2019 Was A GREAT Year!

Caris earned 11 nosework titles in NACSW, UKC and C-WAGS in 2019.  Her daughter, Handfull, earned 2 agility titles, 2 tracking titles, and 19 nosework titles.  Most notably Handfull earned her Champion Tracker and NW3 Elite.  Promise, Handfull’s puppy, is in training and ready to start work in 2020!  Go Kingsbridge girls!

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Puppies are here!

Handfull and her puppiesFour boys and four girls were born on June 11, 2019.  They are all black, wiggly, active, nursing and gaining weight daily.  Handfull is a wonderful mother keeping them safe, warm, nursing and cleaning up after them.  The largest pup was 1 lb 2.5 oz and the smallest 14 oz.

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Handfull Earns VST and CT


Handfull earned her VST & CT titles in Springfield, MO under judges Linda Baschnagel & Carol Clark.  We were 1 of 4 entries and the only passing team.  This was Handfull’s 1st attempt & she worked very hard.  So proud of my girl!

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Kingsbridge girls score in 2017!

Caris earned 14 titles this year including agility, nose work and trick dog. Handfull earned 11 titles in rally, obedience, agility, nose work, tracking, tricks, conformation and Canine Good Citizen. These performances demonstrate the versatility of Flat-Coated Retrievers.  Both Caris and Handfull were trained and handled by Kathleen Stevens.

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Kathleen Stevens is an Avidog Associate Breeder


What does being an Avidog Associate Breeder mean?  It means being a responsible breeder who raises pups to be as healthy and stable as possible, and committed to:

  • Continuing education;
  • Choosing dog parents carefully;
  • Taking good care of dog mom;
  • Nurturing baby puppies;
  • Creating stimulating puppy environments and well planned socialization and development; and
  • Carefully matching each puppy to its new home.

To learn more click on this link.


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Tralee earns Junior Hunter


Tralee earned her AKC Junior Hunter title on May 7th at the Golden Retriever Club of IL Hunt Test in Wilmington, IL under judges Susan Steffey and Judy Merians.  To earn the title a dog must successfully complete 2 land and 2 water retrieves in 4 different tests.  At 9 years old Tralee is still running strong!

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Kathleen Completes Breeder’s Course


Kathleen completed a 10-module online course designed for dog breeders.  This Avidog University course covered breeding goals and stretegies, selecting breeding stock, epigenetics, puppy rearing methods, puppy evalutions, selecting homes and matching puppies to new homes.  Looking forward to incorporating this learning into our next litter.   Avidog ITDB Crse 2015

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New Sign

Entrance SignNew sign at entrance to our property.  Just love it!


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Great 4th of July for Agility

20150706_155455-1Tralee, Caris & I had a fabulous w.e. over the 4th of July doing agility at the CCDS CPE Agility Trial at the Livestock Center, IL State Fairgrounds under Judge Mary Beam.  Both girls Q’d 10/11 runs over the 3-day trial.  Tralee finished 2-Level 4 titles and Caris 3-Level 2 titles.Caris Agility 6.30.15

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Agility Titles Earned

The Kingsbridge girls had two outstanding agility weekends in June.  Tralee completed her AKC Excellent Agility Jumpers With Weaves Preferred (AJP) title at the DOTC trial aJune 2015 New Titlest Dog Sports at Kim’s in Caseyville the w.e. of June 12-14.  Caris finished her AKC Open Jumpers With Weaves Preferred (OJP) the weekend before at the POTC trial at Avanti’s Dome in Pekin.  Caris now has her AKC Versatile Companion Dog 2 (VCD2) title.  So proud of my girls!

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