Why I love the Golden Retriever

Blonde hair and soft brown eyes.  A smile that exudes the zest for life we all should have.  A large wagging tail that thumps the ground each time you walk by, a gentle mouth…and the kisses!!  Oh the kisses!!

Here’s to one of the most popular dog breeds, The Golden Retriever, and why we love them. (in no particular order)

1.  They have lived in the White House.

Gerald Ford and “Liberty”

2.  They were at ground zero.

New York, NY (Sept. 15, 2001) God Bless America

3.  They lead the blind.

4.  They visit the sick or wounded.

5.  They are owned by celebrities

Oprah and Luke, Layla and Gracie

6.  They are celebrities:

7.  They are great with children

8.  They make the cutest puppies

9.  They love to cuddle..

10.  Oh! And they retrieve things..

They are gentle, loyal and attentive to their humans.  They don’t discriminate.  They love everyone. They are our best friends, our helpers, and our heroes.

The only negative aspect to owning a golden retriever is their fur, after it has come off of their body.  It never ceases to amaze me how my boy will make it his life’s work to come and rub up against me as soon as I put on a pair of dark colored pants.  The lint brush is my friend.  Oh the joys of watching that big blonde ball of fur go rolling across the kitchen floor, almost always when you have company.

Oh, and the holes they dig, and the things they chew, and the overly exuberant welcomes….I wouldn’t trade it for a thing!

If you’re still not convinced, here’s a great video from Animal Planet

(Please please buy from a good breeder who raises his/her dogs indoors, are bred for temperament first, under a non-breeding agreement, and registered by your national kennel club)  (AKC, CKC, etc) or better yet, RESCUE!!!!!!!!!!  Don’t even think about a pet store.

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An open letter to Perez Hilton…

I just want to say, I love Perez*, always have.  I am currently working on an article on golden doodle greeders, and Perez and his greeder came up in my research.  I also realize he received an award from PETA (Proggy Award)  The key word in this whole long-winded letter is ETHICAL.

Dear Perez:

I am aware that you purchased a designer dog from a greeder in Southern California who shall remain nameless.  I also know that Teddy has captured your heart and will be a huge part of your life for a long time.  I really appreciate the fact that you highly promote rescue dogs.  Do you sometimes feel ashamed that you purchased your dog from a greeder who lets her “stock” sleep outside alone at night, in “clean oversize pens” (just like our local animal control shelter) and hires someone for very little wage to come care for them?  I sincerely hope you do.  Would you want that for Teddy?

You obviously know these shelters are overcrowded.  As a longtime dog lover/owner, and golden retriever enthusiast, I am really saddened that you chose this route.  Please don’t think that I am ignorant on this matter.  I even read the information on your greeders website about the pro’s of these designer dogs.  I just want to say, you can find just about anything on the internet, and if these people are greedy too, they also reap the financial rewards of this canine catastrophe we call “designer dogs”

There are real, passionate dog Breeders out there, who have a few dogs they keep and love, (in their home) and “stud” them out to other well loved dogs.  They also spend alot of time and money titling these dogs in either conformation or obedience.   These dogs have a clear genetic history, a serious breeding program that ensures the health of the breed, sound conformation and temperament, and a well established club (AKC,CKC, breed clubs, etc) and rescue organizations that are clearly non profit.  There is no such thing with the goldendoodles, labradoodles, cockapoos, puggles, etc etc.  I could go on and on.

On another note, I paid $800 for my purebred golden retriever, who’s ancestors are incredibly titled dogs, and came from loving, ETHICAL homes and breeders.  Sadly, your dog came from a puppy mill…(yes, I said it, how many litters a year do they have?) and I saw the prices on the site from where you purchased your Teddy. (the word “sucker” comes to mind here)

In short, what I am saying is, I suppose I can understand the Proggy Award from Peta for your wonderful blog..but the fact you (unknowingly, at the time, I’m sure) purchased your dog from a puppy mill, kind of makes me question this.  Please promote pets obtained from rescue or REPUTABLE, ETHICAL, Nationally Registered Breeders.

Sincerely, for the goldens..

Shannon

*Perez Hilton is a goldendoodle owner and celebrity blogger from sites such as perezhilton, teddyhilton , and cocoperez

ps.  loving how spell check underlines the “designer breeds” and not the REAL breeds!!

Family misses Golden Retrievers sent to Rescue, Adopted.

Until I have all the facts, I’m not sure what to think on this one.  The story is of a family with two golden retrievers who go missing.  They are picked up a few miles away by animal control.  They are then sent to a rescue.  From there, they are adopted, not sure if together or not.  And then there are the Warrens, the picture perfect family who own the dogs, and apparently take them everywhere, “like their kids”.  When I read the comments of this article from The Bangor Daily News, I learned that the Warrens dogs were not tagged, or chipped OR spayed or neutered.  I can only think of two reasons for this…they were show dogs/breeding stock, (highly unlikely if not chipped, tattooed, or wearing tags) or they were used for a local puppy mill to pound out puppies (no pun intended) .  Warren family, if you are reading this, please respond!  Now that the dogs are spayed and neutered, and you have learned your lesson (I realize accidents happen, and dogs get away) I think I hope they are returned to you safe and sound..and if you read this, please support rescue and responsible, AKC registered breeders.

Here is the article in it’s entirety, here.