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Meet Our Furry Friends

Meet Our Furry Friends

Susan & Merlot

Besides selling real estate and a little gardening on the side, there is one other thing I enjoy: I am in love with and addicted to Golden Retrievers, my first one being my “Merlot” (March 28, 1997 – May 26, 2008). He was also known as: CAN. CH. Goldarrow Kona’s Magic Merlot TD. CD. CGC. Merlot and I enjoyed many long walks in several of our superb walking areas or on one of our spectacular beaches. One of Merlot’s favourite places was Qualicum’s Off Leash Park. He loved running though the woods, meeting all his friends, old and new. We also enjoyed training and helping with our local kennel club and canine events. Probably our most rewarding activity was our visits to local long term/extended health care facilities. Merlot was the perfect height for leaning against a wheelchair and receiving under-the-chin rubs. He loved entertaining the nursing staff when he dropped at their feet, rolling over on his back and waiting for his tummy rub.

And yes… he was named after my favourite wine making grape.

Susan and Merlot
Merlot and Susan

MERLOT March 28, 1997 – May 26, 2008

Merlot

Merlot & Max
Merlot & Max

Merlot loved his cuddles
Merlot loved his cuddles

Merlot, Shiraz & Max
Merlot, Shiraz & Max

Susan, Merlot, Shiraz and Max
Susan, Merlot, Shiraz and Max

Merlot fathered a few litters in his later life but his all time favourite girlfriend was always BAILEY. Bailey was Glenda’s dog and when we were still working out of my Home Office, Glenda was already working with me and she of course brought Bailey to our house. When we moved from the House to the Office in town, Bailey would remain the Office Dog for several years to come!

BAILEY March 18, 2001 – May 2, 2015

Bailey “working” in the Home Office
Bailey “working” in the Home Office

Bailey enjoying a summer evening on the Deck!
Bailey enjoying a summer evening on the Deck!

In 2002 it came to my attention that a little 1 year old Maltese was in need of a new Home. I had been thinking for a little while that it would be nice for Merlot to have another dog at home to keep him company…..so I took in little MAX to see if the two of them would get along!!! Well….Merlot loved Max right away and wanted to be friends but Max would keep pushing him away and didn’t like having to share his new home with a big Golden! It took Max about 3 days (with a patient, non-pushy Golden!) to warm up to Merlot and become friends for life!

MAX August 7, 2001 – August 7, 2015

Max the Maltese!
Max the Maltese!

Max
Max

Max loved walking with the big Goldens! Max and Sam snuggling in the car after a big walk!
Max loved walking with the big Goldens! Max and Sam snuggling in the car after a big walk!

Max loved our trips to the West Coast. He favourite time being snuggled up on the couch by the open fire!!
Max loved our trips to the West Coast. He favourite time being snuggled up on the couch by the open fire!!

Max at Beachcomber
Max at Beachcomber

Merlot fathering a few litters in his later life (with a reputable breeder in Qualicum Bay) gave us our SHIRAZ (much to little Max’s dismay!). Shiraz was born in 2005 and was an off-the-wall Golden puppy with tireless energy! He was just too much for Max who did not like Shiraz upsetting his Home. Shiraz kept trying (in his pushy Shiraz kind of way) to be friends but it just would not happen. Once Shiraz slowed down a LITTLE bit at 6 years old Max started warming up to Shiraz bit by bit. Shiraz is now slowing down some more but going strong and steady! He loves his walks and his tummy rubs just like his Dad! He’s a good boy and has bonded very much with my Dad who lives on our property!

SHIRAZ March 9, 2005 –

Shiraz 1
Shiraz

Shiraz at Neck Point Park
Shiraz at Neck Point Park

Shiraz & Riesling at Parksville Beach and Shiraz at Rathtrevor Park
Shiraz & Riesling at Parksville Beach and Shiraz at Rathtrevor Park

Oh Boy…..Life is fun with double cones!!!! Shiraz & Riesling with Sam and Max in the background!
Oh Boy…..Life is fun with double cones!!!! Shiraz & Riesling with Sam and Max in the background!

It took years for Max to warm up to Shiraz but once he had, this was a regular sight in our house.
It took years for Max to warm up to Shiraz but once he had, this was a regular sight in our house.

Shiraz and Sam sharing a bed!
Shiraz and Sam sharing a bed!

After Merlot passed in 2008, Shiraz was the only Golden for a while which he liked as he received ALL the attention! However…..we could tell he was ready to have another Golden he could play with, especially because Max did not like playing with him or hanging out…..so along came RIESLING (REEZY)…….who actually came to us instead of us actively looking for her!

RIESLING May 22, 2009 –

First trip to Parksville Beach for Riesling! Shiraz was in heaven to have another Golden-Playmate!
First trip to Parksville Beach for Riesling! Shiraz was in heaven to have another Golden-Playmate!

Riesling & Shiraz. Neck Point Park.
Riesling & Shiraz. Neck Point Park.

Susan with Shiraz & Riesling
Susan with Shiraz & Riesling

Reezy & Shiraz at Long Beac
Reezy & Shiraz at Long Beach

Loving the West Coast
Loving the West Coast

Riesling loved being part of Royal LePage in the Canada Day Parade in Parksville!
Riesling loved being part of Royal LePage in the Canada Day Parade in Parksville!

Riesling
Riesling

Riesling
Riesling

When Riesling was 3 years old we decided to have a litter of puppies! Ultimately this was supposed to be a “test litter” to see if she would be OK to have a litter of puppies for us with Merlot’s frozen sperm. YES….you read correctly!!….this is how crazy I am and I really really wanted to have another Merlot baby!……So I found this really wonderful male from Langley and he was going to be the father of our test litter to see how Riesling could handle pregnancy/litter etc…Turns out Riesling is the PERFECT Mom. She was wonderful with the puppies, had no problems with her pregnancy and whelping or anything! So we had a litter of 9 Happy & Healthy Golden Puppies…..HOW FUN WAS THAT!!!!!

LITTER of 9 GOLDEN PUPPIES born on March 22, 2012

Riesling with her 9 puppies
Riesling with her 9 puppies

….so little….
….so little….

…and adorable….
…and adorable….

It was exhausting for Riesling but she was the BEST!!!
It was exhausting for Riesling but she was the BEST!!!

….cutest little feet…..
….cutest little feet…..

That’s how we received ZINFANDEL !!!
That’s how we received ZINFANDEL !!!

Little Ms Green with Bianca
Little Ms Green with Bianca

Reezy was so patient!
Reezy was so patient!

…ouch…..
…ouch…..

….starting to eat on their own…
….starting to eat on their own…

Such great entertainment!
Such great entertainment!

Hours of Fun just watching them!
Hours of Fun just watching them!

Aren’t Golden Puppies the cutest?
Aren’t Golden Puppies the cutest?

So….after all this work and cuteness……we just couldn’t let them ALL go and we had to keep just one of them……..so we kept little Ms Sunshine (yellow collar) because she basically picked us. Her name is ZINFANDEL (Zinnie) and life without her just wouldn’t be the same!

ZINFANDEL March 22, 2012 –

Zinnie
Zinnie

Zinnie was the biggest and heaviest girl out of the whole litter. We used to call her Tanker Bell.
Zinnie was the biggest and heaviest girl out of the whole litter. We used to call her Tanker Bell.

ZinnieJune_015
Zinnie June

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Zinnie June

Shiraz & Zinnie…….and Playing with Mom……
Shiraz & Zinnie…….and Playing with Mom……

….and she still LOVES playing……
….and she still LOVES playing……

Zinnie loves to keep Bianca company when she’s doing computer work!
Zinnie loves to keep Bianca company when she’s doing computer work!

Zinnie & Reezy enjoy their walks!
Zinnie & Reezy enjoy their walks!

Zinnie and her boyfriend Hugo holding Hands
Zinnie and her boyfriend Hugo holding Hands

Can I come to work with you?
Can I come to work with you?

Susan with Riesling & Zinfandel
Susan with Riesling & Zinfandel

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Family Photo on the West Coast
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