Grooming Services at Goldstock Camp

Autumn Valley Golden Retriever Rescue has been attending Goldstock since the beginning except for one year when it clashed with the Golden Retriever Club of America’s National Specialty. We started off small with just me grooming and things expanded from there as our group grew. Grooming back in the day was usually from morning until dinner time and it was done on the deck of the rec hall.  I remember not even stopping for lunch and Jenny O’Brien would bring me food and hand feed it to me. Those were the days J . Then we moved the grooming to under the back deck for a few years and now we have a setup in the garage area of the rec hall. Groomers from the past were Cheryl Minnier & Jane Fish. We had some very hairy Goldens to groom and one we nicknamed the Yak. It took all three of us to get the job done. Along came Brenda Woodard, Carol Dunn, Joe Anne Goodling & Eileen Hoyson to name a few that helped with the grooming. We groom mostly Goldens and have attempted at times other breeds. I even went so far as to groom Buddy’s Newfie.

We will have Nancy's All Natural treats available for sale & I will also be doing grooming once again but on a very limited basis as I will be traveling back and forth to camp daily.

If you would like an appointment, please e-mail me at You may also register for grooming at our booth. For the newbies, all dogs must be dry before I can groom them. A dryer will be available for you.

There is no set fee only a donation to our rescue. If you make an appointment please keep it.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Bark Trivia at Goldstock

Photo Credit: Linda Walter

Photo Credit: Linda Walter

The time and place is still to be determined but "Bark Trivia" is back again this year to provide a couple hours of belly aching laughs. Each team will consist of 5-6 people. Each team needs a name and $5.00 per person to enter. The winning team will decide which rescue to donate the money to. You can come as a team or as an individual and we will put together a team that night. Please sign up below, when you have a team, or if you need to be put on a team, so we can anticipate how many people will be playing. Come meet new people and have some laughs.

Event Coordinators: Roni Perlzweig and Pam Higdon

Sign Up for Canine Good Citizen® Testing at Camp

This year, I will be doing the CGC test at Goldstock. Because I arrive on Thursday and leave Tuesday, we are adding two additional times for the testing. In addition to Saturday from 9-10 am (which conflicts with other fun stuff going on), there will also be Friday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm and Monday from 9 to 10 am. If anyone is interested in Trick Dog testing, please let me know in advance if possible. I don't know what equipment we will have available, but we can figure something out. Here's a link for information on Trick Dog.

A few people have registered for the CGC test with Goldens and did not include their AKC number. I asked one registrant and she said she did not have a number because her dog came from a rescue.

If, like mine, your purebred Golden did not come from an AKC litter, you can still participate in AKC events, including getting the AKC CGC award as a title and Trick Dog, too. You need a Purebred Alternative Listing. Here is more info on that.

If you have a dog that is a mix, you are not excluded either. Here is a link for information on the AKC Canine Partner Listing.

To be eligible for either the PAL or the Canine Partner, your dog must be spayed or neutered, which rescues are.

The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. You'll need to bring your own dog comb or brush (if you forget, one can be provided). This test requires pre-registration and you can click below to sign up. The test costs $15.00 with all proceeds going to Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue so either cash (preferred) or a check/money order written out to them would be great. After signing up the event coordinator will get back to you to set up a testing time at camp.

Event Coordinator: Jamileh-Sofia DiGuida