At Dichi Goldens, we are committed to producing Golden Retrievers
with sound structure and that great Golden temperament.
We believe the Golden Retriever should be a multi-purpose dog, and strive
to place our puppies into diverse homes. Many of our dogs have gone on
to succeed in the conformation ring, and also to become successful
therapy dogs, obedience competitors, and real hunters out in the field.
First and foremost, ALL are well-loved family pets —
and what more could a Golden ask for than to be well-loved?
To get our puppies off to a great mental start, they are all
family-raised with lots of dedicated attention & socialization..
Every effort is made to help assure that our puppies are born with a
strong health background. In order to achieve this, prior to breeding
we have veterinarian board-certified specialists perform all
health screenings on our Goldens as recommended by the
Golden Retriever Club of America — of which we are proud members.
Current Screenings at Dichi Goldens:
(as recommended by the Breeders Code of Ethics
of the Golden Retriever Club of America)
HIPS — Any dog that is bred at Dichi Goldens has their hip x-rays
submitted to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for review
by the OFA’s panel of veterinarian board certified radiologists, and their
hips are then registered to be free of hip dysplasia.
HEARTS — They also have their hearts examined by a board certified
veterinary cardiologist and are certified to be free of sub-aortic stenosis
(SAS), which is considered hereditary in Golden Retrievers. This
certification is also registered in the OFA’s cardiac registry service.
EYES — Our dogs undergo an annual eye exam performed by a board
certified veterinary ophthalmologist, following the exam procedure
recommended by the Canine Animal Eye Registry
(CAER). This exam is performed to assure any dog used in our
breeding program does not have an hereditary eye disease.
ELBOWS — As with hips, any dog bred at Dichi Goldens has their elbow
x-rays submitted to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for
review by the OFA’s panel of board certified radiologists, and
their elbows are then registered to be free of elbow dysplasia.
In order to help you “Read More About It” — please visit these links:
Golden Retriever Club of America: Golden Retriever Club of America (grca.org)
Orthopedic Foundation For Animals: Orthopedic Foundation for Animals – Companion Animal Research Center (ofa.org)
Canine Health Information Center: CHIC Program | Orthopedic Foundation for Animals | Columbia, MO (ofa.org)
The Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine; and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again; just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together . . . Author Unknown
This page is dedicated to all the dogs everywhere
who have been loved and lost by their families — leaving behind a gap never to be filled . . .
“Don’t cry because it’s over … Smile Because It Happened”