-Our family's first golden retriever, Loki, had it all. Great pedigree (offspring of FC AFC FTCH AFTCH Can OTCH TNT's Explosion Am UD FDHF OS; Can FDHF OBHF, and SR Otterbrooks Miss Whimsy CD JH MX MXJ WC CCA VC) great family dog, and a great hunting companion. We always wished we had done more with her--training, competitions, breeding, etc. When she passed away in 2012, we initially thought we would wait awhile before welcoming another golden retriever in our lives, but then came Amber.
SHR Windy Ridge Ambrosia ("Amber") came to our family from Southern Oregon in October, 2012. We were drawn to some of the great dogs in her lines, as well as her beautiful parents. Amber is a small golden retriever (45 lbs) but is seriously driven in the field. After beginning professional training, we decided we really wanted to learn how to train her ourselves so we could be that much closer with Amber. Kelli joined Whistling Wings HRC and with the help of the great folks there, Amber (with Kelli handling her) earned her UKC "Started Hunting Retriever" (SHR) title in August 2014. Although we hope to continue with more titles, our priority is real world hunting, which is just about Amber's greatest joy in life. She is focused, steady, and persistent in her retrieving ability. Amber is also one of the sweetest dogs in the world. She is happy all of the time, very intelligent, and just an overall great and goofy family dog.
With our roots on Decatur Island, we are starting a period of transition. We are currently based in Sultan, WA, but are spending more time on our farm near Wausau, Wisconsin. Hopefully 2023 will bring a full time move!