Golden Retriever of the Month – Denali

Denali is an 11 year old golden retriever from Ohio who graces the cover of many greeting cards.  Denali’s owner, photographer Madalyn Ruggiero says he loves jumping up on the table and sits and waits to be adorned in the day’s costume.  Some days, he’s not in the mood and she has to work around his schedule.

Madelyn and Denali – Behind the Scenes – YouTube Video


Madelyn and Denali have appeared in the local newspapers on many occasions, and even on the local news.

Denali loves peanut butter, doggie ice cream, and beef sticks.  He doesn’t have a particular favorite toy, but is obsessed with snow and loves making snow angels.  He sleeps in his mom’s room at night and isn’t afraid of fireworks or thunder.

Denali was recently diagnosed with nasal cancer.  Madalyn explains:

Last fall Denali started having lots of thick mucus coming out of his nose.. I took him almost every other week to the doctor. In the end of October the mucus turned into blood and that scared me. My doctor recommended I take him for a biopsy. I took him to Michigan State Vet School for a biopsy. Denali had some problems during the biopsy and was loosing a lot of blood. After they got him stabilized they found out he had cancer. The tumor in his noses was blocking air-flow completely on one side and was starting to go to the other. A friend suggested I take Denali to Ohio State University Vet Medical center and that’s where I met Dr Cheryl London. She’s a well know oncologist who was doing a nasal cancer study. Thankfully, she gave me hope and Denali is has been enrolled in the program since last November.

Face of Local Greeting Card Line Battles Cancer – The Toledo Blade

Denali has a new little brother named Sir Wilbur who has given him a new zest for life.

Together they are making some pretty cool greeting cards and living the life!  Did I mention they like watermelon?

and car rides?

You can check out their Blog or Facebook Page to follow their story.  I urge you to help out this golden-loving artist by purchasing a card or two.  They are very reasonable and you will have them on hand for that last minute occasion!

Purchase Denali and Sir Wilbur’s Greeting Cards

Here are my cards that I received from Madalyn.  (who needs to show me how to take a decent picture!)


One thing is for sure – Madalyn has found her true calling with her “subjects” and is getting double golden love at the same time.  I wish her and the boys the best of luck.  Belly rubs and kisses to Denali and Sir Wilbur.

Golden Retriever of the Month – Daisy!

Daisy is a beautiful 4 year old golden retriever from Winchester, Kentucky.  She has a sidekick named Lilly, (a beagle) and a great human named Courtney who loves to train her, take cool pictures and videos, and has recently started agility training.

Daisy came to her home when she was a small puppy, and right from the start, she was treated like the princess that she is!


She now is a pro at getting “dressed up”!  Daisy and Lilly get decked out for most special occasions.


Sometimes it doesn’t go as planned, but they have fun!


Daisy has graduated from Click-A-Trick training and can do about 25 different tricks, like bowing, waving, and playing dead.  Here’s Lilly and Daisy showing off for the camera:

You can see all of her tricks on their YouTube Channel Lilly and Daisy the Dogs

Daisy is allowed to sleep on the humans’ couch


Her favorite toy is the GoDogGo Fetch Machine.


She was even featured on their website!

Daisy on GoDogGo website

Daisy has dreams to become a famous actress.  With those good looks and skills it is a dream that is not “far fetched”

Daisy Animal Actor Ad

Here is my favorite picture of Daisy:


Check out their website Lilly and Daisy the Dogs and like their Facebook page!

Good luck achieving your dreams Daisy!

Golden Retriever of the Month – “Jack Maffei”

Jack Maffei a handsome 1 year old golden retriever from San Diego, California and  is a typical California boy.  He captured my heart from his many adventures on his Facebook page.  His birthday is December 5th.  Something tells me we will be seeing more of this young man.  We have 10 years at least, hopefully Tucker and Jack will be able to run on the beach together someday…sigh…

Jack loves to swim…  Everywhere.  In the ocean:

jackoceanIn the pool:


.And even in fountains:

Jack Maffei

Jack’s favorite toy is the good ‘ol fashioned tennis ball.

Jack Maffei -

Jack loves to shop, and he’s got style.

jack shoping

Jack likes to travel in style too…look at that proud grin!

jack beverly hills

Jack also likes to stay in touch with his friends on his Facebook and Twitter pages.


Jack has no brothers or sisters, but has lots of friends!  This is Chuck…

jack and chuckSometimes Jack gets into mischief.

badjackJack loves to go for car rides

jackcarJack is very handsome, and likes to pose

jackwetJack is spoiled and has lots of toys.

jacktoysJack is in training to become a therapy dog, and his mom says he can’t wait!

jacktherapyJack sleeps on his bed at night, beside his “dad” and comes up for cuddles in the morning when invited.  He is a very good boy!

sleepyjackAnd of course a puppy picture of Jack.  (melts)


Follow Jack’s adventures on his Facebook page, or chat with him on Twitter @JackMaffei  

Golden Retriever of the Month – Parker Pup

Today is World Cancer Day, so I figured it was the perfect day to feature February’s Golden Retriever of the Month, Parker, aka “Parker Pup”.


“Parker” –

Parker is a 5 year old golden retriever from Beaverton, Oregon who says his most important job, aside from being a loyal family member, is being a therapy dog.  He likes to visit cancer patients and children learning to read.  Parker earned his CGC before the age of one.  He is also a cancer advocate by often raising funds and awareness.  Aside from his busy schedule, in his spare time he likes to hang out with his big “sister” Daisy and competes in Agility.

This video explains most of his work to date:

Parker is a model and celebrity in the dog world.  Here he is in Time’s Square:

parkertimessquare2He was issued in the December 2009 issue of Vanity Fair

Parker Pup in Vanity Fair 2009 Issue -

Parker Pup in Vanity Fair 2009 Issue –

Parker has also appeared in print and television ads and won  2 WorldWide Fido crowns.  You can read all about his life from puppyhood on his website or visit his facebook page at and Twitter @parkerpupdotcom

If you read my blog, you have seen some of the videos I have posted of Parker and his “sister” Daisy staring in their own YouTube videos.  These are not to be missed!! Check out their YouTube channel here.

Just last month Parker starred in a live performance of “Cheaper by the Dozen” which ran for several nights at the Hart Theatre in Hillsboro and he received amazing reviews.


Parker in Cheaper by the Dozen –

I managed to get in touch with Parker’s human, Jenn, who answered a few questions for me on behalf of Parker.

Question:  Where is your favorite place to sleep?

Parker:  “Recently I’ve been allowed (when I am invited) to get up into the chair to sit on my human’s lap. But if I’m not invited, I have a really comfy pillow close to the fireplace where I love to lay.”

Question:  What is your favorite toy?

Parker: “Tennis balls! Actually technically my favorite is my orange and blue Chuck-It ball. ”

Question:  Do you ever steal food off of the counter?

Parker:  “Never.”

Question:  What is the last thing you destroyed?

Parker:  ” I haven’t destroyed anything for quite awhile.Unless, well.. do you count tomato plants in the backyard? If that’s the case, I LOVE to swipe tomatoes out in the back yard, LOL!! Wait.. is this ‘on the record?’

Question:  Where is your favorite spot to be petted?

Parker: “Ear scratchies and neck massages. My family does the whole TTouch thing all over about every other day and I love it” (and it’s good for checking for lumps and bumps, too).

Thanks Jenn and Parker!

Okay, now for the serious stuff.  Cancer

Parker is active in raising money for both The Morris Animal Foundation and The American Cancer Society. On April 28, 2013 he is participating in Elk Grove K9 Cancer Walk Benefiting Morris Animal Foundation.  Here is the link to his fundraising page.  Help them reach there goal, they are almost halfway there!

Support Parker Pup here!

Do you know a special golden retriever who would like to be golden retriever of the month?  Email with photos/details