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The Golden Retriever was originally bred in Scotland in the mid-19th century. At that time, wildfowl hunting was a popular sport for the wealthy Scottish elite, but the existing retriever breeds were inadequate for retrieving downed game from both water and land. Retrieving from both land and water was necessary because the hunting grounds of the time were pocketed with marshy ponds and rivers. Consequently, the best water spaniels were crossed with the existing retrievers, resulting in the establishment of the breed today known as the Golden Retriever. Due to its widespread historical popularity, some regional variations have emerged in the breed (British, Canadian, American). However, all Golden Retrievers are blonde, yellow, or gold in colour and all subtypes are susceptible to the same health problems (cancer, hip dysplasia most prevalent) – WIKIPEDIA
Golden Retrievers are the second most popular breed in Canada and among the top five in the world. As you can imagine, I have had many of them as houseguests over the years, so please forgive the long post. Among my favourites:
BAILEY – AKA “SON”
Bailey was three or four when we first met. His people loved to travel, so he was a frequent guest for the rest of his life. We gave him the nickname “Son” because we loved him as our own. He was so friendly (a typical Golden trait), that once, he happily allowed burglars into his house. This probably saved his life, as he posed no threat. Later in life, Bailey developed severe environmental allergies and needed daily shots. Otherwise, he was a healthy boy and lived to be 13, which is longer than average for this breed. He died only a few weeks after our Dalmatian. His mom and I comforted each other and she gifted me with a book: “Merle’s Door – Lessons From A Free Thinking Dog”, by Ted Keresote. Inside, she had inscribed “In memory of Bailey and Tasha, two of the best free-thinking dogs”. I cried.
CODY – AKA “GRANDSON”
Cody was the size of a small pony, but as good-natured as they come. His people, not so much. What disturbed me most was they seemed to view their dog more as an inconvenience than anything else. It’s no surprise that Cody always bounded up our front steps and was thrilled to see us! The feeling was mutual. We dubbed him “Grandson” because he and Bailey bonded like family. Cody was the only one allowed to jump on Bailey and wrestle with him. If any other dogs tried that, they were royally rebuked. We had Cody for several weeks ever year. His last visit was in 2013 when he was ten years old. He had a congenital heart defect and I can only guess what may have happened. It’s sad to think about. Sadder still that his owners didn’t even bother to let me know. They’re not the first and likely won’t be the last. Some clients don’t realize I love their dogs almost as much as they do! (Or, in this case, probably more.)
CANDICE – AKA “CANDY GIRL”
Excerpt from chapter five of my W.I.P., “Adventures in Dog Sitting”:
Candice was a Golden Retriever with a unique look, because of her curly coat. She also had a birthmark, right in the middle of her tongue. Such a cutie! Her human mom, a busy executive, didn’t do any grooming, so poor Candice looked quite ratty, most of the time. This didn’t bother her at all and she went merrily through life; a dog with a sweet, fun-loving personality. CONTINUE READING ►
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