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Has anyone had any dealings with Shilo Goldens in Pomeroy, OH? I'm interested in an upcoming litter and interested to know anyone's thoughts about the breeder. Thanks in advance! :)
 

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I know Jennifer and her dogs very well - I have 3 of them in my house right now! :) I have a 14.5 year old, a 6 year old, and a 2 year old from her breeding.

Personally, I think Jennifer is one of the best breeders out there (but I'm a tad biased) ;) She is a member of the GRCA, does all of the recommended testing, and keeps tabs on what she is producing. When a problem has shown up in her line, I've never seen her shy away from talking about it or trying to hide that it's there. She's very open and honest about her dogs and not afraid to tell you what problems she has seen crop up.

I do have more to say about Jennifer but I need to go to work -will come back later and continue...
 

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I don't know anything about the breeder but I like her website. The upcoming litter if it is the one you are thinking about looks fine on a cursory glance. I like she has two prices pet home and show home.

The best thing you could do is contact her, talk to her and get a gut feeling. I started talking to my breeder months before the momma came into heat. I still talk with her regularly. She sent me and the person who got the male from the litter (only 2 pups that time) a really nice email for our pups first birthdays. She thanked us for giving the pups a great home.

Look at her contract, and fill out the puppy questionaire. You can always back out until you make a deposit. So you want to be sure when you do that. Usually if you walk away the breeder keeps the deposit, but not always, some will give you the money back depending on your reason.
 
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Jennifer is very very knowledgeable!!! I would get a pup from her in a heartbeat!
 
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I wanted to share one other story that illustrates how important the health of Golden Retrievers is to Jennifer. This is a letter that Dr. Wendy Townsend has sent out. It can be a difficult read, please be warned:

A critical current need for the research to find the gene causing Golden retriever pigmentary uveitis is DNA from older dogs that are unaffected with the condition. The best way to be sure the individual is not affected with pigmentary uveitis is to have histopathologic (microscopic) examination performed of the eyes. Therefore I have a request for owners of older Golden retrievers (12 years or older), especially those who have sent blood samples either to me (Dr. Townsend) or who have DNA on file in the CHIC DNA database. When your beloved Golden passes away, could you please consider having your veterinarian send me the eyes for histologic examination? I know what a difficult request I am making. I know that is such a difficult time. However it would be such a tremendous benefit. We have to be absolutely sure that the Goldens we think are clear of pigmentary uveitis are clear as we start screening genes. Otherwise if we have the status listed incorrectly it will greatly muddy the waters and make finding the gene nearly impossible.
Jennifer owned a sister to the 14.5 year old that I have here right now. Casino passed away suddenly last month of heart failure and even in her sorrow, Jennifer made the extremely difficult decision to donate Casino's eyes to Dr. Townsend's research. She has asked me to consider doing the same with my girl. I am trying to figure out how to approach my vet with this request.

That is the extent of Jennifer's dedication to the health and well-being of this breed. It makes me so proud to own several of her dogs :)

If anyone is interested in having the letter in full, let me know and I'll attach a copy here.
 
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