At a beautiful farm in Sonoma County, California, cream-colored Golden retriever puppies are at the heart of a therapy program. A woman named Shayla breeds the goldens and uses them to help people. Here is their story.
Shayla grew up on a dairy farm in Petaluma, California. She loved being raised on a farm so much, when she inherited the farm, she turned it her own paradise. Having grown up with a golden retriever on her farm, Shayla knew she would end up with goldens in her life in some way. She decided to dedicate her free hours to breeding the special dogs.
After earning a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, Shayla adopted a Golden retriever as a therapy dog for her patients.
That golden retriever was named Noam, and Shayla describes him as the love of her life. Shayla brought Noam to the nursing home she was working at when the puppy was just four months old. Everyone loved the retriever so much, Shayla decided to start breeding goldens on her farm.
Since she started her breeding program, Shayla has made it her goal to use her golden retrievers for therapy.
She takes her golden retriever puppies to hospitals, nursing homes, and churches in Sonoma County. Her farm, now called Stage Gulch Goldens, is a dream. She has several beautiful golden retrievers, and Shayla hopes she can have all of her dogs helping people in one way or another.
Recently, Stage Gulch Goldens shared their puppies with a group of children at the Petaluma Valley Baptist Church in Sonoma County. It was an event for ASPIRE, the church’s youth group. The friendly puppies were released in the gymnasium and went wild! Bouncing from one end of the gymnasium to the other, and everywhere in between. So adorable and the children really loved the experience!
Credits: Stage Gulch Goldens Instagram
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