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I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO BONNIE AND CHLOE
Member Name: arnoldhenryrufus
Advantages: Faithful, loving, trusting, loyal, intelligent and friendly
Disadvantages: Hairy leaving you lovely white carpets
I find it hard sometimes to think what I want to write about, I have read a couple of reviews now on Golden Retrievers. My parents have had a few over the years, I have personally have owned two of them. Both of my dogs (Bonnie and Chloe) had totally different personalities, it is my dogs that I want to tell you about in this review, I will cover a bit about the breed as well. I will try and break this review up into sections, so it is totally your choice what section you wish to read.
~~ History of the Breed ~~
The Golden Retriever was originally bread as a waterfowl dog and a shooting dog. Today they are mainly pets or working dogs for the blind, deaf and others.
Firstly I like to give you an interesting fact, yellow pups occasionally appear in a little of all black retrievers, these were called a 'sport' and were due to a recessive gene. I mention this now, because tracing back their history I got to 1850 when Lord Tweedmouth purchased a golden retriever that was bore from two black retrievers, it was this golden retriever that was bread to make more litters of gold retrievers and they were registered as a breed.
Records go back to 1903 and 1905 in the Kennel Club linking to the Tweedmouth breeding.
~~ Training ~~
Golden Retrievers are highly intelligent dogs, a lot of love and patience will give you a lovely well trained dog. I am not going to quote the book at you, but just tell you a little of what we did with our Chloe. We started off with teaching her the command 'no', we did this with the aid of doggy treats and of course our Bonnie the older dog. With both dogs giving me there full attention, sitting there in front of me we started a little game. It started with me doing one dog at a time placing a treat in front of them on the floor, looking at the dogs and when they went for the treat putting my hand over the treat and saying no, I did that for a couple of times, and they start to hesitate before going for the treat, I then say good girl, give them a fuss and let them have the treat, you do this for a couple of times at different intervals they have then learnt to most import lesson. The rest is just patience, repetition and love and it comes easy, well sort of - lol.
Anyway now to my favourite bit, telling you about my dogs, we will start with Bonnie who we sadly lost in February this year.
~~ Bonnie ~~
Our Bonnie was 3yrs old when we had her, she belonged to my mother and father and they were her 2nd owners. Due to my father having a massive stroke just after they had Bonnie, my mother found it very difficult to look after her, she was a character (Bonnie that is, not my mom). She would pull my mother over (mom is quite petite), she got so excited when she went for a walk. I feel a lot of her buoyancy was because she was left alone a lot, whilst my mother was at the hospital with my father. To give my mom and Bonnie a break, Bonnie used to come and stay with us for a few weeks at a time, this became increasingly frequent and she ended up staying with us permanently, which we were overjoyed about as we loved her to bits.
Bonnie was a roller, she was at her happiest when she was covered head to toe in what ever she could find to roll in, whether it was mud, grass, snow, or cow dung. She did not care, many a time we have had to stand outside, tie her up and hose her down, she took it all in her stride, she knew a wash down meant a good rub with the towel later and a bit of pampering with the hair brush and hair dryer (in the winter). She lapped it up.
Now she was also a cantankerous madam, when you took her for a walk, you would want to go one way and she would want to go another, she would give you a look, then look at the way she wanted to go, look back at you and run for her life the route she wanted to take. At first I used to get really worried about her and climb over the bramble and up the hill at the rear of our house, I would get home all upset and dirty and who would be waiting for me with her tail wagging, but Bonnie.
We did not have a gate at our house, until after we had our Chloe, so Bonnie would often sit on the top of the drive watching the world go by, she made many friends with the neighbours as they used to shout hello Bonnie and some would stop and give her a fuss. But I caught her one day, as I went out to do my usual check to make sure she was ok and she was not there, I shouted for her and about 2 minutes later and blonde bomb shell was crawling on her belly along the path coming away from the gulley that took you to the back of our house. The only way to get her back home quickly at this point is put on your 'happy' voice and she will run to you. If you scowled it could take her 20mins to crawl her way back home.
Another thing Bonnie used to do, if she was angry with you, because you had not given her all the attention she wanted that day, or if you went to work and she wanted you at home, she would rip the TV times up, but she somehow only ever ripped the side of the magazine that we had seen, the rest of the weeks programme listing was in tact. Don't know how she did that, but she always did.
She loved to chase cats, could never catch them, it was so funny, she suffered from arthritis in her later years and it was hard for her to work long distances and on the way back home from our walks she would be head bowed and dragging herself along the path as if it was an effort, a cat would come in front of her and she would get a new lease of life running after it barking her 'happy' bark and dragging me after her.
So basically she had us right where she wanted us.
Before I leave Bonnie I will tell you a funny story of her rolling and swimming days. My friend Jean, my two young daughters (at that time) and I took Bonnie for a long Sunday walk, over the disused railway bridge and track, as no one was around we let her off her lead to run around and enjoy the freedom to explore. Off she went down the embankment, I called her to come back and she turned her head, gave me that look, I thought oh no, and off she went for an adventure. Now we were at the top of the embankment so we could see her, I could also see the field of cows she was aiming for, so I continued yelling for her at the top of my voice, but in my heart I knew it was fruitless on my part, she had given me that look that told me that this will be worth getting in trouble for. The next thing I saw was Bonnie having the time of her life rolling in cow dung, she must have been there enjoying herself for a few mins, before she decided I better get back now. Wow did she stink, I was not going to take her home through the streets smelling like that, so as she loved water so much we walked further on to the pools, (well they are more like small lakes really). My eldest daughter aged around 13yrs at the time, held the lead and we approached the slope for the boats to the pool. Now, hand on heart I thought our Rachel would be able to hold on to Bonnie at this point. But Bonnie saw the ducks went into overdrive and turbo boost and went for it, Rachel went flying and slid all down the bank on her backside and Bonnie was straight in the water. It cleaned her up through, Rachel was not hurt, Bonnie was wet but no longer smelling, and she was a very happy dog as she got another one over mom.
Anyway that was our Bonnie, sadly she had to leave us as she was very poorly, we lost her on 11th February 2005, but she will always be in our hearts.
~~ Chloe ~~
As I said previously Chloe we bought as a pup, we bought her to bring a bit of life back into our Bonnie, which I think it did in some ways, if you weren't watching Bonnie would play with her and you could sneak a look at them, but if Bonnie saw you watching she would act aloof as if Chloe was being a nuisance, sometimes she wasn't quick enough and we would catch them having fun.
Well Chloe was a livewire bundle of fluff at first, she is now a lovely dog, she has a lovely temperament, she is so gentle, she is at her happiest cuddled up to having a love, or play fighting with you. She loves to play fight with her blanket or a towel.
She rarely barks, if she needs to go outside she paces, rather than bark to let you know, she is not as confident as Bonnie was, she does not like strangers and for some reason is very nervous around men.
She hates the sea, she only went in the sea with our Bonnie, we tried her this year she didn't like it without Bon. Chloe never rolls, and she walks everywhere at my heal, unless I tell her she can go ahead of me. So she is totally the opposite to Bonnie, but just as loving.
A couple of little stories about our Chloe:
Our little grand-daughter was over for a visit, when she fell over, Chloe dashed across the room and put herself in front of Amber to cushion her fall. That's our gentle dog.
Chloe loves her squeaky toys and has an obsession with licking toes. I remember I was doing a reading for a lady round at my house, she was relaxing with her shoes off, whilst I read her cards for her, Chloe had got under the table and started licking her feet, well I was embarrassed, so I tried to tell Chloe gently to stop, but the lady found it so relaxing she told me she did not mind, so both her and Chloe were happy 'little bears'.
Chloe did try to make her own bed the other night, she sleeps on my part of the sofa, but has her blanket put on it first, my husband did not recognise her pleas to go to bed, so she picked up her blanket in her mouth and tried to put it on the sofa, she tried really hard and got it ¾ of the way on it, when it slid off, she looked so sad that it did not work.
Chloe may not have Bonnie's mischievous streak, but she in her own right is a truly wonderful and loving dog. At the moment she has been going to fat camp at the local vets because she is overweight, but it has been making her miserable and hungry going on to low fat meals and missing out on her treats ( I couldn't stop the treats all together she would feel like she was being punished, those sad eyes are a killer). So I am opting for a happy dog and we will have more walks as soon as my health is better.
Finally Chloe loves car rides, she is so funny, we have room for three cars on our drive, but only in a specific order, so when everyone is home the car moving begins, Chloe loves the car so much she is happy just to go to the end of the road and back again, she will refuse to get out of the car until she has been driven a few meters down the road. Once it is done she will run back and forth to every person in the house to let them know she is happy and has been for a ride.
Before I leave Chloe I would like to tell you about her loyalty, last Christmas Bonnie was poorly and had not eaten for around 3 days, we used to give Bonnie her medician on bread, so that Chloe did not feel left out she just had the plain bread (no medician), anyway, Christmas Day, Bonnie still had not eaten we gave Chloe the bread at the usual time but instead of eating it she took it to Bonnie, nudged Bonnie with her nose to wake her and placed the bread in front of Bonnie, which Bonnie ate - a break through. The day we had to take Bonnie away to the hospital, Chloe refused to leave her side and we had to prize them apart and drag Chloe back into the house, it took Chloe a few months to get over the loss of our Bonnie, I think she looked at her like a mom. Chloe never leaves my side these days, especially when my health gets bad. She is very protective and a true gem of a dog.
~~ Conclusion ~~
Well I am totally besotted, totally biased, I think they are a wonderful breed of dog. Friendly, fun and full of character. I would highly recommend the breed to anyone that wants a faithful companion or a family pet.
I wish I could put there photos up on this site, I have some on this review on ciao if anyone wants to see what they look like. I love them to pieces. lyn x
Summary: Fantastic dogs, loyal, obedient, gentle and loving.
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