John McDonald: “He was a truly great great dog who lived a long and healthy life.”
“Marlowe” has passed away after almost 14 wonderful years. Marlowe’s parents were “Player” and “Sasha” and we purchased him from you at Red Mountain Goldens in 1999. Saddened as we are by his death, we wanted to let you know what a truly wonderful one of a kind dog he was. Kind, gentle, loyal and loving, he brought years of joy to our family. He was a truly great great dog who lived a long and healthy life. Whether playing ball, swimming in some mountain lake, or just laying around the kitchen playing “cutestuff” he shared his love and made a real difference in our life.
San Diego, CA
Leslie Slakoff: “Nancy did a great job matching us with the perfect puppy.”
A stroke of luck led me to Nancy [over] 14 years ago. I purchased my first dog from her and Maui could not have been a more perfect pet. She was always in great health, was gorgeous, incredibly smart and had the best temperament. Nancy did a great job matching us with the perfect puppy. We lost Maui a year ago and sadly, also lost touch with Nancy. Fate stepped in again and we found Nancy! We’ll be picking up a new puppy from her in a few weeks and I have no doubt she will again find the best puppy to fit into our growing family. I can not say enough good things about our experience with Desert Goldens!
San Diego, CA
Kathi Sanger: “Nancy Knapp is so well respected and now I know why.”I met Nancy by “accident”
We emailed and spoke on the phone for a couple of months until I finally decided that Nancy was where I wanted to go to get my next Golden. She was full of information and encouragement. I had such a good feeling about her and how she breeds her dogs, I had no question that I was making the right decision. I finally took the trip to pick out my “Cooper” with a friend who drove me…I had never had a puppy before and I’m sure I wouldn’t have this time if Nancy wasn’t there to help me every step of the way. She told me how to set up my house, what to buy, and how to handle the puppy stages.. I couldn’t have asked for a more handsome, kind, and wonderful Golden than Cooper..He is just 5 1/2 months now and growing into a little doggie. Everyone stops me on the street to adore him and say how handsome and wonderful he is… I searched for 9 months for him and all of my diligence paid off. Nancy Knapp is so well respected and now I know why. My dog is so important to me and I wanted to be sure that when I made the decision that I was going to be happy. I KNOW I made the right choice and I couldn’t be happier!
Los Angeles, CA
Gilly Shaeffer: “He has the most even and pliable temperament…”
Los Angeles, CA
Karon Edleson: “…I had to admit, I was very impressed.”
After deciding that we could no longer live without a Golden, I called her and put down a deposit on a future puppy. From day one, it was a smooth transaction and all of my questions were answered, while awaiting for “his” arrival. When we drove to Palm Springs to pick up our “Atticus” we were ecstatic! It was very difficult to choose since the entire litter was adorable. An hour later, Atticus was in my lap drivng back to San Diego.
From the moment he became a member of our family, we had an instant connection. Today, he is six days away from turning one and all I can say, is my research paid off. He is perfect! Very affectionate and gentle in nature, not to mention very handsome! From the minute he arrived in our household, he got along great with our nine year old female Golden. In fact, they are inseparable.
Nancy’s puppies are awesome and she genuinely cares for them and loves what she does. She sent us home with detailed instructions and said we could call whenever we had an issue or question. I think I have emailed her at least half a dozen times, mostly to send updates on Atticus! Heaven forbid I lose another Golden in the near future, but I wouldn’t hesitate to call her for another one! They are lovely dogs… possibly the best breed out there!
San Diego, CA
Marcia Larson: “Many thanks to Nancy for her help and advice…”
One year after purchasing our male puppy, we purchased a female puppy from Nancy. She is also a delight and a beautiful, intelligent addition to our family. Any time we have the dogs out, we are stopped by people admiring them, both for their beautiful composition and their gentle, friendly demeanor.
Nancy was a huge help to us as we prepared to purchase our second puppy from her. Rather than simply selling us a puppy that she had “ready to go” she asked us many questions about our 1 year old male to determine what type of personality would best fit with his. We took her advice and waited a few months and were delighted with the companion puppy we chose for him. They are absolutely the best of friends.
Many thanks to Nancy for her help and advice in both choosing the pups, but also for her availability to help us whenever we’ve had questions or issues arise about housebreaking, feeding, etc.
Both dogs are beautiful, friendly, intelligent and most importantly of all, healthy. When the time comes for us to add another dog to our family, we will certainly be looking to Desert Goldens again.
San Diego, CA
Daryl and Julie Gionnette: “From day one, Abbey has been the most incredible dog.”
Daryl and Julie Gionnette
Miki Yamada: “My 9-year-old daughter Kana fell in love with Wally at first sight…”
…our life in California could never be better with Wally. We drove more than 8 hours to your place, to meet Wally. My 9-year-old daughter Kana fell in love with Wally at first sight, and he in her. He has been her loyal buddy ever since. I never expected him to be so loving, so mellow, at such a young age, and yet so playful just as a puppy should be. He brings joy, love and laughter everyday.
Irwin and Dede Levinson: “…Irwin and I are enjoying our precious Barney…”
You gave excellent directions to your house and we were there within two hours. Irwin and I were so impressed with your lovely home, your kennel conditions and your Golden Retrievers were spectacular to look at. They were blonde and well proportioned and just breathtaking. We were also impressed with you, Nancy. I have had dogs all of my life and knew you were knowledgeable about breeding and caring for animals. You really knew your “stuff” and Irwin and I did not want to leave without giving a deposit on one of your puppies.
We live in Florida and I certainly can find a Golden Retriever here in my area, but I cannot find a beautiful and mild mannered one. Barney is our fourth Golden and he is one of the best dogs we have ever owned. You did promise me that when I walked Barney on the street, people would stop and ask me where I found such a beautiful Golden Retriever. That is very true. Wherever we take him, we are stopped and asked where he came from.
The timing seemed perfect. I wanted to own Barney, so four weeks after we saw Barney, he was ready to make the trip to Florida and you brought him and stayed with us for a week. It was one of the best weeks we ever had. We thoroughly enjoyed your company and we had a lot of fun showing off our part of Florida. You were particularly important in introducing our five-year-old Baylee to Barney. We could not have done it without you. Baylee was mourning the loss of Moose and was not interested in seeing a puppy take Moose’s place. Anyway, you did a great job and we appreciate your hard work.
I am fortunate to have you as my friend and my Barney and Baylee soul mate. You advise me on diet, allergies (which Baylee struggles with), weight and behavioral problems. You are a walking source of information and you can be very proud of your achievements.
Nancy, thank you for bringing such joy into our lives. I wish I could repay you in some way, but I know I cannot. The love from one of your Goldens is worth everything. It is the only love money can buy.
Dede and Irwin Levinson
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Jan Spann: “…Nancy is nationally known and respected.”
In the ten years I have known Nancy as a breeder, I have never known her to produce any puppy with a congenital malformations (i.e. hip dysplasia, severe over/under bite, entropion, hernia, etc.) She constantly monitors the health and well being of her dams and stud dogs. Pelvic X-rays of her breeders have eliminated the fear of any congenital malformations. I have referred my personal friends to her for puppies.
As a golden retriever rescue worker, Nancy is very thorough. She checks the adult dogs for personality or temperament first. If they pass her scrutiny, she has them immediately spayed or neutered. There is no cross breeding into her breeding program, nor does she want any questionable puppies produced by random breeding. I have on occasion signed rescued dogs to be euthanized from Nancy. These dogs were either physically or mentally (personality) not capable of being placed. She is as meticulous with the rescue dogs as she is her own breeding with respect to placing the dogs. I have personally witnessed the almost 2-3 hours Nancy spends explaining training, feeding, care, health, vaccinations etc. to prospective owners even before they take the puppy. She volunteers to help whenever possible if there is a problem or question. Her purchase contract is one of the best-written contracts I have seen.
Nancy Knapp was without a doubt one of the best Humane Educators and Adoption Counselors I had the privilege to employ. She spent hours with prospective adopters trying to find just the right dog, cat, puppy or kitten for the family. She volunteered her time to make house calls to work with house breaking, barking, and general obedience problems. All this work was to ensure the animal remained in the home and not returned to the shelter. Her success rate was a testimonial to her ability to work with animals.
Riverside County Humane Investigator
Catherine Finkenstadt: “…it’s been a GLORIOUS match…”
From there I’d wanted a female…and she’d only had a litter of only males…I couldn’t wait, so I agreed to taking a male knowing it would be a bigger dog than I’d imagine.
Through circumstances and life choices, whereby Nancy judged it would not be good for the dog to have him .i.e. I could not take him to work with me in early days before all his shots and would be left alone all day. She kept the dog for me…. so whilst I missed the puppy stages. I got pictures and daily emails about how he was….
Cut to the day I could pick him up…stressful day…I’d bought cages and restraints and everything. I bring “Tucker “ home…he’s disoriented by steps, exhausted and completely freaked out …I do have to call Nancy about how to get him down steps so I can begin to housetrain him (it was hot dogs!) as I have steps in and out of my house to the back yard
From then on it’s been a GLORIOUS match…he has NEVER chewed or torn anything up in the house…he is completely content being a shadow of me…and he will continue to be. I’m lucky enough to bring him into work (it was a point of my last contract) but he’s so easy it’s not an issue.
When Nancy says she breeds for “temperament” like so many do…with her it’s TRUE…I wish I could invite anyone who reads this to meet my 2 ½ year old golden, he’s mellow, never jumps up, takes voice commands easily and LOVES children, they are like a beacon to him he just licks them all over, and the most he’ll do is be excited to see you and then settle down in your company.
Nancy has given me the best gift in my life…a golden who beats describing…and I’m not being overly gushy. I’ve met people who have goldens who need a “two or three year cooling off period” before they get “manageable”…Tucker was “cool” from the time I brought him home. I think I called Nancy asking if there was anything wrong with him since I didn’t need the fence I’d built, the dog gate I had for my car,…nothing. I
NEVER expected a dog who is happy being happy and just happy being alive with me.
He brings me joy and love in a way I never expected and I owe that all to Nancy and her breeding program.
Los Angeles, CA
Gara Rakow: “Cali is an unbelievable dog.”
Los Angeles, CA
Denise Savastano: “Nugget is best dog in the world…”
Thank you again for coming into our lives and blessing us with Nugget.
Lake Matthews, CA
Gina Champion-Cain: “…frankly, they’re better than children!”
San Diego, CA
Sam Page: “My experience with Desert Goldens has been nothing short of incredible.”
My experience with Desert Goldens has been nothing short of incredible. I contacted Nancy about a year ago. My through research looking into Golden Retriever breeders in the Southwestern U.S. ended with an email correspondence with Nancy about the litters she had or was expecting, and how many pups she had available (of course many were already spoken for, as the quality of breeding at Desert Goldens is quite well known, as I found out). I had grown up with goldens, raised puppies, and always had one in my life, so I had a very strong idea of what I was looking for in a puppy. The puppy that Nancy provided me with, a female named Oey, has now been with me for almost a year. She is everything I could have ever wanted and more. She is gorgeous beyond comparison with an incredibly sweet and playful demeanor that belies a congenial intelligence, all qualities that I know Nancy intentionally and successfully breeds for. I am constantly stopped on the streets or on hikes and asked about Oey. Her vet always comments on what a conscientious breeder Nancy must be since Oey’s eyes, ears, coat, teeth and hips are as healthy as he has seen. For as much as I believe that I got a perfect Golden girl from Nancy, I also believe that producing litters of puppies like mine is the rule at Desert Goldens, not the exception.”
Actor, Los Angeles
Ivonne & Violette: “We would have been lost without you!!!”
There is no book, or information source that can compete with a voice that speaks from experience. It is very, very comforting to know that we can always count on you and your extensive knowledge about Golden Retrievers. You have been there every step of the way; we thank you so much for that. We would have been lost without you!!!
Ivonne & Violette
Perry and Charlene Williams: “Shelby is a spectacularly bred Golden Retriever.”
Since we got her from Nancy at Desert Goldens, it’s been non stop compliments from everyone who sees her.
Her temperament is solid, she loves everyone, especially children, and she is a joy to be around. We appreciate all the research that it took and continues to take for Desert Goldens to produce animals that one can be assured will be a family asset, constant companion, and life long friend.
Shelby has all of the wonderful breed characteristics, well bred golden retrievers should haven. She posses’ the sweetness and loyalty that we were looking for. We got it all, beautiful breeding, beautiful in spirit, and beautiful to look at.
Thank You Nancy……….
Perry and Charlene Williams
San Diego, CA
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