NEWS & UPDATES
March 29, 2021
Hello Shadow Mountain Family! Just wanted to give everyone an update as far as potential upcoming letters. This week Sierra and Duchess both had ultrasounds to confirm possible pregnancy. The good news is that Sierra is pregnant! She is due around April 10th or 11th. However, our vet said it looks like a very small litter. Unfortunately, Duchess did not get pregnant this time. On a more positive note, it looks like Riley is pregnant and we should expect puppies mid April (probably 16th or 17th). All of our upcoming litters have been reserved. We are now quoting 18 to 24 month wait time on our approved families who have left a deposit. We will keep everyone posted on any progress. To get more current updated information, please follow us on our Instagram account.
James & Tina Werner
Shadow Mountain Goldens
February 1, 2021
We do not have any puppies at this time. Sierra and Duchess should be starting their heat cycles soon and we are hoping to breed them shortly. We will keep everyone updated when we know more. For the most current information, please follow us on our Instagram account. At this time we have a full reservation list and we are quoting approximately 18 to 24 months to bring a puppy home. If you are interested in a puppy, please visit our “PUPPY” tab and go to the section “How to reserve a puppy”.
WARNING: Please be aware, online scams are on the rise! We are hearing some very sad stories. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Please do your homework. I am going to provide the following information compliments of the American Kennel Club on “How to Spot a Puppy Scam Online”
In today’s digital world, almost everyone uses the internet for shopping, including finding a new puppy! Don’t worry — it’s easy to spot puppy scams online if you’re aware of the red flags to look for. And it’s even easier to find a good breeder when you know what questions to ask. Here’s everything you need to know before starting your online puppy search.
What is a Puppy Scam?
Puppy scammers post fake litters online or pretend to be someone they’re not (usually an existing breeder) to take advantage of puppy sales (sans the puppies.) This means that if you aren’t careful, you could find the perfect puppy, send the ‘breeder’ your money, and never receive a puppy or any follow-up communication in return.
While many times these fake listings appear on websites like Craigslist, some scammers find ways to position themselves as reputable breeders by stealing personal info from them.
Luckily, it’s easy to know what to look for to ensure your puppy buying experience is both safe and enjoyable.
What are the Red Flags?
- No phone calls. The seller prefers to handle communication by email and not the phone. A reputable breeder will always communicate with you via phone or video chat (if not in person) before selling you a puppy. Fraudulent sellers are oftentimes outside of the U.S. and may be hiding their phone number by only communicating by email.
- Copycat or stock photos. Photos of the dog or ad text can be found on multiple websites. Search for the text in the listing to see if the seller copied and pasted it from another site.
- Sketchy payment. The seller asks for wiring of money or payment by gift cards. Be aware that if you choose a non-secure method of payment, it is highly unlikely that you will get your money back. Avoid paying a stranger using apps such as Venmo, as it is harder to get your money back if you don’t get what you paid for. Paying by credit card or PayPal are typically the safest options.
- Price is too good to be true. Research the prices for the breed you are considering ahead of time. Purebred dogs sold at deeply discounted prices are typically frauds. If the seller says they register their dogs with a specific organization, you can call the organization to confirm.
How Many People Have Been Affected by Puppy Scams?
According to BBB data, nearly 10,000 scam reports and complaints have come in during the last three years about “businesses” selling puppies and dogs. The FTC estimates that only about 10 percent of victims report these crimes, so this number could be much higher.
Sixty percent of these reports indicated the consumers never received the pets they purchased, and others received pets that had health or genetic problems and did not receive documentation for their pet.
“Scammers love to try to take advantage of people when they are in high emotion situations,” said Steve Bernas, president and CEO of BBB serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “The excitement of buying a new pet can cloud good judgement, and victims can be hurt financially and emotionally when they realize they have lost their money, and hopes for a new pet.”
How Can I Safely Find a Breeder or Puppy Seller Online?
While scammers are likely to start talking money immediately, legitimate sources will always take time and diligence to make sure the dog you are choosing is a good fit for your family.
- Analyze reviews and referrals. The best sources for purebred puppies will have ample positive reviews or referrals from satisfied puppy owners proving they are legitimate and reputable.
- Meet your breeder or puppy seller. Always ask to talk on the phone or video chat. Meeting in person is great whenever possible.
- Ask questions. Responsible breeders and puppy sellers love to chat and educate about dogs. Ask anything and everything that you might want to know about the breed, the breeder, and the available puppies. Ask about the breed and how your pup’s parents compare to the official breed standard and other breed traits. How big are the parents? What do they look like? What kind of temperament do they have? Have the parents achieved any AKC titles or awards?
- Ask for proof. Don’t be shy — responsible breeders will be happy to share information about your puppy’s parents, and proof of health records and screenings. You should be sure that the puppy has been seen by a licensed veterinarian and know where the puppy is on their shot-schedule. This will also help you so that you have the proper medical information when you bring your puppy home and you will know what shots are needed next.
- Get documentation. Ensure that before leaving with your puppy, you will receive documentation of your dog’s papers. The words “American Kennel Club” as well as the AKC logo should be clearly visible. If the breeder or puppy seller hesitates to give you papers, this is usually a warning sign.
- Be patient. If they seem anxious to complete the sale or get your deposit as soon as possible, or if you feel like they are pushing you to make a quick decision regarding a puppy, be careful. Such behavior is often a warning sign that the person you are dealing with is actually a scammer, and there is no puppy.
The AKC Marketplace is one of the best places to start your search for a puppy, as long as you are vigilant about the above warning signs. AKC Marketplace conducts thousands of kennel inspections a year and is the only online resource to exclusively list 100% puppies from AKC-registerable litters. If you find anything suspicious while searching for a dog on AKC Marketplace, report the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that you are armed with the proper knowledge to start your online puppy search safely, have fun and get ready to bring home your new pet!
We currently have one litter of puppies from Riley and Ivan, however this litter is reserved. the puppies will be 5 weeks old tomorrow. If you want to see current pictures and videos, please visit our Instagram account @Shadow Mountain Goldens. Our current waiting list is approximately 6 to 12 months. If you are interested in a puppy, please visit our “PUPPY” tab and go to the section “How to reserve a puppy”.
We currently have two litters of puppies here at Shadow Mountain Goldens, however they have all been reserved. Our current waiting list is approximately 9 to 18 months to get a puppy. If you are interested in starting the process, please visit our “PUPPY” tab and go to the section “How to reserve a puppy” section. For more current pictures and updates please visit our Instagram account for Shadow Mountain Goldens. If you would like to talk to us go to our “Contact Us” page. Our current price is $2500.00
(October 11, 2016)
Good Morning. Well Shasta surprised us last night and went into labor 2 days early! It was a long night with over 8 hours of labor. She delivered 8 healthy puppies, 4 boys and 4 girls. See the pictures below. I will post a video shorty.
(October 8, 2016)
Hello everyone! I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. I want to give you all a few updates. First, we are very excited to report on Princess’ progress. She had a follow up ultrasound today at our reproductive specialist and they confirmed pregnancy! Princess is very healthy and if everything goes as planned, we are expecting her puppies to be born on November 1, 2016. Most of you know Shasta is also pregnant and getting very close. We are expecting her puppies next Wednesday October 12, 2016. It has been awhile since we have had puppies here at Shadow Mountain and we are very excited. For those who may be just visiting this web site, both of these litters are already reserved. Those who are on the list know who you are. Please see our puppy page regarding “how to reserved a puppy” if you are interested.
One last thing, we recently took X-rays of Duchess’ hips and elbows. We are anxiously waiting for the results from the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals). However, according to our vet who reviewed them, the preliminary report looks good. I will let you know when we have the official results. It has been awhile since we posted any pictures of Duchess and several have requested them. The following are a few pictures I took of her today. Have a great rest of your weekend!
I just wanted to make everyone aware of a scam. I do not want you to be a victim of this kind of fraud! There is a website out there by the name of Fantasy Retrievers. It is www.fantasyretrievers.com and they are advertising Golden Retrievers and then once you send the money they do not deliver! Unfortunately they are also using a picture of my family from our website to try and be more credible…so sad! Several people have contacted us and let us know about this. Sadly they sent money and never received a puppy. Please do not do business with Fantasy Retrievers. They have also done business under various other names. This is just another good example of making sure you do your homework before you do business with a breeder. Please do not let your emotion cloud your clear thinking. NEVER send money without making sure they are credible! This is another reason Shadow Mountain Goldens does not ship puppies. We want to meet you and encourage you to visit our facility before you make an investment. We would never sell you a dog unless we feel comfortable with you, and we also want you to feel good about doing business with our family.
The Western Union fraud department has been notified as well as the Police Department. It is always a “red flag” when a breeder does not let you visit their premises and ONLY ships their dogs while requiring you to send your money in advance. Sorry to all who have been affected by this. It is sad we live in a world where people are deceptive and take advantage of the innocent. I just wanted you to all be aware.
(September 24, 2016)
Hello, I hope everyone is having a great weekend! We had a great turnout for our Shadow Mountain open house today. We had about 12 to 15 people show up. Everyone had an opportunity to introduce themselves, I gave a presentation about our business operations, we had some great questions, and one lucky person won the raffle drawing. The best part seemed to be meeting and interacting with the goldens! Thanks for everyone who showed up to make this a huge success. We will be having another open house in October. Stay tuned for more information. Shasta is doing well and looking very pregnant! We take Princess back to the vet in a couple of weeks for another ultrasound, hopefully to confirm pregnancy. Have a great rest of your weekend! I have included several pictures below from today’s open house.
(September 13, 2016)
Hello everyone! I just wanted to give you an update from the August 23rd post regarding Shasta. Yesterday we did a follow up appointment with the reproductive specialist. They performed an ultrasound and we received the GOOD NEWS that she is definitely pregnant. We are very excited and expecting puppies around October 12th and they can go home December 7th.
We also took Duchess to the vet yesterday and had X-rays on her hips and elbows. We plan on breeding her in the near future and want to make sure she gets her health clearances from the OFA. The “preliminary” report was very good. The vet says her hips and elbows look very good. We will now wait to get official confirmation from the OFA along with her certifications. So in summary in was a great day at Shadow Mountain with some exciting news. We will keep everyone updated as we get more information. Have a great day!
Happy Tuesday to everyone! It has been awhile since I have given any updates. We have had a long “puppy break” and can’t wait to have puppies frolicking around the premises again! So let me bring everyone up to speed on what has been happening here at Shadow Mountain Goldens. We were expecting puppies from Princess in July but unfortunately as many of you waiting know, she didn’t get pregnant this time. We did take her to our vet and performed an ultrasound as a precaution. The good news is that Princess is in very good health and there does not seem to be any reproductive issues. So hopefully she gets pregnant on her next heat cycle. As far as Simba goes, we also wanted to make sure he is still a good “stud” dog and that reproductively he was also in good shape. Shasta was just coming into “heat” and we wanted to make sure we didn’t miss the critical timing. We took them both (Simba and Shasta) to a reproductive specialist. We got some more good news. Simba is still very healthy and has a very high sperm count. When they checked Shasta, she was also in very good reproductive health. In fact, she was in heat at that moment and they did some testing to determine it was the optimal time for her to het pregnant. We opted to have the vet perform artificial insemination on the spot. They placed the sperm right into Shasta’s uterus which really increases her chances of a good pregnancy. So what does this all mean? If everything went as we are hoping, Shasta would have officially gotten pregnant on August 10th. That would put her anticipated due date around October 12, 2016. The puppies would be able to go to their new homes around December 7th….just in time for the Holidays! We will be taking Shasta back to the vet in a couple of weeks for another ultrasound and will be able to confirm pregnancy at that time. We will keep you posted. Keep your fingers crossed! As far as the wait for you that are on the “reserved” list, it is still about 12 to 18 months before you could take a puppy home. Please understand there are many variables. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. We also just acquired a new male puppy with an outstanding pedigree and champion lines. We do not have him yet but are very excited to put him into our breeding program. As soon as we bring him home we will post pictures and videos. You are going to fall in love with his looks. His name is “Duke”. Thanks for visiting our site and we really appreciate your patience. As many of our customers will attest, it is worth the wait!
Have a fantastic week!
(June 2, 2016)
Hello everyone! Wow, it has been awhile since I posted any updates. Many of you that follow us on Instagram have seen many updates and great pictures. Thanks for following us and keep the great pictures coming! Well, all of our puppies have been gone for several weeks to their new homes. From the reports and pictures it seems like all is going well and everyone is adjusting just fine. We kind of have a “puppy break” for the moment here at Shadow Mountain. We are expecting our next litter around the second week of July, however we have not officially confirmed Princess’ pregnancy. Even though the next couple of litters are reserved, please send in your puppy questionnaires if you want to start the process to getting on the approved reservation list. Please enjoy our website. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. You can also enjoy our YouTube channel where we try to frequently post videos. Please subscribe to our channel so you can be notified of the latest videos. You can click on the link here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVu1_dFTC81dwaJdDLwp30Q
(March 8, 2016)
Hello, I hope everyone had a nice and safe Labor Day Weekend. We enjoyed “babysitting” one of “our” puppies over the weekend. It was good to see “Pippin” again. Keep in mind for those of you that are local, Shadow Mountain Goldens offers boarding for only $15 per day! We enjoy seeing our puppies come home and shower them with lots of love and attention.
Shasta’s puppies are now 3 weeks old and all is going as expected. I will post some new pictures and videos shortly. There is also a new picture of “Kiara” on our “Happy New Homes” tab. Please check it out. She just turned one and already has many awards and certificates. Not only is she smart but beautiful as well!
(August 31, 2015)
Wow how time flies! It is hard to believe that today the puppies are 2 weeks old. They are all doing excellent and progressing just as we would expect. Please visit the “puppy page” for a new video and a few new photos. We let the puppies experience the outside for the first time for a few minutes. As you will see in the video, they are moving around and their eyes are open! Enjoy, talk to you next week. James
(August 22, 2015)
Hello again everyone! I know I just recently posted a couple of days ago, but I wanted to share this quick video of the puppies nursing. I took this video about an hour ago. As you can see, they are great eaters! They seem to be very healthy and have a lot of energy. Also you may be interested to note I added a new tab to my web site called “Golden Facts”. You might want to go there right now and check it out. I shared a video with some fun facts about the amazing golden retriever! But the fact you are on this website, you already know how great they are!!! Talk to you soon, James
(August 20, 2015)
Hello everyone!Wow, it’s hard to believe it has been a whole month since I posted some new updates.All of our puppies from Princess’ litter are settling nicely in their new homes.The puppies all did very well on their first “well puppy” checkups with their veterinarians.We have been getting great feedback and pictures.Thank you all for keeping in touch!Well most of you are waiting for the next bit of good news here at Shadow Mountain Goldens…..Shasta had her puppies this week!It was about a 7 hour labor.The final results are 7 boys and 2 girls!I have posted a short video on our front home page from the first day.There is another video taken today and some pictures on the “puppy” tab.Mom and puppies are doing very well.Now that we have a new litter of puppies, I will be updating our website weekly.Visit this section first “news and updates” for the most current information and then I will direct you to other areas of the site for pictures, videos, etc.As always, thanks for taking the time to visit our website.Everyone here at Shadow Mountain Goldens says “Thank you”!Have a good evening.I will check in again next week.Sincerely, James
(July 21, 2015)
Puppies are 7 weeks old! They will all be going to their new homes next week. Please see the puppy page for 2 new videos I just posted.
(July 14, 2015)
Puppies are now 6 weeks old. They received their first round of vaccinations. See new video on the puppy page. Also see a new video of the puppies playing in the back yard.
(July 13, 2015)
Puppies will be 6 weeks old tomorrow. It is time for their first combination shot. They continue to grow and are eating more and more! See some more pictures on the puppy page of more satisfied customers. I will post a new video in the next day or so. Thanks again for visiting our site!
See a new video and a few new pictures I posted this evening on the puppy page. Puppies are still being weaned. Since my last post I also gave puppies their worming medicine (Panacur) for 3 consecutive days as a proactive approach to multiple types of worms and parasites. Overall the puppies are doing excellent. The puppies are 5 weeks old today!
(June 30, 2015)
Please see a few new pictures on the puppy page. Customers from Princess’ current litter on the “reserved list” are meeting their new puppies for the first time.
(June 27, 2015)
Hello everyone! The puppies are now 3 1/2 weeks old. They are doing wonderful! Today they ate food for the first time and loved it! Most of them climbed right inside of the bowl and made an absolute mess of themselves! See the video I just posted on the puppy page. I also posted another one of them nursing out in the sunshine. Hope you enjoy them. Have a great weekend from Shadow Mountain Goldens!
(June 22, 2015)
Princess puppies will be 3 weeks old tomorrow. We exposed them to the outside for the first time today for a couple of hours. They enjoyed the sunshine, fresh air and grass. See the new video posted on the “puppy page”. Mother and puppies are doing great. On another note, Shasta is in heat! We expect she will be pregnant soon. Once this is confirmed we will let everyone know. We are expecting her puppies to be born later in August.
Hello again! Just a quick update. Today the puppies are 2 weeks old. I am very happy with their progress. They continue to grow and develop. Their eyes are now open and they are starting to “crawl” around. You can see a short updated video on the puppy page. Thanks again for visiting our web site. For those of you who have reserved a puppy from this litter, your puppies are in good hands and are getting tons of loving attention! I will give you all another update next week.
Good evening! It is Tuesday night and the puppies are 1 week old today. So far everything is going excellent. The puppies are thriving and nursing very well. Princess is a great mom and is also doing very well. Check out the puppy page for a new picture and video.
(June 5, 2015)
Hello everyone! Well it has been quite awhile since I have posted any new comments. We have been in between litters and there has not been much news to report. We are very excited at Shadow Mountain Goldens because Princess just had her litter of puppies! Mother and puppies are healthy and doing great. She had 11 pups! This litter we have an overload of little girls. The final count was 9 girls and only 2 boys. This litter is already reserved. We are still taking reservations for our Christmas litter(s). Now that puppies are born, I will be updating this page weekly and also adding pictures and videos to the “puppy page.” Some of you have asked us about Shasta. We are still patiently waiting for her to go into heat. We also have a new member of our Shadow Mountain family since my last post. Her name is Duchess. I will have some pictures and a short Bio on “Our Dogs” tab shortly.
(March 12, 2015)
All of the puppies have now gone to their new permanent homes. Thanks for all of you wonderful families that gave “our” puppies such amazing homes. We are currently taking reservations for our Summer 2015 and Christmas 2015 litters. I have updated some new pictures on the “puppy” page and “happy new homes” page.
(March 1, 2015)
Puppies are now 7 weeks old! One more week and they all go to their new homes. They all got another dose of preventative worming medicine this weekend. We also had some visitors. See new video and pictures on the puppy page.
A busy day here at Shadow Mountain Goldens! Puppies are now 6 weeks old. Puppies got their first round of vaccinations. More puppies got to meet their new owners. See pictures and videos on the Puppy Page.
(February 18, 2015)
Not much news to report today, except I added a new photo and video to the puppy page. Check it out!
(February 17, 2015)
Puppies are now 5 1/2 weeks old. They are continuing to grow and are in excellent health. They are spending more time during the day outside to take advantage of the nice weather we are having. This weekend we will give them their first round of vaccinations. They are eating more solid food and are not as dependent on their mother’s milk. People continue to visit Shadow Mountain Goldens to pick out the puppy they reserved and meet them for the first time. They cannot go to their new homes until 8 weeks of age. That’s all for now.
(February 8, 2015)
Okay, there is a lot happening here at Shadow Mountain Goldens! People are coming to meet their puppies for the first time. The puppies are doing outstanding! We are also in the process of weaning our puppies and also administering their worming medicine. See new pictures and videos on the puppy page. As mentioned before, this current litter is sold. We are receiving many requests for our summertime and Christmas litters. If you are interested, please send us a puppy questionnaire for consideration. The price for these next two litters will be $1,200. We will require a $500 deposit to hold your puppy after you pick him or her out and the balance will be paid when you pick up your puppy at 8 weeks old. Thanks for visiting our site, and we appreciate your interest in our puppies.
(This post was on February 4, 2015)
Puppies are now just over 3 weeks old and doing great! They are growing fast and moving around quite well. This weekend we will start the process of weaning them off their mothers milk and introduce some food. They will also get a dose of worming medicine and that will continue every two weeks. We are also getting them more exposure to surrounding areas such as the back yard grass, concrete, etc. Their first round of vaccinations will begin at 6 weeks of age.
(This post was just on January 25,2015)
Hello again from Shadow Mountain Goldens! Shasta’s puppies just turned 2 weeks old yesterday. Their eyes are open now and they are starting to walk around. We took them outside yesterday for the first time for a couple of hours so they could enjoy the sunshine and start exploring. The puppies are doing well and are very healthy. See the new video I posted last night on our “puppy page”. Have a wonderful weekend!
(This post was on January 10, 2015)
Hello everyone! I just wanted to give you all a few updates on the latest developments here at Shadow Mountain Goldens. Shasta just delivered puppies on January 10th! We are all very excited about that. Mom and puppies are doing excellent! She had a total of 11 puppies – 7 boys and 4 girls. This litter is already reserved. Those of you that are on the approved waiting list will be contacted shortly to set up appointments to come and meet your puppies.
As you might imagine our waiting list far exceeds the amount of puppies we have available. If you are interested in being placed on the list please complete the “puppy questionnaire” (see tab on left) and send it to us as soon as possible for review. If you can wait and are patient, we will eventually have a gorgeous golden puppy for you to take home! As of now we are reserving puppies for this coming summer and next Christmas. Again the sooner you send us the questionnaire the better chance of you getting a puppy this year. We are planning on at least one litter and maybe more around the July 4th weekend and then again between Christmas and next new years. If you pick a puppy from the July litter your puppy will be able to go home the first part of September. The Christmas/New years litter will be the end of February/fist part of March.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Please see our “contact us” tab. There is much more information on this website and lots of pictures. Please see the “puppies” page for fun pictures and updates as well.
Hope you all have a wonderful new year in 2015. We look forward to meeting you and hopefully providing you with a beautiful golden retriever puppy from Shadow Mountain Goldens!
Sincerely, James Werner