Who Are We?






Greetings to you!

I am Chris Durning, the owner, trainer & breeder of Emanuel Homestead Goldens. I am delighted to be living among the scenic countryside in Woodstock, CT (Northeast, CT) on our Homestead where I have raised AKC Registered Golden Retriever Pups for the past 33 years & raised my wonderful family, too.

My Husband, Michael & I

Our five children are as follows: Jennifer (40); Julie (38); Andrew & Matthew (37) and adopted daughter from India: Hannah Eileen (25). We have been blessed with 15 Grandchildren – so far!!!: Kaylla (17); Kaylin (16); Emily (14); Sean (14); Korrin (14); Jessica Haley (Passed Away – Dec. 2000); Justin (12); Eric (11); Ashley (11); Stephen (8); & Evey Rose (6); Madeleine (2 1/2); Colt (20 Mo) & Twins: Savannah & Sean (16 Mo). Jennifer & her family live nearby in Woodstock; Julie & her family also live in Woodstock; Matthew & his family are living in the front house on our property here in Woodstock; Andrew is our U.S. Marine - he & his wife, April, & their family are in North Carolina where Andrew is stationed –Andrew is a C-130 pilot [Former CH-46 Helicopter Pilot] & has completed 3 deployments to The Middle East Region.  Hannah has also moved to NC near Andrew & April Dawn!!!!!

In addition to raising my Goldens, we own & operate our family business, WOODSTOCK VALLEY ENTERPRISES, LLC. We are CT & RI Builder/Dealers/Designers for KATAHDIN CEDAR LOG HOMES, providing assistance, plans & ideas together for the many folks seeking to have their dreams come true to build a cedar log home of their very own through our construction management, building & custom design services. Katahdin Cedar Log Homes – for the same price as pine!! Look for our ads in Country’s Best Log Homes Magazine & Log Home Living Magazine – 2 prominent national log home publications - ( Also see our Web Site for great information on our Cedar Log Homes – or link directly there from our Emanuel Homestead Golden’s Web Site) -


We build conventional homes, barns, garages, & additions along with general renovation work.

We also offer custom designed & built fencing & pole buildings for private & commercial use, horse riding rings, livestock protection & kennel areas, as well as, pool fencing.

All of our kids are on their own but they are still close & 2 of them are involved in our businesses. One of our sons, Matthew, is a partner with us in our building & fabrication businesses through Woodstock Valley Enterprises, LLC. Our eldest daughter, Jennifer, owns & operates her own business, Multi-Pillar Marketing, LLC (multipillarmarketing.com) & assists us with all our computer needs, including the design & management our web sites. Jennifer also provides computer services for several other businesses & welcomes inquiries!! My wonderful grandchildren are all interested & involved with helping me & playing with all my Emanuel Homestead Goldens - adults & pups adding to the special TLC that ensures positive 'socialization' & darling personalities!!!

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