Starz Sky’s the Limit at Ireigold

                     Starz Sky’s the Limit at Ireigold                                                          


                CHWood Duck Heart 2 Heart x Starz Chantelle Irish Coffee


Flight is the newest member of the Ireigold family. Her first great adventure was a jet flight with me from the Pacific Northwest to our home in Maine. Many thanks to breeder/judge Kathy Bourland of Starz Golden Retrievers for entrusting this beautiful, intelligent, biddable, enthusiastic puppy to us. Flight has begun Foundation Training for agility, a sport she has taken to quickly and where she shines.

We are in the process of collecting the health clearances required prior to any breedings and tentatively plan to breed Flight to our Tuukka for a litter in the Fall. Tuukka’s clearances may be found at More information will be available in May.

My Golden Retriever Just Ate My Ballot!!

” Sooo…. just what are you going to do about it?!!”

This is a true story from a dear friend who owns Violet, a littermate to our Freddie, Ravenswind Ireigold Crazy Little Bling Called Love.

“ So we’ve all heard of “the dog ate my homework”… well, my dog  just  ate my ballot! On the table next to the door, all ready to be taken to the drop box, only to find a pile of shredded paper on the floor. Oh no!!!  Luckily I still had the instruction sheet, complete with the phone number”.

Who would have thought?? Voting obstruction by canine!!!  Needless to say our dear friend Violet has wee bit of attitude.


Kodiak, Lucy, Ophelia

I was looking through old photos and found this – Golden Retriever Sisters of Different Fathers. All were sweet, beautiful in their own style, long lived and valued for their love, talents, and varied contributions to our family and community.


Hemangiosarcoma has long been considered one of the two cancers that all too frequently claims the lives of our precious golden retriever friends, both young and old. Below is a summary of research targeted toward remediating this dilemma.

The Shine On Study was conceived at the University of Minnesota Veterinary School to reduce the mortality and the suffering caused by canine hemangiosarcoma. Shine On consisted of three phases. Phase-1 refined a blood test to diagnose hemangiosarcoma. Phase-2 determined the utility of this test to determine if the disease had returned in a dog that was being treated for hemangiosarcoma. Phase-3 established the utility of the test to diagnose hemangiosarcoma in the earliest stages, so intervention would prevent the disease in otherwise healthy dogs. In this case, prevention would be achieved using the drug eBAT to kill the cells that create and maintain the tumor and to make the environment inhospitable to tumor growth.

More information about the Shine On Study, updated results and the drug eBAT may be found at

Irei Tess Lila Lucy Ophelia Moët



Tuukka Excellent Jumpers Run 02/05/2020

Running agility has become a passion – the team aspect of focus and connection with my beautiful, smart, talented and patient golden retrievers of my own breeding, the excitement of success, the critiquing and learning as we both grow separately and together, the pleasure of camaraderie with other like minded handlers. I miss all that so during this pandemic, cope by reliving sterling moments in the competition arena. This video is of Tuukka and I completing a clean run and qualifying score in Excellent/Masters Jumpers with Weaves. He is one qualifying score away from a title. Gooood dog!!

New Golden Oldie Cancer Study

Moët will be participating in this study.

July 1, 2020 – The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study team is looking for golden retrievers over 12 years of age that have never been diagnosed with cancer to participate as control subjects in a cancer research project.
Dr. Erin Hales, postdoctoral fellow with the Study, is studying genetic changes that may contribute to cancer in golden retrievers. Older dogs (older than dogs enrolled in the Study) are needed as controls. These are dogs that have lived well into old age and successfully avoided the cancers that take the lives of so many younger golden retrievers. To fill this need, the Golden Oldies project was born.
To participate, dogs must be purebred golden retrievers, preferably registered with the AKC. Owners will complete a brief survey to sign up and then, if selected, fill out a short questionnaire. Each dog will have a blood sample drawn by their family veterinarian for DNA extraction. This DNA will be compared to DNA from Study dogs diagnosed with cancer to look for differences that could be a clue to why some dogs get cancer and others don’t.
By establishing a control group, Dr. Hales can start analyzing Study cancer samples now, meaning faster results to share with veterinarians, dog owners and researchers.
We’ll be sending out more specific information as soon as we have a target date for project launch. Who knows – maybe your dog could be a Golden Oldie! If you have questions in the meantime, you can reach us at

The Versatile Golden Retriever

Looking for something rewarding to do during the duration of the COVID 19 Pandemic? Consider beginning a training program for you and your Golden Retriever! Goldens are versatile and have potential in a number of performance areas. And connecting with your dog in goal oriented fun activities promote a renewed sense of well being, relaxation, and resilience. Even if you prefer not to compete the benefits of performance training are significant for both golden and owner! Check out the list below for descriptions of AKC activities offered:

What are the available areas of competition for my Golden Retriever?

What are the available areas of competition for my Golden Retriever?

Ireigold Can’t Touch This ( Lucy) having a blast on the agility field. Happy dog!!!


Photo Credit Michael Hassey

At a time when there is so much uncertainty in our lives taking a moment to remember the people, places, experiences that bring us joy can be restorative.

Canine Diarrhea Primer

There Are Four Kinds of Stool:
1.Normal Logs
2.Pudding Diarrhea – soft stools that will mound up
3.Brown Water Diarrhea
4.Brown Water Diarrhea with blood
Parasites and Diarrhea
If a dog gets diarrhea as a result of parasites, the most common causes are Coccidia  or Giardia. Both will cause diarrhea, but each requires different medication. All dogs have some level of Coccidia in their gut. When a dog is stressed (i.e. being shipped, moving into a new environment etc ) the stress can cause the Coccidia to bloom and flair up causing diarrhea. Humans get Giardia when they drink water that has fecal matter in it. Both Coccidia and Giardia need to be diagnosed by a Vet .
Pudding Diarrhea
Pudding diarrhea can be caused from:

  • changing food.
  • over feeding.
  • eating garbage
  • stress
  • exercise and excitement

Adding a little canned pumpkin to the food not only helps firm up stools in dogs but it also helps relieve constipation.  The  homeopathic remedy DiaBac  works for bacterial diarrhea symptoms and  can be used against e-coil, salmonella, diet, water changes, environment change, stress or food allergies.
Brown Water Diarrhea
Brown water diarrhea is a serious situation and is a sign of a sick dog. When a puppy has water diarrhea it can easily become dehydrated, and if the diarrhea does not stop within 24 hours the puppy must see   a vet.
Brown Water Diarrhea with Blood
If you see brown water diarrhea with blood in it, you have a medical emergency. It is beyond the scope of pet owners to deal with blood in diarrhea.