In Memory:

B. Jean Kistle
10/19/1921 - 11/3/2017

Jean was a retired Air Force Veteran and Life Member of MHGRC.  She served during WWII and continued her career as a Budget Officer in Colorado Springs.  With her partner, Betty Story, Jean bred Goldens under the Kinnikinnik kennel name and continued competing in obedience until well into her '80's.  She and Betty served as Trophy chairs for the GRCA 1989 National which Mile Hi hosted.

Services for Jean will be held on Friday, Nov. 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 4210 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs.  A reception will follow.

James Howard

Word has just been received that Jim Howard, husband of long-time Mile Hi member Barb Howard, has died.  Like Jean, Jim was born in 1921 and was also a WWII veteran.  Jim was a long time fixture at local field trials, first as a competitor and judge, then accompanying Barb as an ardent spectator.  His warmth and humor will be missed.

Both WWII veterans, both died shortly before Veterans Day.

Leslie Blythe

With Mark's permission

Leslie Blythe
April 23, 1959 - January 5, 2017

The Golden Retriever community has been deeply affected by the recent untimely death of Leslie Blythe. She was so young and still had so much to give to her friends and beloved Goldens.
Leslie was a tireless worker on behalf of the Golden Retriever breed, former GRCA Director, member of the Mile-Hi Golden Retriever club, fierce competitor, nationally ranked owner-handler, Answer Gal extraordinaire, and breeder and owner of many conformation and performance titled dogs.
In her other life, Leslie was a very successful businesswoman, a former lobbyist, an active member of the Five Trails Rotary club, member of the Regional Advisory Board for AAA, and gave unselfishly of her time to many charitable organizations.
But most of all Leslie was a good friend to so many. As busy as she was, she always made time for everyone; to support them, to cheer their successes in and out of the ring, often sending notes of congratulations. And she was there for the difficult, inevitable sadness that comes from losing a cherished loved one, be it two or four-footed.
Leslie made a difference every day in so many lives. I’ve heard from many of her friends who want to honor her memory in some way.
For those who wish to contribute, Mark has asked that any donations in Leslie's memory go to the Golden Retriever Foundation or the local rescue of your choice. I’ve posted the link to the GRF donation form below.
This is one of my favorite pictures of Leslie from the 2010 National in Greeley Co with her dear Mollie. We are so lucky she was part of our lives, I know we will all treasure our memories of Leslie forever.


Anne Shannon Receives the Rachel Page Elliott Featherquest Lifetime Achievement Award at 2017 GRCA National Specialty

Education takes many forms.  It can occur in the traditional methods of classroom lectures, writing books, or creating works of art. It can occur “behind the scenes”, organizing presentations, facilities, and resources. Education is really any means of communicating knowledge and experience from one person to another.  Anne Shannon educates by many means and has spent a large portion of her life transferring her understanding and knowledge of Golden Retrievers to others

As a judge of numerous Sweepstakes, Anne has carefully evaluated individual dogs and rendered her opinion on how close each comes to meeting the Golden Retriever standard.

She has made numerous Judges’ Education presentations to further the knowledge of prospective judges about the Golden Retriever. She demonstrates with humor, with deep understanding and with real dogs the qualities a judge should look for in the ring.

As an officer and member of the Mile Hi Golden Retriever Club Anne has, over more than 40 years, brought in speakers and programs on many subjects to dog fanciers in the Mountain West.  She has arranged for presentations not only on the breed standard or performance events, but also on health issues, legal issues, and just plain informative and fun issues.  She has acted as a producer to make educational topics available to many.

Anne served GRCA in numerous capacities, including President, Western Regional Vice President, Judges’ Education Committee member, and most currently Archivist.  She has demonstrated her commitment to education in these capacities, furthering the knowledge of GRCA members nationwide.  She has not hesitated to speak up on issues of concern and has not shied away from making the tough decisions.  By doing this she educates by example, demonstrating that being quiet and self-effacing is not always an appropriate response to issues impacting the breed or the sport of pure-bred dogs.

Mile Hi has always been fortunate to have Anne as a stalwart member of our club.  Congratulations, Anne!