Hello! My name is Željka Rakonić Goldin and I am the owner of InGold's kennel - a small Border Collie kennel located in Kerestinec, near capital city of Croatia – Zagreb.
I was born in 1985 in Vinkovci, but after I graduated, I moved to Zagreb where I worked as a professor of Croatian language for more then 10 years in elementary school. In that period I fell in love with border collies and got two beautiful kids - Lara & Ema. Last years I changed the work and now I work something completely different - GPS vehicle tracking in Miholić usluge company as a sales manager 😉
I got my first border collie in 2012 and since then, I am fascinated with this breed. In 2013 I started to train Search and Rescue with my dogs, so in 2020 I became a licensed rescue dog instructor.
When it comes about Border Collies - I am sooo passionate about this fascinating breed, so our lives are completely changed since my first border collie came to our family.
We live in a house with a big yard and lots of fields around us, so we regulary go for long walks. Our dogs are full members of our family – they live in a house with us, they go wherever we go – including vacations and all kinds of trips. They are socialized for all kinds of situations.
I am aware that a border collie needs physical and mental activities, so I train my dogs in all kind of dog sports on a daily basis – we do Search and Rescue (S.A.R.) - that's our main activity, agility, frisbee, obedience, dog dancing (dog tricks) and sometimes I take hearding classes with them.
Our goal and ambition is to breed high quality border collies – healthy dogs with perfect easy-going temperament, dogs with a great will to please, energetic and active life companions who can do any kind of dog sports and also – dogs who have looks that can prove quality on conformation shows as well.
All of our breeding dogs are x-rayed (HD, ED, OCD), screened for all genetic diseases (DNA tested for CEA, CL, TNS, MDR1, IGS,...) and eye tested (CEA, PRA, KAT, RD, Glaucoma).
Our puppies will be born and raised in our living area where they will get introduced with all kinds of everyday noises, scents, meet lots of different people, children, objects, different toys, car rides…
The puppies will leave us at the age of 8 or 9 weeks . They will be microchipped, dewormed, eye-examined, vaccinated, controlled by the breed warden. They will have a FCI pedigree and an EU pet passport. They will bring a puppy pack (toys, collar and leash, food, clicker…) to their new forever homes and a folder with all their documents and informations for future owners to help with the first period of their new life.
All puppies will be sold with a contract with a breeder's health guarantee.
We want the best possible new forever homes for our puppies, so we will give them to a loving and active homes, to people who will care for their new family member through the whole dog’s life and who will work with them.
How it all began
When I saw a border collie for the first time in live, it was a love at the first sight. I started to study about the breed and I was in love even more. Honestly, I was really scared when I decided to buy my first border collie because I wasn’t sure if I am the right person for that energetic breed.
So after a short time I came home with my first border collie girl – Jessie. She was super crazy energy bomb and super crazy smart. I taught her and she taught me and soon she became my heart and soul. I did all sorts of activities with her but based on dog dancing, obedience and S.A.R.
When Jessie was one year old, I bought a new border collie girl – Ellie. She was so gentle and sweet, but with a great will to please and energetic, too. They loved each other so much.
When Jessie was 2 years old, she got epilepsy that escalated half a year later when she had 17 seizures in one day. Nothing helped, so I had to put her sleep – that was the hardest decision I had to make.
One year after that tragedy I decided it is time for a new family member, so Kia came in our lives and she brought so much joy and happiness!
Through all this time I have learned so much about this breed, I studied bloodlines, health, looks, abilities... and I decided it is time for my first litter, so I established the InGold's kennel with the aim of breeding a healthy, active, stable and beautiful border collies...