Meet the Franklins
Southern born and bred - us AND the Doods! We are all about our animals here at Golden Valley Doodles. GVD isn’t just a hobby for us, it’s our life. Neither of us work outside the home … we left Corporate America in the dust when we found our passion. Best decision ever! Everything at the Franklins revolves around the doggies, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
It’s not just about the dogs here - it’s about all the animals. While our breeding program is not a hobby, our farming is. When we aren’t busy with the Doods, we are puttering around tending to all of our other interests here at the farm. Everything from chickens to goats, bee boxes and cattle, to stocking the ponds. Never a dull moment. But enough about the Franklin's and the farm ... it's the doggies who steal the show!
Meet the Bean
Budder Bean. Budders. Buddylicious. Lish. Old Man Dood. He is the Doodle of Many Names, but his given name says it all. Buddy. Our best buddy. He has never been a breeder in our program, though he does hold a very important position here at Golden Valley Doodles. We often refer to our Buddy as the Golden Valley Doodles’ Ambassador. To know him is to love him. We’ve had clients come for Puppy Selection Day, who left with crying children because the kiddos wanted to take the Big Yellow Dog home.
Yep, he’s that special. It’s quite a feat to steal the spotlight from cuddly little puppies, but he manages to do it without effort. That’s just who he is.
Read more about him in a recent blog post!
When you know his story, you know our story.
You see, when the Bean joined our family many moons ago, it was under less than ideal circumstances. He was our first doodle, and to say the breeder experience was lacking would be a gross understatement. (You can read more about that in our blog.) I vowed then and there that one day we would breed and provide a stellar client experience, the kind of experience that builds relationships. Your relationship with your doodle, and our relationship with you. Lifetime relationships. And this was the genesis of Golden Valley Doodles.
An unfortunate, negative experience for us became the benchmark for what Golden Valley Doodles would become. Quality, healthy puppies from quality, healthy parents. A knowledgeable and skillful breeding program. Puppies raised in a clean, nurturing, loving environment. Building lifetime relationships, one puppy and one family at a time.
This is what we are, this is who we are, and this is our promise to you. Our emphasis is not on “selling” a puppy. Our emphasis is placed squarely where it belongs - helping our clients add to their family, because that’s what your doodle will ultimately be: a treasured family member.
Meet the Pack
The foundation for our breeding dogs
People often ask us if all of our dogs live in the house with us … umm, hardly. Quite the opposite! We practically live in their house. We do raise our breeding dogs from puppyhood in home, but every day is Take Your Dog to Work day around here. Where we go, they go.
Once they are house trained and have the manners we expect of a house dog, they have a change of venue. Moving from the house to living with their pack is an important and critical part of their socialization. Each dog has his or her own specific slot in the pecking order of the pack. Temperaments and dispositions play an important role in defining where each dog is on the totem pole. Without living with the pack, a dog will never know exactly where he or she “fits” and it becomes confusing to them. Confusion can and usually will lead to behavioral problems, something we’d prefer to avoid.
Their home away from home
It's nothing fancy, just a doghouse! We've never liked the word "kennels" ... for us that conjures up visions of puppy mill type operations where hordes of dogs are locked up for life. That's not what you'll find here. Our doggies enjoy 150 acres of pasture, pond and wooded adventures during the day. At night, for their safety and our peace of mind, they have interior rooms, with doggie door access to their individual covered outdoor runs. With all of the daily activity to stimulate them, they are always ready to “kennel up” for a rest at night.
The Puppy Nursery is one of our favorite places to be. It's like "home", only with tons of puppy breath and furry cuddles. We spend more time with the dogs than we do in our own house, so we decided it ought to be comfortable for us too. A bedroom, full bath and kitchenette make up the east side of the Nursery, with birthing suites on the west side. The GVD office is smack dab in the middle, where we usually have someone furry lying at our feet.
Ready to meet our stars? When only the best will do, look no further than our dams and sires. We meticulously research pedigrees, temperaments and health histories before considering an addition to our program. Even then, not everyone makes the cut. Are we picky? You better believe it.