Golden Retriever Puppies Racing for Dinner!

 Colby and Bleu are very excited for their dinner!  

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Golden Video of the Week – Golden Retriever Loves Bath!

Hi everyone, I hope you had an amazing summer.  Things have been very busy, as both my girls have gone off to school, leaving the nest for the first time, and my computers have been on the fritz.

Hope to get back to blogging on a regular basis, thinking of taking on a helper…

In the meantime, …

Here’s a video of a golden loving the bath…

Golden Retriever Dies at Petco Groomers – Goodbye to Dryer Cages?

Medlothian, VA – Colby was 2 years old and in the prime of his life when Allison Marks took him for his routine grooming on May 29, 2015 at Petco Westchester Commons.  A short time later she received a call from the manager at Petco telling her Colby had been rushed to the local animal hospital and to meet them there.  What a terrifying ride that must have been.  When she arrived at the clinic, she saw Colby lying on a table with his eyes glazed over.

It was determined Colby died of heat stroke, and was left in the dryer cage while his groomer had gone to attend a graduation.  The vet told Marks that Colby’s body temperature was still 105 degrees an hour after he had died.  Petco is stating that no heat was used in the dryer – Petco says “no heat” used in cage dryer that family claims killed golden retriever”


Courtesy Allison Marks/

Petco released the following statement:

All of us at Petco are heartbroken by Colby’s passing. The health and safety of pets is always our top priority and we take full responsibility for all animals under our care.

Allison tells ABC news “They didn’t even tell me why I had to go there, just that one of the managers would meet me there, “I walked into it blind.”

Full story from ABC news here.

There is now uproar on the internet about groomers and dryer cages.  There is currently no licensing requirements for groomers in the US.

Here is a segment from Good Morning AmericaCould Your Pet Be In Danger at the Groomers?

I can honestly say I have almost always bathed my dogs at home, and now will continue to do so.  When I blow dry Tucker I give him breaks when I see he is getting restless.  I would also like to add my humble, un-professional opinion that dogs don’t need to be bathed that regularly.  A few times a year, or after a good roll in the mud is fine.  The soaps strip the natural oils from their coats.  From the research I did, most vets recommend bathing your dog once a month.  I disagree with this.  Of course there are some exceptions to this rule.  My dog doesn’t stink at all, and I brush him about once a week or so, and deal with the fluff balls accordingly, but his coat is amazing and he has no smell.  I think it totally depends on the dog and the situation, including diet, etc.

Will you take your pet to a groomer who uses a dryer cage now?


Golden Retrievers and the #10secondeggchallenge – Winners Announced!

Back in March I held a giveaway challenging golden owners to the 10 Second Egg Challenge.  This requires the dog to hold a raw egg in his/her mouth for 10 seconds and then you must retrieve it unbroken.  Here’s my Tucker demonstrating:

First I must apologize for being almost two weeks late with this post.  Second I have to say I had so much fun watching, and today re-watching all the entries.  The first three successful entries are posted here, and the stars of the video will each receive a Barkbox.

Alyx – Something about the way she handled herself with two other dogs in her face…good girl!

2.  Lucy  This was a close call!

  1. Marlee – Giving it back is always the hard part!

This one just missed it by a hair, so am sharing it anyways!

Sandy (with a visit from Juno)

So many good goldens! Thanks again to all the brave participants!


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Golden Video of the Week – Golden Retriever and Friends “Popping In”

It’s been awhile since my last Golden Video of the Week.  I apologize.  I miss my blogging friends.  Thanks for staying tuned!

These cuties are taking turns saying hello!  Thanks again to AFV Animals !!

Golden Video of the Week – Golden Retriever Puppy vs Paper Bag

I recently discovered this video from one of my Facebook friends…It’s a throwback to Jan 2014.  These are Ginger’s successors, (from the famous video Breakfast at Gingers) brought to you by the amazing YouTube channel sawith65.



Here is big brother Buddy getting annoyed with his new sibling, who discovers a crumpled up paper bag.

Giveaway! I Challenge Your Golden Retriever(s) to the #10secondeggchallenge

Golden retrievers are known for having “soft mouths”  Here is where I challenge you to post your video in the  comment section of this blog for a chance to win a month of treats from Barkbox – the first three successful videos, which show a full 10 seconds of your golden/etc holding an egg in their mouth for 10 seconds, coming out unscathed, in an uncut version, will receive a Barkbox Contest closes April 30, 2015.  North American residents only at this time, unfortunately.  Please feel free to post your videos anyway!!  Barkbox will be awarded June 2015. Winners to be posted May 01, 2015.  Thank you to all who comment or participate!  *videos posted to Facebook page or YouTube will also be considered.  Winning videos will be posted on the blog.

Have fun, and make sure you have lots of eggs on hand just in case…:)

English: Golden Retriever

English: Golden Retriever (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is Tucker completing the #10secondeggchallenge



The Puppy Predictors are Back! Golden Retrievers Predict Winners of College Football Championship Game

I’m happy to announce The Puppy Predictors made their first appearance on The Tonight Show last night!   Here they predict the winner of the College Football Championship that takes place Monday January 12 between The Oregon Ducks and Ohio State Buckeyes.


Instinctively, they chose The Ducks 😉





Golden Video of the Week – Golden Retriever Puppies Playing with Flowers will Melt Your Heart

Here’s a recent video from The Pet Collective of a bunch of furry cuteness playing with some artificial flowers..

Shelter Dogs eating Christmas Dinner will make your day!

The people at Freshpet have created a commercial staring shelter dogs (and one patient cat!) from The Humane Society of Utah who are in need of homes.  (Many have found one since the airing of this commercial!)705dogThe golden retriever plays a “teenager”, but there are so many cute dogs who are enjoying some Christmas cheer.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone who is celebrating!

Here’s a behind the scenes look at the making of the video, in case you didn’t get enough.