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Saturday Night Judith River's Red Son - Annie/Finn Litter, October 2011Matt Upperman - Ashburn, VA
RuckusJanuary 8, 2013
Jill and Doug,
Just over a year has gone by since I brought Ruckus (Annie
& Finn Fall 2011) home to Virginia.
I found myself reflecting about this other day as he and I sat side by
side hunting ducks on a nearly frozen river in Pennsylvania. Itís weird as even though this is his first
season it seems like we have a lifetime of amazing memories already!
He is such a great dog in every way, such a part of the
family and my best buddy for sure. I
donít go many places that heís not right beside me riding shotgun, even if itís
just a short trip to the store for milk.
I wanted to write this to say
thank you, SNGRís rock!
When I found myself in the search for a puppy after I lost
my 14 year old lab I was convinced that I was going back that route. My girlfriendís son kept asking me to get a
Golden Retriever and I kept telling him that they just donít huntÖboy was I
wrong. We just donít see this kind of
dog out here very often. Honestly, I
never saw one. Donít get me wrong, the
GR has a great reputation as a loving, gentle family dog but not so much a
hunting dog. I started to search
around, more for curiosity sake than anything else, about field bred Goldens
and I was opened up to a new world!
Almost all of these dogs were out west and the more I read and researched
it became clear to me that I had to have one.
Through my search I kept getting directed back to your web page. I went through every comment, photo, testimonial
and video many times and kept getting the same feeling every time; I had to
have one of your pups.
Annie and Finn were the most current litter of pups that
were to be available. This excited me
greatly as I saw the awesome dogs they produced the first time around!
Ruckus impressed as soon as I brought him home. At 7 weeks and 4 days he retrieved a hand-
thrown pigeon (first ever bird) to hand.
We all looked at each other like did that just happen? So we tried it againÖboom right to hand!
Since that day Ruckus has completed a field training program
and retrieving program. His nose is amazing
and his drive is unstoppable. He flushes
so aggressively that he is typically airborne on the birdís tail. Actually he flushes like a Springer! Itís
something to see, a big red dog flying up out of the grass after a Rooster!
As amazing as he is in the field, he is equally at home in the duck and goose blind or on the
boat. I have hunted this dog in every
imaginable condition so far. From
scorching hot to frozen subzero high water rivers; he never misses a beat. When work is over and we are back to the
house he is just as calm as can be. He
is the definition of a dog having the proverbial ďon-offĒ switch. I could tell stories all day about our
adventures but like the pictures to do the talking!
If ever anybody would like to speak to me regarding my
experience with one of your dogs, please never hesitate to share my contact
information . I want to close with this.
I am fortunate to have one of the very best field dog trainers and
handlers in the States and Canada, possibly in the world living close to
me. He has openly stated to myself and
others many times over that you guys may be producing the best field GRís in
the country after training Ruckus.
Coming from a guy who has seen it all and who makes his living off of
training field champions that really says something!!!
Keep it up and THANK YOU again!!!
Matt, Kristen, Shane and Ruckus!
Saturday Night Montana Sky - Lily/Finn Litter - October 26, 2010
October 27, 2011
Dear Jill and Doug,
We thought you would like to see what a wonderful boy Sky has turned out
to be. We both feel so lucky to have found you and your beautiful
goldens. My husband and I can't imagine life without him now. He has
become my husband's shadow, and travels with us everywhere.
Our Sky became a certified therapy and service dog at just 10 months.
He is so smart, but we already knew that! His skills even got him a
spot on the Salt Lake nightly news station. He's our rock star!
Not a day passes, that someone doesn't remind us how lucky we are to have such a special treasure.
I just can't tell you enough how much we love this puppy, and we thank
you so much for the opportunity of having him in our lives.
Patty and Bobby Hester
St. George, Utah
Saturday Night Montana Sparkle - Annie/Finn Litter - June 22, 2010
10-8-11 - Tana on Opening Day - 15 1/2 months old
October 10, 2011
I thought I would send you this picture of Tana out at Hettinger ND
for the pheasant opener this last weekend. Tana is sure turning out to be an
excellent bird dog, I have to remind myself she is only 15-16 months old! I
also have some pictures of her from last year at 5 months old and hunting that
I am trying to find to send you. She is really all we could want in a dog, she
is great around the house as a family pet, and when we get into the field she
is a strong hunter. So far I havenít even had to use or think about using
a shock collar on her, and I think that will be the case with her. Anyways just
wanted to say hi and give you an update on Tana, she is doing great, and I am
pretty sure the feeling is mutual as she is pretty spoiled around the house! I
do check your website out now and again, it is fun to see the new litters etc.
A buddy of mine is looking for a dog and I told him to check you guys out, I am
sure he would be more than satisfied as I am.
Well take care, I will try to
send pictures once in awhile.
Saturday Night Stella JH - Lily/Finn Litter - October 26, 2010
8/2012 - Stella earned her Junior Hunter title this summer with the combined handling of both Nick and Sarah!
Congratulations to all of you, and we wish you well as you move to Senior!
Stella came home to us in Dec 2010 and has completely changed our lives for
the better. She has been a wonderful addition to our home. Stella is our
first dog and is such a delight to have around the house, however when in
the field, she transforms into a hunting machine!
Stella was sent to a professional trainer and put through a three month gun
dog program. The trainer was very impressed with her bird drive mentioning
that she was absolutely one of the best Golden's he had trained in years.
Coming out of the program, at 10 months of age, she was completely ready for
her first hunt. She excels at both upland and waterfowl. With myself,
being a rookie in dog training, Stella has been a dream to work with. She
catches on to new ideas so quickly. She is fearless in the field and any
wounded bird doesn't have a chance of getting away. Her heart and
determination to please never cease. Stella has added a whole new dynamic
to my bird hunting and recharged my enthusiasm for the sport.
Being our first dog, we had many questions. The Flaments were wonderful to
work with and provided support both before and after Stella joined us. Their
years of experience in breeding are a great asset to a new puppy owner, as
they are very quick to provide advice when asked. I can tell they truly
care about their dogs and are passionate about their breeding. Our sincere
thanks to Jill and Doug.
Nick & Sarah Hawkins
Saturday Night Champ - Babe/Finn Litter - January 13, 2011
Champ's First Hunt at 8 1/2 months
October 2, 2011
have been exciting around here. From the pictures you can see Champ did well with his training. His good genes and
intelligence made finishing him easy. Thanks for a great dog.
flushed three birds and retrieved two, only because we couldnít shoot
the third bird (it flushed behind a large brush pile). The kid in the
photo is my nephew, he helped me with champs training when I couldnít
get around very well. Plans are to pheasant hunt him for the next 60
days, then switch him to duck hunting for Dec and Jan.
Bill and Glenda Smith
Saturday Night Yogo - Lily/Finn litter - November 23, 2009
I am writing to you regarding my 20-month old Golden Retriever, "Yogo". I have had Goldens for my entire life and I was extremely cautious when purchasing another, following a negative experience with a so-called "endorsed Golden kennel" my last go round. My dealings with Saturday Night Goldens have been exceptional from the start. From the initial meeting to the selection of the pup, to the follow-up questions and support, my experience has been outstanding. We are currently preparing for our second hunting season with Yogo and he is showing signs that he will be "one of those dogs". His first season was notable as he retrieved 132 wild birds including ducks, huns, sharptail grouse and pheasants. I hunted this dog in conditions that were far from ideal throughout the fall; minus 25 degrees and two feet of snow, to name a few, but Yogo thrived in the adversity. The traits this dog is exhibiting are exactly what I was looking for in a hunting dog. He has a motor that reminds me of a diesel; lots of torque, not too fast, but power all day when you need it. His personality, still being a Golden, of course, is biddable yet independent along with confident in the field. His physical appearance reminds me of an athletic forward on a basketball team. He has a great frame with nice musculature. At 68 pounds I think he is in IRONMAN condition. Overall, I could not be more pleased with my Saturday Night Golden Retriever.
Please use me as a reference for any of your future prospective owners that want the straight and narrow on how your dogs really perform in the bird field and in front of the fireplace.
Saturday Night Whistler - Lily/Finn Litter - November 23, 2009
September 7, 2011
Dear Doug and Jill,
We brought Whistler home on Feb 27th 2010 and from the moment we met her we knew this was a match made in heaven. She is so smart and eager to please. We receive comments frequently about her elegant appearance and her great behavior. We are so thankful to Doug and Jill for their assistance in picking out a puppy for us that matched our personalities and lifestyle. She loves the snow in winter and any body of water in the summer. She didnít hesitate to jump into the water off the docks from the moment we took her near it. She would spend all day in the lake if we let her. She has been so easy to train, eager to learn more and looks forward to our training sessions. We plan to train her in obedience, possibly rally and weíd like to use her as a therapy dog. She is able to adjust her personality, even as a puppy, to meet the needs of her company. She senses that she needs to be calm and gentle around young children and the elderly. She adjusts to every situation we put her into with grace and confidence. We have been blown away at what a great dog she is growing up to be.
Mindy Smith and Sean DeVries
Note***This is the third dog that we have placed with the DeVries family over a period of nine years***
Saturday Night Maeven Queen - Annie/Finn litter - June 22, 2010
November 7, 2010
I am writing this while my 4 month old Annie/Finn girl-puppy, Maeve, is laying by my side happily chewing on a toy. She is a beautiful girl - as her glamour shots will reveal, but more importantly she has a fabulous temperament and personality. She is gentle and loving, smart and eager to learn, definitely bonded with me as her new "family" and yet also independent and confident. She gets along extremely well with other dogs and children and has acclimated to many different environments upon arriving in California with me. I've taken her to the university where I work, to a local outdoor mall, to dog parks and outdoor markets. At 4 months, she comes and heels perfectly, she sits and knows down, and she retrieves and drops - whatever she went for- on a dime at my feet. She is extremely attentive and learns any new command with great ease, usually with just 3 or 4 repetitions. Truly, it is amazing.
We are working with a professional trainer so that Maeve will meet her first goal of getting certified by Therapy Dog International. We will then provide service through regular visits at a local childrens hospital and by working individually with children who have autism. Along with therapy dog work, Maeve will train for competitive obedience and agility trials. My trainer, Sheila, also trains dogs for FEMA - for search and rescue; she has said there isn't anything Maeve couldn't do, if I choose to work with her in that venue.
Most importantly, after recently losing my dog of 13 years, I have a new canine companion that I couldn't be happier with, and I am confident we are going to have a lifetime of fulfilling times together. This is all due, of course, to the careful and talented breeding and post-whelping nurturance provided by the Flaments. They take such good care of their beautiful dogs and begin a careful program of nutrition and neuro-sensory stimulation for the puppies shortly after birth. It's this extra attention, I am sure, that produces such fine, enjoyable, and trainable pups. Both Jill and Doug were a joy to get to know before getting my pup and since! We swap puppy stories on a regular basis and they have always been available for any question I might have. You just couldn't ask for a better breeder to work with!
Dr. Susan Daniels
San Bernardino, CA
Saturday Night Benelli - Lily/ Finn litter - Nov. 23, 2009 October 2011 - 23 months old - Elli hunting ducks
November 5, 2010
Doug and Jill,
Well our little Benelli (we call her Elli) is almost a year old and we thought that you might enjoy some pictures of her Alaskan adventures. She has integrated into our large family and active lifestyle wonderfully. Whether we are on the soccer fields, the duck flats or on a mountainside, she is right in the middle of the action as kid #6. She loves to hunt for birds and will chase even a feather for miles. She has retrieved ducks in icy ocean waters, but prefers hunting grouse and ptarmigan in the woods and mountains. She is also a great fishing companion. She gets more excited than the kids when a halibut or salmon comes alongside the boat.
Elli is our second Golden and is a far superior dog than our first. She has more drive to hunt and has not had any of the health issues that plague our other dog.
Thank you for providing a quality breeding service, we couldn't be happier.
Bruce and Amanda Jackman
Saturday Night Maci - 11/23/2009 - Lily/Finn litter
Jan. 3, 2011
Jill & Doug,
We made the feathers fly hunting over our Maci pup this season. 58 pheasants, 22 sharp-tailed grouse, and 3 huns, and she only lost a single crippled bird. She's a fantastic upland bird dog.
Maci, 9 months with grouse - Sept. 2010 9 months with family and grouse 10 months and pheasants-10/10
October 15, 2010
Dear Doug and Jill,
This is my Maci report. I think this pup can be a really good bird dog. She has lots of drive, never tires, even as a pup. She uses her nose as her sense of choice; she could easily trail a line of feathers buried in the snow. She naturally "hunts", searching cover, and casts downwind to get scents. Maci is a very outgoing dog; she's fearless about new things, loud noises, machines and the like. Maci loves the water; sometimes pups need to take it gradually, but not Maci. This is a very smart dog, good at problem solving.
Maci works the cover well, back and forth, and does it naturally without being taught to do so. She retrieves the bird well, grabs it and brings it to me and doesn't mess around. She's had a couple of live birds and she handled them well. She's scary fast with amazing aerobic capacity, so she'll hunt all day. She trails birds well. She has a nice coat and it sheds burrs well.
Now that we have been out pheasant hunting I can say that Maci does what she was meant to do. She's going to be a terrific pheasant dog!
Doug LeschisinStanley, ND
Saturday Night Kai - Annie/Solo - 3/17/09
Search and Rescue
Kai is a little tracking machine. We spent 2 weeks in June at Tracking/Cadaver seminars and this weekend he will be learning how to search for drowning victims from a boat. Love him, he is the best dog.
Bonneville County Sheriffs Search and Rescue
Saturday Night Golden Retreiver kennel has great hunting dogs!! It is this desire to hunt that we put to use in the world of Search and Rescue. This last Thursday (April 1st) Saturday Night Kai (rhymes with guy) went on his first search mission. A missing woman in the foothills above Idaho Falls. Kai was not a participant but an observer. Kai at age one is being trained in tracking and cadaver, this summer he will start water training (for drowning victims). Next summer we plan on being certified and start searching on our own. What a great dog, thanks to Jill and her help, a couple of years from now we plan on coming back to Saturday Night Goldens for our next puppy. Thanks again.
Bonneville County Sherifís Search and Rescue
Saturday Night Gus - Babe/Finn - 8/31/2009
Gus is the third golden Iíve had over the last 40 years. All were hunters and pets that brought great pleasure to our family. Gus is fitting in the same mold nicely and from the time we brought him home weíve been picking up his retrieves. Anything that isnít too heavy is brought to hand. Gus and I were invited on an eastern Oregon pheasant hunt in mid December. I had concerns about him being too young (3 Ĺ months) but we were hunting private property with experienced hunters and dogs so we accepted the invite. Gusí natural instincts kicked in right away and he worked hard in the field (with several puppy naps during the day). On the second day he got up his first rooster and went for the retrieve. Unfortunately he couldnít get the bird in his little mouth Ė we called it good anyway. Although he is a very serious hunter, he has a lovely disposition around everyone Ė young and old.
When we started looking for a golden puppy a year ago we found it to be a very frustrating experience. We were looking for a pet as well as a hunting companion. Most of the breeders we looked at were breeding show dogs and the dogs didnít have the outdoor spirit we wanted. Jill and Doug were referred to us by a hunting friend who said that Saturday Night dogs were performers. Boy was he right. Gus was a perfect traveling companion on the 15 hour drive home (49 days old). He is a real treat in our house and gets along great with an old lab and an aggressive cat. He is very smart and takes direction with a positive spirit. His strongest drive is to work and please Ė he certainly takes after his parents. We train as often as possible, usually 3 -5 days a week and he hates when a session ends.
Our thanks go out to Jill and Doug (and Babe and Finn) for making it a great experience and for producing a wonderful pet and best friend.
Deborah and Craig Westlin
Saturday Night Goldtop Bailey's Comet SH - Babe/Finn girl, 8-31-095-24-10
9/10/12 - Bailey passed her final leg for the Senior Hunter title at the GRCA National Specialty!
A Huge Congratulations to Benita and Todd for their hard work and success with this beautiful young dog!
Bailey at 8 months
Just thought you might like to know Bailey got her first two legs for her Junior Hunter this weekend. Those were her first tries and she was able to pass on both, so we were pretty excited. We want to get the junior hunter and then start running Derby instead of the hunt tests. It was good for her to get practice and have the experience on the line. She hadnít had any birds that were shot fresh in the air before, so she wasnít quite sure about them at first! She has a lot of drive and style.
Bailey at 4 months 6 months - with Todd at 1st competition 6 Months
Because we wanted to find a field trial dog and possibly start our own kennel , we were really careful about our choice. After a lot of hours researching bloodlines and looking for the right golden for us, we decided on Saturday Night Golden Retrievers. Jill and Doug have definitely done their research and have spent the time and money to establish excellent breeding lines, ensuring the longevity of the breed. Saturday Night Goldtop Baileys Comet (Bailey) is a loving, people crazy pup. Since we drove home with her in the car for 11 hours she has been a lot of fun and not too much trouble. She adjusted quickly to our family and got along well with our other pets, of which she quickly could out think our 4 year old miniature dachshund and our 8 year yellow lab. She has been easy to train, and we have started entering her in field trials. Considering she hadnít seen grass until a week before the trial, she did very well and we are eager to keep her competing. Jill and Doug have definitely established their kennel to produce pups that will meet a variety of needs and be ready to quickly become a part of your family.
Todd and Benita Otterness
Saturday Night Big City Lights JH WCX WC - "Tucker" - Babe/Finn Male - 8/31/09
9/2010 - ***Tucker earns JH***
Tucker earns JH - 12 days after his first birthday
Hi Jill- Here is a picture of Tucker and us with his ribbons from the Finger Lakes Retriever Club Junior Hunt Test held on September 11, 2010, and The Golden Retriever Club of Central New York Junior Hunt Test held on September 12, 2010. He passed both days and earned his Junior Hunter Title. The judges were very complimentary. They said Tucker had a great nose, and one judge asked us where we got him. A lot of people commented on what a great dog he is. We are so proud of him. Our next goal will be Senior, and we have already started training. Judy and George
Here is a picture of Tucker and George from the July 17th and 18th Finger Lakes Junior Hunt Test. These were Tucker's first Hunt Tests, and he did a great job and passed both days. He loves to compete, and we hope to have his Junior Hunter title by the end of the summer. We are very proud of him, especially since he is not even a year old yet. Judy and George
8 Weeks old - First night at home 6 Months Retrieving a bumper
After much research on the internet, we contacted Saturday Night Golden Retrievers. Jill was great, and answered all our questions. We still have the phone message when she called and said she had a male puppy available for us. It was our lucky day!
We fell in love with Tucker from the first picture we saw of him. Jill was great and kept us updated with pictures and videos of Tucker until it was time to take him home. It meant so much to see his weekly progress. When Tucker was ready to come home, George flew from our home in Stuyvesant, New York, to Billings, Montana. Doug was good enough to deliver Tucker to the airport for his long journey home with George. He did so well on the plane that people did not even realize that George had a puppy on the plane with him. From the moment he came into our home, he became a loved member of our family. He and our other two goldens are the best of friends. Tucker is a beautiful puppy. He is very smart, and is easy to train. Tucker is almost seven months old now and is a big boy- he weighs 70 lbs. He looks just like his dad, Finn. We have joined a retriever club, and are training Tucker for hunt tests. So far, he is doing great- he has the drive of a good retriever, and we are very proud of his progress. We believe this is the result of Saturday Night Golden's breeding. We would recommend Saturday Night Golden Retrievers to anyone who is looking for a high quality, beautiful golden. Thanks Jill and Doug for everything!
George and Judy Pearsall
Stuyvesant, New York
Saturday Night Miss O'Sarah - Annie/Solo litter 3/17/09
Water retrieves - 4 1/2 months old 4 months old 11 months old
3-10-10 Here is a photo of our Saturday Night Miss O'Sarah. She was born March 17, 2009 to the Annie/Solo litter. Our Miss Sarah is perfect!! Besides being beautiful, she is also very intelligent. And we know this because she had us trained within a couple of months! Sarah is such a wonderful companion and she keeps us very entertained. We don't hunt but Sarah loves to pick up scents around the property and is fascinated with birds. I know she would be excellent at hunting because she is so bright and willing to please. We are hoping that someday she might find "gold." After all, she is a Golden Retriever!! Doug and Jill have been wonderful at sharing advice and support this last year. We hope to get a sister for our Sarah in the near future and wouldn't think of going to another breeder. Thank you Doug and Jill for our precious Miss Sarah!! Oh yes, she is a little bit spoiled...and oh how we love to spoil her!
Chuck and Sally Muto
Saturday Night Sadie Ladie - Lily/Finn litter - 11/23/09
Sadie at 5 months Sadie at 3 months
We researched different lines of hunting golden retrievers but were most impressed with Saturday Night Golden Retrievers.
Not only were the Flaments very knowledgeable, they were so willing to answer all our questions to make sure we chose the
right pup for us. And "Sadie" is the perfect match! Sadie is very affectionate, well socialized , wants to please, learns fast,
is "birdy", sleeps through the night and is house-trained! Almost perfect! Not only will she be a great hunter, she will also
be trained as a therapy dog. We drove from Minnesota to Montana to see the well-managed, clean, impressive kennels and
dogs. Job well done Flaments!! Uncle Ed would be proud of Sadie!!
Andy and Diane Driver
St. Cloud, MN
Saturday Night Teal - Annie/Solo litter - 3/17/09
January 6, 2011
Hello Jill and Doug,
I updated my hunting journal and noted that Teal's tally for his second season was 101 birds retrieved and no birds lost! Pretty darned good for a second season 17 - 21 month old puppy. Attached a px - pretty proud of the goose retrieving shot. Will send a few more you might enjoy.
I have been thoroughly pleased and somewhat awed by this Teal dog. He was born March 17th, 2009, and I picked him up the third week of May. He readily adapted to crate training and house training. He has from day one displayed a strong urge to retrieve, a good nose and keen eye, and a desire to learn.
We opened bird season on September 1, when Teal was 5 1/2 months old (younger than I would normally start a dog to gun - but he was ready). We flushed a big blue grouse and at my shot, the bird dropped, and Teal retrieved that big grouse (the first bird he'd even been exposed to) as it he'd done it all his life. No hesitation, no ruffling of feathers - just "here you go." He retrieved 2 other grouse that day. We ended the bird season on January 15, when Teal was just shy of 10 months old, with Teal retrieving 2- 14 lb Canada geese and 2 ducks from the Missouri River. I checked my log book and my log shows that Teal hunted with me 31 days, and retrieved 46 birds, in his first season - no birds lost, and several birds retrieved that were still very much alive. His season included hunting and retrieving blue grouse, ruffed grouse, sharptailed grouse, hungarian partridge, pheasants, geese, and ducks. He has a wonderful water entry, showed no reluctance to hit icy cold water, and showed no reluctance to push cattails, buckbrush, snowberry, or willows.
Teal is a very social dog - curious about everything, very alert, and very friendly. I have been very pleased with the Flaments and with their kennel. I learned of them through research, as my 7-year-old golden was sick and I knew I'd be losing him. Jill and Doug were very open with me, answered all of my questions, and are very personable people committed to their dogs. Their kennel is immaculate, and their care of their dogs is self-evident. I would not hesitate to purchase another dog from them, or to recommend them as potential breeders.
Helena & Miles City, MT