Top right - Tammy's litter-mates with their dam "Princess"
Middle left - Tammy at 7 weeks
Bottom left - GRCC Outstanding Dam
Middle right - Winning 'Best of Breed' in 1969
Bottom - With one of her litter’s
On April 20th. 1966, our first cherished Golden Retriever, Tammy, was born, Ch. Goldendale's Belle CD, GRCC OD. She died September 12th. 1976, after giving us 10 amazing years.
It doesn't seem that long ago since I went into Dr. Tom Dales' office with our boxer, Tessy, and came back out with Tessy, plus a golden female puppy. When I asked Tom about his recent litter, we went to his yard and he put Tammy in my arms.
"This female is not sold yet" he said, knowing I had wanted one, since the litter from Princess in 1964. He said "Try her at home overnight and if you don't want her, throw her back in the pen in the morning." I called him the next day and he said "Well, I didn't see that puppy in the pen"
Tammy at about 8 weeks, after a swim at the cottage. Enjoying a deck-chair and the fresh country air.
Our children covered her all up in blankets.
Tammy became our foundation bitch, sound, gentle, and a true golden with a working pedigree.
Tom said "She hasn't the frills you want for the show-ring, but you can do field and obedience with her."
She did finish her championship, got her CD the same weekend and hunted with us too.
That is what we called "multi-purpose" dogs.
Her hips were clear of hip dysplasia and we carefully chose her mates. She gave us puppies that could win, at whatever they were asked to do, whether in show, field obedience and/or therapy.
Our aim has always been to produce sound, intelligent and reliable Goldens!
On a 6am start to get to Kitchener K.C. show on November 12, 1967, Tammy and I were caught resting during the day. Surprisingly, the photograph was published along side the coverage of the show, on the front page, in the local Kitchener-Waterloo Newspaper.
It was well worth the effort, as Tammy earned 3 points that day.
Tammy with handler, Judy Peters (Taylor)
On Saturday May 15th. 1968 at Bradford, Ontario, Judy Peters (Taylor) her handler, got Tammy's last 3 points, even with her out of coat. What a thrill. She was now Ch. Goldendale's Belle CD. Later on she became an Outstanding Dam.
Tammy finished her title, dispite the "lack of frills" as Tom called it. For hunters, they didn't want to have a wet dog , weighted down with a heavy coat, nor one so light in color that the ducks could see them in the blind.
The next day I took Tammy to Burlington K.C. and completed her CD too. She was 2 years old.
She had 4 dual champions in her pedigree and normal hips too. A good start!
The day Tammy (left) was bred to Hamlet
Tammy was bred to Ch. Beckwith Chryshaefen Hamlet, on Friday September 13th. 1968. We only got one puppy, a male, born on Novemember 21st. 1968.
Hamlet's sire was Am./Can. Ch. Gayhaven Lldiel, Am./Can. CDX, OS. His dam was Am./Can. Ch. Beckwith's Frolic of Yeo, Am./Can. CDX, OD. This was a good choice of mate for Tammy.
This was our first Carolee champion, Ch. Carolee's Dear Whiskey CD. A lone puppy, but he was amazing and loved by all our family for 14 years.
Tammy in July 1973, at 7 years of age
Read about Tammyin "Hall of Fame" page of this website