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Jamel Hamka
Recherche Goldens
Statesville, NC
Phone: (704)990-8030
Website: www.RechercheGoldens.com
Breed: Golden Retriever
Average Rating: 5
Number of Ratings: 32
AKC:Yes

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Posted By: GVarley
Date Posted: 03/26/2014
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If you are interested in an English Cream Golden Retriever, I can't recommend Recherche Goldens any higher. While this is definitely a business for them, they pay individual attention to each puppy and offer very high quality dogs. I could not be happier with our decision.



 
Posted By: Posner.easton@gmail.com
Date Posted: 09/26/2013
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In searching for the newest member of our family, we found Recherché Goldens and then our hearts found, Miss Pearl Bailey, our 14 week old English Cream Golden Retriever. The thoroughness of the owners, Jamel and Chastity, gave us great confidence that we had found the right puppy for our family. Recherché does not compromise on anything, and therefore, we ended up with a beautiful, healthy and perfectly trained dog. It was a pleasure to deal with these fine folks . We would highly recommend Recherché to anyone looking for quality.



 
Posted By: ddnyquist
Date Posted: 09/26/2013
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Our dog, Lola, is absolutely a dream... She is beautiful inside and out. Learns quickly. Patient w children and other pets. Health clearances are such a comfort. We are more and more thrilled everyday with her. We have had Goldens over the years and loved them all, but Lola is special - honestly addictive, and irreplaceable. We stumbled on the Recherche site and started looking into it and were and are absolutely pleased in every way. I can honestly say that I would tell anyone that is looking for a Golden that these pups are a rare find. Deirdre Nyquist



 
Posted By: lwm1974
Date Posted: 09/06/2013
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I was very impressed with this breeder. He loves the breed and you could tell he had done his homework. I liked the fact that he was very interested in me and making sure his pup would have a good home. My pup Beckham just turned 1 and he is beautiful and so smart. So blessed to have him Laura Manning



 
Posted By: Nancy
Date Posted: 09/06/2013
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We purchased Cooper in August of this year! He is the most well mannered and happy puppy we've ever owned. He is an absolute sweetheart! Before picking up Cooper we received many detailed emails concerning how he was doing in training. We also received many pictures via email. We could not be more pleased with Jamel and Charity as breeders. Every time we emailed Jamel with questions, he responded promptly and was very thorough in his answers. We would purchase another pup from Recherche Goldens in a heart beat.



 
Posted By: ritasinger
Date Posted: 09/05/2013
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What a wonderful puppy we got from Recherche Goldens! She is perfect in every way..Jamel and Charity Hamka were so helpful and available to work with as we selected our puppy. They met our every need and questions quickly and professionally. Plus, our dog is happy, well adjusted and healthy. I highly recommend their training program too. Our dog came to us at 4 months potty trained, crate trained, socialized and knowing of several voice commands. We could not be happier. Thank you Recherche for caring so much about your dogs. Rita & George Singer



 
Posted By: lauman
Date Posted: 09/04/2013
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Sophie Bella is what we have decided is a "lifetime dog" - we can't imagine ever getting a better girl than we have in Sophie. She is just over a year old now - and is VERY healthy. She came to us already WELL trained. People are always awed that she is as young as she is - because she is super mellow. Don't get me wrong, when it's playtime, she's all about it, but when she needs to mind her manners, she absolutely does. We knew she'd be a travelling dog, so Jamel took the time to put her in several different motion-sensitive atmospheres to make sure that she'd be ready to live the life we had planned for her. I'm happy to say that our boating, flying, driving, running girl is doing awesome. We truly adore her!



 
Posted By: pewebster
Date Posted: 09/02/2013
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We are very satisfied with our purchase, early on had some issues with the food breeder recommended that resulted in loose stool which is difficult for house breaking, but breeder advised us of a change in the manufacturers formulation of the food and advised us to gradually switch to another food and offered several options to choose from. From the time we placed a deposit on our puppy Jamal emailed us with updates and photos, I would have liked more but didn't want to be a pest. Overall, we have a healthy, happy & very handsome 6 month old golden and would recommend this breeder to friends and family.



 
Posted By: pkalb
Date Posted: 09/01/2013
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We brought our White Golden Retriever into the family because my daughters desperately wanted a dog - but we have all fallen in love with the dog we got through Jamel Hamka. He is sweet-tempered, wonderful with children, mellow when we want to just hang out, but wants to play when everyone wants to play. He has been a wonderful addition to our family. Every time friends come over, they say - I wish we could take him home (we won't let them). Even our vet said she'd love to take him home!



 
Posted By: bsc8858
Date Posted: 09/01/2013
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I was very impressed with my breeder: Recherché Goldens. Jamel Hamka is a man of integrity and he clearly cares deeply about his dogs. He also cares about the (potential) homes where his puppies will go. I had 2nd pick of the litter & trusted Jamel to make the choice for me based on the temperament/personality I was hoping for in our future family member. We ended up with the most perfect match for our family. Our puppy, Roxie, is now 3 years old and she has become the envy of my entire neighborhood. Everyone LOVES our dog! She is beautiful, smart, playful, extremely obedient, very healthy, mild mannered and engaging... Hardly a day goes by that another dog owner comments to me how they wish their dog was as well behaved as Roxie. She loves all the children and also plays well with other dogs. I recently had her certified as a therapy dog; she goes with me to visit people in the hospital. She is the best dog ever!



 
Posted By: lisa7854
Date Posted: 08/31/2013
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There is 100% no question in my heart and mind what so ever that Jamel Hamka at Recherché Goldens loves and cares about every single dog, puppy and person that enters his life. Purchasing a puppy was a very carefully sought out decision for me. I had many dogs in my life, starting from a very young age. Our family loved our dogs! To make a very long story short, my dog of 16 years had to be put down. She had been through so much of my very young adult life with me. I taught her to dive for rocks, climb trees & play fetch as if it was her full time job. She was my sporty little Boykin Spaniel, Kailey. Well, the both of us had walked through great times as well as not so great times together and for those 16 years she was my best friend. I had spent 11 of those 16 years as a volunteer firefighter & EMT in my town. Kailey joined the department with me. She seldom missed a meeting or a drill. As the 16 years came to a close, Kailey was ready to go (I can’t say that I was ready for her to go). As I mentioned Kailey was a very sporty, beautiful Boykin Spaniel. She always kept me on my toes. Those 16 years that ticked away brought Kailey closer to her Angels; I on the other hand grew a little less able to “stay on my toes”. My desire to remain as a volunteer firefighter & EMT decreased. I still had a very strong desire to volunteer, but knew it was time to find something else – a different way to give back to my community. I wanted to find a way to incorporate my passion for animals and volunteering. The ultimate goal was to fully take a puppy through all of the training in order to have a therapy dog. I dreamed of traveling to health facilities and having the kind of dog that would act as an ambassador of good will and love. I recall filling-out Recherché Golden’s application and hoping they would accept my application to attain one of their puppies. They did – I was so excited! I had previously had Goldens growing-up. They are generally wonderful dogs for what I was looking to do. My BIG key traits were temperament and trainability. All and more of my expectations were met and then exceeded. I told Jamel what I was looking to do. He discussed his breeding lines and methodology involved in his pups. I live in Connecticut and had flown down several times to meet the dogs and Jamel (sometimes at the spur of the moment). He has the most impeccable kennel I have ever seen. Everything had its place and every detail had been considered in producing the most wonderful puppies you could imagine. There was not one question that went un-answered. I had been waiting for one specific female of his to have pups and one day she finally did. It was a small litter this time. I knew I wanted a female with a very specific temperament and energy level. Jamel and I kept in close contact after the pups were born. There was only one female and she was beautiful, but growing more and more independent by the day. This was not going to work for what I wanted her to do. Jamel understood my concerns and moved me to another litter’s first pick. I waited some more…. And there they were!!! A big pile of puppies! Choosing would have been nearly impossible if Jamel had not given his professional advice. I enrolled in their puppy training program (so worth the extra money). I had a puppy who was fully crate trained, house trained, knew her name, came when she was called, well socialized and knew a few basic commands at 12 weeks of age. This all was PRICELESS to me! We had a great stepping-off on our training. We completed Basic Obedience with flying colors and well into Advanced Obedience. She is such a wonderful dog. Her name is Noella “Ella” for short. We go everywhere together, even work! It’s wonderful to see a room full of adults melt to the floor to sit with her and pet her. She is only 6 months old and has taught people valuable lessons already. Adults that were otherwise at odds were sitting on the floors laughing and hugging her already. They ask all the time if Ella will come visit their office. Recherché Goldens is the most professional, caring people & quality dogs you shall find. All their dogs have wonderful temperaments. As long as Recherché Goldens keeps breeding their dogs I would only buy a dog from them. They fill their dogs with so much love, you can feel it when you bring your pup home!



 
Posted By: Hunterthedog
Date Posted: 08/31/2013
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I love my new puppy hunter. I never saw his place because he was shipped to me. My dog sits,rides in a car perfectly and has never made a potty mistake In one month now. I could see he was well taken care of growing up before I got him. What a great temperament. This is my fourth golden and by far the best puppy I have ever had. Thankyou Rechreche Goldens. Cici Nash Lake Havasu City, Az.



 
Posted By: dnanscott
Date Posted: 08/31/2013
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Jamel and Charity do a absolutely amazing job with the puppies!!! I got a pup (Jessie) from them about 5 months ago and she is healthy, smart and so sweet!! When I picked her up at the airport she walked right out of the kennel and I took her to some grass and she used the bathroom. Then she was so playful and I could not believe how great she looked. Jamel and Charity are also wonderful at puppy training. This was the best money spent to have a trained pup when you bring them home. I was dreading having to stay up with a crying pup - but Jessie was perfect in the crate, was potty trained, walked perfect on the leash and knows many commands. She was also so playful and you could tell they loved her and took excellent care of her while she was with Rechereche. My vet was amazed with Jessie at her check-up and she told me I had a excellent healthy puppy. It was wonderful to be able to walk perfect with her on the leash and while waiting for the vet to call us she just laid down and was perfect!! I was thrilled with her then but when we got her home and with my other dogs - let me just say that Jessie has been a total joy to have in our home - Jamel and Charity are so knowledgeable about the food to feed them and things to stay away from - and also about vaccines etc. I have learned so much from them and I have had dogs my whole life. They want to keep in contact and I have emailed many times and they are so quick to reply - I could not be more happy with Jessie and my experience with Recherche Goldens!! They are so trustworthy and really interested in the kind of life their pup will have. I really like that - and if you are lucky enough to get a puppy from them one day - you will not be disappointed but totally amazed at your new family member. I hope to get another puppy from them one day - you can have total confidence in Recherche and my husband said "our next puppy will be from Recherche - and no one else" that just about sums up our great experience with Jamel and Charity - 5 STAR!!!!



 
Posted By: midcities72
Date Posted: 08/31/2013
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We are in Texas and had our puppy shipped via the Airlines.This has been a very pleasant experience. Jamal & Charity communicated very well with updated photos as ACE grew to 12 weeks. We received our puppy via United Airlines and he is everything we wanted. Well trained, healthy, happy and loving puppy. After 5 weeks he has become a loving member of our family bringing us joy on a daily basis. The Hamka's are wonderful and I without reservation give my recommend Recherche Goldens.



 
Posted By: Louisa
Date Posted: 08/31/2013
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Jamal Hamka of Recherche Goldens is an exceptional breeder. My puppy is the most beautiful, healthy, well adjusted and friendly puppy I have ever owned. Jamal took several hours communicating with me about the breed, possible illnesses, training and proper nutrition. Jamal and his wife spend hours training and socializing these exceptional pups. He is one in a million! I would definitely buy another Recherché Golden. I highly recommend this breeder without reservation.



 
Posted By: pierresimler
Date Posted: 08/31/2013
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We have always had three Golden Retrievers at a time. When our oldest passed away, we contacted Jamel Hamka at Recherché Goldens. His personality evaluation of the puppies was spot on correct. The first visit to our Vet confirmed how healthy our puppy was. Our oldest is now 13 so we understand that he is enjoying the last years of his life. We will certainly be speaking with Jamel when the time comes.



 
Posted By: Alexander
Date Posted: 08/31/2013
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Jamel was outstanding !! He was very responsive to virtually all of our questions and was more than willing to discuss any issue surrounding our puppy long after we took him home. We were very skeptical about buying a puppy via the internet but our experience could not have been better. We strongly recommend Jamel and Charity to anyone wanting a great addition to their family !!!



 
Posted By: Hoosier Daddy
Date Posted: 08/31/2013
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We had an excellent experience with Recherche Goldens and their puppy academy. Our puppy is well adjusted and fit it great with our family. We are frequently stopped because people are amazed by what a beautiful and well behaved dog we have. My father recently commented that "Samson" is the best dog he has ever had and he's had dogs his entire life (even though Samson is not his dog). I would highly recommend Recherche Goldens and we will be using them again.



 
Posted By: Daisy#1
Date Posted: 08/30/2013
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I personally picked up my beautiful English Cream Golden Retriever from Recherché Golden's home where Jamel and Charity have a huge, lovely piece of property (a GREAT place where the dogs can run freely and have lots of fun)! The puppies could not be better taken care of (this is NO PUPPY MILL)! Recherché Goldens take care to breed the sweetest, calmest (and top quality) Goldens. I previously had a gorgeous English Cream Golden from another good breeder that I had to put down before I purchased my new one, and I truly thought I would never be happy with another one. But I ADORE my Recherché pup. Yes, they are expensive. But you are paying for knowing that your puppy is coming from a special place where they are in the best nurturing environment during those critical first weeks of their lives. You might find good puppies somewhere for less, but I would not hesitate to recommend Recherché Goldens if you want an incredibly wonderful dog.



 
Posted By: rachelmary
Date Posted: 08/30/2013
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My husband and I just recently added the newest addition to our family in July of 2013. Griffin is almost four months old and is perfect in so many ways. After losing our previous golden very unexpectedly, we made the tough decision to find a new puppy and we are SO pleased that we decided to make this decision with Recherche. We received weekly emails and pictures for the first 8 weeks of Griffin's life to update us on his health and well-being. It was the highlight of each week to find such detailed emails and picture updates about our little boy. Jamel was very prompt in answering any/all questions we had along the way. When we went to pick Griffin up in July, Jamel welcomed us into his home and took his time to go over all the important information with us. We got to meet Griffin's mom and dad and they were as sweet as can be (I would have taken them home with me too if I could have) :-)!! Jamel and Charity's home is beautiful and so are their dogs. Any golden that I decide to make a member of my family from here on out will be from Recherche Goldens. Griffin instantly filled my heart with joy and love!!



 
Posted By: Erika Steiner
Date Posted: 08/30/2013
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We bought two puppies from Recherche. They are beautiful English Cream Golden Retrievers - extremely bright and extremely healthy. They are now six-month-old pups and we couldn't be happier. During the early stages, Recherche was so helpful and informative with us. They immediately answered any questions, were warm and inviting to us when we asked to visit, and spent the time a new pet owner would want from their breeder. They are loving people and the dogs and puppies are evidence of their care. We elected to have some early training through Recherche and the pups came to us with some good basic skills, crate trained, and nearly house trained at only 12 weeks old. Since then they have proven easy to train and are sweet and adorable. We can't take them for a walk without people stopping us to pet and play with them. Our vet was favorably impressed with the level of care and overall health of our puppies. We have had numerous requests for referrals to about Recherche or about the Hamkas.



 
Posted By: aph101
Date Posted: 08/30/2013
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After 12 years with our lab, and a one year break after her death, we were ready to ad a puppy to our home again. We thoroughly researched breeders of Goldens that were within driving distance of our home. FIrst I talked with Jamel on the phone. He was so kind and answered so many questions. Before making a final decision on Recherche as a breeder, I took my family to visit the facility. Charity spent hours of her time talking with us, showing us the facility, and letting us meet Mom, Dad, and all the pups. THe visit sealed the decision to get a puppy from Recherche. The facilities are immaculate, the dogs are all happy and healthy, and very well loved. Charity and Jamel clearly love what they do, and love the dogs as their own. We received very detailed weekly emails from Jamel. We had pictures, puppy rating scales, recommendations for things to have ready, and health information. Katie completed puppy academy and we got her at 12 weeks. She is a DELIGHT!! SHe is very calm, loving and obedient- a wonderful addition to our family. Our vet has been extremely impressed with her health and temperament. We are so glad we chose Recherche as our breeder. I whole heartedly recommend them. I would most certainly buy from them again.



 
Posted By: Django
Date Posted: 08/30/2013
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We got our puppy Django from a litter of Recherche Goldens last summer. He is just a year old. He is the most beautiful, well tempered golden we have ever had the pleasure of adding to our family. Jamel and Charity Hamka are first rate professional breeders who run a small scale, well run operation. The care and attention to detail they have shows in the quality of dogs that they breed. It was important to us to find a breeder within driving distance so we could personally visit, see their facility and their dogs. Our experience was stellar from the start. We visited their home, met the parents of the litter, and were in constant correspondence all the way through the process of the birth, selecting our puppy, and finally bringing him home. We recommend them highly! The Cundiff Family Asheville NC



 
Posted By: jillwatts0828@gmail.com
Date Posted: 08/30/2013
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We purchased our puppy from Jamel and Charity August 2013 at 12 weeks of age. They were very helpful with answering all questions and gave lots of helpful information prior to picking up the puppy. I found them to be very loving and caring as well as very professional breeders. We could not be happier with our puppy who is very well mannered and extremely smart. He has one of the best temperaments we have ever seen in a puppy. Our trainer is very impressed with this dog and we look forward to sharing him with others as a therapy dog. I would not hesitate to purchase another dog from these breeders. Thank you Jamel and Charity for our beautiful and wonderful dog.



 
Posted By: finlay
Date Posted: 08/30/2013
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We got our puppy Finlay on May 20th, 2013 at 12 weeks. He attended Puppy Academy with Charity. Finlay came to us with his initial training and was really an amazing pup from day one. Our trainer and dog walker were both amazed at his progress for 12 weeks old! Before we decided on Fin, we researched as many breeders and dog parents as possible and decided that Recherché had the very best. We also really researched temperament and a breeder who would work with us to find the puppy we really wanted. When we found Finlay, we were thrilled with the bloodlines, but even more important the time Jamel took with us on multiple conference calls, a full day at their home, and then many more calls, emails, and even a Facetime video training with Charity after we made our decision on Finlay. Without children in our home, we were very concerned about energy levels and disposition. It was important to us that we find a dog that would fit into our family and lifestyle and thrive in our environment. Finlay is the most calm, mature, easy-going puppy I have ever known and everyone who encounters him says the same. While it was not our intention to start, but after seeing him with all ages of people, we are proceeding with therapy dog training so that others can also get to know this amazing animal. He has brought us so much joy in such a short time and we just know that there are years and years of love to come for us and for Finlay. He completes our small family and is truly a dream dog. Everyone should have this experience with a pet!



 
Posted By: dmurphy
Date Posted: 08/30/2013
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Jamel obviously places highest priority on health and a friendly disposition. My male creme golden also happens to be strikingly handsome, but that is just a bonus. I have owned Goldens all of my life, but Big Ben is by far the best--he embodies all of the qualities for which Goldens are, or at least should be, known.



 
Posted By: tacross
Date Posted: 08/30/2013
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We purchased our puppy Sadie, from Jamel and Charity about a month ago. Through the process I had many many questions and Jamel always took the time to answer every question completely. He even took phone calls from me and he couldn't have been nicer or any more patient with me. Our little Sadie girl attended the puppy academy and it was so worth it! Everyone that meets Sadie is so impressed with with her calmness and her sweet demeanor. Even our vet commented on how healthy and sweet she is! I have zero regrets with the purchase of our puppy from Recherche Goldens. I would highly recommend them. The care and attention that these puppies receive before arriving at their new home is just priceless! Sadie has been such a great addition to our family.



 
Posted By: Apollo
Date Posted: 08/30/2013
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We got our puppy, an "English" retriever from Jamal in May of this year. Apollo had attended the "Puppy Academy" and was, at 12 weeks, fabulously well-trained. From the day he arrived, he was stair trained and crate trained. After a few minor accidents, he was fully house-trained. He has always been friendly with children and other dogs. I'm not exaggerating when I say that he is a perfect puppy! Our local dog trainer even borrowed him to make dog-training videos. I would rate Recherche Goldens a full six paws, if that were an option!



 
Posted By: Dedozach
Date Posted: 08/30/2013
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Our puppy arrived in perfect condition, checked out within 72 hours by our personal vet and deemed to be very healthy and taken well care of. She is a wonderful dog, companion and was represented perfectly in a typed out report given by the breeder. We have been notified if things have been noted in her litter and we are always free to call if we have any questions and our questions have always been answered. I would highly recommend this breeder and would purchase any other dog from Mr. Hamka.



 
Posted By: KCsMom
Date Posted: 08/30/2013
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I did a ton of research and investigating before we finally decided to get our English Crème Golden puppy KC, from Jamel and Charity at Recherché. Every part of the process was easy and professional. We drove from Chicago last Fall, to pick her up as soon as she could leave her mother and litter. She is our 3rd dog, and she is the healthiest, most playful, and even tempered that we've had. When we're ready, we'll go back to Recherché for our next puppy. THANKS Jamel and Charity!!!!!



 
Posted By: tmvoelkl
Date Posted: 08/30/2013
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I have purchased two (2) Goldens from Jamel and Charity. I can't tell you how incredible the experience has been in dealing with them. The really care for their puppies as if their were their own children. I have seen other breeders and their puppies and they do not hold a candle to Recherché Goldens. The facilities, education and support you get from Jamel and Charity is second to none. I would never purchase an English Cream Golden from anyone but Recherché Goldens.



 
Posted By: gstrait
Date Posted: 08/30/2013
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I purchased a puppy from Recherche Goldens (Jamel & Charity Hamka) in November 2011. My puppy Jammer has been an incredible puppy to my wife and I. I researched dozens of breeders in the US and determined that he had the best pups. His Puppy Academy program was top notch. Jammer came to me fully trained which was a help. I continued Jammer's training with the world-class trainer Destiny Valladares of Harmony Canines. This is her testimonial: "I work with George Strait's dog, Jammer. I'm a trGeorge Straitainer in the South Texas area. Jammer is just over 1 year old now and was purchased from you. I've worked with hundreds of dogs in my lifetime and I very rarely find a temperament like Jammer's. My question for you is - Is the calm, easy-going temperament that I see in this dog typical of your litters? In my opinion, Jammer would make a fantastic therapy or service dog. I work with other families who have a need for therapy/service dog-type temperaments. I'd like to point them in your direction if this is typical of your litters. Of course I realize that not every dog is the same. Basically, I'm interested as to whether or not you see a genearlized calm demeanor in your pups. Many thanks, Destiny Valladares www.harmonycanines.com" Thanks again Recherche Goldens- George Strait Country Music Singer


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