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Goldenwind Golden Retrievers consist of Ellen, Alan & Melissa Meyer and exhibiting and breeding Golden Retrievers is our family's hobby. It was important to us to find a hobby that would include our children. We purchased our first Golden Retriever puppy in 1994 from a show breeder in Austin who was referred to us by Judy Word of Bravo Golden Retrievers who contacted us from the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metro Golden Retriever Club (DFWMGRC) when we called the Club's Public Education and Puppy Referral hotline. This breeder was a personal friend of Judy Word's. Imagine our surprise that even though this referral came through the local Golden Retriever club that the sire of our puppy was under age and did not have a final OFA hip clearance nor was he able to obtain one later!!! We were offered no education on health clearances back then and simply did not know enough to ask when we started looking for a Golden Retriever puppy. When we did a preliminary hip x-ray on our puppy at about 10 months old, our vet advised us that it was apparent that she was mildly dysplastic. Before we did Candi's hip prelim and had not yet known about the hip clearance issue with her sire, we were referred to David and Barbara Brown of Tempo Golden Retrievers to get a more competitive bitch puppy and were offered an invitation to join the DFWMGRC, Dallas-Ft. Worth Metro Golden Retriever Club and remained active members of that club for twelve years, 1995-2007. We then assisted in founding the ArkLaTex Golden Retriever Club in 2007 and have been active members since it's inception in December 2007 and have both served as an ArkLaTex GRC Board Member, Alan was the club's President for 2012 - 2014.
Our 'kennel name', Goldenwind, came from Ellen's love and fascination, and respect of severe storms and weather, picture a Golden Retriever running in the wind. Ellen has 'chased' with Tim Marshall, Carson Eads, Gene Rhoden, and other high profile Storm Chasers. While Ellen was a member of the Texas Severe Storms Association (TESSA) in the 1990's, she held the position of Tessa's Public Education Coordinator and was invited to many of the Elementary and Middle Schools in the Plano School District giving lectures on Severe Storm Education and Safety. When we had our first litter in 1997 and our puppy evaluation party, it was fitting that a severe storm blew through Plano complete with thunder, lightning, high winds and hail. After the storm was over, the puppies went outside and started retrieving baby birds that had been blown out of their nest in one of our trees! That was Keesha's first litter.
"Keesha", CH Tempo's Joy To The
World, became our foundation for Goldenwind Golden Retrievers. We attended our first Golden Retriever Club
of America (GRCA)
National Specialty Show in 1995 with Keesha where she won both the Puppy Bitch 6-9
Sweepstakes Class and then went on to also win the Puppy Bitch 6-9 Regular
Class. Keesha then went behind her dam, BISS CH Rockhill Robin's Upbeat
Tempo SDHF OD (Robin) who then won the Brood Bitch Class. In 1996 we took
Keesha again to the GRCA National Specialty Show and she was awarded the honor
of Reserve Winner's Bitch.
At the GRCA 2001 National Specialty Show, Keesha was on the other end of the lead when
our daughter Melissa Meyer, at the young age of 14, was awarded the GRCA
National Specialty Best Junior Handler out of the Open
At the GRCA 2001 National Specialty Show, Keesha was on the other end of the lead when our daughter Melissa Meyer, at the young age of 14, was awarded the GRCA National Specialty Best Junior Handler out of the Open Junior Class.
In 1997, we had purchased our second show puppy from Beth Johnson of Summit Golden Retrievers in Wisconsin, "Bullet", CH Summit Goldenwind High Caliber, SHDF. He finished his AKC Championship at the tender age of 19 months old by being awarded Winner's Dog, Best Of Winners at the Golden Retriever Specialty in Arizona and Bullet then became our first Golden Retriever to earn the prestigious title of SDHF (Show Dog Hall Of Fame). Bullet was specifically purchased to contribute further to the quality of Golden Retrievers here at Goldenwind. We have been very successful through the incorporation of Bullet into our breeding program.
We bred our first litter in 1997 breeding "Keesha" to Beth Johnson's stud dog CH Summit's Crocodile Rock (Burbank) and from that litter we produced two Champions:
Am/Can CH Goldenwind Out Of This World RN (Leo) Leo's Pedigree
Am/Can CH Goldenwind World Series OD (Best In Specialty Show winner, GRCA Outstanding Dam; Shea) Shea's Pedigree
Since then, through our stud dog and bitches we have gone on to title/produce AKC titled dogs in Conformation, Obedience, Field, Agilty and Rally and Golden Retriever Club Of America (GRCA) titles such as SDHF (Show Dog Hall Of Fame), OD (Outstanding Dam), and WC ('Working Certificate). In addition to that, we also have produced dogs titled with TDI (Therapy Dog International) and CGC (Canine Good Citizen).
Recently, a dog of our breeding was awarded the prestigious AKC Obedience title of Utility Dog Excellent (UDX), Goldenwind One Life To Live "Noah" Noah's Pedigree
Through the years we have gone 'outside' our own breeding programs to bring in some of the finest pedigrees in Golden Retrievers:
Again, we thank Beth Johnson of Summit Golden Retrievers of Wisconsin for her help and encouragement over the years and also thank her for recommending our acquisition of "Pebbles" as a 3 month old puppy, Gracious Glds Love On The Rocks. "Pebbles" was bred by Sue and Steve Lusa from Washington on the West Coast. Click here for: Pebbles - Pedigree
We also thank Yvonne Sargent of Crescent Golden Retrievers for our boy "Gizmo" who goes back to Yvonne's foundation bitch CH Goldenwind Hailstorm whom we bred and sold to her in 1998.
Our daughter Melissa has handled dogs professionally and we are so proud of her. She has been awarded Major wins in the Golden show ring with her client dogs including Winner's Dog at the very competitive Greater Houston Golden Retriever Club Specialty. Melissa also has 'finished' many of her own bred-by Brittanys over the years. Please visit Melissa's page Melissa
An article authored by Ellen in the 1990's:
What Is A Reputable Breeder:
A Reputable breeder is....
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