Medvedev, Putin, Golden Retriever Aldo – Who wins?

President Dmitry Medvedev, left, & Premier Putin, with Golden Aldo leading the charge. (Photo by Dmitry Astakhov)

At the Black Sea resort, Sochi, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin took to the court for a badminton game. However, Medvedev’s Golden Retriever, Aldo, did not want to be left out and seemed intent on joining the game. Btw, I cannot believe how much Aldo looks like my guy Alfie.

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Get Golden Retriever Oliver some training!

Nicole and Oliver

Nicollette and Oliver

At my foundation, I have a listing of hundreds of Golden Retriever celebrity parents. One of these parents is Nicolette Sheridan, recently of Desperate Housewives.

Her (English type) Golden Retriever Oliver is always with her, and I just discovered a video of her on Jimmy Kimmel Live with him.

Oh my, the boy is adorable, but he sure does need some obedience classes. He truly pays Nicolette little mind.

I was truly embarrassed for Oliver. He had no idea what was expected of him, which was probably the problem.

Maybe a Golden Retriever at the White House

Vice President-Elect Joe Biden is getting another puppy, in addition to the puppy shown above. In an exclusive interview to air Sunday morning on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Joe Biden said they are getting another pup from a pound so that his German Shepherd pup will have some companionship.

“I’ve had German Shepherds since I was a kid and I’ve actually trained them and shown them in the past,” Biden said. “So I wanted a German Shepherd and we’re going to get a pound dog, which my wife wants, that is hopefully a Golden [Retriever].  …  The good news about the vice president’s residence is that there’s a big fence around several acres.”

Meet 6-year-old Tucker Johnson

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.

What’s something that always brightens your mood?

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.

Livingston Taylor’s new furry addition

Mr. Murphy, New Office Manager at Taylor Music

Livingston Taylor is one of the hundreds of celebrity Golden parents that I have featured at my Foundation’s site. He has been a Golden lover from waaaaaay back. At his site, he is now showing off this cute little guy.

Mr. Murphy is a hard worker, and will be a great asset to us, but he also has a gentle spirit, and a restful soul. He firmly believes in the power nap, as you can see, and is teaching the rest of us to enjoy them too. We look forward to having him run the office.

As it always seems, Livingston is on the road, hopefully in a town near you. He really appreciates a friendly face out there, so stop by and say hello!

LIVINGSTON TAYLOR (singer, songwriter and also multi-instrumental musician) last had a Golden Retriever named Ajax. They liked mucking out about the pond and going fishing as you can see.

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An early Livingston album

When asked how Ajax got his name, Liv replied: “We decided on it when were driving to pick him up as a pup. I liked the name ‘Ajax’; it felt good”. Elaborating, Maggie says “Liv named him . . . I agreed . . . . I named him after Achilles’ best friend . . . Liv after the cleanser.”

Livingston Taylor started his major-label recording career in 1970. Playing guitar, piano, and banjo established him as the Taylor family’s most ultifaceted musician. Performance is dear to Livingston’s heart, and with his animated personality, wrinkled-grin humor, and musical talents, the stage is where he shines brightest. Liv has been very busy teaching performance since 1984 at the Berklee College of Music, the focus of his new Taylor workshops.

Click here to order this book!Can I Be Good was written by Livingston Taylor, illustrated by Ted Rand, and published by Gulliver Books in 1993. Here, a young Golden Retriever tried his best to be a good dog, but it’s just so hard! He just keeps doing things that get him into trouble, like chewing on Dad’s new shoe or splattering his family and the kitchen when he shakes dry his rain- and mud-sodden fur.

The Taylors have no children, but Liv has said that the writing of children’s books comes very easy to him. Of course, Ajax served as the inspiration for this adorable book!You can clearly see that Livingston’s love of Goldens goes way back. He published an album in 1980, entitled “Man’s Best Friend,” and another album in 1988, entitled “Life is Good,” includes a Golden friend.

Remembering Freebo’s Golden Retriever Garbo …. and more

garbo.jpgSome time back I found out about the talented musician and performer, Freebo, and his Golden Retriever Garbo. Of course, I fell in love with him when I found out he had dedicated the CD, DOG PEOPLE, to her. I even had a Freebo-themed contest at my Land of PureGold site to celebrate the spirit of verse.

I lost touch with Freebo for a couple of years and was surprised to hear his wonderful voice when he called me yesterday from California. We caught up and he thought I knew that Garbo had left for The Bridge, as he spoke of his newest Golden girl, Harlow. Of course, I didn’t know, but I was happy to hear that she was able to share her joy of living for almost 15 years.

You may need a tissue as the tribute is incredibly heartfelt and raw, but do share in Freebo’s special words for his Garbo in his Memorial Tribute for her at our Foundation’s site.

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Freebo has been very busy and his latest CD is just wonderful. I have created a special page for him at the Foundation and it includes sound clips from all his CDs, including dog lovers’ favorites from his DOG PEOPLE CD. And, we have found glorious video clips of him performing his “My Dog Has Fleas” plus 4 songs from his newest CD, BEFORE THE SEPARATION.

So, on this beginning day of the weekend, enjoy lots of good music below and then get on over to our newest page for Freebo to get some music for yourself.

We Are All One People (BEFORE THE SEPARATION CD)
To The Light (BEFORE THE SEPARATION CD)
It Goes By Fast (BEFORE THE SEPARATION CD) and
My Dog has Fleas (DOG PEOPLE CD)
Before The Separation (BEFORE THE SEPARATION CD)

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Best of Friends

I recently discovered a song (with lyrics that are so wonderful) by Livingston Taylor , one of the hundreds of Celebrity Parents that I have detailed at our foundation’s site.

LIVINGSTON TAYLOR (singer, songwriter and also multi-instrumental musician) has a Golden Retriever named Ajax. They like mucking out about the pond and going fishing as you can see.

Man's Best Friend albumWhen asked how Ajax got his name, Liv replied: “We decided on it when were driving to pick him up as a pup. I liked the name ‘Ajax’; it felt good”. Elaborating, Maggie says “Liv named him . . . I agreed . . . . I named him after Achilles’ best friend . . . Liv after the cleanser.”

Livingston Taylor started his major-label recording career in 1970. Playing guitar, piano, and banjo established him as the Taylor family’s most ultifaceted musician. Performance is dear to Livingston’s heart, and with his animated personality, wrinkled-grin humor, and musical talents, the stage is where he shines brightest. Liv has been very busy teaching performance since 1984 at the Berklee College of Music, the focus of his new Taylor workshops.

Click here to order this book!Can I Be Good was written by Livingston Taylor, illustrated by Ted Rand, and published by Gulliver Books in 1993. Here, a young Golden Retriever tried his best to be a good dog, but it’s just so hard! He just keeps doing things that get him into trouble, like chewing on Dad’s new shoe or splattering his family and the kitchen when he shakes dry his rain- and mud-sodden fur. The Taylors have no children, but Livingston has said writing children’s books comes very easy to him. Of course, Ajax served as the inspiration for this adorable book!

You can clearly see that Livingston’s love of Goldens goes way back. He published an album in 1980, entitled “Man’s Best Friend,” and another album in 1988, entitled “Life is Good,” includes a Golden friend.

Here is a video that I put together to go with Liv’s wonderful song, Best of Friends. It shows my special darling Darcy and silly English puppy boy Alfie, and then Carolyn Scott and her Rookie.

Best of Friends

We’re the best of friends, heart and soul, head to head, toe to toe
I’m not letting go

We’re the best of friends, I thought you knew, that the best I am, is beside you
We’re a couple of comfy shoes

Oh together we’re a pipe dream, all lit up and smoking,
‘Bout all the things we’ll do
Oh together we are wishes, my aren’t we delicious, Coming true

We’re the best of friends, are we wise, thinning hair, fuzzy eyes
Your face is my best surprise

We’re the best of friends, I’m here to say, it was me and you
The whole darn way, thanks for the chance to play

Oh together we are magic, together we are mystery, I think we may have soul
Oh together the world is brighter, Lovers fools and fighters, on a roll

We’re the best of friends, the drift the sway, the give the take
The day to day, a bit in each others way

And when it’s time, to let you go, at the last we’ll always know
That it started long ago, with a simple quick hello
Hello we’re the best of friends

Golden Retriever loving diva Margaret Price


Margaret at home in Wales with Tara Carlos, Pamina, Susanna & Tanya
Photo by Malcolm Crowthers

The image “https://i0.wp.com/www.metoperafamily.org/_uploaded/image/article/asdesdemonasm10107.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Although I do love many operatic arias (my boyfriend before my husband was actually a quite gifted tenor), I have to admit not knowing about Margaret Price, who retired from the stage nine years ago.

This photo on the right shows Margaret as Desdemona at the Met, in 1985.

The image “https://i0.wp.com/www.metoperafamily.org/_uploaded/image/article/pricetocsm10107.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.But now, Margaret Price lives in a 150-year-old Welsh farmhouse on Ceibwr Bay, her current passion now definitely Golden.

“I’m so desperately happy that I’m living here. It’s a glorious place. I was looking for a house here because my mother comes from this area and I spent all my holidays here from the time I was very young. So I found this old farmhouse from 1860 and renovated it, and it’s just wonderful. It’s right on top of the ocean, with Ireland across the water, and it’s on three and three-quarter acres of land.” All that land comes in handy, as her passion is breeding and showing golden retrievers. Right now she owns five, and all of them lead glamorous lives on the show circuit.

“When I retired, I thought I was through with traveling,” Price laughs. “But I’m more of a Gypsy now than I ever was when I was singing. I bought myself a big old Chrysler — a lovely American car — and I took all the seats out of it, and now it’s a Dogmobile! I drive it all over. I just came back from London, and I’m going up there again on Friday, as we’ve got a big show there on Saturday. And then I’m going down to Devon the following Friday.” Retriever love is nothing new for her. “I came to the Met with two golden retrievers, and they had a ball. Jimmy Levine was always giving them toys, and the dressers were always giving them cakes. I would come and stay for six to eight weeks each time, and everyone adoring the dogs was such a big plus for me. I always felt welcomed there — very welcomed indeed.”

Golden Retriever Chance — a definite No Go! — Updated

This was not the picture that took place this morning on CBS’s Early Show. This photo above comes from our Foundation’s site where we detail the new sport of Dock Diving.

This morning Dave Price, the weatherman for the show, attempted to get his Golden Chance (as in “Chance of Showers”), to dive off a dock cold turkey. It seemed like poor Chance had never even seen water like this before, and no way was he going off that dock. And, how funny was Dave trying to lure his boy with a bagel, no less …. which Chance got a big chunk of before even going near the water. That’s what happens when you’re trying to manage doing a live show, holding a microphone and a bagel and Chance at the same time lol.

I think Dave knew Chance would not go into the water as most dogs would perform the same way when confronted with such a different challenge like this. It really does take some special steps to acclimate most dogs to water.

Chance was adorable nonetheless, and I loved seeing Dave holding and cuddling his new little Golden pupper (I wonder what his name will be).

This is such a wonderful tale of how Dave came upon his Golden and gave him

A Second Chance

Dave Price had been asking the ASPCA for months to look out for a “Golden Retriever type” dog that needed a home. Dave has never had a dog of his own and has always wanted one — and wanted to rescue a dog in need from a shelter.

Chance had a rough start in life — he was rescued from a junk yard situation by the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement agents, where he was infested with ticks and severely neglected. After one month at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, Chance quickly won the hearts of the ASPCA staff, and was ready to be placed in a very special home. Valerie Angeli, ASPCA Director of Public Information and Special Projects, knew that Dave and Chance would be an ideal match, and that Dave’s active and athletic lifestyle would be perfect for a retriever type dog. As a spokesperson for shelter animals and adoption, Price knows the commitment and responsibility involved in bringing a new pet home. He admits that he was never quite ready to make such a huge commitment, due to his hectic TV schedule, but has recently decided that he has the time and proper resources to provide a wonderful life for a shelter animal.

Already a “neurotic Doggie Dad,” Dave has prearranged deliveries of the very best dog food, treats and toys available and has scheduled Chance for Doggie Daycare and runs in Central Park with friends. The ASPCA wants to wish Dave and Chance a long, active and happy life together. Chance wishes to tell anyone who wants to bring a pet into their life, to please look no further than their local shelter for their new best friend.

I have written to CBS to ask about getting some video from this morning’s show so maybe I will hear back later and be able to add it for everyone. In the meantime, I found this video clip from the show where they did DNA testing on all the members’ of the morning team’s dogs. It was pretty funny as the only dog that came back with conclusive results was Dave’s and he got his Chancie from a pound.

GO CHECK OUT THIS DNA TESTING VIDEO. IT IS LOADS OF FUN, I JUST LOVE HOW DAVE IS LOVING ON HIS CHANCE.

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UPDATE: WE’VE GOT IT!!

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You can see here that Chance is having no parts of getting in the water. Is this photo funny or what? Finally, CBS put up the video of Dave Price at the Dock Dogs Big Air Competition, where dogs jump for a chance at the national championships. Once you get past the intrusive 1 minute ad there will be a 5 minute clip. Do stay til the end, though, to see Chance and then finally Dave cuddling his new furkid.

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Golden Retriever Zeus getting in on the action

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Intensity right call for coach
Jim Beardmore isn’t passive on the field or the sideline as he begins his stay with the Outlaws.

By Theresa Smith Special to The Denver Post

New Outlaws coach Jim Beardmore and his golden retriever, Zeus, now call Denver home. The Outlaws open the regular season at home Saturday. (Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler)

With a golden retriever named Zeus crouching behind the net, Denver Outlaws goalie Trevor Tierney pounces in front of 90 mph shots fired by the dog’s master, Jim Beardmore. … While Bud will commute from Maryland, Jim is unpacking in Denver with his constant companion, Zeus, who has transferred his mountain rescue skills to the lacrosse field, where he can fetch lacrosse sticks and open ball bags.

Said Outlaws general manager Brian Reese, “The dog is better behaved than Jim sometimes.”

Bob Barker’s Golden Retriever Mix Jessie

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We always knew Bob Barker was an animal lover as he always concludes his show, The Price is Right, with the request for folks to remember to spay and neuter. But, we just found out his current animal companion is a rescue Golden Retriever/Chow mix named Jessie.

Bob will be providing much for our beloved companions as they will be the recipients of his huge estate.

Because he and Dorothy Jo “never got around” to having children of their own, animals will be the chief beneficiaries of his multimillion-dollar estate. His DJ&T Foundation (named after Dorothy Jo and his mother, Tilly) offers grants to spay/neutering clinics in all 50 states.

“The major part of my estate will go to that,” he says. “I’m also helping some of the finest law schools in the country.” His endowment for animal rights law is already in place at Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown, Duke, Northwestern, UCLA and Stanford.

Meet Pamela Anderson’s new Golden Retriever pupper JoJo

At the Land of PureGold, we have been catalogued celebrities from all walks of life who have discovered the wonder of “Gold”. There are hundreds in this collection and it is one of our 1000+ page site’s most visited area.

Animal lover, Pamela Anderson, has been a Golden lover for some time, having her beloved Star for an amazing 17 years! I hope she has similar luck with her new handsome little guy, JoJo.

You can see the entire collection by clicking here. Below, is Pam’s listing that appears at my site:

PAMELA ANDERSON (actress) has a Golden Retriever named Superstar Bar “Star”. Star came from a shelter, rescued by this fair-haired TV lifeguard. Doesn’t he look happy on the cover of the Summer 2001 Issue of Animal Fair, a lifestyle magazine for animal lovers, these gorgeous Golden photos taken by Christopher Ameruoso.

This is what Pamela had to say about about her Golden boy in the Animal Fair Cover Story article: “Star was the runt of the litter and was born not breathing. Star was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and brought back to life.”

(Summer 2005) Pam had this to say about Star: “Star’s like a person; he’s my partner in crime. He’s been with me longer than anybody… I can see how long I’ve been in LA and Hollywood when I look at Star. “I look at Star and I can see my whole life pass before me. I can remember when he was three months, six months… and whatever I was doing in my career I can kind of judge from the pictures and the memories that I have with Star.“He’s old for a big dog but he’s very healthy, he’s like a puppy. He has a great spirit and he’s in the water every day, he’s on the beach as much as possible. I think that’s what keeps him young.”
Sad Update: March 18, 2007
“I just lost my 17-year-old golden retriever today ‘STAR’… I’m at a turning point in my life – it’s been over a month of carrying him to the grass and holding him up to walk and pee and have some dignity… He has been with me since his birth…as long as I’ve been in LA. Today is one of the hardest days I’ve experienced…it shines a light on the 17 years in LA and the good the bad and the ugly.” Pamela Anderson

Update: March 29, 2007

Pam just added a new little guy to the family. Boy, is he a cutie. Meet JoJo.