Adirondac Hilfy of Fern Hill CDX OD CCA TDI CGC ASCA-CD SR017085/01
Sire: SR Highland Hoya MH, WCX, OS #SN404168/12
Dam: Adirondac My-Tee Marcy MH,CDX,WCX,Can WC,OD,CCA,TDI,CGC #SN480493/01
Born May 6, 2002, died January 4, 2016 of old age & kidney failure
Height: 23" Weight: 64 pounds
Hilfy is the foundation of our breeding program. She continued to rule the roost here at Fern Hill until her death at 13 years, 8 months in January 2016.
The accomplishments of her puppies qualified her for the Golden Retriever Club of America's Outstanding Dam title. She joined her parents
and all four grandparents who also earned GRCA outstanding producer titles. Thanks to breeders
Carol Lantiegne and Joan and Ken Kogut for this beautiful, brilliant, bouncy golden! She was a wonderful companion, a superb mother,
a great working farm dog, and a stylish worker in the obedience ring. She had loads of talent for field work as you would expect from her heritage, but we
only did the most basic work with her in that area. She was a superb mouser in the barn, and earned the nickname Hilfy Molemaster for her ability to sniff
the blighters out in their tunnels, dig them out and finish them off. In her younger days, she could catch rabbits and squirrels on the run and leap up in the air and catch low-flying
birds. She enjoyed going on walks with me, swimming in our pool in the hot days of summer, and splashing through any puddle that came her way.
In the house, she was calm and companionable. Her favorite indoor activity was watching TV, especially nature shows, dog shows, horse racing, and bull riding.
She was distressed that our family doesn't watch TV nearly as often as she would have liked! Hilfy's performance career was frequently interrupted by Mommy duties,
and once we began actively showing her daughters and granddaughter, she still didn't get the opportunities she deserved. Her 'kids' are active in many venues, from hunting and
hunt testing, through obedience, rally, and agility, to search and rescue, tracking, therapy, and police work. They also are wonderful family pets!
She was the perfect pet and foundation dog -- joyous, a great companion -- think of a good thing to say about a dog and it was true of Hilfy. We will always miss her, and are
eternally glad to have shared her life and love, and that she has 26 puppies and a number of grand and great-grand puppies to carry on her indomitable spirit.
Hips are GOOD (OFA GR-83222G24F-PI)
Elbows are NORMAL (OFA GR-EL9570F24-PI)
Heart is NORMAL (OFA GR-CA7703/24F/C-PI)
Eyes are NORMAL (CERF GR-27863/2010-104)
Normal/Clear results for PRA-prcd (Progressive Retinal Atrophy): OFA GR-PRA11/68F-PI
Hilfy Earns her CCA Title
The Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA) sponsors the Certificate of Conformation Assessment program, which provides for three conformation judges to evaluate
presented dogs against the Golden Retriever Standard. If they make a minimum score of 75% under three separate evaluators, they are awarded a Certificate. Hilfy
was presented for the first time at the GRCA National Specialty on October 27, 2014, and passed by all three evaluators her first time out with flying colors and high scores in all
categories from all evaluators. She also received many, many compliments on her outstanding condition and youthful appearance (except for the gray), her wonderful free and correct movement, her beautiful head,
and her overall quality conformation. Hilfy loved the attention and getting to be out in the ring again!
After an almost three year break, Hilfy returned to the obedience ring in 2009 and earned her first Open leg
at the Western Carolina show in Waynesville, NC, in her first Open class. She qualified with a third place ribbon out of a
class of 10. She did it in spite of her nervous handler (Karen) who (embarassingly) was single-handedly responsible for losing 6 points
through handler errors. It took another two years before we got her out to finish up -- Jim handled her for her second leg
also at Asheville on October 8th, 2011 with a second place ribbon, and earned her title at the Knoxville Cluster Show on November 3, 2011 with
a first place finish. We retired her from the show ring at 9 1/2 -- we think she can just play from now on!
Hilfy and Jim pose for pictures following their title run, with judge Russell Hornfisher
Hilfy Passes her TDI test
Hilfy passed her TDI test in February 2010 with flying colors. We have not been active in therapy work, unfortunately,
as our schedules just haven't permitted adding this to our plates. We hope this will happen sometime in the future, as Hilfy
loves meeting new people.
HILFY FINISHES HER AKC CD NOVEMBER 4, 2006!
At the Tennessee Vally Kennel Club Obedience Trial, Hilfy qualified for her third leg
and placed 1st with a score of 193 1/2 in her Novice A class. She was only 1/2 point behind tying
for High Score in Trial. Yay, Hilfy! She earned all her legs with placements of 3rd or better.
HILFY EARNS HER ASCA CD NOVEMBER 20, 2005
Hilfy and Karen at the ASCA Thanksgiving Show, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, November 19-20, 2005
Hilfy wins her ASCA CD, 3 legs in the minimum 3 shows, with 1st or second place in each leg.
Hily was an outstanding mother, and her puppies that have competed have done very well in many different venues, earning her the Golden Retriever
Club of America's prestigious Outstanding Dam title.
Although Hilfy is through having puppies, if you might be interested in a puppy from one of her descendants, see our
Puppy Information page or drop us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Working/
competition homes are preferred, but the quality of the home is most important.
Hilfy with her CCA ribbon 11/7/14. Other than being grey, she certainly
doesn't look like an old dog!
Calendar girls: Hilfy and Penny together. This picture is featured in one of the 2015
Golden Retriever desk calendars
Hilfy at the Chattanooga show 10/23/10
At 8 1/2 years, Hilfy competed in Open Obedience. She would have passed at this test, but I disqualified us with an extra command on the last exercise -- I was
so excited that I lost my head, so we had to wait a little longer to get our title. The broad jump picture is typical
of the exuberance that she uses on this exercise; the high jump picture is not typical as she usually sails
over with room to spare. She didn't hit the jump, but it's hard to see how she missed from this picture.
Hilfy thinks there are too many pillows on this sofa! 7/24/10
She may have a gray face, but she is still a bouncy and very active dog in her prime.
Above, retrieving bumpers at Lorie Jolly's (4/18/09). At right, home but waiting for some action (4/14/09)!
Hilfy practices her jumps, January 2006
Christmas Eve 2005
Hilfy, 9 weeks pregnant with her March 2007 puppies.
Hilfy and her puppy Penny go to work every day with Karen. Here are the well-behaved
office dogs, November 10, 2005.
Hilfy in waiting, April 30, 2005
Hilfy at two years old, May 24, 2004
Playing in the snow -- March 3, 2003, 10 months old
January 15, 2003 - 8 months
Hilfy, mid September, 2002
Hilfy at 5 months, October 5, 2002
Hilfy at 16 weeks, late August, 2002
Hilfy sitting at attention, late August, 2002
Hilfy at 9 weeks, July 2002
Swimming lessons, July 2002
Hilfy at 13 weeks playing with Lucky, our Australian Shepherd -- August 2002
Hilfy Comes Home from New York State, June 29, 2002
In summer 2006, Hilfy's dam Marcy was awarded the Outstanding Dam certificate from the Golden Retriever Club of America for the talents and
accomplishments of her progeny. As Marcy's mother Tupper Tee (who lived to 16 and was still showing in veteran's
obedience classes just a few months before she died) is also an OD, this makes her a second generation! Congratulations
to her breeders/owners Adirondac Kennels on this very special accomplishment, and to the owners of all the special Hilfy siblings that
earned this award for Marcy. Hoya earned his Outstanding Sire title posthumously in 2010 -- well deserved, as he was a terrific sire of quality puppies.
Longevity runs strong in this pedigree, and we Her grandparents died at 14.5 years, 2 at 15 years, and Tupper made it to 16.
Her sire Hoya died of liver disease shortly before his 13th birthday, and Marcy lasted until a few months short of 14 as did Hilfy.