Golden Retriever of the Month – “Barney”

Introducing “Barney” our Golden Retriever of the Month for July 2013.  Barney is 8 years old enjoys basking in the sun at his home in New Zealand.

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Barney was born in Wales and has done his share of travelling.  He even has his own passport!

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Barney loves the ocean and swimming.  And sticks!  Little ones….

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and big ones!
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Barney can often be seen rolling on his back.
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Barney enjoys playing in the sand, but doesn’t enjoy the bath afterwards!
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Here’s what Barney’s human Samantha says about him:
His favorite food is garlic bread and cat biscuits and he loves giving me hugs when I come home from university. He never barks, apart from when he sees people getting hugs as he wants hugs too! He likes to play tug with his rope toys and fetch with balls. Whenever he sees me he grins and crinkles his nose and makes cute growly noises like a laugh! I love Barney more than anything.”
Here’s a photo of Barney being groomed in the sunshine on his favorite bench, along with his “human” Samantha.
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Barney is recovering from an injury that left him unable to walk for a few months so he has been a little sad.  Hope you are feeling better soon Barney!!
You can see more of Barney on his new Facebook Page.  Stop by and send your well wishes, and tell him The Daily Golden sent you!

Poll: Is your Golden Retriever afraid of Fireworks??

Canada Day and Fourth of July are approaching.  I recently learned that the busiest day in animal shelters in the U.S. is July the 5th.  Can anyone guess why?

I was just sitting out on my back deck enjoying this crazy heat with Tucker (who is not afraid of fireworks or thunder) and listening to the odd firecracker go off.  Its not even dusk.  Why does this always happen?  Can’t people wait until dark??

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Shortly after, I heard someone roaming the neighborhood calling for their pet.  I can only imagine the crack of fireworks scared the pet and it took off.  Of all the dogs I have owned, the only two who weren’t afraid of fireworks and thunder were my two goldens.  My german shepherd was terrified of both, so were my malamutes.

Has anyone over managed to help a golden get over this fear?  Has anyone tried the Thundershirt?  Did it work?

Is your golden retriever afraid of fireworks?  Please vote and/or comment.

I will leave you with a cute video of a golden retriever listening to fireworks….