My name is Susanna Lindqvist and I live in Naantali. Naantali is located in Southwest Finland and the biggest town near us is Turku, about 15 km from our home.
When I was nine years old my sisters and me got our first dog. Tove (Young Girl Of Skyeline) was a very alert skyeterrier. She was very stubborn and quite reserved dog and unfortunately got sick and died in 1981. At that time we were living in Helsinki and our neighbours had a lovely golden retriever Viktoria. “Vicky” was born 1978 and soon after we had lost our own dog, she became my best friend. Vicky’s owners were quite busy with the growing family and I was more than happy to take Vicky out for long walks. Later I took her to dog shows and obedience training. Getting to know this wonderful dog was the start of my “dog hobby”.
In 1984 we moved to Lieksa and I had to leave Helsinki and Vicky behind me. My parents, wisely, promised me a dog in compensation for this heartbreaking move. At that time it was very difficult to get golden Retriever puppies in Finland. In Sweden things were better and my first Golden was born there in February 1984. Twinkle Early August “Vanja“ turned out to be a very special dog. Hard headed and clever, she truly was a challenge for a young girl like me. But we certainly did have fun together. We tried obedience; dog shows, working in field, agility etc. Sometimes with success, sometimes without it. Vanja died in 1998, 14 years 8 months old.
In summer 1985 I got the opportunity to spend some weeks in Sweden, in kennel Twinkle, working in the kennels. I learned to know Per and Ta Aschan their family. The next ten years I had the pleasure to spend all my holidays on their beautiful farm as a member of the family. I will always be grateful to Per and Ta for taking me to their home and family and shearing all their knowledge about dogs with me. Lots of hugs and kisses to them 🙂 This friendship gave me even possibility to start my career as a breeder. Spring 1990 Per asked me if I would like to have one of his bitches and try breeding. Why not? So instead of taking a new puppy I went to Sweden and came home with a beautiful mature bitch, Ferryside Fashion for Twinkle. “Gill” was a dream come true. It’s hard to find a sweeter dog. Gill won 4 CC’s and did very well in veteran classes. Most of all, she was excellent mum to her children. Sadly we lost her 1995, 11 years old.
My first litter was born 1992. The father for this W-litter was EUJW-91 Waterloo’s Roll Over Beethoven. Litter G-litter was born 1993 and this time the father was Ch Lovehayne Darter. In both litters there were two CC winners. Unfortunately I had bad luck with the bitches I kept from these litters and my career, as a breeder was on hold for a long time. 1999 I got a healthy, beautiful and nice bitch puppy Karvin Champagne. “Lotta” had 3 litters and proved to be a loving and caring mother for her puppies. Unfortunately that bitchline came to end in 2005. In 2009 I found a very interesting combination in Sweden in Festival’s kennel, Tina Agrell. So I got the swedish blonds Pipsa (2009), Kisu (2010) and Dolly (2011) from the same mother Ch Festival’s Baby. These blonds have won several CC*s and produced some very nice puppies in A- ,B– L– Love and M-litters.
Life with Golden retrievers and breeding them has brought me lots of joy and happiness, but even some sad moments. This hobby has even given me many true friends during these years. Many of the puppy owners hava become close friends during these years.
My goal is to breed nice and healthy Golden Retrievers that are a pleasure to look at and nice to live with.