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I spent A LOT of time searching for a special partner for Evie. Many hours of rabbit-holing breeders' websites and scrutinizing pedigrees brought us to Alubyc Up In Lights "Snugs."

Snugs is a 3-year-old from Alubyc kennel in Australia. He lives in Indiana and is part of the InGold Retrievers program. For pictures and more details, visit Snugs's page.

  • He weighs in right at 80 pounds and is 23 ¼" at the withers.

  • He is CLEAR on all his DNA testing.

  • Eyes were recently evaluated in early Aug 2022 and are normal.

  • His heart was evaluated by a cardiologist via auscultation and ECHO at Purdue University Veterinary School.

  • His hips and elbows were evaluated by ANKC (Australia National Kennel Club) according to the BVA (British Veterinary Association) protocol. Each hip joint is given a score, based on 9 different aspects of the joint, from 0-53 and totaled. 0:0 = 0 means two perfect hip joints. A total of 18 seems to be the breed average currently.

    • 3:3  Snug's hip score​

    • 0:0  Snug's elbow score

  • "Snugs was one of the funnest puppies I have ever had. Everything he did was honest, pure, and so gosh darn cute. He lives up to his name. He's a very sweet, quiet boy who loves to be around people...mama's boy and has an even-keeled temperament. He engages in everything we do whether it be throwing a ball, chasing bubbles, swimming, relaxing, etc. He is very well mannered and was very easy to train as a puppy and young dog. He has an eagerness to learn still to this day. He makes beautiful babies. He's a strong boy, lots of girth, soft straight light coat. He is very fit. Very broad, masculine head with perfect ear placement. Snugs used to love the litters until one day he was attacked by a 7-week-old litter that tried to nurse him. Now he sits and observes them from a distance." (owner, Linda Ballheimer) Can't say I blame him at all. lol


When I'm looking at a potential match for my girls, I need to see complete and up-to-date health testing (eyes are supposed to be done every year, plus I like to see an ECHO for the heart clearance) that matches and compliments the girl. Then I would contact the boy's owner to ask questions about day-to-day health and his natural temperament. I ask if he already has puppies on the ground and how they are turning out. Generally, I would ask for more pictures and videos to see his structure. Sometimes I even called other breeders who had used the boy before. Reviewing the stud contract was next, and probably a few more conversations with the owner before settling on one.

I chose Snugs because of his temperament, structure, and health. He matches well with Evie. No dog is perfect, all have weaknesses along with their strengths, and the goal of breeding is for the breeder to get closer and closer to the "perfect" Golden Retriever as outlined in the breed standard.

There are a lot of good boys out there! There should be more though. And more with complete health testing. Discriminating buyers know to look for complete testing.

What should be done?

  • hip and elbow screening (OFA at the minimum or with PennHIP added, or BVA.) Submitted to a public database, generally

  • Advanced Cardiac evaluation by a veterinary cardiologist (Golden Retriever Club of America's Code of Ethics and CHIC requirements for the breed indicate this clearance should be done with a cardiologist, not a specialist or practitioner) I do ECHOs by a cardiologist and that's what I look for in a stud. This is also submitted to a public database.

  • YEARLY eye exams by a veterinary ophthalmologist, also submitted to the public database.

  • Screening for DNA diseases of Goldens:

    • PRA1, PRA2, prcd-pra (three forms of Progressive Retinal Atrophy)​

    • DM (Degenerative Myelopathy)

    • ICT (Ichthyosis Golden Retriever type 1)

    • ICT2 (Ichthyosis Golden Retriever type 2) - this is pretty new and not a lot of breeders are testing it yet

    • NCL (Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis)

  • Look at Evie's profile on to see what testing listed on a public database looks like


Puppies go to their new homes at 8-9 weeks of age. You are encouraged to pick your puppy up in person. If you'd like to fly into Salt Lake City, I have been pleased with Southwest Airlines. They have a generous policy of letting puppies fly coach in a soft carrier with you, and very inexpensive ticket prices, especially their non-refundable tickets! You would purchase a ticket to Salt Lake City for yourself. I will meet you at the airport with your puppy. You then purchase a ticket for your puppy at the ticket counter for approx. $95 and you both fly home. Other airlines offer similar services. Flight Nannies are becoming a popular way to transfer a puppy.


*All delivery costs are in addition to the puppy price. 


The breeder retains the right to hold in reserve a puppy or puppies that exhibit the potential to become a show/breeding dog.



Our puppies:

  • are first and foremost LOVED and CHERISHED

  • live in our family home and are handled from birth

  • are raised with the Puppy Culture protocol (this is important to many of my clients. If it is to you as well, and an early raising protocol should be, and you are researching breeders, please do not just accept "I do Puppy Culture." Be familiar yourself with the protocols (buy the DVDs or streaming and learn for yourself. In addition, many of the Puppy Culture activities go past 8 weeks, so you want to continue them.) Inquire of the breeder about the protocols. You'll be able to soon tell if they are doing more than ENS. I welcome any questions you may have.

  • are weighed regularly to monitor growth

  • are photographed regularly

  • in the early hours of life, consumption of maternal colostrum is of utmost importance. This confers mom's antibodies against disease to the puppies and can only be accomplished in the first 12 hours.

  • Mom's health and emotional well-being, even from before conception, are carefully attended to because she and her health matter greatly to the long-term health of the puppies.

  • are allowed to nurse on demand, not on a schedule

  • weaning means the entire transition from milk to full-time solid food. We know that the puppies' permanent gut microbiome is developed in the first few months of life, so we systematically introduce a variety of raw meats, and probiotic and prebiotic foods over the weeks we have them. Variety is supremely important and can't be delivered with kibble. The puppies are introduced to kibble as well though because monitored variety is so important. All health starts in the gut.

  • are vet cleared before leaving for new homes

  • are AKC registered

  • come with one month of Trupanion health insurance

  • come with a file containing brief life history to date including medical records, articles on puppy care and training, and other misc. items

  • are sent home with a small fleece blanket that smells like mom and littermates, new toys, supplements, and other fun things



Please fill out an Interest Form to be considered as a prospective home. We welcome your questions and inquiries.



We accept a $500 deposit that secures your puppy. The surest way of getting a puppy is being flexible with the gender, but with that being said, should the gender you reserve not be available you are welcome to apply this fee to the next litter or receive a refund. The deposit is non-refundable should you simply change your mind.  As the breeder, we reserve the right to retain any puppy we choose from any litter. We won't decide on or choose our puppy until they are a minimum of 7 weeks old. We will contact you to make arrangements for the deposit. We accept payment through Good Dog for this fee.


Evie x Snugs

planned approximately May 2023


We expect these puppies to have beautiful broad heads with lovely facial expressions, straight to slightly wavy cream coats, and good bone structure. We expect them to be people oriented and easy to live with. 

Reservations are being taken

Please submit an application and schedule a phone conversation, or send a message if you have questions.

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