I apologize for bringing back up a "dead" thread from a year ago, but wanted to speak of our experience with Goldens and Such.
My wife and I have been searching for a new companion without setting our minds on a specific breed. We've looked at everything from pitbulls to rottweilers, and from dalmatians to collies. We stumbled upon Goldens and Such by random chance while surfing through the local newspapers, Craigslist, and PetFinder.
When my wife mentioned Goldens and Such, I looked at their website and was hesitant because they didn't have a lot of information posted. My wife called and spoke to Paige (I'm assuming their daughter), and they seemed very pleasant. She asked them some questions (parents health, temperament, hereditary issues, etc) and wrote it all down for me.
This morning I called them at 8:15 and spoke with Brian, and asked the same questions. The answers were consistent, and we were confident in making the 2.5 hour trip to go check them out. Both Brian and his wife (assuming here... but I believe they are a married family...) were incredibly polite on the phone, and didn't try to encourage us to just "come buy a puppy".
We had no problem finding the place, and were met by a Saint Bernard at the doorway to their kennel. Both of their kennels appear to be new structures with semi-finished interiors. All of their dogs are incredibly well mannered, including the big Saint. It was very obvious that their puppies are well cared for - large food stores, extra bedding (pallet loads of shaving and misc. bedding), and a well organized area with minimal hazards for the dogs.
Brian gave us space with the puppies, and allowed us to handle them and play with them after showing us around a bit. Of the six puppies they had, four were very playful, and two were slightly more relaxed and just watched from afar. We took some time to let them acclimate to two new people checking them out, and eventually we had all six playing at our feet.
We were walked through where the mothers have their puppies, and the individual kennels where they stay with their pups. Each one was probably in the area of 8x10, and was filled with fresh clean bedding. There were no dirty kennels, whether occupied or empty. The mothers, upon seeing us walk through came to check us out and all greeted us with wagging tails and wanted a few pats behind the ears. We were equally impressed to see that all the food containers were clean and didn't appear to have stagnant water or anything "questionable".
I have no idea about the heredity and family history of their dogs, except for what I've seen here. We searched online through Google and other search engines, and there was little to see. There's not much out there about them - so if that concerns you, then maybe they aren't the right breeder for your particular situation.
Overall, Brian and Anne were incredibly polite and respectful. They weren't pushy about us taking home a puppy, or even committing to purchase one. We were relaxed and took our time while we were there.
None of the puppies they have are registered, and that didn't concern us. My family has never had "registered" or "pure breed" dogs for as long as I can remember with the exception of my grandparents who have a pair of registered Collies. I didn't see any limping or lameness in the hips of the females that were there; but with that said I didn't see the father either.
I can't vouch for any of their dogs long term, but from what we've seen from our little girl so far as that she's going to be a wonderful addition to the family.