In a feature
article, entitled Following the Golden Brick Road that I wrote for the 2003 Golden Retriever Annual, my very first
Golden experience is described:
I was hooked
that afternoon. Hopelessly and forever hooked. I had walked down a flight of stairs into a
Golden heaven of sortsa litter of soft little fluff balls all scurrying about, this
way and that. Could there really ever be anything as drop-dead gorgeous as these
eight-week-old Golden puppies? I doubt it. Nothing could compare to the vision that
greeted me that day. And, once seated and cuddling wildly amidst a chaos of fur and
licking tongueswith adoration flowing in from far too many Goldens to countI
instinctively knew life would never again be the same.
I was never warned about the Golden obsession that can take over once exposed to such
unconditional love. Intoxicating for sure, but addicting just the same. So, now with
Golden pawprints forever stamped on my heart, there was understandably no turning back.
This addiction has resulted in an insatiable
desire to capture true Golden love and emotion on film. And, in February 2004, I had the
luck to photograph this chubby litter of three 5½-week-old puppies. Loads of
wonderful apparel, stationery & art items (in full color) with these three
charmers can be found at the foundation's
My delicious photo of three Golden tots
deep in slumber became the 4th print in Janet Cain's Golden Collection of Limited
Edition Prints. I came up with the perfect title for it as well: Sweet Dreams.
This is what Janet had to say about my photo: As an artist I see many photos and on
that rare occasion I find a photo that I know has that magic, something special that says
yes, this is the one. Those of us who have seen our own puppies in soft slumber know how
they melt our hearts.
"Sweet Dreams" is also
the second tapestry in The Golden Collection. It is 100% cotton and machine
washable, an ample sizing at 54" x 72". I adore mine, of course!
It would be pretty tough for these little ones
(now named Jackson, Lena & Blossom) not to have been so darling given their lovely
parents. They were bred by Greg Wessel, of
Winterset Golden Retrievers, and
Carolyn Durway of Spicewoods Golden Retrievers. The sire to this litter, shown here on the
left, is Marsha York's Ch. MY SkyWatcher or Hubbell
of MY Golden Retrievers.
This photo was taken
at the Golden Retriever Club of America's 2002 National Specialty Show 2002 where Hubbell
was chosen as Winner's Dog and the Best of Winner's. And, shown on the right is the dam
for the litter, Carolyn Durway's Ch. Spicewoods Lyric Opera Lyric
of Spicewoods Golden Retrievers.