Adirondac Hilfy of Fern Hill OD, CDX, ASCA CD, TDI, CGC 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
Height: 23" Weight: 60 pounds
Hilfy is the foundation of our breeding program. Although now retired from breeding and competition, she continues to rule the roost
here at Fern Hill. The accomplishments of her puppies have now qualified her for the Golden Retriever Club of America's Outstanding Dam title. She joins her parents
and all four grandparents who have also earned GRCA outstanding producer titles. Thanks to breeders
Carol Lantiegne and Joan and Ken Kogut for this beautiful, brilliant, bouncy golden! She is a wonderful companion, a superb mother,
a great working farm dog, and a stylish worker in the obedience ring. She has loads of talent for field work as you would expect from her heritage, but we have
only done the most basic work with her in that area. She is a superb mouser in the barn, and has earned the nickname Hilfy Molemaster for her ability to sniff
the blighters out in their tunnels, dig them out and finish them off. She can catch rabbits and squirrels on the run, leap up in the air and catch low-flying
birds, and at a burrow she never gives up till she catches her prey. She enjoys swimming in our pool in the hot days of summer, and splashing through any puddle that comes her way.
In the house, she is calm and companionable. Her favorite indoor activity is watching TV, especially nature shows, dog shows, horse racing, and bull riding.
She is distressed that our family doesn't watch TV nearly as often as she would like! Hilfy's performance career was frequently interrupted by Mommy duties,
and now that we are actively showing her daughters, 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, therapy, and police work. They also are wonderful family pets!
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 Outstanding Dam Title
To earn this title, Hilfy had to have at least three offspring with advanced titles (Senior Hunter, Utility Dog, etc.) totalling at least 32 points.
Hilfy's qualifying progeny are Young's Rusty Speaker of Fernhill MH, Fern Hill Hunter MH, and our own
Fern Hill SuperCalifragilistic MH CD! Several other sons and daughters are close to qualifying titles as well. A big thanks
to Rusty's and Hunter's owners for the time and effort (and money!) in competing with their dogs, and a huge hug to each of Hilfy's children!
Hilfy Earns her Companion Dog Excellent Title
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 daughters, 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 at the Chattanooga show 10/23/10
At 8 1/2 years, Hilfy competed in Open Obedience. She would have passed, but I disqualified us with an extra command on the last exercise -- I was
so excited that I lost my head, so we still don't have that second leg. 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 hope this means we have many more years with Hilfy. 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. Unfortunately, Hilfy's look-alike sister, Adirondac Summertime,
died this past winter of kidney failure at 9-1/2. She was a grand gal, and we want to extend our deepest sympathies to her owners, Tom and Diane.