I can’t believe National Golden Retriever Day is already here!! I’m so excited that so many people have helped us spread the word about this – thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Let’s keep it up! If you have a twitter account, use #NationalGoldenRetrieverDay – and if you’re talking about it on Facebook, we’d love for you to share your enthusiasm on our facebook fan page!
How are you going to celebrate this fine holiday? Please share your stories and photos with us!
I know we are a little biased.. but we think our i heart golden retriever online store has some super cute gift ideas for golden retriever lovers! Plus, a portion of your purchase goes to help goldens in need of a home. It’s a win, win!
Golden Gift Suggestion #11: i heart golden retriever gear
I love this tote bag. I use it all of the time when we travel with the pups for their leashes, treats, and food bowls. I even use it at the grocery store and have gotten so many compliments! 10% of the profits are donated to Rescue A Golden of Arizona.
We have several other options available at our online store – food/water bowls for your pups, coffee mugs, mens clothing, performance jackets, car magnets.. the list goes on! Check us out!
Just when we thought we couldn’t be more obsessed with our dogs.. we got custom portraits of them done 🙂 But I have to say – they are SO COOL!
How great are these? Now – I have to share with you all the artist who did these. His name is Lain, and I discovered his shop ScottieInspired on Etsy. I was so impressed with his talent, how affordable these were, and how quickly he did them! It was awesome – Lain just emailed me the digital file already formatted for canvas, so I just sent these to print at Costco. Saved SO much money in shipping costs (Lain lives in Scottland!), and we can save the files to print on other things if we choose.
Here is Roxy’s painting (with the photo I sent Lain) – love it!!
If you’re considering a pet portrait – seriously look no further than Lain. His work is impeccable – and between his incredible artwork and ordering from my local Costco, the pups’ portraits costed less than $200! Can’t beat that.
Last weekend we had a bit of a scare with Roxy. She was fine when we woke up, had a nice morning walk, and her usual breakfast. I left for a quick trip to the grocery store, and when I came back Roxy greeted me at the door. But, it didn’t look like our Roxy – her face was so swollen! She almost looked like a cartoon version of herself – her muzzle had at least doubled in size, and the rest of her face (around her eyes, forehead, and cheeks) were really, really puffy. She wasn’t acting like she was in pain at all, but I FREAKED OUT! (I apologize for not having photos to show you – I was in such a panic! Didn’t even think of it!) Brad calmed me down.. after doing some quick research online we discovered it’s pretty common. Online forums suggested that we give her Benadryl, so I rushed to Walgreens to buy some.
Within five minutes of giving her one 25mg tablet of Benadryl (basic over-the-counter Benadryl pills), the swelling drastically went down.We gave her 1 more tablet about 6 hours later because she was still a little swollen, and when she woke up the following morning she was back to herself again. (Note: Online resources suggested to give 1 mg of Benadryl per pound that the dog weighs. We only gave Roxy one 25mg tablet and it worked just fine even though she’s nearly 3 times that. I’d be safe and start with small doses).
Although we’re not sure what caused this reaction, it’s very likely that it was a bee sting. Roxy does this thing where she nips at bees that buzz by her. I think this time she finally caught one!! Hopefully she learned her lesson. But just in case, I will always make sure to have Benadryl in my medicine cabinet!
Here are some pictures I found online of other dogs that looked similar to Roxy
Has this ever happened to your dog? I would have taken her to the vet, but like I mentioned before she was acting normal – she just looked like Sloth from “The Goonies”! 🙂
This weekend we had the pleasure of attending Rescue A Golden of Arizona‘s “Golden Harvest” celebration and fundraiser at Arizona Bread Company in Tempe. It was so fun to be in a room filled with people who are as obsessed with Goldens as we are 🙂
Rescue A Golden of Arizona rescues Goldens who have lost their homes through no fault of their own, and places them through adoption in their forever homes. Since the organization’s inception in 1998, over 3,000 Goldens have been rescued! Although I do not know how anyone could part ways with a Golden (since they are such an amazing breed and have nothing but love to give!) I’m so thankful for this organization and all that they do to ensure this amazing breed is never euthanized.
My company ONEHOPE Wine donated the wine for this event, so I made the pups ONEHOPE bandanas to wear. How cute do they look in them?
The other avid Golden Retriever fans there told us something we never heard before – that Roxy had a “zipper nose.” When Roxy was just a pup, her “zipper nose” was more of a mohawk and it evolved to being a line down her nose. We never knew there was a special term for this! We love her zipper nose, just another thing that makes our girl so unique and special.
To learn more about Rescue A Golden of Arizona or to make a donation, please visit their website. They have some adorable, loveable dogs available for adoption that are so anxious to find the perfect home!!
Sorry it’s been nearly a month since my last post – I’ve been super busy with work and living in hotels and airplanes the past few weeks. I’m so happy to finally have a full week at home with my pups! (and husband) 🙂
Quincey does okay while I’m gone, but Roxy gets SUPER lonely. Brad sent me this pic of the dogs while I was traveling.. Roxy’s face explains it all – she missed her mama!
While I was traveling for work, I stayed a couple of nights in Denver at The Curtis Hotel. As I was walking into the hotel, they had a welcome sign with pictures and a big water bowl for dogs that were checking in that day – so cute! Although, it made me wish I had brought the pups with me. It’s an adorable hotel – if you’re looking for a pet-friendly place to stay in downtown Denver, you should check it out! A great restaurant called The Corner Office is attached to the hotel, too.
View my “Travel” page for a bunch of other suggestions for dog-friendly destinations!
Today I’m featuring Roxy’s parents for Wednesday Friendsday! Hard to believe that it’s already been a year since we brought Roxy home for the first time – she has grown up so fast! When puppy shopping, Brad and I knew Roxy was ours because we also fell in love her her parents – they were both so sweet and well mannered. Who do you think Roxy looks more like – her mom or dad?
It’s been forever since my last post! I sincerely apologize, I have been absolutely slammed at work. Tonight I’m blogging from Colorado where I’m working this week. I miss my little family so much! Thank goodness technology lets me video chat with them (via iChat) every night.
The dogs get pretty confused when they see me up on the computer screen. Roxy’s ears perk up and she just stares at the computer – it’s so cute. I wonder what goes through their little puppy dog heads when they see crazy things like this? I wonder what the technology world holds for pets in the future..
Over the weekend we took the pups up my parents cabin in Pine – Roxy & Quincey LOVE it up there! They got to hike through the woods, they saw their first javelina and deer, and Roxy even got to ride on a quad! My parents hooked it up with a seat and safety belt so they can take their dog Kasey on quad rides with them, isn’t this hysterical? Roxy had so much fun cruisin’ through the forest.