A Golden Retriever Scratching Post for Cats?  Hmmm, they may be on to something!!

OK, so there is this golden retriever scratching post for cats from Studio Erik Stehmann from The Netherlands – ad set to music…if I were a cat….

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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”

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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?

 

Missing Golden Retriever in Dublin, Georgia – Can You Help Bring Moose Home?

Dublin, GA – Moose the golden retriever has been missing since Monday in the area of Palmetto Lakes and Walke Dairy road.

He was wearing a red collar with contact information on his tag. He is also micro chipped. If you find him, please bring him to a local vet or shelter so they can contact his humans. A possible reward is being offered.

I hope this story has a happy ending. Thanks to the media who have been very supportive. The local news even did a story:

Full story with video from 41nbc.com: A local viewer hopes you can #bringmoosehome

Photo:  Moose via Facebook

Photo: Moose via Facebook

To help, you can share via our Facebook page here or even through your Twitter, etc by sharing this link or the news story. Please help to #bringmoosehome.

Moose the Dog on Instagram @moosethedog_

Coco Chan, the corn eating golden retriever from Japan, has died.

If you have ever watched the video of the golden retriever eating corn on the cob that went viral this summer, or the many other videos posted on her YouTube channel than you are familiar with Coco Chan.

She lost her battle to Cancer on September 11, 2014.

CocoChan - Facebook

CocoChan – Facebook

Rest in peace Coco Chan.  You will be fondly remembered around the world.  If you wish to leave condolences on her Facebook page, click here.

Golden Video of the Week – Puppy Golden Retriever Comforts Older Dog

Hi everyone. Hope you are enjoying your summer with your fur friends. Hopefully be back to blogging real soon. In the meantime, here’s a cute video of a golden retriever puppy comforting their new friend.

Sports-Loving Golden Retriever Georges Watching The World Cup

This golden retriever internet star doesn’t care what sport, or team…he just loves to watch sports.   According to YouTube poster Bearaids “He will watch the games for hours and doesn’t care who wins or loses, as long as he can watch them play”   Here is Georges cheering on players during The World Cup.

See more Georges watching sports at the YouTube Channel Bearaids


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Golden Retriever Celebrates 1000 Therapy Visits One Month After Owner Dies

Delhi, ON (Canada)  Ok, this story is close to home, so I post with great pride.  Eight and a half year old golden retriever Amy celebrated her 1000th visit as a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog on May 21, 2014.  Amy visits the local hospital, nursing homes, special events and Delhi Public School, where youngsters were are to practice their reading. She is only one of about 12 dogs who have reached this milestone in the program in the last 20 years.  It is believed she may be the youngest dog to achieve this goal.

Dan Nakonechny and Amy (Photo - The Simcoe Reformer)

Dan Nakonechny and Amy (Photo – The Simcoe Reformer)

Sadly, Amy’s owner Pat Nakonechny, who was looking forward to this accomplishment, passed away a month ago. They were celebrated with an assembly at Delhi Public School and a tree was planted in their honour in front of the school. Her husband Dave said she loved the program, and would talk about it “to anyone who would listen”  Amy and Nakonechny made three visits a week, every week for seven years.

Thanks Pat and Amy, for all of your time and effort.  It won’t be forgotten.

Golden retriever celebrates 1000th visit – The Simcoe Reformer

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