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.
“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
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.”
Say what you will about table scraps, but I feel table scraps are far better than most kibble on the market. Sometimes we spoil Tucker. I guess I should say sometimes we “extra spoil” Tucker. He is perpetually spoiled.
Here’s Tucker waiting for his dinner. He always puts one paw up while begging. I have already explained the menu – perfectly cooked tenderloin (rare-med rare) fresh local asparagus (I.e pure gold) and lobster fettuccine. Rich, I know. I mixed it with his kibble. (Origen Adult Dog) I always soak his kibble in hot water for about 5 min, so the food expands in the bowl, instead of his tummy. Heard this from a breeder, it is supposed to help prevent bloat. It makes a nice gravy. We make sure his teeth stay clean with the occasional raw bone.
Here’s dinner. Since I didn’t get anything for mother’s day, I treated myself. The expensive stuff was all on sale. This meal was under $40 and fed three!
Brooke is a four year old golden retriever with a part time job. Her owner, Dr. Paul Weiss works at a pediatric dental office, and he brings four legged companion with him to the office two days a week. Brooke is a trained therapy dog.
Brooke helps ease the kids fear of dental work by laying and cuddling with the child during procedures.
In one article in the The Globe and Mail, Amberly McAteer writes “Even for a dog-loving, dentist-fearing girl, this is going too far.”
Some of the comments in the articles question if this is sanitary. Weiss says the office is thoroughly cleaned and Brooke has baths before her shifts at the office. Personally, I wouldn’t mind snuggling with a golden while having my teeth worked on.
Every now and then curiosity just gets the best of me and I want to know more about the behaviors of other golden retrievers. I can honestly say I have never had a dog that really watched the tv, except for maybe a few seconds, perhaps when the contrasts were very strong, or a dog was barking on the tv. Tucker seems to like watching sports more than anything. With the new technology in televisions, it is reported that dogs can see more movement and perhaps will engage more than with the older screens.
Here is a great article from The New York Times “Should Your Dog Be Watching TV?” It discusses the only tv channel designed just for dogs. DogTV displays images of bouncing tennis balls, dogs getting belly rubs, etc and is designed to keep your pet occupied while you are away, or just purely for entertainment. I think it’s an amazing idea and I am going to look into it for Tucker. It’s available online.
I recently posted a “Golden Video of the Week” of a golden retriever, Molly, watching “Air Buddies” on the television. She seems to hold her attention to it for a long time. Of course, she is watching a golden retriever, can you blame her?
If you have a video of your golden watching tv (and would be willing to share) please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love getting feedback from my readers, and I love when people participate in my polls. I check them often.
I can’t say I have experienced this…I usually catch Tucker in the act, and it takes at least two people to drop everything, corner Tucker, and get him to drop whatever it is in his mouth that he shouldn’t have, being a tissue, paper towel, anything small and plastic, or a pair of underwear. If I am alone, I usually have to use baby gates, chairs, whatever is in my way to catch him. He thinks it is a game. Sometimes I get very frustrated. (I must win, no matter what!) Tucker, as well as many, have brought out some pretty embarrassing items in the midst of company.
I can’t remember this with my other dogs, the sheer unwillingness to give up that prize. When I used “the voice” and said “drop it” they would drop it. From the other blogs I have followed, and articles I have read, golden retrievers like to hoard things, and bury them.
There are arguments on both sides of the fence as far as letting your pet sleep in bed with you. Tucker sleeps in our bed with us, but he is not allowed to bring toys or bones up, or rough play with us. He must also get off the bed when we give the command “off”. It is always on our terms. I am not overly concerned about the germs. I’m one of those people who eats red meat, and enjoys wine, and other unhealthy vices.