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Old 10-24-2011, 08:53 AM
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My wife and I got a puppy in Feb 2010 from Golden Creek Kennels. The breeder was Susan Harb. We love our girl Sammie but I would never recommend the breeder. Susan never responded to our questions or concerns when our puppy has vision problems. When we asked to speak to others in the litter she refused. When we asked to speak to their DVM she refused. When we picked up our girl there were 7 bitches with litters. That makes for a small puppy mill. Be aware!!!!!!!
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:18 PM
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We purchased a pup from them in 2003, Jake. At around two years old, he was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia. I called Susan, so to let her know about the diagnoses. I called six times and each time it went to voicemail. I kept calling because I wanted to speak to her, not her VM. The sixth phone, I left her a message. In the message, I told her why I was calling. A week past and no return phone call. I called again, leaving a message again. This time, I also emailed her. Again, no response. After numerous messages were left and emails too, I sent her a certified letter. Nothing, zero, no response whatsoever. I was livid.

Luckily, Jake has been fine with his HD. Our vet did say that dogs can lead very normal lives with HD.

I posted this in the Cancer forum, but Jake has just developed two lumps in his throat and one in his armpit. I'm fearing it's Lymphoma. Especially now, since another posters GR(Post #21 Riley), who was purchased from the same breeder, developed Lymphoma. We have an appt with out vet tomorrow. Hoping for a good outcome.

As far as temperament, Jake has been an awesome friend. We could not ask for a better one. That being said;

I'll be another poster to say, DO NOT PURCHASE FROM GOLDEN CREEK KENNELS!!

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Sorry about Jake!

I was so sad to see your post about Jake. I certainly hope the vet appointment went well.

I posted a long time back about our Golden we got from GCK -- after he was diagnosed with HD as well (right at 2 years). The update is that he has since had both hips replaced (THR) -- 2nd was just last Feb. The surgeries have made a world of difference and he can now run and play like a normal dog.

I find it interesting that you notified her about Jake because when I notified her about Ruskin in ~July 2008 I was advised no other claims had ever been made.

In addition to the HD, he developed seizures about a year and a half back.

I will reiterate my previous post -- he is the best dog I could ever imagine. Sweet, laid back, and just a great friend. However -- please do not buy any dogs from this kennel.
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Our Family was fortunate to find Golden Creek. We adopted Dobby who was born on 7/4/2005. As a nurse I was impressed by Susan's attention to health. She certifies her breeding stock each year in Heart, Eyes, and Ortho. Most breeders do not get certs except once in the animalís life time. This attention to health showed me that she was most concerned about breeding happy and HEALTHY boys and girls.
I personally found that Golden Creek was very interested in where there boys and girls went. The puppy contract clearly states that if for any reason you are unable to keep your animal you must contact golden creek. This too me was impressive.
Dobby our lovely boy has been with us for five years. He is the perfect member of our family. He is very gentle and kind to all people and animals. He is curious and very smart.
If I were to consider adding another golden to our family this is the first and only place I would consider going. I have been very pleased with Dobby's health and disposition.
Dobby is a little taller than the standard AKC allows so we would not have been able to show him in a Ring but he gets all kinds of attention anywhere we go. People are all the time commenting on how gorgeous he is. He by the way is always the perfect gentle man.
I noticed that there we some comments about fostering programs from Golden Creek. This didn't concern me too much and we actually considered it for a time before Dobby came to live with us. However, my opinion is that the offer may have been extended so that the Kennel could maintain the genes from a great pool and extend the gene stock so that in breeding and larger genetic pools were available in the future for other owners. There is always a reason that someone may extend the offer for fostering and not all of the reasons are for profit.
With all that being said I realize that it is now 2011 and things may be different but our family has not experienced any health concerns or problems from making this breeder our choice for Dobby.


You must have some financial stake in Golden Creek Kennels.

"Susans attention to health"?

Are you serious?? Have you even read this entire thread? If you believe what that women says, I have a bridge to sell you!


"She certifies her breeding stock each year in Heart, Eyes, and Ortho."

Umm, yeah, she also gives hip clearances. So what? That I know of, four of her goldens(that she sold), developed HD since 2008. Calls and emails to her have gone unanswered. I wonder how many others have developed HD or Lymphoma that we do not know about.

I will be calling and emailing her about my golden developing Lymphoma.

Maybe she will answer all of us when she get served with court papers.

Scruples, she has none.
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Ask Susan how many litters she is breeding with Banks? 4 in the next four months. She just sold 42 puppies for Xmas and is planning to have at least seven new litters in the next 4 months. If that is not a puppy mill via would call her the
Puppy mill madam. Beautiful house in Durham beautiful house at the beach and a boat with at least 3 250hp motors. I would say she is doing well. And to top it off not listed in AKC cause she was banned.

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Unhappy Golden creek kennels. Run away

Don't trust this woman cage has a male named banks that is going to be bred 4 times in the next two months. He just was bred 6 months ago with two litters. She just sold 42 puppies for Xmas and getting ready to mate at least 7 pairs of dogs for more puppies.

If that is not a puppy mill madam I don't know what is. She also live in a mice house built from puppy sales (we figured over 200000 this year). Nice house at the beach and nice boat. 3 250 hp motors.

All for somebody that doesn't return calls. Is
Not honest and not recognized by AKC. No dog is recognized by any gr organization because they have no accredited backgrounds.

She has my deposit and won't give it back. So she is going to hold it and wait for me to get a puppy. Can't get her to giver anything in writing. She is not an honest business person. BEWARE. Check out her background!
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Just read through this whole thread....If a breeder wasn't returning my numerous calls, emails etc and I lived close enough...I think I'd be attending her next open house to talk to her about these issues in person...just sayin'
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I would be filing a complaint with the better business bureau. If she states her dog has clearances and does not that is fraud. Contact your
States Attorney's office.

Until people stop buying dogs from these breeders they will continue to bred.

Good luck in getting your deposit back.
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Often you hear of local kennels getting busted for running puppy Mills. Why has it not happened to this one?? It is so obvious that is what she is running over there. It is so sad that she is allowed to put dogs in the area who are sick! I often have people reference her kennel to me. But I have researched them a few times - stay far away!

We adopted a Golden 2 1/2 years ago that was a breeder dog from somewhere local who - well was past her prime I guess - our vet said she likely had been breed at least 5 times. She was the most beautiful dog i have ever seen and a heart as big as can be. We lost her suddenly in November - unknown tumor on her liver or spleen that burst. Our family was completely heart broken.
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