About Us

History of Driftwood Goldens:

In 1985, Sherry Thomas Linker, purchased a male Golden from a top kennel (Malagold Kennels) that was known for their strong health background, and beautiful heads. His name was Malagold Constant Charmer”. By the time he was two years old, he had his American and Canadian Championships, a CDX, UD, and a hunting, working certificate. Many people requested to use Charmer as a stud because of his impressive accomplishments and outstanding looks. Sherry decided to become a breeder, and purchased Daystar’’s Hopeless Flirt, in 1988. Charmer and Flirt produced beautiful puppies together and to this day the Driftwood line comes from these two Goldens. Driftwood Goldens are known for their gentle temperaments and beautiful heads on both males and females. They also have strong healthy genetics and all dogs that are bred at Driftwood must pass their hips, elbows, eyes, and heart.

In 1998, Charmer and Flirt’’s great grandson, Clue, (Driftwood’s Unsolved Mystery CD) was born. Sherry finally found a male that was Charmer’’s equal. He excelled in both the obedience and conformation rings.

Clue is the father of our now retired girl, Mystic, (Driftwood’s Mystery of MacIntosh), who was born in 2001. Mystic is the grandmother of our up and coming, Chelsea, (Driftwood Chelsea’’s a Class Clown) born in 2011.

Charmer’’s great granddaughter, Jewel, (Driftwood’’s It Takes a Thief), was born in 2001. She is the mother of our girl Tiara, (Ridgepond Jewel’’s Crystal Tiara). Jewel went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2012.

In 2009, Sherry was concentrating more on training dogs, and decided to give the Driftwood name to two close friends, Sheri Hoogendyk and Linda Miville. We now own Driftwood’’s Mystery of MacIntosh, “Mystic”,(retired), Ridgepond’’s Jewel Crystal Tiara, “Tiara” and Driftwood Chelsea’’s a Class Clown, “Chelsea” from the Driftwood line.

Linda Miville lives in Vicksburg, MI, in the country on 4.5 acres. She purchased her first Golden from the Driftwood line in 1990, Misty Dawn of Discovery, “Misty”.
Sheri Hoogendyk lives in Kalamazoo, MI with her husband. She purchased her first Golden Retriever from the Driftwood line in 1995, Peaches and Cream Jubilee, “Peaches”, from one of Misty’’s litters. We have since become good friends and have helped each other raise puppies until they go into their forever homes.

We are dedicated hobby breeders and usually have 1 litter per year per girl. We only breed our girls to improve the Golden Retriever breed, according to the standard. Our puppies are raised in Sheri’s home from birth until they go to their new homes, where they receive constant attention and care. For more information, please see our puppy pages.

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  1. Charles Keel

    I have had the Honor to adopto two of your fine Goldens. Clue’s brother Jake in 1998. Jake was a wonderful pup and greatly loved. Jake has an incredibly friendly spirit. Jake crossed the bridge in 2007. My current golden is my wonderful boy Yogi born in 2007 also of the Driftwood pedigree. Yogi is an incredible joy and comfort to me. Ornery in the way of Marley.

    Thank you for the Driftwood Golden Retrievers. I would like to continue adoption of your fine pups.

    Charles Keel


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