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*Nancy’s Dogs

“The following is a list of my dogs, past & present. Each has a unique story and holds a special place in my heart. They are the essence of my personal experience in living, training & competing with dogs for the last 30+ years, pleas keep in mind that I have been using pet services algonquin il ever since I got my first puppy.” Nancy Strouss

The Present:

“Charlee”… Sunfire Genius Loves Company, CGCA, TKA, GRCA CCA, Lean On Me Service Dog 

Charlee is a female Golden Retriever  from Sunfire Goldens where these exceptional dogs are bred for “soundness, trainability, retrieving instinct, and the desire to please.” Charlee is all that and is  in training for competition obedience and agility. Because I have MS, she is also my Service Dog through “Lean On Me Service Dogs for Support & Mobility”

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The Past:

“JADIE”… PRINCESS BAMBOO OF BRIDGEWATERS, CDX, MX, AXJ, (3 MXJ legs), CGC, TT, Therapy Dog

September 14, 1999 – August 21, 2013

Jadie passed just 3 weeks before her 14th birthday. She lived a long  healthy life and was pure sweetness in every way.

The following is a short account of her life and accomplishments. 

When Jadie was 6 months, I was asked by her elderly owner to find her a home. I agreed to foster her. I took her to the veterinarian for a check up just to be thorough and she was in perfect health! Not long after I decided to keep her. After working hard to conquer her many fears, Jadie & I together achieved the Masters Agility title, Excellent Jumpers with 2 Masters Jumpers legs and the AKC Companion Dog Excellent obedience title. Jadie also passed the Delta Pet Partner therapy dog test, the Canine Good Citizen Test and the ATTS Temperament Test.

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“DEVIN”… SUNFIRE’S THE DEVIL WITHIN, UD, AX, AXJ, CGC, TT

March 9, 2006 – July 2, 2012

Tragically, at the end of June 2012, Devin suddenly became ill and I lost her to kidney failure, possibly from Lyme disease. She was only 6 years old. There are no words to describe the loss of this dog.  Devin was everything…my dream dog, my friend. 

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The following is an account of her competition career.

Devin was a female Golden Retriever from Sunfire Goldens; a respected breeder of beautiful, working Golden Retrievers. Devin had been my partner in competitive obedience and agility for barely six years.

In March 2008, her first time out, at the Hudson Valley Golden Retriever Specialty trials, Devin took First Place in the 20″ Novice Jumpers agility class and Second Place, with a 196 in Novice B obedience. We have since then gotten 2 more agility Jumpers legs with a First & Second Place to finish the Novice Jumpers title and also finished the Novice Standard agility title, all legs with First Places! We finished our Open Standard agility title with a 4th place and got our first Open Jumpers leg with a 3rd place and the second leg with a 1st place!

Her agility wins qualified her to win the Hudson Valley Golden Retriever Club’s “MACH2 Cross Creek Swatch of Pebwin ADHF Agility Challenge Trophy”, by accumulating over 1,000 points between standard course time and her actual course times.  At two years of age and limited trialing this is a nice accomplishment.

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In obedience, we qualified for another CD leg with a Second Place at our first outdoor trial. We then finished the Companion Dog title at the Garden State Golden Retriever Specialty with a 197 1/2 for a First Place win!

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New agility title earned at the Hudson Valley Golden Retriever Club’s agility trial in November 2010.  Devin took a First Place in the Open Jumpers class to finish her title and was also highest scoring Golden Retriever.

2011 began with entering our first obedience trial in Open level obedience.  Devin worked an almost perfect class at the K9 Club trial but anticipated the broad jump.  Our second trial was at the Monticello Kennel Club and we came away with our first CDX leg and a Third Place in a very competitive class.  We earned a second leg at the First Dog Obedience Club of NJ trial. Easter weekend we took off for the Big E in West Springfield, Mass.  On  the first day we finished our Open title with a 197 for First Place. The second day we again qualified with a 196 1/2, another First Place and tied for High In Trial!  This title also qualified her sire (CH/OTCH Sunfire’s Casanova Blew By You, UDX2, ODHF, OS) to become a GRCA Outstanding Sire.  Now on to Utility!

Agility….May 2011….First Excellent Standard leg with a Second Place at the PCOTC Agility trial ~

Agility….June 2011….Second Excellent Standard leg with a Fourth Place at the Bayshore Companion Dog Agility Trial ~

Agility….October 2011….First Excellent Jumpers leg with a Second Place at the Skyline Agility Club Trial ~

Agility….November 2011….Finished Excellent Standard title with a First Place at the Hudson Valley Golden Retriever Club’s ‘Goldens Only’ Agility Trial ~ This title also qualified Devin’s dam (Sunfire’s Rocky MT Chickadee, OD) to become a GRCA Outstanding Dam.

Obedience….March 11, 2012 at the Saw Mill River Kennel Club Trial, Devin & I got our first Utility Obedience leg with a 196 and a First Place!

Agility….In April 2012 at the Hudson Valley Golden Retriever Club All Breed Agility trial we qualified 2 days in a row in Excellent Jumpers and finished our AXJ title with a Second and a Third Place!

Obedience….On April 22nd at the “Big E” in W. Springfield, Mass. we picked up another Utility Obedience leg with another First Place!

Obedience….I am happy to say that I finished Devin’s Utility Obedience title on May 20th at the Albany Obedience Club trial with a Second Place!  This Spring I had two goals….to finish her AXJ agility title and to accomplish the UD obedience title and we did it!

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The following is a brief account of all the dogs I’ve had over the years; who taught me the joy and the challenges of living with and training dogs.

“Maybe I should be embarrassed to admit that a dog can change a person, but I’m not. So as the clock winds out on a life well lived, I look back at the lessons learned from this calm and dignified creature, lessons of temperance, patience, and compassion that will guide us to the end.” (Brian McGrory, from Brown Eyes of Wisdom)

RAINY DAY JASON OF TABHILL

My first Golden Retriever, I left an amazing job on Wall Street to become a dog trainer because I so enjoyed working with this dog. After Jason was diagnosed with cancer at an early age, I began to study a more holistic approach to the rearing and care of my dogs.

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JESSIE

Jessie was a German Shepherd mix who came to me as a ‘street smart’  but confused and anxious dog. With the structure of training and a secure home environment, he became a confident dog, free of behavior problems and one of the most loyal companion I’ve ever had, if you love them as much as I do let me recommend this website where you will find german shepherd puppies for sale.

BLUE SKY’S BRODSKY, CD, TT, CGC

Brodsky, was a Toy Fox Terrier rescued from a shelter at 10 months, where he was just days away from euthanasia due to aggressive behavior. “Mr. B” had every behavior problem you can imagine, yet was one of the smartest & funniest dogs ever. After several months of A LOT of obedience training and a “nothing in life is free” program, Brodsky became problem free and enjoyed living non-aggressively until just short of his 18th birthday. He taught me that small dogs want to be treated just like big dogs and that you really don’t know dogs ‘til you’ve lived with a terrier!

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OKEECHOBEE’S VALLEY GIRL, UD, TT, CGC

Valley was a Golden Retriever that I purchased from the well-known Okeechobee Kennel. She was my first conformation dog, my first Utility obedience competition dog and the mother of my first litter of Golden puppies. Valley truly had a heart of gold and was the inspiration for so many of my students to continue training their dogs in advanced obedience.

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STONEHILL’S OKEECHOBEE MORN, CD, HIT, TT

Starlight was bold & bright, just like her name. In obedience competition she shined and was High In Trial at the Garden State Golden Retriever Club Specialty.

CH. SHADY LANE’S LITTLE RIVER GIRL, CD, TT, CGC, DELTA THERAPY DOG

Shady, was my first home bred, owner/breeder handled breed Champion. She was a beautiful sweet girl and everything a Golden Retriever should be. Shady was an exceptional therapy dog who could get absolutely anyone to smile, laugh or just reach out a hand to touch her.

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SHADY LANE JUNIPER, CDX, NA, TT, CGC, DELTA THERAPY DOG

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Juniper, also a Golden Retriever, was from my third & last litter. She was an extremely easy dog to train and had an amazing personality. She loved music and would often sleep in my husband’s open guitar case when he rehearsed. I started learning “freestyle obedience” with her because she loved to heel to cbdoilkaufen.com and music and “dance” with me.

SHADY LANE SPIRIT HEALER, TT, CGC, DELTA THERAPY DOG

Georgie, was a Golden Retriever from my second litter. I have never known a sweeter, more soulful dog than my Georgie.

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BLUE SKY’S NIPPER, UD, HIGH IN TRIAL, TT, CGC

Nipper, was a Standard Poodle that I co-owned and competed with in obedience. Nipper was brilliant to train &  fun to compete with.  He gave me the thrill of going High In Trial at a Poodle Specialty.

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BLUE SKY’S SAMANTHA, CGC, DELTA THERAPY DOG

Samantha was my parents Black Labrador Retriever, who came to live with me after my father passed away and my mother had to move to a nursing home. At 9 years of age, she had little training and many bad habits. After a few months of “Nancy’s Boot Camp”, she became a registered therapy dog and tolerable to live with 🙂

OKEECHOBEE SHADYLANE SURREAL, TT, CGC, DELTA THERAPY DOG

Shorty, was a Golden Retriever, given to me by Susan Taylor of Okeechobee Goldens. Although easy to train, she did not enjoy dog shows and was happiest just being my friend and looking out for the rest of her “pack” at home.

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