Golden Retrievers of the Month – Spencer and Penny

The Daily Golden usually has a Golden Retriever of the Month.  This month, I have selected two.  Spencer, 4 and his neice Penny, 1, live together with their cat Shelby in Holliston, Massachusetts.  Their day often includes a trip to their “human’s” office, a photography studio, where they are often forced into hard labor, posing for photographs…

Photo: The Henry Studio

While Spencer is very calm and docile, Penny is quite the opposite, she is so excitable but she tries so hard to contain herself.  She often sits and almost vibrates.

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Photo: The Henry Studio

I have always admired the beautiful photos on Spencer and Penny’s Facebook page, but the night I saw the video of  them sitting on the stairs waving goodnight, I fell in love with these beautiful goldens!

IMG_9912Another one of my favorite things about this pair is the fact that the love to carry things in their mouths…even food!

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Their owner says  “They both love to carry things and on 90% of their walks they are carrying a frisbee, stick or ball. They both retrieve the mail, carry my lunch into the studio,  and bags of pastries from the coffee shop while I carry the coffees.  All I have to say is pick it up and point. Spencer knows his left from his right.  Penny brings things to the recycle bin and Spencer is trained to get his leash.  Both carry an umbrella on our walk if there is chance of rain (unopened of course)  They love every treat but carrots please them and me!  They both  get to clean the yogurt cup every morning as morning ritual and treat.”

A cute video of Spencer getting the mail….

Spencer and Penny’s owner says “Around lunch time every day Spencer grabs his frisbee and brings it to me and holds it in his mouth until I take him out to play.  Penny likes a big bouncy ball and although she does retrieve it, she prefers to run around with it in her mouth.”

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Penny loves every creature equally from humans to frogs.  Twice she has brought in a live frog and dropped it in our house much to my wife’s dismay.  She is very much in love with her cat friend Shelby.  She licks the cats head and cuddles with her constantly and of course an occasional chase that involves a 3 second tour of the entire house.  The cat loves it!”

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Spencer and Penny are from Massachusetts, so they like to demonstrate their love for Boston in many ways.

First, there was this beautiful photo posted on their Facebook page after the Boston Marathon tragedy..

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Photo: The Henry Studio

And they are also avid Red Socks fans!!  Go Sox!

After speaking with Spencer and Penny’s owner, I discovered that one the viral golden retriever photos I often come across belongs to him, and is a picture of Spencer holding a paper that says “I Will Love You Forever !!”

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Photo: The Henry Studio

Here’s the cool part!  The Henry Studio, (that’s S & P’s owner) offers mugs, calendars, mouse-pads etc with this print, as well as other beautiful prints of his dogs.  Check out their Etsy page AllsGolden

To see more beautiful photos and cute videos of these two, go “like” their Facebook page, and tell ’em The Daily Golden sent you! 🙂

K9 Comfort Dogs and their Handlers Surprised on Good Morning America

The K9 Parish Comfort Dogs from Lutheran Church Charities were featured on Good Morning America yesterday in a segment called “You’re Not Dreaming”  They choose someone or a group of people that have really resonated with them and deserve some special recognition.  ABC News and GMA anchor Lara Spencer chose the Comfort Dogs and says she hasn’t been able to stop thinking about them since she first met them in Newtown.

Photo-K9 Parish Comfort Dogs/Facebook

Photo-K9 Parish Comfort Dogs/Facebook

I’m sure you all know who they are by now.  They are a group of golden retrievers and their handlers who visited Joplin after the town was devestated by the tornado, Sandy Hook Elementary, Boston, and many other places some comfort was required.  These handlers are selfless, wonderful people willing to drop everything at a minute’s notice to help others in some of the most grim situations.

Yesterday the dogs and handlers got to walk the red carpet and were rewarded with many treats including a “doggy bag” full of jerkey, shampoo, toys etc from Sergeants Pet Care, a spay day at Canine Ranch Spa, A “Rufflaxation Massasge” courtesy of Hope Vet Clinic and a free grooming from New York Dog Spa and Hotel.

The handlers were rewarded with gift certificates from bliss Spa.

President of Lutheran Church Charities Tim Hetzner was presented with a full size van from Hertz that they have use of for a year.

Comfort Dog Charity Surprised With Transport Van, Grooming – Good Morning America (Video – ABC News)

If you can contribute to The K9 Parish Comfort Dogs, click here.

This segment is definately worth watching!

“Jenga” Golden Retriever – Carson!

In 2011, Carson the Golden Retriever became a YouTube sensation and has been featured in Huffington Post, on Mother Nature Network and ABC News.  Lara Spencer even gave him a shoutout on Good Morning America.

Here he is balancing 50 dog treats on his nose.  What a good boy!

I don’t know why I bother reading the comments on these YouTube videos (I was trying to figure out the dogs’ name) but I was amazed at all the idiots who call this “animal cruelty”  The dog clearly loves this!

Carson has other videos on his YouTube Channel where he balances a treat on a straw, on his nose and paws, and while lying on his back!

Full article from ABC News with video here.