Gone, But Not Forgotten
WR Can. CH Happy Acres Sir Lance Lote Can/Am CDX WCX MH O/S
Bartley was the first dog Mark ever owned. I knew nothing about health clearances or how to purchase a dog from a good breeder, I only knew what I liked in a look. I was referred to Dan & Shirley Petko of Happy Acres Kennels who, as time went by, became my very good friends. Shirley picked Bart out for me as a pet dog.
At one year of age, we were introduced to WC and Hunt test program. Over the next few years, we both started to learn how to work together. At age 3, Bart finished his show championship, CD and CDX with ease. At age 4, he earned his AKC Master Hunter. At that time there were only 3 or 4 golden retrievers in Canada and the US that had achieved a show championship and master hunter. If I believed what I read in training books and articles I read over the years, most of them would have directed me to not train a dog like this as he was “just a show dog”. He picked up thousands of birds in his lifetime, all over North America – the Atlantic, the Pacific, James Bay. He was the dog who taught me how to train and teach.