Little River Rosie

Rosie is one of our exceptionally lovely Golden Retriever moms.  She came to us shy and reticent, but very quickly worked her way up the ranks to “Second in Command”.  She is very ambitious about assisting Lydia, our Standard Poodle,  in her endeavor to run the entire operation efficiently.  Our property is every Golden Retriever’s dream home, as we are riverfront on the Little River, in scenic Floyd County, Virginia.  Each time Rosie accompanied us into the river to play and fetch, she graduated a step further…the first trip, getting in up to her ankles and simply standing. Each playtime, she was more comfortable going in deeper, yet still just watching and learning from the others.  Finally, she followed them to retrieve whatever was tossed, but did not attempt to retrieve the object herself.  At last, one Sunday afternoon, Rosie took charge of the whole show, and has been in charge ever since!  We were happy to see how much our love and attention made a difference in her life and personality.

Good Girl, Rosie!

Rosie is gentle and sweet-natured .  She is very easy to love. What gorgeous  babies she  produces, and what awesome personalities they have!    Her precious puppies from her previous litter were born happy, healthy and strong and we have had only the best of reports concerning them.  They each grew and matured rapidly with beautful dispositions.   With Rosie’s gracious, humble and loyal reputation, and  her “fun to be around” attitude, her babies are  among the finest.

Rosie Enjoys Little River



Sweet Mary-Eight Months Old


Solomon’s Marygold is always, and has always been,  a joy and delight to all who know her!   She came home to her loving and blessed family here on the Little River,  a young puppy from the mountains of Laurel Fork, where she was under the watch-care of a family with three little girls, who were 100% positive that little Mary and her litter-mates were the absolute best things to ever come to that little community.  As a puppy, she would often accompany Tim as he checked on his honeybees, as she had great fun running and exploring the woods, creek, horses in the pasture, chickens, and all manner of exciting “country girl” activities.  Tim would invariably come back, Mary in tow, with some cute or funny tale of her antics during their special time together.

Beautiful Puppy Mary

As often as she is able, Mary gratefully takes a quick dip in the Little River to cool off.  At this writing, Mary has just delivered her first litter of puppies last evening.  She and her babies are well and strong.  However, she has been a little on the warm side in her whelping box in our home.  Today, she asked to go outside and when we let her out the door, she promptly went straight to the river, took a short dip, then came back to the door and scratched to come back inside to her nine children!

Mary Dogpaddles

Mary adores her humans, as well as her canine friends.  As is typical of a Golden, she is loving and kindhearted toward all people.   She always has a ready kiss, a wagging tail and an humble spirit,  and she wins the prize for the most velvety muzzle and the most soulful golden-brown eyes.

Mary Gangbusters