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Opal
109lbs–25″tall

Opal was imported from Europe at 3 months of age. She has developed into a beautiful, stocky, well built Bernese. I purchased Opal with her sister Onyx and a pup from another litter Octavia. I like to purchase a few pups from the same lines so I can evaluate the temperaments and genetics of the lines I’m breeding. Not only was I able to make sure that their vertical pedigree met my requirements by researching their parentage, but by purchasing siblings and similar lines I’m also able to see what their horizontal pedigree is like by evaluating and health testing the siblings and other lineage. I’m happy to announce that all three of these pups passed their health clearances, so not only does Opal have a solid vertical pedigree but also a solid horizontal pedigree.

Opals beauty is second to none. She has a very broad build and if you saw her walking down the street you would think she was a large, male, Bernese. Her legs are extremely thick, she has massive paws and she has a broad head. She has the most loving and gentle expression that you can’t help but fall in love with.

There is no doubt that Opal is beautiful but her temperament is outstanding. Opal is a very special dog because she is very easy to connect with. She is a dog that has human like qualities and seems to understand what you are saying to her. If you are having a bad day everyone knows to get their cuddles from Opal. She is sure to cheer you up! I wouldn’t think twice about her making someone a great service dog when she retires. She has a gentle, kind, social and loving demeanor. She is affectionate, amusing and entertaining. When you cuddle with her it is like cuddling with a big teddy bear! She is confident and will go up to anyone with a wagging tail looking for a treat or a pet. She loves her toy’s and loves to fetch them……. she doesn’t always bring them back though. She has captured everyone’s heart that has met her. My only complaint is she thinks she’s a lap dog and at 109lbs she starts to cut off blood circulation to the legs after about 20 mins!

Opal has tons of character. She is goofy and pulls the silliest expressions when you talk to her. Her classic expression is the head tilt with one side of her lip lifted up over her tooth. She loves rolling on her back with her legs wide open to get lots of belly rubs. She loves to receive affection but she also loves giving affection with lots of hugs, snuggles and a few kisses. She is the sweetest girl.

Opal has passed all her health clearances and she has entered our breeding program on a trial basis while we are evaluating puppies from her first few litters. I expect nothing but perfection from her pups if they are anything like Opal!

 

 

 

Summer 75 lbs. – 19.5″ tall

Summer, along with her sister Winter, is an English golden retriever who we imported from Germany from a breeder I know quite well. She comes from very long lines of health-tested dogs and her pedigree is packed with champions. I have acquired many English retrievers from this breeder over the years, and I’m never disappointed. These are top-quality dogs and Summer exceeds every one of my expectations.

Summer is always the life of the party! Because she is the leader of the pack, she likes to ensure that everyone is having fun. Highly opinionated about everything, she likes to make sure you’re aware of how she feels. For example, at bath time she will lie like a pancake on the floor and not move a muscle, but let her out to romp poolside and she’ll be the first to jump in! She really lives up to her name – she loves everything about summer, including swimming. She will retrieve anything you throw and likes to play with rocks, sticks, toys, and other dogs.

She is exuberant and filled with so much love, and she makes everyone laugh around her. She is really your typical retriever who loves everyone and loves to get all that affection back as you snuggle and pet her.

Maverick 20 lbs – 14” tall

Maverick is a stunning tri-coloured Australian labradoodle (ALD) from impeccable lines. She is a beautiful bundle of energy who likes to take control of the situation. She has been given the nickname Boss Lady because of her authoritative disposition at the kennel. Maverick is very obedient and when push comes to shove, she knows that her humans are in control of the pack.

Of all the dogs at the kennel, Maverick and Lulu have one of the closest connections and a sweet attraction to one another. Sushi is Maverick’s sidekick and they love romping around in the field together, always keeping each other entertained. Lulu is there to watch over them and keep order. All three of them sleep together, follow each other around, and are always touching or snuggled together. I think Maverick looks to Lulu as her bodyguard, even though she doesn’t need one…and if I were to pick a bodyguard, it wouldn’t be Lulu!

Maverick loves to run and play in the fields and go for walks. When you lie on the ground, she will crawl all over you giving kisses. The louder you giggle, the more kisses she will give you! If you roll over and lie on your stomach, she will lie on her side trying to wiggle her way through your hands to get to your face! She never runs out of affection, and is like a person in a fur coat. Even though Maverick can be a bit bossy, she is an affectionate and loyal companion.

Carrie

Carrie is a gorgeous blonde English golden retriever. She was bred at SwissRidge – her mother is Queen of Light, also known as Rosnay, who I personally selected from Ireland. Her father, Monty, is a Canadian champion who I imported from Spain. The lovely combination of these dogs produced Carrie, who upholds their beautiful traits.
When she’s inside, Carrie is very laid-back, but once she’s outside, she loves to play and is always up for an adventure. Her best friend is Kyla, her half-sister from Clea and Monty’s litter. These two are glued together! If Carrie is outside and Kyla is inside, Carrie will bark at the door until we let Kyla out. The same goes for walks. If we take one for a walk and the other one doesn’t come, they will sit at the door waiting until we let the other one out. They have such a strong bond.

Carrie loves people and, just like most golden retrievers, enjoys being close to her human companions and can sit for hours enjoying a good petting. She also loves her food! She is such a darling and has produced many wonderful puppies that have already blessed so many families.

Autumn

Mocha is an Australian bernedoodle from Juno and Levi. Juno is a beautiful Bernese mountain dog from Whitney and Daiko. Juno was in our breeding program for many years, producing many amazing puppies. She is now retired and living with a wonderful family. Whitney, Juno’s mom, who is nearly ten years old, still acts like a puppy and lives at my mother’s kennel. Whitney is my mom’s gentle giant. She is so obedient and walks perfectly on a leash. I’ve never heard her bark in my life!

Juno’s father is my beloved Daiko. After doing considerable research, I imported him, along with his sister Dyne, from Belgium. I have great respect for their breeder and have always been happy with the quality of their dogs. Daiko’s ancestors were checked for hip and elbow dysplasia? many generations back, and all rated the equivalent of excellent or good in OFA terms. Further to that, all of the dogs’ elbows in the lineage have been rated as normal.
One of our SwissRidge employees, Amy, fell head over heels in love with Mocha and would ask me day in and day out if she could train and socialize her. I eventually gave in and Mocha has lived with her ever since. She will be brought back to the kennel when it’s time for her to breed and deliver her pups.

Mocha is such a friendly, affectionate, and loving dog. She has a very happy disposition and will greet strangers with smiles and kisses. She is very gentle and excellent with children and other animals. She is adventurous and loves to explore. Squeaky toys like ducks and pigs are her favourite to chew and play with. She is excellent with commands such as sit, stay, and down, but will get easily distracted if she sees a person she wants to visit or a dog she wants to play with. She enjoys relaxing in her den, surrounded with her toys and snuggling with her sister Pheona. Overall, Mocha is an excellent dog with a one-of-a-kind personality.

Lily 125 lbs – 25.5” tall

Lily is a stunning Bernese mountain dog imported from France. She comes from a long pedigree of health-tested lines all free from hip and elbow dysplasia. All of the dogs in her pedigree are labelled “A” on their hip scores, which is excellent/good in OFA terms. There are over 30 championship titles in her three-generation pedigree. You know by looking at her that she comes from a long line of champions! She is such a stunning, well-built girl. The kennel I purchased her from not only tests their dogs for hip/elbow dysplasia, but they are also participating in studies to find the genetic marker for cancer in Bernese mountain dogs.

I couldn’t ask for a better dog than Lily. She has so much love to give to everyone she meets. With her tongue hanging out the side of her mouth, she joyfully greets you with the biggest bear hug and wants to be the centre of attention. Lily’s best friend in the kennel is Landon. They are two peas in a pod. They’ve grown up together, and Landon has looked up to Lily, following her every move and learning from her. Lily is the more outgoing of the two, and takes the lead as Landon follows behind. Lily is fearless and takes life by the horns. She loves life and it shows – she’s always so happy. There is never a dull moment when Lily is around. She keeps us laughing!

Sofie 76 lbs. – 23″ tall

Sofie is a golden retriever from superb lines. Everything a golden retriever breeder looks for in their show lines, she has. She is a solid dog with a beautiful head, a top straight line, an ample amount of feather, and an amazing gait. Her personality is fantastic! She loves kids, is playful and energetic, and loves to play fetch. She isn’t a lazy golden like some of my other ones. She likes to have fun playing with the other dogs and she is very social. She is the one I like to take running as she loves it and can keep up! She looks forward to it every morning!

She would be an amazing family dog for any family, especially one that is active and has kids who are always on the go. Her puppies will be similar in that they will be very social, happy-go-lucky puppies, always up for an adventure, and not shy or timid. They will have the personality that most families look for in a puppy!

Kyla 72 lbs. – 20″ tall

Kyla is half English retriever and half North American retriever from Clea (one of my retired females) and Monty.

Kyla is a dark red retriever with a large head and stocky build. Her mother, Clea, has the most serene personality I’ve ever seen in a golden retriever. She is so laid-back and relaxed, and would follow me like a shadow, never letting me out of her sight. Like mother, like daughter! Kyla is very calm, never barking or jumping, and she loves being close to us. She never lets us out of her sight. She would rather be by our side than off playing with the other dogs.

She is so gentle, calm, and great with all people, children, and other dogs. She has consistently produced beautiful puppies. I’ve been so happy with her past litters that I kept two pups from her 2016 litter! I kept one for my breeding program and the other one is being trained and donated as a service and seizure response dog for a little boy with cerebral palsy.

Everyone has always been so thrilled with the looks, temperament, and health of the pups she produces. I feel very blessed to have this amazing girl as part of my breeding program and to be able to share her amazing personality with the world through her puppies.

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