Malagold Family

2022 Malagold Christmas Photo


The Malagold Family lost their matriarch and guiding light on July 30th, 2021.
An icon and a legend in the world of Golden Retrievers, Connie Gerstner Miller worked to maintain the high standards of the Malagold Golden Retrievers for more than fifty years.
Her dedication to the breed she loved so much led to more than 150 conformation, obedience, and field titled Goldens bred under the Malagold kennel name.
Her daughter, Geri Gerstner Hart, along with family friend Melissa Davis Tripp, will carry the Malagold legacy into the next generation.
Connie will be greatly missed by many, never forgotten and always loved.

The tradition continues...


Our beloved Connnie lives on in our hearts forever.
How better could we honor her memory than by continuing the tradition
of raising the incredible Malagold Golden Retrievers she loved?

Equipped with everything that Connie taught her,
years of her own experience, a solid practice in veterinary medicine,
and an uncanny connection with all animals,
Melissa continues the Malagold legacy with these amazing dogs.
Geri will continue to be involved, providing her priceless knowledge and expertise.


The Malagold Heritage in Pictures!

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Click to see highlights from the
2022 GRCA Central Regional


"Flirting" with the 2021 GRCA National Specialty!!

Connie would have been so proud as Geri and Melissa took to the road to attend the 2021 Golden Retriever National Specialty in Ocala, Florida. It was a bittersweet trip as it was the first GRCA National Geri has ever attended without her beloved Mom, but the Malagold ladies spent the week of October 20th with many Golden Retriever friends and family, with fond and fun remembrances of Connie heard from all!!

Now - on to the show!!

The Malagold Goldens did not disappoint as they participated in the week's events, with Flirt (GCH CH Malagold Southern Belle Of Wing Star) topping the ribbon count. Expertly handled by Geri, Flirt won the Veteran Bitch 8-10 Year Old class out of an entry of fourteen! Flirt and Geri then competed in the Best of Breed class among an entry of over TWO HUNDRED Golden Retrievers!! They were awarded Best Veteran Golden Retriever and a Judge's Award of Merit!! It is an honor to add another Malagold name to this beautiful trophy, as Malagold's own "Stormy: earned the same honor at the 1999 GRCA National Specialty, along with a Judge's Award of Merit. How wonderful that Geri and Flirt could carry on in the winning tradition of Malagold!

Flirt and Geri

The GRCA Best Veteran Trophy awarded to Flirt and Geri

Two of the Malagold Boys, also entered in the Best of Breed class, were in the ribbons as well. Junior (CH. Malagold's American Hero), owned and handled by Bruce and Tara Schultz, and Imo (CH. Toasty's Massimo), handled by Melissa, both earned Judge's Award of Merit rosettes, as well!! There were other Malagold kids that had great showings at the National, too. Take a look at all the details on The Recent Events page!


A Malagold Girl That "Does It All"

Breaking News! Friday successfully passed her New Master Hunter Test!
(July 2022)

This is six year old Friday, Malagold Solitaire 8 Days A Week CDX BN RN TKN WCX CCA,
and her amazing owner Karen deCordova. Together, they have been extremely busy earning many titles in multiple disciplines!!

They have trained and participated in a wide variety of event earning the following titles -

Rally Novice (AKC Rally Trial)
Companion Dog (AKC Obedience Trial)
Companion Dog Excellent (AKC Obedience Trial)
Novice Trick Dog (AKC Trick Dog Certification)
Working Certificate (GRCA Field Trial)
Working Certificate Excellent (GRCA Field Trial)
Certificate of Conformation Achievement (GRCA Certificate Program)

Senior Hunter (AKC Hunting Test)
Master Hunter (AKC Hunting Test)

Karen and Friday successfully earned their CDX title! (07-03-2021)

Congratulations to Karen and Friday on all their amazing achievements!!


Meet Another Malagold Girl "Doing It All"

This is four year old Tahani, Malagold Tahani RN CD JH WC CGC TKN CCA VC TD,
who has earned all these awesome titles with her loving owner, Bonnie Scherer!!

Such amazing achievements for this versatile little lady! Her titles so far include -

Rally Novice (AKC Rally Trial)
Companion Dog (AKC Obedience Trial)
Junior Hunter (AKC Hunting Test)
Working Certificate (GRCA Field Trial)
Canine Good Citizen (AKC Certification)
Novice Trick Dog (AKC Trick Dog Certification)
Certificate of Conformation Achievement (GRCA Certificate Program)
Versatility Certificate (GRCA Versatility Certificate Program)
Tracking Dog (AKC Tracking Test)

Watch the following video of Tahani training in the field -

Tahani and Bonnie have only just begun their incredible journey together!
We are looking forward to seeing where their next adventure takes them!!

Congratulations to this fabulous team!!


Star Rest in Peace, Sweet Snow Star

Our hearts go out to Deb and Bruce, who lost
their beautiful Snow
(Malagold Let It Snow) at
15 1/2 years young, on May 10th, 2022.


You can read more about this amazing girl on her page.


Meet Some of the New Puppy Families At Malagold!

Click here to meet a few of the families that have brought
a Malagold puppy into their hearts and homes!!


Rally 'Round The Malagold Title Holders!!

At Malagold, we are certainly proud of all the titles and honors that have been earned by the many exhibited and working Malagold Golden Retrievers. Make sure to keep up with all the activities on our recent events page!


The Malagold Extended Family!

Share in the photo fun and the family stories!

This is Kleara relaxing at the "Mud Pack Puppy Day Spa" in upstate New York.
Isn't she pretty? She works very hard to keep herself looking this good!

We love to hear from those who have made a Malagold puppy part of their family! And....we are happy to share their stories! Come along on the journeys - past and present - of these dogs and the families that they loved so much. Click here to share in the tales of their love of their canine companions.


Melissa Davis Tripp, DVM
Geri Gerstner Hart
Kalamazoo, MI


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