Robin’s love affair with Golden Retrievers began in college, when a favorite professor had a companion Golden Retriever, Tug, who went everywhere with him. To Robin, Tug’s deep golden color, jaunty yet sweet personality, and warm brown eyes embodied everything a dog should be.
Many years later, after Robin and Mike married and had two children, they acquired their first champion pedigree Golden Retriever, Gold-Rush Lady Liberty. Within the next eight years, their Wood Ridge Golden family expanded to include seven other majestic female Goldens. Breeding since 2003, we have been blessed with litters of beautiful puppies and terrific clients.
It truly takes an entire family to care for our dogs, to whelp a litter, and to raise puppies. Robin and Mike share equal duties as dog trainers and walkers, poop scoopers, late night checkers, and drivers to the vet. Our daughter Sarah is our chief puppy wrangler, and she can often be found in the whelping box cuddling and talking to each puppy. Steven, a busy teenager, can be depended upon for support with dog rotations, camera work, and lots of advice.
As Golden Retriever enthusiasts and hobby breeders, we strive to produce a dog that is wonderfully tempered, of sound heath, and of great beauty. We breed dogs with health clearances (hip, elbow, heart, eye), which not only contributes to the overall health of the breed, but also creates the foundation of each puppy’s health. Our dogs are champion pedigree; the multi-generational accomplished pedigree assures us of reaching the goals of excellent temperament, health, and beauty. All of our dogs and puppies are AKC registered. In truth, although we produce a show-quality dog, we are aiming for something more important: the exceptional family pet.
Recently Robin trained one of our retired Goldens (Romy) as a therapy dog. With just a bit of additional training, a dog that is naturally lovely, empathic, patient, and kind, can “officially” offer therapy with her handler. Of course, long before she offered anyone else therapy, Romy offered us that bond, that attention, and that unconditional love. It’s just what Goldens do!
Located in New Egypt, in the heart of central New Jersey, we are blessed to be situated on the edge of many, many acres of the Pine Barrens. In fact, our sloping property sits right on the ridge of the woods, hence our name, Wood Ridge Golden Retrievers. We and our dogs enjoy roaming the woods, swimming in the ponds and lakes, and experiencing the wildlife that passes and flies by. We are equidistant to both New York City and Philadelphia, and are also just 15 minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ.