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I am in southern Ontario and heavily involved and familiar with the reputable breeders here. (I am the VP of the Toronto club!)

I have never heard of the breeder the OP bought their pup from. She is not a member of any of our regional breed clubs, I have never seen her at our clearance clinic, or at a show or hunt test. She is not active and involved with the reputable retriever breeders in our area. That should be a red flag. If someone is breeding Goldens and not active in dog sports or the breed clubs, I would ask why not?

Also, both the GRCC and the GRCGT require a warranty in their COE. It is not something to pay extra for!!
 

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I was doing some research online regarding this breeder, Sandy Lynn, Waterdown, Ontario. Glad I came across this forum. I too have had some lengthy discussions with her and did sense some evasiveness in her responses. One really interesting.....I asked her kennel name and she claimed that she did not have one but rather used her own name. Never even a mention of Felicity's. I met with her and she had all sorts of pictures, etc. of her dogs.....in fact, I met Winslow, Ryley's father. The health issue is something I am not prepared to compromise. I had a feeling something was a bit fishy......definite Red Flags came up. This
breeder does breed Shih Tzu pups also as well as Pugs. Chats and chats about holistic veterinary care. Her strange price scale puzzles me as there seems to be a "bait and switch" style to it and other topics. I am going to walk and leave my small deposit with her. I was supposed to pick up my pup this week. Thanks to all for the posts. Hope Ryley's health continues to be stable and you have many years of joy with him.
 

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Wow, that must be hard leaving a puppy you expected to bring home pretty soon, but you did the right thing, and the right puppy will find you.
 

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I wish I had seen this post before purchasing my puppy from this woman. She is 12 weeks old she seemed okay when we brought her home, but we are now dealing with the diarrhea. She was checked out yesterday by our vet and they said she has no murmur. I felt this woman was reputable by the way she talked about her past her beliefs. She sent me all kinds of pictures of her dogs that she has had? I must have 20 emails she sent me with different dogs their history their ancestry history. She was okay the first day when I text her some questions. As soon as I contacted her when she wouldn't eat I was only asking for suggestions not a refund. My next text won't be so polite I might contact her vet and ask them some questions regarding her breeding and her ethics.
 

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I wish I had seen this post before purchasing my puppy from this woman. She is 12 weeks old she seemed okay when we brought her home, but we are now dealing with the diarrhea. She was checked out yesterday by our vet and they said she has no murmur. I felt this woman was reputable by the way she talked about her past her beliefs. She sent me all kinds of pictures of her dogs that she has had? I must have 20 emails she sent me with different dogs their history their ancestry history. She was okay the first day when I text her some questions. As soon as I contacted her when she wouldn't eat I was only asking for suggestions not a refund. My next text won't be so polite I might contact her vet and ask them some questions regarding her breeding and her ethics.
Talk to your vet about getting your puppy treated for coccidia. Sooner the better. Your vet should have automatically discussed this with you since it is so common.

I have no comment really about the breeder, etc... I haven't really looking further than your post.

With coccidia - it's something which may flare up because of stress or minor digestive issues. People sometimes switch puppies on different foods right away or there's other stuff which occurs which causes stress to the system.
 

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Re Sandy Lynn Golden Breeder 706 Center Road RR2 Hamilton Ontario L8N 2Z7. She is not a good breeder at all I was surprised when I went to her home to buy a Golden Retriever for her price advertised. No breeder bases dogs on price on a non breeding contract. There prices are based on No breeding or breeding. I was shocked at the condition these puppies were kept in. 2 puppies in a small wire kennel. The mother and father kept in the basement. Of which I asked to see and she refused. I really wanted to take all the puppies away from her, she gave me the creeps. To me see is running a puppy mill. I am so sorry your dog was sick when you bought him. A good breeder would have offer to help. I did take the very tiny puppy as I new something was wrong with her. Turns out she had Guardia and was 15 weeks old and looked no more than 8 weeks old. I got her home and took her straight to my vet who said she had a ear infection in both ears, and also that she had Guardia a parasite. She weighed only 19.4 pounds. He ran multiple test on her and her heart thank god is strong and fine. After 300.00 dollars in vet bills she now doing well and gaining weight. Believe me she is worth every penny. I am just so shocked that she is till allowed to breed knowing her track record. I also found out some very interesting info on this breeder all the documents she has on lines of the dogs and photos of awards do come from Felicity's" an American Kennel in California. She got her female from their. She truly has no experience in showing or anything else for that matter. She is not a good qualified breeder. She a good liar. She talk about feeding the dogs well when she was feeding the puppies a cheap food full of filler and very high in sugar. My warning is to everyone stay away from this breeder. I am also upset with our laws in Canada as to who can breed dogs. This woman should never be allowed to breed. My dog was so sacred every time I raised my hand to pat her head. I have to wonder if she was hit. If you like I love to hear and keep in contact as to how Riley is doing.
 

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My Shih Tzu from Sandra Lynn

I purchased my Shih Tzu from Sandra back in March. He was 9 weeks old. His name is Milo. Beautiful personality. I love him very much. When we took Kim to be neutered, the vet did retinue blood work. Discovered that he has a very serious liver problem. It is costing us a lot to see him get well. I have been in touch with Sandra and don't get a good response from her. I now know that I had chosen a poor breeder. She will not hold up to her responsibly.

Milo will have his ultra sound soon which will cost us many dollars. Then following that he will have to have surgery, which is not cheap. I somehow feel she is responsible for this situation. She will not answer my emails. I don't expect she will help in any way. I don't believe she even cares.

You know what, Sandra Lynn, we will get through this and Milo is better off without you. I hope you see this and feel remorse for little Milo and the other puppies you have had that have been sick. I somehow hope you get caught and would be banned from breeding or seeking any kind of animals.
 

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I just came across this lady while searching Kijiji for an older golden that may need rehoming, and also for some research. There appears to be a very large number of “wanted” golden retriever puppies these days, or is it just me?
i tried responding to the ad, no text reply and answering machine is full. Sadly, she will have an overwhelming response and make a fast buck.


i lost my Tucker to hermangiosarcoma in February. I am looking to adopt a retired golden or one that needs a home, or...a new puppy, which I said I wouldn’t do...it is very lonely without him.

I haven’t read the rules in full, but am wondering if this is somewhere I can search
 

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Gosh that ad is a disaster.. which is it, 7 or 13 generations of hips done? And that's as it should be but does this person not know which she has, 7 or 13? And doesn't spell worth a durn, spey instead of spay? Excellents are more like 4.something%, not 3%... and her first litter but 5 generations in the breed? YES. TONS of people looking for dogs right now.. just be careful. You won't find a wonderful puppy on kijiji... wonderful litters are spoken for before they are on the ground most of the time.
 
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I just came across this lady while searching Kijiji for an older golden that may need rehoming, and also for some research. There appears to be a very large number of “wanted” golden retriever puppies these days, or is it just me?
i tried responding to the ad, no text reply and answering machine is full. Sadly, she will have an overwhelming response and make a fast buck.


i lost my Tucker to hermangiosarcoma in February. I am looking to adopt a retired golden or one that needs a home, or...a new puppy, which I said I wouldn’t do...it is very lonely without him.

I haven’t read the rules in full, but am wondering if this is somewhere I can search
Go past the General Forums and get to the Golden Retriever Puppies and Seniors section. The third sub-forum down is Choosing A Golden Retriever Breeder And Puppy. If you post there and give them your location and what you are looking for, hopefully you will get some replies. Good luck in finding your golden.
 
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I just came across this lady while searching Kijiji for an older golden that may need rehoming, and also for some research. There appears to be a very large number of “wanted” golden retriever puppies these days, or is it just me?
i tried responding to the ad, no text reply and answering machine is full. Sadly, she will have an overwhelming response and make a fast buck.


i lost my Tucker to hermangiosarcoma in February. I am looking to adopt a retired golden or one that needs a home, or...a new puppy, which I said I wouldn’t do...it is very lonely without him.

I haven’t read the rules in full, but am wondering if this is somewhere I can search
If you are looking in Southern Ontario, I would recommend Carol Lee at Ambercroft Goldens.
 

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I just came across this lady while searching Kijiji for an older golden that may need rehoming, and also for some research. There appears to be a very large number of “wanted” golden retriever puppies these days, or is it just me?
i tried responding to the ad, no text reply and answering machine is full. Sadly, she will have an overwhelming response and make a fast buck.


i lost my Tucker to hermangiosarcoma in February. I am looking to adopt a retired golden or one that needs a home, or...a new puppy, which I said I wouldn’t do...it is very lonely without him.

I haven’t read the rules in full, but am wondering if this is somewhere I can search
My $0.02...

"Show me", don't "tell me". Give me the registration #s, and I can find all the wonderful information out for myself (although I get that the breeder would want to highlight their dog's qualities).

And, from what I can tell based on my limited participation on these forums, most of the people who would care about all those superlatives are already dialed into the breeder community, and wouldn't need to be told anything more than name (and, maybe, a registration number).

My general rule, as a consumer, is to "be a buyer", don't "get sold". It's too easy to be dazzled by sales pitches. Know what you care about, and what questions you need to ask, and you can cut through the noise and make informed decisions.
 

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I just came across this lady while searching Kijiji for an older golden that may need rehoming, and also for some research. There appears to be a very large number of “wanted” golden retriever puppies these days, or is it just me?
i tried responding to the ad, no text reply and answering machine is full. Sadly, she will have an overwhelming response and make a fast buck.


i lost my Tucker to hermangiosarcoma in February. I am looking to adopt a retired golden or one that needs a home, or...a new puppy, which I said I wouldn’t do...it is very lonely without him.

I haven’t read the rules in full, but am wondering if this is somewhere I can search
you are lucky I too got in touch with her but something was fishy A) her name on the ad is Anne B)she texted me and when I asked where to send a deposit she had no e transfer no way to send $$ but to either drop it to her or mail a cheque or money order trough the bank C) her price was puzzling to me no a fix price but depending on what you are ready to put out D) she overwhelmed me with text at 10:30 at night at least 30 text messages with tons of pictures and a bunch of nonsense plus her texting was erratic could not understand what she meant Once I put her name through a google search it took me to this site and pretty much it seems she is running a puppy mill
 

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Well I could see where she is coming from mainly because you decided not to pay the $200 for the health guarantee if I am understandings right. So since you decided not to purchase the health guarantee it is your responsibility not hers to cover the medical costs. So I dont think there is a legal action you could take but I am not an expert so I couldn't tell you a for sure. But to me if the breeder truly cared about the breed and the puppies she is producing she would maybe cover some of the costs but not all of them since you did decide to not purchase the health guarantee. Thats just my opinion like I said i am no expert so....
@ellablue what make you think she is running a puppy mill?
 

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Well I could see where she is coming from mainly because you decided not to pay the $200 for the health guarantee if I am understandings right. So since you decided not to purchase the health guarantee it is your responsibility not hers to cover the medical costs. So I dont think there is a legal action you could take but I am not an expert so I couldn't tell you a for sure. But to me if the breeder truly cared about the breed and the puppies she is producing she would maybe cover some of the costs but not all of them since you did decide to not purchase the health guarantee. Thats just my opinion like I said i am no expert so....
@ellablue what make you think she is running a puppy mill?
did you read all the posts in here? Here is one that went to her house in 2017
Re Sandy Lynn Golden Breeder 706 Center Road RR2 Hamilton Ontario L8N 2Z7. She is not a good breeder at all I was surprised when I went to her home to buy a Golden Retriever for her price advertised. No breeder bases dogs on price on a non breeding contract. There prices are based on No breeding or breeding. I was shocked at the condition these puppies were kept in. 2 puppies in a small wire kennel. The mother and father kept in the basement. Of which I asked to see and she refused. I really wanted to take all the puppies away from her, she gave me the creeps. To me see is running a puppy mill. I am so sorry your dog was sick when you bought him. A good breeder would have offer to help. I did take the very tiny puppy as I new something was wrong with her. Turns out she had Guardia and was 15 weeks old and looked no more than 8 weeks old. I got her home and took her straight to my vet who said she had a ear infection in both ears, and also that she had Guardia a parasite. She weighed only 19.4 pounds. He ran multiple test on her and her heart thank god is strong and fine. After 300.00 dollars in vet bills she now doing well and gaining weight. Believe me she is worth every penny. I am just so shocked that she is till allowed to breed knowing her track record. I also found out some very interesting info on this breeder all the documents she has on lines of the dogs and photos of awards do come from Felicity's" an American Kennel in California. She got her female from their. She truly has no experience in showing or anything else for that matter. She is not a good qualified breeder. She a good liar. She talk about feeding the dogs well when she was feeding the puppies a cheap food full of filler and very high in sugar. My warning is to everyone stay away from this breeder. I am also upset with our laws in Canada as to who can breed dogs. This woman should never be allowed to breed. My dog was so sacred every time I raised my hand to pat her head. I have to wonder if she was hit. If you like I love to hear and keep in contact as to how Riley is doing.
 

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I dealt with this person and ended up walking away from my deposit after reading this thread and also talking with a reputable breeder that this lady was a con artist . I put down a deposit thinking she was reputable... after that any questions re contract details vist etc were met with I'll tell you next month.. ??
Had a bad feeling and withholding info is never a
Hope someone can be warned from this post. What else can I do to stop someone else from supporting her. ?
 

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We adopted a puppy from a breeder that had a malformed left mitral valve and a hole in his heart. His cardiologist was superb. This was a congenital condition so I notified the breeder. I did not want money, I wanted her to know of the condition as it may (should) influence her program. I was met with hostility and denial. Cooper lived to 11 with outstanding care from several specialists. My fault for choosing the wrong breeder and a mistake I will never make again. I am really sorry about Riley, goldens can teach heartbreaking lessons sometimes.
 

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I purchased my golden from here a while ago; The breeder is definitely a little sketchy. We went to look for a litter and she had a 6 month old there she was looking to sell. She never gave us a set price; she basically told us to make an offer. She then said it was an additional $200 for some kind of certificate that we opted out of. We ended up going for the 6 month old because she was so cute and was already "crate trained/potty trained". When we took her home she was terrified of the crate. It was almost like she was crated up the entire 6 months of her life, and she did not want to be in there ever again. We tried making it a comfortable safe place with treats, toys, bedding and she was still terrifed. We got rid of the crate all together and she was so happy. She also was 100000% not potty trained in the slightest bit haha. I didn't mind training her, but the breeder was not transparent at all. Another thing that was odd is she was very skiddish. If you raised a hand near her, or walked too fast at her she would run fast away or duck like she was scared you'd hit her. I have no idea if she was hit in the past, but it took nearly 4 months to gain her trust that I was just trying to pet her and not hit her. She had very bad separation anxiety as well. She also had blood in her poop when we got her, and an ear infection. I've had her for about a year now and she's the sweetest dog in the world. She's potty trained, she trusts me fully, she constantly wants to be cuddled and loved. I love my baby to death.
 
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