Is Your Golden A Picky Eater? Golden Retriever Won’t Eat Kibble Unless it’s Baked in the Oven!

Most golden retrievers that I know are not picky eaters – however, Luna seems to be an exception.  Her owner has to pretend to bake her kibble in the oven before she will eat it…how odd!

Anyone else have a picky eater or special ritual at mealtime?  Please participate in the poll and share in the comments.  I would love to hear your stories!




“Pup Quiz” on The Tonight Show Features Golden Retriever Puppies

Jimmy Fallon spreads love of golden retriever puppies on a new segment entitled “Pup Quiz” hosted by Higgins – where trivia is the game, and snuggling with a golden retriever puppy is the prize.  Here are the episodes so far….,

On August 6, 2015, actress Salma Hayek became the first victim.  This game consists of dog related questions with “Double Puppardy” and “Final Puppardy” while sitting in a leather easy chair.

Sometimes the puppies do bad things….

Next is Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory on Sept 17.  She is a huge animal lover and it is very adamant in this video…love her!

The final contestant so far is Drew Barrymore, one of my absolute heroes where Hollywood is concerned.  These puppies are a little frisky.

Stay tuned for more!

Help Wanted!  Must Love Goldens

Hi, and thanks to all that are still following me. I’m looking for a little help, hoping it will give me some inspiration.  Are you someone who likes to do Facebook posts, Instagram posts, as well as Twitter and Pinterest?? 

I have so many great articles to write about so many great goldens, but I’m having obstacles right now.

If you are someone who loves goldens, has a knack for writing and social media, and has a fairly light, not too opinionated personality (always try to see both sides) please send me an email at 
At this point I really don’t make an income, so it would strictly be a volunteer position, however I have high hopes for this blog, and would love to keep it going and grow it even more.

Serious inquiries only please, I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully starting the great new partnership. 

Sincerely, Shannon

Golden Retriever Puppies Racing for Dinner!

 Colby and Bleu are very excited for their dinner!  

Check out their adventures on Facebook at

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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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