144 Russ Road
RR #1, Grimsby.
1 - 800 - 621-3512
The Kennel is permanently
registered with the Canadian Kennel Club [based on years
of membership & numbers of champions from our own breed stock] and is directed by
the husband and wife team of Rick and Michelle Stopps.
The kennel is physically situated
in the "Golden Horseshoe" area of southern Ontario,
with excellent access to both the Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, and
also the International Airport in Buffalo, New York.
Located on our home farm, our
dogs are exercised daily in our orchards; they
are exposed to cows & calves, horses (& a Shetland Pony) , sheep (+ an Alpaca and llamas),
chickens, turkeys, ducks and barn cats "Tigger", "Shadow" and "Patches"!
Our animals are well socialized,
with visiting families, prospective customers, farm and
kennel help, and of course with ourselves and families including grandchildren !
The love of animals is
an integral part of who we are as people.
B.Sc.Ag., M.Sc., P.Ag. (Ontario) focused
on animal production systems.
Her Master of Science degree majored in animal nutrition, with research in canine nutrition
[The Incidence of Osteochondral Disease in Golden Retriever Puppies Related to Dietary Protein Intake].
She has received research funding from major pet food companies; & is registered as a Professional Agronomist
B.Sc., M.D., FRCS[C], FSOGC was
a zoology & applied mathematics undergraduate;
continuing into an MD program and completed of specialty training in Gynaecology.
He become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons [Canada], The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of
Canada, The American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine, The Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society, and
The American Society for Reproduction in Medicine.
Our interests include the application
of advanced reproductive technologies to canines [Gamete cryobanking,
embryo transplant, intrauterine insemination and reproductive ultrasound use]; we established one of Canada's
first canine sperm banks (The Canadian Canine Cryobank) which was subsequently sold.
Other mutual other interests include Silmaril (Orchards & Sheep) & Quacker Box Farms (Ducks)
Our kennels' mission statement is to produce
healthy, well socialized, well-rounded Golden
Retrievers equally capable of work in the conformation and obedience rings or field.
Of course they are well rounded
as pet and companion animals and sometimes as
special needs animals.
We aim to apply recognized scientific
breeding principles to the improvement of our
chosen and only breed. We consider the tools of advanced reproductive technology, as
offering both a blessing and a curse. These tools must be used prudently in an
established husbandry program.
We have been licensed as an independent
research facility for a number of years, under
provincial legislation supervised by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural
Affairs [OMAFRA]; We have had our own independent 'Animal Care Committee' including
'community' representation. We have only ever done non-invasive nutritional & behavioural
testing on our dogs and the care standards listed below should be seen as minimal
We have been described as -
"As good as any, better than most ...".
We meet or exceed the minimum standards described in the :
Veterinary Medical Association [CVMA] May 2007 ("
Code of Practice for Canadian Kennel Operations")
The Canada Council on Animal Care The Care and Use of Experimental Animals, Vol.1, 2nd Edn.(1993) and
The Canada Council on Animal Care The Care and Use of Experimental Animals, Vol.2, 1st Edn. (1984) Chapter IX ~ DOGS
We attempt to stimulate discussion
towards improved canine care in breeding, including
published articles both in the print media and on the web. These articles have included
general interest articles on Golden Retrievers, and more specific "how to" articles on :
We regularly post & debate referenced monographs on common problems in Golden Retrievers.
ABOUT OUR KENNEL