Rebecca Creek Retrievers started with a single girl and a Goldendoodle, ready to take over the world. But we settled on starting in Texas.
I (Liza Marie Moon) adopted my first Goldendoodle after suddenly losing my beloved childhood Golden Retriever to multiple types of mystery cancers. She was only 9 years young and seemingly healthy, and then she was gone. We found out the day that she died that she was sick. She showed no other symptoms of being ill until it was too late. I was devastated, and determined not to lose another dog to a slow, silent, mystery disease.
Our family Golden Retrievers were from your typical backyard breeder (or in our case, "garage breeder."). They were AKC Registered and cost us a whopping $300 to purchase. They were sweet, loving, and loyal dogs. They also had extreme behavioral and health issues that we now realize came from several sources: genetics and environment during upbringing.
I love my Golden Retrievers, but I was ready for something different. Something better.
My research led me to a new "breed" of dog that was known for it's health, trainability and intelligence--the Goldendoodle. To tell you the truth, when I first started looking at pictures of Goldendoodles, I thought they were ugly! I'm still not a huge fan of the famous "teddy bear" look of the doodle. But I wanted a better dog. I wanted a smarter, healthier pet that would live longer and be easier to train. I also fell in love with the idea of no more shedding.
So, I adopted my first Goldendoodle (F1b) from a lovely breeder in Oklahoma. I knew right away that Gracie was a special dog. She was incredibly smart in ways I was not used to. Gracie passed her AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy exam at just 12 weeks of age, and she passed her AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) exam at just 8 months of age. My program focused on her bloodlines for many years, but Gracie as well as her bloodline are now retired.
Gracie was born in 2011 and is full of health and vitality, and personality. I have never owned a more healthy senior dog. Gracie has no known health conditions. She has never been hospitalized for sickness or disease. She has always had adequate and appropriate exercise. Gracie has never had to have her teeth cleaned! She is simply incredible. I can't wait to see what Gracie's "Golden Years" have in store for her!
Gracie opened a new chapter for me in dog ownership. I had to have more! I adopted my first Standard Poodle, Jack, and I was simply hooked. I have since focused on improving the quality of breeding dogs in my program by health testing dogs and adding dogs to my program that will help to diversify their genetics.
Through my journey I have learned so much about breeding better dogs. Sure, there are so many environmental factors that contribute to a dog's lifelong health and vitality. However, a healthy dog starts with good genetics (health testing for many generations) and a calculated upbringing (specialized, age-specific socialization and exercise protocol) during the first 8 weeks.
My breeding program is evolving every year. Daily routines are constantly changing for the better, though many things that have proven to be effective over and over again never change. I believe that professionals should never stop learning, and I do my best to stay up to date on new research and trends.
I am so excited that you have stumbled upon my website and can't wait for you to continue browsing and learning more about The Retrievers and our unique breeding program.
I can't wait to meet you!