Edgewater Goldens arrived after several years of trying to decide on an appropriate kennel name. When my step dad, Bob Wagner, purchased our first Brittany Spaniel in 1960, he was the one who first used the Edgewater name. His first Brittany Spaniel litter and all those that followed, were Edgewater Brittany Spaniels. It came from the plat map of our home. Since Barry and I now live in their home, we decided that the name would fit us too! We are very excited to continue the Edgewater kennel name in our home and hope our Goldens measure up to all the successes he enjoyed.
My name is Sue McCarthy and I have been involved in dogs since I was relatively young. Our first family show dog arrived by train in Battle Creek shortly after my mom said "no more dogs"! That was after our GSD died and she decided it was just too hard to deal with again. Duchess, our Brittany Spaniel, came in from Iowa and was from hunting stock. She started it all.
I was originally a member of the Battle Creek Kennel in the mid 1960's when I was still in high school. My parents felt that if we were competing in different venues, we needed to give back and help the local Club. I rejoined the Battle Creek Kennel Club in 1992. Since that time I have served on the Board for several years and I'm now Vice President and Trophy Chair for our July shows. While a member of the Club, I have been Recording Secretary, Chief Ring Steward, Match Chair, in charge of the raffle table, trophy chair, editor of the Tailwagger - the monthly newsletter for the Club, and served as Show Chair for more years than I like to remember! I love being a member of the Battle Creek Kennel Club.
My first breed was an English Cocker Spaniel - in the mid 70's. They are a wonderful breed but, after Charlie died (my last English Cocker), my new husband Barry, decided we should have bigger dogs. We searched for a new breed and finally agreed on a Kuvasz. Our search didn't take long before we found out that Sue Thomas Riippa was in Battle Creek and she agreed to co-own the only girl in her litter with me. That was Abbey and such a wonderful girl! I showed three Kuvasz during an 11 year period. Katie (co-owned with Sue Thomas) won the breed at Westminster in 1995 - shown by Bill Sahloff. And, during the time I was showing Katie, I finished her championship on her 9 mo. birthday, put two Group I's on Katie, several group placements and an Award of Merit at a Kuvasz National Specialty in Louisville.
After just a couple of years, I decided we needed a Golden Retriever and brought home Ginger - also from Sue Thomas Riippa. Barry said we didn't need a Golden but he soon realized I don't listen to him! Ginger was the beginning of several more wonderful Goldens! A few years ago we lost Burnie, who was the last Golden we had who was related to Ginger. Burnie was 14.
We now have some newer dogs ... also obtained from Sue Thomas Riippa. Do you see a pattern here? We currently have five Goldens - two boys and three girls. Emmy (our first girl from Sue Thomas Riippa) is co-owned with Sue Thomas Riippa of Ridgepond Goldens. And, Sue has been a co-breeder on Emmy's litters.
Barry doesn't compete in any dog activities but takes care of everyone when I travel to shows. I have previously competed in obedience but that was a very long time ago! I hope to take some agility classes as I know we'll all enjoy the experience! I thoroughly enjoy showing in conformation. I'm still working on finishing my first Golden Retriever.
I am currently showing two Goldens - Casey and Sunshine. All our dogs have solid temperaments, good bone, good health, and are very intelligent. Please feel free to ask any additional questions you might have about us. Casey and Sunshine both have all their clearances. Casey has an Excellent rating on his hips as well as clear elbows, eyes, and heart. Sunshine was just cleared and received a Good on her hips as well as clear elbows, eyes and heart. I also do the newer DNA testing on my dogs for some eye and skin issues.