Who we are ...
Golden Retrievers for Hunts and Homes on Vancouver Island
Located in Mill Bay,Vancouver Island in British Columbia, GoldnGun Retrievers is own and operated by Rick and Louise Roberts as a small and selective breeding program aiming to produce golden retrievers that excel not only as hunting companions and field and obedience trials competitors, but also as happy-go-lucky family companions, healthy and with a sound temperament.
Rick and Louise are founding members of hunting retriever clubs on Vancouver Island such as Pacific Rim Hunting Retriever Club, Salt Chuck Hunting Retriever Club and long standing members of Vancouver Island Retriever Club.
Active members that support and promote the sport by organizing, participating, judging and training in a variety of retriever events across Canada and the United States, the Roberts have extensive experience that is reflected on the quality of GoldnGun Retrievers.
The Robert's family hunts as often as possible ensuring their dogs are exposed to real hunting situations. Regardless of their involvement in the somewhat competitive world of field work and obedience, Rick and Louise ensure that the number one job of their 8 dogs is to be the furry members of the Roberts' family, well socialized with other people and their dogs and maybe the occasional lamb!
As breeders Rick and Louise believe in the importance of providing support to their pups new homes and although they produce strong working dogs, they welcome "not working" families ready to provide a good active life to one of their dogs.
Whenever you visit the Roberts' home you will be received by the welcome committee eager to get the message across:
"We are happy to see you!
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Arriba had a great year, she completed her Grand Master Title in the spring, and since then has been concentrating on HRC hunts and uplands, consistently putting up points for her 1000 point title (150 to go!!). We have also kept up in a few field trials and she received a 1st, 2nd and a 4th to give her Qualifying Title, 2020 Open here we come!
Again in the obedience ring this year Arriba went 3 for 3 with very respectable scores of 197.5, 194 and 193.5 for her Companion Dog of Excellent!
Arriba almost finished her Grand Master this year but time spent in the whelping box interrupted our timing. She did ear need her Companion Dog Title with very respectable scores of 198, 195.5 and 195.5 with two High In Trials, on the allotted weekend so we didn’t have to miss an any hunt tests. Arriba really is the most accommodating girl! Arriba hit the field trials this year and did very well in the two weekends she ran she received a 2nd, 3rd and a RCM.
Arriba has had an incredible season! she received her master hunter title, qualified, completed and passed her first stab at the Canadian Nation Master this August is Winnipeg and in her first foray into field trials she received a certificate of merit on the Saturday in Qualifying, which just primed her and she took a 2nd placing on Sunday! Next year she is in line to complete her Grand Master title, 500 Pt club in UKC and hopefully enter the obedience ring, as well as perhaps taking another stab at field trials, time permitting.
This little bundle of fun has a captivating personality that is infectious to all that meets her. By 13 months of age she had received her WC and WCI titles this year and by 15 months her Senior Hunter (CKC) and Hunting Retriever (UKC) titles. So much promise in this little lady!
Gabby has had a great season, her tenacity and swift graceful style makes her a joy to work with. This season she has shown great composure and style to receive her WC and WCX at 13 months and her Senior Hunter (CKC) and her Hunting Retriever title at 16 months. This girl has go, and she is going places, we are excited to be along for the ride!
Risq had a year to be proud of this year. She continued to collect point for the UKC 1000 pt club and completed and received her Canadian National Master title alongside of her daughter Arriba! In the coming year she will hopefully continue in the same vein and reach her 1000 pts!
Action man, has had to put up with Louise handling him a lot this season due to Rick’s work schedule but he has chipped away at his 1000 pts for UKC pts and approaching his Grand Master. He is looking forward to spring when hopefully Rick’s schedule is more flexible.
Why to Title a Dog - by Sandra Mowery
Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores, a title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in record and in memory for as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard.
And though the dog itself doesn't know or care that its achievements have been noted, a title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.
A title says your dog was intelligent and adaptable, and good-natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.
And a title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend time with it because it was a good dog, that you believed in it enough to give it yet another chance when it failed, and that, in the end, your faith was justified.
A title proves that your dog inspired you to that special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return.
And when that dear short life is over, the title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of pride in one small set of initials after the name.
A title earned is nothing less than love and respect, given and received, and permanently recorded.