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!

It’s the weeeekend! Golden Retrievers Everywhere are Celebrating.

For many of us, this is the first nice weekend of the year.  Golden retrievers are celebrating!  These pictures are not of golden retrievers celebrating this weekend, but are to inspire you to get out with your golden and do something extra fun.  Tucker’s tail wouldn’t stop wagging tonight as he chewed on his “glowie” ball at the park.  He has had a busy day.  Tomorrow we plan to take him for his first swim of the year.

Here is Lacey, Taz and Bond from Liz’s Golden Retriever page frolicking in the waves…

Lacey Taz and Bond from Liz's Golden Retriever Lovers page

Lacey Taz and Bond from Liz’s Golden Retriever Lovers page

Here is a group of goldens from Imgur living life to the fullest…

truckgoldensWhat do you plan on doing with your golden this weekend?

Golden Video of the Week – Golden Retriever Jumps for Tennis Ball

Okay, a simple, easy going summer video of a golden swimming and catching a tennis ball.  Here’s to summer!  Good boy Bentley!

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!