The Tucker Files – Time for “The Surgery”

Don’t tell Tucker, because he doesn’t know, but tomorrow he is going to have “The Surgery”

Yes, he is 20 months old, we waited an extra 2 months, but some of that wait can be attributed to the fact that we actually did switch veterinary hospitals.

Tucker had a “meet and greet” at the new animal hospital and all went well, so we booked “The Surgery” and tomorrow is the big day.

At the time of this post Tucker has had his “last supper” as an intact male.  Here he is before I left for work tonight.  I hate leaving him tonight more that usual.


And since this is a Tucker Files post, I’m going to include some more pictures, because I can!

My sweet, sleeping angel…


Tucker isn’t allowed in the living room, which is the only room that faces the front of the house.  Some nights, my boyfriend lets Tucker out to the garage to watch for me.  He always knows when its almost time for me to get home.  Here’s what I see when pulling in the driveway…


And one more, Tucker laying on the cool ceramic tile in the evening…


Here’s hoping for a trouble-free surgery!  I will let you know how it goes!

When to spay/neuter your Golden Retriever

My 10 month old golden, Tucker, gets very frisky in the evenings.  It doesn’t matter if we have gone on a one hour hike, played fetch at the empty schoolyard, or he has been pent up for 2 or 3 days due to weather.  Every night, without fail, Tucker decides he has a need to fulfill and proceeds to “hump” the pillows on the couch.  I can’t honestly think of a nicer way to put this.  It doesn’t matter who is looking, weather company is over, or even if there is a camera pointed at him.  This dog has no shame.

I managed to capture an episode on my grainy cell phone video camera.  What makes this video so funny, is that it is the horrible audio from the television in the background.  You can see when it stops, so does he!  Make sure you have the volume turned up.

I realize each dog has it’s own personality.  Tucker’s bloodline consists of several top scoring obedience dogs.  A pretty impressive pedigree.  The contract I purchased Tucker states I have to wait until he is 18 months to be neutered.  This seems to be a controversial issue.  My veterinarian advised me not to take his playful puppy behavior into consideration when deciding when to “make the cut”  What he meant was, don’t expect a brand new dog as soon as the surgery is performed.  I continue to weigh the pros and cons.

No significant information was found to indicate that neutering your male dog would make him calmer and less “dominant”  There was sufficient evidence stating that dogs who were neutered early (before maturity) had an increased risk of certain cancers, hypothyroidism, obesity, as well as many other health concerns.  Early neutering is also believed to stunt growth  as sex hormones play an important part in bone development.

Here is an article in favor of later spay/neutering Early Spay/neutering considerations for the Canine Athlete by Dr.Chris Zink DVM, PhD, DACPV

Here is an article in rebuttle to Dr Zink’s article, in favor of early spay/neutering
 Rebuttal to “Early Spay-Neuter Considerations for the Canine Athlete”

Another popular trend these days is called Pediatric spaying/neutering.  There are some arguments in favor of this theory as well Pedeatric Spay/Neuter  from the Best Friends Animal Society

In conclusion, based on information from the above articles and reputable breeder recommendations, I have decided to wait it out to have Tucker neutered.

Ouch! Cola the Golden Retriever found with elastic around testicles

This is a horrible story about a 4 month old golden retriever puppy who was found wandering around a neighborhood in Severn, Maryland with an elastic band around his testicles.   Obviously an attempt to home-neuter the sweet little guy.  Apparently the testicles were shriveled and discolored, and a vet in Annapolis successfully neutered the dog and treated him for an internal infection. They have named the dog “Cola” and I assume he will be placed for adoption. Apparently several people have already come forward.

Full article here.

Family misses Golden Retrievers sent to Rescue, Adopted.

Until I have all the facts, I’m not sure what to think on this one.  The story is of a family with two golden retrievers who go missing.  They are picked up a few miles away by animal control.  They are then sent to a rescue.  From there, they are adopted, not sure if together or not.  And then there are the Warrens, the picture perfect family who own the dogs, and apparently take them everywhere, “like their kids”.  When I read the comments of this article from The Bangor Daily News, I learned that the Warrens dogs were not tagged, or chipped OR spayed or neutered.  I can only think of two reasons for this…they were show dogs/breeding stock, (highly unlikely if not chipped, tattooed, or wearing tags) or they were used for a local puppy mill to pound out puppies (no pun intended) .  Warren family, if you are reading this, please respond!  Now that the dogs are spayed and neutered, and you have learned your lesson (I realize accidents happen, and dogs get away) I think I hope they are returned to you safe and sound..and if you read this, please support rescue and responsible, AKC registered breeders.

Here is the article in it’s entirety, here.