(August 5th, 1995 ^^ October 31st, 2009)

SHR,UCD Rachel's Riviera Dream CDX, JH, AXP,
ADHF, (NADAC Hall of Fame)

DOB: August 5th, 1995 in Morrow, GA

Dreamer 11 yrs old (10-06)
(photo by Diane Lewis)

He was brought into my life when a friend showed me a couple of pedigrees from the breeder of her own dog (Linda Kotts-Rachel Goldens).  

It was NOT a good time for me. I was recently divorced, living on my own, and had 3 dogs already living with me....just WHAT was I thinking to even consider it??

Well....after researching the pedigrees and asking lots of people, I decided it was a litter that could not be passed up!!

I contacted Linda and we talked, she offered me 1st pick male.  And on August 5th, 1995 she called to tell me there were 4 males and 1 female...great lots to pick from. :)

I flew up to Morrow, GA and well, let's say - Dreamer picked ME out, not the other way around.

From the start he has been something "special" - always by my side, "Mr. Personality,"  with a wonderful work ethic yet he loves to snuggle!!

It was a case of "over-smothering" when it came to his upbringing...prelims on hips at 6 months and again at 12 months (not leaving anything to chance here!), eyes checked, heart checked.

At 2 years he had his OFA films done, PennHip done, elbows done.  We also did feet and wrists knowing he'd be doing A LOT of jumping in agility (this was on the advice of the surgeons!) and eyes rechecked. EVERYTHING cleared wonderfully!! (End result:  OFA "Good", Top 10% in PennHip, elbows cleared, eyes cleared, heart cleared) 


NOW he could begin showing!!!

Dreamer began his agility career (first show at 2 yrs, 3 months) and was off like a shot. He showed 6 times in the AKC ring then he was in Exc. and after 4 weekends in USDAA he was in Masters (you cannot move up on Sunday when you title on Saturday in USDAA)!!! 

Then our world was shattered...losing "JJ."   I mourned my greatest loss - but also Dreamer mourned.  You could see it in him...his big brother and constant companion was gone!!! It took him 6 month to run around a particular tree that they both used to race around in the backyard.

Boy, did he have BIG, BIG shoes to fill...all my goals, time, and efforts were now on him!  I wasn't sure this "baby" dog would be able to hold up to it!

I have to say....he has done that and MORE!!!



Dreamer has had quite the career with many FIRSTS to his name!

**He has appeared on Animal Planet on 4 different shows doing agility.

**He was invited to participate in the "ESPN Great Outdoor Games in Lake Placid, NY" agility competition (July, 2002).

**He has appeared on the cover of "Pet Professional," a supply magazine for pets.

**He has appeared on the cover of "Front N Finish" Dog trainers magazine.

**Earned his AKC "MACH" title finishing his 750 points needed on his 10th Double Q (QQ).  He was the 9th  Golden Retriever  in the USA to earn this title.

**Dual Placed on ALL 20 of his QQ in AKC towards his MACH1.

**Earned his USDAA "ADCH" title after 18 weekends trialing.

**The FIRST Golden in Florida to earn the USDAA "ADCH" title.

**The FIRST Golden in Florida to have both a MACH and ADCH.

**The FIRST Golden in Florida to have a MACH3  title.

**The FIRST and ONLY Golden in Florida to earn the NADAC "NATCH" title (in only 9 weekends of showing) at 8 yrs old.

**The FIRST and ONLY Golden to earn the NADAC "NATCH6".

**Third dog to hold a NATCH in the state of Florida (First was Mindy Lytle and Zoe - JRT, Second was Shari Silvey and Peaches - Aussie).

**The FIRST Golden to have earned an "ATCH" title through ASCA and then the "ATCH-OP" (Outstanding) and then the "ATCH-SP" (Superior).

**The FIRST GOLDEN to hold "4" AGILITY CHAMPION TITLES from "4" different organizations in the entire USA!! (then went on to earn numerous MACH's and NATCH's and ATCH's)

**Qualified for the USDAA Grand Prix National 3 years in a row, while actively showing in USDAA.

**Qualified for the AKC National for 5 years in a row, while actively showing in AKC.

**Qualified for the GRCA's (Golden Retriever Club of America) "ADHF" (Agility Hall of Fame) as soon as it was 
created by the GRCA.

**Was ranked in the GRCA Top Twenty Agility rankings for 3 years in a row.

**Ranked in the Lifetime Ranking for Goldens in 2004 being #10 and #8 in MACH points and MACH Double Q's.

**Dreamer was awarded the Mid-Fla. Golden Retriever Clubs "Agility Dog of the Year" - for years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004!

**After only 4 trials he earned enough Elite points to qualify for the NADAC Championship in Calgary, Canada in 2003!

**Came home the Double Digit 20+ Veteran Champion at the St. Louis NADAC Championships in 2005!

**Entered the NADAC Hall of Fame (upon earning his NATCH5) - and is I believe the FIRST (currently only) Golden to do so!

**Earned his AKC CD in 4 tries with 2 placements.

**Earned his UKC CD in 3 tries with 2 placements and a HIGH IN TRIAL

**Earned his AKC CDX in 5 tries with 2 placements

**Earned his AKC JH (junior Hunter) title with his 4th leg being given scores of  ALL 10's by BOTH judges!

**Earned his GRCA WC (working certificate) title twice

**Earned his UKC SHR (started hunting retriever) title 3 passes in a row

**Earned his "RN-RA-RE" (AKC Rally titles) in 3 tries each at 12.5 yrs old (all w/placements except one)

Dreamer's in PRINT!


Pet Professional Direct - 2000 (Pet Supply company)


Front n Finish - August 2005

Ad in the Golden Retriever News - May/June 2004
(created by Coralee Leon)

Ad in Golden Retriever News - May/June 2006 Performance Dog Issue
(created by Diane Lewis)

Mid-Fla Golden Retriever Clubs "salute to seniors" - ad, September 2007

Dreamers photo is used for an article in DogSport Magazine

DogSport Magazine March/April, 2007
Picture by Diane Lewis. Article written by Claire Dudar, DVM in response to a question "I see some dogs competing at 12 and 13 yrs old and while others retire at 9 yrs old. What factors should I consider when deciding to retire my older dogs from competition?"

(note: Dreamer was 11 yrs old in this picture, when Diane took the picture and I didn't know it, he was waiting on HIS chair while I walked a course and she handed him a ribbon <G> he was competing in this NADAC agility trial)

Dreamer's photo in the Sept, 2008 AKC Gazette. Quite the surprise as I don't know this Vet (he's in Canada) nor that Dreamer was going to be in there!! Photo by Diane Lewis

all pictures and articles copyrighted by Becky Nicholas and not for public use.