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Wordless Wednesday - Going Green

Meet Rose Bud - Bad Dogs Have More Fun!!

To best introduce you to Rose Bud, I should probably just let you read some of what mom's already written over at her blog "Slightly UnSIVILized":

Our Daughter's Dog, Marley -

Well, actually our daughter's dog's name is Rose Bud. But if you have seen the movie "Marley and Me", you probably have a better understanding of why we prefer to call her Marley.

Words that come to mind when trying to decide how to best describe Rose Bud include: chaos, havoc, destructive, horrible, and mischievous. And that's just the beginning!
Dacey brought Rose Bud home when RB was only six weeks old and still a cute, fluffy, ball of innocence. Boy, can looks be deceiving! She was sweet enough in those early days, but that's what she wanted us to think. As the past twelve months have passed, we have indeed come to realize that our daughter's dog is a ten ton, demolition crew in a fifty-five pound, dog body.

I have often said that dogs take on …

Wordless Wednesday - Slip and Slide

Happy Father's Day!!

When it came to Dad's, we got the cream of the crop.  If he was any more perfect, he'd be a Golden Retriever!  We wuf vu, Dad!!!!!!

AROOOOF! Boondocks, Kudzu, and Gang

Kudzu's First Therapy Dog Visit

Just a month past his leg amputation, Kudzu made his first appearance as a "therapy dog in training" yesterday.  Some dogs are just born to be therapy dogs, and Kudzu is certainly among them. 

At the library, he laid still next to Isaac as Isaac read a "Clifford the Big Red Dog" book to him.  (Isaac was featured with his golden, Cosmo, in yesterday's post.)

Then Kudzu chilled out with big sister, Dacey, at Brookhaven Animal Rescue League while Mom took pictures of some of the newest arrivals.

Introducing: COSMO

Our next pup up as we continue introducing our pack is COSMO.  He's a cool dog that walks with a swagger and flirts with all the ladies.  I know y'all will love him.

Agape Golden's Cosmic Pluto
Cosmo is our big brother. He just turned two at the end of March. He belongs to Isaac (our human's third born child). Cosmo was a gift to Isaac on his seventh birthday. Those two were made for each other and you hardly see one playing without the other. Momma says, "Every boy should have a dog - especially when that dog loves their boy like Cosmo loves his." I don't know about all that, but they do seem like a match made in Heaven.
When Cosmo came to live with our family, he was almost six months old.  He'd never been on a leash before and had no motivation to learn to walk on one.  He did not like playing fetch or with toys.  He seemed sad most of the time.  An award winning, dog trainer friend told mom that Cosmo had NO DRIVE and wasn't trainable.…

Inspiration Award

Well, you can imagine our surprise when we got online this afternoon and found that two of our favorite blog pals had  chosen us as recipients of the Inspiration award!  Hawk and The Rowdy Retriever Girls, we are truly honored and count your blogs as an inspiration as well!  (Hawk, we read your blog updates but haven't been able to leave comments on your page in a couple of weeks.  We do always love reading your tales and seeing your amazing pictures.) 

In accepting this award, we also promise to pass it on to ten blogs that inspire us.  It is hard to narrow down to just ten, but we'll try.

1.  Four Legged Views - Our buddy, Bert, is an obvious choice for Kudzu and me.  Like us Bert is a working, Golden Retriever.  In addition to being a therapy dog, Bert is also an active Search and Rescue Dog.  His mom has even written a book about S&R dogs.  You are sure to enjoy Bert's adventures!

2.  Bailey Be Good - Bailey can always be counted on for a laugh.  He's always into…

Meet Scarlet

Have you noticed the tabs linking to our stand alone pages at the top of the page?  Well, they each are set up to introduce you to the rest of our canine family.  We thought that we'd devote a little blog time to the rest of the gang over the next few weeks.  Today we start with SCARLET. 
Well, this is my oldest sister, Miss. Scarlet. She celebrated her 7th birthday April 1st. Mom says, "She's the one that started it all." Meaning, of course, that my human family's love of Golden Retrievers began the day Miss. Scarlet entered their lives. (This picture is of that very day. She was a cute puppy, huh?)

Mom and Dad were not well educated dog people when they purchased Scarlet. Not knowing a difference, they got her from a "back-yard breeder". Health problems robbed Scarlet of her puppy-hood, and she had more than one illness leaving the vet shaking his head saying he didn't know how she'd survived it.

Scarlet became all heart through …

Wordless Wednesday - Who Us??

Walking By Faith

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  2nd Corinthians 5:7

I shared earlier this year about my back problems that sometimes interfere with my ability to walk.  There are few things I have experienced as humbling as having to ride in a wheel chair during a time that most consider the 'prime of life'.  One day while I was in the throws of despair due to this disability, I decided to go outside and walk circles around the trampoline.  I was determine to build my strength back up.  I was able to hold on to the frame of the trampoline as I took each step.  My sweet husband stayed close by in case I needed him.  As I walked, I sang:  'I faith...each step.. that I take'.  As my strength increased so did my faith.  Each step was a gift from God, and I relied on Him to get me through.

By the time that I had began new medication and regained the stability to walk unassisted, my four year old son, Connor, broke his leg.  For the first four weeks after his injury, he was…

Things You Should Know BEFORE Owning a Golden Retriever

Today we wanted to share a post from Mom's blog a while back when our siblings Cosmo and Rose Bud were youngsters.  We hope y'all enjoy it!    Our oldest Golden Retriever turned seven on April 1st. We got Scarlet when she was just six weeks old and quickly fell in love with her. Within another six weeks, we had our second Golden, Rhett. (Rhett passed away three years ago.) It had been five (almost six) years since we'd had adolescent Golden Retrievers in our home. While I have often joked about the “first terrible two years” of a Golden Retriever’s life, I had truly forgotten just how trying a Golden puppy can be - that is until now. Cosmo will be one year old in a matter of weeks, and Rose Bud is six months old. Now all of the reasons we’d joked for so long over how hard it was to survive their puppy hood have come back to me. We’re learning again - the hard way.  (Cosmo is now well past two and Rose Bud will celebrate her second birthday in September.)

With that …

The Difference a Few Weeks Makes and a Question from Mom

So mom says I've gotten a little bigger. What do you think?

And Now ...

A Note from Mom -
When we brought Boondocks home towards the end of April, the thought never occurred to me that we'd be bringing home another puppy within a months time.  I started this blog as Boondocks (as opposed to one of his older siblings) so that it would begin with the beginning of his story rather than jumping into the middle of one of the other dogs tales.  So now that we have Kudzu, I'm unsure whether to leave the blog intact as is with Boondocks telling the story or split it between the two of them and write from each of their perspectives (Boondocks is a whimsical pup and Kudzu is an old, wise soul).  Since you are the one reading the blog, I thought your opinion is the one that matters most.  Please leave a comment sharing your preference!  Thanks so much for loving my pups with me!  - Mom

We Hit the Jackpot, Baby!!

Earlier this week I was excited to find out that Ohno and Joy had won second place in an online giveaway at All Things Dog Blog that I had entered them in.  (I'm a good big brother like that.)  And today we were absolutely ecstatic when the prize arrived, and we found all the goodies that were included. 

Mom was most excited by the bag that stored the goodies.  She said it would make a good pack to carry when she visits the nursing homes, schools, and libraries with us.  She lugs a bunch of stuff on those trips: treats, books, leashes, water bowls, and toys.  (She's calls it her 'doggie bag'.)  It can also be used as a purse to hold Ohno and Joy.  I'd pay to see that!  BOL!!

Well, the bag was ok.. for Mom... I was more excited about what was inside the bag - toys and treats and bandanas and bumper stickers and more!!!  Ohno couldn't wait to 'dig' in. 

We got the good kind of treats that Rose Bud's agility instructor calls 'doggie crack'.  Aft…

Stay Cool, Dawg!

As the summer months heat up here in the deep South, we are taking all necessary precautions to make sure we stay safe.  Yesterday we had record breaking high that took out a hundred year old record, and it ain't over yet.  Today the expected high is 100 with a heat index of 106!  Brings new meaning to "HOT DOG"!  AROOOF!
When I go outside, I get my business taken care of quickly and hurry to the shade to indicate to the hoo-mans that I'm done and it is time to go back inside. 

 Of course, a good splash in the kiddie pool never hurts either!

 And please all my doggie friends, make sure your hoo-mans remember to provide you with clean, fresh drinking water and plenty of shade and shelter from the hot, hot sun!  I wuf vu all!!


Wordless Wednesday - Boondocks' Dog Walking Service