My name is Risa Conard. I am the third child in a family with 6 children. I got my first Golden when I was 9. I am now 21 years old and have grown up around dogs and puppies. My mother raises English Springer Spaniels and we children have been involved in raising puppies as long as I can remember.
I am now a senior at the University of Kansas. I don't have as much free time now, so my mother has the primary position of taking care of the puppies and answering emails. I do find time to play with the puppies, however! Things I enjoy the most, other than dogs and puppies, are studying foreign languages, traveling abroad, shopping with friends, attending church, babysitting and working for my dad at his law office.
The Story Behind Risa's Goldens
Easter Sunday 1996, my mother and I traveled to a spot on I-70 west of Kansas City where we anxiously awaited our rendezvous with Sharon Rosenkoetter of Hillside Goldens. She was returning from a dog show and agreed to meet us as she passed through Kansas City on her way home. Among the dogs she was carrying in her van was the most adorable puppy I had ever seen. We were so excited to receive such an outstanding show quality puppy which became my "Goldie".
What precipitated my getting a Golden was my experience in 4-H dog obedience class. When I was 7 or 8 yrs. old, I began dog obedience classes. Our Springers were older and set in their ways and didn't seem to enjoy this "new" experience. A number of people in the class had Golden Retrievers and were very enthusiastic about how well their Golden Retrievers took to obedience training. My mother thought that I might enjoy having a Golden to train. After some investigating, we were able to purchase a puppy we named "Goldie" from a well-known show breeder.
My Goldie had several litters of puppies for us. We kept a female from her last litter that I was able to raise from birth. Her name is Risa's Golden Honey, better known as "Honey". She has had several litters of beautiful puppies for us. We now have several new remarkable dogs that are producing beautiful puppies for us. We hope you will contact us for a wonderful addition to your family!