Golden Retriever Saves Owner’s Life on New Year’s Eve

A Northern Michigan man, known only as “Bob” is lucky to be alive thanks to his golden retriever Kelsey.

Kelsey and Bob (CBS News)

Kelsey and Bob (CBS News)

This past New Year’s Eve around 1030 pm, Bob went out to the shed in his housecoat and slippers to grab some firewood.  He slipped and fell, breaking his back.  He yelled for help but his nearest neighbor is a quarter mile away.  Kelsey came and laid on Bob and licked his face to keep him awake.

Kelsey’s barking alerted Bob’s neighbor the next day, after almost 20 hours.  CBS News reports a statement provided by McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital, Bob says:

She kept me warm and alert.  I knew I had to persevere through this and that it was my choice to stay alive

Bob is being treated at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital and is on the road to recovery.  He thanks Kelsey that he didn’t suffer any frostbite.

Full story from CBS News here.

Free Printable Coloring Page from Sugar The Golden Retriever

In honor of spring, our friend Sugar The Golden Retriever is offering a giveaway right now.  A free printable coloring page of of Sugar!


Go visit Sugar’s page HERE to download your copy. You can also submit by April 16 for a chance to win a lady bug bow tie!  Happy spring everyone!

Golden Retriever Wears Braces

Did you know dogs sometimes wore braces?  For National Pet Dental Health Month, Harborfront Hospital for Animals in Spring Lake Michigan shared these photos on their Facebook page, with the following explanation.

Orthodontia in pets is normally not for aesthetic purposes, but because of health concerns. This is Wesley and he needed tooth alignment because he could not close his mouth completely, otherwise.

The good news is, the correction he needed will be brief, perhaps only a few weeks.

Also, it obviously doesn’t bother him one little bit (if you look at the “after” photo). He’s a happy little guy.

Dr. Moore also does Endodontics (root canals, often necessary because of pain) and oral surgery (things like fractured jaws).

February is National Pet Dental Health month, so we thought this was a good time to let you know about the importance of your best buddy’s dental health.

Let us know if you have any questions.”

Here’s a close up of the dental work:

And this is Wesley after the surgery.  He seems pretty happy with the new “grill”



Golden Video of the Week – Golden Retriever Loves Pacifier

Max does not want to give up his “soother”.

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!




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.

Ice water, is it really a problem?

Interesting article on ice water for dogs! Unfortunately, I just switched to self hosting, and reblogging doesn’t work. Here’s a link to the post from GreenBriar Sorry for being deceptive!

Ice water, is it really a problem?