Hi, I just joined the forum because my family and I have recently started getting somewhat serious about getting a golden puppy. Our beloved golden girl Carmella died this summer from what the vet suspected was lymphoma (she was almost 15 though, so she had a good run), and we're just really missing having her around. The house seems so empty!
Anyways, I have all of her information we got from her breeder when she was a pup. Her breeder apparently was Indian Knoll Kennel, which used to be in Flossmoor, IL, but seems to now be located in Monee, IL.
I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with them at all. Do you know of other breeders in IL that you would recommend?
Oh gee, what a surprise that one of Indian Knolls' dogs died of cancer - (sarcasm intended)....I am so sorry for the loss of Carmella....
I hope you're ready to hear all about Indian Knolls and my opinion of them....it's not going to be a favorable review......
My parents have purchased three goldens from Alice Landin - my sister purchased a golden puppy from one of the same litters....here's the breakdown of these "great" dogs:
Duncan - first golden bought from Indian Knolls by my parents...he suffered from a chronic ear infection that NEVER cleared up, even with intensive antibiotic treatment...the ear canal was defective....he died at 11 years of age from a tumor on his spleen that ruptured.
Oliver - second golden bought from Indian Knolls by my parents....he also suffers from a chronic ear infection that has never cleared up, even with intensive antibiotic treatment.
Rumsfeld - Oliver's sibling, bought from Indian Knolls by my sister. He suffered from a thyroid condition that required medication and died this past weekend from a tumor that ruptured (sound familiar?)....he was 7 years old.
Spencer - third golden bought from Indian Knolls by my parents....he suffers from seizures.
Okay, so that's 100% with serious medical issues....the purpose of a breeder registered with the AKC is to use superior breeding stock in an effort to eliminate these sorts of problems from the lines. Alice claims her dogs are of superior breeding quality and they are NOT. 4 out of 4 dogs with major issues, two of whom have died from cancer. Now, if 4 of her dogs have had these problems, I shudder to think of how many others have been sold with similiar problems? These are family members, not plate collections. I have been a breeder of bloodhounds and understand fully what the responsibility is for a breeder - I am disgusted that this woman touts Indian Knolls as a reputable breeding facility. I am so disgusted after the death of Rumsfeld this weekend, that I am filing a formal complaint against her and her kennel with the AKC and the American Golden Retriever Club, if she is a member.
DO NOT buy any dog from this woman. Please, save yourself the heartbreak and ginormous expense of owning one of her dogs. I don't post negative comments about people as a general rule, but I am so outraged at the inferior stock she is selling as superior that I cannot sit quietly by and watch anyone else live through this experience.
A local pet store would be just about as reliable as Indian Knolls if you're looking for a breeder. good luck to you in your quest.
Amy Weir - Chicago, IL