Owners, Breeders, Trainers, Operations Managers
Billy & Debbie Franklin married 34 years ago. We are city girl meets country boy and living happily ever after! We live in the “boonies” in Arkansas, with our numerous English Golden Retrievers, Gabby (Coton de Tulear) cattle, and horses.
We have filled our home with “furry” children since our human ones dared to grow up into amazing young adults, move out, and begin taking responsibility for their own lives!
Our beautiful, amazing, crazy, fun family!
They have even blessed us with five wonderful grandsons and one sassy, sweet granddaughter. It is true what they say, “Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing our own.” (Just kidding – they were great kids and fabulous people, and we are so blessed to have a part of our lives)
All boys and One Sassy girl
Debbie was born and raised a California girl, and my friends that are there, still can’t believe I live in Arkansas – honestly, I still can’t believe I live here either! I miss the beach, I miss the weather, but I love to travel and make those items a priority when I vacation.] I hate the humidity in Arkansas, but love that I have very few wrinkles, due to the moisture in Arkansas.
Billy & Debbie started raising English Golden Retrievers in 2004. Those “furry” children are what we do for a hobby after retiring from having eight (yes, eight) commercial chicken houses for 18 years. We are having a great time and enjoying all the puppies! (Who doesn’t LOVE puppy breath?) It is truly a team effort – especially taking pictures. Imagine two adults, one with a camera, and one with a puppy, both making little noises at the puppy, to capture the perfect shot – it is these moments that Debbie appreciates living in the “boonies.”
We have started horseback riding again after being without horses for several years. While Billy is a very skilled rider, Debbie is slowly gaining her confidence and ability to climb back on again, after a nasty fall several years ago.
While the dogs and puppies keep Billy very busy, he also has cattle that he enjoys raising, along with the summer chores of cutting and baling hay. He has feeding and playing with the dogs and puppies, checking the cows, riding horses, and fixing the fence. Being outdoors – that is where you will find Billy.
Billy & Debbie love to laugh, work, and play. We believe all things happen for the right reasons. Our favorite moments are spent with family and friends and playing with all the adorable, teddy bear English Golden Retriever Puppies! We consider it an honor and privilege that families choose Wisteria Goldens for their “furry” family members.