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.


PupStarts . . . finally Beginnings done Right

I recently learned about a loss in our Land of PureGold Foundation family, a loss for Marti Brown, one of our wonderful Board Members. Sadly, she lost her Golden Angel Carly girl to cancer on January 18, 2009. This is the new puppy in Marti’s life and she is committed to providing her an organic, chemical-free, eco-friendly environment.

Of course, I already helped by sending some of our favorite, healthy, moo tube chews from USDA & FDA approved free-ranging, grass-fed beef. There is NO irradiation; NO hormones, no antibiotics, no steroids to the beef; NO chemical processing; NO preservatives or nitrates; NO fillers, additives or added flavors; NO smoking or basting; and, NO colors or dye, so won’t stain carpet

Here at the Land of PureGold, I often come to meet people after life has gone wrong, their dogs diagnosed with major health conditions or cancer. It is a sad, sad time for sure, and I am sending out far more sympathy cards than you can imagine. But, just like with us 2-legged folks, Prevention is the Best Defense. Besides giving our dogs the healthy basics of life such as good food, clean filtered water, regular exercise and grooming, we can do many other things to keep them well. These include providing regular exams, scheduling biannual exams for dogs 8 years and older, having frequent oral exams, and paying close attention to changes in eating and bowel habits.

Surveys show that cancer is the leading cause of death in the Golden Retriever breed, Hemangiosarcoma and Lymphosarcoma leading the list. This has brought the Golden’s average lifespan down to 10½ years. While we believe they should be long-lived (12-16 years) and healthy and active during most of this time, no screening test for cancer is currently available. One approach is for breeders to select bitches from lines where more than 75% of the dogs in the pedigree lived to at least 11 (longer than the golden average). Breeders can also research the cause of death on as many dogs in the pedigree *and their siblings* as possible, and additionally breed to older males who have already reached the average age. Unfortunately, this is seldom done as many want to breed to today’s top-winning dogs. Rather, we need to be breeding to their sires.

Although there are no statistical studies that prove you can prevent cancer in at-risk dogs, “common sense and clinical experience make a strong case for avoiding anything that exposes an animal to known carcinogens or weakens the immune system,” says Stacey Hershman, DVM, a holistic house-call veterinarian in Rockland County, New York. Just like their human companions, dogs live longer, healthier lives when they eat organic foods, get enough exercise, breathe clean air, drink clean filtered water, and stay away from harmful substances. They also are helped by supplements, food-source antioxidants, and free-range, antibiotic-free, and chemical-free proteins.

We have selected our favorite must-have products and developed 3 fun and attractive collections to get folks off to the best start with new pups or adopted dogs.

  1. One collection is focused on keeping our chewers busy and satisfied: PupStarts Chews.
  2. A second collection stresses our need to reward desired behaviors: PupStarts Rewards.
  3. The final collection helps in boosting a healthy immune response in your dog: PupStarts Boosts.

We actually use EVERY ITEM that has been included in these collections. It surely impacts our daily lives and we could not imagine not having them help to create the best in health and training.

Each collection includes a SimplyFido Limited Edition 100% Organic & Dye-Free Character Plush Bone Toy. Our dogs are always chewing or sucking on something. From puppyhood, they, like babies, love to put things in their mouths. Given the prevalence of oral cancers, we wondered if their dog toys were safe and non-toxic. Do I want my dog chewing on toys that have PVC (polyvinyl chloride, a toxic chemical) in the plastic? Do I want him ingesting processed materials or those made using pesticides and growth hormones? I don’t think so. That is why the collections include this fabulous toy.

This 9 inch long toy’s fabric and stuffing are grown without pesticides or herbicides, preventing your dog from ingesting toxic materials. Organically grown, the fibers are unbleached, untreated, and unprocessed. The company uses their unique PureWaterWash™ process to achieve their charming colors. The untreated cotton is then woven and color-brightened through Mother Nature’s own plants and minerals. Beige comes from a Chestnut Bur, red from the Madder Root, yellow from a Gardenia Seed, and grey from the mineral Charcoal The fabric is then triple-washed in pure water to set the color. As a result, each toy has its own unique appearance and color variance.

The collections also include your choice of a gorgeous Pawprints Scrapbook or Pawprints Journal to capture your furkid’s many special moments. Collecting your dog’s most expressive and fun photos and sticking them in a scrapbook is a wonderful way to celebrate your special bond. You can also use special embellishments to make your Pawprints scrapbook or journal attractive, adorning it with ribbons, first collars, baby teeth, and more. You can note progress in dog training classes, note accomplishments, and record difficulties as well. You would otherwise forget about these over time, but scrapbooking your dog will keep these memories for a lifetime.

Our 3 theme assortments are each arranged in a whimsical bone-shaped wire basket that measures 10″ L x 6″ W x 3″ H and includes a useful handle. This elegant shiny basket is simply perfect for holding dog wares and is a true keepsake storage container. This gift can be bought to treat yourself right (which is really important) or to present to a fellow dog lover—a special gift note card provided if requested with your order.

All of these collections are beautifully shrink wrapped and topped with a bow. A detailed brochure additionally accompanies each collection, providing insightful information about the contents and why each item was included.

These collections are great for yourself or to give as a gift. They are equally fabulous for a young pup or a newly adopted adult dog coming into your family.

Why Puppies Do That: A Collection of Curious Puppy Behaviors
Why do puppies sometimes lie on their backs when approached? Why do they sleep in a pile? Why do puppies have that special “puppy smell”? Why are some puppies runts? Few things can cause as much head scratching as the peculiar behavior and characteristics of a new puppy, and this book aims to answer all of the questions new dog owners wonder about their new little charge.

Illustrated with pencil drawings, Why Puppies Do That is lighthearted, informative, and as fun as a new puppy. The author, Tom Davis, has been living with and writing about dogs for 30 years. He has written several Golden books and is an editor for several magazines including Sporting Classics and Pointing Dog Journal. Regular Price: $13.95 but only $10 with a PupStarts Basket purchase!

Come check them out here.

USDA & FDA approved

Supporting Golden Retriever Rescue – Fun “Crash!” Children’s Book

I have to first apologize to author, Mayra Calvani, as it has taken forever to be well enough to start working on my stockpile of fun Golden Finds again. Mayra has created Crash!, a fun children’s book that is just perfect for youngsters out there who would love to have a new puppy of their own.

She is a loving mom to a Golden herself, and is donating a huge 50% of this charming book’s royalties to the incredible organization,  Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary. Please go check it out and think about making a purchase to help the cause.

Golden Retriever puppers, oh my!


A little over a year ago I shared a puppy cam and fun from California’s Steve and Terry Southard of Coppertop Golden Retrievers. Dad (Steve) is a professional photographer and has gotten some marvelous photos then of the proud mom with her newly born babies, the ones here today some of my latest favorites.


Click here to watch the Coppertop puppy cam that actually is updated every 30 seconds, and is trained on the current 4 pup litter of champions Dixie and Joey.

And, they also have “Video of The Day” which shows some very cute segments.

Be sure to check out the Coppertop YOUTUBE page which includes all the latest video compilations, as only the most recent appears on the Puppy Cam page. It also shows video of the November 2006 litter and their most talented champion Goldens in the obedience ring.

Here are some fun videos to get you going!

Dixie x Joey Litter Week 3
Dixie x Joey Litter Whelping
Spirit x Shale 11/06 Litter’s agility pup fun


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More with Golden Retriever Flying Puppy Deuce

Denver’s only flying puppy, ‘Deuce,’ is attending some formal training sessions.

His dad, SkyFox pilot Rob Marshall, is just so sweet as he is trying so hard to be a good puppy father.

I’ve got some wonderful video clips for you to see that span the time from June 5th to July 3rd. For some reason, they seem to come up much quicker in an Internet Explorer browser. Enjoy!

GOT MILK?? Golden Bethany doing double duty


Golden Retriever Bethany (love that name) recently gave birth to nine adorable and healthy puppies. And, amazingly, her girlfriend Springer Spaniel, Matilda, whelped a whopping 11 pups!

I cannot imagine taking care of 20 little babies, can you? Well, the two moms helped each other by sharing their “milk bar” responsibilities.

Golden Bethany lives in Rendall, Orkney, UK, with her human mom, Veronica Bailey.

DEUCE: Rob Marshall’s flying Golden Retriever pupper


Recently we detailed Rob Marshall’s needing to find a name for his new pupper.

Rob Marshall’s Puppy Makes His Flying Debut
Meet the 8-Week-Old Golden Retriever

DENVER — SkyFOX pilot Rob Marshall just brought a new puppy home a few days ago. He’s a golden retriever. Dylan, Denver’s first flying dog is passing the torch to this little guy. The puppy made his debut flying aboard SkyFOX Wednesday morning. Call him Denver’s new flying puppy. He doesn’t have a name yet. …


Well, here’s the latest . . .

SkyFOX pilot Rob Marshall’s flying puppy now has a name

Rob has had the puppy for about a week, and he looked at literally hundreds of ideas for names for the little golden retriever. Rob and the entire Fox 31 News team wants to thank each and every person who took the time to email name suggestions, as well as those who wrote ideas in the Blogs section.

As many of you know, Rob’s companion of 12 and a half years, Dylan, was put to sleep recently after he battled health problems for a year. Dylan was Denver’s only flying dog.

Now, Rob’s new companion has become Denver’s only flying puppy. Rob announced Friday that the name he selected for the puppy is: DEUCE. One of Rob’s friends from California emailed the idea for this name. Rob said it fits perfectly, since the puppy follows in the footsteps of Dylan, and Rob’s first dog: Maxwell. He also said it is a great “call-sign” for any aviator.

This photo shows Fox 31 reporter Melissa Mollet meeting SkyFOX pilot Rob Marshall’s new puppy, April 25, 2007.

Click here to watch a NEW video of little Deuce. At the Fox page, just click on the small thumbnail photo listed under Videos.

Our favorite part is when a member of the news team begins playing with Deuce, getting down into a puppy bow play position.

Golden Retriever Oiseau — A music loving pup


I recently discovered a GOLDEN lovin’ musician named Dan Haas. He actually lives not too far from me in Annapolis, Maryland, and plays at lots of local venues so I may have to go see him perform in person. I’d tell him to bring his new pupper and I could play with the little guy while his dad is working. How cool would that be?


This is what he says about himself: “I play guitar and sing songs, watch birds and raise dogs, write songs and paint, take photographs and find distractions on the web and in the world.”

He has promised to send me loads of music for the site, hopefully also with loads of photos of his beloved Goldens. His new guy Oiseau (pronounced Wah Zoh) comes after the loss of his Maestro & Maddie .

These photos show a tuckered puppy and also one discovering a local hangout at Greenbury Point. Oiseau will be learning all about swimming her in the warmer months. Lucky boy!







The following video features Riddle, one of my favorite Dan Haas songs. Be sure to play it to the end to get to my favorite part. This is what Dan had to say about this video:

This is my song Riddle, from my CD GOODbye MOON. I decided it would be a nice song to sing to Oiseau, my new Golden Retriever puppy. It’s the first song he has ever heard me play. I hope he likes the sound of the guitar and my voice. For that matter, I hope you do too.

Star Guide Dog Puppy May

getedimageaspx.jpgStar guide dog puppy May’s back in the TV eye
By Sophie Hazan, Leeds Today Evening Post

LEEDS celebrity guide dog puppy May is set for more television stardom in the New Year.
The cuddly Golden Retriever captured viewers’ hearts the first time round when she starred alongside her littermates on BBC 1’s Blue Peter last month.

Sweet 16-week-old May is now all set to be back on our screens this time broadcasting from the London Eye for a special feature looking at guide dog puppy walking in February.

She travelled from her north Leeds home in Oakwood with Guide Dog puppy walker Diana Treweek.

There’s more . . . .

Sleepy Pups

Do you like my Golden babies masthead above? It comes from one of my most favorite photos that I took of a 3-pupper litter. Boy, were those guys butterballs.


You can support our Foundation and its blog (at which I am working so hard at and updating a few times a day with informative and fun articles & photos) with this adorable new design, which I have placed on the mug you see above (both front and back). Just click here!

My original 3-pups photo can be found on items here and my 1-pupper sleeper here as well.

Golden Retriever Puppy can Sure Work the Crowd

Golden Retriever Puppy can Sure Work the Crowd
By Megan Reiter, Staff Writer, The Times-Tribune

A notebook, pen and squirming, 3-month-old golden retriever puppy demanding attention from every passer-by do not make a good combination. Considering the way my dog, Peanut, has commandeered my house since I brought her home about a month ago (it’s really her couch — she just lets me sit on it occasionally), I should have perhaps reconsidered taking her with me to cover the Pet Expo at the Humane Society of Lackawanna County. But I couldn’t pass up the chance of seeing her interact with other dogs since taking her away from her brothers and sisters, so I clipped on her leash and let her jump in the back seat.Like the children who live in my neighborhood, the attendees at the Pet Expo descended on Peanut, proclaiming her “precious.” It’s not hard to love a puppy who, when a stranger decides to lavish her with attention, acts as though she has never been petted in her life.