Spirit is a handsome, balanced dog - mentally and physically.  He earned his bench championship at 20 months of age with three majors - including 2 Specialty Winners Dog awards - expertly handled by Kelly Shuffelbottom.  In February 2008 he was awarded Gun Dog Group Winner at the New England Sporting Dog Assocation show in Fitchburg, MA.  He won over an entry of 40 other dogs, including 20 bench champions.

Spirit earned his first MH leg in October 2007 at just over three years of age.   

Spirit earned his WC at 7 months , his JH at 12 months and his SH and WCX at 26 months of age.  All owner trained and handled.  Spirit is our first advanced titled field dog and it has been a journey into uncharted waters.  We have had much help and support from friends along way.

Spirit is a loving, easy-going guy who enjoys being a show dog and a hunting companion.  He has an outgoing personality but is not over active.  He possesses excellent Golden temperment.  Spirit is a very handsome dog with correct proportions and beautiful movement - in the ring and especially in the field.  He is a very solidly built dog who carried good muscle mass and stays in condition easily.  He is 23 1/2 inches and weighs 73 pounds.  His coat is correct and very straight.  Spirit is a wash and wear dog for all seasons.  His head peice is gorgeous.

His pedigree and clearances are available on  Spirit is available for approved breedings only.  Please contact us at or 603-219-0438 for information. 
His sire is Ch. Snowshoe's Girl Crazy UD, MH and his mom is Valleygold's Magic of Autumn.  Spirit was bred by Betty Whaley and Fran Smith.  He is co-owned/trained/ field handled and occassioanlly show handled by Laura.

Spirit is siring wonderful puppies and large litters- some of whom can be seen in the breed ring, obedience ring and the field.  Thank you to all the wonderful breeders who have included Spirit in their programs.  Check out his kids on their own page.

2008 GOLDEN NATIONAL UPDATE:  Spirit had a wonderful time with Team Shuffelbottom - making it through two cuts in the BOB class.  He looked great - thank you Kelly.  Find out how much Spirit has to brag about - check out Kamikaze's page.
Spirit goes BOB
Senior Test - South Jersey September 2006
Spirit at 2007 Westminter Kennel Club Show
Spirit and Kelly made the cut at Westminster.  It was awesome to watch the two of them have such a good time in the ring - no pressure -  just a Happy Dog.  Thank you Kelly. 
Spirit and Kelly 2007 Westminter
Winners Dog at Potomac 2006
Look at those muscles - 13 months old
BOW from the 6-9 class - 2nd show
Looking Out at his first SH test June 2006