My love of golden retrievers began with the arrival of JD (Jeddah) in 2004. It was instant love and he will always be my special boy. Unfortunately we lost Jeddah suddenly in 2010, a devastating loss to our family and his playmate Abby who had joined us in 2006. We were lucky enough to get Charlie in early 2011 and as well as being a loved pet, he was my introduction to the world of dog showing. Who knew there was a neuter class! Charlie’s first show was the GRCWA Championship Show in 2014 at the age of 3 1/2 and since then he has gained his title and is now officially Neuter Ch. Ambermist Rag Trade. This has now led us to our gorgeous 8 month old Conarhu African Princess, aka Kenya, who made her show debut at the age of 16 weeks. Despite the show ‘careers’ of my latest two dogs all my dogs are first and foremost loved family pets who live a very spoilt life. I decided to join the GRCWA when I got Charlie because I felt I should support the club that was formed to promote our gorgeous breed. I became secretary at the November 2014 AGM and really love being involved with the club. I have certainly received more from the club than I have given, especially with the friends I have made and the knowledge I have gained.