We finally had the opportunity to meet our future pups breeder – in person – in the flesh!
Before actually meeting Arlene and Kevin, we have had endless communication for months now. So meeting them, hugging them and becoming part of their [Philadelphia] GG family has put the exclamation point at the end of our excitement. [!]
There were 24 dogs. I lost count of the humans. [Arlene probably knows!]
The meeting place was at Lloyd Dog Park in Downingtown. There was water. And where there is water – well – you’ll find a Golden Retriever! Or 24 of them!
In the anticipation of waiting for our pup to enter this world….we had the opportunity to enjoy toddlers and youth in their finest!
There were pre-teens and teens. And then we met Bella, the Matriarch of Golden Glory. Needless to say our day was filled with fun, laughter and fabulous people and their dogs. Maybe I should say fabulous dogs and their people. Arlene and Kevin are like the Dogparent’s of this story – their love for what they do shines through with each kind word to their GG family members, or those who are on their GG waiting list. It goes beyond kind words. It’s genuine friendliness and support. If you’re a newbie to the dog-owning world, or if you have been owned by dogs most of your life….there is still a network of support and guidance. Love. That’s the key here. We may not agree on everything, but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind we are all on the same golden path when it comes to the love of our dogs. Family just doesn’t come through marriage, or birth. It comes with the thread of friendship and trust. I believe the Quinn’s have given us all that thread.
I mentioned this to one of the mother’s in a Chinese adoption group I meet with each month. What connects us as friends and brings strangers together? In this particular group, it’s our children from Asia. In Golden Glory’s group, it’s the dogs. But after spending time with the group here in the DC metro area last month, and now with the largest part of GG’s family in the Philadelphia area this past weekend – it’s not just the dogs. It’s really about the family.
Like most families, this story will continue to grow. I just hope they go the Pollyanna route for Christmas!
Enjoying a delicious meal with the humans & relaxation time with the dogs at Four Dogs Tavern ~
As with any family story……to be continued.