Golden Video of the Week – Golden Retriever and Butterfly

It’s the same adorable senior that brought you the video with the baby chicks!  Chance shows off his skills with a butterfly that lands on his nose.

Champ - Candice Sedighan

Champ – Candice Sedighan

Photo and video from Candice Sedighan Photography.

Why is My Golden Retrievers’ Nose Turning Brown?

Photo:  TheK9HarperLee.com

Photo: TheK9HarperLee.com

There are actually a few reasons this may be happening. Some say the brown nose is called a “snow nose” and it is caused by the cold weather. My previous golden, Logan, never had a brown nose. We live in Ontario Canada and the winters are fairly cold.  I have seen pictures of goldens in warm climates with brown noses too,  so I realized this isn’t the only reason for a dogs’ nose to change color.

I began an investigation…

An article in WebMD states:

Snow nose is a separate but common condition in which dark pigment on the nose
fades during the winter months and darkens again in spring and summer. Complete
depigmentation does not occur. Snow nose is seen in Siberian Huskies, Golden
Retrievers
, Labrador Retrievers, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and other breeds
.”

Another informative article  “What is Snow Nose” by Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM suggests that some noses just lighten as the dog ages:

“The cause is not completely understood. Snow nose is more common in
light and white-coated breeds. This condition by itself isn’t a health
problem, but caution is advised in sunny weather, as the depigmented
area is at increased risk for sunburn. Some vets advise testing the
thyroid levels to make sure that there isn’t an underlying thyroid
problem.

Some dogs pigment in the nose just fades over time as they age.”

There is also a possibility it could be caused by using plastic food and water bowls.

Loss of pigment in a dog’s nose can be caused by eating and/or drinking
from plastic or rubber bowls that contain the chemical
p-benzylhydroquinone. This chemical is absorbed through the skin and
stops the formation of melanin. Many vets recommend using stainless
steel
, glass or ceramic bowls instead of plastic to eliminate the

possibility of Plastic Dish Nasal Dermatitis.”  

                                                                          – Dog Health Doc “Color of Dog Noses”

I hope you found this information helpful.  I know we love our goldens no matter what color their noses are.

PLEASE do NOT try and alter the color your dogs nose with shoe polish or magic marker! (yes, I have read about this too!!)

Time for a poll!

References:

Pigmentation Problems of the Nose in Dogs – WebMD

What is Snow Nose – VetMedicine.About.com

Color of Dog Noses – DogHealthDoc.com

Actor Desmond Tan Suffers Bite From Golden Retriever

In Singapore, MediaCorp actor Desmond Tan stopped by a friend’s place on New Years Eve and ended up spending the night in the emergency room. In a telephone interview with XINMSN Tan says:

“I was stroking my friend’s Golden Retriever when it suddenly dashed into my face and attacked my nose.”

Desmond Tan/xinmsn.com

Desmond Tan/xinmsn.com

The next day, Desmond tweeted:
[tweet https://twitter.com/theDesmondTan/status/286003379996594177 align=’center’]

Back in October, Tan posted this tweet, with an Instagram picture of him and a golden retriever.  I wonder if it’s the same one…?

[tweet https://twitter.com/theDesmondTan/status/256783294451044352 align=’center’]

So apparently the dog is shy.  Goldens are known to have excellent bite inhibition, and this probably could have been a lot worse.  Hopefully it doesn’t leave a scar!  (and the dog’s issues can be resolved!)  The actor is traveling to Japan in the near future to film a commercial, and will conceal his injury with makeup.

For the full article from xinmsn.com click here.

It sounds like Desmond is a dog lover.  He has an English Cocker Spaniel named Hoshi who has him wrapped around his finger!

Desmond Tan and Hoshi/xinmsn.com

Desmond Tan and Hoshi/xinmsn.com

Celebs and their Pets – Desmond Tan (xinmsn)

“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.