2 Golden Retrievers Drown in Wisconsin River

Wausau, WI – 2 golden retrievers have drowned after falling through ice on the Wisconsin River near Fern Island this afternoon.

Wisconson River - WSAU.com

Wisconson River – WSAU.com

A passer by was walking in the area and heard screams. Tim Stelzel tells WSAW News:

They jumped 10 feet off thinking it was snow, and plunged through and went immediately under the ice and were swept downstream.”

Stelzel claims the dogs’ owners, a couple, “couldn’t be consoled”  Rescue crews were not contacted as the current swept the dogs away under the ice so quickly.

2 Dogs Lost After They Break Through Ice – WSAW News – Video

A reminder to keep your dogs on a leash near water this time of year.  So sad.

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The Tucker Files: Doing Better

We finally had a nice day here in Southern Ontario.  We took Tucker for a hike and a quick swim, since it has been over 10 days since “The Surgery”.

Here are some pictures from our trip:

running down the trail with gusto! (slightly out of focus, I’m working on this!)


Swimming in the river:


Checking out the scenery..(again, slightly out of foucus)


The car ride…


And now all brushed and checked for ticks, resting with his best buddie…a great (almost) summer day!


Good night everyone!!  Thank goodness summer is almost here!

The Tucker Files: Golden Retriever on a Hike

Tucker had a great summer with many hikes on the local trail, which involved swimming in the river and fetching sticks.  Here are some of the best shots we were able to capture….

Here is a great photo of Tucker loving the river.  He likes to chase sticks, rescue them, bring them to the shore, and chew them to bits…


Sometimes he gets ahead of us, and looks back, “Are you guys coming?”


“Ahhh, chewing a stick I just rescued.”IMG_0974

The Tucker Files: Tucker goes swimming..(sort of)

My nephew and I recently decided we wanted to get in shape and were going to start walking in the evenings, taking Tucker through the local conservation area trails.  There is a river that runs through these trails, and we were hoping Tucker could get introduced to romping in it.  When we arrived at “the spot”, a place where I used to hang out alot when I was a kid and fish for rainbow trout, there was a Canada goose and her goslings floating by…Tucker didn’t chase after them.  We threw a stick in the water.  That did it.  Out he bounded towards the center of the river…no holds barred.  You could tell where it got deeper and he began to swim, naturally, of course.  It was such a beautiful sight!  And then out he came.  After that, he wouldn’t so much as get his paws wet.  He would run around, go up to the edge of the water, his paws would touch the water, he would jump, and run away.  Golden Retrievers are to water as Chihuahas are to barking.  I found this strange but knew he would come around.  Perhaps he needs to see another dog or a person in the water first?   Tucker is only 7 months old and this was his first “forest” experience.  He was a little jumpy and reluctant, sniffing everything and trembling a little at times.  He would go ahead of us, but not very far.  He was cautious, yet curious and confidant, which I think is a healthy balance for a puppy.  It was so cool to see him explore. (not actual picture of Tucker, shoulda brought my camera)

Golden Retriever swimming.

Tonight on our walk, my nephew stripped off his socks and shoes and went knee deep into the river.  After a few minutes of coaxing, Tucker reluctantly went into the water towards him.  They splashed and played.  Tucker realized he could drink the water.  He stood and plunked his paw into the water repeatedly.  He finally loved the water.  After that he would run out and around in a big circle at an insane pace, run to a muddy spot and dig frantically, then run back into the water and splash around.  He repeated this about 10 times, ears flapping, smiles abounding.  I said to my nephew:  “It’s like Canada’s Wonderland for Dogs”  That, plus the car ride where he got to stick his head out the window, and the 10 minute playdate with a doberman, made for the perfect day!  Tucker says it’s good to be a golden!