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!




Does Your Golden Retriever Drool?

Generally speaking, golden retrievers are very food motivated dogs, and as a result, sometimes are overweight.  They eat ravenously and have a bottomless pit for a stomach.

Tucker likes to watch us eat, but when we eat certain foods, (usually bacon or pizza) he will often drool.  Lots.

Drooling while humans eat is one thing, but keep in mind that excessive drooling can be caused by a number of other reasons.  For example, drooling in the car is usually a sign of nervousness.

Sudden, unexplained drooling could mean an injury to the mouth or irritation of the gums or even a symptom of poisoning.  Consult your veterinarian ASAP if this happens.

Dog Drooling and Salivary Gland Problems – WebMD

Time for another poll:

Here’s a video from Mary Livingston of the blog Sneaking Bliss, one of her house guests is very eager for dinner

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Pub in England Named “The Golden Retriever”

In Bracknell England you can wine and dine in a pub named The Golden Retriever.  Their website claims “The Golden Retriever in Bracknell is a country pub & restaurant oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar.


The Tucker Files: Gourmet Dinner for a Golden Retriever

Say what you will about table scraps, but I feel table scraps are far better than most kibble on the market. Sometimes we spoil Tucker. I guess I should say sometimes we “extra spoil” Tucker. He is perpetually spoiled.

Here’s Tucker waiting for his dinner. He always puts one paw up while begging. I have already explained the menu – perfectly cooked tenderloin (rare-med rare) fresh local asparagus (I.e pure gold) and lobster fettuccine. Rich, I know. I mixed it with his kibble. (Origen Adult Dog)  I always soak his kibble in hot water for about 5 min, so the food expands in the bowl, instead of his tummy.  Heard this from a breeder, it is supposed to help prevent bloat.  It makes a nice gravy.  We make sure his teeth stay clean with the occasional raw bone.


Here’s dinner.  Since I didn’t get anything for mother’s day, I treated myself.  The expensive stuff was all on sale.  This meal was under $40 and fed three!


Did I mention we love food?

Time for a poll!

Golden Retrievers and counter-surfing….at my wits’ end

This morning I woke to my daughter Amanda asking “Mom, where are my contacts?” A terrible feeling welled up inside me as I jumped out of bed “NO!?” I knew. Amanda just got her first pair of contact lenses on Thursday. Today is Saturday. Sometime during the night, Tucker jumped up and grabbed the contact case right off her nightstand. I found the remains on the stairs, chewed up plastic.

This is not the first time this has happened. I am ashamed to say I left my full prescription bottle of thyroid medication on the kitchen counter. That night, I looked over to see Tucker chewing away at something quite eagerly, only to discover it was an empty pill bottle. Again, that feeling in my stomach. He was taken to the vet, given IV fluids, and observed by the vet overnight the next night. A very hard and expensive lesson, but thankfully he is okay.

There has also been my nephews glasses, my bank card, half of a pot roast (that one I can understand) and many other things I cant think of right now.

The thing that bothers me the most is he does it right in front of us. Sometimes I send him to his crate after strike two, but he just isn’t getting it! I don’t remember ever having it this bad with my other dogs. Does anyone have any advice? The leash thing doesn’t work…by the time I get to him, he is down.

Here’s a cute video of a golden retriever counter surfing a banana. I like to call it “Jack, what are you doing?”