Around here it’s a *Golden* St. Patrick’s Day

Golden Retriever Zoey and Alexandria

This is a photo from Adele Rouser of her Golden Retriever Zoey and granddaughter Alexandria in their matching St. Patrick’s Day headbands. They are obviously fascinated with the “boinging” going on above their heads. Zoey is a patient poser, having been accessorized for every holiday imaginable. And, Alexandria loves posing as well as she gets to keep the accessories when these photo sessions are complete.

 

A Golden Heartbreaker

A 5-week-old beauty from Starhill Goldens

I came across this Golden Retriever sweetie in November via Gregg von Sternberg’s Facebook page. It is just a stunning photo. She probably reminded me of my Darling Darcy as they both have Pebwin dads.

Starhill Golden Retrievers and Field Spaniels, owned by Gregg & Margaret von Sternberg, are located in North Andover, MA. They are active in conformation, agility, and obedience. They also provide the great Golden Breeders Resource site.

Meet Payton: SAR Pup-in-Training

I just love this little guy. Meet Robin Stanifer with Golden Retriever Payton, her search and rescue dog. They are working from a motorboat on a pond in the Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana to track scent during a Department of Homeland Security Search and Rescue Conference training exercise held June 4. (U.S. Army photo by John Crosby)

Learn more about Golden SAR dogs here.

I’m the MAN. [indeed]

I simply adore this photo of Golden Retriever Dylan from his dad, Pirate Scott. Be sure to click on the image to see a fabulous supersized view (and then click again to really supersize it).

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And, this photo is a close second that shows a young Dylan after his first swim in the pool. Don’t forget to click on the image to see a fabulous supersized view (and then click again to really supersize it).

EAT YOUR HEART OUT!

Puppy Girl Blythe

In December 2008 I posted about Blythe. She was being trained by my Golden pal Pat who is a charter member of the Valley of the Sun Volunteer Chapter of CCI. Pat has probably trained over 20 furkids at this point, which is pretty amazing.

I could not ever remember Pat training a little girl as it has always been boys that she has received these many years. I had always had male dogs and my sweet Darcy was our first female. But she was so spunky and filled with attitude, which I adored. And, she was known for loving her toys huge to thrash and then lie on in victory. So I asked her about that.

I thought I’d try a girl for a change. These last couple of guys have been handfuls! Loving handfuls mind you, but I thought a little mellow girl would be a nice change of pace. NOT! This one has spunk! And attitude, hence the blog. Blythe and I are new at blogging, but we will get the hang of it. I’m in New Mexico for a day or two, but when I return, I’ll send you some cute first day pictures. I had gotten all these girl toys … soft animals, even a cashmere camel. She went for the biggest ball in the house and drags around the biggest bone she can find. I love her already!

Well, I just got a post from Pat today, Blythe having left for service dog college, as they call it. She has a new pupper to raise . . . and it’s back to males. Here is Pioneer from his first day with Pat. I’m sure you’d agree that he is simply too precious for words.

With bells on her toes . . .

Golden Rainey Beber (wearing outfit from silly Auntie Rochelle)

Golden Retriever Rainey is part of Suzi Beber’s large Golden furry family. We love Suzi, one of our foundation’s board members, who is making a huge difference in Canada for canine cancer. Check out all she does at Smiling Blue Skies. And, tell her Rochelle sent you.

Wishing all joy and peace.

Too sad

The video below details a memorial speed painting by Dave Larks of his sweet Golden Retriever Chester, who was taken from his family due to cancer, at a mere 18 months of age.

It is horrifying that he was only 8 months old when the cancer showed up. Chester spent his life with his family and never made it beyond their yard . . . he never made it up to the mountains.

Yet, it was believed Chester would have loved to have roamed free in the wilderness, so in the painting, Dave placed him where he believed his spirit would be happy.

A memorial painting of our sweet golden retriever Chester, who was taken from us too soon due to cancer. He was only 8 months old when the cancer showed up. He lived till he was 18 months old.
Even though he spent his life with us and in our yard, he never made it up to the mountains. I know he would have loved to have roamed free in the wilderness, so in this painting, I have placed him where I hope his spirit is happy.

Golden Retriever Kona . . . What a scream!

What a scream!

Over at Golden loving Sue’s blog, she has been detailing her work for an annual party of all parties to celebrate Halloween. The party was this past weekend, and she shipped out her Golden mob to a pal. This is Golden Retriever Kona with his newly discovered find.

As Momma Sue says, “No Kona, this is NOT a new chew toy for you!”

I love that Kona. Reminds me of my baby boy Alfie.

Golden Retriever Roxy at the Rim

Isn’t Golden Roxy adorable? Here she is with her BMBPET Springtime Cork/Bamboo Leash (her matching collar is covered in the photo by all that luxurious fur). Roxy’s mom, Lisa Collins, is a Grand Canyon Park Ranger, so we got this ultra cool photo of Roxy at the canyon rim.

These sets encompass form, function and beauty while keeping to sustainable materials and organic dyes to create a truly unique product. Springtime is a cork overlay with bamboo fabric design. The cork overlay is decorated with a beautiful purple and pink flower design and the bamboo fabric is a lovely tan. This is one of our most favorite designs in the line given its vibrant colors.

We’ve got lots of cool green items at our foundation store. And, it keeps our foundation going and able to provide monies to working dogs for their cancer treatment.

Meet our Grand Prize *Golden* Winner!

Golden Retriever Tally & Best Friend Keller

“Keller and Golden Tally (Goldiva’s Tangled Up In Blue CGC) are the world’s best playmates. All they need is a simple stick to have a blast as long as they’re together.” — Photographer Laura Jill Simmons.

It doesn’t get much sweeter than this. Come check out all the winners in our prize-packed contest.

Golden Gardeners Photo Contest: Winners announced!

We have just selected the winners in our Golden Gardeners Contest. Folks needed to submit their best Golden Retriever ‘gardening’ photos and complete the following sentence: “This is my Golden’s idea of gardening . . .”

Below, you can see our 1st place winner, a wonderful trio of photos submitted by Donna Johnson. To see all the fabulous winners and experience their stories, be sure to click here.

Golden Retriever Tye

Golden Retriever Brooklyn

Golden Retriever Delta

This is my Golden’s idea of gardening . . .

Brooklyn says: “Ah.. I love the fresh mud dad just filled this new planter with for mom to put pretty flowers in. I heard mom say she would also like to add a good size tree right in the middle. I can help in that area but I may need to round up some help as it has to be a pretty good size hole I would think for a big tree.

Delta learned quickly from watching her Great Aunt and took her turn trying to get that hole deep enough for my new tree. And then there’s our little Tye, so innocent and I’m sure his thoughts were nothing but thanks to the girls for giving him a nice big hole to lay in!

Nancy Freedman-Smith CPDT & What saying NO to your dog really means

Golden Retriever puppy Talulah

This gorgeous photo comes from Nancy Freedman-Smith CPDT, a professional dog trainer and owner of Gooddogz Training in Portland, Maine. She is Mom to three kids and lives with her 2 dogs, a foster dog, a hamster, and a clicker savvy rat. And, she is now Auntie Nancy to her sister’s new Golden puppy, Talulah.

doglifeNancy is simply fabulous and has the most interesting background. I am so glad she also writes for all of us at her A Dog’s Life Blog. It is a great place for dog owners to find positive training tips, canine-activities and places to visit along with the latest information on keeping your dog healthy and active. Staying current, keeping fresh, and always learning new things is a must for Nancy and her profession because one thing that animals surely teach you is “the more you know, the more you know you don’t know.”

As if Nancy wasn’t busy enough, she is also a trainer for Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland’s Paws in Stripes program (click here for some super photos). In this program, prisoners play a major role in the socialization of select puppies from the shelter.

And, in March 2009 Nancy started publishing at Mommanotes.com. That now brings me back to Golden puppy Talulah. You see, Nancy recently went to meet her new Golden family member and then wrote the following must-read and do article:

SAY NO NO NO by Nancy Freedman-Smith CPDT

I finally met my sister’s new Golden Retriever puppy Talulah, and she is sugar and spice and everything nice, just like I have been hearing for the last month from my entire family. We are all in love with her, and she is delightful. At just 12 weeks, Talulah is housetrained, and learned sit, down, paw, to walk politely on a leash, and she has very nice manners. My parents are so very proud of the new grand dog and all the cudos I have been hearing for the last month are all true. She is wonderful.

My entire family is quite dog savvy and they had not solicited any advice for this puppy, until yesterday. Over lunch my niece, who is in grad school mentioned that the only problem she is having is that the pup not only picks things up , she ingests them. I joked that there is a saying among dog trainers that “puppies are only vehicles for their mouths.” Rachael didn’t laugh and told me it was quite serious and she had discussed it with the vet.

“What have you taught her?”, I asked her.

“She’s good, I tell her no and she will leave it alone.” Rachael replied.

“But what did you teach her”, I asked again.

“No she is fine, she drops it if I tell her no, she is good about it really, but I am afraid she will swallow something if I am not there. Our other dogs were not like this.”

“Have you taught her “leave it?” I insisted.

I then went on a spiel about the word “No”, and showed my niece how to teach Talulah to teach leave it and to trade up for toys, two must knows for puppies. I teach leave it by rewarding the dog for looking up at the handler.

The thing is “No,” does not really teach dogs anything. It will (hopefully) interrupt behavior, but to be really effective, you need to replace an unwanted behaviors instead of always suppressing them.

Much in the same way that you can’t always tell your kids what they can’t do, but instead need to guide and teach what it is that they can do.

By teaching a puppy “leave it” and the release word “OK”, you start to teach the dog self control and to check in with us. It is a form of the game Mother May I, and dogs love games. Dogs are very “what’s in it for me” creatures and if all they ever get is loss of their prize, just using the word “no!” can lead to unwanted consequences.

If you only use the word “No!”, and every time your dog picks some thing up you take it from them, you could inadvertently teach them to bolt or swallow before you steal their prize. I can not count the number of dogs who have come to me for behavior counseling, AFTER they have had dangerous and expensive surgery to remove rocks and socks and other non edibles. They all have one thing in common. They were not taught leave it properly.

The next time you tell your dog “No”, please stop for a moment and think about what it was you actually just taught them.

For all you lucky Mainers in Nancy’s area, I would check out her Gooddogz Training Club. She provides puppy parties and teaches individuals and groups. Her classes include: Puppy Kindergarten, Manners, Tricks & Games, AKC Canine Good Citizen, Tricks Clinic, Rocket Recall Clinic, Safe Dogs/Safe Kids, and Canine Musical Freestyle.

Pure Golden Love

Two-year-old Golden Retriever Lily loves Kelsie to pieces


“The dog was created specially for children. He is the g-d of frolic.”
— Henry Ward Beecher

I absolutely adore this photo. Just look at how much love is in evidence between these two. I met Lily a couple years ago, and she is just the most demure and gentle dog you could ever meet.

It is an entry in my Kids and Paws Photo Contest, and comes from big Golden Retriever rescue supporter, Chandler Rudd (Kelsie is his granddaughter). But, amazingly it has NO votes at all! That is unbelievable, and in my opinion, just unacceptable. Come on guys, I need your votes on all the wonderful entries. You can vote for Lily by going here, or you can check out all 42 current entries by clicking here.

Our goal is to have 800 votes cast before awarding our $600+ prize package between the top 6 vote-getters. Currently, there are 531 total votes cast, so we are not too far away from this goal.

Of course, you too, can also still submit an entry in my Kids and Paws – Furever Love Photo Contest. The entries can incorporate any breed dog and any aged youngster (ages 0 to 18), so featuring a bond between the two.

And, remember, my nonprofit foundation’s contest will benefit not only the winning participants but 100% of the proceedings will go toward funding cancer treatment for our working dogs.

Kids and Paws – Furever Love Photo Contest

“The dog was created specially for children. He is the g-d of frolic.”
— Henry Ward Beecher

Now, get on over and submit an entry in my Kids and Paws – Furever Love Photo Contest . It costs nothing to enter and there is a HUGE $600 prize package. The entries can incorporate any breed dog and any aged youngster (ages 0 to 18), so featuring a bond between the two.

And, remember, my foundation’s contest will benefit not only the winning participants but 100% of the proceedings will go toward funding cancer treatment for our working dogs.

Okay, let’s get real now.

This is just crazy. I’ve been running a fun Kids and Paws – Furever Love Photo Contest for a bit now and am thoroughly bewildered at the lack of votes for some of the incredible entries. For instance, all of the fabulous entries below have 0 votes. Zero, none, zip, nada.

This is Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Abby, and Kiersten, who have been buddies since birth. Here they are sharing bath time.

Black Lab mix Kira and Katherine are enjoying the warm weather and also a quiet moment together.

Senior Golden Maddie and 6-year-old Brianna Johnso are enjoying a day of swimming in the pool.

Sweet 3-year-old Dylan was off to take a nap and next thing Mom knew, her four legged and two legged son were spooning. They are best of friends, Golden Diesel a loving big brother.

Go vote on these entries or go here to check out the other 38 that we have so far. And, remember, my foundation’s contest will benefit not only the winning participants but 100% of the proceedings will go toward funding cancer treatment for our working dogs.

You can also submit an entry. It costs nothing to enter and there is a HUGE $600 prize package. The entries can incorporate any breed dog and any aged youngster (ages 0 to 18), so featuring a bond between the two. Just click here to enter.

Golden Tally . . . what a charmer!

This is Entry 14 from my Kids and Paws – Furever Love Photo Contest. Golden Retriever Tally and pal Keller are currently in the lead with 86 votes, but there is one challenger nipping at their heels.

Keller and Golden Tally (Goldiva's Tangled Up In Blue CGC) are the world's best playmates.

Go vote on these entries or check out the other 37 that we have so far. And, remember, my foundation’s contest will benefit not only the winning participants but 100% of the proceedings will go toward funding cancer treatment for our working dogs.

You can also submit an entry. It costs nothing to enter and there is a HUGE $600 prize package. They can incorporate any breed dog and any aged youngster (ages 0 to 18), so featuring a bond between the two. Just click here to enter.

Dress-up or bubbles. Fun for all kids, furry or not!

I just received these adorable entries. This is Entry 34 from my Kids and Paws – Furever Love Photo Contest. I just love when kids play dress-up with our Golden Retrievers and they just smile merrily and enjoy it somehow.

Here are Goldens Kelly and Ridley (left to right) with sweet little Emily between. They are trying different hats on in the old boat.


And, this is Entry 35 from my Kids and Paws – Furever Love Photo Contest. What I love about this one is how everyone, furry or not, seems to be enjoying themselves.

Everyone is enjoying the bubbles. There are Golden Retrievers Ridley, Kelly, and Morgan (left to right). Sarah is in charge of making bubbles while Emily is embracing her fur pals and just loving it all.


Go vote on these entries or check out the other 34 that we have so far. And, remember, my foundation’s contest
will benefit not only the winning participants but 100% of the proceedings will go toward funding cancer treatment for our working dogs.

You can also submit an entry. It costs nothing to enter and there is a HUGE $600 prize package. They can incorporate any breed dog and any aged youngster (ages 0 to 18), so featuring a bond between the two. Just click here to enter.

FOOD! WHERE?

Find the Food with Goldens (left to right) Amber, Ernie & Josey

This is Entry 4 from my Kids and Paws – Furever Love Photo Contest. I just love it to pieces as we all know how equal opportunity Goldens hone in on a child (just at their level) with food. Go vote on this entry or check out the other 29 that we have so far. And, remember, my foundation’s contest will benefit not only the winning participants but also a worthy charity dedicated to helping our four-legged friends.

You can also submit an entry. It costs nothing to enter and there is a HUGE $600 prize package. They can incorporate any breed dog and any aged youngster (ages 0 to 18), so featuring a bond between the two. Just click here to enter.

SQUIRREL?

Baby Camden with Goldens Indiana and Dakota

This is Entry 28 from my Kids and Paws – Furever Love Photo Contest. I just love it to pieces as “Squirrel” is one of Alfie’s favorite words and things as well. Go vote on this entry or check out the other 29 that we have so far. And, remember, my foundation’s contest will benefit not only the winning participants but also a worthy charity dedicated to helping our four-legged friends.

You can also submit an entry. It costs nothing to enter and there is a HUGE $600 prize package. They can incorporate any breed dog and any aged youngster (ages 0 to 18), so featuring a bond between the two. Just click here to enter.

Meet Golden Retriever Puppy Katly

On January 20, 2009, we learned about a loss in our Land of PureGold Foundation family, a loss for Marti Brown, one of our wonderful Board Members. From Virginia Beach, Marti began her interest in Goldens in 1978 when she and her husband, Joe, lived on their horse farm. At the time, they both thought Goldens would be a perfect fit because of their friendly nature.  Sadly, our board member, Marti Brown, lost her Golden Angel Carly girl to cancer on January 18, 2009.

Dogs come into our lives, leave paw prints on our hearts, and we are forever changed. At first they need us, but then we need them. As a result, losing that shadow at our feet is heart wrenching. But, with time and much healing those cherished memories, which never leave our heart, allow us to rejoice in the many walks that made our journeys together worthwhile.

Meet Katly, Marti’s latest therapeutic intervention, to combat the unbelievable sadness that comes when these Golden souls leave our sides. She just arrived this week and is already taking over the place.

Pretty Girl Katly

Pretty Girl Katly

Just love those tales with happy endings.

Sampson went straight back in the water after nearly drowning there recently.

Sampson went straight back in the water after nearly drowning there recently.

I do hope this family is careful now with this crafty guy, who certainly does relish his freedom.

‘Seaway’ Samson brings Margaret strength
By Melissa Townsend, Australia Goldcoast Bulletin, February 17, 2009

Sampson reunited with Margaret Maroney at Benowa

Sampson reunited with Margaret Maroney

A GOLDEN retriever rescued from the Broadwater after getting into trouble in 4m high waves on Saturday was reunited with his owner yesterday. Margaret Maroney was overjoyed to see her beloved dog Samson when her son Nathan brought him to visit her at Pindara Private Hospital.

Ms Maroney, from Mount Tamborine, is undergoing treatment for breast cancer and her son has been looking after Samson for her. “I’m so happy he’s here,” she said.

He said the highlight of her day was being wheeled through the park next to the hospital with her son and the dog close by.”She’s always been an animal lover and she’s had dogs all her life,” he said. “We grew up with dogs.”

Ms Maroney bought Samson from the pound about six months ago, before she became ill with cancer. When she found him, he had already been surrendered to the pound twice, but she liked that he was a fighter. She named him Samson after the biblical character whose strength lay in his hair. “He’s quite a strong dog and that’s why we called him Samson,” said Nathan. “If you look at his paws, they’re massive. They’re paws of a strong dog.”

The two-year-old pooch was at the designated dog beach at The Spit with Nathan on Saturday when he took off towards the dunes after some seagulls. “He just loves to chase these seagulls,” said Nathan. “Any other sort of bird he doesn’t worry about.

“When he’s chased them before he’s never run off on me, but the seagulls were in a feeding frenzy down near the rockway. “The last I saw of him, he was in the rockway about half a kilometre away.” Thinking Samson would return, Nathan waited a few minutes, but soon became worried when he didn’t. “It was very
rainy and there was no use trying to call because my voice would just get blown away with the wind,” he said.

For an hour, he searched the treeline and the dunes, but to no avail. His initial thought was that someone had stolen Samson. “I looked through the sand dunes and it crossed my mind that he could be in the water because he does like the sea,” he said.

Little did Nathan know Samson had chased the seagulls into the Broadwater near the Seaway. The dog had become stranded in seas reaching up to 4m and was close to drowning. Luckily a member of the public called Volunteer Marine Rescue and a crew arrived in just four minutes. With some heavy manpower, Samson was lifted into the safety of the vessel and taken back to base.

Meanwhile, Nathan undertook the dreadful task of calling his mother to let her know Samson had disappeared. “I was pretty upset with myself for losing her dog,” he said. Nathan left messages with the Animal Welfare League and local vets, in the hope someone would bring Samson in to be scanned for a microchip. “I prayed to G-d that Mum would get her dog back and G-d came through,” he said.

The circumstances in which he was found were certainly bizarre. “He’s a very cheeky dog and very mischievous, but he’s very loyal. “I’m very grateful.”

Despite the ordeal, Samson was out enjoying the surf yesterday afternoon with Nathan. Several times he looked up to the sky longingly at the seagulls, but this time Nathan was right on his tail.

Click on the photo below to see a video of Samson swimming in the surf.