Patrice Loves, Middletown, PA (CCA)
I obtained my first Golden Retriever in the late 1970’s. My husband wanted a dog for duck hunting so we purchased Libby from the local pet store. I took her to obedience classes and she obtained her CD while my husband trained her for field. Libby obtained her WC & WCX and we ran her in gun dog stakes at field trials. She was a phenomenal retriever.
A few years later, I wanted a "pretty" Golden and had met Su-Ann Brown, Eaton’s Eastshore Goldens, and she became my first mentor. My first "conformation" golden was Eaton’s Eastshore Highlight. Tegan was mostly English lines and unfortunately I was never able to point her, but I did obtain her WCX. I loved the English type and acquired a few more dogs through the years from Susan Brown-Leger, Synergold. But a conformation Championship was not in the cards. I began to do more obedience, competing in Gaines and obtaining a Utility title.
Still wanting a "show" dog I obtained my “American” foundation bitch from Sandy McDowell Dunn, Tangleloft, in 1991 and she became my first Champion, CH Tangleloft Highlight’s Whim CD, CGC. Through the years I have produced Top 20 Qualifiers, Outstanding Dams, Hall of Fame dogs in Conformation and Agility and finished a CH from bred-by exhibitor.
When I retired a few years ago, I decided to apply for my AKC judging license and did so in 2017. To date, I am approved for Golden Retrievers and provisional for Labrador Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and Junior Showmanship. In the near future I hope to apply for the rest of the Retrievers. Judging has provided many opportunities to travel, meet people and see our wonderful breed all over the world. I am honored for this opportunity.