Monday, September 26, 2011

From Sea to Snow, Sammy the Lovable Golden

This week I am going to highlight one of my favorite breeds, the Golden Retriever!  They are a very popular breed of dog just about everywhere and the Pacific Northwest is no exception! 
These dogs are great with kids!  They love to play, run, swim and need to be walked often because are high energy dogs!  They are a very playful and happy breed and love to go everywhere with you!
The first dog I met on the beach is a Golden Retriever named Sammy!  She is three and will be four this Halloween!  She is a smiler!  Avery, my sister, and I have dog sat and walked Sammy!  She is so fun and loves to swim in the ocean after her tennis ball and go for long walks with our dogs, Buddy and Charlie.  And whenever we go to see her, she wags her whole body!    
The Golden Retriever is a pure bred dog often used for hunting. These dogs were specifically bred as bird and rabbit dogs with excellent water and field skills. Because of this, the sporting dogs often require a lot of exercise and activity to keep them in shape.
It is believed that the Golden Retriever was developed over time by crossing the flat-coated retriever and the tweed water spaniel, along with other various breeds of the same group, the Sporting group.
Grooming is a very important part of owning a Golden.  The golden retriever has a dense inner coat that provides them with warmth. The outer coat is sleek and water repellent, and lays flat against the body. The official color of the breed is the varying shades of gold that are most often seen. Due to the thickness of the coat, regular, frequent grooming is required, perhaps on a weekly basis and should be brushed daily.
I think of them as hairy Labs! :) They are known for the long Golden coat, but they also have light cream and dark golden coats!  I love the light cream! 
Sporting dogs such as Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers are considered to be some of the smartest and most loyal breeds known.
With the breed's popularity, it has gained its reputation as hunting partner, companion, and helper.
The golden retriever has become famous in search and rescue, therapy, service, and law enforcement, making it one of the most versatile breeds of its kind.
I love Golden Retrievers; they are one of the most beautiful and happy go lucky dogs.  It is no surprise the Golden is man's best friend!


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