About the Author: Ann Johnson acquired her first Golden in the 1960s as a companion for her aging German Shepherd. She has been intimately involved with Goldens
ever since. Her Goldens (owned, bred, or sired) have produced more than 300 American champions and numerous Canadian champions. Most notable of all was her national record holder, Am. Can.
Bda. Ch. Cummings' Gold-Rush Charlie, OS, SDHF. Ann holds an
A.B. in Biology from Douglass College and an M.S. in Zoology from Rutgers University, where she received a National Science Foundation traineeship grant and taught courses in Comparative Anatomy, embryology and Genetics. She has also taught courses at the college level in Developmental Biology and Principles of Biology and at the high-school level in Advanced Placement Biology, Chemistry, and Earth Science. She is listed in Who's Who in Dogs (Howell 1998) as one of "a small number of people [in the sport of purebred dogs] who has made a lasting and significant contribution."
There is no substitute for the day-to-day knowledge gained over time on a topic as varied and demanding as that of breeding and raising Golden Retrievers. A book that builds on such knowledge should be, ideally, a compendium of one person's lifetime of experience. Ann Johnson is unusually qualified to write such a book about Golden Retriever puppies. She has been breeding them for over 40 years with great success, and her Gold-Rush Goldens are known world-wide. Her knowledge of the breed has been transformed into dogs that have entered the pedigrees of many lines in the highly competitive world of the show ring.
As a biologist with professional training, Ann has an insider's understanding of the scientific aspects of animal husbandry, which is especially useful when writing about the early development of the canine. While intended for the neophyte just getting started in Goldens, this book should also interest breeders and veterinarians alike.
About the Illustrator: Karin Walter has been breeding and showing Goldens for twenty-six years and has been one of Ann's closest friends during that time. Karin is dedicated to her Goldens and has produced her share of beautiful champions. Her first Golden and first champion was Ch. Gold-Rush Sweet Adeline. Her love for Goldens and her artistic talents have been combined to produce a line of Golden Retriever artwork under the name "American Gold," which she displays at many Golden Retriever dog shows.
About Jean H. Cunningham, VMD: Jean was born in New York City in 1944. From 1951 to 1959 she lived in Saudi Arabia. During that time she was influenced by the talent and caring attitude of a young U.S. Air Force veterinarian who cared for the pets of the American ARAMCO community in his off duty hours. At age 13 she knew veterinary medicine was her future. She graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1966 with a B.S. in Pre-Med and in 1970 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine with her VMD. She practiced in Harrisburg, Pa. and in Lancaster, Pa. for a year each specializing in Small Animal Medicine. In 1971 she married Dr. Lawrence F. Smith, a classmate from Penn, and in 1972 they bought a one-half interest in Bloomsburg Veterinary Hospital, Inc. in Bloomsburg, Pa. The business has grown from the original three-doctor practice to a busy nine-doctor practice today. Dr. Smith and Dr. Cunningham retired from active practice in 2003 and 2004 respectively, but have remained involved with the practice in a relief capacity. Larry and Jean acquired their first Golden on their honeymoon in Vermont in 1971. When looking for a male to breed with their Katie, they attended a show on a day when Gold-Rush Charlie went Best-In-Show. Thus began a long friendship with Ann and Gold-Rush that continues to this day. The Smiths live on a farm near Bloomsburg and raise sheep, daylilies, vegetables, and of course, many Golden litters.