Welcome to GoldenStock Montana
A gathering of Golden Retrievers and their owners to support Montana Precious Gold, Golden Retriever Rescue of Montana.
A gathering of Golden Retrievers and their owners to support Montana Precious Gold, Golden Retriever Rescue of Montana.
Our first Goldenstock !
Helena , Montana
The annual get together of Goldens to support Montana Precious Gold,Golden Retriever Rescue of Montana
An opportunity to meet, share stories, and support our goldens that give so much to us. Join us for a fantastic time!
Be a part of a great community of Golden Retriever owners that truly cares about our companions.
An exciting time for pups and owners alike!
To make sure no Golden Retriever is left behind. To meet other Golden parents that are as enthusiastic about Goldens. To support Montana Precious Gold, Golden Retriever Rescue of Montana.
Day of the event
Free Shuttle 9am to 2:30 pm
1985 Hodgson Road
On the corner of Highway 93 & Hodgson Rd.
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Hungry Horse Volunteer Fire Department is a group of men and women who are dedicated to protecting our lives and property. There is no better honor than to partner with these amazing men, and women.
"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for another... "
It was such a fun event for our pups! Especially with a vintage fire truck joining us ! “Fire and Ice” A tribute to First Responders! 😊🎈
Your support and contributions enable us to meet our goals and fund our mission.🐾
Special thanks to Hungry Horse Volunteer Fire Department! What a great day!🐾
Meet Mighty, now affectionately known as Cooper. He came to us with a birth defect. When he was born part of his right front leg was non-functional. Shortly after birth, he lost that part and ended up with a non-functioning partial limb that limited his activities. After discussing the options for this fearless pup with our veterinarian and orthopedic surgeon, we decided it was best to amputate the limb. He now gets around just like any other puppy, zoomies and all. He is now in his loving home of a previous adopter and is the sweetest, happiest Golden ever! We thank Michelle and her family for giving him a forever home. Welcome home, Cooper!
Cody came into rescue from a breeder/puppy mill when he was 7 weeks old with "Puppy Strangles". His eyes were so bad he was virtually blind and had lumps all over his body. Twelve weeks of strong antibiotics and steroids made him better.
A few months later he was diagnosed with Grade 4 "Luxating Patella" (his knee cap attached to the side of his leg) in both his back legs. Due to his agehe was not able to have surgery until his bones matured and this made him quite crippled. On July 2, 2020 he was able to have his first surgery. The vet said it was much worse than expected. A lot of taking out bone, cutting bone, making a new groove and pinning. Also, muscle and tendons had to be cut and re-attached. He was in pain and needed rehab 4-5 times a day but he was a strong, happy boy. He will never be totally normal but he should not be crippled. He had 6-8 weeks of rehab and then got to do it all over again with his other leg. All in all, he was in therapy and rehab for almost 5 months. His surgeries were worse than expected and cost over $12,000.
Cody will be at GoldenStock. Please come out and see him
In December of 2009 I got a call about 16, 4 month old golden puppies needing help. The woman had three females and one male and the females all gave birth within a few days of each other. She was able to sell nine of the puppies but could not afford to feed the rest. She was feeding them oatmeal because it was cheap and filling. We came to an agreement that I would pay her $250 for each pup. We drove to Miles City to pick them all up in minus 10 degree temps. On New Year’s Day we had a spay/neuter clinic and the pups went to their foster homes. Eventually they were all placed in loving homes. One girl, we almost missed as she was hiding under a chair, had hair full of ice and was shivering cold. We put a red ribbon around her and named her Fenway. So please come out and meet her at Goldenstock, as she found her forever home with us!
Three Dog Ranch offers high quality year round boarding, for your dogs, in the Flathead Valley. We offer many services like doggie day care, boarding, and grooming.
Be prepared. Get Trained. Save Your Pet’s Life.
Pet First Aid and CPR. K9 Wilderness Emergency Care. Great training for your pet!
Saving a Pet’s Life.......One Paw at a Time!
Whitefish and Bigfork Animal Hospitals are both AAHA accredited full service animal hospitals that services all of the Flathead valley. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet. We treat your pet as we would our own.
A Holistic Approach to Healing We offer a wide range of professional veterinary services for your pet's needs. Flathead Veterinary Wellness and rehab practices a combination of alternative and holistic medicine with conventional therapies. Our approach is to understand everything we can about your pet from their physical, mental, and environmental health to their nutrition, physical activity, social life and history. Our goal is building their body’s natural immune system whenever possible, also to avoid additional stress on you.
Kalispell's BEST source for high-quality, wholistic pet foods, supplements & awesome gear for the conscientious pet owner. We also have a full-service Grooming Department [by appointment] and a D.I.Y. [do it yourself] dog wash available! Home of the most amazing staff ever !
Expressionist, and a Colorist. Her paintings come from her heart. They are a contemporary expression of her subject matter, both through her choices of vibrant color, and even the use of very little color, yet more gestural lines, and the textures and marks that she makes. "I have always drawn my inspiration from the incredible views, skies, colors and landscapes of the West. My passion for horses, and my love for the animals and wildlife that make Montana and the West their home, are truly my inspirations, and what I feel compelled to paint.
Explore your dogs full potential! Any training should be fun and effective. We utilize different force free reward based training techniques exploring what works best for you and your dog. Whether you decide to do Private Training or one of our classes- which are held in different locations including Whitefish, Kalispell and Columbia Falls we are here to hekp
Come and join us on your dog training journey. We work together with you and your dog to create a strong bond. We believe that we have a unique approach to dog training that focuses not just on physical training but also includes mental enrichment skills such as scent work!
Mike Anderson at National Parks Realty & Forbes Global Properties offers the very best insight on Northwest Montana homes, land, and lakefront properties in the Flathead Valley.
We are the leading producer of the highest quality Certified Organic functional mushroom powders that support immune health, sports performance and recovery for horses, pets and people. Our dedicated team works relentlessly and passionately to bring the transforming benefits of our Organic Mushroom Powders to animals and their people around the world.
Dr. Moseley and her staff make a commitment to our patients to provide the highest quality of endodontic care and service. Our friendly staff is an extraordinary team that is compassionate and loving. We realize each patient is a unique individual and ensure that each patient’s care is tailored with that understanding in mind. Our practice is people oriented, incorporating experience, diversity, and knowledge. We are not a high patient volume practice. We see one patient at a time to ensure you have our undivided attention and to make sure your needs are met. We strive to provide cutting edge endodontic care in a safe, friendly, and comforting environment.
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🐾Marcy and Adam Kreoger🐾
Aunt & Uncle of Penny,Comet, and Otis
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Hi! I'm Morgan Evans, owner and trainer at Wild Trail Dog Training.
As a little girl, I had a love for dogs and enjoyed helping train our family pets. My very first personal dog, Romeo, has been my sidekick since 2009. Through training him, my passion for working with dogs really grew. When the opportunity presented itself to become Yard Manager of Pawsitively Perfect, I was super excited to be able to work with dogs every single day!
After working with the daycare pups for a year, I realized training dogs was where my heart was truly at. I enrolled in the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy and with a lot of hard work and an amazing mentor, I became a Master Certified Dog Trainer in May of 2020. I also have certifications for AKC STAR puppy and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, AKC Trick Dog Evaluator and AKC Fit Dog Level 1 instructor.
My awesome husband, fabulous daughter, sweet son and I have lived in the Flathead Valley for over seven years and share our home with four amazing dogs, Romeo, Kylo, Scout and Revan. We also have the pleasure of bonding with many other dogs within our immediate family as well as through pet sitting.
Helping others build a bond and have fun with their pups is the end goal in all of my trainings. Whether you are struggling or just want to start out on the right foot with your new dog, I work with you and your dog to establish structure and shape behaviors so you both can have confidence and trust. I look forward to meeting you and your furry family member!
“Nothing helps more after the loss of a loving companion than a thoughtful and beautiful creation to wear from Over the Rainbow Memorials.”
If you’re reading this, chances are you have a pet. Chances are you’ve had many pets over the course of your life, from the family dog that came before you were born, to the latest cat in your household. It also means you’ve probably experienced the loss of a pet, and the grief that comes with that loss.
Equally as important is letting yourself grieve by setting aside a time or place just for that purpose. Maybe you take a long walk where you and your pet loved to go; perhaps you meditate and reflect on and embrace happy memories. Animal loving friends will listen and lend a shoulder to cry on -- they’ve been there. They understand.
Military veteran Stephen Kina’s passion for barbeque took him from accountant to pitmaster faster than you can say pulled pork…
406 BBQ is a family-owned and operated business in the Flathead Valley serving southern-inspired barbeque. Pitmaster Stephen Kina is passionate about bringing the highest-quality food to the valley. From his mouth watering brisket to one-of-a-kind gator sandwiches, anyone who’s had a bite of 406 can tell you it’s the best around.
Since starting the business in 2021, 406 BBQ has garnered a loyal following of BBQ fans from all over Montana. We have been featured in the Flathead Beacon and the Daily Interlake and have amassed a 5-star rating on Facebook, Google, and Yelp.
Welcome to the world of Energy healing for you and your pet. If you are a person with a pet, knowing some of these tips can be incredibly helpful in creating a magnetic bond between the two of you and it may even have you connect more closely with totem animals in and around you. Touching our animals in a gentle, heart loving way, is a great way of offering healing to them and it can be beneficial to yourself. Science has shown us the health benefits of touching animals by reducing stress, easing blood pressure and offering a sense of calmness. Doing bodywork, or receiving bodywork, brings relaxation, increases circulation and oxygen in the blood, which can help with chronic pain, and can also be a great preventative technique.
It all began with an idea. Just a mom and her daughter who wanted to do something together and bring joy to everyone’s dogs, including their own. Morgan and Jennifer came together and created the Puppable Experience so they could share their ideas and creations with everyone and have fun in the process. They hope that with each purchase, your dog’s life gets a little better and they can feel the love you have for them because you chose something handmade. And have fun in the process. They hope that with each purchase, your dog’s life gets a little better and they can feel the love you have for them because you chose something handmade.
Hi! Welcome to Montana Mutt,LLC
I started baking dog treats in December 2018 when I realized that there was a lack of dog booths at local holiday bazaars. I thought it would be fun to fill that niche. After all, we had just filled our own sweet boy's stocking, but there was nothing local to find.
Very shortly thereafter, Montana Mutt was born, and we found ourselves in a few stores within a few short months. That was in 2019. Today, Montana Mutt and Ruff Range Dog Treats can be found in over 20 retail location over five states!
Shut the front door!!!
We make everything right here in our own kitchen, by hand. My priority for all products is to keep them natural, clean, and include only simple, healthy ingredients. I buy organic when I can, and we use local products as well.
All natural dog treats. No preservatives. Non GMO.
Sometimes mis-shapen. Definitely mis-shapen.
Whitefish Outfitters & Tours is the premiere tour and guide company of Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley. We specialize in private tours in and around Glacier National Park.
Looking for something a bit different or need help planning a trip to Whitefish? No problem. Give us a call and we'll make your Montana vacation a once-in-a-lifetime experience. something interesting about your business here.
Meet Mariah ! Our fantastic honorary groomer, Mariah Masson not only has more than 10 years’ of grooming experience, but has studied extensively in dog behavior, as well as dog nutrition. It is always our goal to ensure our customers and their pets leave happy. A Golden two paws up!
Call or Text 406-314-8295
Providing the food , atmosphere, and fun you expect in Montana!
A from scratch kitchen featuring local Montana ingredients!
A Golden thanks for providing parking , and a great place to visit after Goldenstock!
Outdoor seating is pup approved !
We design a collection of bikes that come standard with quality parts & functionality, allow people to
MOD-ify Their ride to fit their individual needs, and come fully backed by service steeped in southern hospitality.
Lets ride together with the
Mod Squad !
As you can Comet, and Penny give them four paws up!
Hillock Goldens is a small home-based kennel striving to
fulfill our passion for goldens. We have been active in golden retrievers since 1971.
We are committed to producing healthy, sound puppies with true golden temperament. All of our breeding stock is clear of hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cataracts, and heart abnormalities
Hillock Goldens is a small home-based kennel striving to
fulfill our passion for goldens. We have been active in golden retrievers since 1971.
We are committed to producing healthy, sound puppies with true golden temperament. All of our breeding stock is clear of hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cataracts, and heart abnormalities.
Our puppies are sold with a written guarantee against any hereditary problem.
All pet puppies are sold on a Limited Registration.
Hillock is located 50 miles east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the small town of Ligonier.
Dog Tag Buddies partners veterans suffering from hidden injuries (PTSD, TBI, MST) with rescue dogs. Our program gives both the veteran
and the dog a chance to lead a more purposeful, fulfilling life. Services are at no cost to the veteran. “Helping Veterans One Rescue at a Time.”
Our group in Whitefish decided to cheer everyone up with a parade of Golden’s !
We stopped by North Valley Hospital,The Springs retirement village,Whitefish Police, and Fire departments, Whitefish Animal Hospital, and many others that have been there for our community! We gave them many Golden’s Paws up!🐾
“Golden retrievers are not bred to be guard dogs, and considering the size of their hearts and their irrepressible joy in life, they are less likely to bite than to bark, less likely to bark than to lick a hand in greeting. In spite of their size, they think they are lap dogs, and in spite of being dogs, they think they are also human, and nearly every human they meet is judged to have the potential to be a boon companion who might, at many moment, cry,
“Let’s go!” and lead them on a great adventure.”
- Dean Koontz
ORIGIN OF THE YELLOW RETRIEVER
By The Earl of Ilchester (This article was printed in Country Life Magazine (England), July 25, 1952.)
For some years I have been intending to put on paper my recollections of the earliest history of the yellow, wavy-coated retrievers, which have, in recent years, become so numerous and so popular in this country. Up to the end of the last century they were a rarity, and I am probably the only person alive who can remember even the second generation of the yellow breed which belonged to Sir Dudley Courts Marjoribanks, of Guisachan, Inverness-shire. Sir Dudley, who was brother to my grandmother, the Hon. Mrs. John Fox-Strangeways, was born in 1820, was created Baron Tweedmouth in 1881, and died in 1894.
The name yellow retriever was the original name of the breed, but this has been largely superseded in later years by that of golden retriever, one coined by the late Lord Harcourt, after he had bought one or more puppies from a keeper, and after he had been given a number of those dogs which remained in the Guisachan kennels by Lord Tweedmouth, when he sold the property in 1905 or 1906. Lord Harcourt immediately began to exhibit his dogs on the show- bench, and was no doubt in search of a new title in order to form a new class, for neither Tweedmouth nor Ilchester breeds had ever been shown. However, it is fair to add that the Guisachan dogs had generally become darker in colour in the intervening years.
Even at the beginning of this century, there was confusion about the origin of the breed. Black, wavy-coated retrievers, and in certain circles in the south of Scotland, black Labradors, were in great vogue. Indeed, except among member of the Tweedmouth and Ilchester
families and their intimate friends, yellow retrievers were little known. Consequently their subsequent spread to all parts of the country was not easily foreseen.
It is late in the day, therefore, to try to re-assemble facts and search out the truth. But unless I set about it now, it may never be done and the true story will be lost forever.
Fortunately, one unimpeachable source of information is still available. Sir Dudley Marjoribanks kept a studbook from 1835 onwards in which he recorded the name and breeding of his setters, his pointers, his greyhounds and his spaniels. Beagles come into the story in 1838 for a year or two; a retriever,
evidently black, is mentioned in 1842 and not another till 1852.
Irish spaniels are mentioned in 1843; and deerhounds supersede greyhounds for the first time in 1848. In 1854 he bought Guisachan; and thenceforward his kennel records were greatly increased.
Our business, however, is with retrievers. The sources whence they came were carefully set down, but colour was not mentioned. After 1868 the omission scarcely matters, for the names of the dogs give a clue to what we want to know. This book is now in the possession of Lady Pentland, a grand-daughter of Sir Dudley, and a daughter of the late Lord and Lady Aberdeen, and she has most kindly placed at my disposal, with other important and interesting papers connected with the problem. From these I an able to give new facts, which clearly conflict with certain suppositions that have been circulated in recent years, and also to introduce an entirely new line of thought.
One story is that Sir Dudley purchased at Brighton about the year 1868, from a dog trainer in a traveling circus, three yellow dogs. These animals, no doubt sheep dogs, were said to have been brought from the Region of the Caucasus and one of them, specified as Nous, was said to have been taken to Guisachan, and in due course to have become the first of the yellow breed. Everyone, I think, agrees that Nous was yellow, and that he was the first. But the belief that a Russian dog originated the strain is not borne out by dates, for Nous is to be found in the studbook as early as 1865, where he is described as “Lord Chichester’s breed. June, 1864, purchd. At Brighton.” He had no connection at all with any Russian dogs, if indeed they existed, for he had already been at Guisachan for some years.
I must confess that I had never put much faith in “the Russian myth”; but there is one very significant entry in the studbook in 1868 which causes me to waiver. A mysterious dog, “Sancho, April, 1868,” appears at the bottom of the list for that year. No breeding is gotten – very unlike Sir Dudley’s usual entries, which mention and repeat the details year after year. But it does occur to one that this dog might have been one of the Russians (Sancho seems a good circus name!). And might not Sir Dudley, having already a magnificent dog, Nous (i.e., wisdom), in his kennels have decided to try a dog of similar colour from the circus? Sancho, however, was clearly a failure; so much so that Sir Dudley never troubled even to make a note about his origin. He never appears again in the book; and he certainly never had any place at all in the future breeding of yellow retrievers. This suggestion, however, would account for the story, agreed by keepers years later, that a Russian dog did once appear at Guisachan. They talked of the arrival of Nous in 1868; but as he was already there, perhaps Sancho was the dog of which they spoke. So, clearly, Russian dogs can be dismissed from the problem for good and all.
Much of this talk about the Caucasus, however, was revived about 1911 by Colonel the Hon. William le Poer Trench, who owned a number of yellow dogs of Guisachan origin. He claimed that his strain went back to the original Nous breed. And that was quite possible, even probable. But his obsession on the subject of the Russian cross, induced him to journey to the Caucasus. There he was told that the dogs were with the sheep on the high ground at that season of the year. If he would pay the price, one would be found for him. He left his money; but no dog ever appeared!
The studbook gives us plain facts. Nevertheless, a few notes may be desirable to supplement the information given above, and to prove my case, after Sir Dudley Marjoribanks purchase of Guisachan in 1854, he never had more than four retrievers in the kennels until 1866. In 1863, however, Tweed, “Ladykirk breed, 1862,” was given to him by David Robertson, M.P., a relative, who had changed his name in 1834 from Marjoribanks and only reverted to the name when created a Baron in 1873, a week before he died. I shall have more to say about these dogs in due course.
In 1865 Nous appears in the book as having been bought in the previous year. A photograph of him, probably taken in 1872, with a Guisachan keeper, Simon Munro, who died who died the following year, appears in Hutchinson’s Dog Encyclopedia, p. 742, and shows a very definite yellow dog.
Tweed died in 1867, having never apparently been used for the stud and was replaced by Mr. Robertson with Belle, “1863, Ladykirk breed.”
In June, 1868, Nous and Belle produced four yellow puppies, of which Sir Dudley kept two, Cowslip and Primrose. Of the others,
he gave Crocus to his son, Edward Marjoribanks, and Ada to my father. The last named was the first of the Ilchester line, which will be dealt with separately later in the article.
Space will not allow long dissertations on the later development of the yellow retriever breed at Guisachan, but it is necessary to mention a new Tweed, given by My Robertson in 1872, for this dog was put to Cowslip in 1873, and produced Topsey. In 1874, Brass, out of my father’s Ada, arrived, but went to an outkeeper. Jack and Jill, by Sampson, a red setter of Edward Marjoribank’s, appear in 1875. In 1878, Sambo (H. Meux’s) out of Topsey had Zoe, and finally Sweep, “bred by Ilchester.” Crocus was given to Sir Dudley and produced three yellow puppies in 1881 out of Zoe. I have given these names since they will be referred to again when discussing the Ladykirk breed, and also to show that the cross of a black dog with a yellow bitch almost invariably produced yellow puppies. We also found these characteristics most strongly marked in the Ilchester breed. After about 1890, the bloodhound cross was introduced at Guisachan, largely for tracking purposes, and there is a definite mention also, on a loose sheet, of a sandy coloured bloodhound having been used.
As a boy, brought up among my father’s dogs, and when staying at Guisachan in later years, I never remember hearing much of the Russian story. But it does come back to me that water spaniels were mentioned as being connected with Sir Dudley’s yellow retrievers.
As I have shown, the studbook mentions at least three importations of the Ladykirk breed. And they are most important to the theme, for Belle, the mother of the vital litter of yellow puppies, born in 1868, was one of them.
There is no explanation of the Ladykirk Breed in the studbook itself, but closely connected with it is a loose sheet of Guisachan writing paper, which Lady Pentland has also sent me, with jottings in Sir Dudley’s own handwriting, dating from after 1884. This gives an invaluable clue, for it deals with crosses which he had used in his retriever kennel. The first entry runs:
“Cowslip, by Nous, out of Belle
Topsey, out of Cowslip, by Tweed Tweed water spaniels Zoe, out of Topsey, by Sambo”
So Tweed and Belle were Tweed Water Spaniels! But what was that Tweed variety? There even seems great doubt as to what a water spaniel in 1868 looked like. No one seems able to tell me. The Natural History Museum has no record, but Dr. Parker, Keeper of Zoology, has most sent me a quotation from Ash, 1927, Dogs, Their History and Development.
... the English water-spaniel, first depicted by Bewick, a collie-like dog, was probably a cross between the rough waterdog, or poodle, and the springer spaniel or setter.
Between Bewick’s time and that of Toplin, to judge from the illustration in Toplin’s work, the water-spaniel had been so constantly crossed with the springer as to result in a dog of spaniel type, yet retaining the curly coat of the waterdog to some extent.
This certainly suggests a spaniel-like conformation; and some of the earlier yellow dogs had curly coats. The Kennel Club can tell me nothing. Neither can the Askews, owners of the Ladykirk, near Norham, on the Tweed, give me any
Robin, Yellow Retriever, and Wallace, Deerhound. By Van der Weyde, about 1880.
information, although they have made a thorough search among their papers, photographs and pictures, Perhaps some reader could assist.
Having no further reliable information on this subject, I revert to the Ilchester breed. As I have shown, it began in 1868 with Ada,
daughter of Nous and Belle and own-sister to Cowslip and to Edward Marjoribanks’s Crocus. This strain my father proceeded to develop on lines quite different from those employed at Guisachan. From the first he bred from black dogs.
I am able to give two photographs, taken from pictures, of Ada, a charming-tempered bitch, but old and blind as I remember her. One of my earliest recollections was of my father coming into lunch at Melbury, suffering from many wasp stings. Ada had walked into a nest, luckily on the bank of a pond, and my father had thrown her into the water to get rid of her assailants!
Unfortunately no record was kept of how our crosses were arranged. Certainly at first, black wavy-coats were used, and later, black Labradors. Mr. Montague Guest’s Sweep, a smooth-coat, sired more than one litter, and was probably the father of the best of our second generation, Robin, a first class worker, with a beautiful nose and mouth, and a splendid water dog. The picture of him does not do him justice. The deerhound in the picture, which is by Van der Weyde, an early exponent of photography by electric light, also came from Guisachan, one of 12 puppies presented to my mother in 1876. After Robin, retriever names are only in my memory, in no set sequence, until I come to my own dogs. Even the efforts of my sister and others in later years to put the original breeding into pedigree form have been lost.
An out-cross bitch, probably about 1895, was given to my father, I think by Lady Breadalbane. They were small, reddish dogs, mostly good workers. But they were shy breeders, produced few puppies, and the strain died out. So did our own breed in the First World War, when the raising of puppies was said to be detrimental to the interests of the country. How little we then knew! We had crosses with outside strains of yellow Labradors, but never, I think, with Colonel Eustace Radclyffe’s breed at the Hyde, Wareham. They were, I believe a separate breed altogether, said to have been initiated by the late Lord Lonsdale. We never used the bloodhound strain, but about 1900 we certainly had Guisachan crosses which showed that affinity.
To sum up, Nous, Sir Dudley Marjoribanks’s dog, from “Lord Chichester’s breed, Bought 1864,” whatever that was, was the first of the yellow retrievers. No Russian strain ever had a place in the Guisachan pedigrees, though the Ladykirk breed, which was synonymous with Tweed water spaniels, had an all-important influence upon it. The cross of Nous, and Belle, a “Ladykirk” bitch in 1868, produced the first litter of yellow retriever puppies. From these started the separate Tweedmouth-Ilchester breeds of wavy-coated yellow retrievers, carrying on side by side, but with much different planning and many varied ramifications.
Finally, I should like to thank Lady Pentland, without whose loans this article could never have been written. Lady Susan and Mr. J. Askew, of Ladykirk, for their efforts to discover something about Tweed water spaniels, and Dr. Parker, Keeper of Zoology at South Kensington, for his help.