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My journey began in the winter of 2003 when I got lucky enough to learn about goldendoodles.  At that time, it seemed like all of the most respected breeders were farther than a car trip away. The few exceptions were not going to have puppies available when I wanted one.  So, the only question was “in what direction should I fly?” Lovina Burkhart's name kept appearing on the Goldendoodle website as a wonderful breeder, and it seemed like every dog whose look I loved was from Burkhart Kennels.

So, I took the plunge and called her.  Even though her family is extremely large, and her life is complicated by the lack of some modern conveniences, Lovina always had time to answer my questions and make me feel comfortable with my choice.

Winnie's litter  -   (Blossom & Goldie)

I requested the darkest apricot or red in the litter, because I think they're beautiful. But I also requested a very calm pup.  When the time came for selection, Lovina  suggested that I go with a lighter pup because he was a very calm one. Everyone's advice was to trust a reputable breeder in terms of picking the right puppy for your family.  I'm so glad that we did!  Lovina and her family really knew the puppies from watching them for 7 or 8 weeks.  They were in a much better position to chose that I would have been in a few minutes of observation.  Of course, I now think that Winnie is gorgeous-except after he rolls around in the mud!

Winnie coming home in his bag

Winnie (Winfred=friend of peace in Gaelic) came home to New Jersey on May 22, 2004.  He was eight weeks old. We left the Burkhart's farm at 11:30 AM and went by car to the airport in Toronto. Our plane was delayed, so we spent many hours in the airport with everyone wanting to look at this sweet little puppy.  He was a total angel! In the plane, he was supposed to be in his carrier under my seat, but the flight attendants and the passengers sitting next to me were so nice about him sitting on my lap. He made it to Newark airport and then the half hour ride home totally clean and dry! We got home after 10 PM, so he had held it for almost 11 hours!

Winnie at 11 weeks

Winnie was totally house trained in under two weeks, and has NEVER had an accident in the house since then.  He loves being around people of all ages and he socializes well with other dogs. He loves to run, loves to play, but also loves to nap. He is incredibly affectionate and seems to think of himself as a 65 pound lapdog!

Winnie (10 months) and Evelyn

I'm crazy about this dog and would recommend Burkhart Kennels to anyone.  They gave Winnie a wonderful start on life!

Evelyn Shalom

Winnie at 16 months

Close-up of Winnie at 16 months

Winnie at 17 months with family friend Andy

Winnie at 17 months with family friend David

Winnie at 21 months...