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The Carolake Trophy

2017 - A very bad start to this year with the loss of dear little Tumble - she is so sadly missed. Mimi has had an amazing 6 months in the ring culminating in Best Puppy In Show at Southampton DCS on the 15th February. On the 19th February she gained the final points for her Junior Warrant at Horley & DSS also winning Best Puppy in Breed and Gundog Puppy Group 4. Her Junior Warrant qualifies her for entry to Crufts for life.

2016 - I am delighted to be able to donate a trophy for Best SGWC Dog/Bitch for the Golden Retriever Club Championship Show held annually in July. With the help of Angie Cooper I found Lesley Pyke, a professional glass engraver, whose talents have produced this beautiful crystal artwork. I am absolutely thrilled with it, and I hope the first person to win it is as well. UPDATE - I am pleased to report that the Carolake Trophy was awarded to Linsey Dunbar with her champion bitch Linirgor Mimi JW.

On March 12th we sadly lost beautiful, loyal and loving Fancy (Carolake Fancy That). Letting her go was the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but letting her suffer would have been worse. I miss her so very much.

On March 13th Sylvie had her first litter - 4 boys and 4 girls. A sweet and caring mum she raised them beautifully and still mothers the two who remain. One is "mine" Mimi (Carolake Remember Me) named for Fancy, and a second girl has stayed behind as she started leaking urine at 20 days. Ectopic ureters are, sadly, not uncommon in our breed and most puppies are found early on - maybe day 3 or 4. Many are put to sleep because of the complicated surgery, which may or may not work, and because of the huge cost of that surgery. However, at 20 days I could not let her go and so have run her on in the hope that she can be operated on and restored to normality. If the operation is successful she will go on to a pet home. Her name is Connie (Carolake Ruby Tuesday) and her operation is scheduled for the 22nd June 2016.

July 2016 – Update – As planned we took Connie up to Queens Veterinary Hospital at Cambridge University. Laura Owen admitted her for her procedure later that day. Connie proved to be ectopic on both sides – 80% of bitches are I gather. “Cystoscopic-guided laser ablation is a minimally invasive alternative to surgery” – in layman’s terms – camera and laser! It’s done up through the vulva, there are no incisions, no stitches, and for Connie the best bit was that she came home later that day with a bladder that indeed was working as it should. After careful monitoring it was decided the time had come for Connie to move to her new home with Lesley Kelsey and Stori (Carolake Once Upon A Time). I am delighted to say that the treatment has worked and although sometimes there is a slight leak of urine, Laura expects this to resolve when Connie has her first season. If you find you have an EU puppy in your litter, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and I will do all I can to help you through this nightmare.


Our annual holiday to the wonderful Islands of Greece was completely ruined within two days when we received a phone call to say that Puzzle was seriously ill and had been rushed into the hospital. Despite all their wonderful care and attention it was impossible to save her. We arrived home on the 22nd September after two horrible weeks of phone calls, texts, worry and lost sleep. I raced straight down to see her. An appointment with the vet the following morning, a long discussion about the awful consequences of trying to save her, and the thought of all the pain that trying to might visit on her, I had to make the heartbreaking decision to let her go. Out on the grass, with the sun on her back, we (Lesley, Mel and I) said our sad goodbyes as she quietly drifted away from us. The white feathers I continue to find almost daily tell me she is close by. She really was one of the sweetest dogs I have ever bred and owned and she deserved such a better ending than this. She is sorely missed at Carolake, not only as an excellent picking up dog, nursemaid to every litter of puppies bred here, but also as our "bedroom dog", lying in wait to trip you up in the middle of the night should you choose to walk across the bedroom! RIP little Puzzle.

At the end of November 2016 Tumble shocked us by having four siezures in a month. Put onto epilepsy medication her condition failed to improve, although there was slight hope when she was clear of siezures for 14 days. After a cluster of fits over the weekend and time spent in the hospital she was taken for an MRI scan on the 16th January 2017. The scan clearly showed a glioma tumour from which she could not recover. We made the sad decision to let her continue to sleep - at only just 7 years of age this is a terrible blow for us.

Carolake Golden Retrievers 2017

My first dog was Cali, an English Setter. Although she had the sweetest temperament, she wasn't the brightest card in the pack.

I was given my first Golden Retriever, Brackengold Ghillie, by someone who couldn't cope with him continually picking up the childrens' toys! He just loved retrieving and I loved his willingness to please. We sadly lost him at only 3 years old, but now I was hooked on Goldens.

When I lost Cali at 11 years old, I contacted Rex and Sybil Coward and before too long Brackengold Tasmin came to join us. Tiffany was the most biddable dog imaginable, she was never any trouble and she gave us three lovely litters. I showed one of her daughters, Carolake Jemima, but she really hated being in the ring and so the two Cattrysse puppies joined us as our first official show dogs.

In June 2000 I booked a Stanroph puppy and after a wait of seven months I finally took a call from Anne Woodcock to say that a litter had been born and there was a puppy bitch available for me and so in 2001 Nina joined us. She has turned out to be the most beautiful bitch and I had some memorable moments in the ring with her. Her daughters Fancy, Heidi and Demi, and grand-daughter Bliss, have all gained their Stud Book Numbers and they have followed in their dam's footsteps with some equally impressive wins in the show ring.

As well as enjoying my showing, I decided to have a go at Working Tests. My first season picking up in was in 2002/03, and in January 2003 Nina gained her Show Gundog Working Certificate. Since then Fancy has gained both her Show Gundog Working Certificate and the Working Gundog Certificate in its original form - first on dummies and then on live game. Over time Puzzle and Tumble have also joined the picking up team. Tumble achieved her Show Gundog Working Certificate together with a place in the cards at her first Working Test.

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