Sorry We’ve Been Away!

Hi everyone, thanks for sticking with my blog during this tumultuous year I have had.  Back to blogging soon, as I have my desktop computer back.

Tucker is doing well, a little too heavy, but spoiled as ever.  We are in the process of moving, but once I’m settled the blog will be back up and running.

Still always looking for products, stories, videos to blog about.  Send ideas, stories, etc to thedailygolden@gmail.com

Here’s a video I found on Buzzfeed Animals in the meantime.

Yours in Goldens,

Shannon and Tucker

Canadian followers: Bowzer Box is GOLDEN! – Product Review

Last week we received our second Bowzer Box. The theme was Victoria Day, the first long weekend of summer here in Canada.  It is a monthly subscription of products from North America (at least ONE Canadian product/month) for as little as $23/month.  You choose your dog size and plan, and presto!  Each month your dog receives a delivery of great stuff!

I subscribed to three months of Bowzer Box and received the first box in April. That box review will follow as I have been horribly lame at blogging (sorry! Thanks for standing by!)

Here’s what was in the box this month:

1. Camo squirrel from R2P Pet and Mossy Oak.. I love this toy! It has lasted longer than most stuffed toys at the time of this post, which is about 4 hours after receiving said stuffie. What more can I say, except that Tucker seemed quite pleased as he pranced proudly around the house with it.

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2. Treats Happen Beef Lung Dog Treats. Straight from Toronto Canada! Grain Free like Tucker, who absolutely LOVED them.

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3. Lamb Berry treats from Northern Biscuit, another awesome Canadian company. They use wholesome grains. My dog never turns down a crunchy cookie!

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4. Bark dental bar, with applewood flavour, also from Northern Biscuit.

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5. Biodegradable poop bags from One4Pets – because you can never have too many! These are pink with flowers! I love them, and I’m sure Tucker doesn’t mind!

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Each Bowzer Box comes with a card explaining the monthly theme and products for the month.

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What a great way to spoil your dog(s) and get a surprise every month! Bowzer Box always features at least one Canadian company, and always gives back.  10% of profits go to dogs in need.

SAVE 10% with code TDG when you order now.

Here is my video review if the box I received for May. (featuring Tucker!)

The Tucker Files: Golden Retriever, Dinner Thief!

Tonight I made a beautiful stuffed pork tenderloin, served on a bed of spinach and cheese risotto, with a side of spinach and arugula salad, complete with toasted almonds.  It was a labor of love…

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I sat down to watch the Leafs game and enjoy the fruits of my labor.  Needless to say I had an audience.

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Just when I thought I had enough shots and it was safe, I attempted to put down my ipad.

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Somehow, I managed to capture this:

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Tucker managed to get one pork medalion.  My fault, I know…here is his punishment!  Go Leafs!

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The Tucker Files: Beach Day

We had an unusually warm day the other day, and I had just bought Tucker a Chuckit Amphibious Bumper, so we decided to take him down to Lake Erie to try it out.  It was a beautiful day, and when we arrived, there were at least a hundred seagulls on the beach.  I tried to capture a video of Tucker chasing them, but he wouldn’t give them the time of day.

Here are some great pictures I captured with my ipad.

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A great accidental shot…

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“Just a shot”

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Sheer bliss!!  I like to call this “Best.   Day.   Ever!!!”

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Then we got ice cream…and Tucker helped eat it.  He had a marrow bone from the local butcher in the garage after the ride home to dry off.   All in all, it was a great day!

The Tucker Files: Doing Better

We finally had a nice day here in Southern Ontario.  We took Tucker for a hike and a quick swim, since it has been over 10 days since “The Surgery”.

Here are some pictures from our trip:

running down the trail with gusto! (slightly out of focus, I’m working on this!)

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Swimming in the river:

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Checking out the scenery..(again, slightly out of foucus)

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The car ride…

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And now all brushed and checked for ticks, resting with his best buddie…a great (almost) summer day!

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Good night everyone!!  Thank goodness summer is almost here!

The Tucker Files – Time for “The Surgery”

Don’t tell Tucker, because he doesn’t know, but tomorrow he is going to have “The Surgery”

Yes, he is 20 months old, we waited an extra 2 months, but some of that wait can be attributed to the fact that we actually did switch veterinary hospitals.

Tucker had a “meet and greet” at the new animal hospital and all went well, so we booked “The Surgery” and tomorrow is the big day.

At the time of this post Tucker has had his “last supper” as an intact male.  Here he is before I left for work tonight.  I hate leaving him tonight more that usual.

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And since this is a Tucker Files post, I’m going to include some more pictures, because I can!

My sweet, sleeping angel…

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Tucker isn’t allowed in the living room, which is the only room that faces the front of the house.  Some nights, my boyfriend lets Tucker out to the garage to watch for me.  He always knows when its almost time for me to get home.  Here’s what I see when pulling in the driveway…

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And one more, Tucker laying on the cool ceramic tile in the evening…

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Here’s hoping for a trouble-free surgery!  I will let you know how it goes!

The Tucker Files: Golden Retriever Aggression?

I have to admit, Tucker has been more of a challenge than my previous dogs (except for a male alaskan malamute)  He is very dominant and I am pretty good at keeping him in check.  He has never shown aggression meeting another dog, and has never growled or snapped.  I can take a raw beef bone from his hands and stick my hand in his food bowl.  He hasn’t had a lot of exposure to young children, and when he did he approached them with a little too much “zest”

I managed to capture Tucker making his “killer face” tonight. (bared teeth, crinkled up nose)  At first I thought it was cute and was trying to teach him to smile, but as you can see, he actually sort of snapped at my finger, even though he didn’t bite hard.

On our last visit to the vet, when the vet reached for Tucker’s head, he made this face.  Needless to say, the vet immediately went for the muzzle.  Tucker took it well, and it was removed before the end of the exam.  I told him Tucker sometimes makes this face while we are playing.  The vet set he couldn’t take the risk.  I told him I didn’t blame him one bit.  I think it had something to do with the high strung vet tech who tried to weigh Tucker and backed him in a corner and he peed on the scale.  She continued to try and force him on the scale and you could tell he was avoiding the pee and not wanting to step in it.  I eagerly offered to clean up the pee and told her he wouldn’t get on the scale like that.  She shoved us into the exam room and told me we were “holding up progress”  This made me both irate and embarrassed, and our visit had not started off on a good note.  I’m not making excuses, but the place was literally packed and I think it was a bit much, even for Tucker.  I ended up crying on the way home and thinking that I was a failure in terms of having an obedient, well trained dog.  (When I have a treat in my hand Tucker is actually extremely smart and obedient!)

I am curious as to your thoughts golden experts!  Is this a sign of aggression?  If so, any suggestions on correcting this behavior?