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A companion... to take all your troubles away
Member Name: daniella2202
Date: 12/07/10, updated on 13/07/10 (265 review reads)
Advantages: They are calm, patient, caring, loving, gentle....
Disadvantages: None or perhaps bad breath!
A golden retriever... a companion who is there for you through all your troubles.
A breed of dog... that won't let you down. They are a beautiful yellow/gold colour. They shed some of their hair in the summer. But they do not have greasy skin like some other dogs.
Golden retrievers used to be used as hunting dogs but not so much now. Their intelligence is now used for a variety of very important jobs like:
* Guide dog... they can help the blind with their impeccable feel for direction and they are extremely easy to train, they listen and are patient and loving.
* They can be used to detect illegal drugs
* They are fantastic pat dogs for example, in nursing homes
My golden retriever is 9 years old. We found him a bit of a handful when we first got him... like any other puppy. But retrievers are known for being a little bit mischievous at a young age when they are unused to their surroundings. When we were teaching our retriever...Sammy to learn to sleep by himself downstairs rather than howling like other breeds of dogs when he was scared he would tear up the carpet. This proved to be rather pricey by having to keep re-carpeting the floor but he eventually grew out of it... I'd say it is best to leave them in a tiled floor room where they can't do that!!
When Sammy was a puppy we were told to feed him things like rice pudding (his favourite which we now give him for treats now and then) and weetabix with milk. But now he just has ordinary dried dog food.
From 8 months onwards we had taught him with little training to sit by the door when he needed to go out into the garden and how to sit, lie down, roll over and to give us his paw. He also learned by himself how to open doors (this might be his guide dog qualities shining through).
Now he is 9 years old, I can't remember not having him around, he is such great company and he bounds towards you so happy to see you when you come in the front door... a lovely welcome home.
However Sammy is certainly an exception in the Golden retriever checklists:
1. He hates water! Whereas most owners cannot stop their retrievers from bounding in the sea.... You only need to watch the dvd Marley and Me with Jennifer Aniston to see this. However not many retrievers are as hectic or half as badly behaved as Marley in the film. It is a shame Sammy doesn't like water and very peculiar because we live right on the coast and have a beach that we have taken him to since he was a puppy. We always encourage him into the water as well, but once a wave comes towards him he legs it back to the sand.
2. Sammy also does not really live up to his breed's name... Retriever! I think in the whole 9 years of his living I have seen him retrieve a ball we've thrown about 10 times. Once we have thrown a ball or a toy he usually just stares at us as if we are mad and there is no way he could be bothered to run after the ball and collect it to bring it back (which is quite a shame because we have a lovely large garden perfect for him to play in).
Sammy must be one of the biggest golden retrievers I have ever seen and by the look on people's faces when they walk in the door they also think the same. But he is not a scary dog... he'd only lick you to death.
As he has gotten older though he now has arthritis which is progressively getting worse, but unfortunately golden retrievers are known for getting this because of their large size. They need a lot of exercise, at least two long walks a day.
The only bad quality I can think of Sammy is his terrible bad breath!! We have even got him a dog's toothbrush which he doesn't seem to like too much as well as the pedigree daily chews which are supposed to help his bad breath.
The best quality about Sammy is that you can lie beside him watching tv for hours and he won't move, he loves my company as much as I love his. If ever I am sad or frustrated with something he is the best soother, he comes over to me and puts his head on my lap or he'll stand beside me and put all his weight on me (which is a lot of weight believe me... but he has my best interests at heart!)
If you are looking for a friendly, calm, soothing, caring, patient and overall loving dog... then this is your match! You won't look back and you definitely won't regret him or her!
Summary: A gorgeous and loving dog which has every quality you could wish for!