Movin' into 2016 with a new, young crew! Meet "Grant", struttin' the Malagold stuff!!
Photo Credit: Dale Joachim



More Titles for Tucker and Deb Puza!!

Deb Puza's Tucker (CH Malagold Tucker's Follow'N The Flag CD RE AX AXJ MXP2 MJP NF OFP) has just received his first UKC field title - the SHR - Started Hunting Retriever!! Tucker completed all the qualifications for this new title on August 6th, 2016, and is currently working towards his AKC Junior Hunter (JH) title. With 2 legs already completed, Tucker is well on his way to his second field title!! Watch for more news on this very active and versatile boy!!


A Sad Day for the Malagold Family

CH. Malagold Augusta's Genuine Article UD, MH WCX VCX DDHF
March 30, 2003 - August 16, 2016

"Levi" and Kathryn - High in Trial

We send condolences to Kathryn and David Nornhofen on the loss of their beloved "Levi". Levi was the all around wonderful boy who did it all. Here are a few his highlights:

  • 2004 - Best Puppy Fort Detroit Kennel Club
  • 2004 - March - three point major win, including Best of Opposite award
  • 2004 - April - training for Working Certificate
  • 2004 - September - GRCA National Specialty - earned Working Certificate title; "hammered the marks" with beautiful deliveries to hand
  • 2005 - June - earned Junior Hunter title; completed four for four
  • 2005 - September - completed Senior Hunter title; went four for five with a one whistle water blind on his last test; excellent marking in all tests
  • 2006 - Summer - back in the show ring, earned his remaining single points with Best of Winners and Best of Opposite awards
  • 2006 - August - four point major win, with a Best of Opposite award
  • 2006 - December - a four point major win and another Best of Opposite award to complete his show Championship title
  • 2007 - Summer - working towards his Master Huneter title
  • 2009 - February - earned his CD title with a High In Trial at the International Kennel Club Show Obedience Trial in Chicago, IL
  • 2009 - August - earned his Master Hunter title! Congratulations to Kathryn Newman for this outstanding accomplishment with Levi. This also placed Levi in the GRCA Dual Dog Hall of Fame, which is only given to a dog that has successfull accomplishments in both confrmation and field events.
  • 2009 - September - a Judges Award of Merit honor at the Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty
  • 2011 - October - GRCA National Specialty - Levi wins the Hunting Dog Class and goes on to compete in the Best of Breed Class, earning his second Judges Award of Merit honor!!

Levi did all a dog could do – whether it was flying around the show ring or leaping into the water to retrieve a bird He certainly lived and loved every day. We at Malagold will miss him.


Exciting Expectations For Early Fall!!

Contact Connie directly via telephone (269-375-8846)
for information on the litter listed below.

BISS GCH. Richwood Wing-T Workin' Like A Dog MH WCX DDHF
CH. Malagold's She's A Wild One CD RN AX AXJ CGC TDI

Puppies have arrived!
August 30, 2016
3 Boys and 4 Girls


Another Wish Granted - a New CH at Malagold!!

Malagold's Wish Granted completed his Championship title at the Wheaton Kennel Club show on Sunday, June 12th, 2016, with Connie leading the way! He needed one point to fnish but went Winners Dog on the day for his fifth major win to earn the final points for his title!

To see more show detail, check out the results page!


Rosie Rocks A New 'CH' Title For 2016!!

At the Saginaw Valley Kennel Club show in Birch Run, Michigan, Rosie (Malagolds Tequila Rose) wins her class and goes on to take Winners Bitch for two points, completing her Championship title!! We are so pround of our special young girl!

Click here to see more of what the Malagold Kids have been doing!


A Huge Loss For The Malagold Family

Malagold's Lucky In Love
August 14, 2000 - March 7, 2016

Connie and the Malagold Family mourn the loss of Lovey, the Malagold Family Matriarch. Lovey was just shy of 16 years of age, but no one would have every guessed that correctly. She continued to take long walks in the woods every day and she pretended to chase the squirrels in the yard although it was just for show as she prefered to just lay in the sun - in both the green of the spring and the snow of the winter, always loving the outdoors!

Lovey prefered the comfort of her favorite doggie bed to being a show dog, but that did not stop her kids and grandkids from continuing the winning tradition at Malagold, with many earning their conformation Championships, and continuing on to earn additional titles in obedience, rally and agility.

Lovey will always represent the heart of Malagold...we miss her...


Welcome to the Malagold Family, Jack!

Pystol and the Malagold Family welcome Jack Carson Tripp, born on March 11th to Scott and Melissa Tripp. Watch for Melissa and Jack to be hitting the dog shows together come summer. And not long after that we expect Jack to be leading the Goldens through the weave poles and over the a-frame in agility! We look forward to a wonderful future for Jack!


Starting 2016 in a MAJOR Way!!

Connie and the Malagold kids traveled to northern Illinois for a series of shows the last weekend of January. Grant (Malagold's Wish Granted) was a MAJOR STAR of the weekend earning Winners Dog and Best of Winners for 3-point major wins three days in a row!! What an exciting weekend for Connie and Grant!

At a week shy of his 7th birthday, Deb Puza's Tucker (CH Malagold Tucker's Follow'N The Flag CD RE AX AXJ MXP2 MJP NF OFP) came to visit the Chain O'Lakes Kennel Club and went home with an exciting Breed win and 5 points towards his Grand Championship title!

Take a look at the Recent Events page for more show results and additional photos from the week!


Another Champion Title at Malagold!!

Summer earned her CHAMPION title on October 4th, 2015, at the Stone City Kennel Club show in Morris, Illinois, by going Winners Bitch and Best of Winners for that final point!

Welcome new CH. Malagold's Summer Rain!

For full show results, check out the Recent Events page!


A "Rock and Roll" Evening at the GRF Top 20!

Blake Hart and Geri Gerstner Hart represent the Malagold Team at the Rock and Roll Evening Gala for the Golden Retriever Foundation Top 20 event. With Geri showing Flirt (GCH. CH. Malagold Southern Belle of WingStar) throughout the year, this team ranked among the Top 20 Golden Retrievers for the year and qualified for the Top 20 Competition, held on October 1st, during the week of the 2015 Golden Retriever National Specialty.

Goldens and their "people" really know how to ROCK!!


A "Grand" Finish for Schemer!

Schemer (Malagold Grand Scheme) was in Illinois for a weekend of dog shows, but it took only the first day of showing, and on June 12th, Schemer took Winners Dog for a 4-point major win which earned him his Championship title!!

New CH. Schemer, and his rosette for Winners Dog!

A "GRAND" finish indeed!


Another Title for Tucker!

Although the weather was horrid, around 50 degrees with rain and a lot of mud, the Malagold kids were well represented in the ribbons!

Geri and Flirt, Connie and Summer, Deb Puza with Tucker - fun in the mud!

Tucker (New CH. Malagold Tucker's Followin' The Flag CD, RE, AXJ, NF, AX), owned by Deb Puza and co-owned by Connie, added another title to his name by going Winners Dog at the Fox River Valley Kennel Club show on May 30, 2015, for the final point needed for his CHAMPIONSHIP title!!

Deb Puza with New Champion, Tucker - he cleans up nicely!

For full show results, check out the Recent Events page!


There's a New Champion in the House!

Connie and Geri took a trip up to the Oshkosh Kennel Club show on Saturday, May 16, 2015, and Smoochie (Malagold's Sealed With A Kiss) kept herself in the ribbons, winning the Open Bitch class and earning the final point for her Championship title!

Flirt (GCH. CH. Malagold Southern Belle of WingStar) and Geri worked their magic , winning the Breed and going on to a Sporting Group 3 placement!

Girls rule at Malagold!


A Reserve Best in Show win for Flirt!

The Golden Crew was in Terre Haute, Indiana, for three days of shows, and day one ended with a huge win for GCH. CH. Malagold Southern Belle of WingStar. On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Flirt won Best of Breed and went on to win the Sporting Group, expertly handled by Chris Jones. Flirt and Chris then earned top honors with a Reserve Best In Show win!!

Special "Thank You!" goes out to Chris for handling our "Flirt" so beautifully!

Congratulations to the ladies!

Flirt, with Chris Jones, after winning Reserve Best in Show in Indiana!

The rosettes don't get much prettier than that!



Rally 'Round The Malagold Title Holders!!

"Sunshine" - The First AKC Titled Therapy Dog for Malagold!!
"Stoney" and "Sunshine"
- The Latest Rally Competitors!!
"Hemi" - Now officially fast!
"Winnie" - Adds "excellent" to the TD title!
"Winnie" - is a H.I.T with a score of 199.5/200!

Malagold's Country Sunshine, RAE, ThD added the new AKC Therapy Dog title to her resume in July of 2011. What an honor for the Malagold Family to have Sunshine be the first in the family to have earned such a working title! She is a certified Therapy Dog and along with her owner, Deb Caukin, makes numerous visits to hospitals, retirement establishments and rehabilitation centers just to brighten someone's day. Sunshine and Deb - a very special team and the ThD is a well deserved honor.

Malagold's Country Sunshine, RAE, ThD added the Rally Advanced Excellent title to her name on April 02, 2010, by completing the final leg of an extended series of Rally Trials in both the Rally Advanced and Rally Excellent competitions. Congrats to Deb Caukin and Sunshine!

UKC and AKC CH. Malagold's Stone Sour RE, OA, AXJ, CGC - Stoney has added the Rally Excellent title to his ever increasing list of accomplishments! This is one very busy boy! Congratulations to Stoney and Melissa Davis!

Malagold's Fast Cars 'N Freedom RE, OA, OAJ, NF - Hemi adds the Novice Fast agility title to her resume! What a versatile girl she is! Congratulations to Melissa Davis and her great girl, Hemi.

Malagold's Winter Storm Fairy, TDX added the Excellent to her Tracking Dog title on October 10, 2010, by completing the arduous Tracking Dog Excellent test in Vermont.

Malagold's Winter Storm Fairy, CD,TDX added the Companion Dog title on April 11, 2012 , with two first place and one second place finishes in competition with an average score of 196 out of 200 possible points, with a High In Trial honor included! This was achieved by earning a score of 199.5 points!! Practically perfection! Congratulations to Kathleen Goodman and Winnie!

Check out the accomplishments and photos of the newest title holders on the recent events page!

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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.


Connie Gerstner Miller
Geri Gerstner Hart
8907 W. 'R' Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Klaranne Spearbraker, Kennel Manager
Melissa Davis Tripp, Dog Show and Handling Assistant



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