMER SO FAR. IT’S TOUGH ON EVERYONE.KEEPING THE ADULT DOGS & PUPPIES COOL HAS BECOME A FULL TIME JOB AND ONE WE TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY.
ON MY TRIPS THROUGH MY LOCAL BANK DRIVE THRU, THE TELLERS ARE SURPRISED TO FIND I HAVE NO DROOLING INEZ OR ANXIOUS CHA CHA WAITING FOR COOKIES.IT’S JUST TOO HOT TO TAKE A DOG IN THE CAR FOR ERRANDS.
WHY IS IT THEN, EVERYTIME I ATTEND SHOWS IN THE SUMMER, THERE ARE ANNOUNCEMENTS BEING MADE ABOUT DOGS IN VEHICLES IN DISTRESS?AREN’T WE SUPPOSED TO KNOW BETTER?IT IS ABSOLUTELY SHAMEFUL THAT OWNERS WOULD ALLOW THIS SORT OF THING TO GO ON.I DON’T CARE HOW QUICKLY YOU THINK YOU WILL RETURN TO THE CAR OR THAT YOU HAVE “CRACKED” (ARE YOU KIDDING ME?) WINDOWS,YOU ARE GOING TO KILL YOUR DOG(S).IT HAS HAPPENED, EVEN TO SO CALLED PROFESSIONAL HANDLERS, SO IF YOU THINK IT WON’T HAPPEN TO YOU THINK AGAIN.
HEAT SCARES ME….ALOT….AND IT SHOULD SCARE YOU.WHEN I GO TO THE OUTDOOR SUMMER SHOWS I AM CARRYING FANS, ICE, WATER, COOLJACKETS & BEDS, LEAVING ALL DOORS & WINDOWS OPEN, USING SHADE CLOTHS &AWNINGS AND/OR EZ-UPS.I AM CHECKING ON THE DOGS CONSTANTLY, AND I AM STILL A NERVOUS WRECK.I DON’T THINK YOU CAN BE TOO CAUTIOUS AND WE MUST REMEMBER THAT SOME DOGS WILL OVERHEAT FASTER THAN OTHERS.PLEASE BE PREPARED IN CASE IT DOES HAPPEN.BE READY WITH ICE AND WATER TO COOL A DOG’S BODY. DON'T FORGET TO COOL THE DOG'S HEAD AND PLACE GAUZE PADS SOAKED IN ALCOHOL ON THE PADS OF THEIR FEET TO BRING THEIR BODY TEMPERATURE DOWN AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.SEEK VETERINARY CARE IMMEDIATELY!!
ENJOY THE SHOWS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, KEEP YOUR DOGS SAFE, IT’S WAY MORE IMPORTANT THAN A 10 CENT RIBBON!!!
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT,
As time passes, we often find ourselves in situations that are unfamiliar, uncomfortable, but yet inevitable. For the last year I have been my mom's primary caregiver. She turned 95 in October and was hospitalized 7 times between April and November of 2012. Needless to say after enjoying good health for her entire life, burying 2 husbands, caring for herself and her own home, Mom has found adjusting to doctor appointments, tests, multiple new medications, and the need for help on a regular basis very difficult. To say she has been fiercely independent is an understatement. Up until last year she was still mowing her own lawn!
Adding Mom's care to my list of responsibilities was also a difficult adjustment for me. As children we know this time will arrive but carry on blissfully until it does. Bliss ended with a thud a year ago and I admit to feelings of exasperation, resentment, exhaustion, and missing my life the way it had been. But as the year has passed and Mom's condition has stabilized, I find myself treasuring the time I spend with her.
Mom has always been an avid reader but because of macular degeneration and failing eyesight was finding it more difficult to enjoy her passion for books. Together we have discovered the world of large print books at the Wareham Public Library. I love our visits there as I am able to take advantage of their large collection of books on tape which I listen to whenever I am driving. This resource has been a lifesaver for both Mom & Me!
Mom has also started crocheting and we've found some great pattern books at the library and love choosing the beautiful yarns that are available for her projects. She has passed time this winter cooking & baking as well. Her most amazing accomplishment in this last year was quitting smoking after 80 years!!! I didn't think she'd be able to stick with it but she has and that's an inspiration to all of us.
Yes she is hard of hearing, forgetful, unsteady on her feet, insistent on doing things she shouldn't (like get on her step ladder to change smoke alarm batteries), but heck, she's still in her own home with her little Cavalier Daffy and her health has stabilized. Her current med regime seems to be working well and she has gained some weight back. She was frightfully thin at 71 lbs but is now up to a "strapping" 83!!
I think she just might live forever and I could not be happier or more blessed!
Both Peter and I are amazed and grateful that his Mom, Emilia Welch who turned 90 in September, is also doing very well. She, too, lives independently, cares for her home, enjoys good health and is still driving herself to the store.
Treasuring these people in our lives has become our new PRIORITY. Dogs and bagpipes are still very important parts of our daily lives but they will still be there when our Moms aren't.
As always, your comments are welcome.
Berna & Peter
THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON, BOBBY'S STORY
This is the story of Bobby, a puppy with a purpose.Over the years we have found that little is actually coincidental.We think Bobby’s story will help you to see this in all certainty.
Bobby was sold as a 7 week old puppy to a great family eager to add another Pebwin Golden to their household.As is customary, all of our pups are checked by our vet and receive a clean bill of health prior to leaving for their new homes.Bobby and his littermates were no different.However, when he was taken for his “well baby check-up” with the family’s own vet, he was diagnosed with a Grade 4 heart murmur and the family was told this was severe (it is) and he would be sickly. We were stunned by this news and immediately took Bobby back, refunded their money and returned him to our own vet who, upon very careful auscultation, told us he might have a very slight, possibly a .5 to grade 1 murmur which he deemed innocent and in all probability would go away as he grew.“Innocent murmurs” as they are known, are not uncommon in very young pups and over the years 99% of the murmurs our pups have been diagnosed with have resolved by the time they are 12 to 16 weeks of age.
Sure enough when Bobby was around 14 weeks old, he was reexamined by our vet and no abnormal heart sounds were heard.Because we had 3 adult breeding clearance cardiac examinations to do about 2 months after this, we opted to keep Bobby until he could see our cardiologist for another examination and documentation of her findings.And so Bobby stayed, growing like a weed, full of life and mischief.The bigger and older pups get, the more difficult it can sometimes be to find homes for them.Most commonly buyers want babies or adults, and pups at the in-between stage are often passed over. Years of experience has taught us the perfect home will find us, and we no longer worry about finding it…the home will come.
Two weeks before the cardiology appointment we heard from long time customers whose oldest dog, Kerry, was approaching 11 years of age.This family had purchased a young adult male from us the year prior and worried that Lowell would be alone should something happen to Kerry.Not wanting that for even a minute, they inquired about the availability of another young adult.This is exactly what we mean when we say the home finds us!After explaining Bobby’s situation to them, they said they didn’t care if he had a heart murmur :) but agreed to be patient until Bobby saw the cardiologist.The day of the appointment came and sure enough, Bobby, along with the 3 adults were found to be completely clear by the cardiologist!No murmurs, no further studies indicated, perfect health.Needless to say we were thrilled and arrangements were made for Bobby to be picked up the next day.
The couple drove 2 hours to the Cape early the next morning so they would have lots of time remaining in their day for introductions to the 2 adults at home.Upon arrival at their home, they found Kerry in distress, gums pale, abdomen distended.She was rushed to their vet and diagnosed with a tumor on her spleen and another on her heart. Kerry could not be saved.
One can only wonder what higher power directed them to call us when they did, and it would seem that Kerry knew it was OK to go this day yet waited till her loved ones could comfort her. She knew Lowell would not be left alone and her family would have Bobby to help them through this painful time.As saddened as we are by this news, we are also reminded that things do, indeed, happen for a reason.Bobby was meant to come back to Pebwin and wait with us until he could become a needed and important part of his new family.
So here’s the deal, I know a lot about what I do.Not bragging, just fact.However, I don’t know everything and continue to learn each day.Recently I attended an all day seminar hosted by Ladies Dog Club.The morning session was a great lecture by Kathi Brown, a very successful breeder of Scottish Terriers and an “educator of educators”.Needless to say she is a fantastic teacher.This is the second time I have attended her presentation on the randomness of genetics and how to pick a stud dog .Why would I pay to go a second time?Because I got so much out of it the first time, I felt it was worth the price of admission to hear it all again.I was right, I understood it more and am now better equipped to put her theories to the test.
After a delicious lunch, we sat down to listen to a breeders’ panel Q&A.Between them the panelists represented close to 250 years of experience breeding and showing dogs.All of them have been named AKC breeders of the year in their respective groups.They are simply breed icons and I was thrilled to be able to share in their stories and I received a lot of validation of my own practices.I am not the only breeder to agonize over decisions, happy with some of my choices and regretting others.This is not an easy hobby, it’s not for the thin skinned.
This event was well publicized and well attended.One does not have to listen only to people of one’s own breed to learn.All of the people I call my mentors had other breeds….Belgian Sheepdogs, Standard Schnauzers, Miniature Schnauzers and I would not be where I am today without learning from them before I began breeding Golden Retrievers.
Take advantage of every learning opportunity you can.We can always glean new information from others.
Speaking of educational experiences, I recently participated in the Yankee Golden Retriever Club’s Certificate of Conformation Assessment program as a GRCA Level 2 Evaluator.As with most Yankee events, it was well run, completely organized, held at a beautiful location, and I think they must have ordered the perfect weather we had all day as well.The CCA program is designed to give the entrant a comprehensive evaluation of their Golden as outlined in the breed standard.Each entrant is critiqued by 3 evaluators all of whom have years of experience with the breed, have had success in the conformation and/or performance ring and bring their own perspective to the evaluations.Using a detailed score sheet, each Golden is gone over from head to toe and also given a movement evaluation.In order to earn the CCA title, the Golden must achieve a minimum score of 75 out of 100 under all 3 evaluators.This is a marvelous opportunity to learn about your Golden and I was honored to be invited as an evaluator.I am happy to say the majority of the dogs entered had very high
quality and their owners were appreciative of our honest critiques and weren't just “title hunting”.
Hope to see you all soon and as always, your comments are welcome.
GOLDEN RETRIEVER BREEDING AND AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
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Over a year has passed since Mulder died of hemangiosarcoma. I struggle each day to make sense of it and Peter and I continue to miss him terribly. Unfortunately it’s not news that our beloved breed is often diagnosed with and will die from some type of cancer. The statistics are disheartening to say the least. The money poured into research has not given us any concrete answers and although we do have more information, that information is not at all comforting.
Pedigree research reveals Goldens diagnosed with cancer appear in most, if not all, of today’s bloodlines and often there are multiple dogs in a pedigree that have suffered this fate. Many have succumbed before the age of 10 years.
It is my opinion that cancer is the foremost issue our breed faces. However for many breeders it seems this has become an “inconvenient truth.” I have first hand knowledge of numerous breeders who have bred dogs that have succumbed to cancer, own stud dogs whose offspring have been afflicted, incorporate animals into their breeding program whose sire and/or dam died of cancer and then blatantly lie about this, telling prospective buyers they “have no cancer in their lines”. Prospective customers have every right to ask about the occurrence of cancer in the pedigree of the pup they are considering. And they have the right to the truth, however inconvenient it may be.
I do not ask they discontinue breeding their dogs, I only ask they be honest and forthright instead of telling prospective customers what they want to hear and are desperate to believe. Often these people come to us having suffered a devastating loss and want to be reassured this won’t happen again. It is reprehensible to be anything but truthful at a time like this.
I’ve done this for many, many years and can honestly say for a long time I did not have a reported cancer death in dogs I had bred. Then I started to hear of the occasional case. Now I hear about them more frequently and have no answer as to why. But what I do know is I will do our breed more of a disservice by hiding these facts from people whether they are pet owners, breeders looking to incorporate my pedigrees by using my stud dogs, or those purchasing potential breeding stock from me. Shame on any breeder who does otherwise.
I do not ask or expect to be put on a pedestal for being honest, it is simply the right thing to do, however inconvenient.
As always, your comments are welcomed.
The GRCA National Specialty held in Conyers, GA the last week of September was a huge success. Held at the Georgia Horse Park, there was more than ample room for all events, grooming in big airy horse stalls all with electricity, parking areas for motor homes, and hotels & restaurants in close proximity. The Atlanta Golden Retriever Club hosted one of the most well planned, well run, and enjoyable nationals I’ve ever attended and the Georgia weather was perfect for showing dogs.
While attending the National, I had the honor and privilege of judging the Golden Retriever Foundation Gala’s Top Twenty Competition and what an evening it was! Not only were the country’s top winning Goldens in attendance, there was a wonderful array of Golden artwork in both the silent and live auctions along with a delicious meal. This was the largest Gala ever held with 575 people attending and 21 dogs entered in the competition. I am grateful to the hardworking Gala committee for thinking of everything and ensuring the evening ran smoothly. This is a small group of people who work tirelessly so we can all have a glitzy, glamorous, and memorable evening. My hat’s off to them and I will always be thankful for the opportunity to judge this event.
No sooner did I arrive home from the Georgia trip when a group of friends and I trekked up to Essex Junction, VT to attend the first specialties held by the Green Mountain Golden Retriever Club. This small club pulled it off big time. I can’t remember having such a nice, relaxing time at a specialty. The specialties were held separately from but at the same time & location as two all breed shows offering exhibitors a chance for 4 majors in both sexes. We all agreed this should happen more often and hope more specialty giving clubs will look into this. Again, many kudos and thanks to the members of the Green Mountain GRC for putting on two great specialties and making everyone feel welcome and wanting to return next year.
Four of the Mulder/Risky pups made their specialty debut at the Vermont shows and had a rollicking good time for themselves.
Back at home we marked the one year anniversary of our life with Cha Cha, the Havanese and now we can’t imagine life without her. She continues to be one of the most entertaining, loveable little dynamos we’ve every known. All day she makes us laugh. And at night she is such a good snuggler in bed we call her our “little hot pack”. She is a great puppy babysitter, playing with the Golden pups with abandon. She also rules the roost, making sure the big dogs know just who is in charge. Come to think of it, she’s in charge of me & Peter, too, and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
JUDGING THE TOP 20 COMPETITION
JUDGING THE TOP 20 COMPETITION
LATE SPRING 2011
SPECIALTY SEASON HEATS UP
I love showing my Goldens at specialties. Specialties are shows where just one breed is entered and where you can see large numbers of that breed all in one day! One can learn alot just sitting ringside with a catalog and following along with the judging. There are usually many long time breeders exhibiting their up and coming stars, their sweet gray faced veterans and their latest contenders. These breeders have a wealth of information and knowledge and most love to share it. The other thing veteran breeder/exhibitors have learned is what judges like their style of dog. If they play their cards right, they often do very well at specialties because they understand which of their dogs to show to a particular judge. This takes years of hard work, training, developing a breeding program which produces a consistent style of dog, and dedication to their passion.
I like to bring my promising puppies to specialty shows so they can get a feel for what fun they will have when it is time to make a run for their championship. Happy & fun experiences early on make for a better show dog later when the going can get tough. Most specialties offer puppy sweepstakes. Sweepstakes classes are for pups from 6 mths to 18 mths of age and offer another opportunity for a youngster to get in the ring and be judged at the specialty. Championship points are not awarded for sweeps wins, instead small cash prizes are given. Winning Best In Sweepstakes is a great honor for a puppy and comes with some bragging rights!
Let's face it, showing dogs is highly competitive and in this day & age also very expensive. Gasoline alone...well, need I say more? So in order to maximize the funds available for showing dogs, it behooves one to take their best specimen to the judges they feel will reward it. It is only with years of study and trial and error that an exhibitor will learn which judges will give their dogs the most consideration.
Unfortunately, many people at shows think the successful breeder/exhibitors have "ins" with judges and that is the only reason they enter certain shows and not others. These people do not recognize that hard work and dedication to the development of a breeding program have anything whatsoever to do with the success some breeder/exhibitors enjoy. Instead they sit ringside and say things like, "she only comes if she's winning". Well, one must ask, isn't that the point?
And instead of seeking out the knowledgeable, experienced breeders who are at their fingertips at a specialty show, they just pontificate on how the judging is "fixed". Do they actually look at the quality of the dog that won? Do they seek out the breeder/exhibitor and ask to go over the dog to better understand why the judge rewarded it? At the end of the day do they ask the judge what he/she liked about the winners they chose? The opportunities for learning at Specialties are limitless but rarely taken advantage of.
This is nothing new and has been happening for years and years. One thing is fairly certain, until these folks put in the time and effort it takes to become successful instead of sitting ringside behind a shield of jealousy and envy, it is unlikely we will see them in the winners circle any time soon.
Successful breeder/exhibitors also do their fair share of losing but despite the losses and the negativity often experienced at shows, we who love the breed, love the sport, love the thrill of a win large or small, continue on because we believe in our breeding program and the dogs we show. So big KUDOS and HATS OFF to all the successful breeder/exhibitors out there, keep showing everyone that hard work pays off!
Happy Showing and remember to have fun with your Golden Retriever!
As always, your comments are invited and appreciated!
BERNA SHOWS RISKY AT A GOLDEN SPECIALTY. THEY DID NOT WIN.
BERNA SHOWS RISKY AT A GOLDEN SPECIALTY. THEY DID NOT WIN.
EARLY SPRING 2011
MANY THANKS FOR SPRING AND OTHER THINGS
We’ve been through a lot in the last few months. Losing Mulder suddenly 3 days before Christmas was a crushing blow. We’ve learned a lot since then, especially how much our friends mean to us and the difference they make in our lives. We’d like to take the time to say a special thank you to Rose DeSantis and Kathy Mehmet who handled the Mulder memorial donations which were made to our 2 favorite causes, Take The Lead and the Golden Retriever Foundation. Because of their efforts, Mulder will be remembered for a very long time. They also provided us with a wonderful memorial notebook containing 3 previously unseen photos of Mulder that we will always cherish, a complete listing of memorial donors with their addresses in order for us to send proper thank yous, and all the notes that were included with the many checks they received. Rose & Kathy, we will forever be in your debt and we are so grateful. We’ve added to the notebook all the wonderful cards and e-mails we received from all over the country, Canada, Asia, Australia and Europe. We are SO grateful so many of you took time from your busy days to express your sympathy. And a special shout out to our friend Martha Rietta who lives in Vermont. Martha, there are no words to adequately express how much your friendship means to us and how much your support helped us through some very dark days.
Our dogs helped us through this awful time as well. The “little Princess” Cha Cha never left our sides , snuggling when we needed it and giving us hours of comic relief. She is a blessing in a little white fluffy dog suit and we are lucky to have her. Mulder loved her…
Five weeks after Mulder’s death, our beautiful Risky gave birth to 12 healthy Mulder puppies. Life has a funny way of helping us through things and this was truly a miracle. We had not planned on breeding Risky to Mulder but timing is everything and because she needed to be bred over the Thanksgiving Holiday, Mulder gladly stepped up to the plate so we would be able to celebrate the Holiday with our Moms.
Of course we are hanging on to a few of these pups so you’ll be hearing about “Locket”, Pebwin Inside My Heart and her brother, “Flip” Pebwin Inside Out. We are also very excited to have a male and female in the homes of our good friends Andrea & Richie Fiske and Mary Ellen & Darren Leveille. Andrea & Richie loved and cared for Risky’s dad, Dealer, and this is the first dog they’ve had since he passed away. Now they have a Dealer grandson “Ace” Pebwin Inside Deal. Those are some big paws to fill but we think Ace is up to the challenge. Mary Ellen & Darren have been with us through thick and thin and it was Mary Ellen who took me out for the first time after Mulder passed. Off we went to a wonderful shopping center, what better way to ease a woman’s pain, shopping then lunch at the delicious P.F. Chang’s. Now they’ve added Pebwin Inside Story to their busy household of Goldens and Shelties. Scoop will have tons of fun learning Agility and gaining all the confidence she’ll need to be their next bright star.
We would be remiss not to mention the fantastic care and support we have always had and continue to receive from our vet, Mike Lappin, and his dedicated and caring staff at the Animal House. They were there with us every step of the way and we can’t thank them enough. All of them share our joy and our sorrow because they care as deeply for the Golden Retriever breed as we do.
When we got back in the saddle and off to dog shows again, our Mulder son Paxton showed us why we do this garnering 2 more points, 2 Best In Sweepstakes, and a major Reserve. He’ll be staying home for a while now so he can mature a bit and grow some coat. Rudder earned a 5 point major going Winners Dog at the Hudson Valley Specialty. WOW! His 4 month hiatus from shows was just what the doctor ordered. And the breathtaking Deuce won Best Of Opposite Sex at Hudson Valley. We laugh that Deuce only has 2 speeds….stop and GO! He is a zero to sixty dog and what a thrill it is to be taken around a big ring by him.
We still miss Mulder unimaginably but we have so much to be grateful for and to look forward to. Spring is here, the snow is melted, the crocus are popping up, the birds sing, life continues, and Cha Cha has learned to fly…..
HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!
THOUGHTS FOR THE NEW YEAR
As time marches on and I am left to reflect on all we have accomplished in the many years we have devoted to Golden Retrievers, it seems to have gotten more difficult to treasure the joy the dogs have brought us due in part to the ever changing climate in dog ownership, breeding responsibilities, changes in the mentality of the veterinary profession, and the pet owning public.
Here I am “on the internet” so it seems a bit silly to say I think “the internet” has brought on many of the changes we have experienced as breeders. Calling it the “information highway” is an understatement. It’s more like blasting into outer space vs. taking a leisurely Sunday drive. Now news travels at the speed of light and gossip even faster. People have become less respectful of other’s privacy. In fact, it seems, there is no privacy thanks to social networks, searchable databases, etc etc. Gone are the days of simply asking someone for information. Instead we jump on the internet and search to our heart’s delight, drawing our own and often incorrect conclusions. These are then passed along as fact and nobody thinks it could be otherwise because after all “it was online.”
May I say, BIG SIGH ? In the last year I have had some disconcerting invasions of my privacy. Things have occurred that I would never have dreamed could happen, probably because I, personally, could not conceive of doing the things that were done. Most in the name of “information and full disclosure”. The parties involved never picked up the phone to speak to me nor did they e-mail me about what they intended to do. They just blatantly went forth with their plan without even the courtesy of considering my feelings. Perhaps it does not occur to these people that I indeed do have feelings.
In closing, I’d like to encourage anyone who needs information regarding any of the Pebwin Goldens to contact me directly. I will answer any and all questions honestly and to the best of my ability. PLEASE do not post things on my dogs’ k9data pages
without asking my permission. PLEASE do not send my dogs’ cardiac clearances
into the OFA database without the courtesy of a discussion. If you come across a photograph of a Pebwin Golden that you'd like to paint and then SELL on the internet, please ask my permission before doing so. PLEASE PEOPLE, start talking to each other again instead of hiding behind your computers.