Tag: golden retriever
For your Halloween viewing pleasure we present a California dog named Jolene, coming face to face with a life-sized version of her favorite chew toy.
Jolene’s owner, Emily Crisp, thought it might be fun, for Halloween, to have her boyfriend, Ben Mesches, dress up in a Gumby costume.
He walks into the room as Jolene is enjoying some time with her Gumby chew toy. Jolene looks up and registers a look of what can only be described as wonder and amazement.
She cautiously, at first, approaches the life-sized Gumby, jumps up on him, and proceeds to go crazy with joy.
Mesches, of Petaluma, initially posted the video to his Facebook account. On YouTube, it has gotten, nearly 4 million views in two weeks.
Happy Halloween, Jolene, and everybody else.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 31st, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, ben mesches, chew, chew toy, costume, dog, dogs, dress up, emily crisp, favorite toy, funny, golden retriever, gumby, halloween, jolene, life sized, meeting, pets, reaction, toy, video, youtube
For a doggy daycare operation, word-of-mouth is generally considered the best advertisement for bringing in new customers.
But this may be the most golden recommendation of all.
“Someone walked in the door and they said there’s a dog sitting out here waiting to come in,” said Happy Dogs Café owner Teresa McCarter.
McCarter opened the door and in came Riley, a golden retriever who, though he is a frequent customer, wasn’t scheduled for a visit that day.
Riley immediately ran back to the daycare area to greet at least 20 of his canine friends.
Riley’s owner, Tonia Mosteller, said she and Riley had driven past the daycare earlier in the day. Riley whimpered when he saw some of his friends being walked by a staff member. Back at home, she put him in the back yard and left to run some errands.
“I noticed Riley watching me carefully as I left, but I didn’t think too much about it,” Mosteller told WBTV.
Somehow, Riley managed to unlatch the gate. Because Mosteller often walks him to the daycare in downtown Belmont, he knew the way there.
The daycare owner said she looked around for Riley’s owner when she opened the door for him before figuring out “he just decided to put himself in daycare that day.”
Happy Dogs called Mosteller to let her know Riley was there, but they recommended she let him stay for the day — at no charge.
“He got a free day of daycare and he worked really hard for that day,” McCarter said.
(Photo: Courtesy of Happy Dogs Cafe)
(Editor’s note: The video above is going to continue to bring you other stories. You might want to shut it off upon completion.)
Posted by John Woestendiek May 13th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: alone, animals, belmont, charlotte, day care, dog, doggy day care, dogs, escaped, golden retriever, happy dogs cafe, iur, north carolina, pets, riley, unescorted
By way of wishing you a happy Thanksgiving, we present this photo — and offer our thanks to the photographer, and his dog, Bailey, who posed not once but six times.
Bailey played all six roles for the re-creation of this family scene.
The photos were taken by her owner, John Nebbia, of Omaha, Nebraska. Photoshop probably deserves some credit too.
The image appears to show a holiday gathering of six different dogs, but they are all Bailey, who was decked out in six different wardrobes.
“We just moved her from chair to chair and gave her a break in between shots,” Nebbia told the Huffington Post. “When she was in the position, we were snapping a few pictures every second.”
It took about 40 minutes to shoot and about an hour to edit, he said.
Nebbia posted the photo on Bailey’s Facebook page.
Bailey is also the star of a 2016 calendar featuring some of Bailey’s best poses. It can be ordered at GoldenBailey.com.
Nebbia also put together a video showing what was involved in making the Thanksgiving photo:
Posted by John Woestendiek November 26th, 2015 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, bailey, calendar, dinner, dogs, edited, gathering, golden, golden retriever, golden retrievers, image, john nebbia, pets, photograph, photoshop, retriever, thanksgiving
A legally blind woman and her guide dog have been reunited after recovering from injuries they received when they were hit by a school bus in New York.
“Oh, my good boy. You’re home, finally,” Audrey Stone exclaimed upon greeting her golden retriever, Figo, in the driveway of her home in Brewster, about 60 miles north of Manhattan.
Figo got in between Stone and an oncoming minibus in June as they crossed a street a block from her home.
Stone spent months in a rehabilitation hospital. Figo underwent surgery and went back to his trainers for a determination of whether he could work as a guide dog again.
As of Monday, he is back on duty.
Figo, who had been Stone’s guide dog for more than six years, leaped to put himself between her and the oncoming bus, then stuck by her side until help arrived.
“Basically, he would have died for me, doing what he did,” said Stone, who suffered a broken ankle, elbow and ribs and needed stitches in her head. Figo had a serious gash in one of his legs, according to the Associated Press.
On top of being reunited with Stone, Figo will be receiving the Dog of the Year award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
“We’re tremendously proud of Figo, who really did show a great deal of bravery,” said Wells Jones, of the Smithtown-based Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. Figo was the third dog the organization had placed with Stone.
Stone says she’s happy to have him back.
“You feel better with a dog,” she said.
(Photo: By Seth Wenig / Associated Press)
Posted by John Woestendiek October 28th, 2015 under Muttsblog.
Tags: accident, animals, aspca, audrey stone, blind, brewster, dog, dog of the year, dogs, figo, golden retriever, guide dog, guide dog foundation, legally blind, new york, pets, school bus, struck
Allow us to be the first website on the planet to present this photo without sensationalizing or making any judgments.
Ashley Lang, of Chicago, took the ashes of her golden retriever, Wagner, to his favorite park to spread them.
A friend went along and, at the moment Lang released the ashes, the friend snapped this photo with her iPhone.
In the photo, especially after the color saturation was increased, a misty silhouette can be seen.
To Lang, and others, the cloud of ashes looks much like Wagner, who died at age 12.
“It’s pretty remarkable … the tail and the legs and he looks like he’s, you know, leaping to go up,” Lang is quoted as saying by CBS in Chicago. “Everyone keeps calling him the angel dog.”
We think … well it doesn’t matter what we think.
What matters is what Lang thinks — and to her it was Wagner’s way of saying goodbye.
(Photo courtesy of Ashley Lang)
Posted by John Woestendiek October 26th, 2015 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, ashes, ashley lang, death, dog, dogs, golden retriever, grief, grieving, loss, message, mourning, perception, pets, photo, wagner
It’s not just children who get excited when the ice cream truck rolls through the neighborhood.
Take a look at Zack, a Golden Retriever who runs to the truck and, with a little help from his owner, gets his own.
As shown in the video, posted by Jon Hubble, Zack’s owner, the dog carries a plastic lidded container to the truck, jumps up and puts his front paws on the counter and waits as the ice cream man fills it with soft serve.
As for payment, Hubble puts 50 cents in the empty container that Zack carries to the truck. When Zack returns home with the ice cream, Hubble removes the lid and lets Zack dig in.
Hubble posted of video of Zack getting his ice cream from the Mr. Whippy truck on YouTube last week.
Not surprisingly, the video is headed into “viral” territory.
Kind of surprisingly, none of the comments on YouTube are questioning whether ice cream — or whatever soft serve is actually made of — should be fed to dogs, who have trouble digesting dairy products.
Much more debated in the comments section is Hubble’s accent. (It’s English, he explains, mixed with American.)
A few viewers of the video question whether Zack is going to get fat, but Hubble says the dog has recently lost weight because of a change in diet suggested after he had cancerous tumors removed.
“The small ice creams are his one daily treat!” Hubble says.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 9th, 2015 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, dog, dogs, golden retriever, ice cream, ice cream truck, jon hubble, mr. whippy, pets, video, youtube, zack
Whether its lowering our blood pressure, upping our oxytocin (that hormone that makes us feel warm and fuzzy), or keeping us sane (no small task), you can bet there’s a study underway at some university somewhere seeking to unravel — and dryly present to us — more hard evidence of yet another previously mysterious way that dogs enhance our well-being.
Given that, it’s a nice change of pace to plunge into a more anecdotal account — one that looks at the near magical mental health benefits one woman reaped through her dog, and does so with candor and humor, as opposed to sappiness.
“Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself” is a book that shows, far better than any scientific study, just how valuable — no, make that priceless — the human-dog bond is.
The memoir spans a year in the life of the author, Julie Barton, starting when, just one year out of college and living in Manhattan, she had what we used to call a “nervous breakdown.”
A barely coherent phone call from her kitchen floor brought her mother racing to her side from Ohio to take her home.
Barton was diagnosed with major depression — one that didn’t seem to lift, despite the best efforts of family, doctors, therapists and the pharmaceutical industry. She spent entire days in bed, refusing to get up.
Around the same time doctors started her on Zoloft, Barton told her mother she’d like to get a dog. Her mother thought that was a great idea. A few weeks later, they were bringing home a golden retriever pup. Barton named him Bunker.
On that first night, Bunker started whimpering in his crate, and Barton crawled inside with him:
“It occurred to me as I gently stroked his side that this was the first time in recent memory that I was reassuring another living thing. And, miraculously, I knew in that moment that I was more than capable of caring for him. I felt enormously driven to create a space for Bunker that felt safe, free of all worry, fear and anxiety. For the first time in a long time, I felt as if I had a purpose.”
Barton’s depression didn’t lift overnight; it never does. But, as the artfully written story unravels, Bunker gives Barton the confidence she needs to start a new life on her own in Seattle.
The are plenty of bumps ahead, and more than a few tests, but, given we’re recommending you read it for yourself, we won’t divulge them here.
Or you can wait for the next scientific study that comes along, proclaiming — in heartless, soulless prose — to prove one way or another what we already know:
Dogs are good for the heart and soul.
Posted by John Woestendiek August 24th, 2015 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, benefits, bond, book, books, books on dogs, bunker, dog books, dog medicine, golden retriever, health, humans, julie barton, memoir, mental health, nurture, nurturin, pets, reading, rescue, science, studies, thinkpiece publishing