The Heart Litter

7 pups, 5 females and 2 males, born March 22, 2012



OFA Excellent hips; Normal elbows, eyes (May 2011),thyroid and heart; prcd-PRA normal/clear




OFA Good hips with 90th percentile PennHIP scores; Normal elbows, eyes, heart; prcd-PRA clear

We have FINALLY settled on the sire for eight-year old Chex’s last breeding. He is Striker, Ann Strathern’s 2-year old Qualified All-Age dog. We met Striker at a MD field trial and truly enjoyed watching him run and then getting to spend time with him. He is a confident, outgoing young male who is quite the schmooze. He is a hard-driving dog but is also a team player, the perfect balance in our opinion.

This boy is also very handsome. He is dark red, similar to his father, with a small amount of white on his chest and excellent length, texture and thickness of coat. He is a large dog by field standards, with excellent substance and bone. He has a handsome head with excellent pigment, a strong muzzle and good breadth of skull. He has full dentition though his bite is between scissor and level. Striker is beautifully balanced with excellent angulation front and rear. He has a strong, level topline with a correct tailset and carriage. He moves beautifully with athleticism and grace. Striker is OFA Excellent with normal elbows, heart, eyes and thyroid. He is prcd-PRA clear.

Chex is an 8-year old bitch that has excelled in agility and hunt tests. She became a Master Agility Champion last year and earned her Companion Dog title her first weekend out in obedience. She has her Senior Hunter title and is training for Master. She is extremely birdy, has an excellent nose and good marking ability. Chex is a strong team player that works well with her handler.

Chex is beautifully built girl with flawless movement. She is perfectly balanced front to rear with a strong, athletic topline and correct tail carriage. moving cleanly coming and going. She has a lovely topline, correct tailset and tail carriage. She has a lovely, intelligent expression with a dark eye, full dentition and a scissors bite. Her coat is blonde, thick with a wave throughout and dries quickly. She easily passed the GRCA’s Certificate of Conformation Assessment on her first attempt.

Chex has PennHIP scores of .30/.30 (meaning her hips are better than 90% of the Golden Retrievers tested ), OFA Good hips, normal elbows, heart and eyes. Since Pigmentary Uveitis has become a significant problem for the breed, to get the best possible information available for breeding decisions, in addition to her 2011 CERF, Chex had her eyes ultrasounded by Dr. John Sapienza and shows no sign of cilliary body cysts. She does not carry either gene for prcd-PRA. Chex is a healthy dog who has no skin allergies, and has not had any ear infections or hot spots.

Chex is the only puppy from our combination of Glenda Manucy’s wonderful Gunner, HRCH Morninglo’s Top Gun CDX RN MH NA WCX OS and our GRCA Outstanding Dam Cricket, Gaylan’s First Sgt Cricket JH WCX OD. She became a GRCA Outstanding Dam from her first litter before they turned three years of age. Her titled offspring are:

  • MACH2 Gaylan’s Jamaican Me Crazy JH VC ADHF CCA AD
  • MACH2 Gaylan’s Rainbow Promise Parfait
  • Gaylan’s Roddenberry A La Mode SH WCX CCA
  • MACH Gaylan’s Peaches ‘n Cream XF AD
  • Gaylan’s Caramel Sundae MX MXJ OF NAC
  • U-CDX Gaylan’s P’Nut Butter Cup Sundae CDX TD SH WCX VC CCA CGC
  • HRCH UH Gaylan’s Safari Traxx SH AX MXJ XF WCX VC CCA
  • Gaylan’s Triple Talent JH AX AXJ WCX VC CCA

In this combination of Chex and Striker, we expect pups similar to our Ice Cream litter–fast, focused working dogs with the ability to excel in any performance game. Most will be able to compete at high levels in multiple venues: field trials, hunt tests, agility, obedience, rally or tracking. They will be well built, handsome, stable dogs that will be great team players. There is a risk of pigmentary uveitis in the pups so buyers should be prepared to have their dog’s eyes examined annually for their lifetime.

This litter will be raised nearby with Chex’s owners, Marcy and Jim Burke, using our puppy raising system and brought to Gaylan’s at 6.5 weeks for socialization, development and assessment. They will be placed here at Gaylan’s at 8.5 weeks.

Gaylan’s Heart Litter

Chex whelped her second litter on March 22, 2012. You can see photos and videos of these pups on our blog. The litter theme of this litter, Heart, celebrating the special place Chex holds in Marcy’s life. Their registered names Heart.

Scout” headed to VA with Melissa Landriau to tackle agility and perhaps more.

Kindle” is off to NJ with Phoebe Teramoto, Bette from our Gambling litter, and Diva. Together Kindle and Phoebe are doing agility, field and obedience.


Trek” is a family affair. He and Stephen are hunting and preparing for hunt tests together and Mary is doing agility with Trek.

Keeva” headed off with Joe and Vicki Dury and will split her time between NC and Maine. She and Vicki are doing field work, obedience and agility.


Molly” moved to PA with Alison and Todd Krisak. They are learning obedience and plan to do some agility and more.

Olive” stayed in NY to do agility with Nina Shoulberg and be Mike’s buddy.


Jade” flew west to go to college with Emily in Colorado. They are doing field work, agility and obedience.


Pedigree for Gaylan’s Heart Litter

Happydaugh Strikes Gold *** WCX ()
Qualified All-Age
NDC NMFR RockErin Red River Ruckus *** OS
FFC AFC Glenhaven HTRS MN Baronet MH OS FDHF
FTCH GMHR Cedarpond RockErin Beabhin ***
(2/20/1994-approx 2007 COD: hit by car)
Happydaugh’s Enchanted One MH
(8/21/2002-approx 2011)
AFC AFTCH Rosehill’s Mr Speaker MH OS CCA FDHF
Happydaugh’s Ragin’ Redhead SH, WCX **
MACH Gaylan’s Party of One CD SH WCX OD VCX CCA CGC
HRCH Morninglo’s Top Gun CDX MH NA RN WCX CGC OS (1/6/1995-11/25/2009)
CH Elysian Sky Hi Dubl Exposure UDT MH ** WCX VCX DDHF OS (4/19/1988-1/10/2000)
OTCh Colabaugh’s Morninglo Breeze UDX MH NA WCX CGC OD PAC
Gaylan’s First Sgt Cricket JH WCX OD CGC
CH Ashford’s Saffron O’Reilly UDT JH WCX SDHF OS
Trumpet’s Gaylan’s Butterfly CD JH AX AXJ WCX VC CCA OD

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