About Us

Joanne Gaulke and Linda Ertsgaard got their first Goldens in 1968. Separately, they have finished Champions in the USA and Canada, completed UD, OTCH and other obedience titles, and completed titles for Working Certificates.

In 1982 Joanne and Linda joined forces as First String Goldens and have continued showing and breeding multi-purpose goldens. They believe in correct structure, sound temperaments and overall soundness.

Joanne and Linda are very proud of their dogs' accomplishments as Group winners, Specialty winners, High in Trial and High Combined winners as well as wonderful hunting companions and family pets, and most recently (Jan. 2005) to boast that Joanne is the breeder of the AKC/Eukanuba National Obedience Champion.

They are members of the Golden Retriever Club of America, Greater Twin Cities Golden Retriever Club and Evergreen Golden Retriever Club.


Joanne and Linda own and operate Bay Area Bed 'N' Bones - a Kennel-free, In-Home Dog Boarding business. We have 8 acres, 5 of which is totally fenced, with an acre play area for exercise.

Here are some photos of their property:


Joanne and Linda have both met the requirements from the American Kennel Club to be officially recognized as Breeders of Merit.

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