"Dogs do not ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the object they have, and to obtain the objects they have not. There is nothing of value they have to bequeath except their love and their faith."
- Eugene O'Neill
UH HRCH GOLDNGUN MARSHLAND SNIPER CAN***QFTR MH WCX
January 7 1999 - March 14, 2012
Today we said our final goodbye to Sniper at the age of 14 year. He was our oldest son Michael's best friend and throughout the years that bond only became stronger and extended to Michael’s three kids Logan, Ryley and Paisley..
Sniper showed a great zest for life, taking on all challenges with courage, strength and a great deal of tenacity. He loved any activity that involved interaction with people, he was a comedian at heart, just like his dad. Sniper was a pleasure to train, always upbeat and willing to do whatever task you asked of him. He excelled at hunting with Mike and Rick, loved the competitive nature of hunt test, field trials and even flyball. Sniper was well travelled, he ran hunt test and field trials and flyball in BC Alberta, Saskatchewan and Washington state. We also managed to take in a flyball tournament in Las Vegas! He ran the Super Retriever Series held in Missoula Montana in 2003 . He followed in his dad's footsteps by being cast as a puppy in the "Air Bud" movie series.
Sniper was listed as one of the Top Producing Sires in the HRC magazine on a number of occassions.Today, our family keenly feels the loss of this dynamic athlete, hunter, partner, and friend.
Rowdy, (Brussels Griffin) was everyone favourite truck dog and Louise?s trusted companion at home and on the road for 12 years. He was at most trials and the trials he missed, people frequently reprimand us for not having him there. He was passed from lawn chair to lawn chair, lap to lap, sopping up all
the attention he could. There was nothing better than sitting in anyone?s lap soaking up a few rays in the spring and even when the weather is poor, he convinced people to insert the puppy in the jacket out of the cold. He managed to make himself at home on the laps of some of the gruffest old trialers. He was to
p dog in the house and even at 10 years of age and one eye, still managed to impress on the other dogs that no one got out of line.
Rowdy taking a nap in the truck
Poacher proved to be an incredible and versatile dog. Our boy wasn’t only successfully competing on field trials, hunt test, obedience and flyball, but also he was the stunt dog for the famous movie “Air Bud World Pup” and a starring member of the Superdogs cast as well as in ESPN’s “SUPERDOGS, SUPERJOCKS”. He was Qualified all-age, and held a MH, CDX title. He was an incredible athlete, an unrelenting hunting companion but what he is truly remembered for by those close to him was his unbelievable sense of humor. He was a true character who had the ability to make anyone around him enjoy his antics, putting a little sunshine in everyone’s day.
Breeze and Poacher
Breeze retrieving her last bird as Honorary Test Dog at the
Canadian Mater National 2011
Breeze came to our home from “Redstorm Kennels” in Quebec in 1994. She was animated, energetic and affectionate, always eager and strong in the field, loving every second of her work and at 16 years of age was still demanding her share of it. As with any self-respecting golden, Breeze enjoyed her human companions and was a great playmate to our kids when they were young and even with the inconveniences of her old age she always found a way to be part of the action.
Breeze was bred twice and has produced numerous top achieving golden in Canada and the United States such as our boys Dare and Sniper, and has been on the top 10 producing golden bitches for the UKC Hunting Retriever Club more than once.