How exciting it was to learn of a new Golden Celeb Parent …. even if she is only 16 years old. Shawn Johnson, the reigning world all-around gymnastics champion, is a big animal lover. During study halls, she often walks animal shelter dogs as part of her school’s volunteer program. She has two tabby cats, Max and Vern, who were adopted from a local shelter, and Golden Retriever Tucker.
Shawn is only 4′ 9″, which would make me seem like a giant at my huge height of 4′ 11″. But, that big Golden boy must be able to knock her over when he jumps up, as Alfie easily puts his paws on my shoulders when he stands up on his back legs. I will certainly be hoping this sweet Iowan does well tonight, and becomes the next Nadia or Mary Lou of the Gymnastics world. From what I have read, she is just a wonderful, well-grounded young lady. Check out this from a recent interview.
Where did you get your pet?
We found him in the paper needing a home because his previous owners were having a baby and were needing to give him up. He was only a few months old and was a perfect match when we met him. We met the family in Nevada, Iowa (about an hour drive), and in about 30 minutes were already headed home with him.
What is your dog’s favorite thing to do?
My dog loves going on walks or just playing around. We sometimes even play like hide and go seek, but he always seems to win.
What have you trained Tucker to do?
I’ve taught my dog to do a lot of tricks (shake, sit, lay down, jump, etc.) and what always seems to work the best with him is being patient and loving. He always responds well to little treats or attention for a reward.
Does your dog help you train?
I always take him with me when I go running or ride my bike, but what he loves the most is when I do stationary exercises like sit ups or stretching because he thinks licking my face and wrestling with me gets me working harder and helps motivate me.
What is your favorite thing about Tucker?
He just loves me for me. He always there to greet me when I get home, cuddle with me whenever I need it, and is always wagging his tail and wanting to play while wearing his big doggy smile.
My animals always brighten my day. If I had a hard practice or am just not feeling great, my pets always seem to make me smile when I get home. I have a golden retriever named Tucker. Tucker is the perfect workout companion. I always take him with me when I go running or ride my bike, but what he loves the most is when I do stationary exercises like sit ups or stretching because he thinks licking my face and wrestling with me gets me working harder and helps motivate me.