About Us

Welcome to Rivereed Goldens located in Millington, Michigan.

We are a small breeder focusing on quality and dedicated to producing healthy, smart and athletic field bred Goldens Retrievers. We love this breed and believe in bettering the breed as well as staying true to the well known and loved Golden Retriever traits. All of our dogs are registered through the American Kennel Club as well as have been health tested through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. As members of The Golden Retriever Club of America, we follow the code of ethics set by GRCA; testing our dogs' hips, elbows, eyes and hearts, as well as running full genetic DNA panels. We are very proud of the genetics and pedigree of our lovely pack!

How we got started..

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to be raised on a farm where I started my 4H career.
I truly had a passion for it.
I spent my mornings and evenings in the barn working and loving livestock. 
 In August of 2015, I graduated from that 4-H career and was anxious to devote my time into something that I would enjoy, as well as something that would fill my competitive edge.
I purchased my first Golden, Reed, in November of 2015. 
Soon after that I was hired into the veterinary medicine field where I could expand my knowledge and turn my focuses to canine health and genetics.

Although I was still spending some time in the barn, Reed was my new focus. Right away I started training his basic obedience and puppy tricks. Soon after that I entered Reed in his first Obedience trial. I was hooked!
A year later, Reed earned a CD obedience title and a JH hunting title.  
There is no other feeling like working together as a team with your dog and accomplishing your goals. 
I had caught the Golden Fever!
From there I really started diving into the pedigres and genetics of Golden Retrievers and came across River's Sire. He was every I wanted in my next dog. So when the breeding of River's litter was announced, I couldn't jump on it fast enough.
 I saved my pennies and purchased River in October of 2018. 
I went on to choosing the name "Rivereed" to continue a nature theme as well as using the names of the two dogs that started this all for me.

I fell head over heals for this breed and made it my goal to raise and produce exceptional working dogs, as well as family pets that have the genetics to back up their solid pedigrees. A good breeder has the important job of keeping the pure bred breeds pure, and that is what we intend to do.

I married my husband Chris, October 23. 2021. He was crazy enough to join me and our five dogs (now six) on this journey, and he has proven himself an important member of our pack. Our dreams and goals for our program are coming together as we work our way towards them. Our life is a little crazy and messy but it is ours and we would love to take you on the journey with us!

Thank you for your interest and support,

Shay

 

 

 

 

Meet Zima
"Uzima Del Camino Duro"

Zima is one of the six canine pack members mentioned above. 
She was eleven months old when she made me her home, coming to me only a month after bringing home River. 

Zima is a very special girl, she was born in Germany and flew to the US when she was a young pup. She had already been training for protection work, or what is called "schutzhund". I continued training with her until March of 2020.

She now lives the luxurious life of being a house dog and part Golden Retriever.