|I am Miki Shannon. My first dog was a Border Collie named Trolleycar. My sister rescued her from a local shelter, but when she got married, gave her to me. I desperately wanted to show Trolleycar, but at the time Border Collies were not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
When Trolleycar died, I decided that I wanted a breed that I could show primarily in obedience. All recommendations led to the Golden Retriever. "This breed can learn to do anything," I was told! In 1975, I was lucky enough to get my first Golden Retriever from a reputable breeder who had recently won a Best In Show (BIS). Not only did they educate me in general with regard to Goldens, but they also introduced me to field and the natural instincts of the breed.
|Brandy was the perfect dog for a newbie. Not only was she easy to train, but she lived to be nearly 17 years old. While Brandy was over standard, and therefore unable to show in conformation, she was a beautiful, well structured dog who loved to work. Because of Brandy, I have always thought that's what all Goldens should be: multi purpose.
Since Brandy, I have owned many Goldens, putting titles on them in all performance venues as well as putting points on a dog owner/handled. While I personally prefer competing in Agility, I continue to enjoy all venues. I strongly believe that it is important to keep the retriever in the golden. Therefore, I am an AKC hunt test judge, approved to judge Junior and Senior, and I love nothing more than to watch the swing of that nose!
From all of my experience in Goldens, first and foremost, I believe in the betterment of the breed. As part of my commitment, I volunteer with the local Golden Retriever club, am a past member of our board of directors, as well as a past President of our local club and it's rescue. I also played an important role in bringing our rescue to its present 501c3 status.
In real life, I am a telecine operator and film technician for a company that restores and preserves old films. And now you know where I come up with the names of my dogs!
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