Golden Retriever of the Month – Troy!

This is Troy from Southern California. He is a 9 year old golden retriever that was found on Craigslist at the age of 6. The ad read: “5 year old Golden Retriever needs a home.. please call.” It had no photo, and no reason why. Troy went to his “furever home” that night with his new owner.

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Troy’s favorite treats are anything sweet potato or peanut butter! His human says “His favorite thing in the world to do is swim. I have to force him to stop or he would literally go for hours. He doesn’t even need anything to chase he just wants to swim, but his favorite thing to retrieve is definitely a stick

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Like most goldens, Troy likes to bring you things when you come home, or to company when they arrive – “One of Troy’s quirks I guess would be he HAS to put something in his mouth when I get home, or when someone comes over. His usual choice is the remote control that sits on the coffee table. If that’s not there he goes for a shoe, a water bottle, a dish towel, or anything he can find that isn’t an actual dog bone or toy.” (Tucker is the same way, thankfully he hasn’t tried it with the remote yet, its usually shoes or bones!)

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I discovered Troy through Instagram, and wanted to share a few photos of him at the permission of his owner. You can follow Troy on Instagram at @janellekayli and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nelle4

Here’s some pictures of Troy doing what he loves best, amazing Instagram photos I might add…

This is Troy. He isn't letting #cancer stop him #goldenretrievers #goldensofinstagram

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Back to the beach and my boy 💛 #goldenretriever #goldenlove #thedailygolden

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Unfortunately, “Troy was diagnosed with lymphoma Aug 2013. He went into remission after 6 chemo treatments. He still has 3 months left of chemo but so far so good. He’s had only positive reactions!” You can follow his updates or donate to his treatments here: http://www.gofundme.com/TTreatments

#k30day – silhouette. Troy in pV. #palosverdes #silhouette #ocean

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Despite all of this, Troy likes to live life to the fullest…

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Thankfully, Troy is in great hands! Wishing you all the best Troy and Janelle!

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Golden Retriever of the Month – “Riley”

Our golden retriever of the month for September, 2013 is Riley from Southern California.  He has is own Facebook page “The Adventures of Riley” that I very much enjoy.  Riley will be turning one year old on September 28th.

This sweet little guy’s favorite activity is to run and play with other dogs.  Riley’s human says “ Riley is the friendliest dog you’ll meet, but he won’t give you the time of day if you have a dog with you.  His only desire is to meet your dog, and then play with him.”

The Adventures of Riley - Facebook

The Adventures of Riley – Facebook

Riley likes his Chuckit toys, but couldn’t help himself when it came to the launcher…(Tucker’s looks the same way!)

Facebook - The Adventures of Riley

Facebook – The Adventures of Riley

His favorite toy is a stuffed giraffe.

Facebook - The Adventures of Riley

Facebook – The Adventures of Riley

He has his very own pool..

Facebook - The Adventures of Riley

Facebook – The Adventures of Riley

and gets to shop at Three Dog Bakery!

Facebook - The Adventures of Riley

Facebook – The Adventures of Riley

Riley has appointed himself neighborhood watch dog, and takes this job rather seriously..

Facebook - The Adventures of Riley

Facebook – The Adventures of Riley

Did I mention he makes the most adorable Christmas elf?

Facebook - The Adventures of Riley

Facebook – The Adventures of Riley

Here’s a puppy photo of Riley at 5 weeks old..

Facebook - The Adventures of Riley

Facebook – The Adventures of Riley

Thanks Riley, for being our “Golden of the Month”

Stop by his Facebook page and wish him a happy birthday, and tell him The Daily Golden sent you!

If you know a golden retriever who would make a good “Golden of the Month” email thedailygolden@gmail.com

An open letter to Perez Hilton…

I just want to say, I love Perez*, always have.  I am currently working on an article on golden doodle greeders, and Perez and his greeder came up in my research.  I also realize he received an award from PETA (Proggy Award)  The key word in this whole long-winded letter is ETHICAL.

Dear Perez:

I am aware that you purchased a designer dog from a greeder in Southern California who shall remain nameless.  I also know that Teddy has captured your heart and will be a huge part of your life for a long time.  I really appreciate the fact that you highly promote rescue dogs.  Do you sometimes feel ashamed that you purchased your dog from a greeder who lets her “stock” sleep outside alone at night, in “clean oversize pens” (just like our local animal control shelter) and hires someone for very little wage to come care for them?  I sincerely hope you do.  Would you want that for Teddy?

You obviously know these shelters are overcrowded.  As a longtime dog lover/owner, and golden retriever enthusiast, I am really saddened that you chose this route.  Please don’t think that I am ignorant on this matter.  I even read the information on your greeders website about the pro’s of these designer dogs.  I just want to say, you can find just about anything on the internet, and if these people are greedy too, they also reap the financial rewards of this canine catastrophe we call “designer dogs”

There are real, passionate dog Breeders out there, who have a few dogs they keep and love, (in their home) and “stud” them out to other well loved dogs.  They also spend alot of time and money titling these dogs in either conformation or obedience.   These dogs have a clear genetic history, a serious breeding program that ensures the health of the breed, sound conformation and temperament, and a well established club (AKC,CKC, breed clubs, etc) and rescue organizations that are clearly non profit.  There is no such thing with the goldendoodles, labradoodles, cockapoos, puggles, etc etc.  I could go on and on.

On another note, I paid $800 for my purebred golden retriever, who’s ancestors are incredibly titled dogs, and came from loving, ETHICAL homes and breeders.  Sadly, your dog came from a puppy mill…(yes, I said it, how many litters a year do they have?) and I saw the prices on the site from where you purchased your Teddy. (the word “sucker” comes to mind here)

In short, what I am saying is, I suppose I can understand the Proggy Award from Peta for your wonderful blog..but the fact you (unknowingly, at the time, I’m sure) purchased your dog from a puppy mill, kind of makes me question this.  Please promote pets obtained from rescue or REPUTABLE, ETHICAL, Nationally Registered Breeders.

Sincerely, for the goldens..

Shannon

*Perez Hilton is a goldendoodle owner and celebrity blogger from sites such as perezhilton, teddyhilton , and cocoperez

ps.  loving how spell check underlines the “designer breeds” and not the REAL breeds!!